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Fun ideas for the Easter weekend

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Easter doesn’t have to be dull, whether you are surrounded by family and friends or not. Here are some great ideas to keep you entertained this Easter weekend. 

Get cooking!

Easter breakfast

Start off the day with a bunny breakfast. Get the recipe here!

Later on in the day, enjoy a cooking competition with your family. Let each member choose a dish to make and then vote on the tastiest dish.

If you’re by yourself, perhaps you and your friends can post your dishes on social media and vote for the best looking dish! After all, isn’t presentation more important than taste?

Play!

Easter games

Play some good old fashioned games and get creative with arts and crafts this Easter weekend! Here are some fun suggestions: 

Chocolate bunny game 

  1. Place a chocolate bunny, hat, scarf, knife, fork and pair of oven gloves in the middle of a table. Tell your family to gather around.
  2. Everyone gets a chance to throw a dice, aiming for a 6.
  3. When a player gets a 6, they must put on the hat, scarf and oven gloves and then use the utensils to cut up the bunny and eat the pieces.
  4. Their chance ends when the next person gets a 6.
  5. The game ends once the bunny has been demolished.

Seek the bunnies

Hiding Easter eggs and finding them is always great fun but not all of us live in big houses with big yards. If you do not have a big yard you can add a twist to the game – find the eggs in 7 seconds! Eat what you manage to find!

Guess the flavor!

Players get blindfolded and are asked to guess the flavour of chocolate. The one with the most correct guesses wins. 

Madlips

This is a great game to play virtually with your friends and family if you are alone. Get a template of a story online or download an app for templates. Each person provides their own nouns, adjectives, etc. to complete the story before seeing the template. Each story then gets read aloud.  Try not to laugh, we dare you!

Good old fashioned board games

This is the best time to dust off those board games you haven’t played in forever. Here are the top 10 board games according to parent24.com.

Arts and crafts 

Let your creative juices flow with some Easter arts and crafts. Click here for a bunch of great ideas for you and the family.

Watch movies! 

Easter Movies

Make some popcorn and get cozy on the couch. Here are some fantastic easter movies for the whole family: 

  • The dog who saved Easter 
  • It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown 
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Hop (2011)
  • The Easter Egg Adventure 

Have your own Easter Weekend fun list? Share your ideas with us in the comment section below. 

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How to support local businesses in SA during lockdown

During Lockdown

Rumours are flying around South Africa that lockdown may be extended. Whether this happens or not, many small and medium businesses in the country will suffer from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

South Africans are called to unite and do their best to support local businesses. Although it may be difficult to do so while stuck at home, there are a few ways you can show your support in the meantime.

Here’s how you can support local businesses in South Africa during lockdown:

  1. Buy in advance. Make appointments or buy vouchers that you can use once the lockdown is over.
  2. Use their websites. Shop/ use their services and resources online if possible.
  3. Leave a Google Review. Write a favourable Google Review for a local business to let others know that you had a positive experience with them. 
  4. Leave a Facebook Review. Write a favourable Facebook Review on a local business’s Facebook page to show their audience that you love their products and/or services.
  5. Connect with local businesses on social media platforms. Follow and like their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other social platforms they’re active on.
  6. Interact with their posts. Like, comment and share their posts to help them reach a wider audience online.
  7. Stay signed up. Keep memberships and services that they offer online.

Many businesses face uncertainty. While the government has introduced COVID-19 lockdown relief measures for businesses, some businesses will not be able to apply for relief as an option.

Make sure you do your part in supporting local businesses. Click here for more information about Covid-19.

Stay safe and healthy!

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Easy chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate chip cookies

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Hip hip hooray! Are you doing something special for your other half? If you haven’t bought or planned anything yet, we have a great recipe for you. And, we know most South Africans are a bit cash strapped, so we’ve made sure these delicious chocolate chip cookies won’t cost much.

Chocolate chip cookies recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • ¾ cup of white sugar
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 ½ cups of chocolate chips

Directions

chocolate chip cookie mixture
  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl.
  3. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric beater – or mix with a spoon with super speed arms – until fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  4. Add flour mix to the large bowl other ingredients. Mix together.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Add tablespoonfuls of mix to cookie sheets – about 5 cm apart.
  7. Bake for 8 minutes or until light brown.
  8. Let cool, then enjoy.

This mixture should make about 48 cookies. ♥

Also, check out our chocolate brownie recipe.

