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Aliens' actor Jay Benedict dead from coronavirus

Aliens' actor Jay Benedict dead from coronavirus

Aliens' actor Jay Benedict has sadly passed away aged 68 from coronavirus.
His official website announced the tragic news on Saturday, writing: 'It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection.'
The actor who played Russ Jordan in Aliens and starred in The Dark Knight Rises, was also well known for playing John Kieffer, the US Army officer and friend of Christopher Foyle in Foyle’s War.   Aliens' actor Jay Benedict dead: Star, 68, passed away on Saturday 'due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection' (pictured in 2008)
Aliens' actor Jay Benedict dead: Star, 68, passed away on Saturday 'due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection' (pictured in 2008) Acclaimed: The actor who played Russ Jordan in Aliens (pictured) but also starred in Foyle's War and The Dark Knight Rises
Acclaimed: The actor who played Russ Jordan in Aliens (pictured) but also starred in Foyle's War and The Dark Knight Rises 
He was married to actress Phoebe Scholfield and together they ran Sync or Swim, a company providing post-production ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) services to the film and television industry. 
According to his website, recent projects have included Downton Abbey, Dickensian, Call the Midwife and Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands. 
Jay and Phoebe had two sons together, Leopold and Freddie and Jay also had a daughter called Alexis from a previous marriage.  Missed: Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle, 69, paid tribute to Jay on Twitter on Sunday, writing: 'Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed'
Missed: Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle, 69, paid tribute to Jay on Twitter on Sunday, writing: 'Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed'
Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle, 69, paid tribute to Jay on Twitter on Sunday, writing: 'Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed. 
'Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim #COVID19.' 
John Challis, 77, best known for playing Aubrey 'Boycie' Boyce in Only Fools And Horses also took to Twitter to play tribute.  Sad: John Challis, 77, best known for playing Aubrey 'Boycie' Boyce in Only Fools And Horses also took to Twitter to play tribute
Sad: John Challis, 77, best known for playing Aubrey 'Boycie' Boyce in Only Fools And Horses also took to Twitter to play tribute News: TCG Management also paid tribute after the loss of one of their beloved talents
News: TCG Management also paid tribute after the loss of one of their beloved talents 
He penned: 'Strangest coincidence this morning-talking on the telephone to my brother in law & telling him that my old friend Jay Benedict died yesterday.
'Talented actor & someone I used to rock around with,& Johnny said ‘Oh no! Jay was my friend at school.’ Weird or what? @SherrieHewson.'    
TCG Artists' Management, who represented Jay wrote: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family.' 
Born in Burbank, California on 11th April 1951, Jay and his family moved to Europe when he was a young child. 
He was English/French bilingual, and could also speak Spanish and German due to travelling a lot throughout his childhood.  A look back: Among his varied roles, he starred alongside Malandra Burrows, [Kathy Glover], as Doug Hamilton in Emmerdale in 1997
A look back: Among his varied roles, he starred alongside Malandra Burrows, [Kathy Glover], as Doug Hamilton in Emmerdale in 1997

How to Significantly Improve Your Hair in 90 Days

A lot of people are walking around with dry, damaged hair — but they have no idea. Or they have a clue but haven’t considered a remedy besides shaving it all off. (And that’s a very effective remedy if they intend to keep it shaved.) This hair is brittle, frayed, and parched, and the follicle is likely on life support, too, malnourished and unable to grow firm, full, shiny, healthy hair. Instead, from the root itself, these hairs are desperate and lifeless.
Hair can become damaged for many reasons and is usually a combination of variables. These include things like smoking, lack of rest, consuming alcohol and sugary foods, dehydration, poor hygiene, dandruff, environmental elements, lack of protein and vitamins, and more. Even dyeing the hair or using a blow dryer too excessively can significantly hinder your hair’s health.
If you want a restart on everything, then follow the below tips. (In addition to kicking all your vices, like not sleeping enough, or binge drinking, or smoking.) In 90 days’ time, we can promise a significant change to the hair that’s growing from the follicle, which will set you up for healthier, firmer, shinier, fuller hair after a few more months.

