Seaweed Snacks?

So I decided to try some seaweed snacks I came across. I know what you’re thinking. YUCK!!!

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I was a bit hesitant as I’ve never tried such a snack. Upon opening, the interior of the package was a bit oily and there was a strong sea/fishy type aroma that smacks you in the face as soon as you break the seal. I do not eat fish. I am not a fan of the smell of fish so this was not the most enticing first impression. But I pressed on.

Behold!

I expected it would be crunchy. It’s not! It’s a weird consistency that’s difficult to explain. The texture is thin and crispy to the touch. But when you go to bite into it, it does not snap like a chip. You kind of have to bite down and pull it away from your mouth to get a piece to break off if that makes sense. It has a slightly chewy consistency that is very unexpected. The taste, Lord, where do I start? How do I explain this? It has a very oceany taste. Not quite like fish. It taste the way an ocean smells (I am literally laughing out loud trying to figure out how to describe this flavor profile). It taste like salt water with a hint of fish. That is the best way I can describe it. It’s not bad. But it’s not scrumptious either. It’s definitely a chip that once you pop you CAN stop.

Trying this got me thinking how healthy is it? Here’s what I managed to find. The type of seaweed typically used for seaweed snacks is nori. It possesses high levels of calcium and vitamins A and C. It’s also one of the only natural plant sources of B12 (I will go into why B12 is extremely important for the body in a later post). Sea vegetables also contain high amounts of iron and magnesium. Better yet, seaweed snacks have an extremely low calorie count.

It’s not all good though. Seaweed snacks can be very high in sodium so be sure to check the packaging. Also make sure that the ingredients list is small, 3-5 ingredients. You do not want seaweed snacks with added sugar or artificial ingredients.

And there you have it. Next time you are in the grocery store and see some seaweed snacks, give them a try! Especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. Get that B12 in your life!

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