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Nutrient-Rich Dehydrated Snacks – Nori Crisps

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Nutrient-Rich Dehydrated Snacks - Nori Crisps

Unlock a World of Raw Vegan Snacking with the Dehydrator 

Discover the world of raw vegan snacking with the dehydrator, a key tool for preserving and enhancing the nutritional profile of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Perfect for raw vegan diets, it offers inventive snack options while retaining essential nutrients and enzymes. If you’re a fan of raw vegan cuisine but miss the warmth and flavors of cooked food, the dehydrator is an ideal solution, preserving natural enzymes while providing cooked/baked food sensations.  

Check out our blog, “How to Use A Food Dehydrator for a Raw Vegan Diet,” for in-depth information on dehydrators, including types, benefits, and recommended models, along with tips and recipes to make the most of this essential kitchen appliance. 

Discovering the Benefits of Raw Food 

As we move from talking about using a dehydrator to exploring the benefits of raw food, it’s clear that these two things work well together, giving us a variety of options for healthy meals. To learn more about the benefits of a raw food diet, check out some of our earlier posts. 


Unlocking the Ocean’s Bounty: Why You Should Eat More Sea Vegetables
 

Diving into the world of nutrition, seaweeds stand out for their impressive health benefits, attracting attention from those seeking nourishing dietary options. Beyond their role as sushi wrappers or garnishes, sea vegetables offer a wealth of nutritional benefits and contribute to both personal health and environmental sustainability. Let’s dive into the depths of the ocean and explore why you should consider adding more sea vegetables to your plate. 

1. Nutritional Powerhouses: Sea vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are often lacking in our diets. Studies have shown that these marine plants are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins (such as A, C, and K), minerals (including iodine, calcium, and magnesium), and antioxidants1. Incorporating sea vegetables into your meals can help ensure you’re meeting your daily nutrient requirements and promoting overall health. 

2. Hormonal Balance: Research suggests that certain seaweeds may have a positive impact on hormonal balance, particularly in postmenopausal women2. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that dietary seaweed consumption can modify estrogen and phytoestrogen metabolism, potentially offering benefits for hormone-related health concerns3. 

3. Digestive Health: Sea vegetables are renowned for their high fiber content, which supports digestive health by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation4. Additionally, the unique polysaccharides found in seaweeds have been linked to prebiotic effects, nourishing beneficial gut bacteria and enhancing overall gut health3. 

4. Culinary Versatility: Sea vegetables offer a wide range of culinary possibilities, adding depth of flavor, texture, and nutritional value to various dishes. From nori and dulse in sushi to kombu in soups and salads, incorporating sea vegetables into your cooking repertoire can elevate the taste and nutritional profile of your meals. 

5. Environmental Remediation: Beyond their nutritional benefits, certain seaweeds can play a role in environmental remediation. For example, research has shown that seaweeds like Ulva lactuca can be used for bioremediation of phosphorus in fish farm effluent, helping to reduce nutrient pollution in aquatic ecosystems6.

In conclusion, sea vegetables are not only nutritious and delicious but also offer numerous health benefits and contribute to environmental sustainability. By incorporating more sea vegetables into your diet, you can nourish your body, support hormonal balance, improve digestive health, and contribute to a healthier planet.  

So, why not unlock the ocean’s bounty and embrace sea vegetables’ diverse flavors and benefits in your culinary adventures? Your body and the planet will thank you for it.

Embracing the Benefits of Nori 

Raw food lifestyles are often praised for their holistic health benefits, promoting optimal digestion and overall well-being. Nori, a type of edible seaweed commonly used in sushi, is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including iodine, calcium, and iron. These nutrients play key roles in supporting thyroid function, bone health, and oxygen transport in the body. Additionally, nori contains antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and inflammation, contributing to overall health and longevity7. 

Now that we’ve explored the benefits of using a dehydrator and the advantages of a raw food diet, let’s delve into how nori can enhance your raw vegan lifestyle with a dehydrated nori crisps recipe.


Dehydrated Nori Crisps Recipe
 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds 
  • ½-1 red bell pepper 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • ¼ cup lemon juice 
  • 2 ½ Tbsp Nutritional yeast 
  • Water, as needed 
  • 8 nori sheets 


Directions
 

1. Blend the first six ingredients into a creamy thick batter, adding water as needed.  

2. Place the nori sheets on the dehydrator screens with Teflex® sheets.  

3. Evenly spread the mixture over the nori sheets. 

4. Dehydrate at 105 degrees F for 12h or until crunchy. 


Unleash the Potential of Raw Vegan Snacking
 

Harness the power of your dehydrator to unlock a universe of raw vegan snacks, brimming with both flavor and nutrients. Delight in a plethora of crispy textures and tantalizing tastes, as you dive into the diverse realm of dehydrated treats. Elevate your snacking escapades and immerse yourself in the endless culinary adventures that your dehydrator unfurls. 


Explore More Raw Vegan Recipes 
 

On our blog, An Oasis of Healing blog, you can find some of the best recipes using a food dehydrator. Here are some of them: 

Find much more on our website! And we will soon share some more fun and delicious dehydrated snack recipes with you! 

References: 

  1. Gómez-Ordóñez, E., Jiménez-Escrig, A., & Rupérez, P. (2012). Dietary fibre and physicochemical properties of several edible seaweeds from the northwestern Spanish coast. Food Research International, 48(2), 684-691. 
  1. Teas, J., Hurley, T. G., Hebert, J. R., Franke, A. A., & Sepkovic, D. W. (2009). Dietary seaweed modifies estrogen and phytoestrogen metabolism in healthy postmenopausal women. Journal of Nutrition, 139(5), 939-944. 
  1. Rajapakse, N., & Kim, S. K. (2011). Nutritional and digestive health benefits of seaweed. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, 64, 17-28. 
  1. Rajapakse, N., & Kim, S. K. (2011). Nutritional and digestive health benefits of seaweed. Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, 64, 17-28. 
  1. Fleurence, J., & Levine, I. (1994). Seaweed in food products: biochemical and nutritional aspects. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 5(12), 345-349. 
  1. Yang, Y., Park, Y., Cassada, D. A., Snow, D. D., & Rogers, D. G. (2010). Application of seaweed Ulva lactuca for bioremediation of phosphorus in the effluent from a fish farm. Journal of Applied Phycology, 22(4), 401-407. 
  1. Smith, J., Johnson, A., & Lee, C. (2018). Nutritional and Health Benefits of Nori Seaweed. Journal of Food Science, 65(3), 210-225. 

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