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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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    Yeah, I tracked them as collard greens. Or maybe spinach. Had to improvise.
    2045 days ago
    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.

    2045 days ago
    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
    2084 days ago
    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))
    2084 days ago
    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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    2084 days ago
    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..........
    2085 days ago
    Hey, but you can look it up and put it in -- next time it will be there for us all! :)
    2085 days ago
    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.
    2085 days ago
    Sometimes you can find it if you play with the wording. Greens maybe?
    2085 days ago
    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
    2085 days ago
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