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12-10-2005, 09:07 PM
I have been trying to get myself to like Seaweed/Nori Wraps. Since I have thyroid disease someone was reccomending that I have some seaweed or a nori wrap a day. I had tried a little bite one day & it seemed to help out a bit. The problem is I think they are yucky (sorry, no offense nori/seaweed lovers).
I just do not know what to do. I try to like them, & I just do not. I feel that they have a fishy flavor. I hated fish before I became vegetarian. I was reading somewhere on the internet that seaweed was a absorbable source of iodine. I wonder if my thyroid gland has been swelling up because I am not getting enough iodine. This swelling of the thyroid gland is driving me wild. It has never been this swollen. If this is a normal symptom in going raw can someone please tell me why because I am really in the dark about this & need some light shed on the subject. I do not know if it is a detox symptom or if I am deficient in a certian vitamin or mineral. Can anyone reccomend any fruits/& or veggies/& or nuts & seeds that would help me recieve a adequate amount of iodine.
12-10-2005, 11:50 PM
I also cannot stand nori wraps/seaweed. What I have discovered though is that I can sneak kelp flakes into a lot of things and not taste it. Also, if I soak arame (a mild tasting seaweed) etc for hours, then snip it into bits with scissors, I can hide it in salads and not even know it is there. You can also take two kelp tablets a week. Seaweed has a thousand times the iodine than anything else.
We have an iodine deficiency in our soil, and so the iodine content of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds is less dependable, since it is dependent upon levels in the soil it is grown in. The only veggie I know of that is considered to have a useful amount of iodine is spinach. Beyond that , you would have to know where your food was being grown and their soil analysis to determine the iodine content.
Hope that helps you a bit.
My best wishes~
12-11-2005, 09:30 AM
Thanks sweetgoddess. Maybe I will look into the kelp tablets. That might work till I become accustomed to seaweed, or not. sneaking them into the salad is a good idea. Someone else suggested mixing it with a dressing, but I do not have the ingredients to make it yet. Thanks for the comment. I feel better about it.
12-11-2005, 12:44 PM
I agree on the Nori. I use kelp tablets. I have Nori sheets that I crushed up and I am adding them to the dehydrated crackers and crumble them on my salad for croutons. They are good this way...may favorite is a cracker made with various sprouted items and nori, ginger and himalyan salt.
Lady Green Jeans
12-11-2005, 07:28 PM
Would you post your cracker recipe? It sounds fabulous.
I tried nori for the first time in CA roll about 20 years ago and have always liked it--now I do raw nori wraps. Go figure.
12-11-2005, 09:08 PM
I enjoy nori. I first had it at a Korean restaurant many years ago. My kids love 'em, too.
I particularly like mine with spices and a sweet sauce I make with agave and olive oil.
Kelp tablets? humpf.. nevah hoid uf 'em. Might look for them, too.
I've yet to try dried sea vegetables
12-12-2005, 11:40 AM
I echo sweetgoddess' recommendation to consider a kelp tablet, just find one animal free IMO. I understand that kelp will also give you other micronutrients.
As for the nori wraps, did you like SAD sushi before you went raw, or were you unable to get past the seaweed taste in that too? I ask because there are some good recipes for sushi that are more like "real" sushi, there are also a lot of crappy/icky recipes floating around for various nori rolls. If you liked SAD sushi and there's some possibility of you liking the right raw nori roll, maybe I could help you with a recipe you might like to try.
12-12-2005, 01:23 PM
I believe it was somewhere on Storm and Jinjee's site that I read if you get your seaweed from overseas that when it's harvested, if there's any fish caught up in the seaweed, they actually grind it all up together and it's no wonder it tastes like fish!
But, if you buy North American harvested seaweed - it doesn't have the fish as an unwanted surprise. I'll do my best to see if I can find where I read this...
12-12-2005, 02:02 PM
In Rejuvenate Your Life, by Serene Allison, she has recipes for crackers she makes by taking nori sheets and smearing them with a good coating of pate, then dehydrate until crispy. Might try something like that...doesn't quite taste so fishy!
12-12-2005, 04:43 PM
I've tried vegan guaranteed fish free raw nori sheets and LOVED them. Look a little harder and try the good quality stuff. There's a HUGE difference in taste. We've had a number of people that detest nori like the vegan kind. Not to say that all nori has fish... I know personally though I've had the occasional pack that smells like a fish shop!
12-27-2005, 09:19 AM
Where can you find vegan guaranteed fish free raw nori sheets?
I bought Alissa's. They are made in China, but it does say vegan on the back & raw. China does have some ethical problems though.
I have tried the kelp tablets. On my third day now. They are whole food ones, they say vegetarian on the front, but on the back they say no dairy or egg, so I guess that means vegan.
Thanks for the recipe. I might try it out someday.
In response to did I like sushi before I became raw? I never tried it, was never a big fish fan, and did not like the idea of eating raw fish, but thought raw vegan sushi would be neat, just do not like the fish taste.
If I cannot find a cool nori wrap that doesn't taste like fish, I might just try to sneak it in sometime in the future. I do not think the seaweed itself would be that bad. Just the fish taste.
Thanks everyone for the replies, real helpful.
01-20-2006, 02:20 PM
I looooove the taste of nori but not the taste of fish. I also have a thyroid problem and learned that Kelp capsules help. They make me BM more often. And I feel like my body is busier metabolizing when I take them. I think you will probably develop a taste for Nori. I love it. I eat at a raw vegan restaraunt that serves seaweed salad once in a while and it does not taste fishy.
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