It’s hard to ignore the current health crisis and even harder to know what is the best thing to do to protect you and your family. With an at risk family member as part of our little crew we are brutally aware of the risks. We thought we’d share our top tips for not just surviving, but thriving! And a little immune boosting smoothie which can be made from ingredients usually readily available in your garden, pantry and fridge.

Team BTC Top Tips:

  1. Social isolation – we’re taking this step fairly seriously, avoiding work, school, Church, playgrounds and shops. All social activities have been postponed.
  2. Personal Hygiene – hand-washing is always practiced in our homes, but we certainly have up’d the ante! After using the bathroom, after nose blowing, before eating or preparing food and before touching any area of your face. And the hand sanitiser is in full use.
  3. Eating well – loads of veggies, water, immune boosting foods (onion, garlic, etc.) and limiting highly processed or immune attacking items (alcohol, sadly).
  4. Keeping active – this is tricky when you’re self-isolating, but a trampoline is a great help! We’re also getting out in the garden, spending time in the backyard, getting lots of play in and limiting screen time (as much as sanity allows).
  5. Managing stress – this is a big one as stress negatively effects your immune system. While we’re keeping up to date with the news, we are trying to limit consumption. We also try to maintain a calm and tidy home environment, ensure that we are all doing things that we enjoy and focus on having fun together, as well as alone. A little timeout for everyone is always a good idea!

This little recipe is a quick and easy treat that’s full of goodness! Mint is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial and keeps mucous at bay. Cacao is full of antioxidants and flavonoids and can also be an antidepressant. Honey also has loads of antioxidants, among other things. Cinnamon is considered to have medicinal properties, loads of antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory. Yoghurt has vitamins, minerals and live cultures, we use coconut yoghurt. We use soy milk which has vitamins A, B-12 and D.

Jess’s Choc Mint Smoothie

  • small handful of fresh mint from the garden
  • teaspoon of cacao powder
  • teaspoon of honey
  • shake of cinnamon
  • tablespoon of yoghurt
  • cup of milk

Wizz it all up in a blender and drink away. Makes 1 large glass or two small ones if for little people.

Enjoy and stay safe, sensible, stress-free and healthy!