One event every woman will experience in their life is perimenopause – the change our body goes through in the lead up to menopause. Some women sail through with no issues but most women experience mild to often debilitating symptoms that can last for up to ten years and range from irritability to hot flashes, insomnia and erratic periods. Research has shown that there are some foods and dietary patterns that may improve the symptoms of perimenopause and reduce the risk of some chronic diseases that rise for women at this life stage.
For the broth:
5 cups of stock (vegetable or chicken) or bone broth
1 tbsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp miso paste
2 tsp garlic, minced
2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
180g buckwheat soba noodles (these usually come in individual dry bundles)
1 cup sugar snap peas peas
1 cup broccoli, cut into small florets
1 bunch of bok choy, washed and sliced longways down the middle
1 shallot, finely sliced
200g soft tofu, diced into 1cm pieces
Optional: sesame seeds, rice seasoning (you can get this from the supermarket) chilli oil or sriracha.
To make the broth, place all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.
Add the noodles and simmer for 1 minute, then add the bok choy, snow peas and broccoli and simmer for another minute
Serve divided between two bowls and top with tofu, shallots and optional toppings.