Updated: Mar 15, 2020
This soup is packed with nutrients that are beneficial for the health of your gut.
This is my go to meal when I am experiencing an IBS flare up or any other sort of digestive disturbance. It is a simple nourishing meal that can be made in less than 10 minutes!
✨Bone broth contains nutrients that are very beneficial for our gut health. Bone broth may be used therapeutically to help rebalance gut flora. Drinking bone broth may also assist with repairing damage to the intestinal tract, which is often found within leaky gut syndrome. Bone broth contains the minerals of the animals bone, cartilage & marrow. As well as, the nutrients from the vegetables & herbs it was cooked with.
Here are some of the therapeutic properties of bone broth: Digestive support: • The gelatin from the collagen of the joint bones of animals is a digestive aid. It can attract digestive enzymes by attracting & holding onto water, including digestive juices. For this reason, it is also very hydrating. Assists with injury recovery: • The collagen in bone broth may assist in building new connective tissue & skin. It is beneficial in the recovery from surgery & injuries. Anti inflammatory properties: • Bone broths contain the amino acids arginine, proline & glycine, which are all anti inflammatory. For this reason, bone broths may be beneficial in easing symptoms associated with chronic digestive & inflammatory imbalances.
A note on some of the ingredients:
✨Miso paste is very nourishing for the gut, as it is made from fermented soy beans. Fermented foods enhance nutrient availability. The process of fermentation renders food more bioavailable by 'pre digesting' it. As well as, providing enzymes and bacteria necessary for digestion. The process of fermentation also creates B vitamins, such as folic acid, niacin, thiamin, and biotin. B vitamins may be beneficial in aiding our bodies ability to combat the effects of stress. Miso paste in particular helps to detoxify heavy metals from the body, which we are exposed to a lot more now a days than you would think.
✨I also added kelp to this bowl because it is jam packed with nutrients. Kelp is high in minerals, such as iodine, calcium, iron & more. As well as, trace minerals such as copper, zinc & chromium. It also contains vitamins A, C, D, B12 & B6.
✨Sauerkraut is also a fermented food. It is filled with tons of beneficial bacteria, which may help to improve digestive abilities. The beneficial bacteria and enzymes found within sauerkraut may help to break down our food when it reaches the intestines. Therefore, adding sauerkraut to any meal is like having a little digestive enzyme on the side.
*Note: when purchasing sauerkraut, ensure that it has been kept in the refrigerator. This will ensure that you are purchasing unpasteurized, traditionally fermented sauerkraut.
✨Adding fermented foods into your diet may also help to strengthen your immune system.
Did you know that 60-80% of our immune system resides in our gut? A healthy digestive system will absorb some of the nutrients that the immune system needs to function. The gut acts as another line of defence against illness. Therefore, nourishing the gut will also nourish the immune system. Immune system health is a key component in general well being.
✨This soup can be made with various ingredients depending on your preference.
Yields 4-5 cups
4 cups bone broth*
1/4 block of tofu, diced
2 strips of kelp, chopped into thin strips
4 bok choy stalks, thinly sliced
2 oyster mushrooms, thinly chopped
3 tbsp miso paste
Vermicelli noodles, as desired
Toppings: sesame seeds, sauerkraut & green onion
Place the vermicelli noodles into a large mixing bowl. Boil a kettle filled with hot water & pour over the noodles. Allow the noodles to sit in the hot water for 3 - 5 minutes. Then transfer to a colander, rinse in cold water, and set aside.
In a large pot add in the bone broth, tofu, kelp, mushrooms, and bok boy. Bring to a boil.
In the meantime, in a small bowl mix the miso paste with a tiny bit of water or broth to create a miso slurry.
When the pot has boiled, remove from heat. Then add in the miso slurry & mix around.
Then transfer to a serving dish and add in your desired toppings, such as sauerkraut, green onion, and/or sesame seeds.
If you don't have bone broth you can substitute this for chicken or vegetable broth and add in some bone broth powder or you can add in 1 - 2 tsp of bone broth concentrate (Meadow & Marrow is a the company I buy from, which you can find on Amazon).