The next time you make a meal that could use a "wrap," avoid those carb-heavy bread products and reach for the nori. No-what? Nori, which is the Japanese word for dried seaweed. It sounds exotic, and once upon a time you could find it only in sushi joints and Asian markets, but now you can get a 12-pack for under three bucks at any market (even Walmart!).
Why keep nori within reach in your kitchen? This nutritional superstar offers a boatload of health and beauty benefits: protein, calcium, iron, potassium, lots of vitamin C and more vitamin A than carrots. Plus, you'll score dozens and dozens of minerals to help grow healthy hair, skin and even fingernails.
You can just eat nori straight as a snack (only 10 calories per sheet), or do what I do and make your own nori wrap. My fave (call it a Rachel Roll) includes a variety of crunchy vegetables, low-mercury tuna salad, and a touch of avocado and/or spicy mustard on a sheet of nori. Then roll it up burrito-style for a totally easy, portable, low-cal and super-nutritious snack. What's not to love? Say yes to nori!