Self care with the Body Shop products

The Body Shop is a company that is known for its environmentally friendly products. During COVID times everyone has been hit the hardest.

Whilst the Body Shop stores are closed in Melbourne you can buy your products online.

Here they do great foot creams, bath bombs, and scrubs for a night in. A night in is important to relax the mind. A night having a foot bath is also important for the mind.

They have an amazing range of body butter. I love their mango flavor.

They also have face scrubs and other moisturisers and things. I have tried the hand cream a few times and enjoyed using it.

Here’s how to do a foot bath.

You’ll need about half an hour for the whole process and you’ll need to wear some loose pants. You’ll need thongs and a bathtub and bath salts to relax the feet in.

Some people like to have wine at the tub but I’m fine just without.

First, fill the bathtub with warm water. Take off your socks and roll the pants up. Next, sit on the edge of the bathtub and soak your feet for 5 minutes. And then you can use the Body Shop pumice stone to get rid of the dead skin. You will need to do this a few times. This will be a good chance to inspect your feet to see whether you have any spots or other odd things going on in there.  And then soak your feet for an extra five minutes.

Now get out of the tub and dry your feet. If your toenails need to be cut, do that first whilst its drying. Put your thongs on and go to another spot where you can put some moisturizer on it and let it dry. I love the Body shop’s foot cream.


Hydrate with Healthy Care tea

I got the tea for $14.95 at Chemist Warehouse. Each box has 60 serves in there which is enough to last me for 4 weeks. I got the assorted box which is good and that means that I get to try all the flavors of tea.

It’s important to hydrate. Even more so when we are coming up to Summer and on the warmer days. This makes for an easy hydration option for people that don’t like water.

There are three flavors to the tea: raspberry, tropical, and original. 

The tropical one was really sweet. I really liked it. The raspberry not so much. The original was just darn fine.

I had to ask them online as to what’s in the tea as I did not see the ingredients list on the box. Here’s what they said:

“Ingredients in each of the sachets of tea: Green tea extract, Green tea powder, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Soluble Corn Fiber, Prune flavor, Strawberry flavor, Green plum flavor, Surraclose (a type of sugar), Silica (collagen supplement), Maltic Acid, Gardenia Pigment (Yellow and Green)”

Buyer beware: this is a fat burning tea which means that if you are not exercising that fat will go into fat storage and then you will pay for it later when you stop drinking it. When you don’t exercise then the fight or flight hormones will not be released.  The body has hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine (the body’s fight or flight mode). These hormones can suppress appetite and gastric function so we are not hungry. The body already goes into flight or fight mode when it is stressed or doing exercise. 

The fat burning tea has some sort of stimulants in there, mainly caffeine so it will just add to the body’s stress mode. These stimulants don’t give you energy, they in fact borrow energy which means that later on, you’ll be more tired then you were before.

Use with caution and with exercise. 


Asian inspirations

Asian Inspirations are a company about Asian food and cooking. They host brands like Lee Kum Kee, Julie biscuits, Obento, and lots of other brands. Here they provide many sauces and other ingredients for Asian cooking. In recent years I have been to many of their festivals in Crown where they do lots of cooking demonstrations with their items. At these festivals, they have a stall where consumers and visitors can buy items and try them out at home. Usually, they sell show bags for about $10-$20 depending on when you buy them. If you buy them on the last day of the festival it is cheaper.

We got the recipe for Vietnamese Vegan crepes from their Youtube channel.

I have tried some of their sauces at home and liked them. Every festival that I go to they often give out free sauce sachets.

Do check them out online. Each year before the Chinese New Year festival they have a Cook, Snap and Win competition where you can win some awesome prizes


Homemade Fish and chips

You can make them in the airfryer and we bought the Bird’s Eye chips from IGA.

You can batter your own fish and make your own potato chips if you like.

I got the recipe from the Phillips site as we made our own fish and chips using the airfryer

Homemade Fish and chips

Recipe by newintstudents2015Course: Uncategorized
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

12

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Ingredients

  • 200 g white fish fillet (tilapia, cod, pollack). We used the Birds Eye fish which was already battered
    1 egg
    300 g (red) potatoes
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    ½ tablespoon lemon juice
    Tortilla chips

Directions

  • Preheat the AirFryer to 180°C.
  • Grind the tortilla chips very fine in the food processor and transfer the ground tortilla chips to a plate. Beat the egg in a deep dish.
    Dip the pieces of fish into the egg one by one and roll the pieces of fish through the ground tortilla chips so that they are completely covered.
    Scrub the potatoes clean and cut them lengthwise into thin strips. Soak the potato strips in water for at least 30 minutes. Drain them thoroughly and then pat them dry with kitchen paper. Coat them with oil in a boil.
    Insert the separator in the AirFryer basket. Position the potato strips on one side and the pieces of fish on the other.
    Slide the basket into the AirFryer. Set the timer to 12 minutes and fry the potatoes and the fish until they are crispy brown.

