I’m pretty easy going, not much bothers me but the things that irk me, really irk me! I have to get this off my chest. It was early morning, about 9 a.m. There was a mother on the train, with her two boys. It is a P.A Day and I know how that can throw a parent’s day off so I’m not totally unsympathetic. She stopped in the little café and bought them breakfast…pastry a long with a can of cola! Coke, yes, coke for breakfast! All that sugar! I was instantly irked! All the warnings of health, hyperactivity etc. ran through my mind. The week before, there was another little girl with her siblings on the train and she was snacking on the gummy bears that were likely part of her snack for later in the day. So my degree of irkness as it relates to junk food consumption for breakfast and kids is at its threshold. Healthy eating habits begin at a young age; it significantly affects a growing body and health later on.
Maybe I’m just so anal because at the age of eight my father had me reading the ingredients on labels. For example, cereals, in the 70’s choices included Cocoa Puff s, Captain Crunch etc. I was not allowed to buy a cereal that had sugar listed within the first three ingredients, needless to say, cereals were not a part of my breakfast options much to my chagrin. I only had the luxury (according to my young mind) of eating cereal at my friends’ homes.
I had a father who was very health conscious, I am now a product of that environment – and happily so. Although in situations like this , it causes a little rise in my blood pressure.
This was actually on the bus, a man sitting across from me had on earphones and was listening to some music. As he listened, he pulled up his imaginary air microphone and sang (mimicked without actual vocal sounds) into it with such emotion- as if he were going to cry. Whatever the music or the lyrics he was definitely feeling them. This is something that most of us have probably done in the privacy of our own homes. A woman a couple seats down and I both smiled and found it amusing. He made my day! Wouldn’t it be just so freeing to do that and not be concerned about what others will think or say?
By Sabrena Salahudeen
A mustard plant’s leaves are a peppery soul food and its seeds are used to make Dijon mustard. It doesn’t matter if it has toothed, scalloped, frilly, or lacy edges, mustard leaves are extremely high in nutrition. Its peak period is April, although it’s available throughout the year.
Mustard greens are an excellent source of vitamin E, vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin K, folate, manganese, tryptophan, calcium and fiber. They are great sources of potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, copper, phosphorus, iron and magnesium. On top of that, they are a good source of vitamin B1 and vitamin B3. Those with asthma, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, memory problems, or arthritis feel the healing benefits.
This antioxidant – and phytonutrient-packed plant should be bought when unblemished, crisp, deep green and fresh. Store the greens in the refrigerator for up to three days in a plastic bag. Those with kidney or gallbladder disorders should only eat these greens occasionally, as they are contain oxalate, a key component in kidney stones. These greens also contain goitrogens, which can interfere with the thyroid gland.
Clean mustard greens like spinach – clean in water by swishing around, empty water and repeat two more times. This super food works well in raw salads, sautéed, or blanched.