Monday, January 24, 2011

kicking off wholesome eating challenge: MISO.

Won't you go congratulate Skinny Emmie for 101 pounds lost?
And see David's appearance on Ellen recently. He's celebrating 159 pounds lost!!
Both stories: AMAZING.

Today, begins my 4 day wholesome eating challenge where I share my meals and exercise routine with you all to get myself on the right foot--NOT left...HA!!---for the semester, which beings on Friday. It's always hard me to make eating well and exercise a priority throughout the semester, especially when I have to take a another required science class.

Kicking off the challenge is...

"Miso is a fermented soybean paste with a salty taste, a buttery texture and a unique nutritional profile that make it a versatile condiment for a host of different recipes, and a foundation for traditional miso soup." [source]

I love the health benefits: "...reduced risks of breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancer, and protection from radiation. Researchers have found that consuming one bowl of miso soup per day, as do most residents of Japan, can drastically lower the risks of breast cancer. Miso has a very alkalizing effect on the body and strengthens the immune system to combat infection. Its high antioxidant activity gives it anti-aging properties. Miso helps the body maintain nutritional balance. It is loaded with other nutrients along with its beneficial bacteria and enzymes." [source]

It's also so good! The first time I heard of Miso was when I read Alicia Silverstone's "The Kind Diet." Soon after I saw this at Trader Joe's for $1.99

It's the only packaged meal I'll eat occasionally. And it worked well for brunch--since I woke up so late--this morning.

I know there are people who don't believe that a packaged meal can qualify as wholesome eating. But I don't agree. This works for me occasionally, especially since I'm not binging on Chinese food and eating until I'm uncomfortably filled so I consider this a step in the right direction.

I added tofu and baby bok choi.

The contents of the soup package are a soup base (miso), cooked noodles, and a seasonings block.

I added a couple dashes of soy sauce and microwaved for six minutes.


The only thing about eating a packaged meal that disturbs the fact that the noodles are already cooked. I find that...strange. Do you? Do you ever eat packaged meals? Or miso?

Ok--I'm off!! Gotta get ready for work, stop by the bank and post office to finally finally mail letters to Christie, Paula, Simone, TJ, Anne, and Johanna. My first of two batches of letters...

Be back later today!


Jenn @ said...

I love what you did by adding the bok choy and tofu - it looks delicious!

Ivy said...

yummy! It was a great idea to add the tofu and bok choy. It look homemade.

Paula @ Madame: The Journey said...

I had miso soup for the first time - a few months ago (restaurant) and was so intrigued by the taste, that I had to find an easy alternative. Low and behold I found the Annie Chun's brand at my grocer. The pre-cooked noodles freaked me out and they were much thicker and processed tasting (noodley/flavorless) than my original experience. The broth however was tasty, and I ended up dropping some tofu and kale in mine.

Rosa said...

I love miso. I love japanese food. Great additions to the meal. You're good!

Sarah said...

You can do science! Best of luck on your semester! Just think... warm and sunshine at the end of it. :)

paulawannacracker said...

miso soup looks good. Never had it before. I have a $20 gift certificate to TJ... gonna have to look for it and I agree with you. This meal beats Panda Express.

I'm so excited to get a letter from you in the mail Alexia.

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

- Thank you, Jenn! Twas!

- Hehe, Ivy. That's how I trick my mind.

- It freaks me out, too, Paula!! But I still like the overall experience :)))

- Me, too, Rosa. Love Japanese, but really in general: love Asian food.

- Thanks, Sarah. You, too! Yes, I'll be thinking of the beach :))

- Yayyy, Paula! There are so many things I like at TJ. I bought their peanut butter last week and I'm lovin' it. Just add a little water to it for a peanut butter ISH alternative.

Meegan (redstar5) said...

Are those your very own doodles on those envelopes for the mail? They look like gorgeous stationary!

I <3 Miso Soup too...

He Took MY Last Name said...

YAY I thought you had forgotten hahaha :) Cant wait to see day 2 of this healthy eating challenge. You are doing great

keepitupdavid said...

Haven't tried the Annie Chun's Soup Bowl at TJ's, but I'll add it to the list! And thanks for the shout-out and link - you're so sweet! :)

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

- yes, my doodles, megan :)))) those flowers are the only thing i can draw with confidence. thanks for stopping by!

- you? forget? nahhh.

- anytime, david!

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

sorry to anyone who didn't know what miso is...i only just included a quotation from a source to explain what is it. totally forgot to include that. i don't wanna assume what anyone knows or doesn't :))

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