SEAMOSS 101

Gold Seamoss

There’s a ton of sporadic information out there (some good/some lacking). To add to my frustration, despite having friends that have been taking seamoss for years, I received very little or sporadic advice/assistance from them in this regard. As such, I decided to take the bull by the horns and do my own research. In keeping with the format of the quick articles contained in this blog, this article is brief however, the information on this superfood is vast, including sourcing it from reputable seaports and distributors is key to getting the best bang for your buck as well as the most nutrient dense product out there. Let this brief summary inspire your own more in depth research of what will work best for you, your lifestyle and your body.

Purp Seamoss

At as little as two tbsps per day, this superfood contains 92 of the 102 minerals that make-up the human body and was widely popularized in the African American and other communities of color by the “self-proclaimed” doctor, Dr. Sebi (not an actual medical doctor).

Seamoss (Irish or carrageen moss), is a red algae. There are many different species. The most well-known and popular ones, Chondrus Crispus, Gracilaria and Eucheuma Cottinii come in a wide range of colors including gold, red, purple and more. It’s mainly found growing along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coastlines of Europe, the Caribbean and North America.

In Ireland, it’s been used for food & medicine for thousands of years and was even used during the 19th century potato famine as poverty food. Containing 92 of 102 minerals in the body, its considered one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is both vitamin & mineral rich, and when taken along with bladderwrack, will provide all of the 102 minerals that our body is made of and require. Among other things, this superfood filters out germs and bacteria during blood circulation. See the 3-minute video contained in this article for a more detailed list of its benefits.

The list of all the great things that this wonderful nutrient provides is almost endless. So much so, I decided to take the plunge and commit to it myself especially as we approach flu season and wave two of the novel Corona virus. Based on your lifestyle you can either opt for pill form, a pre-made gel or like me, you can make your own gel and bi-products by buying the actual dried seamoss itself. I’ve included a brief tutorial in my video, but there are also tons of them on youtube. I decided to buy the dried seamoss so I can use it in many different ways from cooking with it (including infusing it in teas), to making my own facial products and of course take internally. As of the writing of this article, I’m on my second batch of gel (which once gelled, lasts up to 14 days refrigerated).

I’m frugal and like getting the most of my investments. A little dried seamoss goes a long way. Dried seamoss lasts up to a year. For convenience, you can also freeze gelled seamoss in ice trays and store it in an airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.

Since there’s no shortage of distributors out there, after much reading, scrutiny and research; I decided start with a list of just a few that I felt a sense of confidence in to see for myself which brand I liked most (I’ve listed them below and will update as needed). Beware – some distributors make pool grown seamoss which isn’t necessarily fake, but it certainly doesn’t contain all of the desired benefits as wildcrated seamoss.

As I mentioned earlier, it can be used in herbal teas and even infused with cinnamon, which has it’s own blood regulating properties. But the uses are endless and further include, but not limited to smoothies, juices and water infused. I’ve even heard of people flavoring their own batches of seamoss with various other natural flavors. With regards to cooking, Seamoss can be used in porridge, soups and stews as a thickner. It’s considered by some as nature’s collagen – so it can be used as a facial mask to help reduce hyperpigmentation as well as in baths and in the making of bar soaps. As a post-surgery recovery treatment, it has also been used to aid in the healing process.

Yes! The list goes on and on. Again – a little research ain’t never hurt nobody, so go onto YouTube and have a field day getting full and excited from everything this superfood can bring you. I guarantee you, like me, you’ll be a seamoss junkie!!

Beauty Size Jar

Last but not least, don’t forget to watch my brief informative 3-minute video that will be sure to inspire your own research and fascination. Peace and blessings! ✌🏾🙏🏾☮️🧘🏽‍♂️

Preferred Sources – @vitalveganinc @wildcrated.seamoss @akeemo.therapy

Spinach Soup Love

This recipe is for my HS classmate Sonya in Atlanta (adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe)! Yes you might have noticed that we’re loving our love of soups lately. Well its because, they’re quick, very easy to make, versatile [as you can have them as a side, appetizer or a complete meal (when adding protein like chopped chicken breast)]!  And trust us – after making this a couple of times you won’t need this recipe at all. Yes, its that easy! Lets jump right into it as I don’t have a story to share behind this other than the fact that its delicious and that you might want to have some buttery pan-toasted sourdough bread to accompany this jewel of a soup.

One last thing I want to note here is that if you have a large amount of produce on hand making soups out of it is a good way for it not to sit in your refrigerator and go bad. I do this a lot with broccoli and cauliflower. Oh and if you don’t have one yet an immersion (i.e hand) blender, is an amazing investment for sauces soups smoothies, shakes, etc.


Ingredients:
* 1 quart of chicken stock
* 3 tablespoons of fat (butter, coconut oil, or ghee)
* 1 medium onion
* 2 large shallots (or another onion)
* 4 cloves of garlic chopped or thinly sliced (or as much as you want depending on your preference)
* 1/4 c all purpose flour (feel free to leave this out if you’re cutting carbs but its not much)
* 1.5 lbs of spinach coarsely chopped
* juice from half a lemon (roughly 1 tbsp)
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* smoked paprika, salt, pepper (to taste)


Preparation:
> over med heat bring stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan (or heat in microwave 3-4 mins)
> melt butter over heat in large pot (medium heat)
> when butter melts and foams add in onion, shallots and garlic, then partially cover and cook while stirring for roughly 5 mins until they soften
> add flour and wish for roughly a minute
> wisk in the warmed stock
> add spinach and stir til wilted
> simmer 10-15 mins
> add lemon juice and season with salt + pepper
> use an immersion/hand blender to puree the soup (you may also use a regular blender or food processor to do this in batches then return to pot when finished)
> stir in the heavy cream
> simmer on low for 5 mins
> serve with a dash of smoked paprika and toasted sourdough bread

Meatball Love!

Love our variations on meatballs! These protein rich delights are so quick + easy to make in a crunch and so freaking good. Make a simple meal like topping them with micro-greens and placing them on a plated smeared with pesto for flavor. We’ve included the nutrition label below as well. Don’t be so rigid tho. The fun in making meatballs is being able to sort of eyeball things.

Ingredients:

• 1 lb ground chicken
• 1 lb ground pork
• 2 tbsp greek yogurt
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 medium eggs
• 1/4 cup walnuts (or breadcrumbs)
• 1 tbsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

————

“Look Good…Feel Great…Enjoy Life”

Until next time, be encouraged to leave feedback below.