Establish a hydration-focused hair care regimen

This is easy: Get twice as much conditioner as you do shampoo, but you can’t buy just any kind of that duo. Look for shampoos that express their hydrating powers, that they leave hair moisturized in addition to clean. They’re likely the ones that swap out sulfates and other drying agents, and are also plugged full of nutrients (almost like a conditioner). Use this shampoo one every second or third day. Yep — that’s the limit. Exceptions can be made if you find that the extra-washed hair stays more voluminous—but therein lies the problem. There’s often more volume when hair is parched. And there are other ways to achieve that effect while keeping it healthy.
Next, follow every wash with a conditioner, and then condition once on the days between shampoos, too. This will flush much of the excess oil, gunk, and product from the scalp and hair, but we’ll address those matters later in this roundup. Secondly, by shampooing less, your scalp will slowly train itself to produce less oil anyhow, since you’re no longer stripping it over moisture on the daily. By doing this, you’ll enjoy naturally nourished, soft, and vibrant hair.
Never combine your shampoo and conditioner — always use the conditioner last or on its own. Its job is to fill your hairs full of vitamins and nutrients that keep it soft but strong. Don’t skimp on this product — nor on the shampoo — because the cheaper the product, usually the more damaging and drying it is.
We recommend: SEEN’s outstanding shampoo and conditioner

Shampoo by SEEN $29

Introduce thickening products (unless your hair is already thick)

Here’s a cheat code to having healthier hair: Sometimes, it’s all in how things appear. We’re not suggesting any shortcuts, nor are we suggesting any products that will compromise your hair’s health. But, if you use styling products that naturally bind to the hair and give it a thicker appearance (conditioners and shampoos exist for this, too), then you can make your hair seem fuller, thicker, and stronger instantly. The key, though, is to find water-soluble products that will simply rinse out on their own (requiring no shampoo). Many stylers are made this way now, but it never hurts to ask. And yes, the rest of our tips will address more permanent solutions and habits to build.
We recommend: Aveda thickening paste, Davines body-building treatment

Thickening Paste by Aveda $26

Prioritize your scalp health

Your hair’s health is directly tied to that of your scalp. After all, that’s where each follicle resides. It’s kind of like expecting to grow healthy crops from dried, poisoned soil: You’ve got to address the dirt if you want the plants to grow properly. This includes preventing (or eliminating) flakes and dandruff, as well as toning the scalp in order to produce less (or more) oil, depending on which is needed. The scalp can easily become irritated, playing host to bacterial or fungal outbreaks, and it’s especially sensitive to the elements—the hot sun (not to mention sunburn), excessively hot water, and bone-dry winters can all compromise the scalp and in turn each of the hairs that spring from it.
Some proactive ways to stay atop of your scalp care include: Periodically swapping in a dandruff shampoo for your usual one—perhaps twice a month—or using a scalp-focused duo (like the SEEN products we suggested in the first tip); using a scalp-toning serum (with ingredients like charcoal or tea-tree oil) as needed; using a scalp scrub once a week to lift any excess flakes and simultaneously tone the skin — doing so also massages the scalp to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, and in turn strengthen and fortify each one.
We recommend: Davines purifying shampoo, Briogeo scalp serum, and Christophe Robin scalp scrub.

Purifying Shampoo by Davines $32

Scalp Revival Treatment by Briogeo $32

Scalp Scrub by Christophe Robin $47

Try hair masks or leave-in conditioners

Hair masks and leave-in conditioners are essentially the same thing, in that you apply them to freshly washed hair and they juice up each strand with an extra dose of nutrients. Masks you rinse out, and leave-in conditioners you… leave in. These treatments can be done once a week before bed. Oh, and to that note, it’s always good to shower before bed if you want to prioritize healthy hair. You can do a quick rinse in the morning to wake up and get your face clean and all that, but the main shower should be before bed, to thoroughly wash away the grime and pollution you’ve accumulated all day, and to maximize the benefits from treatments. There’s far less threat awaiting your hair while you sleep, so a simple rinse in the morning is sufficient — you can often even skip the conditioner.
These hair treatments, however, only make sense for medium or longer styles.
We recommend: Rahua leave-in conditioner treatment, Moroccanoil curl-defining cream (for daytime use, pre styling), Blue Lagoon Iceland hair mask.

