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    Grace Amos
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      AKARA AND PAP
      Akara and Pap is one of Nigerians’ local breakfast foods and it is frequently prepared in Nigerian households, especially during weekends. Pap is cornmeal made from corn starch which can be either yellow or white in color. Sometimes it can be brown or red in color when guinea corn and millet are added. It is prepared by adding boiled water to a pap mixture to achieve a light liquid consistency. One could add sugar and milk for taste.
      Akara is made from washed peeled beans, blended with pepper, onions, and sometimes crayfish with a little water added to get the required thickness. It is either fried in palm oil or vegetable oil. In southwestern Nigeria, Pap is also called ‘ogi’, ‘Koko’ in northern Nigeria, and ‘Akamu’ in east Nigeria.

      Benefits
      Pap and Akara is a balanced healthy breakfast. The combination has nutritional benefits to the body. Akara is rich in protein since its major ingredient is from beans which is a healthy alternative to our meat and animal proteins.

      Pap on the other hand is entirely natural and it contains potassium which aids in reducing blood pressure, thereby maintaining normal blood pressure easily. It is quite a perfect breakfast meal for hypertensive patients.

      Additionally, pap helps nursing mothers with the easy flow of breast milk after delivery because of its high water content. It helps when recuperating from illness because it is very easy to digest.

      It is also a natural way of aiding in thickening a man’s sperm. It also works best when soya milk is added.

      CHAI TEA AND MANDAZI
      Chai tea and Mandazi is the favorite breakfast meal of East African countries. It is mostly eaten in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with each of these countries adding their twist to the dish.
      Mandazi is an African sweet doughnut that contains ground cardamom seeds or cinnamon and coconut milk. It is usually served with chai tea.
      Chai tea is a sweet and spicy tea known for its fragrant aroma. Some people may recognize it as Masala Chai depending on where you come from. This healthy tea infused with spices takes its origin from India and the ratio of the spices depends on the country’s recipe involved. It is usually made from a combination of black tea, ginger, and other spices like cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper, and cloves.

      Benefits
      Chai tea is not only sweet to the mouth but also has numerous health benefits to the body.

      Because it contains ginger and cinnamon which are known for their immune-boosting properties, Chai tea is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which may help to boost the immune system and prevent various diseases.

      It also helps for healthy digestion and reduces bloating because it contains cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger which are also known to alleviate nausea and soothe stomach comfort.

      Other health benefits of Chai tea include; supporting heart health, reducing stress and anxiety, and reducing inflammation.

      BOEREWORS
      Boerewors is a staple breakfast for South Africans and is also popular in Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. It is a type of sausage that is made from coarsely minced beef, either combined with lamb or pork or sometimes both, as well as spices, seasonings, and preservatives. The spices are usually toasted coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Boerewoers takes the shape of a continuous spiral form and is mainly served with pap; traditional South African porridge/ polenta made from mielie-meal.

      Benefits
      Aside from its delicious, bold, and savory flavor, boerewors offers many nutritional benefits. The meal is an excellent source of protein which makes it an ideal food for athletes, bodybuilders, and anyone looking to increase their muscle mass and strength.

      Despite it being high in protein, it is also relatively low in fat which makes it a good option for those looking to increase their protein intake without consuming too many calories.

      It is also a good source of vitamin B12, zinc, and iron, which are all essential in energy, metabolism, immune function, and blood cell formation. It also supports weight loss as it contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a type of healthy fat that has been shown to support weight loss.

      KENKEY
      Kenkey is a staple breakfast of Ghanaians that is similar to sourdough dumplings. It is also known as Dorkunu or Komi from the Ga and Fante tribe in Ghana, West Africa, which can be served for lunch and dinner. Kenkey is made from fermented white ground corn like sadza and ugali and is typically served with peppered sauce and fish. This dish is such an essential part of Ghanaian cuisine that a special day is designated each year to honor it. If you have the opportunity to go to the Kenkey festival, you can eat Kenkey prepared in a variety of ways with various side dishes. Other African nations that consume kenkey besides Ghana are Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Jamaica, and Nigeria.

      Benefits
      Kenkey is highly nutritious to the body as it contains lots of nutrients. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B like pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, and folates. It is also made up of complex carbohydrates, low protein, low fat, and high fiber content.

      Kenkey also has its health benefits which include; an excellent combination of antioxidants and phytochemicals that help to protect the body from oxidative stress or the ravages of free radicals.

      It helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood pressure. Because it contains antioxidants and phytochemicals like lutein, zeaxanthin, anthocyanin, caffeic acid vanillic acid, and many others, kenkey helps in eye health.

      Kenkey helps in digestion because it contains a high level of fiber which aids in digestion and regulates blood sugar, protecting one from constipation and hemorrhoids.

      It helps fight fat by reducing blood cholesterol levels and supports the digestive and immune systems while contributing beneficially to the intestine and overall health.

      FUL MEDAMES
      Pronounced simply as ful, it is a stew meal of cooked fava beans served with olive oil, cumin, and optionally with chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice, chili pepper, and other vegetables, herbs, and spices. This breakfast meal is a notable native dish to the Egyptians and is considered a national dish, especially in the northern cities of Cairo and Gizah.

      Benefits
      Ful is an excellent hearty and filling breakfast food although light enough to begin the day with. The meal contains dietary fiber, protein and carbohydrates which gives a quick burst of energy to get your day started.

      The protein in the meal helps to repair body tissues, regulate hormones, and aid the healthy function of the immune system. While the fiber aids digestion.

      It also contains a significant amount of potassium which promotes healthy function of the heart and kidneys and iron which is needed for healthy blood.

      • This topic was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by Grace Amos.

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