Have You Been Getting Enough Folic Acid?

What Does it Do?
Folic Acid is one of the B Group of Vitamins.  It reduces the risk of spina bifida and possibly heart disease. It is also used in the formation of healthy blood.

How it Works.
Essential for development of spinal cord within three months of conception.  May reduce homocysteine levels which could cause damage to arteries.

Good Sources.
Fortified breakfast cereals and bread, liver, black-eyed beans, brussels sprouts, peanuts, spinach, broccoli, chickpeas.

Try this simple stir fry that is rich in fibre, folic acid, protein and above all taste.
Toss in some noodles or meat if desired.

Preparation Time: 10 mins.
Cooking Time: 5 mins.
Serves 4.

Ingredients

3/4 cup broccoli or cauliflower, (blanched), cut into big pieces
1/3 cup baby corn, sliced diagonally
1/3 cup capsicum, cut into big pieces
1/3 cup onions, cut into big pieces
2 tbsp french beans (par boiled)
A few pieces diagonally sliced cucumber
7 to 8 lightly toasted cashewnuts
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp cornflour
Pinch of sugar
2 pinches of black pepper powder
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste

Method

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan on a high flame.
Add the garlic and stir fry over a high flame for a few seconds.
Add the capsicums, onions, broccoli, baby corn, french beans and cucumber and stir fry for 2 minutes.
Mix the cornflour with ½ cup of water and add to the mixture.
Add the black pepper, sugar and salt and cook for 1 minute.
Serve hot topped with the toasted cashewnuts.

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