Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The benefits of Nori

I made these nori rolls for lunch today They are made with salmon, avocado, salad and pickled ginger. I served with wasabi and low sodium gluten free soy. Super healthy and super tasty, and took me 10 minutes to make! Recipe below.

Nori is incredibly healthy for us, but the most common way of eating it in the western diet is sushi. While sushi is a great healthier option than most takeaways, it is still a pretty unbalanced meal (very high carbohydrate), and the rice usually contains added sugar, so it's more of a treat than an every day food.

Lately I have been doing some research into metabolism boosting foods, and ways of including more of them in my diet. Seaweed is a true ancient superfood, and has so many other amazing benefits, as well as being great for your metabolism. 

It is very high in iodine, which NZ soil is severely lacking in. Iodine is a crucial mineral for your thyroid health, which affects many other hormones and organs in the body. I don't eat iodised salt, or bread, so this is a fantastic way of boosting my iodine naturally.

Other benefits include:

  • It is naturally high in all other minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, iron and iodine (all of which are lacking in NZ soil). These minerals also make it a very good bone builder as it has balanced amounts (unlike dairy!)
  • It lowers your risk of cancer - particularly oestrogen related cancers such as ovarian and breast cancers
  • It is high in vitamin K, A and C, and rich in B vitamins
  • It is high in fibre
  • It's a fantastic source of plant protein
  • It lowers cholesterol
  • It contains Alpha-linoic acid and EPA, as well as potassium, phosphorus and zinc
  • It is also high in Polysaccharides which are important in the prevention of degenerative disease such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
All of this gives the benefits of improved memory, increased "feel good" chemicals in the brain, improved liver function, helps healthy hearing, eyesight and skin, improved immune system, lowers blood pressure, prevents allergies and infections and aids in digestion.

Need any more reasons to eat seaweed?! Here's my nori rolls recipe :)

  1. 2 sheets Nori
  2. 105g can pink salmon (or better still - use fresh salmon)
  3. 3 cups salad (I used dry coleslaw mix - cheat's salad!)
  4. 30g avocado, chopped
  5. Pickled or fresh ginger - to taste
  6. Wasabi and gluten free soy sauce to serve

Mix up salad, salmon and avocado in a bowl. Place Nori on a dry flat surface. Place half of the mixture on one end each sheet, then place ginger on top. Wet about 1 inch on the other edge of the Nori and roll towards the wet edge. Cut in half and serve with wasabi and soy.

Calories: 242       Carbs: 13g         Fat: 10g       Protein 22g

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