Hello, readers! I am super excited today. Not only is it Friday ( thank the Lord!), but I have a guest posting on the blog today! ( First time, ever! )She blogs at Kara Is Mochi Bunny Not only is this person an awesome person, but get this----> she’s my little SISTER! Yes, I had to add little, because some people tend to believe that we are twins.. I do not know why… Anyway, enough with the talk, and here she is!
Hi, everyone! My name is Kara and I'd like to share with you all a blog post about one of my favorite foods in the world. But first a little bit about me. Once again, my name is Kara and a few things I love doing are eating out, eating healthy, working out, taking care of my skin, and taking/using everyday to transform myself into the best version of me ^^.
So on to food I love to eat. One food I love to eat is Natto.
Natto is fermented soybeans and it has a sticky, gooey, and melted-cheesy look and taste to it. It has a strong and unique smell which adds even more appeal to me personally-speaking, since I love fermented foods, i.e., kimchi, miso paste, dwen jang jjigae, cheong guk jjang... yumm~~. Anyway getting back on topic, you usually eat Natto for breakfast over rice, but I like to eat Natto any time of the day with or without rice. I mix in a little bit of mustard,
crushed seaweed laver, daikon,
one raw egg yolk (I personally don't like eating raw egg whites, but I love dunking freshly baked bread in raw egg yolks (he he, went off tangent a bit again),
soysauce, and scallion . I understand this particular food may be a turn-off to a lot of people, but I want everyone to give Natto a try. Hey, Andrew Zimmern gives foods he found at first really disgusting another try. I'm only asking you all to try it once^^!
On this particular day, I ordered this Natto 'super' meal at a Japanese food court. I had my Natto meal with a piece of salmon, one jumbo sized shrimp tempura with tempura dipping sauce, cold sweetened eggs, grated radish, miso soup, and pickled vegetables. I ate all of the Natto and rice, but I couldn't finish my whole meal so my friend finished whatever I didn't finish eating.
I love it when I order something healthy to eat such as Natto. If you wiki-search Natto, it has a section of the medical benefits of eating Natto. According to the website, Natto is claimed to prevent obesity, may aid in lowering cholesterol, may help in preventing cancer, may help in reducing blood clots. Also, Natto s high in vitamin K2 (found naturally in fermented foods such as Natto), "which is involved in the formation of calcium-binding groups in proteins, assisting the formation of bone and preventing osteoporosis." Another benefit found in a study showed that fermented soybeans such as Natto contain vitamin PQQ (derived mainly from what we consume), "which is important for skin."
So there you have it. Natto-- a delicious and super nutritious food you can have for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, or even as a tasty snack. The last thing I want to leave you all with is that Natto can be eaten alone or with other things other than rice. I did a quick Google search and there are some people who eat Natto as a salad, with yogurt, sugar, and even make or purchase Natto ice cream. The possibilities with Natto are endless and the choice in terms of how you want to eat your Natto is all yours. Enjoy!
Source concerning medical benefits of Natto: Wikipedia.comBlog Gadgets