Living Healthy with Super Markets

Healthy living starts with what you put in your body. If you constantly consume junk food and very little healthy food combined with no exercise, it’s a recipe for disaster. Bearing in mind that the process of eating healthier doesn’t happen overnight, here are a few tips on how to get started on a healthier lifestyle. Now- a- days, leading retail chains like Choppies Hyper stores offer a wide variety of healthy supplements with more extensive selections.

It starts with the mind:

You have to make up your mind that you want to eat healthier so you can make the right food choices every day, especially when you are tempted to have that extra piece of cake, chocolate or whatever your vice may be. Part of this is involves doing research. Find out about what’s good for you and what isn’t.  Always remember that your diet is the foundation of your fitness program. It makes your weekly or daily trips to healthy grocery stores extremely important. In most groceries stores, like Choppies Hyper Stores, you are likely to find healthy and nutritional foods in the centre aisles.

Gradually make substitutions to your food:

By gradually introducing healthy food to your diet, you won’t be tempted to snack in between meals. It’s all about getting the body used to healthier options. Remember that drinking at least 2 litres (8 glasses) of water per day is important. It will not only help you stay fuller longer but it will help detox your body throughout the day. Not to mention it works wonders on your skin. If you aren’t loading your shopping cart up with the freshest and healthiest ingredients, you won’t see the gains you’re looking for. Many supermarket chains have been rapidly expanding their health food offerings.

Exercise:

If you’re like most people when you hear exercise you think of going to the gym, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Like introducing healthier options into your diet, start small, like taking walks around the neighborhood, taking the stairs instead of an elevator/escalator etc. then when you are comfortable you can go to the gym. Don’t expect to see immediate results, so don’t lose motivation when this occurs.

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Keeping warm during the winter season is of high necessity, though this isn’t new information to anyone. But there is a way to keep warm and avoid wearing all the items of clothing one owns. It’s a common belief that in order to look good one must spend a substantial amount of money on their clothing, that’s not always the case.

It’s all about layering your clothes to keep the cold out. It’s even possible to keep warm using fairly light clothing as long as your clothes are layered correctly. It’s especially important to make sure the little ones are warm this or any winter. Blue Clothing, available in Choppies Hyper stores, gives you all the things you want on a budget; it’s warm, stylish and affordable! So you can be assured you will be getting great value for your money.

Here are some key head to toe clothing items you will need to get through the winter:

Socks & Gloves

The feet and hands play a role in regulating the body temperature because they have a large surface area. Thus it’s essential that they remain covered if you are outdoors for an extended period of time. This one is a key point for the little ones when they are playing outside and luckily the clothing section in select Choppies stores have a wide variety of affordable options to choose from.

Coats/Jackets & Beanies

When buying coats/jackets it’s important to make sure that it will still fit even with all the extra layers of clothing underneath it. If you want to avoid layering your clothes, be on the lookout for jacket/coats that have a thick lining. Blue Clothing has an extensive range of jackets to pick from for both men and women.

Pants/Skirts & Shoes

Avoid denim at all costs; it will not keep you warm. Instead stick to materials like corduroy and items with a cotton blend. Wearing skirts in winter can be done if paired with thick stockings.

With these tips and great deals on clothes you will be able to find in the clothing section of Choppies Hyper stores, staying warm in winter will be as easy as can be.

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How can you save in supermarkets? We’ve all been there you get to the check-out counter and find that you don’t have enough money to pay for all the items and the till operator is looking at you with the impatient glare that they have mastered. The solution to the question of how to save in supermarkets is simple. Budget! Setting a budget of how much money you are comfortable spending on groceries is the first step.
1. Setting a Budget
After your paycheck comes in, make it a point to create a budget for all the essentials i.e. bills, groceries, personal up keep, transport and if there is money left over entertainment or savings.
2. Make a list (and check it twice)
Make a list of all the things in the house that have finished. Once you’ve done that go over that list and whittle it down to necessity versus luxury. And be honest when you are doing this.
3. Research
Gather local supermarket promotional fliers (Hint: Choppies! Great Value for Your Money) and compare prices to see where you can get a better deal on the items left on your list.
Last Step
4. Grocery shopping. Armed with your list and budget you will be able to save in supermarkets guaranteed and successfully avoid that searing glare from the till operators.
Bonus Tip
If the store has their own brand of products, which Choppies does, try opting for those as they will further cut down your costs, saving you even more money!

