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Are Airlines Serving Healthy Foods To Passengers? Tips To Help You Improvise

There’s so much to dislike about air travel. There are the long lines and the delays, and of course, there is the bad airplane food. A recent survey  from Charles Platkin, nutrition professor at Hunter College and City University of New York found that airlines have a long way to go in making their meals and snacks nutritious and low in calories.

Talking about healthy food, it isn’t just about keeping the calorie count in check.  We should also take into account the amount of protein, fat and sugar content. The survey says even without looking at the nutritional information is that air plane food in general contains high levels of sodium. It could be the price you pay to get any enjoyment out of your air plane food. “Your taste buds change at high altitudes and you need more salt for the foods to have flavor.

So Here Is A Recommendation

Professor Platkin  encourages travellers to consult his survey, as well as their airline’s website, before their trip. Make a plan before you head to the airport, he said. If you are about to fly an airline that doesn’t have any healthy snack or meal options for you, try to eat a substantial meal before you leave and pack nutritious snacks, such as nuts, fruit and energy bars, Platkin recommended.

You can also usually find a list of airport restaurants online and pick up food to carry on at one of them. The important thing, when it comes to eating in the air, is that you never want to improvise.

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Nigeria Would Be Major Food Exporter By 2019 – PMB

Buhari  is determined to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production. In his speech delivered on his behalf through the permanent secretary of Agriculture, Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono, The president said the government had moved to establish the youth employment in Agriculture program which will benefit 20,000 school leavers and rural youth leaders in each State of the federation and develop 18,500 university graduates into young agricbusiness entreprenuer called ”negroprenuers”.

Buhari noted that the GRP programme has become more important “at this time our national life when oil has ceased to become the cash cow of our economy we have no option than to turn to agriculture.”

What do you think about this brilliant move of the president to boost food production in Nigeria?

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US Looks To Africa For Food Export Oppourtunity

The US aims to grow its food exports to sub-Saharan Africa and is sending its deputy secretary of agriculture, Krysta Harden, to Accra, Ghana, in November to spread the word.

The delegation will meet with potential customers from more than a dozen countries, forging relationships and learning about the market conditions and business environment in the region. This first-hand intelligence will help them develop strategies to start or expand sales to these key markets.

Participants will include representatives from companies representing a wide array of food and agricultural products, as well as leaders from state departments of agriculture and agricultural organisations.

The trade mission will take place 17- 19th November, 2015 can apply or go via USDA website.

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Southern Africa Faces Food – Supply Shortage From July, WFP Says

According to the United Nations’ World Food Programme, Southern Africa nations such as Zimbabwe are faced with “significant food-supply shortages” from July this year because of erratic rains.

“Of great concern is Zimbabwe, which is facing a looming huge food deficit due to imminent widespread crop failure,” the WFP said in an e-mailed statement.

Zimbabwe will lose more than 300,000 hectares (741,316 acres) of its corn crop because of mid-season dry spells, resulting in a food shortfall that will require imports, the WFP said.

Hum.. just last month, many were worried that due to failure of rain, we migt experieace food shortages. Now, it seems that is no longer our worry but the rains are. So what do we really want?

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Hike In Price Of Food Could Lead To Drinking Cassava Flakes

I went to the market for some grocery shopping last week and I tell you, things have gone really expensive. Residents in most Nigerian states are facing hard times.

The price of food items has doubled, with sellers willing to see their perishable items lose value than to sell at the old price.

I fear with the way things are going, even drinking cassava flakes which use to the cheapest meal anyone can ever buy is now very pricey.

With the fuel crisis going on in Nigerian which has really affected not just individuals but also companies, traders be it large or small scale.

The development has brought untold hardship to residents who are now appealing to the relevant authorities to address the problem.

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Jamaican Steamed Fish And Okra

steamed fish ith cracker and okra(Jamaican)You know you’re Jamaican when you have steamed fish with okra.

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Breakfast Idea: Oatmeal And Bean Cake

Thinking of quick breakfast at work? Or quick dinner after work but feeling tired?  This is really quick and easy for the single guys.

Bean cake and oatmeal is one of the easy pack foods that may taste great on a cold morning while going to work.

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5 Foods That Would Bring Your Blood Pressure Down

While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia

When diagnosed with high blood pressure, most individuals are given strict orders to improve their diet and start exercising. While eating healthy can help lower blood pressure over time, there are specific foods you can eat that will target high blood pressure and may quickly reverse the condition. Eating these foods will have the added benefit of aiding in weight loss, which in turn, will help lower blood pressure as well.

