Have a Craving For Sand? You Could Have Pica.

A good friend of mine from Zimbabwe often shares the story of how when she was pregnant with her first child, she asked her American husband to stop in an open field so she could collect some soil. Imagine the poor man’s horror when he saw his pregnant wife take fistfuls of the sand and

10 Tips to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

I am constantly being asked for weight loss advice. Most of the times, people want my opinion on the latest diet fads circulating the market and when I deliver the grim message that "fad diets don't work," they look at me with utter disbelief before narrating how Jane lost weight on the "diet" as did Brenda, Peter and Paul.

Just How Much Are You Eating?

If there's one thing about nutrition that I consistently promote, it's the fact that portions matter. It's simple advice alright, but judging by our expanding waistlines and the research suggesting that many of us underestimate the amount of calories we eat (especially when it comes to fatty, sugary or salty processed foods), it's advice that

This Is What 200 Calories of African Food Looks Like

If you've never measured out your portions you'll be amazed to see just how many calories are in the foods you eat. Keep in mind WE NEED CALORIES. ... so don't stop eating. Rather, focus on making sure the portions on your plate meet your needs. Here is a fun a video for you. https://youtu.be/uzJJ5pyFOGQ?t=2s

Here’s An Easy Way To Estimate Food Portions

You probably know that measuring your portions using tools such as  scales, cups and spoons is the most accurate method of ensuring that your portions meet recommended sizes. However, lugging around a set of measuring tools is not always the most convenient thing to do. Besides, imagine pulling out a mini-scale at a restaurant to

Baobab

It’s the fruit of the majestic baobab tree that is making a splash in the world. Baobab, a personal fave, recently made its debut on the international scene with health food stores touting it as a “superfood.” Also Known As: Scientific: Adansonia Digitata  Afrikaans: kremertartboom Arabic: hahar, tebeldis; fruit: gangoleis
Bambara: sira, n’sira, sito Burkina Faso: twege

Small Dried Fish

Dried Small Fish Small Dried Fish Also known as Matemba (Zimbabwe), Kapenta (Zambia), Daaga (Tanzania), Omena (Kenya), Same age boys (Ghana), Janga (Cameroon), Mwanja moto (Cameroon) (Help us include more African names, leave us a comment below with what you call these little guys in your country…don’t forget to tell us where you

Fermented Beverages

Also Known as: Mahewu (Shona), Amarewu (Xhosa), Amahewu (Zulu) Togwa (Tanzania), Mabundu (Venda), Mapotho Mahewu (As I grew up calling it) is a traditional African beverage enjoyed by millions. Derived from fermenting cereals such as maize (corn), millet and sorghum, it can be consumed hot or cold and is commonly served as a thirst quencher,

In Defense of Sadza

n today's world today, we eat too much (of the wrong foods) and move little. What links diabetes and learning problems is the fact that we have abandoned our highly nutritious traditional ingredients, feeding practices and lifestyles in exchange for modern processed foods and cooking methods coupled with sedentary ways.

Fast Food In Africa…An African Dietitian’s Perspective

When I heard first heard about multinational fast food companies expanding throughout Africa, I was ready to protest. Much like the rest of the world, obesity in Africa is on the rise and as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who has seen the negative contributions of fast food on the health of Westerners, I shuddered at

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