Already going into the 2nd week of 2013, I have never been happier and motivated before. 2013 started well with my love ones all with me especially my little boys (What can be better than that right?). My family and I of course have our own simple resolutions and 1 of them is definately a healthier lifestyle.
Other than going for our weekly Sunday walks, one of them is to eat healthier.So I am really making an effort to COOK breakfast instead of the usual quickie cornflaks and cold milk. One of the cooked breakfast that I try to make for my boys at least once a week is the Miso soup with a tablespoonful of cooked short grain rice and 2 slices of tamagoyaki. This I will usually do it on a Monday as Clemens have PE (physical Education) right after recess which of course makes sense to give him a more filling and nutritious breaky and a lighter snackbox (eg. salad) for recess.
It might sound tedious and a handful to make cooked breakfast especially when your hear SOUP. However do you know that in my opinion, the miso soup is the fastest soup to make especially if you have prepared your dashi stock the night/day before. It took me less than 30mins to make them.
Talking about miso, the miso paste has it own whole loads of goodness (Read Here) and drinking the soup in the morning not only warms the stomach of my boys but it really energizes them for the morning (so that they can concentrate better at school) and it aids digestion of the other food in the intestines.
Infact having miso soup is not at all surprising when the Japanese have been doing it along for many years.
The 10 scientifically researched benefits of eating miso
1. Contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
2. Stimulates the secretion of digestive fluids in the stomach.
3. Restores beneficial probiotics to the intestines.
4. Aids in the digestion and assimilation of other foods in the intestines.
5. Is a good vegetable-quality source of B vitamins (especially B12).
6. Strengthens the quality of blood and lymph fluid.
7. Reduces risk for breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers.
8. Protects against radiation due to dipilocolonic acid, an alkaloid that chelates heavy metals and discharges them from the body.
9. Strengthens the immune system and helps to lower LDL cholesterol.
10. High in antioxidants that protects against free radicals.
~ abstracted from TLC.
Here is how I do it for the 4 of us:
- 500ml of Dashi stock (Read here to prepare in advance)
- 1 to 1.5 tbsp Miso Paste (Add to suit your preference)
- Condiments of your choice (I use the wakame, tofu and kamaboka)
Method (with step-by-step photos)
- Bring the Dashi to a boil.
- Put in the miso paste.
- Simmer and stir till miso paste is dissolved.
- Place the condiments in a bowl.
- Pour in Miso soup and serve.
There you have it!! See so easy :).
Well you might think I am SAHM (stay at home mum), that is why I made it sound it so easy. But on the contray, I am in fact a FTWM (full time working mum) holding a 9 to 6 job on a daily basis who prepares breakfast and snack boxes for the family every morning before heading out to work on the public transport. Actually it is not a big deal to fuss about but the message that I am trying to get across is, “If I can do it, many of you who much more capable than myself will be able to it.” – Making a nutritious breakfast is not so difficult afterall. 🙂
Things to note:
I use a mixture of white miso (sweet in taste) and aged miso (salty with earthy tones) to give a good balance and hint of sweet and salty favour to the soup.
When cooking with miso use just enough to enhance flavor and avoid overpowering the dish with a strong salty taste.
Boys Hearty Breakfast:
Clemens’ Monday Recess
Happy Healthy Eating For 2013!!
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