Seaweed is an important food in the Asian diet, including Chinese cuisine. But with the exception of "nori" seaweed -- the stuff used in sushi rolls -- not too many Westerners relish the sea vegetable. That's too bad. Seaweed packs a nutritional wallop and is naturally low in calories.
If you are curious about how to use seaweed, take a walk through most Chinatowns and look for the roasted salty, crunchy snacks that come in 3-packs or 12-packs. These snacks are a great alternative to fattening potato chips.