What do alfalfa seeds, milk thistle seeds and nori all have in common? For starters, they are extremely nutrient dense, providing many vitamins and minerals essential to the body.
Milk thistle and alfalfa seeds can be purchased in bulk at your local co-op or health food store. Alfalfa seeds provide an array of vitamins and minerals including B, C, D, E, K, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium! With their abundance of health properties, they are excellent for reducing inflammation and help with hormone balance, as they are phytoestrogens, where studies have shown they help to reduce cholesterol due to the presence of fiber and saponins. In addition, with its high vitamin and mineral content, these little seeds are a great addition to your diet to help protect against osteoporosis, anemia, colds and the flu!
Milk thistle seeds contain the active constituent, silymarin, which is excellent for cleansing, supporting, and detoxifying the liver. Various studies have shown silymarin to have positive effects in many liver diseases including inflammation, cirrhosis, and chronic hepatitis via its antioxidant action in the body.
Nori is a seaweed that is extremely rich in minerals including iodine, which is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland. It also contains other vitamins, protein, and fiber and is very easy to digest compared to other seaweeds. Nori is most commonly used for sushi, although it can be crumbled and added to soups, stews, casseroles, or spreads.
Alfalfa seeds can be sprouted; however, I have been grinding them up along with milk thistle seeds and strips of nori and combining the mixture with sea salt to create a nutrient dense, vitamin and mineral rich sea salt. You can add sea salt to your liking, and it’s delicious sprinkled on top of salads, soups, vegetables, or your choice of protein (chicken, fish, tofu, beans, or tempeh).
Mineral Rich Sea Salt Blend
1/2 cup milk thistle seeds
1/4 cup alfalfa seeds
2 strips of nori
2 tablespoons Celtic sea salt
In a spice grinder, add the milk thistle seeds and grind. Add to a medium size bowl. Next, add the alfalfa seeds with the strips of nori (you can tear the nori into pieces to have it fit) and grind. Add this mixture to the bowl and stir. Add the sea salt and stir to combine. Store in a glass jar in your cupboard. Enjoy!