In Trinidad & Tobago we love to snack especially motivate each other to munch and crunch after breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In the ole time day’s fruits were the easiest treat, call your friends over, climb a tree pick a fruit perhaps prepare a chow. Surely most of us could imply what about a Catch Chocolate Bar, Ole Bar Be Cue Chips, Grainz, Rasin Peanuts, even a Rasin ‘n’ Nut Flakes.
You know I totally agree, why not after all firstly its modern and these snack are manufactured and available by experienced local factories such as Associated Brands, Universals Foods and Holiday Foods.
However, doctors have indicated there are a lot of healthy benefits gained from eating a huge daily serving of both fruits and vegetables. We should take full advantage of the many fruits trees which surround us for instance mangoes, a favorite fruit in the Caribbean, they have the power to replenish salts, vitamins and energy after physical exercise.
The enzymes in a Mango, are called magneferin, katechol oxidase and lactase, have the capability to clean the bowel, removing toxins within the body, also aids your immune system in fighting fight any germs and afflictions. It has a lot of tryptophan So pick a mango today, keep the doctor away!
Coconut a life saver, no pipe borne water,” no worries man” just stretch for a coconut, slice, open up and drink to life! Young coconuts have a green exterior, more water and pulp whilst the brown stringy looking ones are considered to be matured with a thicker pulp and less water, these are good for making ‘sugar cake’. 🙂
Every Sunday Aunty Mabel would go to the market before 5am to purchase 4 large coconuts, when she arrived home, the house is quickly filled with coconut aroma. Now don’t think about running to the kitchen to pick up a cake or two before they are cooled, boy are they tempted to touch really hot, hot, hot and by the time your scream or shout Aunty Mabel, she will give you the eye, and buss out a hearty laugh at you! 🙂
See Sugar Cake Recipe below preparation time just under 20 minutes, you will finish in a flash!
My neighbours tambrind tree were constantly bombarded, because pepper and salt made this taste so good, more tangy a necessary mouth watering treat. According to nutrition and you tambrind contains a lot of health benefits, apparently it’s super good for the bowel and colon.
Guava is rich in Vitamins A, C and folic acid and contains four times the amount of Vitamin C in an orange.
According organic delivered the greatest nutritional benefits from a pawpaw is the presence of a proteolytic enzyme called the papain. It’s aids digestion and can assist our body’s enzyme to extract the maximum nutritional value from the foods we eat.
Imagine cutting the skin of unripe papayas and applying it directly on jellyfish stings and even surgical wounds help hasten treatment due to the high concentration of papain in the skin. Did you know the black seeds inside the pawpaw can be ground and used as a substitute for black peppers and they have deworming effects?
Hey I am not a doctor, but in my opinion eat more of the fresh fruit and less of the preservatives. So no matter what snack you crave for in the Caribbean for the most part it always starts with a fruit, That my friends is the traditional trini way!
Just kidding it’s easier said than done, I love preservatives…….. lol! 🙂