Two of the most common questions I receive from The African Pot Nutrition Community are, “How should I eat” and “how many calories are in this particular African food?” This week I will answer both these questions in the series “My African Plate.” Based off the “My Plate” concept unveiled by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2011,“My African Plate” will provide guidance on how to improve your eating habits while maintaining the African foods you are accustomed to. Ever wonder how many calories are in your favorite African food? This week’s series will list the basic nutrient content of some of the most common African dishes/foods.
Why My Plate?
A healthy eating plan should never be confusing and since most people eat off a plate, it makes sense to have an icon that people can relate to. (Well, as opposed to a pyramid). It’s easier to remember the different proportions of a healthy diet when you have a plate as a measuring tool. In addition, the USDA’s “My Plate” represents what dietitians have been encouraging for years, “choose a wide variety of food and watch your portions.” The recommendations from the USDA are very simple: Start by filling 1/2 your plate with veggies and fruits, then add grains to 1/4 of your plate and cover the rest of your plate with protein. On the side of the plate is a glass of milk, representing the importance of dairy in the diet. Sounds pretty simple right? That’s the idea. Eating should not be complex.
Are you ready to change the way you eat? Join us for My African Plate!
- Introducing “My African Plate”- A Guide to Healthier Eating! (theafricanpotnutrition.com)
- Protein on “MyAfricanPlate!”…. A Guide To Healthier Eating! (theafricanpotnutrition.com)
- Fruits and Vegetables on “MyAfricanPlate!”…A Guide To Healthier Eating. (theafricanpotnutrition.com)
- What to Drink with “MyAfricanPlate!”…A Guide To Better Eating. (theafricanpotnutrition.com)
- Grains on” My African Plate.” (theafricanpotnutrition.com)