There are healthy Nigerian foods and you can learn to switch over to them.

I will start this article by reiterating the age-old saying “health is wealth”. I suppose this statement has been validated over the years as people are learning how to improve their health by improving their recipes. Thereby saving money that should have been spent in hospitals.

The importance of eating healthy foods cannot be overemphasized. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks, by far.

By eating healthy Nigerian foods, you will visit the doctors less often.
healthy Nigerian foods
I have emphasized in time past that this healthy eating habit will, in no way displace any of the delicious foods you love to eat. You will keep your yummy recipes; we can just make them better.

People sometimes imagine that healthy foods would be less delicious.

Take Ginger for instance.
I wouldn’t ask you to eat them raw as I do occasionally, but you can add it to some of the wonderful foods you make every day.

Ginger can single-handedly save your sex life (for married folks). No Kidding. Sugar kills your cells but ginger kills the sugar, I think ginger is one of the best herbs created by God.

I use ginger for jollof rice, stew, peppersoup, porridge beans, pap etc. I use fresh ginger, I pound or blend them. Try ginger and save yourself lots of money.

Healthy foods no doubt ensures longevity, I have fully stressed this point in a free ebook I wrote a while back. You should have it if you are subscribed to my newsletters.

So, if you want to live long and live well, you must watch what you eat, I will list some of the healthy Nigerian foods below. Find a way to incorporate these foods/spices into your diet, you will thank me later.

More Of Fish and less of meat

Fish, when compared with meat appears to be a healthier alternative. White-fleshed fish, in particular, is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein, plus the fact that fishes are high in omega-3 fatty acids or the “good” kind of fats. Since the human cell can’t make significant amounts of these essential nutrients themselves, we get them from fish.
There are hundreds of fish species in Nigeria If you don’t like catfish you can try Mackerel, Cod or Tilapia. We have lots of different beautiful fishes in Africa

There are more than a thousand ways to prepare fish. You can, cook, grill or roast them. We all know that a well-grilled fish taste way better than red meat.
Have you tried Catfish Peppersoup? You can check it out.

Replace Red Meat With Chicken

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If you have the money, eat more chicken and less red meat. In general, red meats (beef, pork, and lamb) have more cholesterol and saturated fat (the bad fat) than chicken. Cholesterol and saturated fat can raise your blood cholesterol and cause heart disease. Chicken and fish have less saturated fat than most red meat.

Don’t forget the vegetables.

Carrot/green beans is a perfect combination and they are pretty cheap this season. Observe the plate of rice below.
Jesus Food
That is plain tomato stew with turkey meat. Simple right? Just slice the carrot/green beans and add them while you are boiling the rice. 3 minutes before you turn off the heat.
Try porridge yam or porridge plantain with some vegetables.

Also, there are lots of fruits to enjoy in Nigeria. Try some of them, you can even make fruit salads and fruit juice

Spice up with garlic.

Most People avoid garlic because of the accompanying smell that tends to ruin your breath afterward.

I get it, it is amazing how something that makes food smell so nice and yummy can make a person smell so differently.

However, garlic has a list of gory health benefits that are not easily disputable. From helping to manage cholesterol and blood sugar levels, to the prevention of gynecological disorders, to supporting immune function, the list is endless.

Don’t make a pot of stew or peppersoup without one or two cloves of garlic

Aloe Vera is wonderful

Aloe Vera Juice

I recently created a drink recipe with aloe Vera as its main ingredient. You can find my Detoxifying Aloe Vera plus lemon juice here

These herbs are meant to heal and nourish our cells, but we avoid them for several reasons.

Ginger is hot

Aloevera is bitter

Garlic smells

But you will be doing yourself lots of good by incorporating them into your diet. We live in a toxic environment, some of these wonderful herbs and fruits help in detoxifying our cells and we are as healthy as our cells.

What do you think? Are you going to try some of these? Use the comment form below.

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  1. nkasii  March 14, 2018

    people said instead of eating garlic from mouth, its more better to insert it thrru anus, is it true? does it has any effect?

    • Chy Anegbu  March 15, 2018

      Lol, haven’t heard of that method, I will probably do some more research.

      • Success  August 10, 2019

        I never knew that Aloe Vera is edible

        • Chy Anegbu  August 11, 2019

          Lol, it is.

      • Victor  December 5, 2019

        Does aloe Vera juice cure malaria

        • Chy Anegbu  December 9, 2019

          Not certain but it sure helps to prevent it.

    • Alex dacoda  June 3, 2019

      There is definitely something wrong with you

    • Love  April 8, 2020

      A gynacologist said it’s a no no please don’t insert garlic it’s unhealthy

  2. Akinwande shola  March 16, 2018

    I recently started cooking my meals with garlic and ginger and believe me everyone in my house Loves it. My food taste better now.

