Meditation & Health #4 – Miso Soup With Seaweed


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Miso Soup With Seaweed

A staple of Japanese cuisine, miso soup is a soothing, light broth that offers significant health benefits. The following basic recipe is a simple take on the miso soup that is served in Japanese restaurants. Wonderful as a standalone pick-me-up or a lovely complement to a meal when served as an appetizer or side dish, miso soup is easy to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 cups water (adjust depending on saltiness)
  • 1/3 cup miso
  • 3 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1 tbsp shredded nori or wakame seaweed
  • 1/2 block firm silken tofu, cut into 1-inch, or smaller, cubes (optional)
  • dash soy sauce (optional)
  • ¼ or ½ tsp sesame oil, according to taste (optional)

Basic miso soup is delicious, but, if you wish, experiment by adding veggies such as shiitake mushrooms, garlic and bok choy or other greens.

Preparation

Bring water to a slow simmer and add the seaweed. Allow to simmer for at least five to six minutes. The salty, fishy flavor that seaweed can have diminishes the longer it is simmered.

Reduce heat to low and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until miso is dissolved. Refrain from boiling the miso, as this will destroy some of its healthful properties in addition to changing the flavor of the broth. Makes four servings.

Amazing Health Benefits

Miso and seaweed are both superfoods that offer numerous benefits to the body. Miso has been consumed for centuries in Asia. It is fermented soybean paste with a unique nutritional profile. Because it is fermented, it has the power to furnish the internal ecosystem with friendly bacteria, helping to ensure optimal digestion and assimilation of food. These friendly bacteria offer the body immense anti-aging powers, shoring up the immune system against illnesses and environmental stressors. Numerous studies have shown that miso reduces the risk of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer, protects the body from radiation and eases menopause complaints. It demonstrates high antioxidant activity and an alkalizing effect. Along with its beneficial bacteria and enzymes, miso offers up protein, vitamins B12, B2, E and K, choline, linoleic acid, lecithin, dietary fiber and the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan helps induce sleep naturally, so a hot bowl of miso is a good bedtime snack. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that provides beauty benefits, keeping skin smooth and evenly pigmented.

Seaweed is one of Nature’s richest sources of iodine, helping to regulate the thyroid which in turn regulates metabolism and the endocrine system. It also contains beta carotene, vitamins C and B12, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium and fiber. Seaweed can serve as a digestive aid and a blood sugar regulator. Laboratory tests conducted on animals indicate anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer powers, and the ability to reduce fat cell accumulation.

A steaming bowl of miso soup is truly a health-giving elixir!

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