Diabetes Blog Week: Diabetes Art – Asian Inspired Seaweed Salad

Saturdays Topic was:

 Do some “traditional” art like drawing, painting, collage or any other craft you enjoy. Or look to the literary arts and perhaps write a d-poem or share and discuss a favorite quote. Groove to some musical arts by sharing a song that inspires you diabetes-wise, reworking some song lyrics with a d-twist, or even writing your own song. Don’t forget dramatic arts too, perhaps you can create a diabetes reality show or play.

With my blog being about food, diabetes and exploring a plant based lifestyle, I thought it only fitting to post a recipe as my ‘art piece’. I’ve been wanting to post this recipe for awhile, but just hadn’t gotten around to it, so today is the day!

I made this recipe after a full on weekend of eating out and then a few days away for work. By the time I came home from my time away for work, I just needed to eat something really healthy. I was craving something light, refreshing and above all, healthy.

Adopting a plant based diet, I’ve really enjoyed exploring foods that I would never have touched or gone near before. Eating sea vegetables, was one of those foods. Disgusting! Gross! It’s all slimy! But after falling in love with sushi a couple of years ago, could it really be that bad? I’ve definitely learned that it’s not. In fact, it’s actually quite delicious!

The Japanese have long benefited from the addition of sea vegetables in their lives. The Japanese consume more sea vegetables than any other country and maybe-not-so-coincidentally they have the some of the lowest chronic disease rates in the world and also one of the highest life-expectancy rates in the world. Sea vegetables are some of the most nutrient dense foods in the world and contain more trace minerals than you can poke a stick at. Interestingly, sea vegetables contain virtually all the minerals found in the ocean which are the same minerals that are found in human blood!

Health Benefits of Sea Vegetables

  • Rich iodine source – supporting healthy thyroid function
  • High amounts of lignans which help prevent cancer
  • Good levels of folic acid and magnesium which can help to protect the heart and cardiovascular system
  • The folic acid and magnesium  can also help women with menopausal symptoms.
  • Stress and anxiety deplete a persons B vitamins – pantothenic acid and riboflavin – and sea vegetables are great for helping to restore these vitamins.

As a diabetic, I choose to eat healthy so I can live a longer and healthier life, which is the primary reason for adopting a plant based diet. Without further ado, here is my Asian Inspired Seaweed Salad recipe:

Asian Inspired Seaweed Salad

Asian Inspired Seaweed Salad

 

Asian Inspired Seaweed Salad

Large bunch of kale, shredded and massaged
1 or 2 large silverbeet leaves, shredded
3 small radishes, diced finely
3 shallots, diced finely
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large carrot, julienned
1 large continental cucumber, julienned
3 or 4 strips of Wakame, rehydrated then cut into small pieces
Large pinch of Arame, rehydrated
Sprinkle of dulse flakes

Dressing
2 inch piece of ginger
4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. agave syrup
3-4 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. white miso paste
1-2 tbsp sesame oil

In the making

In the making

 

  1. Mix all the salad ingredients in a large bowl
  2. In a blender, blend all the dressing ingredients
  3. Pour as much dressing over your salad as you like, save some for other salads if you don’t want to use it all!

 

 

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