Bananas

Doctors often encourage patients with high blood pressure to add more bananas to their diet. Why? Because the high potassium levels and low sodium levels in bananas are a great combination for preventing high blood pressure.  Add sliced bananas to whole grain cereal or oatmeal for a heart healthy breakfast. For a healthy mid-day snack, add top whole grain bread with some peanut butter and banana slices or add frozen bananas to a fresh fruit and fat-free yoghurt smoothie.

Oatmeal Cereal

Eating a diet high in fibre and whole grains helps your body maintain a healthy blood pressure. Oatmeal satisfies both of those dietary requirements. A fibre-rich, wholegrain , oat-base cereals can reduces hypertension and improve high blood pressure.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is gaining recognition in the world of health food. Unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate is very high in antioxidants and vital nutrients.  Polyphenols, a major class of bioactive phytochemicals proven to protect against heart and vascular disease, gives dark chocolate its blood-vessel benefits  Just one ½ ounce serving of dark chocolate a day may help to bring blood pressure levels back down to the normal range.

Avocados

Although avocados are high in mono-unsaturated fat, which is the healthy fat that we all should be consuming in moderation. Heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats are high in antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin B6, magnesium and folic acid. Another surprising fact most people don’t know is that avocados contain more potassium than bananas. This combination of nutrients is what makes avocados a healthy blood pressure lowering food.

So add fresh avocado slices to salads, sandwiches and wraps. Mash up some avocados and add some fresh diced tomatoes, fresh chopped garlic and a splash of fresh lime juice to make a healthy meal, or you can try this avocado with smoked fish, yummy!

Red wine

Too much alcohol increases your risk of high blood pressure and a host of other health concerns. But in moderation, red wine soothes the arteries, reduces blood sugar and lessens your diabetes risk. The Department of Agriculture defines moderate consumption of wine as one five-ounce glass per day for women and up to two per day for men. This small amount of red wine daily, with food, is part of an evolving lifestyle prescription for preventing the onset of high blood pressure and even addressing existing hypertension.

Many doctors agree that something in red wine appears to help your heart. It’s possible that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called resveratrol, have heart-healthy benefits that may help prevent heart disease by increasing levels of “good” cholesterol and protecting against artery damage.

One additional advantage of enjoying a glass of wine with dinner: It encourages you to slow down, relax and truly savor your meal.

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How To Make Ekpang Nkukwo (Cocoyam Porridge)

 Cococyam porridge popular known as Ekpang nkukwo, is a native Efik meal and apparently is also native to Cameroonians.

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Made from grated cocoyam and water yam (optional), the dish is spiced up with so many other ingredients and the nutritional contents cannot be rivalled. The meal, however, is not an everyday meal. It is so special and it is reserved for majorly special occasions.

Usually wrapped in vegetables which are so rich in vitamins, there certainly cannot be Ekpang without periwinkles. Of course, periwinkles are low in fat and calories but contain protein, omega-3 fatty acid and water.

INGREDIENTS 

Water Yam or cocoyam

Vegetable (cocoyam leaves optional or Ugwu preferable)

11/2 cups of periwinkles with their shell

Dry fish

1 cup of crayfish

1 cup of tiger shrimps

4 cubes of maggi

1.5 tablespoons of dry pepper

½ teaspoon Crushed dry bitter leaves

1 tablespoon blended crayfish

4 cups of water

3 cooking spoons of palm oil.

Pre- preparation

Wash and cook the beef and dry fish with the seasoning till done.

Peel, wash and grate the cocoyam and water yam  and mix them together.

Rub a generous amount of red palm oil on the insides of the pot you will use to cook the Ekpang.

Wash thoroughly, the ugwu or cocoyam leaves

Blend the pepper and crayfish

Wash the shelled periwinkles with warm water and salt

DIRECTIONS

Line your pot with periwinkles and season with a teaspoon of salt, pepper and 2 cubes of Maggi cube.

Boil 1.5 cups of water

Scoop some cocoyam onto your leaves and wrap them till the edges of the cocoyam are sticking out on both ends of the leaves.

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Once this is done, put the pot of the cocoyam on low heat and let it heat up for about 10 minutes.

Season with 1 table spoon of salt, 1 table spoon of dry red chilli peppers, 2 cubes of maggi, a pinch of crushed dry bitter leaves and a tablespoon of blended crayfish.

 Add dry fish, shrimp, and dry crayfish but don’t stir in.

Pour in the hot water slowly around the edges and still leave on low heat for 5 more minutes.

Increase the temperature to medium heat and pour in 2 cups of water as your pottage cooks. Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat with a covered pot.

Add more water as need be until the cocoyam at the ends of the leaves start to harden.

Stir your pottage gently at this point and reduce to low heat for cook for 5 more minutes.

Pour in 2 cooking spoons of palm oil, stir in and leave to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes and food is served.

Serve with chilled water or fresh juice