Jaggery: A Substitute for Refined Sugar You Should Try

Sometime last year in one of my WhatsApp chat groups, we were discussing healthy living and the refined sugar issue came up.

By this time I, like many others, had been coming up with different ways around it: using brown sugar, switching to honey, squeezing lime and lemon for tea, and even taking our cereals without any sweeteners whatsoever.

In the course of our discussion, a lady mentioned jaggery, made from sugar cane too (and less commonly, date palm and coconut sap). None of us had ever heard of it, but since she runs a healthy living support business, we all listened. Continue reading.

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Meet the Boss: August Secrets Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo

Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo is a journalist, recipe developer, children food blogger, and the Founder of August Secrets Nigeria, a baby and toddler food solutions company. Toyin, who holds a B.A in English and Literature, and Masters in Public and International Affairs, gives a peek into her journey to entrepreneurship in this interview with me.

The Most Realistic Weight Loss Advice I’ve Ever Heard

You know that if you’re serious about losing weight, sugary drinks are a no-no; water should be your beverage of choice. You’re aware that lifestyle changes trump “dieting”, that you need lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, and that you can’t lose tummy fat alone without losing weight all round.

However, there is one little piece of advice upon which the rest of weight loss hangs. A tiny truth which, if ignored, makes nonsense of all the exercising, intermittent fasting, and dieting in the world. See it HERE.

Meet the Boss: Ezinne Chisomaga Reginald-Okonkwo, Somre Foods

Ezinne Reginald-Okonkwo studied law at Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State and now runs Somre Foods, a healthy food and drink business. She talks to me about becoming an entrepreneur, doing business in Nigeria, and the power of faith in this interview.

Are You Helping or Hurting Your Heart?

The heart is the body’s most important organ. When the heart stops… it’s over.

An extremely hard worker, the heart pumps about 23, 000 liters of blood around the body, and beats an estimated 100, 000 times each day- no breaks or vacations!

As such, we should be doing everything in our power to help our hearts do their job, instead of making it more difficult with poor habits and lifestyles.

Here are a few things you should know about your heart.

12 Reasons to Love Your Coffee More

I recently wrote an article on the most popular drink in the world after water. Although coffee is not the most popular drink in the world after water, it is one of the most popular.

Coffee beans are the seeds of berries from the coffea plant, native to tropical Africa, and Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius and Réunion in the Indian Ocean. It was originally cultivated here in Africa before it was exported to other countries. Now, it is grown in over 70 countries.

In Nigeria we favour instant coffee as opposed to brewing our own at home. Nescafé, the most popular instant coffee brand in the world, is the leading brand here too.

Being a coffee lover myself, I thought it necessary to remind us of 12 scientifically proven reasons why coffee is actually great for. Continue reading…