Step out of the way kale… Kelp is the new super-food we should be talking about! Kelp is a type of seaweed that is chock-full of vitamins and minerals. It’s a dietary staple in many Asian cuisines and can be incorporated into a variety of dishes.
Kelp is rich in iodine which is an essential component in thyroid hormone production. It also contains high amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins. Many of these vitamins aid in a healthy lifestyle providing strong bones, and high energy levels. Kelp is also seen to have disease-fighting properties. It is high in antioxidants such as carotenoids, which fight oxidative stress and fight disease-causing free radicals. It has been seen to play a role in slowing down the development of colon and breast cancer cells. In addition, kelp can aid in cardiovascular health, arthritic pain, diabetes, and weight loss.
Kelp can be combined into the diet through many ways such as its raw form, powders, or supplements. Try out our Raw Kelp Noodle Pad Thai recipe.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 1 package kelp noodles
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- ½ cup carrots, shredded
- ½ cup purple cabbage, shredded
- ½ cup savoy cabbage, shredded
- ½ cup kale, shredded
- ½ cup green onion, thinly sliced on bias
- ½ cup red pepper, thinly sliced, 1” batons
- ¼ cup cilantro
- ¼ cup Thai basil
- ¼ cup cashews
- 4 tsp black sesame seeds
- 1 lime, sliced into wedges
- 3/4 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Rinse kelp noodles and dry completely. Cut into desired length for eating.
- Place dressing ingredients in blender and blend until combined.
- Combine noodles, vegetable and dressing.
- Garnish with peanuts or cashews, sesame seeds and lime slice. ENJOY!