Vegetables from A to Z

By Hannah Marcotti

N is for Nori

My children are seafood junkies. Give them lobster, tuna, salmon, anchovies (straight from the can) and seaweed and you are soon met with empty plates.

When it is a struggle to get green into them, I simply turn to a package of nori. Nori is commonly used to make sushi, and sold in sheets, toasted or untoasted. I rip the sheets into little squares, and put it on the plate with dinner. In this heat, I have been serving simple meals. Tonight was blueberries, cucumber, a chicken leg and nori. I watched my almost two year old battle against the toughness of the nori sheet until he realized how quickly it becomes soft when you bite it. Perhaps I will cut the squares smaller next time!

Nori is packed with minerals, some of the same minerals found in human blood. Many detoxification programs include sea vegetables and the popularity of nori is evident at the sushi bars! Providing us with protein, iodine, vitamin K, folate and more, this is a power house of nutrition. Nori is sold in dark sheets, though if you hold it over a light flame or stick it in the oven, it will glow a bright green when toasted!

I am fond of nori for its simplicity. It becomes a sandwich wrapper for just about any filling. My kids love apple and peanut butter, I am a fan of turkey, apple, cucumber and raisin. Sometimes I eat salad wrapped up in a nori sheet for an extra boost of nutrition. In lunch boxes I can put a sheet of nori in with little fillings in different containers, it gives the kids a little creative time at lunch.

I know so much thought goes into how we feed our children and ourselves. Look at the simple choices you can make. Simple, whole ingredients that can work together to create a meal that makes our time as parents less stressed and fosters enjoyment in our children. If you or the kids haven’t tried nori, try moving past the unknown and see what fun you can have playing with your lunch!

Nori Turkey Sandwiches

1 sheet of nori
1 slice of turkey
3 thin slices of apple and or cucumber
Grated raw cheddar or some brie (optional)
1 TB of raisins
Salad dressing

Line the nori with the turkey, layer on the other ingredients. Slowly add some dressing on. Once dressing is added sandwich should be enjoyed right away.

Hannah Marcotti is a Health and Lifestyle Coach who helps women, and their families achieve and maintain their ideal weight, find more energy for their lives, figure out the food that works for their body type and ease family meal time chaos! She leads individual and group programs, as well as workshops on request. For more health tips and recipes sign up for her free e-newsletter at  Hannah’s Harvest.