A Quarterly Newsletter                                                                                    Winter 2015
Happy Holidays from Oldways!

Feeding others nourishing foods is one of the best gifts we can give, and this month's quarterly celebrates just that: feeding our families and communities a healthy taste of heritage! 

African Heritage & Health Ambassadors 2015: 
Improving Health Through Heritage
In Their Communities 

We are so proud of our first African Heritage & Health Ambassadors and the work that they have done in their communities this year!

Read all of the highlights here on our Ambassador Highlights 2015 webpage.  

If you would like to join us as an A Taste of African Heritage teacher, student or ambassador this year, please email Sade Anderson at sade@oldwayspt.org for more information.  

You can also sign up to be a teacher on our Teacher Sign Up Form

Oldways thanks The Walmart Foundation for making A Taste of African Heritage 
nationally possible

   Good For Me Recipe Book Now Available! 

What if, as a parent of mentor, you had the tools to teach your child about nutrition, history,
culture, language, math and science -- all while preparing an easy, healthy meal together?  This is the kind of experience that Oldways and the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) set out to create with our Good For Me Recipes cookbook.  

You can read more about this new recipe book on the Oldways blog
or purchase it on our Webstore.  

A Taste of African Heritage Student Spotlight:
Ms. Lynette Glover
New Orleans, LA 
Lynette Oliver was born and raised in New Orleans, LA.  Growing up, Lynette was surrounded by "Bayou cooking" that included rich Cajun dishes like turtle sauce, frog legs, and crawfish stew.  

"My husband and I were brought up on fried pork chops and hog skins - everything we ate was fried." 
Now approaching her 50th birthday, Lynette shares that cooking has never been a big part of her life. This was one of the reasons Lynette signed up for the A Taste of African Heritage (ATOAH) cooking class program being offered at Forest Park Apartments where she lives.  "I was definitely not a cook!", said Lynette, before the program this summer.
Another motivation was health.  "My mom and both grandparents had diabetes and high blood pressure.  I saw that diabetes can lead to other serious issues like blindness, and it made me think twice, knowing that I need to take care of myself and eat better, so that I won't go down that same road", shared Lynette.
Read Lynette's whole story here on our Student Spotlight Page.  

  A New Cookbook for Your Holiday Wish-List! 

Nicole Taylor is a woman of many hats: the host of a food-culture podcast, founder of foodculturist.com, a freelance writer and food blogger, and now a cookbook author.  

Her debut cookbook The Up South Cookbook: Chasing Dixie in a Brooklyn Kitchen reaches back into her own roots, as a Southerner living and cooking in NYC.  


AHH Health Study: West Africa Has Some of the Healthiest Diets in the World

In each newsletter issue, we share one scientific study that reinforces the importance of the African Heritage Diet and eating more like the
old ways. 
"Kwlikwli" by Dominic Schwarz
According to a study published in The Lancet Global Health this spring, people in Mali, Chad, Senegal and Sierra Leone enjoy healthier diets than their counterparts in the United States, the UK, Japan or Canada.
Using dietary surveys from 187 countries, researchers at the University of Cambridge analyzed the intake of healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fish, as well as foods containing fiber and omega-3s. They also looked at the consumption of unhealthy foods such as sugary drinks, saturated fats, sodium, and processed meats.
When looked at all together, Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly West Africa, ranked better than wealthier regions in North America and Europe, likely because of their diet comprised of vegetables, legumes, and staple starches, with less processed foods than countries that fared worse (such as the U.S.).  Source: Quartz, online global news outlet

African Heritage Dine-Around-Town
Oldways knows that one of the easiest ways to dine out healthfully is to choose cultural restaurants that serve traditional world cuisines. Whether African, Caribbean, Indian, or Japanese, cultural restaurants tend to offer the widest variety of vegetables, beans, whole grains, meats, and spices prepared in dramatically new ways.

Every newsletter edition, we put the spotlight on three African heritage restaurants from our Dine-Around-Town list, describing the traditional features of their menus and cultural dish ideas to make at home. This season we are featuring African American Healthy Soul Food

Chicago, IL 
Having suffered from a sight-threatening auto-immune condition, Tasha was motivated to change her food lifestyle, and thus began her business catering to a clientele similar to herself, specializing in Southern heritage and special diet meals! Full meals, smoothies, raw soups, and protein  drinks are offered on her menu as well as prevention and nutrition counseling. Conveniently, Tasha gives you the option to meet-up or pick-up at set location and time slot. Tasha's Healthy Soul highlights the healthy traditional underpinnings of soul food cuisine. If you're in the Chicago area, be sure to order in some of Tasha's Healthy Soul! 
Washington, DC 
One of D.C.'s best known vegan restaurants is a Black-owned soul food haven!  Woodland's Vegan Bistro is a casual dining restaurant and juice bar that offers an extensive menu full of raw and specialty salads, sandwiches such as vegan crab cake and steak n' cheese, a full hot bar with various entrées and daily sides, shakes, smoothies, fresh juices, and an assortment of desserts like homemade cinnamon-buns and cheesecakes. Vegans and non-vegans alike continue to stand in disbelief that everything is completely vegan, but still completely delicious!  

Atlanta, GA
Soul Vegetarian No. 2 is the largest chain of vegan restaurants in the world, run by the Black Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem. They have numerous locations throughout the U.S. and worldwide. The soul part of their name heavily influences their menu with dishes like vegan mac & cheese, vegan country fried steak, barbecue tofu, sweet potatoes and more!  While in Atlanta visit one of their two locations, preferably for their weekend brunch! 


Oldways African Heritage Recipes 
The most powerful call to action to improve the health of African American families and communities: Get cooking! To help families put the African Heritage Diet Pyramid on their plate, here are four delicious, healthy recipes that take their cues from African roots. 

Click on the title below to go to the Oldways recipe.

This succotash inspired soup adds carrots and potatoes to the classic lima-bean-and-corn pairing, thickening it into a creamy stew perfect for winter slurping.  

Nicole Taylor's Southern Rice Pilaf
This wild rice pilaf from The Up South Cookbook includes pecans, dried cherries, chili oil and parsley for a delightful melange of flavors! 

Sweet potatoes are so nutrient-filled that you can feel good about reaching for a slice of this classic Southern dessert with a coconut twist.