Have you ever made your own crackers? I have a few times before, but they were never worth blogging about because frankly they took longer than I wanted and you could get decent options elsewhere. So these super seed crackers are GOOD! They are loaded with, you guessed it- seeds. And so many seeds too! Plus I added in some extra fibre with the psyllium husk too. Also, there are so many minerals from the nori which is one thing that I find so many people are missing from their diet.
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Minerals, minerals, minerals:
I want to chat a bit about the importance of minerals for a minute. We spend so much time thinking about vitamins and we tend to forget about how important minerals are to our diet. Unfortunately due to the way most of our food is grown these days (even if you buy organic), the soil has been depleted. This means that all those minerals in the soil that we used to get in our diets isn’t there. I am a big believer in getting most of our vitamins, minerals and nutrients from real, whole foods. The problem is that the way our food is grown, it makes it really hard to get that. So supplementing with high quality products is a smart option.
But when it comes to eating just one type of food that is literally bursting with so many minerals, you cannot beat nori and other sea veggies. Whenever I talk to a client or anyone else for that matter about nori, they look at me like I have five heads. Because typically nori and other sea veggies are not something that is found in western diets. So if this is new to you, I would urge you to consider adding sea veggies to your life. You can start by adding these nori super seed crackers to your meal planning- your welcome!
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What’s Up With Sea Veggies?
Seaweed and sea veggies are forms of algae that grow in the sea. Nori and other sea veggies like kombu, dulse and kelp are all amazing sources of iodine. Iodine is an important mineral that helps your thyroid make the hormones it needs. Your thyroid is basically like the thermostat of your body, helping to regulate your internal temperature. It is responsible for the rate at which your body consumes energy, manufactures proteins and makes use of other hormones. Proper maintenance of your thyroid is essential for overall health. Seaweed also contains tyrosine, which is an essential amino acid (meaning our bodies need it, but cannot make it on their own). Tyrosine is used alongside iodine to make key hormones that help your thyroid do its job.
What Else Do They Provide:
- Seaweed and other sea veggies, like nori also contain omega 3 fatty acids. This is important for those that follow a vegetarian or vegan diet and need to get those healthy fats in their diet.
- Contain other important trace minerals and vitamins. Minerals like magnesium, calcium, sodium, folate and zinc. With vitamins like A, C, E and K, although these are in much smaller quantities.
- They are also rich in antioxidants which help protect our bodies against stress.
Can You Have Too Much:
Anyone that has a thyroid issue should be careful to monitor their thyroid hormone levels as too much iodine can cause issues. Traditionally, in Japanese culture, sea veggies are often paired with other foods that contain goitrogens like cruciferous veggies and soy products to help inhibit iodine absorption by the thyroid.
The nori that I used in these super seed crackers is sourced from Korea which is thought to be much safer. I primarily use the brand Seasnax because of the reliance on using high quality ingredients and the sourcing. Unlike other brands, they use organic extra virgin olive oil, not canola or soybean. I am literally obsessed with all their products, like the nori sheets, which I made into wraps (you can see a recipe over here) and the chomperz.
All the Seeds, Please:
As the name suggests, these super seed crackers contain more than just nori, they also have lots of seeds. I used primarily pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, chia, flax and some psyllium husk for added fibre. If you don’t want to add the nori in, you can make these without, I used the onion nori from Seasnax. I would suggest adding in some seasonings to make up for the loss of the sea salt naturally occurring from the nori. Perhaps some nutritional yeast, onion, garlic, thyme or rosemary could all work. This recipe is pretty lenient, so feel free to add in extra of one type of seed for another. I would suggest using both sunflower and pumpkin seeds as the base and then adding or subtracting the others based on your needs or preferences.
I hope you enjoy these super seed crackers as much as I did. If you find they aren’t remaining crispy after you’ve baked them and let them cool, I would just pop them in your toaster for a little bit to re-heat them and make them crispy. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze them if you need to keep them longer than that.
Super Seed Crackers with Nori
Preheat the oven to 320 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Add the sunflower seeds through to the water in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Let it sit for about 20 minutes.
Spread the seed mixture on the parchment paper using your hands to press down, so it's even and flat and fairly thin.
Bake for 60 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before cutting or breaking into squares or any other shape you wish.