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%)

 

4. Nori (A type of Seaweed)

I didn’t type Seaweed as the main point because there are many types of Japanese seaweed. Nori is one of them.

Nori is the one that is used in making gunkan sushi and maki (rolls). It is often used as a garnish as well.

1 sheet of nori (2.5g) contains:

  • 10 calories
  • 20mg of sodium
  • 74mg of potassium
  • 1g of carbs
  • 1g of dietary fibre
  • 1g of protein
  • Vitamins – A (1%), C (8%)
  • Calcium (4%)

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5. Wakame (Another type of Seaweed)

Wakame is another type of seaweed you would often find inside miso soup, at Japanese restaurants.

100g of wakame contains:

  • 50 calories
  • 1,083mg of sodium
  • 181 mg of potassium
  • 10g of carbs
  • 1g of dietary fiber
  • 6g of sugar
  • 1g of protein

6. Konbu (Another type of Seaweed)

Konbu is also known as dried kelp, an essential ingredient in dashi (stock) and sushi rice vinegar (Mixed into the vinegar). The benefits of konbu include weight-loss, detoxification, and blood purification.

100g of konbu:

  • 360 calories
  • 1g of fat
  • 410mg of sodium
  • 30mg of potassium
  • 76g of carbs
  • 2g of dietary fiber
  • 19g of sugar
  • 9g of protein
  • Calories: 15%
  • Iron: 15%

 

 

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7. Tofu

The classic favorite – TOFU. While a great many are aware of its protein benefits, there is more to tofu than we know. Soya protein helps to lower cholesterol (LDL). It also offers relief for certain symptoms of menopause. It is also useful in the battle against cancer, type 2 diabetes, and kidney malfunction.

100g of tofu:

  • 120 calories
  • 4 g of carbs
  • 6 g of fat (4g unsaturated)
  • 13g of protein
  • Calcium: 8%
  • Vitamins: A (8%)
  • Iron, magnesium, folate

8. Daikon (radish)

Did you know that daikon is able to treat coughs and sore throats? Mix daikon and honey, you get a really effective reliever for the throat and the flu. You could mix it into your juice if you’d like. Daikon is packed with digestive enzymes and rich in vitamins.

Besides flu and sore throats, daikon is anti-cancer, removes body toxins and adis kidney functions. Here are the nutritional facts,

100g of daikon:

  • 18 calories
  • 0.1 g of fat
  • 21mg of sodium
  • 227mg of potassium
  • 4.1g of carbs
  • 1.6g dietary fiber
  • 2.5g of sugar
  • 0.6g of protein
  • Vitamins: C (36%)
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron: 2%
  • Magnesium: 4%

 

Bonus: Soba is also a healthy product but it can kill you if you are allergic to buckwheat. A pinch of it is enough to put you in hospital.