5 healthy tips to keep a positive mindset during lockdown

Trying to stay positive can be a difficult task during these uncertain times, we’re all faced with, that is why we have put together 5 healthy tips to stay happy with a positive mindset:

  1. It’s easy to forget how important it is to stick to a routine, especially when you know you’re not going anywhere. Why get out of bed and get dressed just to stay at home? Sticking to a routine will ensure you stay focused, productive and will ultimately leave you feeling motivated to take on the day!
  2. Limit the negativity, make sure to switch off your tv when the news gets overwhelming, or put your phone down when social media is full of speculation. Be careful not to spend too much time talking about the current state, rather stay hopeful by focusing on positive things, choosing peace over panic.
  3. Why not prioritise a fun activity to do with the family? Make the most of the extra time spent together by baking, playing a favourite board game, video call or make a video to send to relatives. Checking in on loved ones and hearing their stories of what they’ve been doing to stay positive can lift the mood of the entire household.
  4. Practise mindfulness, this means to have your mind full of the present moment, not wishing you were in a different place or looking back at the golden years! Try watering your plants, reading a great book or listening  to a favourite song and taking it all in. When you learn to focus on every current moment, you’re not stressed about the future or living in the past, you are simply living in the present appreciating the little things.
  5. Laugh! Studies have shown that having a good belly laugh will decrease stress hormones and increase immune cells. Try watching a great comedy, practise a few jokes or just call a friend who always makes you giggle. 

We at Dealz would love to hear from you! Let us know which tip for positivity you’ve tried on our facebook page.

Jam Doughnuts! To help with all those cravings…

Need something delicious to go with tea time? What about some jam doughnuts! Chances are you probably already have the ingredients in the cupboard. 

All you’ll will need is:

  • 500ml Flour                 
  • 5ml Salt             
  • 8ml Yeast              
  • 30ml butter or Margarine              
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml Milk ( luke warm)
  •  Sunflower Oil
  • Apricot Jam and Sugar / Icing Sugar 

How to make it:

  1. Add the flour and yeast into a mixing bowl along with the sugar and salt and mix together.
  2. Now add the lukewarm milk, melted butter and egg together with the mixture, and mix thoroughly until it becomes dough, knead gently for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Oil the sides of a mixing bowl for the dough to rest for about 30 Minutes
  4. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and while you wait, divide the dough into 12 equally sized pieces.
  5. Fry the the doughnuts on both sides until they are golden brown and take 
  6.  use a piping bag, or just a large plastic bag and fill with apricot jam, make a small insert in each doughnut and fill with a small drop of jam.

Add the finishing touches to the doughnuts by rolling each one in icing sugar or regular sugar and enjoy these sweet homemade delights!

Easy Hot Cross Buns to make this weekend!

While you are spending some time at home this Easter weekend why not bake some fresh hot cross buns for the weekend? Here’s what you need!

For the buns:                                                                                                                              

  • 1 Cup warm milk                                             
  • 2 Packets Active Dry Yeast                                     
  • 125 ml Sugar                                                   
  • 80 ml Melted Butter / Margarine   
  • 2 Large Eggs                                        
  • 750 Grams  all purpose Flour          
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract                               
  • 1 tsp. Salt                 
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  •  ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  •  ½ cup of Raisins 

 For the glaze:

  • 250ml Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Milk 
  • ½ tsp. Lemon juice
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk, yeast, and a pinch of sugar, let it sit for 15-20 minutes and only stir the mixture once the yeast starts foaming.
  2. Whisk 1 egg yolk, butter and vanilla into the yeast mixture and in another bowl mix the flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the yeast mixture, stir the mixture well until it thickens and add the raisins.
  4. Through a handful of flour on a surface to knead the dough until it is soft and elastic for about 10 minutes.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, cover it with a cloth and let it sit for about an hour and a half until the dough rises to double the size.
  6. When the dough is ready, form into 12 small equal sized pieces and place it onto a greased baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place for about  another 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  7. Beat the remaining egg and brush the top of the buns with the egg wash. Whisk the icing sugar, milk and lemon juice together to make the glaze. Fill a piping bag or resealable plastic bag with the glaze, cut a small hole in the bag in order to draw the crosses on the buns.
  8. Bake the hot cross buns in the oven for 22 – 25 minutes until golden brown.

Serve warm with a scoop of butter, honey, jam, cheese or even ice cream and you’ve got the perfect treat to share with the family!

6 Innovative ways to keep the kids from saying “I’m Bored”

Keeping the kids entertained indoors can turn into a very challenging task for parents. If you are tired of listening to the same old kiddies shows over and over again, we’ve got some alternative ideas for fun:

  1. Grab the board games! Not only is it perfect for bonding, but it will also make for some great laughs and memories. Try 30 seconds, Pictionary, Monopoly, Scrabble, Rummikup or building a jigsaw puzzle together.
  2. Colour in colouring books, If you don’t have any empty ones you can always download some colouring sheets print them out, put on some music and get creative with the little ones.
  3. Have a bake-off competition! Help the kids bake cupcakes and decorate it themselves with their favourite ingredients, you can even play along and vote for the winner.
  4. Learn skills like how to make origami, take music lessons or follow dance tutorials on Youtube, make videos and send it on to the family.
  5. If you have older kids, ask them to cook dinner, make it a themed event with costumes and music. You could try Mexican, Italian or traditional South African!
  6. Keep a daily journal, write down what the best part of the day was and what you are looking forward to tomorrow. This will help keep the atmosphere in the house feeling happy and healthy.

    We hope this helps and serves as some inspiration when boredom strikes.  Why not try these ideas and let us know on Facebook which one you and your family liked the most!