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To be honest I used to think plantain is just banana…period…. I was dead wrong. Today I know that plantain is not just simply a different food, it is one of the World's Healthiest Foods.

Before we look at its calorie content, let me tell you some great news about plantain. The fruit is low in fat, cholesterol and salt and high in fibre.

The potassium in plantain is very good for the heart and helps to prevent heart attack, cancer and stroke and helps lower blood pressure.

It is a good source of vitamins A, B6, and C which helps maintain vision, good skin, and build immunity against diseases, explains the World's Healthiest Foods website. Plantains contain probiotics that aid colon and kidney health.

The bad news is that a large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars and as research shows sugar the main cause of obesity.

The Produce for Better Health Foundation states that a half of a plantain is considered one serving. A half of a plantain contains 110 calories, consequently 1 whole plantain contains 220 calories (raw and cooked).

Most of us, however, like fried plantain instead of the cooked version and we don’t even know how high price we pay for that pleasure. One single slice of plantain contains 68 calories and calories from fat are 32. If you break down the calorie content in fried plantain you get the following: 44% fat, 54% carbs, 2% protein.

So my advice is, even though plantain is such a great source of vitamins and minerals, try to eat it in the morning or maximum at lunch (never in the evening) if you want to lose weight. As we know protein can help you lose weight and plantain contains more carbohydrate.


Delighted to see that people are into fitness in Nigeria.  My husband said it is not sexy to be huge in Naija culture any more.  It used to be celebrated to become  " round" as a symbol of wealth but not any more.  Women are trying to become fitter and healthier and more attractive to their husband.  Well done,  ladies.  Keep it up. 


I had a conversation with a few church members today after service. Surprisingly they talked about something that I mentioned in my last post. They talked about Nigerian parents and their own experience. The guys said, in Nigeria most of the parents want their children to have very good education and become successful. I think this is actually very good. However, parents sometimes ignore their children’s talent.

One of the greatest examples that my Nigerian friends gave was Fela Kuti. His father didn’t want him to become a musician. Fela was sent to London to study medicine but decided to study music instead. Thank God he went for what he wanted. He became the Afro-music legend. I’m sure there are lots of other talented Nigerians like him.

As a recruitment consultant I’m personally always amazed how educated Nigerian people are. Most of the Nigerian people I interviewed had at least a Master degree if not PhD. They are very educated people thanks for strict parents.

So if Nigerian parents would be strict in the right field then we could have  a lot of famous Nigerians. We are actually working on our son’s career already and of course we are very strict about it. He’s probably going to be the next Olympic champion in swimming. He's training hard already as you can see on the above picture. :)


My husband told me that Nigerian culture is very similar to olding days European culture. : Women stays home , cooks, raise kids and husband makes money.

  At some point I was thinking of choosing that route,  too. BUT  I just cannot do it long term.
 I need to do something with my life.  Even my children would be disappointed to know that mummy has never really done anything.

I have no problem of my husband going away to do some business or acting or filming in the other side of the country as long as I can do what I like and he helps me achieve my dreams,  too. I'm very lucky with my hubby because he always support me in whatever I do.

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Non-alcoholic cocktails ("mocktails") are fun to make, delicious to drink and great for a quick thirst-quenching treat or party. Even the kids can try one!
Here are some ideas to try...

What you'll need:
A shot glass (to ensure equal measures)
Cocktail shaker (use a glass with a makeshift lid if you don't have one at home)
Ice and garnish (try lemon slices, pineapple chunks, orange and cherries)
Blender (to mix all of the ingredients to the right consistency)

Having an alcoholic drink can sometimes seem to be part and parcel of every day life. If you are driving, pregnant or breastfeeding, or simply keeping a clear head, then why not whip up the non alcoholic version of a cocktail - a mocktail.

Banana Smoothie: Put 1 banana, a pinch of nutmeg, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a cup of milk and two cups of crushed ice in a blender and whip into a thick smoothie.

Berry Surprise: Blend 1 cup of strawberries, a cup of pineapple chunks, half a cup of raspberries and a splash of lime cordial together and serve over ice.

California Smoothie: Place 7 large strawberries in a container and freeze for an hour. Put 8oz lemon yogurt, half a cup of orange juice and the frozen strawberries in a blender and mix until smooth. Add ice and chopped strawberries to garnish.

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I have recently received an email from a lady called Bola. She told me that she love to eat Africa foods but not sure which African food to eat that wouldn't add extra pounds to her weights. She asked me to create a diet plan for her that could help her loose weight.

I was more than happy to help her and I asked her to fill out my consultation brief so I could find out a bit more about her.

When creating a diet plan it is extremely important to know the age/sex/occupation/daily routine or even any medical problems of the person. Not surprisingly she admitted that she sometimes skips breakfast and even lunch. This a very common mistake most people make. Thee second common mistake is eating large meals late at night.
I know it is possible eating African food and still loose weight and even maintain your slim figure because that's what I do as well. My husband is a traditional Yoruba man. He's listening to African music, drinking malt drink and if he doesn't eat African food for a day he feels he's not eaten.

Today I'm sharing a sample diet plan that can give you an idea how to create your own personalised African slimming routine. First of all I would like you to pay extra attention on the following factors though:

1. It is extremely important for you to keep your energy level up at all time because you are working/studying and your heart and your organs need energy to function well.

First thing you have to do is to eat breakfast an hour after waking up.

2. After breakfast you have to eat something every three hours.

3. But only the first,third and fifth meal need to be a bit bigger. If you want to lose weight none of your main meals should be bigger than the size of your two hands put together.

4. You need to make sure than you don't eat two hours before going to bed and that the quality of your last meal is very healthy. Unfortunately you cannot eat traditional Nigerian food as your last meal because they are mainly high in fat and carbohydrate.

5. Drink at least 2l of water. If you don't like water put lemon or any fresh fruit into your drink to give it some flavour. It is important to "flush out" your body specially when losing weight.

This is your sample plan below. Enjoy!

Breakfast: plantain, vegetables and eggs with hot drink (e.g. your morning coffee)

Snack: 15 almonds/nuts

Lunch: Brown/ white rice, traditional African stew and salad on the side

Snack: fruit and yoghurt (sugar free version)

Dinner: chicken/fish and steamed vegetables

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