Have you noticed the number of healthy juice and smoothie bars that have sprung up in the capital, in addition to stylish coffee shops?  This was not so some 10 years ago.  What a breath of healthy fresh air!

I have also noticed that vegan and vegetarian eateries are becoming quite normal.  You can even find quinoa included in the menu.  THANK GOODNESS.

Another welcome addition is the fact that you don’t have to travel far to find a wheelbarrow filled with fresh coconuts. A must as part of one’s daily diet.

Ghana, or should I say Accra, is catching up to the rest of the world.  One can now find organic fruit and vegetable stalls as well as selected organic, gluten free and vegan packaged food products.

Almost every gym I have visited in the capital also boasts a fresh juice bar.

There are also a number of weekly organic and green markets stocking fresh fruit, vegetables, foods and also hand made skin products.  (Eat your heart out Body Shop).  Ghanaians are now appreciating the need to use locally produced skin care products and I must say, I have found great products on the market which are well made and also come in attractive packaging.  You even hear people say “….are these made in Ghana, here?”  YES…. These are made in Ghana here.  About time too.

So, expatriates living in Ghana, no need to pack your suitcases with grains etc, help support the local economy and entrepreneur at the local Green and organic markets.

Check out

  •        Labone Green Market @ Labone Coffee Shop every Saturday from 8a.m. to 3p.m.
  •        The Open Air Stock Exchange @ Goethe Institute every first Saturday of the month.
  •        Native Juice & Whole Foods @ Josie’s Cuppa Cappuccino, off Volta Street, Monday to Friday from 8a.m. to 5p.m.
  •        So Green So Good Organic Market @ DuBois Centre, every Saturday from 8a.m. to 3p.m.
  •        Green Butterfly, behind Fiesta Royale Hotel, Monday to Fridays 9a.m. to 5p.m.

It IS possible to stay healthy even when the place you’re living makes it very hard to do so. Here are some survival tips:

LIVING HEALTHY IN ACCRA

It can be daunting to live healthy in Accra, traffic jams, no pavements to walk on safely, but there are various ways around this, which I have found.  Here are a few tips:

  1. Join a gym – there are many gyms in the capital, and you will find gyms outside of Accra.
  2. Why not start Yoga, a great way to improve your stamina, posture, and even reshape your body.
  3. When I moved to Ghana I was pleasantly surprised to find how big salsa dancing was.  Many places offer salsa classes for the beginners as well as venues for the advanced.
  4. Spinning, one of my favourite sports.  Classes are available at a number of gyms.
  5. There are many walking clubs that set off early Saturday mornings, or you can go with a friend in your local area.
  6. The Mountaineering and Hiking clubs are well organised and often go off discovering the beautiful country side.
  7. There are several cycling clubs too.  

No more excuses!! Remember exercising and eating healthy go hand in hand.  Don’t do one without the other.