What Is It?
The African Heritage Diet uses the knowledge of traditional diets from Western and Central Africa, South America, The Caribbean, and the American Southeast. It has many proven health benefits including but not limited to the following: decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancers, asthma, glaucoma, and kidney disease, help treat or avoid diabetes, promote healthy children, reduce depression, and encourage a healthy weight.
The African Heritage Diet is easily adaptable, unrestrictive, and encourages a diverse daily food intake of nutrient-rich leafy greens, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, beans, nuts, & root plants. It includes regular consumption of nutritious fish and seafood. This diet includes eggs, meat and poultry products, healthy oils, and occasional dairy products in small amounts, but it seeks to limit the consumption of sweets.
DINNER: Serve your leftovers from yesterday’s Ethiopian Red
LUNCH: Kachumbari is a delicious East-African-inspired salad. Light but filling, it is the perfect, fresh lunch on the go!
BREAKFAST: Warm-up yesterday’s Jamaican Corn Meal Porridge and top with fresh fruit as desired.
LUNCH: Enjoy warm leftovers from last night’s chicken dinner alone or atop a salad filled with your favorite vegetables.
DINNER: Prepare this simple but tasty recipe for a warm, comforting night in. Stuffed Baked Plantains may be prepared with your preferred choice of protein.
DINNER: Enjoy this lighter take on Shrimp and Grits for a rich and satisfying supper.
LUNCH: Warm-up last night’s Shrimp and Grits for a delicious and nutritious lunch!
Remember that diets should be more than just meals.
Traditionally, meal-times were shared among families and friends. Try to unite your diet and lifestyle by making mealtimes a time to connect with others and relax and enjoying physical activity.