Superfood: Kelp

Looking at this image you be may thinking this can’t possibly be edible? Or do I want to eat this? Yes, those big scary sea greens you always thought would swallow you whole as a kid are edible and actually good for you. Eating these super sea greens will leave you feeling energized and your tummy happy and digestion on track.

 

Kelp is a type of seaweed that grows in giant, forest-like beds off many coastlines around the world. Like almost everything that grows in the sea, kelp is an abundant source of bio-available minerals and micro-nutrients.  Our modern diet and soil conditions leave most us lacking in iodine, a powerful mineral that supports vital glandular functions, thus helping to keep a low functioning thyroid regular. Consuming kelp is an easy way to replenish iodine levels in a bio-available form.

 

Beyond that, kelp also contains over 70 minerals, trace elements, enzymes, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and 21 amino acids and is touted for having anti-cancer and anti-heart disease effects. Kelp seaweed also contains algin and is a rich source of polysaccharides, which aIMG_1128re beneficial antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents and known to help prevent types of cancers associated with the digestive tract.

 

You can purchase kelp in a powder or noodle form and both are great additions to spice up you go-to smoothie or dinner recipe. Kelp noodles are a great alternative to pasta, and can be tossed with a pesto, as veggie stir-fry or mixed with your favorite salad ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

FoodPhoto: Cooking with Claire Marie

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