Meals at the ANLP

By: Muzafaru Ssenyondo

Thursday 10 March 2022

The 20th African Nutrition Leadership Program (ANLP) brings onboard delegates from eight countries across Africa including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa; with different cultures and food preferences. The program is being hosted at Elgro River lodge, a privately owned lodge with a beautiful game reserve. Dishes served at this lodge are mixed, including those of white African and black African origin. This blog aims to share delegates’ feedback and experience on the meals prepared and served at the ANLP.

The 20th African Nutrition Leadership Program (ANLP) brings onboard delegates from eight countries across Africa including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa; with different cultures and food preferences. The program is being hosted at Elgro River lodge, a privately owned lodge with a beautiful game reserve. Dishes served at this lodge are mixed, including those of white African and black African origin. This blog aims to share delegates’ feedback and experience on the meals prepared and served at the ANLP.

From the interactions with most of the delegates, a variety of foods have been provided at every meal from breakfast to dinner. These include varieties of fruits, vegetables, meats and bread. The commonest carbohydrate prepared was bread and rice. Meats (especially beef and lamb) form part of every meal be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Surprisingly to most of the delegates, vegetables are commonly prepared with sugar in South Africa, and this has been one of the cooking preparation methods that participants have learnt. Some of the yummy, strange foods highlighted included the Hummus, Chutney and Pumpkin tart. However, some delegates indicated that they are missing some of their indigenous foods from their countries. These included “Ugali” commonly known as maize, bread, chapati, coconut, beans and popular products such as ‘akara’, Moi-Moi and some of the local vegetables.

With this excitement in variety and plenty of foods, the issue of calorie intake came up as one of the biggest threats to most of the participants’ bodies, as some of them have already reported to have gained extra Kilograms in just three days. Here are some of the nutrition tips to healthy eating at the ANLP; i) adding vegetables and fruits to your plate. These have less calories to keep you full the whole day, ii) drinking a lot of water and most importantly, engaging in physical activities such as brisk walking and jogging to burn out the extra kilo calories.

On Friday this week, don’t miss the tastiest “Braai”- the South African version of a barbecue that we are going to have for dinner. Come one come all!