Egusi is the seed obtained from Citrullus lantus (Egusi Melon), the biological ancestor of the watermelon as we know it today. This melon has its root in West Africa and unlike the juicy, red and sweet water melon we all know, this is pale yellow or green on the inside and quite bitter. This melon is therefore grown mainly for its seeds which is grounded into a flour and used in making Egusi Soup. It is rich in protein (30-40%), fat and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C. The addition of spinach or other vegetables makes this soup an even better choice. Perfect with your favourite side dish 😉 Available in all Tasty branches!
#4 SPINACH (EFO-RIRO)
Fish has a reputation for being low calorie, high protein “brain food,” thanks to the long strands of essential omega-3 fatty acids (popularly referred to as “omega-3s”) found in fish oil. The human body can’t naturally produce omega-3s, but yet they’re needed for a healthy body, inside and out. According to a Danish study on 49,000 people, fish has some of the following benefits among others;
1) Prevents heart desease
2) Improves skin & hair
3) Boosts brain development
4) Eases depression
So swap meat for fish more often this year and feel the difference yourself
MOI MOI ELEWE (BEAN CAKE STEAMED IN BANANA LEAVES)
Made from pureed beans, moi moi is not only low in fat but high in protein. Moi moi that is cooked using the traditional method of steaming inside wrapped banana leaves not only tastes great but also benefits from the all natural organic process that has been used for many years in Nigeria. Though often enjoyed as an accompaniment, moi moi can be eaten as a meal with fish, chicken, plantain or salad. It is also a firm favourite of vegetarians, pregnant women and diabetic people. As it is made from beans, moi moi shares all the health benefits of beans which we published yesterday.
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1. BEANS (EWARIRO)
For the next 10 days, we will be publishing 10 foods with great health benefits that you should be eating more of this year. All these items are available in all our branches for both single portions or bulk orders. We start with Beans!
1) Beans are a great source of protein, complex carbs and fiber.
2) They contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants and vitamins & minerals such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.
3) Studies have also shown that those who eat more legumes have a reduced risk of heart disease.
4) Beans can also lower blood cholesterol levels and help with weight loss as it makes you feel fuller for longer.
Definitely something to add to your menu more often this year 😉