Detox Superfood Miso Soup

As the superfood series continues I wanted provide a recipe for a soup that I love!  You can eat this soup anytime but it's especially great if you're not feeling well or trying to detox!  It's my detox superfood miso soup, much better than any store bought, canned. sodium packed soup, not to mention the flavor is bomb!  Miso has really evolved over the years, it was once know as just a soy based product but now you can buy chickpea and sweet potato miso.  Miso is a fermented food, here are some of the benefits of eating miso from care2.com: 

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.

Plenty of benefits to help support the immune system!

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Ingredients:  

3-4 cups of your favorite vegetables, I used: sweet potato, carrot, celery, asparagus, red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet onion and avocado for topping You can't go wrong with any vegetable! 

1 tablespoon of miso, I love the Miso Master brand, they have awesome varieties, all organic and non GMO and they have low sodium options, I buy the mellow white miso, here is a link to their products, you can find them at most whole foods too! https://www.great-eastern-sun.com/shop/miso-master-

1-2 tablespoons of hemp seeds

1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds (optional) 

Method:

Start by boiling some water in a pan, I'd say 5 cups, maybe more, maybe less depending how you like your soup.  Place your steamer basket in the pan and then place your vegetables in the basket, let them for 15-20 or until tender.  Remove the basket.  Save the water from your steamed vegetables, turn the burner off and add in the miso.  Whisk the miso until it's dissolved, it's important to make sure the water isn't too hot and the burner is off so that it doesn't destroy the enzymes and minerals in the miso.  Place the veggies in a bowl, pour the miso broth over them and then top with your hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and avocado!

Hemp seeds are the staple superfood in this dish.  These seeds are a gift!  By definition these seed are: "Considered a complete protein, hemp seed delivers 5 grams of protein in a 2 Tbsp serving, making them a great addition to vegan and vegetarian diets. Hemp is truly a super food providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health."

This dish is stacked with so many beneficial ingredients and is great to maintain your health or to get it back on track.  I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do!  Please list any comments of questions below!