Are you craving potato chips? Not the deep fried, hot potatoes….the crunchy ones in a packet. (aka. potato crisps) Or maybe just looking for that crunchy, salty snack that has always ending up in you eating some kind of processed `junk-food’. Or `food-like substance’ as I prefer to call it. Our Nori Crisps could just be the answer you are looking for to help you get through these times and to boost your body’s nutrients.
Cravings are usually a way of your body telling you that it needs some extra attention in some way. For many of us, cravings (particularly for salty and crunchy things) kick into high gear when we’re stressed or anxious.
“Food cravings arise to satisfy emotional needs, such as calming stress and reducing anxiety,” says Adam Drewnowski, PhD, of the University of Washington, a well-known researcher on taste and food preferences.
It’s at these times that we think of the cravings as a negative thing and that we just have to overcome them.
But they can in fact, also be your physical your body talking to you. There are lots of reasons why you could have the craving, and it could be that you need to tweak your food intake. More than likely if you are reading this blog, you have cut out grains, processed foods and other nasties, which has cut back your carbohydrate intake. But have you made sure that you are getting enough energy from other good sources – ie. good fats and proteins?
Cravings could also be your body telling you that it is hungry – not necessarily for food, but for particular nutrients. A craving for salty foods is an example of your body telling you it needs more of the minerals that come from the sea. Sea vegetables contain almost all the nutrients found in the ocean and the same minerals that are in human blood. They have the broadest range of minerals of any food and are rich in the B vitamins, folate, magnesium, iron, calcium, iodine, and more. Which leads to the Nori Crisps.
These Nori Crisps are one of the favourite snacks in our households and so easy to make. This recipe is not precise – you just have to work out what works best for you.
- Nori sheets – the ones you get from the sushi section of the supermarket. I usually make three or four packets up at a time as they go so quickly
- Water – in a spray bottle (you could just sprinkle water from wet hands or use a brush, but a spritz bottle works best)
- Salt – I prefer Himalayan pink salt flakes
- Spices to sprinkle on – I like to use onion powder, garlic powder and chilli powder but you could experiment
- Lay out a clean tea towel to work on. You will be spraying water and you don’t want the excess to make the nori sheets too soggy.
- Lay out three or four nori sheets on the tea towel
- Spray lightly with cold water. You want the nori sheets to be pliable but not soggy.
- Sprinkle half of each sheet lightly with salt flakes and spices of choice
- Fold each sheet in half and press firmly – the two sides of the sheet will stick together
- Using scissors, cut each sheet into four strips and lay on oven trays
- Cook in oven on 120 degrees C. for 15 – 20 minutes. When done they will be dark, shiny and crinkled.
- Let cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container.
You could do all sorts of variations with the spices you sprinkle on these. We’ve used sesame seeds and poppy seeds, but usually settle for the simple/plain variety. Mainly because it’s quicker!!
If you come up with some yummy flavours please let us all know. Leave a comment here to share it with everyone.