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Roast Tomato and Red Pepper Soup – Winter Glow

This roast tomato and red pepper soup from my Winter Glow Guide is the perfect recipe to pull out when the weather starts getting a little cooler. Red peppers are a great source of Vitamins A and C as well as folic acid while tomatoes are packed with Vitamins C and K and potassium. 

Make a large pot, portion it out, and freeze for those midweek mealtimes when you want something wholesome but don’t want to cook. Serve it as you wish, depending on your health goals. Some ideas include a swirl of yogurt or coconut milk, crusty bread, or fresh dill or basil leaves.

INGREDIENTS:

6 large red tomatoes, quartered (I use about 600g Rosa tomatoes – more flavour)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, whole and unpeeled
1 red chilli, chopped
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup veg stock
Handful fresh basil (I add 1 tin of whole Rosa tomatoes for more flavour)

METHOD:

Heat the oven to 180°C. Place all the ingredients, besides the stock and basil, in a roasting pan and roast for 40 minutes until cooked through and slightly charred (I leave it up to an hour sometimes). Squeeze the soft garlic flesh out of the cloves and place with rest of the ingredients in a large saucepan. Add the stock and basil. Blend with a hand-held blender.

For more recipes like this purchase my Winter Glow Guide and other eBooks here.

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Chicken Burger – Active Teen Glow

Active teens require sufficient energy to get them through the day and perform their best, be it in the classroom or on the sports field.

This chicken burger from my Active Teen Glow Guide is a healthy alternative to the greasy takeout version. It contains quality essential carbohydrates, fats, and proteins and is perfect for the lunchbox or as a dinner for the entire family.

Serve on a fresh bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion, or other toppings you enjoy such as avo or gherkin.

INGREDIENTS:

– chicken mince
– 1/2 onion chopped
– 1 tsp ground coriander
– 3 stalks of parsley, finely chopped
– 1 tsp dried basil
– 1/2 tsp of chicken spice and any other spice that you like with your chicken 1 egg to bind it
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Your favourite burger toppings

METHOD:
– Mix together all of the burger ingredients and shape them into little balls.
– Place in the fridge to ‘set’ for about 30 minutes.
– Brown the patties in a frying pan, then move them to the oven to cook through at – 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
– Serve on a fresh brown bun with lettuce, tomato, gherkins, red onion, or your favourite toppings

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Spinach Frittata – Momma Glow

Nursing mamas, this one’s for you! Although once the rest of the family sees how good this looks they’ll probably want some too so make extra!

Breastfeeding is incredibly demanding on the body so optimum nutrition during this time is key. This spinach frittata from my Momma Glow guide will ensure your blood glucose levels remain stable, giving you the fuel you need to start your day.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups of spinach
Few slices of onion
1 Clove of garlic
Tomato, finely sliced (optional)
3 Egg whites
1 Whole egg
1/4 cup almond milk (optional)
Sea salt
Black pepper

METHOD:

Sauté the onion, spinach, garlic and tomato in a saucepan. Whisk the eggs, almond milk, sea salt, and black pepper in a bowl and pour into the saucepan. Turn down the heat and allow it to cook through, flip once until nearly crispy. Enjoy hot!

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French Toast – Slim Thicc

French toast often gets a bad rap for being unhealthy but this recipe from my Slim Thicc Guide is a tweak on the classic version and actually contains a lot of essential nutrients. 

The fiber from the whole wheat bread will keep you feeling full and satisfied for hours while the egg whites give it a protein punch. Top with fresh fruit for your daily dose of antioxidants as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals.

METHOD:
Combine 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg with some milk, vanilla extract, and salt.
Dip whole wheat bread into the mixture and cook in a pan on each side until golden brown.
Top with berries and a drizzle of honey.

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Glow Getter Report – Neve Isaacs

“I can’t believe it’s week 5 of my Glow Getter Journey. I’ve been struggling for many years to workout (mostly because I didn’t always know what to do) and also what to eat. This year has been very stressful, I didn’t really care about what I was eating anymore because my studies was just so hectic. I picked up a lot of weight in my 1st year, I would literally order fast foods three times a week. I felt so unhealthy and extremely tired.

