[VIDEO]: Nori, the gateweed seaweed

I get a lot of compliments on my clear, glowing skin and thick, shiny hair. I've also noticed how my once thin and brittle nails have grown strong and long over the last few years. I'm not tooting my own horn here, I'm revealing my secret: sea vegetables.

The physical side effects were not the goal, although I'm not complaining. ;) Rather, I turned to this mineral-rich plant for its incredible healing powers: 

  • complex carbohydrates to help regulate blood sugar and the endocrine system
  • a slew of minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc to name a few)
  • high protein content
  • concentrated iodine
  • aids several nervous disorders (including ADD, insomnia, depression)
  • soothes the digestive tract
  • helps the body naturally eliminate toxins

Our bodies need minerals to survive, and the food that we eat today is proven to be lacking the nutrients it once had decades ago (for more on that, check out this book that changed my life). We are so mineral deficient, our bodies often crave more in order to function. Here's a perfect example: why do women especially crave chocolate during that time of the month? Because we are in need of minerals to replenish what we're losing. Enter seaweed. For anyone battling serious chocolate cravings, you want to listen up!

I'll say it first: seaweed takes getting used to. For most, anything outside the traditional sushi roll can be foreign, and that sea water taste and smell isn't for everyone. Lucky for you, with a little experimentation I was able to figure out what flavors worked best with different types of seaweed. And before I was able to appreciate the flavor and deliciousness of several other varieties of seaweed, I started with nori.

Nori is the gateway seaweed. Easy to find. Inexpensive. Already eaten by most in the form of sushi. It's the perfect entry into the world of sea vegetables. I have just the recipe to help you transition into this new food group. Check out this week's episode of #MichellesMondayMinute below, and give the Salmon Nori Wraps a try. You'll be amazed at how great you feel!

Salmon Nori Wraps
Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1 full sheet organic nori
2-3 slices smoked salmon
1/2 avocado, mashed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 c. unpasturized fermented beets (can use raw in a pinch)
2 tbsp. fresh dill
1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
Salt/pepper

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mash avocado, lemon juice, and sprinkle of salt and pepper until desired consistency is achieved.
  2. Lay nori wrap on a plate. Spread avocado mash in the middle. 
  3. Roll salmon into a tube-shape and lay over avocado. 
  4. Top with beets, dill, and sesame seeds. 

Other nori ideas: 

  • Munched on raw as a snack
  • Toasted lightly and eaten as chips
  • Wrap vehicle for just about anything (goes particularly well with scrambled pasture-raised eggs)
  • Homemade sushi rolls