The arrival of spring is so refreshing! I’m enjoying seeing all the plants stretching up towards the sun after their long winter nap! Spring invites us to lighten up! We can bring more raw foods into our diet to help our body’s shed some of the excess we may have accumulated during the winter months. We may also be becoming more active, which means it’s important to be sure we’re loading our body with nutrients!
Recipe for Wakame Cucumber Salad
50g wakame seaweed – rinsed, soaked and drained
1-2 cucumbers, chopped
1 handful cilantro, finely chopped
For the dressing:
1 tbsp miso
2 oz water
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp ginger powder
Combine seaweed, cucumber and cilantro. Set aside.
In a small bowl, stir miso into water until smooth. Add sesame oil, vinegar and ginger powder and mix until combined.
Add the dressing to the seaweed mixture and stir it up! Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later!
::WHY TO EAT IT::
WAKAME SEAWEED | HEALTH BENEFITS
Wakame is a type of kelp native to the Sea of Japan. (It has spread to many other parts of the world, and is invasive to some areas.) It grows abundantly, and offers a sustainable source of nutrition. Seaweed dishes have provided a healthy staple in Asian cuisine for thousands of years.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, wakame is cooling, moistening and softening. It is used as a decongestant and to tonify yin fluids. Wakame is diuretic, helping cleanse the kidneys. It detoxifies the blood, assists the liver, and improves cardiovascular health. A variety of phytochemicals contribute to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties. Wakame aids weight loss and diabetes. It improves skin and mental health and aids the endocrine system.
VITAMINS & MINERALS
Wakame and other sea vegetables are full of nutrients, particularly minerals. Wakame is a great source of calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, and phospourus. It also provides vitamins A, C, E and K, and B vitamins.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Wakame provides Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, and is one of the best vegan sources of EPA. Essential fatty acids help reduce inflammation, improve mental clarity and stability, support cardiovascular health, and enhance skin vibrancy.
Fucoxanthin is an important carotenoid found in many types of marine algae. It has been shown to aid weight loss, have anti-cancer properties, reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and improve cardiovascular, skin, brain, and liver health. It’s absorption may be improved when ingested with lipids (such as sesame oil!)