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Footy’s

During lockdown I was sent a whole bundle of Footy’s treats to try out.  I was so excited, as the lockdown diet has been real and I know that I have been piling on the weight.  Footy’s is sugar-free, banting-friendly and has all natural ingredients.  How good could it really taste right?

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I immediately opened one of the sachets and added it to my water bottle filled with water.  YUM!  Guys, these flavours are unreal and don’t leave an artificial aftertaste in your mouth.  I was hooked.  I dilute it slightly more than their recommended dosage, but I have always added more water to my cooldrinks.

And then I decided to give the Grape flavour a go with some sparkling water, and it tasted just like Fanta Grape, but not as sweet.  I asked husband to try some with his eyes closed and he was super impressed as he had no idea I had made this at home.

I was also excited to discover their free recipe book available online and we have tried the chocolate and strawberry cheesecake, as well as the frozen yoghurt.  The different flavours are Grape, Naartjie, Strawberry, Lemon & Lime, Passion Fruit, and Raspberry – my favourites are the Passion Fruit and Grape, with husband obsessed over the Strawberry one.

Guys, these fantastic products are available in ready-mixed juices, as well as a variety pack (individual sachets of the different flavours allow you to discover your favourite without having to buy a large container), as well as 170g and 450g jars.

I have shared mine with my co-workers, as well as with one of the guys who works on our property and is a diabetic – he said he absolutely loves it and has already gone to buy his second jar!

These are available from their online store, Dischem, Food Lover’s Market, Spar, Fresh Stop, Pick n Pay, as well as a few independent distributors.  They are a healthier alternative to so many cooldrinks currently available, and I love the versatility of them – with the colder weather I have been adding it to boiling water and enjoying being warmed from the inside too.  You could even add it to milk for a fruity milkshake, or some plan yoghurt to flavour it as you please.


The Footy’s Mission and Vision
Our father founded Footy’s in his search for a healthier and wealthier future for our family and a better footprint for humanity.

We believe that true change is a daily decision where your actions will determine the legacy of your footprint. Making healthier lifestyle choices, by following healthier eating habits with proper nutrition. At the same time, we feel that we can still be able to enjoy the sweet part of life, especially for our kids. Bearing in mind that children live by example, the range was also developed to include mom and dad, which makes it ideal for both young and old.

The Footy’s Future Food range products are the brainchild of Dr. Tersia Muller, founder of Wellness Made Simple For Kids. Combining forces with her husband, Christiaan Muller and sister-in-law, Annchen Bester (Chef and new product development consultant), the Footy’s Future Food range saw the light in October 2015.

All our products are made with natural colourants, no artificial sweeteners, no sugar and no preservatives, which makes it diabetic friendly. Our powder cooldrink are ADHD friendly, tooth-friendly and high in vitamin C and contains no artificial ingredients. This makes our products ideal for slimmers, the health conscious and individuals prone to allergies.


You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their website.

Let me know if you try any of their recipes, and keep an eye out for their special offers and competitions – they are unreal and the competitions are definitely worth entering…


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Bean Stew

Guys, this lockdown has got all of us thinking about our finances, our future, and how to spend our free time.  I have been loving spending a little extra time in the kitchen, and trying out recipes that I don’t usually – or trying out new recipes that can ensure our food stretches a little further and lasts us for a few meals.

This bean stew is one of husbands favourites, and I added some bacon bits this time (yum yum!), although the original recipe is from my vegan friend so this would be perfect for Meat Free Monday.  You can also chuck in some Chick Peas to an alternate texture.  It’s quick, easy, and super delicious.


Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Oil (sunflower, canola or olive)
1 Onion (chopped)
2 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
2 chopped Chillies/Chilli Flakes (optional & according to taste)
2 heaped dessertspoons Tomato Puree or Paste
1 Stock Cube (veg or beef) dissolved in 250ml boiled water
2-3 tins of Beans (black or speckled) (drained)
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 teaspoons Sugar

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Method:
1) Sauté onions in oil on medium heat, until softened.
2) Add garlic & chillies (if using) to onions & sauté for a few seconds.
3) Add tomato puree/paste to onions & garlic & allow to cook for +- a minute (remember to stir, to make sure the mix does not burn).
4) Pour in about a quarter of the stock & stir it in, to prevent the mixture from drying out.
5) After a minute, add the drained (but not rinsed) beans plus the rest of the stock & give it a stir.
6) Add the salt, pepper & sugar, then stir in.
7) Place the lid on the pot & allow to cook at a medium heat, until most of the liquid has reduced.

NB : Remember to keep an eye on the stew while it is cooking & stir frequently because beans will catch & burn very easily.

Serve with rice or mash & enjoy!!  It should produce 4 to 6 decent servings.

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This is a staple in our house, and we have really been enjoying it during lockdown – you can buy nearly all the ingredients in the house and have them ready in the pantry for the next meal.

Enjoy!


 

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Children’s Biscuits

Last night husband said he felt like something yummy, but we didn’t have anything available on hand.  I searched through our cupboards & found a few ingredients to make his favourite childhood treat – Children’s Biscuits aka Smartie Biscuits aka Butter Biscuits.  They are so easy & super delicious.  Although he wasn’t happy with the size of the first batch I made so the next few were much bigger – I think his memory is a bit skewed as to the comparison from when he was much smaller himself…

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Ingredients:
500g Margarine/Butter
1 ½ cups Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
4 ¾ cups Flour

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Method:
1. Cream margarine/butter and sugar.
2. Add vanilla essence and sifted flour.
3. Beat until smooth (quite a stiff dough).
4. Roll into balls, place on baking sheet and press down with a fork.
5. Decorate with Smarties.
6. Bake at 180° for 18-20 minutes.

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We initially pressed the Smarties into the biscuits, but then husband requested I add them to the dough & we then get a surprise as to whether there will be some chocolate in the cookie we’re eating.  You could even add chunks of chocolate bar, cocoa powder, chocolate drops, or anything yummy that you would like.  Hundreds & thousands also work a treat!

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This recipe also allows you to fill your entire cookie jar, so you don’t need to bake on a daily basis – unless you can scoff them in one go!


 

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Easy Microwave Fudge

If you are anything like me, this nationwide lockdown has made me eat my feelings.  I have found every excuse under the sun to bring out my recipe book and try something new – and majority of the time it has eased my sweet tooth.  There is not much available at the shops in terms of baking ingredients, so I boxed clever and made a staple that I could actually find the ingredients in my grocery cupboard.  PLUS you can make it in your microwave, and it is so quick and easy that you will find yourself reaching for this time and time again.  Just please be careful of the hot sugar – this can cause serious burns and I would hate for any of you to get injured.

Ingredients:
125g Butter
400g (500ml) Sugar
1 can Condensed Milk
5-10ml Salt
25ml Vanilla Essence
10ml White Vinegar

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Method:
1. Line a pan with silicone paper or foil.
2. Spray with Spray & Cook.
3. Microwave the butter for 1 minute in a deep microwaveable dish at 100% power.
4. Add the sugar, condensed milk and salt (to taste).
5. Do not stir, then microwave for 1 minute on 100% power.
6. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
7. Microwave for 10 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes.
8. Add the vanilla essence and vinegar.
9. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens.
10. Spoon into your pan, and smooth out.
11. Leave to cool slightly, and cut into squares before the fudge gets too hard.
12. Leave to cool completely and turn out from pan.
13. Break into blocks and enjoy!

 

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This is honestly the easiest fudge recipe, and we have been making this since I was a small child.  I love that you can make it in the microwave as well so you don’t have to stand for ages stirring the mixture in the pot.  I add the salt to help break the extreme sweetness, but my mum has been known to add coffee or nuts too.  Let me know any additions that you add too – I am sure I will be making this a few more times over the coming weeks…

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