Black food is kind of trendy now in 2017 so wanted to make something with black rice and nori sheets. It’s a super healthy meal idea and if you ask me – it’s delicious! Mango salsa can be served on its own as well or as a side dish with meat, fish or black bean spaghetti. Share with your friends if you like it as well!
Some health benefits of the ingredients
Seaweed is much more nutrient-dense than any land vegetables. The type of seaweed in Nori is red algae. Did you know that nori seaweed is loaded with B vitamins? Especially B12 which is usually found in meat. It’s also a great source of folate, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, selenium and iodine. Seaweed is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids wich are not found in land plants. Therefore it’s a great source of DHA and EPA as well as vitamin B12 for vegetarians.
Despite the name wild rice is actually a grass and it’s also known as Indian rice. It’s very nutrient-dense, high in protein, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants and fibre. Wild rice has a significant amount of vitamin C which is a great immune system booster while it fights against ageing. There’s no nitric oxide in wild rice.
A number of antioxidants in black rice is about six times higher than in brown or white rice! Antioxidant work in our body to fight against oxidation and inflammation. Particularly flavonoids called anthocyanins work as strong antioxidants and they are important for brain function and might delay mental ageing. Vitamin E in black rice work also as an antioxidant but it’s also important for eye, skin and immune health.
Lentils are high protein food and therefore a great replacement for meat. They are great for digestive health and metabolism, as they high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Lentils are also great for cell development and iron metabolism. They are rich in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, folate and thiamine along with the minerals such as copper, manganese, iron, phosphorus and molybdenum.
Mango seems to be one of the nutrient richest fruits to consume! It’s rich in both, prebiotic and probiotic dietary fibre, which are super important for the health of our gut, body and most importantly, for the brain. Prebiotics and probiotics form a synbiotic, in the other words, prebiotics work as food for probiotics – live bacteria – enabling them to live.
Mango is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and various B vitamins like B6. The minerals in mango, such as iron, copper, magnesium and potassium, are important for building strong bones and teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function, muscle and for metabolic processes.
Antioxidant compounds like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methyl gallate, are a great immune booster and protects the body from various diseases. Mango helps to alkalize the body for the reason that it’s rich in tartaric acid, malic acid and traces of citric acid that primarily help in maintaining the alkali reserve of the body.