Monday, January 30, 2012

Go for the Greens!

A new food pyramid designed by Oldways for those of African heritage features a food base of greens, featuring kale, the nutrition and taste super-star, and all other green-leafy vegetables!

I eat like this - I do!

I also love having exercise as the true base of the pyramid plus eating with others! along with the inclusion of dancing, music, sleep, sunshine, and community gatherings as essential ingredients in the recipe for a healthy life.

It is my goal (and I do pretty well) to live like this. :)

There are several foods listed that I don't have in a single recipe on my website, this blog, or my dianadyer.com blog, like breadfruit, baobab, tamarind, yucca, dika nuts just for starters, but there are plenty of recipes that feature kale and other greens, sweet potatoes, other Brassica vegetables like jicama, mustard greens, turnips and turnip greens, collard greens, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, radishes, and watercress. Thankfully, garlic is also on the full list!
Oldways African Heritage Diet Pyramid
Where kale and other greens are more than decoration on my plate, and now they are in a food pyramid, too!  Go for the Greens! :)

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

1 comment:

Ginger said...

I like this pyramid better. It's a step in the right direction, but it still includes all the cancer, heart disease, and diabetes causing animal foods. But it is better.