I’m friggin obsessed: Seaweed Snacks

My latest craze and obsession for the past few months has been seaweed. Now, I’m not the girl who can chow down on a slimy seaweed salad in a restaurant (I’m a texture girl, and slimy does not work with my palate). But roasted, toasted Nori–that I can do.

As you may know, there are SO many types of seaweeds out there. And yes, when I say seaweed, I mean an honest-to-goddess vegetable from the sea. Nori is the one you probably know best: purchased in thin sheets, it’s what’s wrapped around your sushi.

I long time ago I ate a lot of Nori. I would buy the sheets plain and raw (for sushi preparation) and then toast them myself over my stove burner. When the nori gets heat up, it turns a brilliant green color and gets nice and crispy.

Well, recently food manufacturers have recognized that Americans should eat their sea veggies, too, and now you can go to your local health store (and some supermarkets) and buy snack packs of nori, already toasted and seasoned. I’m not gonna lie, they ain’t cheap, clocking in at about $1.69 for a small pack. However, if you live near a Trader Joes, RUN…do not walk, and pick up their seaweed snack packs for only $0.99 each. When I was in Washington, DC I made three separate runs to the store and brought back, I kid you not, 30 packs of seaweed.

And why should you eat seaweed? Cause it’s chock full of minerals straight from the sea! Think vitamins A, C, D, E, K, in addition to so much other goodness.  And for those counting calories, you can gobble an entire package which is only like 30 calories. I won’t lie: I sometimes eat 2 packs in a sitting.

Pick up some seaweed next time you’re at the store and let me know what you think!

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8 Responses to I’m friggin obsessed: Seaweed Snacks

  1. Larie March 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    Love roasted seaweed with some salt. It’s got a little crunch to it, which is what I love. (Better than grabbing potato chips.) My sons devour it too. Is it also rich in Omega-3s? (I think I read somewhere that fish get their Omega-3 from seaweed. Makes sense to me.)

  2. Lauren Slayton March 26, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Love nori too, use for “sandwiches” some times. I worry with the Japan situtation about seaweed, hmn.

  3. Melinda April 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    In fact I have heard seaweed has vitamins and minerals that no other food has. I adore it: salad, roasted, sushi – really any way I can get my hands on it! Well, maybe not straight from the sea…

  4. Lauren Slayton April 25, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    where are the posts? miss them.

  5. judy goldfarb May 11, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    tell lauren its from korea

  6. judy goldfarb May 11, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    you turned me on to this stuff. not the worst addiction to have!

  7. Sam @ Mom At The Barre May 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I love Nori and am so going to try these snack packs. I really wish Trader Joe’s were more conveniently located to me.

  8. ecorn May 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Got a whole case from the coop last week, holla!

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