Kelp Is the New Kale

First, a confession: thinking of kelp does not make me hungry.

When I think of kelp, I think of long walks on the beach (yay), and of stepping over stinky piles of sand-covered seaweed decomposing in the surf (ick).

When I think of kelp, I don’t imagine the delicious bright green salad pictured above. Nope. I imagine this:

kelp is the new kale
But … lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about kelp. Kelp is the new superfood! Kelp is the new kale! A handful of kelp a day keeps the doctor away!

I cringed at the thought. Grabbing a rubbery, salty line of seaweed out of the water and gnawing on it like a sea otter? No thank you. Then I remember the delicately crunchy nori I love at my neighborhood sushi place. Could that be the same icky stuff I see strewn on the beach?

So I decided to do some digging. And yes, friends, it’s true: there’s a new superfood in town. Move over kale, blueberries, avocados, and almonds. Hello kelp!

(Actually, those five superfoods might be good together: Kale-kelp salad with blueberries, sliced almonds and avocado? Yum. The bowl would practically vibrate off the table with pure healthiness.)

4 Reasons to Add Kelp to Your Diet

1. Kelp Contains Over 70 Vitamins, Enzymes, and Minerals. It’s an abundant source of antioxidants, B1, B12, B2, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium – all nutrients that promote healthy bones, skin, and hair.

2. Kelp Is a Rich Source of Iodine. If you’re on a low-sodium diet, you may not be getting enough of this essential nutrient.

3. Kelp Has Tons of Protein (for a Veggie). Depending on the type of kelp, you can get 2 to 9 grams of protein per cup. You’d have to eat a lot of nori (the dried seaweed wrapper on your sushi roll), but kelp salad or kelp noodles are easy ways to get clean vegetarian protein.

4. Kelp Helps Regulate Thyroid Function. A healthy, balanced thyroid impacts your energy level and memory as well as weight loss, liver and brain function, digestion, and arthritis.

Get Easy, Delish Recipes at … Kelp Noodles, Kelp Salad & More!

>> DON’T OVERDUE IT. You can overdose on iodine. Give yourself a two-week break for every two weeks you’re on a kelp supplement. This is less of a concern if you’re getting your kelp via fresh or rehydrated kelp.

>> FUN FACT. What’s the difference between seaweed and kelp? Kelp is a type of seaweed. Unlike most free-floating species, it anchors itself in the nutrient-rich coastal ocean floor. Kelp grows in an underwater forest. Cool.

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