Leave-In Conditioner treatment by Rahua $38

Curl-Defining Cream by Moroccanoil $34

Hair Mask by Blue Lagoon Iceland $51

Consider hair loss remedies, as well as vitamin-rich supplements

This is only something to consider if your hair woes stem from thinning or excessive fall. Talk to your dermatologist about the ways that certain products, pills, and potions may help your hair grow thicker, fuller, and denser. Often times, you can restore any hair lost from the crown (that is, excluding recession) if you act within a year or two. This varies for all men. Your doctor can also address potential health risks associated with medicines.
Once you start, you may notice results in as little as three months, though you may also notice that some hair falls out when you begin use. That’s because it’s re-starting its growth cycle, just as the dormant follicles are getting stronger and generating new hair cycles as well. You may notice sprouts in those first few months, and by 6 months, you should notice significant extra coverage, assuming you’re a prime candidate for these remedies.
Some companies approach hair loss from within, by selling proprietary supplements focused on hair strength and endurance. You can also simplify that by ensuring you eat plenty of protein and ingest enough biotin, but these well-regarded companies (like Nutrafol and Viviscal) have armies or fans who swear by the results.
We recommend: Both hims and Keeps if you want to skip the in-office appointment. Their board-certified dermatologists will assess your concerns over the web, provide proper advice and warnings, and will check in to gauge your response and progress. Look also at Nutrafol’s thinning hair supplement as well as Viviscal’s.

Thinning Hair Supplement by Nutrafol $88

Change your habits

We’ll cut right to the chase: The vices are exactly that. Smoking, drinking, partying, drug use, poorly resting, eating sugary and processed foods, and even ingesting excessive caffeine — it’s all bad for your hair. It’s bad for your skin, including your scalp, and it’s bad for the rest of your body too. Staying hydrated and eating nutritious, of-this-earth foods are surefire ways to have healthy hair and healthy everything. Magnify the results by staying physically active and getting quality rest, 7-8 hours nightly. Make a change now, and you’ll notice a unilateral boost to your reflection within a few weeks — and imagine how good it’ll be in three months’ time.

'Lockdown regulations have caused spiritual depression to Muslims'

'Lockdown regulations have caused spiritual depression to Muslims'

Mujlisul Ulama and Jamiatul Ulama have requested that the government ease the regulations and allow them to attend mosque but other Muslims insist that social distancing must be maintained.
The Muslim groups' legal team, Zehir Omar Attorneys, has sent a letter to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and president Cyril Ramaphosa appealing for the regulations to be reviewed.
Zuma recently announced amendments to the regulations that include certain individuals being permitted to move between provinces, metropolitan and district areas for purposes of transporting a body for burial purposes. Zuma added that the current prohibition of 50 persons attending a funeral is still in operation.
According to a letter from the organisation’s representatives, the lockdown regulations have caused spiritual depression to Muslims which has an impact on their minds and hearts.
The legal representatives of the group have also disclosed in the letter that they have no fewer than 20 mosques and several thousand worshippers located at these mosques in different parts of the country.

