Do you, like me, have a pretty good working knowledge of nutrition, opinions to spare, a strong belief that you are, in fact, what you eat…
…and someone(s) in your life who couldn’t care less?
Well, after much lamenting, cajoling, mentoring, throwing up handing, and finally saying “fine, eat what you like i’m putting seaweed in my dinner dammit!” -ing, I have come up with a few tricks to appease my sense that time is running out to stuff adequate nutrition into another human being. Because, lets face it, it ain’t my body, so I really don’t have the right to feel put out by it all.
Educate, don’t Berate! (is that how the saying goes?)
IN THE MEANTIME:
#1. Spruce up the Salt
One good thing about fussy eaters, is that they are usually also too lazy to remedy a situation unless it is very uncomfortable. So, get yourself a salt shaker that is also a grinder, some unrefined course sea salt (grey if you can get away with it) and some seaweed of your choice. Mix it all together and pour into grinder. Then, get rid of any other salt options in the house. If they want to saltify, they must grind! I haven’t actually had any complaints, as it really does just taste salty.
grinder: if you can afford ceramic parts, great, they don’t rust. If not, plastic or stainless steel will do the job. If you can’t find one easily, you can buy one of those specialty salts in any grocer to start with and then just keep refilling it with your own mix.
salt: get the biggest course salt you can find, if it is damp (high quality) you might need to spread it out on something (pan, towel, board) and dry it out first. The grey colour is because it hasn’t been bleached or refined and it still contains all those tasty trace minerals that we actually need. They also help minimize the damage excess salt causes in the body. After all, we came from the sea originally right?
seaweed: This is all preference… As I am lazy, I buy Dulse flakes, which are already cut up for you and mix well with salt. I’ve also used Alaria, which come in black strands and breaks up nicely when dry. Kelp gives you a littel extra calcium and Nori a little extra protein. Use your imagination!
So, don’t do the salty dance of guilt, just spruce* your salt up!
*you know you Can eat spruce needles (or at least make vit. C rich tea outa them), but you might find the taste a little strong and distracting for salt…