Kwanzaa: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind... A New Definition of Soul Food

The Physicians Committee
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Kwanzaa: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind... A New Definition of Soul Food

From Dec. 26 to January 1, many African Americans and others of African descent will celebrate Kwanzaa, a cultural holiday whose Swahili name translates as “first fruits of the harvest.” While this is a time to congregate and reflect upon the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles, it is invariably a time to feast

In contrast to traditional holiday cuisine, however, food served during Kwanzaa need not force you into end-of-the-year pounds and sky-high cholesterol levels. Centering around cultural reflection, Kwanzaa is also a time to contemplate the benefits healthy eating can have on the body and mind. Why not encourage your loved ones to honor their well-being while they pay respect to the accomplishments and culture of Africans and African Americans? After all, to make strides in our communities, we should first embrace positive changes in our bodies.

The following recipes are tasty and quick. They incorporate a range of ingredients and a delicious mixture of flavors, so your guests may not notice all the missing fat and cholesterol. And if they do, they’ll probably thank you for the gift of a healthy body, peaceful mind, and soul-preserving food.