Let’s get a roll on with these super simple, easy, and delicious Veggie “Sushi” Rolls.
I’ve been incredibly busy lately (tackling work and personal projects!), but that’s no excuse not to take the time to nourish my body with healthy foods! If anything, when we feel tired, ill, overworked, or stressed both mentally and physically, these are times when our bodies need a little extra love and nourishment.
Show your body some love with these veggie sushi rolls. When I’m in need of a nourishing, filling, and delicious meal or snack, this recipe is my absolute go-to quick pick. It’s packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals (especially from the nori sheets–oooh how I love seaweeds!), healthy fats, and protein. Avocado serves as the base instead of using white rice and gives the sushi rolls a delicious creamy texture and a great balance with the crunchy vegetable sticks.
What Is Nori?
Nori (or more commonly known as “the green wrapper” that holds your sushi together), is far more than an ingredient to keep sushi from unraveling and is also a nutrient powerhouse. Nori can be consumed in other ways besides rolled. You may add it to soups (common in miso soup), tear it into salads, add it to sandwiches, or eat it plain as a quick snack.
Nori a.k.a sea lettuce has a very mild, slightly sweet, and nutty flavor. Because it doesn’t possess a very strong flavor, it’s a friendly sea vegetable that plays well with other foods.
The Health Benefits of Sushi Rolls
In general, seaweeds contain a host of nutrient benefits, but just to name a few about nori:
- Iodine: Seaweed is one of the main sources of iodine, which supports thyroid function.
- Protein: You to 50% protein by dry weight!
- Fiber: A type of carbohydrate that will help to regular your blood sugar and stop hunger.
- Sodium: Seaweed is a great alternative to typical sea salt and table salt.
Where to Buy Nori to Make Sushi Rolls
You can purchase organic nori sheets at most health food stores, the Asian section of your local grocery store, and local Asian food markets. If you can’t find organic nori sheets you can always use other “wraps” such as butter lettuce leaves, swiss chard leaves, or romaine lettuce, but in the future nori sheets are a must try! If you’ve never made sushi before, don’t be intimidated.
You don’t need any fancy tools, just the ingredients, and your hands. You may use a bamboo sushi mat, but I go at it sans mat and it’s worked perfectly for years. I promise you’ll get the hang of it after a couple of tries. Besides, if all else fails, fold it over and eat it like a sandwich! So show that nori who’s boss.