I am a humungous fan of sea vegetables and seaweeds and phytoplankton and most things that come from the sea actually. Except sharks – they’re scary. Sea veggies are one of the cleanest most nutritious foods you can eat. Especially as they are one of the few things remaining that us humans haven’t tinkered with to the point where they become mere shadows of their former selves like so many of our everyday foods. In the West we don’t eat enough sea vegetables which is a shame as they are packed full of iodine which help to balance the thyroid and deliver a stack of minerals to the body.
I find the problem for most of my clients (apart from not actually knowing what a sea vegetables actually is) is knowing how to prepare them so they taste good (as let’s be honest, most taste like the sea), and knowing where to buy them from. Well, I just so happen to have the answers to both of those questions! Read on you sea vegetable vixen!
The sea vegetable you might be most familiar with is nori which is used a lot in Japanese cuisine. The other main sea vegetables which are widely consumed in the East that you may not have heard of are dulse, kombu, hijiki, arame and kelp. Today I want to introduce you to kelp in the form of noodles! For those people new to raw food, that think the raw diet consists of salad and carrot sticks, then I have some serious kick-ass proof that this is not the case!
Kelp noodles are like Chinese glass noodles, slippery, crunchy and totally netural in flavour making them a fantastic food to play with! I sometimes use them to make Pad Thai, mix with pesto sauce for Pestoodles, add to miso soups, serve as a side with a coating of flavoured oil (walnut/pumpkin & hemp are my faves) and marinated veggies and so on. The possibilities are endless! Oh and did I mention that they are fat-free, gluten-free and contain less than 50 calories? BONUS! They don’t need cooking, dehydrating or fiddling with in any way. Simply take them out of the pack, rinse them through, (I run the scissors through them as the noodles are often very long!) and cut them into smaller pieces, marinate with sauce and either eat straight away, leave to stand to allow them to soften or I warm them in a dehydrator depending on what I feel like.
You may know that i love love love hemp! Hemp seeds and hemp protein powder feature regularly in my diet as they are fantastic sources of protein. Us humans don’t actually need much protein in our diet (approx 46g for an average 130 pound woman) contrary to what the Agriculture and farming industries have led us to believe (obviously they want us to buy their dead carcasses). In fact Dr T Colin Campbell, author of The China Study concludes from years of research that a diet containing more than 10% protein promotes cancer growth. GULP. Yes, you read that right. Over 50g of (mostly animal) protein per day can cause cancer. However the protein found in VEGGIES can actually turn OFF cancer cells. YES TURN OFF. Someone, anyone, pass me the frickin’ KALE!
Anyway back to hemp. Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. They contain easily digestible protein and are a fantastic source of essential fatty acids which are crucial for brain function and healthy cell regeneration. If you want to improve your memory or if your child is hyperactive or has trouble concentrating at school, then hemp is what you need. Hemp is also abundant in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium and Vitamin A.
You can’t not love’em. Kids love’em. I love’em. You will love’em. I love hemp. Hemp loves me back.
- 1 pack kelp noodles
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 inch root ginger, peeled
- 1 tablespoon hemp oil
- 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds (don’t bother with the unshelled)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan or celtic salt
- 1/2 reaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia or 1 medjool date, pitted
Remove kelp noodles from the packet, rinse through and chop into smaller pieces if you wish. Combine the remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pour over the noodles and serve immediately. Or if you prefer your noodles softer, leave to stand in a bowl with the sauce, cover with a plate anywhere between 2-6 hours and enjoy.
You can buy kelp noodles from Raw Living.