Category Archives: Healthy Eating

RECIPE: Nigerian Breakfast Bowl

Nigerian Breakfast Bowl

NOTE: This recipe has been labelled ‘Nigerian’ because all ingredients are locally grown in Nigeria. Of course, you can find all the ingredients around the world but it’s important to highlight this because we import a lot of vegetables & food here which usually means = pricey.

I have a client who loves ‘Buddha Bowls’, which really is just a more appetising and prettier way of presenting a salad. The first time I made mine, I fell in love! If you know me, you’ll know I’m not a fan of salads (really, raw leaves just don’t do it for me) but I have grown to understand it’s not all about me :p.

With the above in mind, I bought some Nigerian grown lettuce at an affordable N200-300 compared to the pricier imported lettuce. After putting it in the fridge, I forgot about it for a couple of days. One morning, after my client sessions, I came back home very hungry and couldn’t bear the thought of spending forever (read: more than 10 minutes) preparing breakfast. Then… I remembered my neglected lettuce. This breakfast took less than ten minutes and is now a firm favourite. Note: I used some leftover tomato and pepper sauce, yet another reason to cook in bulk – LEFTOVERS!

INGREDIENTS
2 Eggs
Lettuce
Pre-made Totmato & Pepper Sauce
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

  1. Wash the lettuce in 1 part vinegar + 9 parts water. Do a final rinse with water.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan, at the same time warm the tomato & pepper sauce on low heat in a pot.
  3. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add to the frying pan. Reduce to medium heat, stirring often to scramble the eggs. Add salt to taste.
  4. Add the lettuce to the bowl, follow with the eggs and sauce.
  5. Time to eat!

TIP: Make this a post workout bowl by adding a portion of grilled plantain or sweet potatoes for a healthy dose of ‘good’ carbs.

Nigerian Healthy Breakfast

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PEPPER & TOMATO SAUCE
1/4 Onion (Sliced)
2 Tomatoes (Sliced)
1 Bell Pepper (Sliced)

  1. Preheat coconut oil in a pan and sauté onions.
  2. Add the peppers and tomatoes, cook on medium heat for 10 minutes
  3. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Done!

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Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Green Pepper And Guinea Fowl Salad

Nigerian Salad Lettuce Tomato Green Pepper Cucumber Guinea Fowl Made In Nigeria

Nothing much to add to this colourful picture except – if you’re like me, and totally love your protein, feel free to add a side of guinea fowl to this.
I sometimes eat this with chicken from stew, the stew ends up being a ‘naija-style’ dressing.

Also:

Small sprinkling of sweetcorn aside, all ingredients in this salad are locally sourced (NIGERIA) – lettuce, cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes and strips of smoke guinea fowl.

In these tough economic times, let’s focus more on eating our foods, which have many nutritional benefits, are tasty and more affordable. And make it a habit.

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Healthy Recipe: Stewed Liver & Peas (#ThrowbackThursday)

Be honest, did you think, “Yuck!” when you saw the title of this post? You’re not alone! I told my sister what I was having for lunch today, and her response was a sarcastic, “That sounds yummy.”. Funny thing is, it actually was yummy – seriously!

Liver & Vegetable Stew. www.adura-o.com

I grew up eating organ meats like kidney, heart and liver but liver was by far the blandest of the three. They were used as fillers for stew and if you wanted more than one piece of meat, you’d most likely get an organ meat as the second one.

Now back to liver, it is a staple in most Nigerian Fried Rice dishes and that was the only way I could “enjoy” it. Of course, when I was in control of what I ate, I completely eliminated all sorts of organ meats from my diet for obvious reasons – they were not as tasty as the meatier parts. Don’t get me started on my love for goat meat, now that is TASTY meat!

Although I’d eaten organ meats for more than half of my life, I wasn’t aware of how nutritious they were until last year! And a seminar I attended last year served as a reminder to make more meals with them, and to share the benefits and this recipe with you.

Organ meats are a great source of vitamins and minerals, for example liver is a great source of vitamins A, D & B12, magnesium, iron and other minerals. And one more benefit – CHEAP! If nothing attracts you, the price should. 1kg of liver or kidney is £2-3 at my local butchers, 1kg of goat meat is upward of £4.50.

After some experimenting, I’ve found that liver tastes better when pan-fried on medium to low heat and then allowing to simmer in a sauce/stew. Which finally brings us today’s recipe, which I’ve named: Stewed Liver & Peas. As always, this recipe is easy, tasty and healthy – just how you like it. The liver stock (from pan frying) adds more flavour to the dish.

Note: The peas can be replaced with any vegetables of choice, I decided to use peas because of their natural sweetness.

