I love when a recipe calls for noodles, and not just any kind of noodles. Especially the kind that are yummy and veggie-based! I’ve surprised countless clients, family members and friends with the power of veggie noodles.
In my Mixed Veggie and Kelp Noodle Salad Recipe, you guessed it, we’ll be using kelp noodles. These noodles not only have a nice texture without being heavy, but are delicious and filling too.
Mixed Beauty Veggies
In order to keep your body running efficiently, greens are one of the most important food groups. They are the most nutrient-dense of all foods and full of alkaline minerals and fiber, and, they make up your key Beauty Foods—regenerating and purifying your cells, and keeping your skin glowing, your hair strong and your eyes beautifully bright!
With all the research I’ve done, one thing that seems to continue to come up, is that in order to improve your overall health and beauty—we need to fill up on whole, unrefined plant foods. So why stop now?!
Today’s recipe calls for a medley of veggies, everything from carrots, shallots, and celery, to red pepper, spinach and parsley.
With all the colors of the rainbow, you will be gaining a powerful punch of nutrients for overall health and beauty. Let’s see how:
- Carrots: Rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. Try to also select red and purple varieties of carrots, and really, besides the ole orange standard, as carrots of all colors to help provide you with great antioxidant support.
- Shallots: Rich in flavonols and polyphenolic compounds, which are higher in quantity in shallots than in onions and garlic. They also contain dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and manganese.
- Celery: In addition to antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients—that help protect the digestive tract—celery contains pectin-based polysaccharides that can provide the stomach with special benefits by controlling levels of stomach secretions.
- Red Pepper: An excellent source of carotenoids and a source of over 30 different members of the carotenoid nutrient family and providing a very broad range of antioxidants. Also an excellent source of vitamin C (at 117 milligrams per cup), more than twice the amount of vitamin C found in a typical orange. A good source of vitamin E (another antioxidant), and the antioxidant mineral manganese.
- Spinach: Rich in water-soluble vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, and a wide variety of phytonutrients, there are many different ways to incorporate spinach into your beauty meal plan while gaining a variety of nutritional benefits.
- Parsley: An excellent of vitamin K and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron. Parsley is a good source of folic acid (one of the most important B vitamins), for a healthy heart.
We always want to eat a wide range of vegetables, besides greens, rotating as often as possible. As you can see, they all have a range of minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients, plus fiber to help sweep away waste from your body, as well as fill you up in the process.
Mineral-Rich Sea Vegetable: Raw Kelp Noodles
If you love Asian cuisine as much as I do, then you’ll love this dish. Traditional to Asian cuisine, kelp noodles are most commonly found in Korean cooking but have made it into other civilizations like China, Greece, and Iceland.
Made from a brown seaweed that grows in deep waters, it has a jelly-like extract left after steaming edible kelp, and are made without the addition of grain flour or starch (which is great for those of us following The Beauty Detox Solution principles). It combines as a neutral veggie.
They are so versatile (they take on pretty much any flavor you toss them with), and give us the potential for weight loss with only 6 calories per serving (though we don’t obsess/count calories here in the Beauty Detox Community!), compared to other noodles. They are also rich in trace minerals that will build healthy hair and beauty.
Kelp noodles are rich in calcium, iron and vitamin K. In fact, a 1/2 cup serving of kelp noodles has 134 milligrams of calcium (11-13 percent of the recommended dietary intake), 2.28 milligrams of iron, 12.6 to 28.5 percent of the recommended dietary intake; and 52.8 micrograms of vitamin K, 44 to 59 percent of the daily adequate intake.
These raw noodles are made of the healthy, mineral-rich sea vegetable kelp, and, are free of gluten and fat. What better noodle can we add to our entrees than the amazing kelp noodle. And it’s always nice to mix it up a little—varying between kelp, brown rice noodles or soba (buckwheat) noodles—to gain the most nutrients.
How To Prepare Them
You just rinse them and they are ready to go—no cooking required. They have a neutral taste so you can throw sauces and dressings on top of them to dress them up. The only thing is that they are a bit crunchy, so I like to let them soften into the sauce at room temperature for a while before serving. The brand I like to use is Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles, which you can find at your local health food store, Whole Foods or even on Amazon,(See Note).
Check out this nutritious recipe below
- 1 package of kelp noodles, rinsed thoroughly (Sea Tangle is a brand I like a lot)
- 2 carrots, shredded
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped finely
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced very thinly
- 3 cups baby spinach or baby kale
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ¼ cup of black sesame seeds
- 1 Tbs. Udo’s omega 3 oil or olive oil
- 2 Tbs. Tamari (for dressing on salad)
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Add the dressing of Udo’s or olive oil and tamari and toss until combined.
- Notes: Be sure to always rinse the kelp noodles well with warm water before using and I like to roughly chop them so the strands aren't so long and hard to eat!
Let me know what you think and don’t forget to add it to your Dinner Recipe Pinterest board!
In love and health,