Sunday, 29 November 2015

How to get rid of a flu/prevent, when you feel it coming

1. Get plenty of rest! Try and get your full 8 hours of sleep every night, and if you can and have the time, sleep even more :)

2. Drink a homemade ginger tee. Chop up some ginger, put it in a cup, add some honey, lemon and hot water. Stir it and let it sit for a few minutes, so the drink can develop.

3. If you have a sore throat, you can drink a cup of warm milk with honey, that should help ;)

4. Eat a lot of foods high in vitamin C. Best are oranges, lemons and naartjies!

5. Keep yourself warm and cuddled up. Throw on some thick socks and a comfy hoodie and watch your favourite series :) <3 (while drinking a ginger tee ;))

Friday, 20 November 2015

3 healthy, delicious, green smoothie recipes

Green smoothies are a perfect way, to add your daily greens into your diet. If you are a person that doesn't enjoy the taste of greens and veggies, this is perfect for you, because you can hardly taste them when they are blended into a smoothie :)

1. Fruity, green smoothie

- Frozen bananas
- One apple
- Strawberries
- Blueberries
- Spinach

For the fruity, green smoothie, you can basically add any kind of frozen or non frozen fruits into the blender. The frozen bananas give the smoothie a smooth and thick consistency. Then to get the lovely green colour, just add a cup of spinach, kale or any other green lettuce. To make the smoothie more runny, add a splash of water or milk :)

2. Avocado, spinach, apple smoothie

- 1.5 cups apple juice or water (the juice will make it sweeter, but the water is healthier ;))
- 2 cups of spinach or kale
- 1 chopped up, peeled apple/pear (this will give the smoothie most of the sweetness)
- 0.5 Avocado

Mix theWater/apple juice, spinach, apple and avocado in a blender until the mixture gets a smooth and creamy consistency, and add water to reach the desired consistency.

3. Tropical pineapple, kale smoothie

- 0.5 cup coconut milk
- 2 cups of kale or spinach
- 1.5 cups of pineapple
- 2 Kiwis
- 1 ripe, frozen banana

Combine the coconut milk with spinach/kale, pineapple, kiwi and the frozen banana in a blender and puree until smooth (about 1 minute), adding more water to reach the desired consistency.

How to burn calories in 30 Minutes

Here are a few exercises you can do to burn that extra fat and calories :) All these exercises are 30 minutes long, but you can double or half the time, to what you prefer. (The amount of calories you burn, differs by each person, but these are the average amounts)

Outside (30 Minutes):

Front Crawl (Slow): 257 
Front Crawl (Fast) : 404 
Butterfly                 : 404 
Backstroke             : 257 
Breaststroke          : 367 
Leisure Swimming: 220 

210 Calories

199 Calories

Interval Sprinting (20 Minutes):
30 seconds of full-on sprinting
30 to 90 seconds of jogging or walking
Burns up to 600+ Calories

Inside (30 Minutes):

Jump rope:
330 Calories

Mountain Climbers:
240 Calories

Squat Jumps:
You can burn about 300 calories doing squat jumps for 30 minutes. Do 30 Jumping squats with a 30 second rest in between each set and repeat for 30 minutes. You can also divide the set to 10 minutes if this is too difficult for you. (10 minutes = 100 Calories)

300 Calories

Sunday, 15 November 2015

How to get rid of bloating!

1. Before going to bed, drink a warm cup of rooibos, green, peppermint or herbal tee.

2. When you wake up, make yourself an 8 oz. glass of water, and squeeze in half a lemon (It might be a bit sour in the beginning, but you will get used to it, and actually start enjoying the drink) You can also add some cucumber or ginger if you like to :D

3. Eat as healthy as you can, and try to avoid sugar, dairy and wheat. (Fizzy drinks are extremely bad for you and make you bloat up like a balloon!) These foods are the most common foods that cause bloating. Instead, eat a lot of fruits, veggies and meat. :)

Friday, 6 November 2015

5 Studying Tips

Are you struggling to study properly for a test and achieve great marks in school? Here are a few helpful tips to help you study and memorize things better! :-)

1.Find a quiet place, where you feel comfortable and won't be distracted by anything.

2.Switch off your phone and any other electronics, that might distract you.