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g Liver
  • 400g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 3 cups Peas
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Seasoning: Ginger, Salt, Thyme, Basil & Curry
  • Garnish: Red Bell Pepper & Coriander

RECIPE

  1. Chop up the liver, season with salt, ginger, curry and thyme and leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a pan, on medium heat. Chop up and brown the onions for a few minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat, and add the liver. Pan fry (stirring every minute or two) for 8 minutes.
  4. Increase to medium heat and add the chopped tomatoes, season with basil and a little salt, stir and leave to simmer for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Add the peas, and reduce the heat. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Enjoy

Serving Suggestions:
- I had mine with Courgette/Zucchini “spaghetti” (same can be done with carrots) , which is the result of slicing the vegetables with a julienne peeler and stir frying for 5 minutes to soften.
- With Plantain or Sweet Potatoes post-workout
- With Cauliflower Rice

TRY THIS AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

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Read More On Organ Meats: Why Everyone Should Be Eating Organ Meats

Healthy Heart Recipe: Cherry Tomato, Prawn & Sweet Potato Stuffed Red Peppers

A new, very red recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Healthy Heart Waitrose Recipe. Valentine's Day.

Last week, I got an email asking if I was interested in sharing a ‘healthy heart’ recipe using Waitrose ingredients. I said YES, of course! I’m all about healthy food, especially trying out new recipe ideas – today’s was inspired by a suggestion from one of my Twitter followers!

Waitrose have actually created a Valentine’s-specific healthy heart recipes page on the Waitrose website to inspire recipes ideas and healthy ingredients to use: CLICK HERE.

This recipe was originally with plantain and turkey mince but someone forgot it in the oven *ahem*. Anyway….

Why is this recipe good for the heart, apart from the fact that it’s here on my blog?
Prawns are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help promote heart health. Every single ingredient in this recipe is highly nutritious and the end product is so tasty, I’ve already made it twice!

INGREDIENTS
Waitrose Southern Sunshine Sweet Potatoes (1.5 cups)
Waitrose Raw King Prawns (2 x 150g)
Waitrose Intensely Sweet Full-Flavoured Cherry Vine Tomatoes (1 cup)
Waitrose Red Bell Peppers (x 2)
Onion (Half)
Unrefined Coconut Oil (2 tablespoons)
Seasoning: Ginger, Mixed Herbs and Pink Salt

  1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes, also chop up the onions. Season the prawns with ginger, herbs and pink salt (as desired).
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a wok, and add brown the onions.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes and pan fry for 5 minutes on medium heat. At this point, the sweet potatoes will start to soften. Add the cherry tomatoes.
  4. Now add the prawns and stir fry until prawns start to pinken.
  5. Cut the bell peppers into equal halves (or chop off the top inch of each bell pepper to create a ‘bowl’) and preheat the oven to 170C/350F.
  6. Cover oven pan with baking paper and lay out the peppers.
  7. Add equal amounts of the filling (prawns, sweet potatoes and cherry tomatoes) to the peppers.
  8. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Best way to check if it’s all cooked is the pepper will start to shrivel, which means they’re getting extra sweet!
  9. Enjoy!

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Healthy Tip: How To Curb Sugar Cravings

Roasted Plantain. Healthy Nigerian African Meal. Personal Trainer Adura.Last week, while working on a client’s 28 day plan, I got to the section on sugar cravings, the causes and how to curb them and it inspired last week’s email to my Mailing List.

Some causes of sugar cravings are more obvious that others, without going into too much detail:

  • Not eating enough – this leads to dips in blood sugar, which leads to wanting a quick fix for a sugar rush –> cravings!
    Solution: Eat more often – breakfast, lunch and dinner are a must.
  • Eating too much sugar – this is a vicious cycle, the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it. Eating simple or processed sugars causes a quick spike in blood sugar, and an even quicker dip in sugar and energy levels —> more cravings!
    Solution: Cut out/down processed sugars and eat less high sugar fruit.
  • PMT/Menopause – Hormones! Isn’t it great being a woman? We become more prone to insulin resistance closer to the time of the month, or menopause as oestrogen and progesterone levels change. For a lot of women (like me!), this can lead to sugar cravings, feeling tired and emotional.
    Solution: Take Vitamin B6 supplements. Also make a big effort to cut down on sugar. I’ll talk about how I’m usually able to do this below.
  • There could be other health related causes including thyroid problems, yeast infections and more. Which is why you shouldn’t ignore other symptoms you might have, especially those that never seem to go away.
    Solution: Consult a medical professional in this case.

