Fight Fat with Fright

A long while back a study showed that watching 90-minute adrenaline-pumping horror films could burn nearly as much as 200 Calories. Read more. Imagine the results of doing a horror film marathon with a pack of crispy chips.

The top 10 calorie-burning frightening films were:

  1. The Shining: 184 calories
  2. Jaws: 161 calories
  3. The Exorcist: 158 calories
  4. Alien: 152 calories
  5. Saw: 133 calories
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
  7. Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
  8. The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
  9. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories
  10. [Rec]: 101 calories

Cuppa Rooibos?

Pronouced roo-ee-bosh, Rooibos is indigenous to South Africa, a shrub with long needle-shaped leaves that turn red upon fermentation. Beautifully blends with green tea leaves, dried fruits or Chai spices (star anise, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, etc). Some publications suggests this tisane is full of health benefits

  •  Caffeine free – The rooibos plant grows naturally without any caffeine. This is important, as it means it does not need to undergo a chemical process to remove the caffeine. It also means that anyone can drink it, including those who do not want to drink caffeine such as children & pregnant women. The other key benefit of no caffeine is that rooibos tea can be drunk in unrestricted amounts, in fact, the average South African will consume 5-6 cups per day.
  • Contains powerful antioxidants – Rooibos tea contains a huge array of antioxidants, which help to protect the body in a number of ways. Two polyphenol antioxidants called aspalathin and nothofagin are found in high concentrations in rooibos tea. These antioxidants protect the body by fighting free radicals. These are unstable cells, which attack healthy cells in order to stabilise themselves. The polyphenols also have anti-inflammatory properties and can safeguard against heart disease.
  • Prevents against some cancers – Some studies have demonstrated a link between consumption of rooibos tea and a reduction of cancer-causing chemicals. This is because of the high level of dominant antioxidants, some of which have anti-mutagenic properties. This means that they defend cells & DNA against damage and inhibit them from developing into cancer.
  • High mineral content – One of the key health benefits of rooibos tea is that it contains several minerals that are vital to health. These include: magnesium – essential for the nervous system, calcium & manganese – essential for strong teeth and bones, zinc – important for metabolism and iron – critical for helping blood & muscles distribute oxygen.
  • Improves circulation – One of the many potent antioxidants in rooibos tea is called Chysoeriol. It can improve circulation by preventing the activity of the enzyme that triggers cardiovascular disease. Drinking rooibos tea also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Relieves stomach complaints – As rooibos tea contains high levels of flavonoids, especially one called quercetin, it has the ability to relieve numerous abdominal ailments such as cramps, diahorrea and indigestion. This is because the flavonoids help to reduce spasm, inflammation and allergies. It has also been widely stated that the health benefits of rooibos tea extend to alleviating colic in babies. As it is totally caffeine free, it is perfectly safe for them to drink rooibos tea.
  • Aids absorption of iron – Unlike most black teas, which prevent the body from absorbing iron effectively because of the tannins they contain, rooibos tea supports the body in absorbing iron. This is because rooibos tea contains less than half the tannins of black tea.
  • Can relieve skin conditions – A more recent discovery of the benefits of rooibos tea is that it can help you to look more beautiful! Rooibos tea contains phenyl pyretic acid, which can help to improve acne, psoriasis and eczema. You can apply a freshly brewed and cooled tea bag to the affected areas and it will soothe and heal any inflammation.
  • Can protect against Parkinsons/Alzheimers disease – drinking rooibos tea regularly can protect against a process known as lipid peridoxation. This is where free radicals damage brain cells and nerve tissue. If this is prolonged, it can lead eventually to progressive and deteriorating brain disease, such as Alzheimers.  Laboratory tests on rats showed little difference in brain function from a group of older rats given rooibos tea to the brains of newborn rats.
  • Encourages restful sleep – One of the many health benefits of rooibos tea is that it can be drunk as often as you wish and at any time of day. Many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia. Due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine, it helps people to feel calm and relaxed.

Feel Amazing: simple DIY face mask recipe

The incredible nourishing characteristics of egg and honey will leave your skin smooth, moist and radiant for up to 2 days! Makes enough for 2-3 applications. Repeat 1-2 times a week.

Ingredients

  • 1 raw egg cracked open
  • 1 tbsp regular or raw honey

Method

  1. Whisk egg by hand until the white and yolk are well combined and loose.
  2. Add honey and mix well.
  3. Generously apply onto clean face. Do not apply around eyes (eyelids and below)
  4. Leave it on and relax for 15 minutes.
  5. Gently wipe clean with a warm to hot face cloth/towel.
  6. Feel amazing 🙂

 

 

Simply delicious homemade flat bread

Makes 10-12 thin flat breads or 3-4 thick. Best result when fresh out of the oven… oozing warmth!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups plain flour (plus 1 aside for adjusting)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pinch fresh/dried oregano
  • 1 pinch fresh rosemary leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups water (plus 1 cup aside for adjusting)

Method

  1. Combine all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Gradually add water while kneading dough. Knead for 5 mins to activate the yeast. You may sprinkle a little amount of flour on the dough if sticking. The dough should be very soft and pliable.
  3. Form a dome shape and rub surface with olive oil. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with a clean towel. Leave to rest for 15-20 mins.
  4. Preheat oven  to 180 degrees Celsius.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and cut into desired size to prepare rolling.
  6. Flour flat surface and press with rolling pin to desired thickness. Transfer to a pizza pan or baking tray for cooking. Optionally create desired shape or thickness for the edge.
  7. Lightly poke the surface with a fork.
  8. Place in oven and bake until golden and crusty.

Serving suggestions

  • Use as pizza base
  • Use as an appetizer with garlic butter or balsamic oil
  • Use as compliment to antipasto platters and dips
  • Use as compliment to soups

Feeling creative? Chop and change some of the seasoning ingredients with dried fruits & nuts to make your rock n’ roll sweet delight!

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