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
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.
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
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