Cheap and Easy!!! Ghanaian Food To Help You Lose Weight

Ghana Life

Jan 31, 2020

Observation indicates that some people go to the gym in order to lose weight and after several months of workout, they remain the same; sometimes worse than before.

This can be largely attributed to their dietary patterns. You can’t eat junk food and hit the gym right after to burn those calories only to come back and eat it again. Here are a few foods that can help one lose some weight and get into good shape.

Boiled Plantain with Palava Sauce - Mostly a preserve of many Akan homes, boiled plantain with palava sauce (Kontomire) is a very tasty local dish. It contains several nutrients like potassium and vitamins which aids in metabolism. 

It is also a very good diversion from the usual banku/kenkey or rice meal that contains a lot of carbohydrates and can easily bloat you. Locally called ‘ampesi’ it has great taste and you won’t have to worry about getting fat!

Banku with Pepper and Salmon - At first glance, banku seems a no-go area for you if you are seeking to control or lose weight, right? Hold your horses! This meal goes with pepper and Salmon. The pepper, when made well with a good amount of onions and tomatoes provides a high level of vitamins while the salmon has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, phosphorus and vitamins as well. If you checking your weight, smoke some salmon and grind some pepper. Your banku is set!

Boiled Rice/Yam with Garden egg stew - Another alternative to the palava sauce (kontomire). With the popularity of fried rice and chicken or Jollof and chicken, many young people have almost forgotten about this meal. In the not too distant past, garden egg stew was a delicacy to enjoy. Either with boiled yam/plantain or with rice. This is also very good for weight control because of its high amounts of manganese, potassium, calcium and dietary fibre. The dietary fibre helps in metabolism and this allows for proper weight control and good health.

By Naseeba Garba