What is Nori?

On first glance, you may be wondering why I’m holding up green sweety wrappers… but I’m not! This is nori, a sea vegetable that is regularly associated with Asian cooking, and is touted as a superfood due to its high protein, fibre, and iron content.

A lot like spirulina, which is a sea algae, nori is made from seaweed, and is traditionally found wrapped around sushi (vegetarian or not!). It can now also be found as a toasted snack, in the form of Clearspring’s Seaveg Crispies*, which are the perfect nutritious addition to salads, or you could even eat them on their own like crisps. As it is a vegetable in its own right, nori is plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

However, for me, there is a little drawback. While I’m a big fan of the health benefits of spirulina, I can’t say I’m a fan of the taste, and unfortunately the same goes for nori. Its strong ocean salty flavour is quite an acquired taste, but I wanted to showcase its great properties on Curiously Conscious in case anyone wanted to try it or know more – healthy alternatives to crisps always have my full support! This snack has the same crunchy texture, but melts in the mouth slightly too, and has that savoury kick that we’re so acutely trained to crave.


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