I am enjoying life!
Even though we seem to be busier than ever getting ready for our big year-long travel adventure, the stress of nursing school is pretty much behind me (can you say NCLEX?) and I can breathe easier…
Sometimes recovering from extra-stressful times in our lives needs extra special attention to what goes in our bodies. I firmly believe that fueling ourselves properly can alleviate stress and actually help us combat it in in the midst of the chaos.
Now that I am a nurse (I’m a nurse!) it is even more important to me to help people get on a healthier path in their lives.
Enter Miso soup.
Think of this as a Vegan’s chicken noodle soup.
Comforting and healing, this soup really does make you feel good from the inside out.
Miso is a fermented soy paste and is a highly concentrated form of protein and the good bacteria found in Miso synthesizes vitamin B12 extremely well, which is of particular concern for people consuming a mainly plant-based diet. In Japan, Miso soup is commonly consumed as a breakfast staple because it is said to aid in digestion. Nevermind that it contains many other vital nutrients as well.
What a way to get your day started!
I found this Miso broth at Trader Joe’s and I was excited to try it. Well, it was delicious and so easy and much cheaper than traditional Miso. For those a little nervous to try it, this is a great start. If you are lucky enough to live near one, grab some to try! It has a salty, ginger-y taste and you can add whatever you like or just sip the warm broth.
If you live where I do, you can make your own Miso broth by purchasing Miso paste in the refrigerated section of your favorite health food store. Start with a mild Miso and move up to a darker, heartier version as you like. Simply bring 4 cups filtered water to a boil, turn to low and add 2 tablespoons of Miso at a time until you have the taste you want. Be careful not to boil the Miso once added. I added frozen kale to my water to add extra nutrients! Eat more kale!
For my soup I simply made the broth and set out cooked soba noodles, tofu, green onions, and sauteed mushrooms. I then called the troops to dinner and let them all make their own bowls. They added tofu and noodles and devoured the soup! Definitely kid approved.
I hope you try this soon. Even if its hot where you are this soup’s healthful properties can’t be denied!