At some point you probably have heard that pasta is not the healthiest of foods to consume. Not only does it wreck havoc on your blood sugar, putting stress on your digestive organs, and making it more likely to have these carbohydrates get stored in fat cells, but this food is also not prepared appropriately for the body to digest. Pasta and grains that are not soaked like they have been in traditional cultures, contain phytates (most of it found in the germ of the plant- whole grain!) that can bind to nutrients in your body and carry them out, leaving you a little more depleted every time you consume them. Crazy right?! The first time I learned this I was in absolute aw, especially because we are told to eat so many whole grain products, but never told how to prepare them.
Needless to say I don’t eat pasta much these days, or ever really. Though when I did I really enjoyed it, so over the years I have found a variety of pasta substitutes, one of them being Kelp noodles. At first glance they do not sound or look tempting, but it’s all about the sauce or flavor you add to them, just like pasta. The texture really does resemble normal pasta but without the starchy carbohydrates or blood sugar disaster.
Here are some of the benefits of kelp:
- 6 calories per 1/2 cup! Even if you’re not calorie focused, it’s still too good to be true..but it is!
- Great source of Iodine! Not an easy thing to get in an American diet. Best sources are from seafood and seaweed.
- Protects against radiation poisoning due to its high iodine content. Iodine is also important for the thyroid, immune system, and for female hormone regulation. A study at UC Berkeley found that Japanese women, whose diets are rich in kelp, have lower rates of ovarian, breast, and endometrial cancer.
- Fucoidan (complex carbohydrate) present in kelp, has been shown in studies to have the ability to induce apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells, and is anti-inflammatory
Need an idea on what to do with these noodles? This is my favorite recipe for them:
Basil Cream Kelp Noodles
1 bag Kelp noodles
Juice from 1/2 a Lemon
Salt n Pepper
Handful fresh basil
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Olives to top pasta noodles
So what do you think? Share your favorite way to prepare Kelp noodles. Make sure and Like Wise Roots on Facebook for more yummy recipes!