My journey at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying for my Health Coach Certification continues and I am loving it. We’re learning so much about all the different types of diets available out there. IIN really encourages experimentation to find out what your individual body’s likes and needs are as well as how to listen to what your body doesn’t necessarily need or like. We call this ‘bio-individuality’. One man’s food is another man’s poison. This rings true with me – while I might love to eat an entire bowl of steamed broccoli for lunch, you may think to yourself NO WAY, knowing broccoli gives you gas. I get it.
One of our speakers talked with the class about the benefits of sea plants and not having had much experience at all with this, I went to the store and bought nori.
Nori is a type of edible seaweed and before you turn up your nose or say “ew” you’ve probably eaten nori if you’ve ever tried sushi. And if you’re not a sushi fan, but have eaten vegetable rolls at a sushi restaurant, you’ve probably eaten Nori. And, if you haven’t tried nori – give it a shot!
Nori is loaded with B vitamins. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Nori contants significant amounts of vitamin B12. In fact, the researchers involved in the study wrote that Nori is THE best source of vitamin B12, especially for strict vegetarians and vegans. Nori also contains significant amounts of Iodine. Iodine deficiency can cause serious health problems including hypothyroidism and enlargement of the thyroid gland; this according to the American Thyroid Association. Luckily, a study published by the FDA stated that edible seaweeds such as nori are good sources of dietary iodine because they accumulate significant amounts of iodine from seawater. A recent study by the Thyroid Research found that iodine intake from edible seaweeds in Japan is amount the highest globally. It’s rich in unsaturated fatty acids, and contains a bunch of other great nutrients which play important roles in the body’s ability to utilize fats as well as nourish brain cells.
If you research the health benefits of nori further, you’ll find it’s a pretty amazing edible.
So, after I learned some of the health benefits, I decided to try my hand at a nori roll, sans the sushi. I bought Eden brand Sushi Nori from my local Whole Foods but you can just as easily order it on Amazon. Amazon Eden Nori Sheets When you open the package, it’s like you’ve stepped out onto the beach at the ocean. It has a serious seawater smell which could dissuade you, but don’t let it. The taste, to me anyway, is much milder than the actual smell.
I made homemade guacamole (you’ll find I make guac quite a lot as it’s one of my all-time fave’s), and spread the guac on the nori sheet. I then layered thinly sliced carrots, radish and radish sprouts (they have a peppery, crunchy goodness) and rolled it up! While I probably won’t get hired anytime soon as a sushi chef, I think I did ok. And, it was a very interesting lunch indeed. Will nori become my ‘go to’ for lunches in the future, probably not but it sure was fun giving it a try!
Have you tried your hand with nori? What did you make? Have you ever eaten something completely foreign to you? I’d love to hear your feedback.