I don’t like sushi. I know so many people who love it and I really wished that I loved it because it is one of the healthiest items that you can order when eating out. There are two main problems for me: the vinegar in the rice (I hate vinegar!) and raw fish. I get skeeved out when I think I’m eating something raw. I am overzealous when it comes to cooking my food, to the point where I often overcook chicken, beef and fish.
But, when I read about the health benefits of seaweed, I thought it was time to revisit my relationship with sushi and do things my way. I went to this little Asian market that sells every type of authentic Asian cuisine that you can imagine. I bought a package of seaweed, brown sticky rice (was so psyched because I didn’t even know they made brown sticky rice,) and a bamboo rolling mat.
I took pictures through every step of the process so you can also do this yourself. It is actually very rewarding to make your own sushi because you can control exactly what goes into it. I made the brown rice in my new rice cooker/steamer that I got for my birthday and then I refrigerated it for several hours so it would be easy to handle.
So, why go to all of this trouble? Well, according to Dr. Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D,, “sea plants are gifts from the sea.” Out of all the plants in the world, sea plants are among the richest in nutrients, minerals and trace minerals. They also contain vitamins, amino acids, iodine, calcium and iron.
They have even been acknowledged for their ability to impart beauty, health and even prolong life! I highly recommend eating seaweed around “that time of month” if you have bad PMS because seaweed has been proclaimed in ancient Chinese texts as, “there is no swelling that is not relieved by seaweed.”
Seaweed is also known for its’ ability to detoxify the body. Ever heard of a seaweed wrap at the spa? It is one of the most popular treatments because of it’s ability to reduce swelling and detoxify the body.
Amazingly enough there is no other family of foods more protective against radiation and environmental pollutants than seaweed. Seaweed also lowers the risk of cancer and strengthens teeth and bones.
I didn’t realize that there are actually several different types of sea vegetables, each with its’ own set of unique benefits. For example, arame is a Japanese sea vegetable and has between 100 to 500 times the iodine in shellfish. Kelp is rich in iron as well as iodine. The type of seaweed you are probably most familiar with is Nori, as this is the seaweed that is used to wrap around sushi. It is an excellent source of protein, calcium, potassium and has more vitamin A than carrots!
So, give my homemade sushi a try or order some at your local Japanese restaurant. Do you like sushi? Have you ever tried any other sea vegetable than nori on sushi?