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Fattiest fast food in South Africa

Fattiest Fast Foods in South Africa

South Africa has developed a big fitness movement over the past few years. We often see gyms filled, cyclists riding next to the road and park runs and racing events reaching thousands of participants. Even so, South Africa has munched its way onto the list of top obese countries in the world. We have a high obesity rate of 28.30%.

Fast food in South Africa is a booming market. Perhaps it’s because grocery shopping is becoming so expensive and we’re working harder, which is leaving us with less time to cook. The problem with fast food chains, otherwise known as quick-service restaurants (QSR), is that they often produce cheap highly processed food. This food is high in added sugar, unhealthy fats, sodium, cholesterol and carbs. And, don’t be fooled by the “healthier options” on the menu. These are often just as unhealthy.

List of unhealthiest fast food in South Africa

According to BusinessTech, here are some of the most unhealthiest fast food in South Africa:

Fully loaded dagwood with chips from Wimpy

Fully loaded dagwood with chips from Wimpy

Your waistline is LOVING IT – a bit too much. 

  • 5 236 kilojoules
  • 69g of fat 
  • 76 g of carbs
  • 1 926 mg of sodium

It makes up yo 60% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). So if you eat this for breakfast, you may have to cut back on eating much more for the rest of the day.

Honey Duck from Simply Asia 

This local Thai food outlet offers a few lower kilojoule meals. However, their honey duck is high in kilojoules and fat.

  • 5 514 kilojoules
  • 85g of fat 
  • 85 g of carbs
  • 389 mg of sodium

It makes up to 63% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Streetwise 5 from KFC

This greasy meal is finger-licking good, until you realise that you’re putting 830 kilojoules into your mouth for every piece of chicken you eat.

  • 5 456 kilojoules
  • 64g of fat 
  • 85 g of carbs
  • 3 260 mg of sodium

It makes up to 63% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Good Life Meal from FishAways 

Don’t be deceived. Fish is not always the healthier option. FishAways’s Good Life Meal, which combines a medium hake, rice, chips, calamari strips and coleslaw, is 6 397 kilojoules.

  • 6 397 kilojoules
  • 92 g of fat 
  • 61 g of carbs

It makes up to 74% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Triple Whopper Meal XL from Burger King

Triple Whopper Meal XL from Burger King

The Triple Whopper is 4 610 kilojoules alone! Add a Pepsi and large coke and you’re consuming a very heavy meal!

  • 7 290 kilojoules
  • 68 g of fat 
  • 168 g of carbs
  • 2030 mg of sodium

It makes up to 84% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Big Tasty Meal Supersize from McDonald’s

It’s no hidden secret that McDonalds is extremely unhealthy… The Big Tasty Meal Supersize will definitely leave you feeling a lot heavier.

  • 9 259 kilojoules
  • 110 g of fat 
  • 244 g of carbs
  • 1 928 mg of sodium

It makes up to 106% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Chicken Mayo and Feta Pizza (thick base, large) from Roman’s Pizza

South Africans LOVE Roman’s Pizza, especially because they offer double-pizzas. Beware of their chicken Mayo and Feta Pizza. A single slice is 1 227 kilojoules.

  • 9 815 kilojoules
  • 109 g of fat 
  • 214 g of carbs
  • 5 060 mg of sodium

It makes up to 113% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Chicken Mayo and Feta Pizza
Image source: UberEats

Mighty King Steer Burger from Steers

The Mighty King Steer Burger, which has three patties, is quite a hefty burger. It’s a meal fit for three kings!

  • 10 677 kilojoules
  • 170 g of fat 
  • 130 g of carbs
  • 6 447 mg of sodium

It makes up to 123% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Meat Lover’s Large, (pan base) from Pizza Hut

At almost 2000 kilojoules per slice, you may want to rethink eating an entire Meat Lover’s pizza alone.

  • 15 731 kilojoules
  • 216 g of fat 
  •  296g of carbs
  • 7 760 mg of sodium

It makes up to 181% of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Meaty Cram Decker from Debonairs 

This is the most kilojoule-heavy pizza, triple-stacked and stuffed with cheese griller sausages. 

  • 19 880 kilojoules
  • 183 of fat 
  • 540 g of carbs
  • 6 134 mg of sodium

It makes up to 229 % of your recommended daily allowance (RDA). 

Meaty Cram Decker from Debonairs
Image Source: http://marketingspread.co.za/

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