LeBron James produced 'I Promise' documentary debuts Monday on Quibi

LeBron James produced 'I Promise' documentary debuts Monday on Quibi

LeBron James' 'I Promise' documentary series debuts Monday on Quibi

LeBron James will not step on an NBA court anytime soon amid uncertainty about the coronavirus pandemic. But he put together a project that should entertain and educate both hoops-crazed fans and the general public.
The “I PROMISE” documentary series makes its debut Monday on Quibi, a mobile-only streaming platform that will showcase 15 episodes capturing the varying successes and challenges James, teachers and students have faced since the opening of the “I Promise School” in 2018 in James' hometown of Akron, Ohio.  
The show is launching with three episodes, and will unveil new ones the following 12 weekdays. Each episode, which lasts about eight minutes, will deal with specific themes regarding the program’s efforts to close the educational achievement gap in James’ hometown. According to Quibi’s release, “the series will explore the day-to-day trials, triumphs, and life-changing impact of the school staff, students and families working together in a unique, family-first educational environment that embraces the trauma and challenges many face in Akron.”  
Marc Levin directed the series produced by SpringHill Entertainment, with James serving as an executive producer.  
“It’s not instant oatmeal that we’re creating here,” James said in the documentary. “You can’t just put the oatmeal pack in the bowl and putting it in the microwave and we’re ready to go. We’re good with dealing with the process.”
Sometimes, the footage makes you feel inspired. Sometimes, it makes you sad. Sometimes, it makes you think.
In one episode, James’ mother, Gloria, revealed that her son “sees himself” in the 1,443 students the I Promise program serves at the I Promise School (343 students in third through fifth grade) and at the Akron I Promise Network (1,100 students in sixth through 11th grade). That is because those students “have an initial lack of hope in their future,” Gloria said. James often felt the same way after growing up in a single-parent home and moving multiple times throughout his childhood. As Gloria revealed, “we were pretty much homeless.”
Another episode captured some students sharing their conflicted feelings about attending “I Promise.” Some expressed feeling empowered to attend a school that James supports: the LeBron James Family Foundation has given Akron Public Schools just over $1 million a year to help pay for teachers’ salaries, expand staff so that each teacher has no more than 20 students, support after-school programs, tutors and provide various resources that include food, medical care, shelter, legal aid and career development. Despite having their last day of classes on March 13 because of COVID-19, “I Promise” still kept its Family Resource Center open to help students and families with food, clothing and care packages.
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Other students expressed having insecurities about that support. The school has enrolled 120 new third-graders through a lottery based on low reading schools. Because of that, one student shared with teachers and classmates that siblings “would call me stupid because you go to this school for kids that were supposed to get held back.”

Other episodes show that the students deal with issues beyond learning comprehension. One student has dealt with learning and trust issues after growing up in a crime-ridden neighborhood. He recalled witnessing a SWAT team entering his uncle’s apartment to arrest him for drug possessions, telling him to lay on the floor. Other students detailed how they lashed out in anger at their teachers, all of whom shared the challenges they face with earning the kids' trust and holding them accountable for their behavior.
By sharing these stories with both depth and sensitivity, the documentary both details James' vision and the hurdles that have awaited all parties involved to execute the game plan. 

“It almost seems like when you grow up in the inner city or the projects, no one cares about you,” James said in the documentary. “So many kids like myself have dreams. The only thing to stop those dreams from becoming a reality is the support around them. For me to be able to use my platform or use my resources, I was passionate about having our kids and hometown living under one roof.”
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Coronavirus: Kyle walker apologizes for party with sex workers

Manchester City's Kyle Walker apologizes, could face discipline for allegedly partying with sex workers during lockdown

A Manchester City soccer player is facing discipline after a tabloid reported he and a friend violated a national shutdown order by allegedly hosting a party with sex workers. 

The United Kingdom's The Sun says Kyle Walker invited two women to his apartment a day before he went on social media and urged people to stay home to protect against the spread of coronavirus.
Walker, 29, quickly issued an apology "for the choices I made last week which have resulted in a story today about my private life in a tabloid newspaper."

He continued: "My actions in this matter are in direct contrast to what I should have been doing regarding the lockdown. And I want to reiterate the message: Stay home, stay safe."

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Manchester City officials issued a statement Sunday, saying the club will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure.

“Footballers are global role models, and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts.

“We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure in the coming days.”

How To STOP overeating ! 9 steps

We asked our community mums to share some of the healthy habits that they’ve adopted to help STOP overeating. Here’s what they had to say!snacking

8 things you can do right now to STOP overeating!

