Seaweed

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2011 07:44 Written by Flax Monday, 7 June 2010 11:50

Now that I have my family eating flaxseed, my next mission in life is to secretly introduce seaweed into their daily diet.

Why do I want them to eat it, and why do I need to do it secretly. While seaweed is certainly the most healthy vegetable in the whole world, the average westerner is not used to the flavor, which to put it mildly is quite strong. Flavorwise it is like accidentally swallowing a mouthful of seawater (go figure).

Even though my kids have been eating sushi, made from Nori for years, give them a bit of wakame on their plate and they’ll scream that they don’t like seaweed (????!!!!!). I think that the trick is to prepare it in ways that don’t overwhelm the other ingredients. Start off using small amounts and maybe over time gradually increase the amounts. It is certainly worth the effort.

So, what’s so good about seaweed? Just about everything, it probably is good for every organ in the body and positively influences every chemical reaction in the body. It’s good for your health, for your looks and for your mood, How’s that in a nutshell.

Seaweeds are cooling and thermal in nature and their flavor is salty (they come from the sea!). They can be used in cooking as a healthy salt replacement without affecting people who suffer from high blood pressure.

I think that one of the most important healing properties of seaweed is that they reduce swelling, tumors and cysts in the body as well as on the skin. That means that they can help to cure and to prevent cancer!!

They detoxify the liver and remove heavy metal residue from the body.

They moisten dryness while at the same time transform phlegm. This means that they are good for people who are too thin or people who have a little bit extra.

They improve water metabolism, so if you are retaining a little water, just have some seaweed.

They are lymphatic cleansers (good for weight loss) and they are beneficial to the thyroid. That means that they are helpful in balancing your hormones (of course I want my teen-agers eating this!)

They alkalize the blood. Since meat, dairy, fish and eggs are all acidic in nature, anyone who is eating animal products, definitely should be eating seaweed as well.

Seaweeds contain mucilaginious gels which rejuvinate the lungs and gastrointestinal tract. That means if you have a cold, cough, allergies or a runny nose, seaweed will help you.

Seaweeds help reduce swellings, lumps, nodules, goiter, swollen glands, edema and skin diseases.

Seaweed lower cholesterol and fat in the blood. This is another reason why people who are dieting should have their RDA of seaweed.

Seaweeds help to keep our skin, beautiful, clear, and wrinkle free. Eating seaweed encourages cell regeneration and keeps our bodies young. They also keep the scalp and hair healthy. Maybe that’s why the Japanese have less baldness. Forget all those fancy shampoos, just have your men eat some seaweed.

Seaweeds contain all one hundred or so minerals and trace elements that we are supposed to be eating every day. For some reason, that has to do with the salt in the ocean and the salt in our bodies, this makes the vitamins and the minerals in the seaweed easily absorbable. So even a little bit of seaweed goes a long way. All you need per day is 5 gr. of seaweed, that is the equivalent of 2 sheets of Nori.

While my kids like sushi, I don’t think that they want to eat two rolls of sushi a day, so here I am looking for new and creative ways to get it from the pantry and into their stomachs.

And FYI, for all of you non-dairy eaters, seaweed contains more than 10 times the amount of calcium than milk.

Another advantage is, using the more complex salts present in seaweeds, you will have less craving for simple junk food (salt).

Overall, I think that there are many reasons to be eating seaweed everyday. Now I’m working on the way to do it.

Stay tuned for updates and new seaweed recipes.


7 Comments

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  2. Nina   |  Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Wow, you have me convinced. Now I have to work on the how too. That will be a challenge, because I am such a lazy cook.

  3. Sema K. Reich   |  Saturday, 06 November 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Dear Sima,
    Chodesh Tov!
    My kids think I am a groupie of yours. I love your class and almost all of the food you have prepared . However, my family is not quite with me yet.

    I have a request to make Sushi for next Shabbat from one of my kids who is very thin, and a very picky eater . I was excited by the request. Any chance that we can learn some easy, delicious Sushi recipes in class on Wednesday or do you think the women already know how to prepare sushi????

    Kol Tuv and thank you!
    Sema

  4. Flax   |  Monday, 08 November 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I think most people do know how to make sushi, but since it takes tops 5 minutes we can fit it in.
    Thanks for all the compliments. 🙂

  5. Flax   |  Sunday, 14 November 2010 at 11:18 am

    who knew that it would turn into a whole fancy sushi making class, not only for adult eating, but fun sushi for kids as well. Thanks for the suggestion. Any requests for this week? 🙂
    Sima

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