The #1 Dark Leafy Veggie

Tonight I indulged in a special treat… deep fried sushi from one of the best sushi places I have ever eaten. If you are ever in Peterborough, Ontario I highly recommend checking out Matsu Sushi. It’s small and quaint, but the food is delicious and the owner is so friendly and welcoming. Their menu has a wide variety of options as well.

I had what was called “Fried Philadalphia Maki”, which is smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, cucumber and fish roe wrapped in rice and seaweed, and then deep fried in tempura batter. It was simply heavenly.  My dinner reminded me of an article that I read this morning about the health benefits of seaweed and sushi.

According to Canada’s Food Guide we should be consuming at least one serving of dark green, leafy vegetables per day. Seaweed is the best of the best when it comes to leafy vegetables. It’s packed with iodine, calcium (even more than what’s contained in broccoli), protein, vitamins B-12 and A, and fibre. Even better, most of the fibre contained in seaweed is soluble fibre, which slows the digestive process and inhibits absorption of cholesterol and sugars.

I have a feeling most people don’t regularly consume seaweed, or even know where to purchase it for that matter, but not to worry!  At the very least, most grocery stores usually carry “nori”, which is dried sheets of seaweed used to make homemade sushi.  Here are a few simple suggestions I read in the article about ways to incorporate more nori into your diet:

  • Add small sheets of nori to your wraps, sandwiches or burgers
  • Tear or cut small pieces of nori and add them to salads, soups or stir-fries
  • Put some nori through a food processor and sprinkle the little pieces on almost anything. I find nori has a saltier taste, so it could serve as a great substitute for table salt
  • Eat the nori plain, like you would potato chips. It’s very low in calories and fat!

Click here to read the full article on the health benefits of seaweed.

Click here to read an article on the health benefits of sushi.

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