Seaweed Snacks Saturday

Don’t ask why but this week I suddenly craved for seaweed. I used to eat it as snacks in Canada and I absolutely loved it! It used to have different flavours but I cannot remember any of them, or where I used to buy it, but I remember that it was delicious and healthy, so I checked if I could buy some here. And unfortunately… nope!

So I looked a bit online how to make some and I came up with a recipe that tastes the same as the original one! For people who never tasted it before it might seem very weird and awkward at first, but trust me, it is filling and loaded with tons of proteins from the nori seaweed, and a chip is only 6 calories!

Ingredients :

  • A pack of nori seaweed (I got 7 big sushi nori seaweed in a pack)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (or any liquid oil)
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Toppings (cumin, salt, pepper and sesame seeds)

Directions :

  • Pre-heat the oven to 150 degrees C (300 degrees F)
  • First, I opened and cut the Nori into pieces with scissors but it twisted in the oven so it might be better to cut them afterward, but it won’t change the taste!
  • Place the nori on a baking paper and baking tray, without overlapping them.
  • Pour in a bowl the sesame oil (or any liquid oil) and soy and mix them together
  • With a brush, spread out the mix onto the nori seaweed
  • Add the toppings (you can put one or mix them together)
  • Bake the nori for 8 minutes
  • Let them cool down and enjoy!

I cut them in a way that made 43 pretty big chips. Since none of the ingredients I used

were in the fridge, I left them in a container in the cupboard. It is just perfect for any post-workout snack!

Do let me know if you ever tried this snack and if you liked it!

How to do HIIT workout?

HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval training. To make it short, it is a kind of workout that is made of intervals when people go fast to make the heart beats faster, followed by recovery time. The ratio is usually 30:30 or 20:30, meaning you go very fast at 100% of your capacities for 30 seconds and then go slower for 30 seconds before repeating. HIIT cardio is apparently very effective and allows you to burn an equal amount of calories in 10 minutes than a 30 minutes regular cardio workout.

  • What I thought about HIIT:

I am doing HIIT with the BBG program. I repeat cardio movement twice with a break in between, so it raises up my heartbeats before lowering it down, for a total of 28 minutes. I am also aware of the body HIIT that we can do at home with YouTube coaches. I did it once, I was dead and never did it again. I was supposed to do HIIT with the Kayla Itsines program and I really thought I did (I mean, RPM is HIIT, right?). Basically, I was running on the treadmill for 10 minutes, then stopping for 2 minutes and then running again for 10 minutes. Whoa !

  • What HIIT really is:

My favorite coach came to help me this week and showed me how to really perform HIIT. And I have to say, it is AMAZING. He told me that we can basically do it on every cardio machine (I will not try on the treadmill though).  Basically, the tip is to set a cardio machine to a single level (I did level 10 on the rower which is the maximum and 15 on the elliptical) and I started by doing 30 seconds of it slowly (like I would do if I was not motivated) followed by 30 seconds very intense at my 100%. The coach told me to do that for 10 minutes and if I still had the energy I can do it for another 10 minutes.

I think it is super cool because it breaks the cardio routine and I think it is really fun. We don’t have to go on crazy expensive high-tech machines to do that (like I thought). After 5 minutes I was already dead, my face was between red and purple (keeping it real here) but I really enjoyed myself. Although, if you want to try that, which I highly encourage, do NOT do it for 35 minutes for the first time, like I did because you feel afterward that you are really lacking energy. HIIT is made so you can burn calories during AND after the workout (when you are just lying in bed watching Netflix, yeah !)

Good luck to you and do let me know which cardio machine you use to perform your HIIT!

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