I was at a place in Lagos last week. They had on sale, loads of their branded hair products and all of them had boldly written on them, “Eucalyptus” or “Castor Oil” or “Aloe Vera” e.t.c. You know, all those buzzwords that people that are pursuing a natural lifestyle feel drawn to. I randomly took one of the products off the shelf and turned the packaging around to read the ingredients. That is my knee jerk reaction when I come across a new product. I can’t remember it all right now but the product with the Castor Oil written boldly in front of it had ingredients listed something like this:
It has been said a million times that the Nigerian diet leans very heavily towards carbohydrates, even as the world moves away and eats less. While I am an advocate for not banning carbohydrates completely from our diets, I do have to agree that we need to #lesshandsmall and reduce the quantity we eat.
This post has a lot of Instagram pictures from several Nigerian Food Bloggers. Feel free to click the “Follow” button on any of the pictures below. You will find it on the top right hand side of the photo. Seriously, you need to follow for inspiration!
Last week, my friend sat across from me and said “It doesn’t matter if you give children sodas (a.k.a. minerals or soft drinks), as they sometimes need sugar to boost their energy levels”. I hear that a lot. Or variations of that kind of statement. The most ridiculous one has to be that ice-cream is a “healthy snack” because it at least contains milk.
I find that a lot of people seeking a healthier oil alternative are reaching for Canola Oil. It is certainly marketed as healthy oil but as with most things, we must always ask questions. Here is what my small research yielded. (more…)
My daughter now has to stay in school for an extra hour after closing time so that she can participate in extra-curricular activities. For me, that means giving her an even more substantial meal because that extra hour means that she will be spending lunch time in school and will be starving by the time she gets home.
A good choice for a filling meal is Pasta and rather than just regular pasta, whole wheat pasta is sooooo much better.
That is the inspiration for today’s Healthy School Lunch Idea.
We can all agree that we have not had a Harmattan this intense in Nigeria for years. I am actually enjoying the weather but the dust levels are quite high and that has translated to a number of people exhibiting varying flu symptoms.
I have wanted to do this post for quite a while now. I think it is quite important that we begin to question the things that we have locally available.
Loads of people opt for “Fruit Juice” at parties and at restaurants and even at home, thinking that they are getting something very close to freshly squeezed juice and nothing else. That is really not the case…at all.
Today, let’s speak on a subject that affects you and I – labelling!
My daughter was given a pack of biscuits which I found (intact) in the car. It was one of these really cheap biscuits that you can purchase for about NGN10. Even though I knew not to expect much, I took a look at the packaging to read the ingredients list. Before I could do that though, this caught my eye:
1 Pack = 1 glass of milk*
I was intrigued! Really? I could eat this and literally not need to drink milk? These had to be healthy biscuits!! But then, notice the asterisk? Not a lot of people usually do. I turned the pack around to find what it meant:
*One pack of 33g Milk Biscuits has Calcium equal to 175ml glass of milk
Last year, I put up a post of school supplies that you would need to set up your child with healthy school lunches.
As a follow up, I would like to start a series on healthy school lunch ideas where I share with you what typically goes into my daughter’s school lunch bag. Hopefully this will help those that need ideas. I know it will help me step up my game as well.