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Repurposing deli foods is a great way to save time and prevent food from going bad. For some people packing a lunch to work or school every day can become tiresome as it adds yet another task to the daily to do list. The solution is often to buy food from the deli section at your local supermarket. Some stores, like Choppies stores, even give you different cuisines for instance Indian and Chinese food. All you have to do is add a few fresh elements, like vegetables, to create an entirely new meal.

Here are a two helpful quick meals you can throw together using Choppies deli foods to save time and to prevent food wastage.

Egg-fried Rice

Ingredients

  • 200g Deli rice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 red pepper (small cubes)
  • 1 green pepper (small cubes)
  • Frozen peas (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. oil

Directions

  1. Beat egg, season with salt and pepper before setting aside
  2. In a large pan, add oil and allow to heat. Once the oil heats up add the rice. Stir -fry for about 3 – 4 minutes.
  3. Add the peas, red and green peppers into the rice to fry. Continuously stir the rice for another 3 minutes. Season rice as desired.
  4. After the 3 minutes, push the rice to one side of the pan and add the egg mixture. Leave the mixture to set (about 10-15 seconds). Use the spatula to finely scramble the egg and incorporate into the rice. Further stir-fry for about a minute more.
  5. Serve immediately.

Fried Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • Fried Chicken strips / Fried Chicken(CFC)
  • Green salad (from deli section)
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Fresh cucumber
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • ½ block of cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Shred about 1/3 of the lettuce, rinse and set aside.
  2. If you have whole fried chicken pieces, shred the chicken. If you got chicken strips, even better. Cut the chicken into small bite size pieces.
  3. From the green salad, pick out the tomato, onion and tomato. Set aside.
  4. Slice the fresh cucumber and tomato as you see fit.
  5. Cut the cheddar cheese into cubes (desired size).
  6. Toss the cheese cubes, chicken, tomato and cucumber together with the lettuce.
  7. Dress the salad with a dressing of your choice and serve.
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Recycling empty drink and food containers is not only an amazing money saving hack but it’s also a great way to improve your environment. Instead of discarding empty drink and food containers that you’ve use, try finding ways to utilize them around the house or even at work.

Hung up on the labels printed on the containers? That can be easily removed with two things: cotton balls and nail polish remover.  Soak the cotton balls in the nail polish remover and rub the printed text on the containers until it’s no longer visible. Once the printed text has been removed, wash the container in warm soapy water and use it.

Here are some handy tips on ways empty food and drink containers can be recycled.

  1. Fizzy Drink Plastic Bottles

Fizzy drink plastic bottles, like Choppies Chill 2L bottles, are often thrown away instead of recycled. A handy way to recycle the bottle is to cut off the top part of the bottle, as if to make a funnel. Leaving you with two parts of the bottle that can be recycled:

  • The bottom can be used to grow a plant or herbs.
  • The top funnel part can be used to keep dry ingredients fresh i.e. a loaf of bread. By threading the plastic containing the loaf of bread through the wider side of the bottle “funnel” to the mouth of the bottle the cap can then be used to secure the bag thereby sealing in the freshness of the bread.
  1. Butter Tub

Butter tubs can be used to store just about anything be it food or house hold items.

  • To store vegetables
  • Stock/broth i.e. vegetable, chicken
  • Dishwashing tools i.e. sponges, steel wool
  1. Salad Cream

Salad Cream jars, like the Choppies 750g salad cream jar; can be used to store loose change instead of jingling around in your pockets or weighing down your handbag and wallet. A bonus benefit is that if there are children in the house it will teach them the value of saving money.

 

  1. Empty puréed baby food jars

Empty puréed baby food jars are the ideal size to use as spice jars. Remove the label so that the contents will be visible. Write the name on the spice on a sticker and put it on the jar lid.

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