Meditation & Health #20-A Colorful Mix Carrot, Cucumber and Corn
A COLORFUL MIX
Carrot, Cucumber and Corn
BY LING XUAN & QING LAN
Growing carrots requires patience and tender loving care from germination to sprouting and harvesting. Most varieties reach maturity within 50 to 80 days, showing visible deep green leaves and a large orange top. Carrots develop a bitter flavor if the plants are allowed to flower. For use as baby carrots, they are removed at the roots at 30 to 40 days.
A summer vegetable, carrots grow well in loose and moist soil. Careful digging and harvesting of the crop ensure maximum size and flavor. If you have a garden or a chance to visit a farm, try releasing the mature carrots from the clutches of the earth. Place a garden fork about six inches away from the carrots. Loosen the soil all around the carrots before pulling them out.
Try to remove as much dirt as possible. It is not advisable to wash them before storing. Washing introduces additional moisture, causing mold to grow. Wash them when you are ready to use them.
Cutting the carrots into sticks and storing them in airtight plastic storage containers in the refrigerator encourages healthy snacking and increases the amount of fiber-rich fresh veggies eaten in the house.
Commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit. Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet. High in beneficial nutrients such as protein, magnesium, potassium, vitamins C and K, and fiber, cucumber is also ideal for promoting hydration as it is made up of about 96 percent water.
Rich in antioxidants, cucumber is a good food source by which to reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals. You can eat plenty of cucumbers without worrying about weight gain, as they are low in calories.
Corn is known as maize in most countries. A cob of corn is actually part of the flower. Each kernel is a seed. On average, a cob of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows. Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.
The majority of the nutrients are found in the kernels. Yellow corn is a rich source of beta-carotene, which forms vitamin A in the body — essential for the maintenance of good vision and skin. Eat fresh corn to reap the most benefits.
Be aware, however, that corn does contain large amounts of fatty acid. Avoid eating too much corn or corn oil, as excessive consumption can dangerously exacerbate conditions such as heart disease. It is found in many artificially sweetened foods and syrups and has a negative impact on blood sugar levels as well as contributing to weight gain.
1 bowl of corn kernels
A tablespoon of oil Salt and black pepper to taste
1 Wash carrot and cucumber thoroughly, cut into cubes.
2 Wash the kernels of corn.
3 Heat oil in a wok.
4 Add carrot, followed by corn kernels and cucumber.
5 Add salt and black pepper to taste.
6 Stir-fry all ingredients quickly.
7 Dish and serve.