3.Try to study a little bit everyday instead of trying to remember everything the night before your exam. This way, you'll be continually reviewing things in your mind, which will help you memorize everything you need to learn way better.

4.Take breaks of studying! Working too long on a task can actually decrease your performance. When taking a break, do some physical activity and eat something, to get your blood flowing and your sugar level up! :D

5.Make sure, to revise what you have studied just before you go to sleep, because that is the time, when your brain remembers everything the best.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

5 Healthy Snack Ideas

1.Banana Ice Cream: All you need to do for this easy and delicious ice cream, is chop up a few bananas and freeze them overnight. After taking them out of the freezer, put them into the microwave for 10 seconds, to soften them up a little. Now just blend the bananas up in a food processor until you get a smooth, ice-cream-like consistency. You can also add frozen berries or frozen fruit of your choice. If you don't like the taste of bananas, you can also add some vanilla essence to reduce the taste of banana.

2.Healthy Sweet potato fries: Ingredients- A sweet potato, olive oil, salt and pepper.Preheat the oven on 180 'C. Chop up the sweet potato into "french fries" shape and put them into a bowl. Then add in a tbs of olive oil, a pinch of salt and some pepper (Or other herbs of your choice). Give it a good stir. Then lay the fries onto a baking tray and bake them 20-40 minutes. (Until they get a nice, golden crust). And there you go, healthy, delicious, crispy and tasty sweet potato fries!

3.Apple, Granola and peanut butter doughnuts. Slice an apple into thin slices (2cm) and remove the middle part. You should have a doughnut shape now. Then you can spread some peanut butter onto the rings and dip them into granola. If you want, you can also add some dark chocolate chips, honey, raisins or any other toppings of your choice. :-)

4.A very easy and quick snack idea is carrots or celery with hummus. Just chop up a few carrots into long blocks, and have a bowl of hummus to dip the carrots in.

5.Ingredients: 1.5 cups of raw almonds, 1 tbs sugar (coconut sugar is a healthier version), 1.5 tbs honey, 0.5 ground chipotle powder. 0.25 ts ground cumin, 0.25 ts salt.

A) Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

B) Place the almonds in a nonstick skillet and cook them over medium heat for 6 minutes or until they are lightly toasted, shaking pan frequently. Combine the remaining ingredients in a glass. Microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds. Add the honey mixture to the pan, and cook it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Arrange the almond mixture on prepared baking sheet in a single layer and let stand 10 minutes. Break apart any clusters.

8 Tips To Prevent Acne

1. Use acne friendly makeup. (non oil based)

2. Make sure to change your pillow case weekly, so that the bacteria left on the pillow, won't transfer onto your face.

3. Drink loads of water and try to avoid greasy and sugary foods. (French fries, chocolate etc.)

4. Stop touching your face. Every time you touch your face, you transfer the bacteria of the hands you collected during the day onto your skin, even if you washed your hands.

5. Protect your skin with sunblock and try to avoid the sun as much as possible, as too much sun can cause skin irritation and breakouts.

6. Exercise to get the blood flowing in your skin!

7. Quit drinking and smoking!

8. Clean your phone regularly, to get rid of all nasty bacteria.

Monday, 2 November 2015

5 Beaty Hacks

1. Make your lipstick matte: All you need to do for this easy hack, is apply your favorite lipstick and dab on translucent powder.

2. Mascara can double as eyeliner: If you're out of your eyeliner, you can use mascara! Take a small, thin brush and dip it into the eyeliner and use it just how you always do! ;)

3. DIY Gel eyeliner: Take any kohl pencil eyeliner you have, and hold it under a small flame from a lighter for about a second. Let it cool down for 15 seconds, and tadaa, you have a gel like consistency eyeliner, for an intense, dark look!

4. Didn't have time to wash your hair? All you need to do is to put some baby powder onto the roots of your hair and rub it in well. This gives the same effect as dry shampoo.

5. Soft and luscious lips: Take a tooth brush and wet it a little bit. Now, gently scrub your lips with it in a circular motion, to remove all the dead skin cells. You can also make a DIY lip scrub, out of sugar, honey and olive oil. After getting rid of these nasty dead skin cells, you can apply some chap stick and you are left with soft and luscious lips.