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!