Ever had a taste of fresh pomegranate juice?

Do you know that Pomegranates are amongst the healthiest fruits in the world? Discovered way back in ancient Egypt but though believed to have originated from Iran, Pomegranates have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  However, many are still oblivious of the affluence of nutritional benefits packed in this super red fruit.

Yoga helps women get through the various stages of pregnancy and post-pregnancy effortlessly. Simply said, right?

Pregnancy sure comes with so much excitement and of course, some series of challenges (considering the numerous hormonal, emotional and physical changes that accompany it). And for some women, the experience can be totally overwhelming. But over the years, lots of mums-to-be and mothers have been able to successfully improve their overall wellbeing while also finding a sense of balance by practicing yoga.

Is it necessary to eat ahead of a workout especially in the mornings? How often do you skip meals before heading out to the gym? For fear of restrictions from feeling full or sometimes seen as extra stress, not bothering with food prior to workouts comes quite easy. But in reality, this isn’t ideal. You may not know, but it’s a possible way of undoing the very thing you’re working hard to achieve. Do you know that exercising on an empty stomach often leads to unhealthy breakdown of muscle tissues?

Being mindful of the amount of calories in the foods we consume is key and very practical in keeping an effective weight management regimen. But sometimes, indulging in certain “comfort foods” which are mainly junk foods becomes quite hard to resist.

Teetotalling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.                                                                          

Well, drinks can be fun when hanging out with friends or trying to cool off after a hard day’s work especially in a society where drinking is an acceptable part of socialization. BUT abstinence from alcohol is widely becoming a trend the world over.  More like a positive socio-cultural change as many more become consciously aware of the detrimental impact of alcohol.

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Thinking of one more way to make something interesting out of that yam tuber you’ve got? Or thinking of trashing those leftover cooked yams?(Yam Croquettes).I used to do just that till I found out this amazing yummy yam delicacy. I’m sure you won’t ever let yam go to waste again after you try out this recipe.

Whether unripe, semi-ripe, ripe, over-ripe, plantains can be enjoyed at whatever stage of ripeness they are and in several ways too. Fried, boiled, grilled or roasted, plantains are consumed in almost all Nigerian homes, either as snacks or main meals. Kids sure love plantains too!

Do you know that plantains are highly nutritious? One of the many reasons plantain is on the list of foods to be consumed for a healthy weight management therapy (check here for the numerous benefits of eating plantain).

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Super-nourishing and tasty.  Yes, that’s beans!

Beans are an excellent source of Protein, Fibre, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Folate, Iron, Zinc, Vitamins A, B and C along with many other nutrients.

Truth be told, there’re a thousand and one ways to enjoy beans. The most popular bean dishes in Nigeria are: beans porridge (cooked in tomato sauce), ewa agonyin (mashed beans with pepper sauce), frejon (coconut bean soup), moimoi (beans pudding), and akara (beans fritters).

Originating from the banana Musaceae family, plantains are excellent staple sources of healthy carbohydrates but low fat. Commonly referred to as potatoes of the Caribbean, plantains unlike bananas are vegetables and not fruits. And though they may look similar, plantains are usually bigger, longer, thicker skinned and have lesser sugar than bananas.

They also have higher starch content and shouldn’t be eaten raw.

Popularly referred to as “poor man’s meat” or “poor man’s supper”, beans are in no way food for the poor alone. On the contrary, beans should be embraced by all as the super healthy food there are. Beans are not just a natural source of energy but a nutritional powerhouse because of their wonderful nutritional value and health benefits.