Meditation & Health #5 – Healthy Foods Are Calling – Celery / Celery Drizzled With Vinegar


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Healthy Foods Are Calling – Celery / Celery Drizzled With Vinegar

Celery not only contains fibre, vitamins, proteins, minerals and other nutrients, but its Vitamin B, Vitamin P and mineral contents are much higher than those of other green vegetables. Not only is celery rich in nutrients, it has medicinal value as well. Throughout the ages, medical records including Traditional Chinese Medicine clinical research have described celery as an effective medicinal food that can heal many illnesses. Hence, it has been known as the ‘kitchen medicine’. Not only does eating celery regularly help one absorb all the nutrients needed to nourish the body, it also helps in fine-tuning and maintaining normal biological functions.

Suitable for Most People

Cooling in nature, celery has the effect of bringing down heat and calming the liver, anti-inflammation, detoxification and is extremely beneficial for pre-venting high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis, etc. Owing to its rich content of digestive fibre, those with weaker gastric system or digestive ulcers should avoid consuming celery, so as to prevent triggering intestinal tract colic or gastric discomfort.

Choosing Celery

When buying celery, it is best to find those with straight and thick stalks with green (not yellow-looking) leaves with no stains or worm-eaten holes.

Food Tips

1. Celery is best known for its rich content of fibre which can help to smooth one’s bowel movements and expel toxins from the intestinal tracts. In addition, celery’s high-fibre makes one feel full and helps to curb appetite. This is great for countering obesity, and can help reduce the sugar intake and improve metabolism of sugar in the body.
2. The potassium in celery helps to bring down the blood pressure, thus making celery an excellent choice for those with high blood pressure. It also has diuretic effects and can relieve fatigue.
3. The aromatic content in celery calms the central nervous system in the brain, thus helping to reduce insomnia. It can also help improve intestinal tract movements.

Compatible & Incompatible Foods for Celery

Compatible Foods

Celery + Chinese yam = helps to improve digestion
Celery + mushroom = calms inflammation and improves urination (diuretic)
Celery + olive oil = prevents cancer
Celery + dried tofu skin = fights fatigue

Incompatible Foods

Celery + cucumber = decrease nutritional value

Celery Drizzled With Vinegar

Celery can be cooked and eaten many ways – it can be fried, shredded, boiled or served as a garnish, cold dish, or a stuffing, but serving it uncooked (e.g. in a salad) will enable it to retain its nutritional value.

Ingredients for four servings

480g of celery

Seasoning items

• 12 tablespoons vinegar
• 4 teaspoon sugar
• suitable amount of soya sauce
• minimal amount of oil

Preparation

1. Wash the celery, discard the leaves and cut the celery stalk into portions.
2. Those who enjoy cooked celery should boil it in water until it is 70-80% cooked. (Some may prefer not to have it boiled as it is more succulent and juicy that way.)
3. Put the celery stalks onto the plate. Mix all the seasoning items together and pour the mixture onto the celery. It is ready to serve.

Cooking Tips

The nutritional value contained in celery leaves is higher than that of the stalk. The leaves are rich in digestible fibre and aromatic content. When handling celery, it is best not to throw away the celery leaves; cooking a whole celery stalk complete with leaves, or adding celery leaves to vegetable soup, can enhance flavour.

To retain the green colour of cooked celery, pour cold water over it after boiling. Doing this will also reduce frying time, and thus prevent excessive oil intake.

Before it is cooked, celery should not be stored for too long, i.e. not more than two days.

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