Lately I started to change my diet step by step. I wanted to see the results on my health short term so I can decided how to change my lifestyle, food habits. I have tried a week without meat, lowering the sugar and eating only white meat. The feeling was different every week, but I must say I loved the week without meat.
A few weeks ago I changed the sugar consumption by decreasing the quantity. One of the big ways of consuming sugar is through drinks. I feel the juice has too much sugar added and so does my tea in the morning and milk. I decided to stop consuming sweet drinks in between meals. However it turned out to be a little harder than I thought. Found that the secret was to look for drinks which are naturally made, and/or where the quantity of sugar can be controlled. There is a drink in Angola that sums up to that. I am talking about kissangua.
Kissuanga is a traditional drink consumed by Ovimbundu people in Angola. You can make it into any type you would like, but in Angola the most common ones are corn and pineapple. The secret to the drink is to let it ferment exactly for two days. If you go beyond that it will become something else we call kimbombo, which has an alcohol content higher.
Today we will make the pineapple kissangua. The drink is quite beneficial to health as are most of the fermented drinks. This is mainly due to the presence of probiotics. These are bacteria and yeast which contribute to a healthy digestion, immune system, weight loss and healthy skin. Probiotics are also a great to fight food borne illnesses. Additionally to add the foods containing them have a very characteristic taste which makes it irresistible not to eat it.
So please, grab your pen and paper to add this to the list of drinks you would like to try. It is a drink that requires very little effort, and you will take the most out of the pineapple by using its peel. Additionally kissangua will make your stomach will be glad.
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 – 1 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks, optional
- Peels from a whole pineapple
Add the pineapple peels, water and sugar. Turn on the stove.
Let the mixture boil for a maximum of 5 minutes. Turn off the stove.
Add the cinnamon sticks and let the mixture sit for two days in a warm and dark place. This is to allow fermentation to happen.
Once 2 days have passed, strain it and refrigerate it. The drink is ready to be consumed once refrigerated.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful fermented goodie. I am sure it will be a nice addition to your diet. Remember that when combined with a nice diet, probiotics are very good to your stomach’s health.
Until next time, Hungry People.