There are many cultures that enjoy soup for breakfast. America is not one of them. That's why I decided to have some happy morning soup. Yes Soup! Warm, comforting, nourishing, morning soup makes me happy, especially on cold winter days. Traditionally America reaches for coffee and tea for comfort and warmth. Why not reach for some nourishing bone broth or soup?
Today, bone broth has re-emerged as the nutrient God of the soup world and for good reason. Bone broth is brimming with essential nutrients you couldn't otherwise get from a bone. Boil a bone and you get minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium in broth -- it's easy! The same is true for chicken broth-- the known remedy of the flu, the common cold and anything that ails you. Then, there's the nutritional magnitude of mineral-rich vegetable broth. Vegetable broth will fortify you with both vitamins and minerals that your body will happily absorb and assimilate.
Happy breakfast soup is my go-to one-pot soul-warming breakfast meal during the winter months. Since many nutrient savvy countries enjoy soup for breakfast, like Japan, Mexico, China, Vietnam, Burma and Columbia, why can't we?
Here's 5 reasons you want soup for breakfast:
- Soup can be made ahead. Soup is quick to reheat and digests way more efficiently than oatmeal which has little nutritional value and obstructs the gut. Make one batch for the week and you've got a warm quick breakfast and an abundance of nourishment to go.
- Soup is great way to get vegetables into your diet. Maybe you resolved to get more vegetables into your diet this year. Happy breakfast is an excellent meal to get those veggies.
- You can throw an egg, fish, tofu or any protein source you want into it. Soup is such a forgiving dish. Anything you add to it builds its flavor and nutrients. Poach an egg in the broth or add some pieces of fish or chicken and you've got yourself a phenomenal morning meal!
- Soup does a body good. Americans have become accustomed to sugar for breakfast in the form of bagels, muffins, oatmeal and cereal which is why we've become so jacked up before noon only to delve into a mid-morning crash. You can avoid the mid-morning crash and most likely, diabetes and many other diseases with the slow and steady energy provided from soup.
- Soup for breakfast is a great way to shed extra pounds. Can you think of a better diet idea? I can't. Soup is simple, light and filling and lower in calories than a bagel with cream cheese.
Not sure how to start having soup for breakfast? Begin by making your own broth. Here's my go-to happy morning soup. It takes minutes to put together after the water has boiled. I made this soup in the Japanese Shabu-shabu style.
HAPPY MORNING SOUP
- 1 sheet Kombu
- 3 cups of filtered water
- Rice Noodles fresh or dried
- Oyster mushrooms cleaned and cut in half
- 1 bunch or whole bag of watercress
Add one sheet of kombu to water, then boil for 5-10 minutes. Add oyster mushrooms, cook for 4-5 five minutes. Add the rice noodles, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add watercress for 1 minute and remove. Discard Kombu from broth and serve!