Mahvelous Mustard Greens

Through each change of season our bodies go through changes as well.  Eating in season supports our health and helps us transition.  This time of year with less light and cooler temperatures we begin to naturally crave higher carbohydrate foods for comfort and physical and mental energy.  Our bodies naturally want to prepare for the long, cold, dark winter months.  Many turn to breads, pastas, sweets, and other foods with little nutritional value.  This can result in weight gain as well worsen the "winter blues."  Food is mood.  Support your body and mind by incorporating seasonal foods into your diet every day.

Mustard greens are abundant this time of year.  Not only will eating them help us maintain or even lost weight, but will reduce our cancer risk, help lower cholesterol, is low in calories and abundant in Vitamins A,K,C, and many more.  They help the body detox and are anti-inflammatory. They are cruciferous and a nutritional powerhouse.    If you don't like them, try a different preparation.  If you have never tried them, you should!

Preparation and Storing

Store unwashed leaves wrapped in a damp paper towel, sealed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to five days.  

Prepare your greens by soaking in a vegetable wash for a few minutes.  Rub the leaves by hand, rinse thoroughly.  If you don't prefer the tough stem, fold the leaves in half lengthwise and use a knife to cut the stem out.  Roll the leaves and cut into pieces.  The healthiest technique for preparing the greens are to eat them raw or steam them, however they can be blanched, sautéed, boiled.  To eat raw, as in a salad, tear the leaves into desired pieces, and massage the leaves, as you would kale.  

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