Dulse is a sea vegetable that is (I won’t lie to you) mildly yucky, super good for you, and one that I am going to pressure you to eat. I have tricked myself into liking it by using a happy, enthusiastic inner voice and marketing it to myself as “BACON OF THE SEA!” The truth is that it is nothing like bacon, my favorite meat, reserved only for special occasions. I could write poems and sing songs about bacon. I should take some to an Olin Mills photo studio and get some portraits done, I love it so much. I would wear it, but it would not last long in my presence.
Ok, enough about bacon (food of the gods). Dulse. Dulse is so good for you, that it’s totally worth trying to hide it in other foods, and/or playing strange mind games with yourself to encourage consumption. It’s hard to find a food with so much wonderful mineral content in it. Check out these stats (7 g = about 1/3 of a cup). Eat ANY of these sea vegetables, and you’ll be doing great things for your body. I’d recommend kelp, but man, that’s really yucky, as opposed to mildly yucky like dulse (although I do like kelp in some Japanese soups).
The dulse I like best is Maine Coast Sea Vegetables brand “Smoked with Applewood” dulse. I have gotten to the point where I can eat a serving just as is, if I really need to. However, if you’re really not into sea vegetables, you can get the flakes to sprinkle on a salad or in soup (after heating). Seriously, it’s really worth talking yourself into eating this stuff.
Note: if you’re eating sea vegetables like dulse on a regular basis, use natural salt (like Celtic Sea salt) in your kitchen, as opposed to the processed, gross, iodized salt. Dulse has a ton of iodine in it. You probably won’t need any more, but talk to your doctor about it, if you are unsure of what kind of iodine requirements you need (iodine is important for your thyroid – your doctor should know about it).