Low Carb Seaweed for Sandwich Meals
Seaweed is low in calories and carbohydrate. In a cup of wakame seaweed, which is often used in seaweed salads, there are about 20 calories in a half-cup with less than 4 grams of carb. Seaweed is considered to be high or very high in calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, riboflavin, phosphorus, niacin, pantothenic acid, plus Vitamins A and C. In addition it is a good source of folate, which is needed for the brain's cognitive processes and by a developing fetus. Pregnant women who are deficient in folate risk the fetus having neural tube defects caused from this deficiency of folate. Seaweed truly is a super food, and it is delicious!
Asian stores have a lot of different types of prepared seaweed. There is one type of seaweed that is packaged in spicy oil. I love that as a room temperature side dish with a ham salad sandwich or egg salad pita. You can also use prepared seaweed to develop your own recipes. If you don't have time to make a seaweed salad, consider using a prepared one. Azuma Gourmet Seaweed Salad is a good choice. It is tasty and gorgeous to look at. One thing to consider is part of that gorgeous color is artificial. If bright green artificial coloring doesn't bother you, and you love the taste of sesame, you are in business! I enjoy this salad for its taste, nutrition, and the way that it looks as part of my sandwich meal.
Another way to incorporate seaweed into a sandwich meal is to use dried seaweed like chips. Crispy dried seaweed can help to satisfy cravings for something crunchy and salty without breaking the calorie bank. Costco sells the Kirkland brand seaweed. Trader Joe's also sells a seaweed snack. If you can't find crispy seaweed locally, try Amazon.
When you are choosing crispy seaweed to snack on or to add to a sack lunch, remember that it is naturally high in sodium. Also, a healthy seaweed snack should have very few ingredients. I like the snacks that just contain seaweed, salt, and a high-quality oil. Since they have oil in them, seaweed snacks should be stored in a cool, dry place and consumed by the date on the package. Seaweed snacks are perfect for those sandwich sack lunches. They don't need refrigeration and they are light to carry around with you. Let us know about great seaweed snacks or sandwich meals that you have discovered. Would you post your info in our BellaOnline Sandwiches Forum? Looking forward to hearing from you! Enjoy your sandwich meals.
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