As we learned from dietitian and nutritionist Denine Rogers MS, RDN, L.D., FAND, food has healing power; however, the medical community isn’t using it.
Despite the numerous studies on the link between food and lifestyle diseases such as hypertension and Steatosis -fatty liver disease- physicians aren't required to learn about food and nutrition. Fortunately, there is a liaison advocating for healthy nutrition as an alternative to medication. This specialized focus is known as a dietitian, and in the U.S., less than 3% of them are Black or Hispanic.
We are ringing the alarm on this issue because the link between preventable illnesses in minority communities is increasing. Simply put, we need more minority dietitians like Denine and a more emphasis on preventing diseases versus managing them with medication. Denine's collaborative approach to nutrition and diet takes the stigma out of healthy eating for her patients and makes it accessible to minority communities.
Tune in to this week's episode of Cure The Culture Podcast We know that you will love Denine’s down-to-earth vibe and walk away with actionable tips to make food your preventive medicine of choice.
Putting it into practice
In honor of our interview with Denine, we decided to share 4 healthy alternatives to our favorite foods while introducing you to black food bloggers that we adore.
Our first food blogger is Monique from Divas Can Cook, a Georgia blogger throwing down Southern Soul-Food Recipes since 2009. While most of her recipes are best described as "rich and savory," we found several healthy and equally delicious recipes.
A smoothie that tastes like a Banana Nut Muffin, we say YES!
Vegetarian Southern Collard Greens https://youtu.be/G2E8lbUGRZc
Our next food blogger is Jenné, of Sweet Potato Soul, another Georgia native who serves our favorite recipes vegan style. We searched her site and were amazed by her take on vegan recipes. Here we chose our two favs!
Jerk Jackfruit Tacos https://youtu.be/I3UJMFHmKkA
Fried Cauliflower Chicken https://youtu.be/HNw2YDzawhk
Both Monique and Jenne prove that healthier food options are available with just a quick Google search and a little creativity! Give these recipes a try - the first step to unlocking the healing benefits of food is to try new things. We do not doubt that these savory recipes will have you rethinking your food choices.