  3. Portia  March 16, 2018

    am going to try some especially the carrot and green peas with white rice an stew thanks a lot for the lecture

  4. Onifade shijuade  March 21, 2018

    Wow. Am going to try the carrot and green peas with white rice and stew thanks a lot for the wonderful info.

  5. Kay  March 21, 2018

    Will try this carrot and peas recipe. Am always restricted to cooking food with fresh vegies like these cos my children don’t always like it. I will appreciate a better method for children. Keep the good work up. Loads of love.

  6. Eunice  March 22, 2018

    I tried it and it wonderful , my meal taste so nice ginger and garlic. Thanks a lot for the encouragement.

  7. mr nath  May 15, 2018

    I’ll try the ginger
    Thanx for the infinformation
    Although am wondering if eating,one egg a day is healthyhealthy,what do u thinkn

    • Chef Chidi  May 15, 2018

      some say one egg a day is healthy, I am yet to do a proper research.

    • Chigbo Okeke  September 21, 2018

      what time is most appropriate do apply this?

  8. Olawumi  August 20, 2018

    Please can a breast feeding mother take garlic and ginger

    • Chy Anegbu  August 20, 2018

      I eat ginger and garlic in jollof rice and stew when pregnant and never had any issue, You may need to consult your doctor for professional advice.

  9. Derek Dada  May 22, 2019

    Rice ke? Not that healthy.
    Lean meat is also quite healthy too.
    Amala is a great option, but portion is important.
    Salads I agree.
    Moi Moi is great too.

    I expected to see a lot more healthier foods.

  10. Mercy  June 24, 2019

    How do I preserve my carrots in the house since I can’t go to market always

    • Chy Anegbu  June 24, 2019

      They are meant to be eaten fresh but I guess it lasts up to 5 days if refrigerated, thanks for asking.

    • Osaze  April 27, 2020

      Grate and put it out to dry. Avoid drying under the sun though. God bless you

  11. Rita  June 24, 2019

    Wow, great am definitely trying the white rice and veggies. Thanks

  12. Ejiogu Loveline  June 28, 2019

    Thanks for your teaching ma. But my baby doesn’t like it when I add fresh veggies to her meal. Please, is there a way out?

    • Eky  May 21, 2020

      Blend the vegetables and add to your stew. You can bring out a portion of the stew for this if you don’t want to add the veggies to the entire pot. I hope this helps. Thank you!

  13. Adeola  August 6, 2019

    Beautiful! I cannot cook without adding ginger and garlic in one way or the other. Thank you so much for the reinforcement.

  14. MBA Nkemakonam  August 6, 2019

    Wow….definitely I will reduce my meat intake and be using ginger and garlic often, thanks a bunch chy

  15. Nikky  August 6, 2019

    I am a big fan of garlic and ginger. I blend both with lemon and drink the juice all day to raise my PH level. It is also good to lower blood sugar in diabetic patients. Ginger and garlic in jellof rice with a topup of veggies are good to our guts. Thank you ma for this writeup.

  16. Chukwufumnaya  August 12, 2019

    You can swallow garlic the way you take your paracetamol and other tablets,just peel and swallow with water only.

  17. Tosin  September 13, 2019

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this, although have been using them but this article encourage me to use it the more

    • Chy Anegbu  September 13, 2019

      Thanks for your feedback, there are lots of healthy foods in Nigeria. We are only just learning about them.

  18. Namcy  October 22, 2019


  19. Seun  December 13, 2019

    I used to hate putting ginger and garlic in my food. when I tried it,trust me,its lovely. Those that don’t like using it,it’s probably because you have been using it the wrong don’t need much. just pound it,add little water,and seive it,to get the taste.Thank you for the tips

  20. VICTORIA CYRIL  January 10, 2020

    5 stars

  21. Juliet Tomi  April 2, 2020

    Thanks for the tips ,but what if I decide to use ginger and garlic powder instead of the fresh ones. Is it also good?

    • Chy Anegbu  April 3, 2020

      Yeah, if you trust the source or grind them yourslef.

  22. Ada  April 2, 2020

    I tried the bitter leaf soup and it came out perfectly well thank u

  23. Adesola Enitan  April 6, 2020

    Waoh I love this…tank u

  24. Love  April 8, 2020

    I heard there are some alor Vera that are not edible ie they are poison

    • Chy Anegbu  April 8, 2020

      It is possible, there are always species of many good plants that are not edible. But I am guessing you won’t be seeing those in Nigerian market.

  25. Progress  April 14, 2020

    Chy thanks a lot you are a darling
    Do you know I have started the Aloe Vera Recipe since two weeks now and am enjoying it, though it’s very bitter
    Pls Chy I want to know if this Detoxification recipe also helps in burning down fats?.
    Thanks so much once again.

  26. innocent  September 2, 2020

    Please i need a balanced and aproper meal time table to be following i consume alot of fast food this days.

    • Chy Anegbu  September 3, 2020

      OK, I will add that to my ‘to do’ list.


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