Plantain is a versatile food. You can roast it, fry it in different ways, turn into flour, cook it as a porridge or just boil it. The more popular version of plantain porridge is the with the unripe one because it has more iron. However, I’m using the ripe ones, although it’s not so ripe. Plantains are an excellent source of potassium, fibre, magnesium and iron. It has vitamin A, C, B6.
Moringa powder is gotten from the dried leaves of the moringa plant. It’s necessary to differentiate between the benefits of the leaves, seeds, flowers and powder. Although from the same tree, they have their uses. The leaves, which the powder comes from is the most nutritious part of the plant.
Moringa powder is a rich source of many nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. In fact, they have many more vitamins than the richest sources such as carrots, oranges and milk.
I saw this meme and I just thought why don’t I write about mangoes. Unlike bananas I totally love, mangoes are just basically a fruit for me. I love fruits guys, so I’m still showing mangoes some love. It is juicy, it’s filling, delicious but I’m very critical about mangoes I eat, if I see any black dot on the mangoes, I just imagine a bird pecking on it. So guys with Ebola and all don’t just eat any mango you see. Make sure it’s not open or with any suspicious black spot.
Garlic is one of my most favourite things in the world. I typically make it with ginger, which I have written about. I slice both into little bits, boil, allow to cool, sieve and add honey. There goes my dearest ginger and garlic tea! Garlic is a super food that have been used as spice and medicine.
If you watch adverts of juice companies, you hear “from farm to your hand” “fresh” ” healthy” “nature’s best” “not from concentrate” “no added preservatives” describing how it was plucked and squeezed to become fruit juice. It’s just marketing strategy. The real details about how most packaged fruit juice is processed is left out. Making people believe they are making a healthy choice by buying the so-called fresh fruit juice.
Ginger is a flowering plant, whose root can be used as a spice or herbs. It can be used in different forms: fresh, dried, and powdered, as juice, tea, or extracted as oil. Ginger has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Ginger contains a variety of vitamins and minerals; including carbohydrate, protein, dietary fibre, iron sodium, vitamin B1, B6, C, E calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, folate, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, pantothenic acid.
Bitter leaf is a medicinal and nutritional plant that can be found in Nigeria. It speeds up metabolism and thereby helps in reducing weight gain. It contains essential fatty acids – linoleic and linolenic acid. It is high in antioxidants. Bitter leaf is used traditionally as a cure for headaches, fever, joint pains. It stimulates bile and hydrochloric acid production.
African star apple (no, it is not cherry) is popularly known as Udara in Igbo and Agbalumo in Yoruba (I do not know what name it is called by other African countries/tribes). The scientific name is Chrysophyllum albidum. It is a seasonal fruit available from November/December to March/April