Seaweed is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can consume. Whether it’s leafy or spindly, or dark or highlighter green, if it’s an edible seaweed, it’s packed with nutrients. Two common types you’ll come across include nori and wakame.
Nori is the sheet-style seaweed that holds your California rolls together; it’s also found in dried form and makes a great late-night snack that’s high in omega-3s and low in carbohydrates and calories. Although you most likely perceive it as dark green, nori is actually a red seaweed.
Wakame is the brown type of spindly seaweed that looks dull olive or bright green, depending on harvest and preparation. This type of seaweed is high in iodine, a nutrient that’s otherwise low in the American diet. A 4-ounce serving of wakame provides about 50 calories with 4 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs.
FOUR OUNCES OF WAKAME HAS 50 CALORIES, 4G OF PROTEIN, AND 10G OF CARBS.