This week I am laying out winter-friendly foods that help support the body’s natural detoxification and cleansing. Yesterday I introduced you to the rubylicious benefits of grapefruit. Today, I’m highlighting one of my new favorite foods:
Miso is one of several fermented foods touted for its digestive and anti-aging benefits. Made from fermented soybeans, miso contains micro-organisms that help populate the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria. Sugar cookie season can do a number on your gut flora, so rebuilding a healthy ecosystem is essential for encouraging ongoing detoxification. Those friendly microflora help to digest and absorb nutrients, and also play an important role in supporting immunity. Miso is also high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, especially manganese, Vitamin K, and protein.
You’ll find a number of different kinds of miso, ranging from light and mild to dark, salty, and robust depending on the length of fermentation. There are also varieties that add other ingredients like barley, rice, and chickpea for flavor. Whichever miso you choose, make sure it is certified organic and unpasteurized.
During the winter months, miso can provide a satisfying and savory flavor to broths, stir fries, rice, salad dressings, and even sandwiches. On a recommendation from my acupuncturist, I’ve started making an easy miso broth for breakfast to help warm and wake me up.
Other ways to get started with miso:
- Miso + warm water = in-a-hurry miso soup
- Miso + tahini (+ avocado) + toast = sandwich
- EZ Traditional Miso Soup
- Outstanding Miso Sesame Dressing
- Easy Miso Marinade (think: tofu, veggies, or fish)
Any other favorite miso recipes out there? Let us know in the comments!
Love and microflora,