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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Eat Nutrient-packed Foods for Added Brain Power

Indian curry is real good.Image via Wikipedia
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

         The brain is the body's control system. It is our organ for thought, speech, emotion, and memory. It is jelly-like and weighs about three pounds.
         Our brain needs constant fuel like food, vitamins and minerals in order to stay strong and healthy. For this reason, it is important to eat nutrient-laden foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, beans, milk and cheese. It also needs water especially when the body is under pressure. So whenever you are tired, worried or stressed out drink plenty of water.
          For healthier and stronger body and brain, eat a variety of foods. Eat mostly from rice/bread group; eat generously from fruit and vegetable groups; eat moderately from meat and milk groups; and eat sparingly of fats, oils, sweets, salt and spices.
         And speaking of nutrient-laden and variety of foods, here is a recipe that offers just that!

(The Vegetarian Way)

You will need:

5-6       cups rice water
             salt as needed
1           piece onion, sliced
1           tablespoon vegetarian seasoning
1/2        cup tokwa, prefried
1/2        cup mushroom balls
1/2        cup gabi meat, cubed
1/2        cup mushroom meat
             corncobs (optional)
1/2        cups broccoli flowerets
1           cup carrots, diced
             chicharo (optional)
1/2        kilo spinach leaves

Here's how:

1. Boil the rice water, salt, onion, and vegetarian seasoning.

2. Add the tokwa, mushroom balls, mushroom meat, corncobs, and gabi meat.

3. Continue boiling until mixture becomes tender.

4. Add the broccoli flowerettes, carrots, chicharo, and spinach just before serving.

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