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Travelling is hard on my nutrition tracking

Monday, September 03, 2012

I mean, we ate at a West African restaurant today. I had cassava greens over rice - this was one of my favorite meals in Liberia, cassava greens pounded in a mortar and pestle to soften them up, then stewed for hours with some palm oil.

You'd think SparkPeople would have cassava greens in the tracker, wouldn't you?

I don't know WHAT I'm going to do when we get some REALLY strange food, LOL!

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PHEBESS 10/14/2012 12:21AM

    Yeah, I tracked them as collard greens. Or maybe spinach. Had to improvise.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/14/2012 12:04AM

    Awww we used to have an African restaurant and it closed. Don't recall them having cassava greens but they had an awesome peanut soup. I usually skipped the steaks and had their sides. Yum! I've no idea what those greens taste like , might have to approximate say, kale or collards or turnip greens, whatever seems to taste the most similar.


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PLATINUM755 9/4/2012 5:38PM

    YUM emoticon ...I haven't had cassava greens in forever. I enjoy virtual travel, but looks like I'm going to have to join you if you keep eating foods like this. emoticon

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MAMAJAHMAI 9/4/2012 4:58PM

    OMG!!! I am West African and I am droolling right now!!!! I miss my days back home, with the food there I was a healthy and trim size 6..... Oh well, enjoy your beautiful travels PHEBESS!!! ((hugs))

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GINIEMIE 9/4/2012 8:40AM

    You are too funny, but right. Our tracking is geared pretty much to American food. Even when I put a chinese dish in I have to tear it apart to approximate nutritional values. I guess some of us need to start doing that so that all of us can benefit.
Have fun.
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PHEBESS 9/4/2012 12:21AM

    Best I can find is there are 73 calories in boiled, young cassava leaves - no amount listed!

It isn't the sort of thing you find in many places.

On the other hand, at one point the nutrition tracker had the nutritional values of breast milk..........

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JAZZEJR 9/3/2012 11:42PM

    Hey, but you can look it up and put it in -- next time it will be there for us all! :)

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PHEBESS 9/3/2012 11:05PM

    I ended up putting it in as spinach, since DH said it tasted like spinach - but now I'm thinking maybe I should have tried kale or collards as the veg, because cassava greens have a ton of fiber.

Ah well, it was tasty, I know greens are healthy, and I also know they aren't high cal. So I'll just kind of fake it as we go.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/3/2012 11:00PM

    Sometimes you can find it if you play with the wording. Greens maybe?

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ADRIENALINE 9/3/2012 10:57PM

    Great point. We eat pretty exotic on several nights a week and tracking is a big chore. We were camping this weekend and I didn't even bother. I'll weigh in tomorrow and assess the damage

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