Make Your Own Kelp Snacks
If anyone dives or knows someone who dives there’s no need to ever buy kelp again! California coasts are full of the most amazing kelp forests as well as several other types of edible seaweeds. Always do your research and if you’re not sure stick to the easy one….kelp. I was lucky enough to have someone dive for me that knows seaweeds quite well and had all sorts of amazing edible sea greens! Catalina Island has great kelp forests as does Santa Barbara and the Big Sur area so get out there and harvest your own kelp. It’s so much fun and if you dehydrate it you’ll have a long lasting supply.
I’ve been taking David Wolfe’s raw nutrition certification classes and have been amazed at the minerals and overall health benefits of the seaweeds. I thought to myself…how can I get more natural seaweeds into my diet? David mentions he swims in Hawaii and just reaches down and grabs it to eat raw. I’m not quite there yet but I did come up with what I feel is a tasty alternative for raw foodists or anyone looking to get more nutrients into there diet. I took the kelp and cut it into large pieces, sprinkled it with sea salt and dehydrated it. I got the most amazing kelp snacks with just the right amount of crunch. I’m also able to store these for quite awhile and crumble them into other recipes such as raw Caesar salad dressing. For those of you that like raw seaweeds then sky’s the limit! Find a good raw sesame oil and some raw sesame seeds and make your own raw seaweed salad.
Below are some before and after pictures of my kelp snacks as well as some kelp nutritional information from Livestrong.com. Enjoy your California coast free nutritional gifts and as always…blessings from Angel City Healing.
In 2 tbsp.,1/8 cup, of fresh, raw kelp there is 0.3 mg vitamin C, 0.005 mg thiamin, 0.015 mg riboflavin, 0.047 mg niacin, 0.064 mg pantothenic acid, 18 mcg folate, 1.3 mg choline, 1 mcg vitamin A, 0.09 mg vitamin E and 6.6 mcg vitamin K. To put this in perspective, comparing the amounts to the Recommended Daily Allowances of an adult male, 2 tbsp. of raw kelp provides 0.3 percent vitamin C, 0.42 percent thiamin, 1.2 percent riboflavin, 0.3 percent niacin, 1.3 percent pantothenic acid, 4.5 percent folate, 0.2 percent choline, 0.1 percent vitamin A, 0.4 percent vitamin E and 5.5 percent vitamin K.
In 2 tbsp., 1/8 cup, of fresh, raw kelp there is 17 mg calcium, 0.28 mg iron, 12 mg magnesium, 4 mg phosphorous, 9 mg potassium, 23 mg sodium, 0.12 mg zinc, 0.013 mg copper, 0.02 mg manganese, and 0.1 mcg selenium. Comparing these amounts to the Recommended Daily Amounts of an adult male, 2 tbsp. fresh, raw kelp provides 1.7 percent calcium, 3.5 percent iron, 3 percent magnesium, 0.6 percent phosphorus, 0.2 percent potassium, 1.5 percent sodium, 1 percent zinc, 1.4 percent copper, 1 percent manganese, and 6.7 percent selenium. The mineral kelp is known for is iodine because 2 tbsp. raw kelp contains between 500 and 8,000 mcg of iodine, which is 300 percent to 5,333 percent of the recommended amount for an adult male.
Kelp as a Supplement
The high natural iodine content of kelp makes it a natural food or supplement to combat iodine deficiency. Because the amount of iodine varies so much in kelp, be aware you could experience iodine toxicity if you eat too much. Two or three servings a week should provide ample iodine to the diet, notes VeganHealth.org. Kelp is marketed as a weight loss aid by apparently helping to reduce cravings, and there are claims that it can help prevent cancer and other diseases as its high vitamin and mineral content help the body to regenerate, reports the American Cancer Society. At this time, there is no reliable clinical evidence to prove these claims.