Try my top tip which works for me, and my clients:
- Roast your plantains, sweet potatoes, squash or yam. Roasting brings out the sweetness and natural flavours.
TMI (for some) but this always helps when I crave sweet treats right before and during my time of the month.

Do you have any tricks for curbing sugar cravings? Share!

Quick and Easy Low Carb Meal: Cauliflower Fried Rice With Peppers & Prawns

I can’t get over how quickly it is to make this meal, I just posted this on Instagram (@Adura_O), and had to share the recipe here with you. So before you you say healthy eating is time consuming and expensive, just read on!
I went for a 1.5 hour walk on Sunday, yes ME, the-one-who-hates-walking went for a long walk. 
Things are happening! :p 
Huge thanks to my friends at Fitter London for organising a bank holiday walk on Saturday, it was so much fun and inspired me to download ‘Striiv’, a pedometer type app. 
There’s a a competitive edge to it thanks to the ‘Leaderboard’ feature, love it! Some of my friends walk over 20,000 daily, not me …YET! 
My aim is 10,000 steps daily and as you can see –>
I have a lot of walking left to do today. 
Oops I’m getting carried away as always!

Back to the reason for this post! While on my Sunday walk, I found a farmers market in Alexandra Palace, woohoo! I had some money on me (in case of emergency) and bought some fresh, locally grown produce including cauliflower and bell peppers, which inspired this very simple meal.

INGREDIENTS

Cauliflower (1/2 a head)

Red Bell Pepper (1)
Prawns (1 cup)
Onion (1/4)
Coconut Oil (1 tbsp)
Curry powder (1 tsp)
Parsley
Cinnamon
Salt (to taste)

Serves: 1-2 (I ate it all on my own!)

  1. Wash and grate the cauliflower (for more info on this, read: http://www.adura-o.com/2013/04/nigerian-twist-on-cauliflower-rice-from.html).
  2. Wash and chop up the red pepper and onion.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a pan, and brown the onions. Season the prawns with the curry, parsley, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the prawns and pan fry for a few minutes until they start to turn pink. Add the peppers and stir fry until prawns are completely pink. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. Add the grated cauliflower, add a pinch of salt and stir for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the prawns and peppers, stir for a short time, turn heat down to low and leave to simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Eat!

Lettuce Wraps (Minced Turkey,Tomatoes and Peppers): Inspired By Daisy!

While promoting The Get Trimmer Challenge last week, I posted this picture on Instagram:
Not up to 10 minutes after posting it, I got one recipe request and a few questions on what was in it. So I thought, “Yay! A recipe blog post, my blog needs one!”. Lettuce wraps are a great way of totally eliminating bread (wraps) from a meal. This is a low carb and high protein meal and can be breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I was feeling creative and decided to do an InstaVideo of the recipe. Why did Instagram CRASH on me??? Thankfully, a copy of the video was saved on my phone and because I didn’t want to throw away my hard work, I uploaded it on YouTube:
Ha! It’s not the usual quality of my videos but it does the job, right?

Ingredients
500g Turkey Mince
400g chopped tomatoes (Better option – Fresh tomatoes, chopped)
Lettuce (I used romaine, but any should do)
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1/2 Red Onion
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
Salt
Mixed Herbs and Spices

  1. Wash and chop up onions and peppers.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a pan (preferably a wok).
  3. Fry onions until they’re lightly browned.
  4. Add turkey mince, cook until the meat isn’t pink. keep turning in the pan to cook evenly. Season with (1/2 tsp) salt. This should take no more than 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and season with mixed herbs and spices, and two pinches of salt.
  6. Immediately add the peppers. Stir contents for 30 seconds, cover and leave to simmer for a minimum of ten minutes.
  7. Wash the romaine lettuce and remove the leaves (for the wraps). A tip here is too use the bigger (outer) leaves. I made 4 wraps, so I used 8 leaves.

  8. Add 2-3 heaped tablespoons of mince to each wrap and enjoy :)
Shout out to Daisy for the inspiration! I usually make my lettuce wraps with eggs, sliced meat (chicken, beef) or fish.

