Hack my snack (Trader Joes Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 21, 2012 at 5:37 AM

These things are damned good, but before I go back to Joe's and buy them in bulk I want to get everyone's input. On the one hand, seaweed seems very Grok. And with only 60 calories and 2g of carbs in a bag (total for 2 servings) they seem guilt free on the face of it. But the ingredient list might violate some rules:

Seaweed Expeller pressed canola oil Wasabi seasoning (maltodextrin, salt, modified cornstarch, mustard oil) Sesame oil Sugar Sea salt

All the stats on these bad boys add up, but I don't like the sugar or maltodextrin. In giving up an otherwise healthy snack because of a couple small ingredients am I throwing out the baby with the bath water?


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on February 21, 2012
at 06:14 AM

Welcome Sam! Yes the ingredients violate some of the rules. Almost all of them actually. Seaweed and salt are fabulous though, lol. I wouldn't buy these in bulk but that's me. If you are just starting out and coming off Doritos as a snack then I might encourage you to go ahead and buy that case and enjoy them while you spend the next month or two looking for some better alternatives. In other words, use these if you need to to get you through to the next phase but I wouldn't get overly attached to these if you want something you can eat freely on a regular basis. If you want to eat a bag once a week then no, it won't kill ya but you won't win any paleo badges doing so either.

There is another brand of this same product, Sea Snacks, that is made with olive oil although more expensive (of course!) I usually make my own as scooter lady suggested or I buy Sea Crunchies from Whole foods which is just dried seaweed. Very good stuff (and I buy it by the case!)


on February 21, 2012
at 05:48 AM

You could splurge and get the SeaSnax brand?

I've been think of buying plain nori and oiling it with olive oil and roasting it at home for that delicious Korean roasted seaweed goodness.


on February 21, 2012
at 06:39 AM

They have them at Costco now!



on September 19, 2012
at 03:00 AM

As far as Sea Snax go, they are harvested in Korea. Not too far from the radioactive isotope contaminants that have been found in Japan's seaweed. I have an email into the company to see if they have ever tested for such. But other than that I love Sea Snax, just now looking into California/West Coast harvested brands, once I realized that the Sea Snax came from Korea.


on February 21, 2012
at 07:55 AM

If you're 80/20, maybe one pack, once a month.

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