1.Meal Prep

Meal prep is one of the BEST ways for you to maintain control over meal portions, whether you’re at home or out and about.
Eleanor from our community says,
Community mum, Anna, agrees and says, “I find that prepping in advance is a big time saver for me and it’s hard to get off track if you’ve already done the hard work.
“I tend to prep snacks more than meals because that is where I find I have fallen down before, but if I have a fridge full of ready-made healthy snacks, I never need to battle with myself over whether it’s better to eat something unhealthy or go without until the next meal.”
“Pre-made snacks are also great for work – a big morning time saver and prevents me getting too silly at birthday morning teas (we’ve all been there).”
Not sure where to get started as far as meal prep and snacks?
The Healthy Mummy has done all the hard work for you. If you’re not part of the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge yet, you can get lots of inspiration from our free recipe hub or you can download our free 28 Day Challenge Recipe and Exercise Sampler.
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Image Source: Supplied by Anna (Healthy Mummy Chocolate Weetbix Slice)
Anna says, “The Healthy Chocolate Weetbix Slice slice is divine, only takes 15 minutes to make and a double batch and gives my chocolate-loving family-of-five delicious decadent treats for a week.”

2.Eat frequently and listen to your body

Anna from our Healthy Mummy community says, “I am a busy mum-of-three with a full time career, so I know how easy it is to get all the way to lunch time without having eaten anything yet. The problem with doing that is when I do finally get to eat, I’ll serve myself way more than I need and eat it so fast that I don’t hear my body saying ‘enough’ until I’ve eaten three serves. That was the old me!”
“I learned to break this cycle by eating frequent snacks and small meals throughout the day, starting from breakfast. When I was new to Healthy Mummy, I would plan the timing of my meals and snacks so I knew when I was due to eat.”
“Now my routine is like second nature to me. As soon as I feel a niggling in my belly, I know I need to eat – and I don’t ignore it. This ensures that I feel satisfied throughout the day and when I do eat, I’m not completely ravenous so I can eat at a steady pace and listen to my body when it tells me it’s full.”

Hormones, weight loss and metabolism

3.Practice mindful eating

It seems that mindfulness is not just for yogis and meditation enthusiasts! Mindfulness is a skill that anyone can learn; you can even teach your kids the skill of mindfulness! Here’s how our community mums do it.
Anna, from our Community says, “I also like to practice mindful eating, which to me means stepping away from the screen and enjoying my meal/snack, every time and allowing myself to indulge and really taking the time to savour it when I feel like something naughty – it is so much better to have a little bowl of ice cream now and enjoy every delicious mouthful, than to spend all day thinking about not eating the ice cream, only to inhale a litre of the stuff when you finally give in to the craving.”
Community mum, Lucy, says, “To stop overeating I take all distractions away and focus on my food. It’s amazing how distractions like phones, computers and trying to eat while multi-tasking can make you unaware that you’ve had enough!”
Community mum, Sara, says, “Avoid over eating on snacks by making it special and sitting down to enjoy it, not eating standing at the fridge.”
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Image Source: Sara (Making snack time special)

4. Develop positive self-talk

Community mum, Anna, says, “I can’t state this one enough – absolutely nothing good can come from tearing yourself down. [Say to yourself] I am doing a great job, I am worth it, and I will succeed!”
We also have some other great blogs that can help you stay on your path to positivity!

5.Drink more water

Our bodies are made up of up to 60 per cent of water, and yet it’s often the last thing we think to reach for when we get hungry.
Community mum Eleanor says, “I find if I haven’t had enough water I am super hungry! So I reach for a glass of water before eating.”
And some of our mums get their water intake in the form of a good ol’ cuppa!
Community mum, Erin, says, “Spending 10 minutes sitting at the dining table on my own enjoying a hot cup of green tea (I don’t have sugar in it) normally helps heaps! I sip it slowly so by the end of it I feel full and it gives me the chance to think about if I really do want that food.”
Community mum, Summer, says, “Decaf tea is actually a life saver. When I’m really struggling and water doesn’t cut it I go for my decaf tea.”
Here are 5 Other Ways To Increase Your Water Intake.

