This is a food blog with a difference. Eating isn’t all about interesting recipes and good looking dishes. That in fact is the end stage. Knowing what to eat and how to eat healthy is the prime thing. Its not for nothing that its said that you are what you eat.
To this end, we take you through some of our staples, eating the healthiest variety and how to get the best out of them.
Rice, rice, rice: Many persons practically run away from eating rice. It can be a painful decision but for how long? With all the amazing recipes one can make with rice, it won’t be long before a vow of abstinence is broken. Brown Rice, Nigeria’s Ofada rice, Abakaliki (which is more versatile for most recipes unlike Ofada), Basmati, American long grain are healthy alternatives to plain white rice.
Besides, serving it with a lot of vegetables and salads will provide a balanced meal.
Eggs: Great for kids, good for adults. Eggs are best refrigerated. Don’t stock too much so that you can consume fresh ones from time to time. The deeper the yolk colour (Orange that is,), the better. If you can find a thin line coming out of the yolk resembling a placenta it shows that the eggs are very fresh.
Bread: Wheat bread is healthier that white bread. So, make your sandwiches, and hotdogs and burgers but with a ‘wheaty’ twist. Never mind, you’ll get used to it.
Oils: Palm oil is a great source of vitamin A. The darker upper part Is healthier because the lower thicker and settled part is high in cholesterol. If you can get the sweet palm oil from Eastern Nigeria, you are on your way to making delicious soups and stews.
Vegetables or groundnut oil: Olive oil and soya oil top the list in this category. Never mind the knotty aroma, mind your heart and body instead. Regardless of how healthy the oil is, keep your intake at a minimum.
Beans: Beans is healthy, beans is good. One of the cheapest sources of proteins around. Heat up some palm oil and sauté garlic in it. By adding it to soft cooking beans, it can help eliminate flatulence for any who experience beans related constipation.
Meat: White meat and organs no doubt. Better grilled than fried.
Fish: Fishes are generally healthy and easier to digest. Mackerels and salmon top the list on the healthiest ones. Catfish especially farm bred ones have dangerously high levels of cholesterol- bad fat.
Yam and Potatoes: who doesn’t love yam! Atleast potatoes. Sweet and filling. The king healthy here is sweet potatoes renowned for its high vitamin A content. Hope you won’t mind swapping your yams for these lovelies from time to time. Yeah, for health’s sake.
Fruits and vegetables: Too much? Never! Highly beneficial. The rule is the darker the better. Dark leafy greens and darker fruits are better but really, all of them should be consumed.
Plantain: Green, unripe plantain is very nutritious. It is loaded with essential vitamins like dietary fibre, iron, potassium and more. It is highly recommended for diabetics. A variety of recipes exists for this Nutrient packed food.
Water, water and more water: Try as much as possible to substitute carbonated drinks and other beverages with water. You’ll feel better and lighter. You’ll feel less dehydrated also considering how hot the weather can be. If you are in need of some sweet, sweet drinks you can make some fruit drinks. We shall review some of these recipes overtime.
Thanks for reading. Hope it was worth your time.
Wishing you a healthier and tastier you!