Miso paste is not only a delicious addition to the diet but also provides numerous health benefits. For those who aren’t familiar with miso, it is a fermented soybean paste made from whole soybeans and brown rice or barley. The differing varieties do have a slight variance in flavour but hardly detectable.
Miso health benefits
- Contains live enzymes, which aid in digestion and helps support a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut (critical for a health weight)
- Miso paste provides a rich source of B-vitamins, zinc, vitamin K and vitamin E
- Miso contains compounds (isoflavones) which may assist with healthy hormone balance, especially during menopause
3 easy ways with miso
- Use in replace of stock/bone broth: not everyone has 12 hours to nurture a bone broth or chicken stock, make miso your nutritious go to (1 tbsp miso paste + 1 cup boiling water)
- Make a simple salad or stir-fry dressing: combine ¼ cup miso paste, ¼ cup unhulled tahini paste, 1 crushed garlic clove, squeeze lime and pinch of chilli flakes – blend until smooth consistency forms adding water when required
- Miso Hummus: add ½ tbsp. miso paste next time you’re making homemade hummus, especially delicious using butter beans in replace of chickpeas
When it comes to diet staples, as a Nutritionist, I believe in quality and that’s why I opt for organic miso paste from a reputable company, such as Spiral Foods. Miso is readily available at health food stores and good delis. Once opened, store miso in a glass jar in the fridge and it will last for years. But not likely, once you get the taste for it!
Enjoy! Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia