Miso is made of fermented soybeans, or sometimes a mix of soybeans with another ingredients such as barley, brown rice, or ginger. The fermentation means it is a rich source of probiotics, which help boost the good bacteria in your gut. It is also a source of nutrients including vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron, and potassium — all of which are important in supporting your yoga practice. You also get protein, polyunsaturated fats and lots of antioxidents, which help fight diseases like cancer and diabetes.
It is, in short, a superfood, and super easy to find in multi-cultural London! If possible, get miso paste rather than the dried-in-a-packet stuff, and if you’re coeliac or gluten-intolerant be sure to avoid varieties with barley. You can use it to make a quick cup of soup during your lunch break, or make it the main event with this one-pot meal miso soup recipe.