Nutrient Packed Sea Vegetables: Kelp

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5 Nutrient Packed Sea Vegetables to Add to Your Diet

Tired of vegetables from the land?

Ever heard of a kelp forest? In the wild, these incredible sea plants grow in shallow waters and almost look like underwater trees — hence the name forest. A versatile ingredient, kelp, is normally sold dried, and when rehydrated (which takes about an hour) it swells to many times its original size. It can be used in seaweed salads, stir frys, and soups, as well as to help cook beans, peas and lentils. Kelp and wakame look an awful lot a like, but their nutritional value differ a bit, so be sure to get the one that is best for you.

Kelp is a good source of:

  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin C
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Dietary fiber
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Iodine
  • Zinc
  • Copper

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