I love the flavour of seaweed in crackers. Combined with sesame seeds, it is definitely one of my favourite flavour combos. To be honest, I love that seaweed sesame combo any time, any place, whether it’s in stir fries, crackers, homemade noodle ramen soup, or of course, sushi. I think I first started to like seaweed in cracker form when I bought those seaweed crisps once. They’re literally just sheets of nori that are salted and dried out making them a crispy, salty delight, but I was hooked.
Seaweed has become an increasingly common ingredient in my house over the last several months. In fact, I pretty much always have it in my pantry. It’s great to add to soup stocks, for a depth of flavour from its lovely umami taste, and I’m finding lots of other uses for it such as in stews and added into smoothies. The reason of course, is because seaweed is so good for you! Personally, I think it should definitely be considered a superfood and move up there in the ranks with acai berries and cacao, but at least adding it to your pantry (or your crackers) is a good place to start.
If you aren’t familiar, seaweed is a great source of magnesium and a source of B12. The latter is significant, because B12 is typically only found in meat, fish, eggs and dairy, making it a difficult vitamin for vegans to obtain. Seaweed also is a great source of calcium, making it a vegan’s dream food in terms of nutrients. The big player in seaweed though is iodine. Iodine is the key mineral that helps in thyroid function. The thyroid is responsible for helping maintain our metabolism, and all this entails, including energy levels, weight gain/loss, basal metabolic rate, how fast we digest food and feel hungry and several other components of daily functioning that are regulated by the rate and health of our metabolism. Having adequate levels of iodine is necessary to initiate the functional pathways of the thyroid and to make all of these things happen!
If you aren’t a fan of seaweed, but are convinced you should try it based on how good it is for you, don’t worry. These crackers don’t have an overpowering seaweed taste, but it’s still in there for you to benefit from. As you get used to the seaweed flavour, feel free to make them with an additional sheet of nori, or better yet, start adding seaweed into other dishes! Enjoy!