Food labels can help you make healthy decisions about what to eat and what to avoid. Pick your favorite three foods, snacks or drinks. Read the labels. Identify each of the ingredients and identify them. What are the ingredients made of? How are they created? What else are they used for, if anything? Share your findings with your friends and families. Encourage them to do the same.
Watch several hours of children's television programming. [Saturday mornings are a good time.] Count the number of food commercials that are shown. In what ways do commercials teach good or poor eating habits? Find out which advertised products are nutritious and which are not.
Identify some traditional African American foods (i.e. soul food), like black eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread. What are the origins of these foods? What nutritional values do they have? How similar are they to the foods of Yoruba land? What are some of the major differences between soul food and Yoruba food?
Identify and list at least eight orisa foods. How many of them are also foods eaten regularly by the Yoruba people? What are some common ingredients? What are some implications of your findings?
List at least sixteen fruits and or vegetables indigenous to Yoruba land. How many of these same items grow or can be attained in the USA? What are their nutritional values? How are they traditionally consumed?
Research food taboos of different religions and cultures; the Hindu, Muslims and Jews all observe strict dietary programs. Find out the history and purpose of these taboos. Ask yourself why food taboos are so important in many cultures and religions.
Identify 16 Yoruba meals. Include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks. What are they made of? Do they differ from one region of Yoruba land to the next? What are the trends in their ingredients, processing and nutritional value?
Draw up a menu of traditional Yoruba and soul food. Search for Yoruba recipes on Youtube and prepare a full course meal for yourself and your family or friends.