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I’ve never been a big milk drinker and recently I cut it out altogether – although I’ve now reintroduced just a little bit as I couldn’t bear my morning cup of tea without a good splash of dairy goodness. (I’ve decided life ain’t worth living without one decent cup of tea per day!) Apparently, milk is a good source of iodine, so that got me thinking… how else can I get iodine in my diet without taking a supplement?
How to Get More Iodine into Your Diet
The answer is seaweed! Haha – yes. Really.
I’m not talking about chowing down on more sushi rolls (apparently most nori used in sushi is over-processed and therefore doesn’t provide too much in the way of health benefits), but instead eating straight-up seaweed. I have fallen head over heels in (food) love with Pacific Harvest’s Manuka Smoked Kelp. Not only does it taste delish, but it’s a great alternative to salt, as the high mineral concentration in kelp gives it a natural salty taste. To get the smoky flavour, the kelp granules are smoked using Manuka wood. Yes, this is the same Manuka tree that bees feast on to produce the uber-hip Manuka honey!
Kelp Flakes: A Match Made in Heaven
Kelp is super rich in iodine – you only need a very small amount to get your recommended daily allowance. So I slap it on everything and anything, including:
- avocado on toast
- all over fried eggs
- juicy sliced tomatoes with olive oil
- mashed potato, baked potato, roast potato – hell, anything potato
- roasted vegetables
I think you get the drift here. You name it, if it needs salt, then smoked kelp seasoning is a match made in heaven!
Did you know that New Zealand’s marine environment is over 4 million square kilometres of ocean?
Why buy seaweed products from the other side of the world? Well, this is an interesting point. Like some fish, seaweeds can also absorb and store heavy metals – and I’m not talking the music kind. Seaweed should come from clean, unpolluted water… and what does New Zealand have? An over-abundance of the stuff. Did you know that New Zealand’s marine environment is over 4 million square kilometres of ocean, making it the fourth largest marine environment in the world? That’s pretty impressive, given that there are 81 countries larger in land area.
Pacific Harvest takes advantage of this environment and harvest their kelp sustainably from wild coastal areas in New Zealand. They are also super-vigilant about testing for contaminants, so you can be assured that this is the real deal. If you’re looking for a way to boost your iodine levels and/or reduce your sodium intake through diet then this is a product that you should definitely try!
At a Glance
- Look: very fine, dry, dark brown and cream flecked flakes – actually, looks surprisingly like ground pepper.
- Taste: intensely savoury, with a lovely hit of smokiness and saltiness.
- Texture: while these are small flakes made for sprinkling onto dishes, if you eat them on their own (I confess to dipping my finger into the jar now and again), it’s got a slightly chewy texture… chewy in a good way.
- Aroma: when I shut my eyes and take a big sniff it reminds me of campfires – that would be the manuka smokiness coming through. This may put some people off though: smoke as a flavour/smell is a love:hate type of thing!
- Where to buy: even though these products pack a weighty punch, they are light and fluffy, so shipping around the world is super easy. And if you live in Australia, then you’re in luck (check out Pacific Harvest’s list of stockists).
- Local Alternative: not happy buying by post? Then for those of you living in the UK, my recommendation are Mara Seaweed products. While I can’t find an exact match to the Manuka Smoked Kelp, I do like their Dulse flakes. For my friends in North America and Australia, do you have any local seaweed products that you can recommend? If so, leave a comment below and let us know.
N.B. this bottle of smoky, salty goodness was purchased by Introduced By. No compensation (monetary or in-kind) has been solicited or offered. In fact, they don’t even know that they’re getting this glowing review! We love this product, so the decision to write about it was our own and all views and opinions are our own.