Sea moss is making waves as a superfood, rich in minerals and nutrients for a wide range of uses. But there’s more to life than just having a sea moss breakfast smoothie all the time. Here are seven recipes that you can consider if you’re been running out of ways to consume and enjoy your sea moss.
#1: Classic Nutritious Sea Moss Smoothie
While we’re still in smoothie territory, here’s a tasty and simple take on the sea moss smoothie. Once you have the gel ready, add the liquid to your smoothie. Get your favorite ingredients – think apples and bananas, blueberries and strawberries, greens like kale and spinach – and add 3 tbsp of sea moss gel. Blend everything together and enjoy the concoction.
#2: Sassy Sea Moss Acai Bowl
This one isn’t a far cry from your favorite smoothie, but nonetheless a good different route to take. Blend acai berries and sea moss gel together; this will serve as the base for your bowl. Afterwards, throw in a few toppings such as nuts and seeds, fruits like kiwi, and some coconut flakes for added texture. While you might not taste the sea moss, you’ll still get the health perks.
#3: Traditional Jamaican Irish Moss Drink
The traditional technique for making this drink is non-vegan. Once you’re done rinsing the moss several times to get rid of remaining debris, leave it to soak and expand overnight in water. From there, transfer sea moss and water into a large pot.
Add thickeners such as isinglass, gum arabic, and flaxseed. Bring everything to a boil for about 30 to 40 minutes, producing a thick, gelatinous substance. Make sure to cool the liquid slightly before straining off the liquid. You’ll end up with a panacotta-like gelatin. Next, add a small amount to the blender along with your sweetener of choice, may it be honey or milk with spices and vanilla.
Enjoy your sea moss drink, reputed to be a love potion in the Caribbean Islands.
#4: Sea Moss on Your Rice and Beans
Take the nutrition up a notch with rice and beans! Choose a recipe that you’re used to, or simply heat the rice on the stovetop until thoroughly cooked. Once the rice is drained, add 2 to 3 tbsp of sea moss gel to thicken the entire stuff. Add cooked beans into the mix and have a hearty meal.
#5: Sea Moss Custard As Post-Dinner Delight
How about a delicious sea moss dessert? In a medium stainless steel bowl, mix sugar and egg yolks together using a wooden spoon. Get a saucepan and combine milk and split vanilla bean on medium heat until it boils. Remove from heat and gradually add it to the egg mixture, with constant whisking to avoid curdling. Remove the vanilla bean, take out the seeds, and add those seeds to the egg mixture.
Put the egg mixture back into the saucepan and add the sea moss. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Keep whisking. Once boiling, whisk the mixture constantly for the next 30 to 60 seconds as it thickens. Remove from heat, strain, and whisk in some liquor and orange zest.
You may replace some of the ingredients for a plant-based, dairy-free dessert. For instance, you may go for nut milk instead of the usual cow’s milk.
#6: Vegan Sea Moss Drink
If you want to stick to vegan, then there’s a world of ingredients to explore along with your sea moss. Try ground flaxseeds, which thicken the drink and add fiber and omega-3 fats. For non-dairy milk, try organic soy milk, coconut milk, or almond milk. Vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg work like a charm as spices; consider substituting the last two for milder ones such as cardamom. Try pitted dates, too, and just make sure there are no seeds still present.
#7 (Bonus recipe): DIY Sea Moss Face Mask
It’s time for clear, bright skin. Once your sea moss gel is ready, add it to a face mask. There’s a lot of face mask recipes on the internet that incorporate superfood ingredients, from chlorella and kelp to turmeric and maca powder. Use the face mask as part of your regular skin care routine.
Just a few important notes: There’s such a thing as having too much sea moss, i.e., getting a lot more iodine than your body needs. To solve this challenge, watch your other sources of iodine if sea moss is already part of your diet. If you don’t have access to pure, raw sea moss, then don’t settle for pool-grown, subpar commercial sea moss. Nutritional supplementation might be a logical next step to take.