During a season of lockdown and social distancing, a lot of people’s workout regimen has been interrupted. While staying at home is more rampant now, there is also a greater likelihood of gaining weight. Since a lot of Ghanaian dishes are carbohydrates based, here are some food options you can consider on your journey to losing weight, staying healthy, having flawless skin and being your best self.
Kontomire sauce or soup
Also known as cocoyam leaves, kontomire has multiple essential benefits. It has high quantities of vitamin C which is an oxidant known to help prevent cancer. It likewise aides in food digestion and prevents risks of digestive problems. It is low in fat and rich in protein hence influences weight loss. It contains Omega 3 which supports the treatment of diseases like lupus and arthritis. Similarly, it helps control blood pressure and even increase sperm production for men. It also has a dopamine property which helps control your mood and even enhance your memory.
Garden eggs stew
Garden eggs have a high fiber content which help with weight loss. It is also known to be of high nutritional value for pregnant women who can easily suffer from the lack of sufficient nutrients due to the baby’s food consumption in the womb. It helps to also enhance your vision, control sugar level, and reduce liver disorders. Can be used not only to prepare sauces but also light soup. In Nigeria, it is often served as a snack and in other parts of the world where it’s called an eggplant, it’s either used for salads or served as a substitute of meat or chicken in meals.
Also known as millet porridge, Hausa koko is a good breakfast or light dinner option. Millet serves as an efficient replacement for corn, wheat or foods that contain gluten. For this reason, it significantly supports weight loss. Furthermore, it provides more vital amino acids than the majority of other cereals. Thus, it aids to boost bone health, prevent muscle damage, improve the immune system and likewise healthy looking skin.
Palm nut soup
Also termed as Abenkwan in the Akan language, palm nut soup made from palm kernel oil is extremely high in nutrients like vitamin E. It is also infused with multiple antioxidants and this helps with protecting the skin against toxins and harmful UV rays. It’s known to have tremendous anti-ageing benefits, and equally has zero trans-fat which is excellent for weight loss. You can also be guaranteed of boosting your vision from its high nutrient in vitamin A. The palm kernel oil has healthy unsaturated fats which further promote healthier joints, skin and bones.
Known to some as beans cake, it is made from black-eyed peas paste with spices and ground pepper. Though usually served with hausa koko as a breakfast or light dinner option it can be a good substitute for bread in your diet. It can also be a healthy snack eaten in place of treats that contain a lot of sugar. Black-eyed peas or cowpeas is also an excellent vegetarian protein. It has substantial amounts of dietary fiber which work as a laxative to protect the colon, reducing toxic substances which can cause colon cancer. It further helps reduce cholesterol and has high levels of copper and iron which support the treatment of anaemia. It is a good diet regimen for pregnant women and fundamentally relevant in facilitating weight loss.
Agushi also known by Nigerians as Egusi is a protein rich seed from the melon or squash plant. It contains anti-arthritic properties which help prevent and fight arthritis. It also has vitamin B2 which helps promote and maintain healthy skin. It has dietary fibers which are good for food digestion and weight loss. It is also known to have multiple properties which help fight cancer.
Ayoyo soup is made from Ayoyo leaves or what Nigerians term as Ewedu. It is also popularly known in other parts of the world as Egyptian spinach, bush okra or Jews/Jute leaves. It contains antioxidants, vitamins A,C and E which help prevent ovarian cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer or prostate cancer. It also helps to boost healthy skin and slow down the ageing process. It supports the strengthening of the digestive system and reduces weight gain. It equally has properties which enable the control of cholesterol levels. It’s high in Omega-3 therefore supports the reduction of high blood pressure.
All the Ghanaian dishes mentioned above have several health benefits that will not only leave you feeling healthy but will keep you looking healthy too. A healthy lifestyle is highly essential in a time when our normal day to day activities have been reduced by a pandemic. You can make these dishes at home or easily find them at a restaurant or local food joint near you.