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…
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!
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!!
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.
“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 🙂