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 we have validated this statement over the years as people are learning how to improve their health by improving their recipes. Saving money that should have been spent in hospitals.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of eating healthy foods. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks, by far.
By eating healthy Nigerian foods, you will visit the doctors less often.
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.
Ginger as Spice in Foods
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. 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 that fishes are high in omega-3 fatty acids or the “good” 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
If you have the money, eat more chicken and less red meat. 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.
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 ruins 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
I recently created a drink recipe with aloe Vera as its key 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
But you will do 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.
Learn more about Nigerian foods
See this recipe for Vegetable Soup
I’m liking your recipes… Don’t get much Nigerian food in Australia… I use garlic in almost everything I cook and ginger almost as much… If you’re new to garlic and ginger just use one clove for a meal big enough to feed four adults… Once you get used to it you will be adding lots more… Also with your breakfast recipes you say use peppers (egg/yam sauce specifically) ..does that mean chillies or do you mean capsicums (which in America is referred to as peppers)… I’m Australian and we don’t actually refer to anything as peppers so I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be using…thanks heaps
Pls I need a healthy food time table for my family. I use tiger garlic and ginger powder, is it good?
Please i need a balanced and aproper meal time table to be following i consume alot of fast food this days.
Chidi 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 Chidi I want to know if this Detoxification recipe also helps in burning down fats?.
Thanks so much once again.
I heard there are some alor Vera that are not edible ie they are poison
Waoh I love this…tank u
I tried the bitter leaf soup and it came out perfectly well thank u
Thanks for the tips ,but what if I decide to use ginger and garlic powder instead of the fresh ones. Is it also good?
YES, I USE THEM AND WILL CONTINUE. THANKS FOR THE REMINDER.
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 way.you don’t need much. just pound it,add little water,and seive it,to get the taste.Thank you for the tips
I ALWAYS LOVE COOKING MY WHITE RICE WITH SOME VEGETABLE LIKE CARROT, PEAS AND GREEN BEANS. WHAT I FIND DIFFICULT TO DO IS EATING GARLIC
Wow! Thanks for sharing this, although have been using them but this article encourage me to use it the more
You can swallow garlic the way you take your paracetamol and other tablets,just peel and swallow with water only.
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.
Wow….definitely I will reduce my meat intake and be using ginger and garlic often, thanks a bunch chy
Beautiful! I cannot cook without adding ginger and garlic in one way or the other. Thank you so much for the reinforcement.
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?
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!
Wow, great am definitely trying the white rice and veggies. Thanks
How do I preserve my carrots in the house since I can’t go to market always
Grate and put it out to dry. Avoid drying under the sun though. God bless you
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.
Please can a breast feeding mother take garlic and ginger
I’ll try the ginger
Thanx for the infinformation
Although am wondering if eating,one egg a day is healthyhealthy,what do u thinkn
what time is most appropriate do apply this?
I tried it and it wonderful , my meal taste so nice ginger and garlic. Thanks a lot for the encouragement.
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.
Wow. Am going to try the carrot and green peas with white rice and stew thanks a lot for the wonderful info.
am going to try some especially the carrot and green peas with white rice an stew thanks a lot for the lecture
I recently started cooking my meals with garlic and ginger and believe me everyone in my house Loves it. My food taste better now.
people said instead of eating garlic from mouth, its more better to insert it thrru anus, is it true? does it has any effect?
There is definitely something wrong with you
A gynacologist said it’s a no no please don’t insert garlic it’s unhealthy
Yes, that’s a great idea, you can try the same with peppers also…
Am in this category. Thanks for the tips.