When a typical Nigerian thinks of a healthy meal, what comes to mind is starvation to lose weight. No, it’s none of that. Eating healthy should be a goal that every family should aim to achieve and embark on as a lifestyle.
Maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle may seem difficult for many as some food items are out of financial reach. How do we tell an okada rider to buy a cup of parfait that costs 10% of his daily gains or the bricklayer to cut down on soda and drink detox water instead that contains cucumber, mint leaves, lemon, lime, and other greens?.
A healthy meal is a wealthy meal, but a wealthy mean might not always be a healthy meal. With a few change, you could make the most of a balanced and healthy diet.
“Green my meal” should be your motto. This implies that you add a portion of vegetables to your meals.
Spice up your breakfast with oats (sachets costs 50naira or 100naira) and bananas (cost 150naira). In place of sugar for your pap, soak date palms in water for a while and pour in. It is a healthy sweetener. Stop eating bland white rice or past. Green your Sunday lunch, white rice or pasta with 50naira green peas, 100 naira cucumber, and 50 naira carrot. And for dinner, moderately eat your pounded yam with any vegetable soup of your choice.
Eat a fruit a day. As the saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” Pineapples cost as low as 100naira, full watermelons cost 250naira, a red apple costs about 100naira, five balls of Agbalumo (African Star Apples) costs about 50naira.
Why should you eat fruits and vegetables? They are naturally low in fat, calories, and sodium. None have cholesterol but are rich in essential nutrients, folic acid, iron, Vitamin C, potassium, and other nutrients.
It is not so expensive to eat healthily, it requires your deliberate effort and small change and you are on your way to a fit lifestyle.