The night before Thanksgiving I heard my sister moan and scream a little bit like something was really hot in her mouth. I was like, what in the world? I mean, she and her husband were at the kitchen sink washing freshly picked mustard and turnip greens, what could be hot in her mouth. Of course, I ask because she was acting like “Mater” in “Cars 2” when he ate too much Wasabi thinking it was Pistachio ice cream (I have kids, LOL. The scene if you care to watch it). Well, after she got herself together she told me that she tried a fresh mustard green and it was really spicy hot. Now anyone who knows me knows I LOVE spicy hot, so I decided to try one myself and I was in love. Granted those greens were hand-picked and extremely fresh; however, I knew I was in love with this new fresh green. I had eaten cooked mustard greens all my life and while I ate them they were never my favorite because they were way too bitter after being cooked. In fact, it took a lot of Kimchee to make me eat them. However, raw Mustard Greens are insanely good if you like that feeling of something opening up your sinuses and your chest like wasabi…so I decided to create a killer salad recipe with this fresh green.
Not only are these greens amazing to eat but they will help keep your skin hydrated and supple. Most people think that drinking water is the best way to hydrate cells but really hydrating cells with vegetables are the most beneficial. Sipping 2 to 3 ounces at a time is the best way to effectively hydrate your body. If you gulp water down, you may dilute your blood and actually cause your kidneys to excrete more water, exacerbating dehydration. That’s why hydrating through the water in vegetables is so important. “Dark, leafy greens are fantastic for your immune system and with the addition of omega-4 fatty acids, vitamins, phytochemicals and folates, they also work to protect and hydrate skin, keeping it healthy,” says Lara Ramon is the article, “12 Foods that Hydrate Your Skin From the Inside Out.”
Before I give you this killer recipe to try to check out these signs of DEHYDRATION… many people don’t realize they are dehydrated.
- Cravings for sugar and salt
- Dark urine
- Dry mouth
Wouldn’t it be cool if the solution to your headaches and afternoon fatigue could be as simple as drinking more water?
1-2 slices of Red Onion
2 crushed Garlic Cloves
2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup nuts of choice (I used roasted salted pecans)
1/2 Apple Sliced (opal is a really nice option. This apple doesn’t turn brown easily)
Goat Cheese (optional)
Pink Salt (to taste)
Place the Mustard Greens, Oil and Salt in a bowl and massage. Add your onion, garlic, nuts, raisins and fruit if desired. Enjoy!