6.Fill the night-time void

Overeating can also be a result of having too much time on your hands, particularly at night. Think about it… once meal time is over and the kids are in bed, it can feel a little strange to find yourself with 5 minutes of silence and time… all to yourself!
Community mum, Lucy, says, “To curb my night time cravings I drink a cup of green tea and if the cravings are really strong, I do something to keep my hands busy like paint my nails or do some knitting!”
Community mum, Cat, says, “Fold the never ending washing while catching up on your favourite [TV] show, style your hair, paint your nails.”
Community mum, Jo, says, “[To avoid night time snacking] I either do some more snack/food prep so I’m occupied, as then I know I will have plenty of snacks to choose from in the freezer. Having a herbal tea at night helps too. I’ve lost over 42 kilos doing these things and am now maintaining.”

7.Write down your goals and put them where you can see them

Community mum, Meischa, says, “I’m really bad when it comes to eating just before bed so to stop myself I’ve written a little note and put it on my fridge to remind me that I’m not hungry, I’m thirsty.”
Community mum, Cassie, does the same and says, “I set one of my goals this month to only eat sweet snacks in the evening (because it’s all downhill once I start). My goals for the month are up on the fridge. So whenever I go to snack I get a reminder.”the healthy mummy goal chart

8.Brush your teeth

Well our mums were unanimous on this one. It seems that when all else fails, one sure-fire way to avoid overeating is to brush your teeth! Nothing tastes good after you’ve brush your teeth!Too much toothpaste squeezed out of the tube and there's no putting back the extra -- there's got to be a usable message in that!

9.Use Control X

THIS is what you need to stop overeating! We all love food and eating less can be tough, Control X is here to help you. It is a breakthrough product designed to put you back in control of your food consumption. It is natural, effective and will change the way you reach your goals!
You have a sachet in water and it fills your tummy so you eat less!!! Mums have given it 5 STARS and it sold out in 1 week!!
Control X is a delicious drink that has been designed with glucomannan to help you feel fuller for longer.

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Join thousands of mums on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge who are tackling and ACHIEVING their weight loss goals.
Whether you have 5 kilograms to lose or 35 kilograms to lose – The Healthy Mummy is here to SUPPORT YOU and your PERSONAL WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY.
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TOP 10 energy boosting FOODS in your diet

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Eating a well-balanced diet is really important to ensure you have enough energy to get through the busy day. Often as busy mums we put ourselves last and skip meals or snack on sugary treats thinking they’ll give us an energy boost.
What we really need to do is take a few minutes each week to prepare a healthy eating meal plan so we can eat healthier meals more often and less processed foods, leading to more energy, naturally.
There are several nutrients in food that provide us with energy. The most prevalent being iron and B vitamins.
There are several nutrients in food that provide us with energy. The most prevalent being iron and B vitamins.
When we lack iron in the diet, we cannot make enough red blood cells. Without sufficient oxygen in the body, we can become fatigued.

TOP 10 FOODS to include in your diet for energy boosting

The following foods are ideal to include in your weekly meal plans for a healthy, natural dose of energy:


Eggs are a nutrient-rich source of high-quality protein and provide several B vitamins required for the production of energy in the body, such as thiamine, riboflavin, folate, B12 and B6.


Oats are a great start to the day, as they provide plenty of complex carbohydrates to provide enough energy to last most of the day.Banana Oats Vanilla Smoothie
Did you know oats also make delicious and nutritious add-ins to your Healthy Mummy Smoothie? Oats can help you keep fuller for longer, aid digestion AND give a little thickness to your go-to-smoothie. Tempted to try oats in your smoothie? Try this Banana Oats and Vanilla Smoothie (pictured above) recipe.
Breastfeeding mamas you may interested in our Coconut, Banana and Oat Lactation Smoothie – check it out here.


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Cheese is high in vitamin B2 that is involved in converting energy from food for use by the body.

4.Cacoa Nibs

Cacao nibs and cacao/cocoa powder provide antioxidants to boost our brain neurotransmitters, offering a quick energy boost.

