White fasting food in Nigeria….your guide on the food to choose during white fasting.
Are you a Nigerian and have finally decided to do white fasting without any clue on the right food choices to make. Not knowing exactly what to eat during white fasting can be a distraction to the primary reason why you are embarking on the fast in the first place. In order not to loose focus on building your spiritual muscle during the fasting, I have come up with some food ideas that would be of immense help to you.
During white fasting, food choices are limited to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. According to Wikipedia, meat, fish, egg, dairy products, chocolates, ice creams, sugar, sweets, wine or any alcoholic beverages should be avoided as well as processed foods, additives, preservatives, flavorings, sweeteners, artificial seasonings, and products made with white flours.
In this article, I will mention some white fasting food in Nigerian that you can adopt so that your fasting will be worthwhile.
Does this sound interesting? Let’s get started.
White fasting food in Nigeria
There are actually varieties of plant-based food to choose from during white fasting in Nigeria. Since animal-based products and humanly modified foods are not allowed, you can choose from the wide range of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits and nuts that I have put together below.
Here is a one-week sample meal plan that can serve as a guide throughout the period of the fasting. Some of these meals can also be incorporated into your diet plan even after the fast.
Breakfast: Boiled potatoes( either Irish or sweet potatoes) and sauté tomatoes sauce plus vegetables like curry leaf/scent leaf/fluted pumpkin.
Lunch: Yam porridge cooked with red oil and vegetables
Dinner: Garden eggs/cucumber with peanut butter.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with tigernut milk/coconut milk and cashew nuts sprinkled over it.
Lunch: Unripe plantain porridge
Dinner: Pineapple and apple smoothie ( you can choose any fruit that suits you)
Breakfast: Fruit salad
Lunch: Amala and ewedu or any other soup of your choice as long as its white fast-friendly.
Dinner: Bread fruit porridge generally known as “ukwa”.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with almond milk and groundnut sprinkled over it
Lunch: Boiled ripe/unripe plantain with olive oil saute fresh tomatoes sauce and vegetables
Dinner: Bambara nut pudding (okpa) with pap sweetened with dates
Breakfast: Watermelon and pineapple smoothie
Lunch: Brown rice with palm oil cooked stew/ vegetable sauce
Dinner: Banana and groundnut
Breakfast: Carrot and pineapple smoothie
Lunch: yam pepper soup with scent leaves
Dinner: Bambara nut pudding (Okpa) prepared with palm oil with pap or a cup of fruit juice.
Breakfast: Vegetable salad
Lunch: Beans and yam porridge/ beans and plantain porridge
Dinner: Almond nuts/cashew nuts with a glass of zobo drink or Tiger nut drink ( no artificial sweetener).
Bearing in mind that dryfish, crayfish, stochfish etc and artificial seasoning are not allowed during white fasting, some of the spices listed below will be of great help and give your food that great taste that is needed. However, I will like to introduce a natural seasoning paste that you can use and achieve that great taste.
Natural seasoning paste
Get your carrots, green pepper, spring onion, curry leaf and scent leaf and blend all together in your blender and store in a glass container in your refrigerator and use as desired. Also blend ginger, garlic and onions, store separately and use.
Spices/seasonings: Sea or local salt, locust bean (iru), dawadawa, negro pepper (uda), uziza seed, turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, coriander, black pepper, curry leaves, oregano, onions, Rosemary leaves, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, African nutmeg(ahuru), fennel, bay leaves, peppers(chili, and bell), curry leaf, scent leaf, cardamom pods, green pepper, spring onion,
Oils: Coconut oil, palm oil, Natural groundnut oil, Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil, sunflower oil, soy oil or any other natural oil that suits you.
The above meal plan is just a sample, you can go ahead and add other foods as long as they are plant-based.
Always remember to consult your health care professional if you decide to go through white fasting which involves changes in your diet and lifestyle because if you are dealing with diabetes or any other health issue, changing your diet drastically can affect your health negatively.
Read also: List of Food to Eat During White Fasting
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