This is why I am so grateful to be part of the glow getter team for 2020. I lost about 3kgs in 4 weeks time. It might not sound or look a lot but, for me it’s a big difference. I found out recently that I have really bad anxiety and that’s also one of the reasons why I decided to be part of this challenge. I told myself that I want to feel better mentally and physically. It’s still tough sometimes and there’s many days I want to give up but I’m still going strong!

I’m using all the RushTush Pharmaceuticals as well as the RushTushFit App. I’m going, to be honest, I am struggling a bit with the workouts because of the pains in my body due to my anxiety but I do believe it will get better. I try to do some of the exercises and then I would go for a lovely jog during the day depending on how my body feels. I went to so many doctors and I had to do a lot of scans the last few months, after getting back all the results they said there’s nothing wrong it’s probs all the stress of the year and that I should just continue working out and just eat healthily. I do feel so much better mentally and physically and I would definitely recommend all the Rushtush pharmaceuticals and the RushtushFitApp, there are so many options to choose from. I started with the Beginner workout plan. I am not so tired anymore and the best part is that I don’t crave sugar so much anymore. I use to snack every night because of stress but because I have the Glow Cleanse eating plan, it has taught me to make better food choices and also to listen to my body. My goal is to lose some tummy fat and just be healthy. For the first time ever I don’t feel sluggish or bloated!

I am on the Glow Cleanse by Rushtush, it’s a detox guide designed for women. My favourite recipe is the hulk juice, it’s so tasty and refreshing!

“I am a massive advocate of raw foods rich in nutrients as opposed to empty caloric foods. I approve of food from the ground – the way God intended it, how it should be enjoyed” – Rushtush

Rushda always inspires me with her posts and she has changed so many women’s lives with her amazing e-books, pharmaceuticals, and her fit app.

You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, I will be posting a lot about my glow getter journey. I am super excited for the FUTURE!”

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Food is medicine, boost yourself

Aesthetics aren’t everything! Sometimes women start diets and exercise programmes in the bid to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount… and that’s okay…but the truth is that beginning a solid foundation of training and focussing on nutrition goes far beyond your reflection in the mirror, how you look in your mom jeans or even your latest progress picture. The weight on the scale means nothing, if you do not have your health. 

Celebrating your strength and being more confident in a bikini is only one aspect of nutrition, the other aspect of nutrition, that is often overlooked, is eating to boost your health and immunity.  In life, we are faced with many diseases and possible illnesses – like TB, HIV and AIDS, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, bronchitis, Coronavirus, sinus and other infections- not to mention the humble cold and flu. We must ensure that our bodies are adequately equipped to fight off and recover from these illnesses and germs as they will always live with us in the world. It is therefore important that as I remind you that FOOD is medicine. What we eat can and will boost our bodies’ ability to fight off various illnesses.

The best thing to know is that the immune system that you have when you are a baby, is not the one you will have for life. Most of the immune system is built in the childhood years, but you can create and develop your immune system throughout your life, by giving it the right inputs (ie. nutrition for example). The studies are clear- your immune system at the time of getting a virus or infection can actually have an impact on whether you become sick or whether you can fight it off. If 20 people are in a room with a sick person, have you noticed that only some get infected and of those infected, some of them recover faster or some develop more serious symptoms than others? That is largely because of their immune system. 

So if you want to build your body’s natural defence forces, fill your diet with enough vitamins. These are essential for the immune system. Most people opt for a supplement to help their bodies obtain enough micronutrients. But, if you can not afford to supplement, then you need to get these nutrients from the food you eat. 

I believe in the FOOD FIRST, SUPPLEMENTS LATER approach, so make sure to focus on what you eat before popping a pill. The list below will help you create a diet that will improve your immune system. 

ESSENTIAL FOODS FOR BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNITY

Think of these as bricks that you will put together to build immunity- a wall of defence. 

First up is Vitamin C 

A diet rich in Vitamin C is essential to fight off infections- like colds and flu. When you feel the sniffles coming on, that is the best time to up the intake of vitamin C. You can do this by taking a Vitamin C supplement at the start of an illness. This can decrease the length of time that you are sick. 

