It’s Just One Teaspoon of Sugar. Is It Really?

I’ve been thinking a lot about sugar lately. I love to bake and that usually involves a lot of sugar.

My husband sowed this thought in my head a month ago.

“How much sugar does each muffin have?” I had never thought about that before. I usually use half of the required sugar on the recipe so to me, I felt like I was doing great. As I proceeded to calculate the sugar quantity per muffin, I realized that each one contained 1/2 Tablespoon of sugar. Not bad, you might say but it adds up. We rarely had 1 muffin in a sitting; we liked to enjoy 2 muffins with a slice of toast for breakfast.

I will be starting a series on sugar and this will be the first post. Here’s what I hope to achieve from these series-

  • Learning about the history of sugar
  • Learning how the food industry has made living sugar-free difficult
  • How to reduce sugar consumption
  • Creative ways to enjoy a sweet treat with little to no sugar whether through baking or fruit desserts
  • Desserts around the world and what we can learn from other cultures

The focus today will be on the history of sugar, the food industry’s role with sugar and some practical ways on how to reduce sugar consumption. Let’s get right into it.

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Less Paper Towels & Meal Prep Tips

For the past 4 years, I’ve started my day with gratitude. Today, I’ll be starting today’s post with just that. What am I grateful for?

Can you see the rainbow peppers?
  1. A surprise package from my Auntie Ceci in Connecticut. It had a ziplock full of the Ghanaian variety of garden eggs and a small ziplock of multi-colored scotch bonnet peppers. I’ll be transporting myself to Ghana by making some garden eggs stew in the coming weeks.

2. My fresh Ghanaian kenkey and shito that was delivered ahead of schedule by Okrad Foods. I just had to eat some kenkey that evening. The shito was tasty, let me tell you.

3. Money to afford kitchen upgrades from time to time. My blender gave up on me last week so I had to purchase one. I decided to also buy some ice cubes tray and glass food storage containers.

Now, your turn.

What are 3 things that you are grateful for?

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Well done!

In my last post, I talked about the issue of food waste. I still can’t get the idea of sustainable living from my head. Today, I’ll be focusing on 3 main thoughts-

  • Reducing paper waste
  • Meal prep tips with some helpful links
  • Cool finds from the week

Reducing Paper Waste

Do you use paper towels and tissues on the regular?

How many do you go through in a month?

How much will you say you spend on them in a year?

I purchase a pack of 12 twice a year and it costs me about $30. Not that bad, you might say.

The cost savings argument might not convince you that shifting from disposable paper towels to reusable cloth napkins is cost effective. Anyway, hear me out.

Last week, I decided to order some handmade cloth napkins from Etsy as a trial experiment. Why, you might say?

I noticed that I tend to use a piece of paper towel during my meals. The problem was that, I don’t use all the sides for one meal so I end up reusing it at least twice or just throwing it out after each use, even if it’s not that dirty. If I have a napkin, I could use one napkin a day and just wash and reuse.

I’m not here to convince you to make the switch. I just want to sow the seed and make you consider cloth napkins if you haven’t.

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Food Wastage & Screen-Free Games

What will you do for the world today?

Reduce food waste?

Grow closer to your friends and family by playing more board games?

It’s been a productive 2 weeks since I last wrote. Here are the 3 things that have been on my mind lately and will be the focus of this post-

  • sustainability ideas in the food industry
  • food wastage- personal experience & tips to reduce wastage
  • board games & jigsaw puzzles

At work, we subscribe to Datassential, a food marketing & trends company. This month, their International Concepts magazine looked at the issue of sustainability in the food industry.

Sustainability in the Food Industry

I found it fascinating reading about innovative ideas that Restaurant Nolla, a sustainability driven restaurant in Helsinki practice.

  • Using plantable gift cards- (paper cards that contain seeds). Super cool right?
  • Using Joo Soap (soap made out of used cooking oil) to wash dishes

Definitely goes to show that someone is thinking and really making use of the science they learned in school.

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Sankofa & The Joys of Childhood

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Hi lovely people. Hope you had an enjoyable week. Mine was great. I took two days off work so had to teach myself how to rest :) Even though I was off work, my mind was trying to think about work so I had to redirect it several times.

I also learned how to take better pictures with my iPhone and went on a 1 hour morning walk today.

Here’s a recap of my week-

  • Update on Bed Time/Wake Up Time Routine
  • Productivity for What?
  • The Joys of Childhood

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Remember what I said in my last post about having a consistent bedtime and wake up time?

I made some good progress. It was easy to be in bed by 10:30pm. The wake up time was a little challenging but nevertheless a significant improvement from the previous week.

I made the chart on the left to keep track of my sleep and wake up times. I hope this inspires you to try it out for yourself. You can use it for any habit you want to work on.

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Yellow Watermelon, Conserving Your Energy & More

brigitte-tohm-EAay7Aj4jbc-unsplashSince March, I’ve found myself delving deeper into food- from eggless recipes to how to cook radishes and beets. Today’s recap is a little food heavy so just FYI.

This week, given that it’s the beginning of a new month, I received my mini fruit/veggie box from Fresh Picks. There was a little surprise in there for me. Wanna know?

I wish I found it first but I didn’t. As I lounged on the couch, my husband called out to me to come over to the kitchen. He had cut open the mini watermelon we received and what did he find?

A yellow-fleshed watermelon. Yes!

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Photo Credits: Moi

Being the adventurous one, I tasted first. It was slightly sweet and a little different but still like watermelon.

