As a dietitian, I am consistently bombarded with questions from Zimbabweans and, indeed, the rest of the sadza/isitshwala/ugali/pap/posho/nshima/fufu-eating community: “Is sadza healthy?”, “Is it fattening?”, “Is it good for diabetics?”, “How much should I eat?” and so on. The questions are many; the answers not quite straight forward, but one thing is for sure, not all sadza is created equal.
When people tell me about the latest diets they are following, they want me to tell them that they are going to lose weight and just like that all their health concerns will be resolved and they'll fit into their skinny jeans forever! However, "Diets don't work!" There, I said it. I'm a dietitian and
Nhopi- (Mashed Pumpkin with Peanut Butter) Throughout Africa pumpkins are enjoyed in a variety of ways but one of my favorite is in a traditional Zimbabwean dish known as Nhopi- mashed pumpkin with peanut butter. Yes, it may sound like a weird combination but if you like peanut butter and pumpkin, you will love Nhopi
There is a huge interest in the role of fermented foods for overall health. Social media, magazines and health food stores all tout the benefits of foods such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi and yogurt as functional foods whose benefits in overall health extend beyond nutrition. The African diet is rich in fermentation with foods such
When my kids were younger and my mother-in-law would visit, she would spoil them with scrumptious homemade treats. Each day the kitchen was filled with the sweet scent of cardamom, coconut milk, sugar, flour and butter simmered to perfection in a sizzling hot pan of oil as she made fresh mandazi ( donuts)- a huge favorite
You see, long term weight loss has never been achieved by following a restrictive diet that bans your favorite foods. Such a diet is a temporary fix to a long term problem. Truth of the matter is the diet that works is not that complicated. It doesn't come in liquid or powder form and surely doesn't force you to eliminate your favorite foods.
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
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
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
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