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It is certainly a real challenge for most people to eat clean, including Laughing Samurai. Individuals, like Laughing Samurai, often lose the battle against sinful savories of sweet and meat. That’s why Laughing Samurai is now lump and plump. Not all hope is lost. Even individuals like Laughing Samurai, who hate vegetables and clean eating, have some secret choices of their own that contradict their distastes. Here are a few healthy ingredients that anti-clean eaters, like Laughing Samurai, actually consumer to ensure their body survives one more day of junk in their system.

1. Miso

Miso is very helpful for digestion and full of probiotics.

One small bowl of (150ml) of miso contains:

  • only 91 calories
  • 4g of fat
  • 0 mg of cholesterol
  • 482mg of sodium
  • 9g of carbs
  • 2g of Dietary Fiber
  • 2g of sugar
  • and 7g of protein
  • Vitamins – A(3%), C (4%)
  • Calcium (5%)
  • Iron (8%)

A tub of miso of about 1kg can last for about 2 years. Isetan, in Singapore, has an annual affair with Hokkaido products. You can purchase 1kg of miso from Isetan for S$30.00 (about S$0.04 per day for 1 person) and drink that every morning for about 1-2 years, depending on how many people you are feeding at home.

2. Konnyaku

Konnyaku is believed to have zero calories. To be more precise, it may not be entirely zero after you purchase a konnyaku product from the supermarket, especially the konnyaku jelly.

More accurately, 100g of konnyaku jelly contains:

  • 5 calories
  • 2mg of sodium
  • 3g of carbs
  • 2g of dietary fibre
  • 0 of everything else (0% fat)

If you’re buying the block of jelly the nutritional facts can change. On average, 100g of konnyaku jelly contains:

  • 30-40 calories
  • about 35 mg of sodium
  • 14g of carbs
  • 1g dietary fiber
  • 10g of sugar (what did you think? It’s jelly. duh)

Laughing Samurai loves this. But he doesn’t eat it every day, even though he wishes too because he’s afraid of getting sick of it. By itself, Konnyaku has no unique taste or flavor to it, even in jelly form. That’s why konnyaku is always cooked with broth or sauce to make it delicious. The best way to cook it is in a pot of dashi or miso soup.

 

Image result for natto photo3. Natto

Natto to some Singaporeans is like Durian to most Japanese. I say most because not all Japanese people hate durian. I say some because there are a significant number of Singaporeans who actually enjoy the taste of Natto. Here is a surprise: LAUGHING SAMURAI IS WEAK AGAINST NATTO, when it comes to Japanese cuisine. Laughing Samurai often doesn’t eat his mushrooms either but he still eats Shiitake once in a while. When it comes to Natto, he begs his friends not to put it on his plate.

For those who have never tried Natto, natto does contain a unique yet pungent smell. It is an acquired taste as well. Natto is considered a daily food that Japanese people eat to stay healthy. Natto has been a Japanese daily staple since the age of the samurai. That’s why it makes no sense for Laughing Samurai not to eat it. Why was natto introduced into Japan?

It is believed that during the samurai period, natto was consumed by samurai and their horses to increased speed and strength. Natto has also been discovered, by a researcher from the University of Chicago in the 1980s, to contain an enzyme that breaks up blood clots. Blood clots, at a dangerous level, can cause cardiovascular problems.

On average, 100g of natto contains:

  • about 100 calories
  • 5g of fat (1g saturated)
  • 2 mg of sodium
  • 9g of carbs
  • 6g dietary fiber
  • 25g of sugar
  • 10g of protein
  • Calcium (5%)
  • Iron (9%)

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