The Skinny on Seaweeds

Seaweeds Are The New ‘Kid’ On The Block!

010Many years ago when I wrote my first book, I included a paragraph or two about sea vegetables and shared a fantasy of mine.  That fantasy would be to witness sea vegetables being advertised on T.V. !

They have not quite reached ‘super stardom’ status yet but it is certainly heading in that direction. Many health magazines and websites are filled with information about this wonderful food and for good reason.

Food companies are now manufacturing all sorts of ‘seaweed snacks’ and you can even buy a seaweed pizza! Packed full of goodness, you can enjoy crisp seaweed snacks anywhere, anytime, be it at play, at work or while you are travelling.

Crispy Seaweed is now readily available in thin crispy strips that can be consumed as a snack or as a supplement to your meals, with rice, in sandwiches, in salads, with soup, or on its own; it is simply irresistible and delicious. I have been using seaweeds for decades and always have some delicious tasting snacks with some seaweeds added.  See recipe below.

Seaweeds break down and digest slowly compared to processed foods. Seaweeds are also nutrient dense, and loaded with minerals; (when your diet is rich in trace minerals you have less cravings).  Seaweeds contribute greatly to hormonal balance too. Research shows that seaweed speeds up weight loss by blocking fat intake and promotes fat burning. Alginate the natural fibre found in sea kelp blocks the body from absorbing fat far more effectively than anti-weight treatments currently sold over the counter.

A 2010 study by Newcastle University demonstrated what has been known for centuries in the Far East – Sea Vegetables are a powerful tool for weight loss as well as being amazing for your health.

Seaweed Nut Crunch

¼ cup sesame oil

½ cup rice syrup

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup sesame seeds

6 sheets of nori seaweed, torn or cut into tiny pieces

1 tsp. shoyu

Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Pour oil and rice syrup in a large pan.  Bring to a frothy boil and add sliced almonds, stir, and add sesame seeds and nori pieces.  Sprinkle in shoyu. Continue stirring until everything is coated. Pour into one layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool and cut into slices.

Bill and I enjoy these as a healthy snack with a cup of bancha tea.

In good health marlene-signature


  1. Marlene, you are a true inspiration to us all and I absolutely love receiving the newsletters as I learn something new with every single article. I am already an advocate of the seaweed bath, delicious seaweed crunch and have followed your instructions on how to make your very own seaweed kelp face mask!! Completely rejuvenated and refreshed, I look as though I have just returned from a week at a very expensive and exclusive spa………………..compliments of Marlene!!! Xxxxx

    • Thank you so much Lainey for dropping me a note, much appreciated. Delighted you are enjoying my blogs and incorporating my recipes and health suggestions into your life. You will be the better for it. Love Marlene x

    • Hi Fiona, Yes outer Hebrides, great place, taught there many years ago. Have a great day and I wish you success with your new book.
      Marlene x

  2. is my HERO!! That is how I found you. I am 72 year young. Mother of 5 wonderful adults, GrandMillie to 8 Grand Adults and living my retirement dream here in beautiful Phoenix, AZ. A retired over the road C D L trucker driver,for 2 years.
    I am a member of I am 5 ft weight at 120 and I must lose 10 lbs only. Thanks for telling me more about seafood, that is going to help me. Thanks, Miss Millie PS: I am take no drugs. God Bless You My Child

    • Wonderful to hear Milly, yes Christina is a dear friend and does great work in the world.
      Have a super day, Marlene x

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