My husband instantly pulled out his phone to research this. We discovered that yellow watermelon was cultivated several years before experimentation led to its pink-fleshed counterpart.

What a cool find. That’s it for my food discovery of the week.

 

Here’s a recap from my week-

  • Recipes Tried- Zucchini Muffins & Shroom Toast
  • Conserving Your Energy
  • Documenting Family Stories & Recipes
  • Great Resources I Stumbled On This Week

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Celebrating Love, Social Justice & More

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The end of a month and beginning of a new month affords us the opportunity to ask ourselves, “what have I been doing with my time?” It might be difficult to remember everything if you don’t journal or keep track of how you spend your time. Take the time to document your day even if it’s a few lines and come December 2020, you will know exactly what you did with your time.

Let’s recap my week.

  • Love Languages
  • Celebrating Loved Ones
  • Consistent Sleep Schedule & Exercise
  • Making Lotion After A Month of Procrastinating
  • Social Justice in the Bible

Love Languages 

On Saturday, I joined a Zoom call with a few ladies from my home church in Ghana, Accra Ridge Church. Due to COVID, the in-person meeting was switched to online so I could finally be a part of it from afar. Some of the perks of COVID. We discussed the 5 love languages, a concept made popular by Gary Chapman. My top 4 takeaways from the conversation were the following-

  • Ask your friend or spouse to define their love language. If it is quality time, what does it mean to them? Simply sitting close to each other and doing your own thing or actively playing a game?
  • Learn to speak your own love language to yourself. You can’t expect others to affirm you if you don’t affirm yourself (not in a boastful way btw). In the Bible, David encouraged himself in the Lord (1st Sam 30:6) when no one else did.
  • Love languages may change with different seasons of life. In 2017 when I took the love languages quiz, my language was in all 5 domains with no dominant ones. This year, when I took it, my primary languages were acts of service and words of affirmation. I don’t know if the change is due to my marital status now or because I’ve grown in my self-awareness.
  • Be intentional about speaking your friend/partner’s love language.

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Chicken Yassa, Growing Indoor Herbs & More

It’s been an awesome week. My niece turned 1 and work was productive. Here’s a recap-

  • A new dish I tried
  • Indian Matchmaking Show
  • Growing Indoor Herbs
  • Deleting Instagram

New Dish I Tried

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Curry Rice with Senegalese Chicken Yassa & Fried Plantains made by moi

I made chicken yassa with curry rice this week as a change. I’m happy to say that it turned out great and I’ve added it to my family recipe book. With COVID, I’m unable to eat out as much as I’d like to. My workaround this is to be creative in my meal prep and cook exciting meals. A big thanks to Ndudu by Fafa for inspiring me to make this dish. My mom also suggested that I could add some coconut flakes to my curry rice; it gave it a nice taste as well.

 

What new dish did you try this week?

Give Roasted Broccoli A Try

Last week, I talked about trying radishes for the first time. This week, I roasted broccoli with salt and pepper and enjoyed it so much. I think Samin Nosrat (Salt, Fat, Acid & Heat) is right when she says roasting veggies makes them taste delicious. I’ve had steamed broccoli but I’ll have to say that roasted broccoli gets my vote.

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This Week’s Happenings – Caring for Yourself, Others & Being Adventurous

aleksandr-eremin-QfHmrIUN9G0-unsplashI still can’t believe it’s mid July already. This year has flown by! Here’s a recap of my week and some discoveries I made. It’s based on caring for yourself and others-

  • Take Care of Yourself
  • Be Kind
  • Pick Up the Phone
  • Try New Veggies

Take Care of Yourself

On Thursday, I felt some pain in my left wrist. This was a new feeling for me. After talking to my husband about it, he suspected it might be from typing. He recommended that I get a keyboard wrist rest, which I ordered on Etsy. I didn’t even know those things existed. I’d seen one before in the computer lab at school but didn’t realize their purpose. Now, I get it.

Why am I sharing this with you?  Take preventive measures to ensure proper health of your wrist, a body part we don’t give frequent attention to.

Which body part do you need to show some tender loving care (TLC) to?

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Four Years of Writing in The 5 Minute Journal

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Do you have a morning routine?

Since elementary school, I’ve always maintained a morning routine. I refer to it as my quiet time.

I spend 20-30 minutes reading my Bible, praying and sometimes singing. As the years have gone by, I’ve updated my quiet time to include other things like exercise and journaling.

In 2016, I added journaling to my morning routine. I use The Five Minute Journal.

Here’s the simple layout of the journal.

Screen Shot 2020-04-18 at 7.48.39 PMEach page has a morning and evening section (see the sun and moon icons).

In the morning, I write 3 things that I’m grateful for, 3 things that’ll make my day great and an affirmation.

In this post, I’ll be sharing three things I’ve learned from my daily habit of journaling.

  • You can create great opportunities for yourself.
  • There’s always something great about your day.
  • Accept personal responsibility for your actions.

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Developing Your Reading Habit- Tips & Resources

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If you’re like, me every year, you tell yourself you’ll read at least 1 book a month but someway somehow, come December, you realize you were only about 30-40% successful.

  • How can I read more?
  • What should I read?
  • How can I find books to read at an affordable cost so I don’t break the bank?

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing answers to these 3 questions and many more, so stick with me.

After a month of lockdown due to Coronavirus, it dawned on me that I had free time but couldn’t figure out what to do. Of course, I could do laundry, bake or clean- the usual suspects.

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