Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Each day in April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting about unusual and exotic foods.
Irish Moss is actually seaweed from the North Atlantic Ocean. Irish Moss got its name during the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840s. People were starving and desperate for food, and they began eating the red algae that washed up on the rocks along the coast.
Irish Moss is a mucilaginous food, much like okra, aloe, and chia seeds. Its gelatinous texture can be beneficial to the respiratory and digestive systems (it’s good for the mucus membranes!). It might also help to get rid of the bad bacteria in your gut, and wouldn’t that be great? It’s got B vitamins for energy, iodine compounds for thyroid health, and magnesium and potassium, both mood boosters. Yay!
Here’s a drink recipe using Irish (sea) moss from iamhealthyfit.com
The Best Green Smoothie Recipe In The World
- 1 cup of homemade ginger tea
- 1 cup of kale
- 1/2 of a green apple
- 1/2 of a ripe banana
- 1 tsp of chia seeds
- 1 tsp of irish sea moss
- 1 serving of your favorite plant base protein powder
Make your ginger tea (boil ginger root with water for 45 – 1 hour). A nice size is about the size of your hand in length, and 1 – 2 inches thick.
Cut your apple into chunks
Cut your bananas
Wash your kale and remove the stems
Place all your ingredients in a blender (I use the ninja) and Enjoy!
So, would you give Irish Moss a whirl?