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Why not make your own Iodine Rich Sushi?

By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)

The seaweed (nori ) in this dish is low in calories and a great source of iodine which is needed for the healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. Seaweed also contains zinc- another important mineral when it comes to health and fertility.

Nutritionally, Smoked Salmon provides us with high quality protein (important in the production of hormones), essential omega-3 fats (important in keeping our heart, skin, brain, joints and eyes healthy. , and several vitamins and minerals including vitamins B, D and Selenium which are all important for health and also fertility.

Cucumber is great for hydration and also contains a fantastic amount of antioxidants including vitamin c and also a number of other nutrients including manganese, potassium, vitamin k, magnesium, potassium and fibre.

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 sheets seaweed (nori)

9oz sushi rice

50g smoked salmon

2tsp rice vinegar

Pinch of sea salt

3 cm piece of cucumber cut into very small strips

To make

Cook the rice, drain it and place into a bowl -mix the salt and rice vinegar through it with a spoon- cover with a clean tea towel.

Place a clean bamboo mat on top of a chopping board and lay a sheet of nori onto the mat. Spoon ¼ of the rice over the nori and press it down –( leave a small space of around 1cm at each end).

Arrange the salmon over the rice and then place the cucumber strips over the salmon. Hold the nearest edge of the mat and roll up the nori tightly and use a drop of water to seal the edge. Repeat with the remaining  nori strips and then cut the roll into smaller pieces. These go well with any of the following: Gari or pickled Ginger, Tempura,  Edamame or Seaweed Salad.


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