Quick & Healthy Breakfast: Eggs & A Green Smoothie

I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked, “Could you please suggest a healthy, quick breakfast?”. Most of us are busy and don’t have time to spend over ten minutes preparing breakfast, then another 5-10 eating it. This is where most people end up eating one of those snack bars that claim to be healthy but are packed with sugar… let me know if you want me to name names ;)
ENTER – *planning your meals* <-- This is a key step in sticking to your healthy goals. The days I've had no food in my fridge have been the hardest for me to eat clean and healthy. And my best days have been those where I've planned in advance so I don't find my self starving and nowhere near healthy enough options.
Anyway, back to the reason for this post! A healthy serving of protein, healthy fats and carbs & vitamins from green vegetables makes for a well rounded breakfast. My ideal breakfast is an omelette with veggies and fish, yum! But I don’t have time to make an omelette, especially during the week when I have a 7am start at the gym. I make my green smoothies in 2 (sometimes 3) day batches, |
e.g. I made some on Monday night, I had one serving on Tuesday morning, another on Wednesday morning and a half serving on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Tuesday’s breakfast was: green smoothie and eggs, 
  • Wednesday’s was green smoothie and baked mackerel.
As seen in this video below, it takes very little time to make eggs, if you’re REALLY pressed for time, you could go one better and boil 2 eggs the night before, cutting your preparation time right down.

Have you tried this combination for breakfast? Or green smoothies with something else? What did/do you think?

As One Challenge Ends, Another One Is Set To Begin.

If you follow me on Instagram (@adura_o), your timeline should have been bombarded with daily posts from me in plank position.
The reason is explained in “I’m Challenging Myself…” but if you can’t be bothered to click on the link, here’s a summary of what I did for 28 days:

1. 2 minutes of plank, daily.
2. 2 strength sessions, weekly.
3. Yoga 1-2 times, weekly.
4. Eating clean – Processed sugar free and low sugar.
- Completely treat free.
5. Cutting down carbs, except on workout days. Examples of carbs allowed: plantain, sweet potatoes and quinoa.
6. I teach 3 spin classes a week, that covered my cardio and HIIT.

I LOVED IT! Cutting out treats was a challenge for the first week, but after that – it was just fine. When I had cravings (e.g. time of the month), I just had bigger portions of carbs and that always helped. One day, I had roasted sweet potatoes and plantains!

RESULTS: Although, the change isn’t drastic, I see I’ve definitely lost some fat and even better, I feel GREAT!

The moral of the story is: Nothing Is Impossible. Stop making excuses, “Ahhh, I can’t NOT eat bread or biscuits, etc”. You can if you put your mind to it. I always tell people – If I can do it, anybody can.

It’s good to challenge yourself often, to keep you motivated and always on your toes. I’ve found myself relaxing back into bad habits, and this challenge has helped me get back on track.
My treats will be 0-1 weekly now. And I will continue with the daily planks :)

I have another personal challenge, which will start in a couple of days but enough about me!!

Speaking of challenges ending and beginning, Get Trimmer 4 JUST ended on Sunday 2nd June. The next one, GT5,  starts on Monday 17th June and a few spots are already gone! Sign up now to get the early bird offer.

I’ve had a few questions about alternative payment methods, send me an email and I’ll send you details —> email @ GetTrimmerChallenge.com.

I have a few weeks off work so I will be recording videos and blogging more often :)

Turkey Burgers – Recipe & Why You Should Make Yours

Next time you buy prepared burgers from the supermarket, take a look at the ingredients. Expect to see some unnecessary, and unhealthy, ingredients e.g. breadcrumbs, oil, preservatives and more.

Here’s an example of one such burger from a popular UK supermarket:
Beef (82%), Caramelised Red Onion (12%) (Onion, Muscovado Sugar, Malt Vinegar, Sugar, Water, Cornflour, Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Black Pepper), Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Salt), Fresh Chive, Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, White Pepper, Preservative: Sodium Metabisulphite; Black Pepper. Meat Content 82%

My point is – it takes very little time to prepare your own burgers, with much less ingredients… ingredients that you are in control of.

I made some today with turkey, green and yellow peppers, anchovies (weird I know, but I wanted to try something different!) and seasoning. I should have added an onion but I forgot, I’ll include it in the recipe below.

There are two other recipes, which are my favourites – I’ll make sure I blog about them in the near future. One of them has plantain in it, yep!!

Ingredients
1 kg turkey mince
1 green pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
4-5 anchovies
Seasoning (mixed spice, salt and thyme)

1. Rinse and chop up the peppers and onions.
2. Add the mince and anchovies to a bowl, add the vegetables and seasoning.
    Note: Anchovies are very salty so be very careful when adding salt. I added just a teaspoon.
3. Preheat the oven to 220C. Mix all the ingredients and make small burger patties.

4. Put the burgers in the pre-heated oven.
5. After 20 minutes, flip the burgers to evenly cook both sides.
6. After 15 minutes, they’re ready! Take them out of the oven and allow to cool down for 5 minutes.
7. Serve :) I served my with steamed vegetables lightly stirred in tomato puree and suya pepper.

Number of Servings: 3 – 5