10 Ways to Enjoy Seaweed This Summer

Summer is in full swing! Maybe you’re lounging beachside, getting lost on a road trip or simply enjoying long days and warm nights. And as the seasons change, so do our bodies. Winter makes us crave hearty, carb-laden soups & stews, but summertime is all about eating fresh and light. 

In fact, humans actually eat less when it’s hot, which means getting the nutrients we need can be a challenge. We want quick, clean meals and snacks that also provide enough fuel to get us through whatever daily adventures come our way. 

Enter seaweed! As the most nutrient-dense food on the planet, these amazing greens pack a huge nutritional punch: calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins A & C, plus bioactive compounds, like carotenoids (antioxidants with powerful anti-inflammatory capacities). Did we mention seaweed is also naturally low-sodium, low-sugar and gluten-free? And it won’t weigh you down: all that goodness is still only about 25 - 100 calories per serving.  

We love how easy it is to add to our favorite dishes – extra greens with a bonus umami flavor boost, yes please! Here’s our top 10 fabulous ways to sprinkle seaweed into summertime fun. 

  1. Seaweed Ranch Dip is great for hungry kids (and moms!) when the munchies hit. Keep a batch in the fridge to elevate the yum factor for quick veggie snacks.
  2. Seaweed Edamame Hummus is our fave traveling companion - works for picnics, beach days and spontaneous road trips.
  3. Fresh and easy, for lunch or dinner, California Rolls whip up in just minutes.
  4. Headed out in a hurry? Roll up a meatless Sushi Burrito: and wrap it in foil for an on-the-go meal.   
  5. Feeling truly lazy? Absurdly-easy Sushi Plates delight in minutes. Grab your favorite flavor of Roasted Seaweed Snacks, then add your favorite ingredients: scoops of cold rice, sliced cucumber, avocado, smoked salmon or whatever you like. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and splash of soy sauce.
  6. Salads are a summer staple. Our gimMe Caesar Salad is equally divine on romaine and kale as it is on any green salad, rice or quinoa bowl veggie bowl.
  7. Enjoy a twist on poke with Taco Bites – make a couple for a snack, or a bunch for a meal. 
  8. Craving the flavor of barbeque but no grill? Our BBQ Chicken Poppers are super satisfying, and tale less than 30 minutes to make. 
  9. For Family Dinner Night, make a few Gluten Free Seaweed Pizza Crusts: set out sauce and toppings, and let the kids make their own custom pies (without all that grease). 
  10. Don’t forget dessert – we never do! All you need is 5 minutes and a food processor to make our oh-so-good and good-for-you Seaweed Nice Cream.

May your day be sweet, sunny, and full of fresh healthy foods that inspire you to enjoy this season to the last drop!