Cooking with Montague apples

Montague Apples have been around for a number of years now. During the Autumn and Winter seasons apples are quite cheap as they are in season. You can buy them from your local green groccer and independant stores such as IGA. During the Coronavirus times these businesses need your money to survive.

Here you can make apple pie which is what I love during winter. We used this recipe (the recipe is from Cooking with Tovia who is on Youtube) which they used Macintosh apples instead of Montague apples. But you can use Montauge apples for this (or apples of any sort)!

We usually buy store bought crust as we don’t have time to make our own.

Do enjoy Apple pie as a dessert or as an afternoon tea. The ones that are store bought can be too sweet so do try and make your own with Montague apples.


Liddells yoghurt

Liddells is a lactose free yoghurt. Here I got them at Coles and Woolworths as a snack and a delicious lactose free thing. There are some people that are lactose intolerant. Normally I buy them at Coles for about $2 and they are easy to eat.

They do have sugars in them though. So far I liked the strawberry ones but they have vanilla and other flavours.

And now they sell them at Cheaper Buy Miles for $1 for a pack of four tubs of yoghurt. I actually really enjoy the plain flavours and you can buy the tubs for the kids that are going back to school. In Victoria it is only Grade Prep, Year 1,2 and VCE students. The tubs would be good to keep in their lunchbox.


Ensure protein drinks

This is a supplementary food and is only meant to be consumed with a whole food diet. These days people are looking to lose weight without stepping out of their house. We are all cooped up in here due to the Covid19.

So it is essential that people get their recommended daily protein. Some people don’t consume meat so these protein drinks are a great idea.

The drinks are really nice. You can get the powder or you can have it in a bottle. I prefer the powder as that’s easier to mix with water and its less calories as well.

Most pharmacies would have these drinks and since they are an essential service they are open all the time for you to go in and get them as well as all the neccessary medicine.


Dry shampoo in times of need

It is the season of the Coronavirus and shelves at the supermarket are empty each day or you may be in a lockdown. So dry shampoo might be your best friend. Dry shampoo is just a spray on one.

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Also people have just lost their jobs so saving water and money might be the way to go. Normal shampoo is about $6-$10 depending on the brand you buy.

I have some dry shampoo at home where I got it from the Liptember bag and kept it for a rainy day. You just apply it to dry clean hair and wella. You do need to comb through it or otherwise it will dry in clumps. And don’t spray too much. You don’t need to spray the whole can.


Australia’s Biggest morning tea with Coles Buttermilk scones

Australia’s Biggest Morning tea is on and it occurs every year. For the past few years this event has been at RMIT University and other places, but this year most people would be holding it virtual. This is due to the Coronavirus. It is run the Cancer Council and they aim to raise as much money as they can for their life saving operations.

This time I decided to suggest that people buy a packet of those Coles buttermilk scones and make it themselves at home. The packet of buttermilk scones costs about $4-$5 and they can make about 50 little ones. A scone is about 160 calories each, therefore a mini one is about 80 calories. Pair that with jam and cream and its about an extra 40-80 calories depending on how much cream you consume. The scones when freshly baked are yummy and moist. You just need to follow the packet directions.

Here is a traditional scone recipe if you don’t have a Coles near you.

Do sign up for the virtual morning tea here and you’ll be supporting the Cancer Council through this very tough time


AIME’s new hoodie

AIME is a not for profit organisation that helps young people get on their feet. They are about helping the wider community for the Greater good. They help the poor with education and entrepreneurship and growth mindset.

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During the Covid19 many people have lost their jobs and now are struggling to pay the rent. So AIME has come up with an idea to help renters pay their rent. AIME has a new hoodie initiative which will help renters to pay their rent. Renters apply to sell them and then if successful they would sell them for $30 each.

The hoodie idea was the best idea since it is nearly winter and already we feel the chill. You can wear the hoodie to the gym or to uni in the second semester.

Do buy the hoodie online if you can and you’ll be supporting the poor in having the best education possible as well as supporting those that cannot afford to pay rent.