I travelled to Northern Nigeria recently, Zaria to be precise, the nostalgic home of my breeding and buttering. En route I saw the fruits and vegetables that were in season. The colors were so vibrant, it was as if they were screaming out to me and so I could not help but stop and take pictures.
There were carrots, oranges, tangerines, pineapples, bananas and coconuts. These are fruits indigenous to Nigeria, all home grown. Unlike imported fruits (e.g. apples and pears and grapes) which are expensive, these are much cheaper especially when they are in season. So take advantage of this and stock your fridge. Make sure you buy fruits and vegetables when you go shopping.
I cannot overemphasize the health benefits of fruits and vegetables but one advise I would give which works for me is to have them ready to eat and accessible so that you can use them as snacks. I have found that people put on weight at times due to snacking and common snacks are foods normally high in calories like biscuits, cakes, chocolates, confectionaries etc. These snacks offer the advantage of being ready-to-eat and so come to the rescue when you’re feeling peckish. However the healthy alternatives like salads take time to prepare, a luxury you cannot afford when your cravings are screaming at you.
So to help yourself, you should have fruits and veggies ready and waiting in the fridge. For example scrape, wash and cut the carrots to have carrot sticks; peel oranges into segments; cut pineapple into cubes; the list is endless, be creative, all I ask is that you have these healthier snack options. Then once in a blue moon, you can indulge in the more calorific snacks. Bon appetite!