Many of us, whether we had breakfast in the morning or not, are wired to feel hungry at certain periods during the day, depending on the level of our body's metabolism rate and how active we are. The level of our productivity may drop significantly and may remain so until we have given the body what it needs. Days can get quite busy at times for many people and such people may have to let go of their lunch break or simply opt for any available junk foods around them not minding whether such foods are healthy for them or not, as long as their stomach Is stuffed with foods.
Photo Illustration Of A Typical Junk Food
However, this doesn't have to be the case every time considering the well-documented effects of snacking on processed and refined foods all the time. Another reason to stop snacking on processed and refined foods is that there exist many healthier alternatives that are unrefined and in their natural, whole forms. What's more? Some of these healthier alternatives are usually devoid of artificial substances and additives that may have side effects on the body and they are readily available and cheap.
Photo Illustration Of A Junk Food
With that in mind, we would be looking at 7 unique, but healthy Nigerian foods that are not processed or refined at all, or that are processed or refined as little as possible, thus qualifying to be snacked on especially for lunch in place of processed foods.
Corn is still very much around and you can bank on its availability. Whether you eat the roasted or boiled one, you can be sure of eating a food packing tons of nutrients including fibre which would aid digestion, folate, thiamin, vitamin C, phosphorus and magnesium.
2. Coconut + Pear
You can also snack on coconut by pairing it with pear, a nutrient-dense food. Coconut possesses powerful antioxidant properties which help your body against diseases, while pear supplies you with nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper, with the three capable of supplying you with high levels of antioxidants.
This is more traditional and it used to be a popular snack for many people while growing up, and it is made from ground whole grain dry corn/maize which is then fried. It is crunchy and has a distinctive taste, and you can be sure you're eating healthy food.
This is by far, one of the most popular foods on many Nigerian streets and it is hard to get to any street in many parts of Nigeria without seeing its sellers. Boli or roasted plantain is often accompanied by peanut but plantain itself packs a lot of nutrients such as fibre, vitamins, and minerals, as well as antioxidants.
5. Cashew Nuts
The price of cashew nuts may be on the high side right now but it contains many nutrients that are sure to benefit your body. It contains no cholesterol, and it has a high content of magnesium, potassium copper and antioxidant properties.
6. Peanuts (Groundnuts)
Whether roasted or boiled, peanuts (groundnuts) are one of the healthiest foods around us that you should also capitalise on. It is a rich source of nutrients such as protein, fat, fibre, magnesium, folate, vitamin E, copper, arginine, etc.
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