Guest Post: Around the World (Ghana)

We are pretty much packed up, except for our bed. The movers left that up so we could get a good nights sleep. 😀  Thank you, movers! They will load the truck today and we are likely heading to Illinois this afternoon and will drive through the night so we can spend tomorrow with Mr. Prevention’s family and Lily’s “uncle”, Jake (their dog!). I whipped out an AWESOME 4-mile run last night (my first 2 miles were 9:50 pace in the 102 degree heat…at 7pm!). I won’t miss the southern heat, that’s for sure! Off I go…! Another busy day! But first, a few photos…

This is when it hit…we are moving!

What does a kitchen look like when it’s all packed up? See above. Oops 🙂

Moving tip: When you move your fridge, place a few scoops of coffee grounds in a paper towel and tie off with a rubber band. Place several coffee ground bundles in your fridge and freezer to avoid mildew build up as it cools and travels.

ANYWAYS, the wonderful Katie of Katie Healthy Heddleston has written a wonderful post on Ghana that I am sure you’ll enjoy…I know I did! I am fairly new to Katie’s blog, but am really enjoying it! Plus, we have a TON in common — Registered Dietitians, newlyweds, bloggers, and living in Ohio! Katie doesn’t know this, but I almost went to Case Western to complete my master’s and dietetic internship. Crazy to think we could’ve been real life friends before bloggy friends! Katie is gluten-intolerant, so her blog is a great resource for those needing to eliminate gluten in the diet! Check her out!

Take it away, Katie!

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The Republic of Ghana is a country located in West Africa bordering the Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. Below you will find a small interview regarding healthy food in Ghana. Thank you to my friend Jenny N. for supplying the answers to these questions as she is such the world traveler!!

Jenny N:

Q: Most healthy/nutritious food experienced while in Ghana and where eaten?

A: “All the fresh fruits and veggies – especially mangos and pineapples – from street vendors or the market.” ~Jenny N.

Q: What would you eat in Ghana if the healthy/nutritious factor did not matter?

A: “Everything we ate was pretty fresh. There was access to processed food but we tried to stay away from it. Most people ate a lot of heavy starch and corn in the morning and then didn’t eat much during the day – partially due to not being able to afford other things.” ~Jenny N.

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Lifestyle comments:

“What you eat really depends on how much money you have. There are certain traditional things (corn, ken key, jol lof rice) and nutritionally fortified foods, but there is also fast food or ‘western’ grocery stores if you want imported goods.” ~Jenny N.

Upon some further research, I found out that Ghanaians enjoy a flavorful cuisine, cooking with many spices including: curry, ginger, garlic, onions, cayenne, and chili peppers. Certain foods of the Ghanaian diet vary depending on which region of the country one lives in. However, staple foods consist of rice, yams, corn, cassava, plantains, and stews such as “okra, fish, bean leaf (or other greens), forowe (a fishy tomato stew), plava sauce (spinach stew with either fish or chicken), and groundnut (peanut), one of the country’s national dishes.” ~Source

Question: Ever visit Ghana or West Africa? Post your comments and add to the discussion now 🙂

If you’d like to be a part of the Around the World mini series please find out how here. Also, remember the Around the World series is for entertainment purposes only, view the disclaimer.

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Thanks, Katie!

Be well,

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18 Comments

  1. July 27, 2010 / 5:47 am

    I’m going to have to remember that moving tip….I’m moving in about 2 weeks and that one will come in handy! Good luck with your move.

    I like reading about how food differs in other parts of the world, so I really enjoyed reading the guest post.

    I wondered over to your blog from The Candid RD’s blog. Glad I stopped by and I will be visiting more often. If you get a chance stop by my blog and say hello.

  2. July 27, 2010 / 6:53 am

    Add me to the moving-soon-Dietitian crowd! We’ve got 4 weeks until we leave NJ for Colorado!

    Make sure you post about starting your new job!! And pics of Lily on the move would be awesome too 😉 I hope she likes the new place – we keep wondering how our bulldog Rupert will take to a new home.

    Georgie Fear RD

  3. July 27, 2010 / 7:09 am

    Good luck on the move Nicole!

    I’ve never been to Africa, but would LOVE to go. My half sister’s dad was from Ghana. I’d love to see it.

  4. July 27, 2010 / 7:13 am

    Good Luck Nicole with the move! Great guest post as well!

  5. July 27, 2010 / 7:45 am

    What a fantastic post. I would love to go to a place like Ghana and help out however I could. If I had the time and money, I would do it in a heartbeat.

    Nicole, I can’t wait for you to get here!! So exciting. Thanks for the tip about the fridge. I’ll keep that in mind. You’re full of good tips like that!

  6. July 27, 2010 / 10:46 am

    Good luck with the move Nicole!
    Thanks for the guest post. I love hearing about foods from different cultures.

  7. journey
    July 27, 2010 / 11:10 am

    oh, i love ghana. i have been there twice and my dad practically lives there. he goes about 4 times a year. it is so beautiful there and the people are so nice. the food is amazing. i think i gained 5 lbs. the first time i went there.

  8. July 27, 2010 / 12:14 pm

    Wow this post really make me visit Ghana. I’ve never been to Africa but it’s definitely on my list 🙂

  9. July 27, 2010 / 5:13 pm

    I love reading about different cultures…I’ve never been there, but I would absolutely love to visit Ghana!

    How exciting, I hope the move goes well Nicole! 🙂

  10. July 27, 2010 / 5:38 pm

    I hope the move is going well. It’s a much more comfortable 80 degrees here in the midwest – pretty much perfect if you ask me.

    I have never been to Ghana. I have been to Morrocco. Not going to lie, it was dirty and I did not feel safe.

    • July 28, 2010 / 5:30 am

      I’m sorry to hear you say that about your Morocan experience! My friend is teaching french and English in Morocco and is loving the experience. She has been there for one year already and is staying another year. I already did an Around the World: Morocco if you want to check it out: http://www.katieheddleston.com/?p=891

  11. July 27, 2010 / 6:20 pm

    My Grandpa used to have a branch of Allied – I totally smiled when I saw your picture of the truck! 🙂

    Ghana sounds amazing! Ive hardly travelled anywhere.

  12. July 27, 2010 / 9:14 pm

    Good luck with the move babe, and thanks for that refrigerator tip! I wish I had known that back in college…I moved my mini fridge more times than I care to remember!

    I love the guest post…learning about new places/foods is always fun to me!

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