5. Greens

Leafy greens like baby spinach are high in iron. When we lack iron it can affect how efficiently our bodies use energy. Salad greens are abundant in chlorophyll – a compound used by plants to convert sunlight into usable energy. They are also rich in fibre, vitamins, and powerful antioxidants, particularly vitamin C. Getting enough Vitamin C is not only crucial to staying healthy, it also helps your body to absorb iron, a key nutrient to fending off fatigue
If you’re struggling to squeeze in enough of the green stuff, try our ENERGY BOOSTING Super Greens Supplement.
You can even create healthy treats like these 75 Calorie Super Greens Energy Balls
Super Greens Energy Balls


Beef is high in haem iron. This is the easiest form of iron to absorb and will help oxygenate the blood to provide moderate amounts of energy.


Apples are high in vitamins, minerals and good carbs, which give us rapid absorbing energy.Apple and Cranberry Oat Cookies
There are so many recipes you can make using crunchy, delicious apples! For instance these Apple and cranberry oat cookies (pictured above) are only 92 calories and full fibre, making them a great healthy snack. For a delicious dinner option, check out our Family friendly apple and walnut pork roast.


Barley is an excellent choice for promoting energy. It contains a range of B vitamins such as B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 and folate, all of which assist in the conversion of food to energy.


Bananas are high in fibre, therefore they will help to eliminate toxins and give us more energy.One yellow ripe banana on rose quartz background


Eggplants are a good source of dietary fibre for bowel health, and B vitamins to boost energy levels.

Details Chadian troops led by their President capture Boko Haram’s arms store in Sambisa forest

Details Chadian troops led by their President capture Boko Haram’s arms store in Sambisa forest

Details Chadian troops led by their President capture Boko Haram’s arms store in Sambisa forest

- Chadian troops have captured an arms store believed to be owned by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in the Goje-Chadian area of Sambisa
- The capture of the arms store was said to have occurred on Saturday, April 4, during the offensive against the insurgents
- The Chadian president, Idriss Deby, was reported to have led the operation which lasted for hours
Chadian troops have captured an arms store believed to be owned by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in the Goje-Chadian area of Sambisa.
The capture of the arms store was said to have occurred on Saturday, April 4, during an offensive against the insurgents, The Cable reports.
President Idriss Deby was reported to have led the operation which lasted for hours
Source: Twitter
The Chadian president, Idriss Deby, was reported to have led the operation which lasted for hours with the soldiers clearing the insurgents off the area.
Military sources in the area told the newspaper that the arms store is the largest owned by Boko Haram. 
The military offensive was carried out in the Goje-Chadian area of Sambisa
Source: Twitter
President Déby disclosed that he visited soldiers injured during the operations launched against the Boko Haram insurgents.
He said the soldiers were proud to have accomplished a sacred mission in the service of their dear homeland.

Meanwhile, The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have launched a coordinated joint offensive to dislodge and completely rid the Islands of Lake Chad of any Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province presence and activities.
The troops involved in the operation are the Sector 2 MNJTF (Chad Republic), Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) and Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic).
The terrorists had retreated into the islands following the sustained onslaught by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
“These heinous acts necessitated the contiguous nations of the Lake Chad basin to jointly launch this massive onslaught on the terrorists across the common borders extending into the Northern Tumbuns of the Lake Chad Basin in Nigeria,” Brigadier-General Benard Onyeuko, acting director of Defence media operations said in a statement on Thursday, April 2.

He stated that aside from the combined operations, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole are equally engaged in the conduct of simultaneous blocking operations aimed at decimating the insurgents.
Still on security, the Air Task Force of the Operation Lafiya Dole and the Artillery Batteries of Sector 3 of the Multi-National Joint Task Force have bombarded Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) camp in Tumbun Fulani on the fringes of the Lake Chad in Borno state.

This was disclosed in a statement by the acting director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko.
According to him, it was part of coordinated joint operations to flush out the terrorists from their stronghold in the Tumbuns Island.
Onyeuko stated that the bombardment was carried out following intelligence reports which indicated that ISWAP elements, with their structures concealed under the dense vegetation of the area, were using the settlement as a base from where they plan and launch attacks.