BFFs!! Miso (みそ or 味噌?) is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji (the fungus Aspergillus oryzae) and sometimes rice, barley, or other ingredients. The result is a thick paste used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with dashi soup stock to serve as miso soup called misoshiru (味噌汁), a Japanese culinary staple. High in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, miso played an important nutritional role in feudal Japan. Miso is still widely used in Japan, both in traditional and modern cooking, and has been gaining worldwide interest. (Wikipedia)
If I ever need a warm cup of soup that is easy to make and super filling I go for miso!! You can purchase miso paste or powder in the international section of almost any grocery store… I love the miso soup packets that come with the seaweed as well as tofu, that way you just need to add water… Earth Fare, or Whole Foods or any other specialty grocery store usually has “instant miso soup” Miso is SO nutritious!! Natural health advocates say that it has disease-fighting, and anti-aging properties!!
Miso Soup Benefits
The nutrition in miso soup is the key to the overall health benefit of consuming this dish.
- Minerals. There are several benefits to consuming miso soup as part of your regular diet. Miso is high in zinc which can help to heal wounds and boost the immune system. The high amounts of copper and manganese in this ingredient can also help to protect the body from oxidative damage from free radicals while improving overall energy levels.
- Antioxidants. Miso also contains high amounts of antioxidants which will further boost the immune system and limit damage. Miso contains vitamin K which assists with blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding during injury.
- Amino Acids. The combination of ingredients in miso soup is high in amino acids that allow this meal to act as a complete protein.
- B Vitamins. The vegetables in this soup are a good source of B vitamins with miso providing an excellent source of vitamin B12 in particular.
- Dietary Fiber. Miso is also high in dietary fiber that can improve overall digestive health. It helps to stimulate digestive fluid production in the stomach, replaces essential probiotics and strengthens the quality of lymph fluid and blood for better overall bodily function.
- Essential Bacteria. Miso is fermented, which means this product contains essential bacteria that can improve the digestive system. Fermented products, particularly those made of soy like miso, have been found to lower women’s risk of breast cancer. It can also help to control estrogen levels in a woman’s body.
- Others. Wakame seaweed, an additional ingredient commonly found in miso soup is known for helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The combination of miso and wakame is found to be helpful in battling disorders caused by nicotine consumption.
*Dissolve a tablespoon of miso in a cup of boiling water for a satisfying, low-calorie broth. Add seaweed, mushrooms, and/or cubed tofu for a traditional miso soup. I also use miso as a seasoning. Try whisking a small amount into salad dressings, sauces, and marinades to add complexity and depth of flavor. Just remember to adjust the amount of salt accordingly. (quickanddirtytips.com)
I always add root veggies, seaweed, and green leafy veggies such as kale to mine!!