Seaweed is brimming with the nutrients we look for in other whole foods like fruits and vegetables. It just packs a lot more in a small package: it’s high in plant protein, anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and boasts up to 10 times the mineral content of land vegetables. (Love you spinach, but seaweed has twice the mineral content!). Some species (like Laver, the one we’re using in your bites) are rich in a bioactive called porphyran that isn’t readily available in Western diets. And there’s nothing new or trendy about seaweed, it’s literally the oldest food out there. Seaweed has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years; it was so valuable in ancient Japan that it was used as currency; and pubs in Ireland and Scotland used to serve it as a bar snack in the early 1900s (let’s bring this back). It’s been around awhile for a reason.