EAT IT: Vitamin C can be found in broccoli, tomatoes, red peppers, and oranges. 

Other important vitamins for immunity include Vitamin D, B, E and K which is present in veggies, green leafy veggies, bananas, poultry, spinach, and broccoli. 

Zinc supplements are normally recommended for the immune system, but due to budget constraints, it may not be possible, so eat it by consuming canned tuna in water, Shellfish, Chickpeas, legumes, lentils, beans, dairy, whole grains, seeds, cashews and peanuts. 

Fill up on fibre 

Fibre is good for your gut which is in-turn essential for your immune system. Fibre can be found in carbs, but remember the quality and the quantities are important. Fibre is not just found in a cereal box advertised as “High in Fibre”. The best places to get your fibre is from  are plant-based food, whole grains, sweet potato, veggies, bananas, lentils, and nuts.  

Omega 3 

Omega 3 is another essential for the immune system. If you do not eat oily fish (like salmon, not meaning fish fried in oil) regularly, then consider an Omega 3 supplement. Olive oil is also good for the immune system as it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. It also guards the body from infection.

Eat enough protein

Protein normally makes it to the top of muscle- building lists, but did you know that it is also essential for immunity? Eating too little protein has a negative impact on your immune system as protein breaks down into amino acids and ANTIBODIES (used to protect us from and fight infections) are made from amino acids.  

Protein is found in eggs, milk, full fat yoghurt, chicken and other meat as well as rice, beans, quinoa, and lentils. Animal proteins are more complete, whereas vegan options only contain some amino acids, I therefore suggest combining different sources of vegan protein on your plate, so that it becomes complete.

Get spicy! 

Yes, spice your chicken and eat your curries and soups. Using spices and herbs such as rosemary and fennel can boost your immune system. You can also add turmeric to your soups and curries. 

Turn up the turmeric

Turmeric contains a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Curcumin activates the production of T-cells. T-cells are the main cells that fight for your health in your immune system.

Ginger 

Ginger has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can affect the immune system ,  so ginger plays a key role in boosting your immunity.

Garlic 

Garlic is a natural antibiotic, so add it to your diet for flavouring your dishes. 

Sip on immune-boosting drinks 

Try to incorporate these drinks to your lifestyle. 

Some elixirs and juices include: 

  • Hot water mixed with ginger, lemon and cinnamon and honey. Honey acts as an antibacterial, killing any germs in the body that can cause you to get sick.This drink is awesome when you have a cold, flu or any viral, throat, or nasal infection. 
  • Golden milk:Which is made of turmeric and warm milk. 
  • Hulk Juice:This RushTush Glow Girl fave is loaded with immune-boosting ingredients. 
  • Soup:Chicken soup has an anti-inflammatory effect and calms down inflammation in the upper respiratory tract. 
  • Green powders:These are filled with superfoods and green leafy veggies. If you have access to it, it is a great addition to your diet. 

Eat antioxidant rich food 

Think blueberries, bananas and dark chocolate. Apples are a low-cost option and have phytochemical antioxidants which contain antioxidants that help boost immunity and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Fill up on cruciferous veggies

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables have been proven to help boost immunity. These veggies turn on antioxidant genes in immune cells, which combat free radicals and prevent sickness.

Probiotics is your gut protector 

Probiotics are essential for gut health and immunity. Probiotics can be found in yoghurt and even in Amasi, the widely used cultured sour milk. Studies show that people who ate probiotics daily had a lower risk of catching a cold than those who did not consume probiotics. 

Eat phytonutrients (Plant vitamins) 

Basically plants can’t just up and “leave” when bugs and bad stuff come along, so they develop their own mechanisms to combat it. So, when we eat plants, those mechanisms then assist us. Plant rich diets are essential for your immunity due to these phytonutrients and are found in pigments of the different plants. Eat the rainbow by consuming different coloured veggies according to your budget. Bananas also contain phytonutrients. 

*FREE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR IMMUNITY*

There are a few things you can do to boost your body’s illness fighters- and these won’t cost you a cent. 

Boost your metabolism

Metabolism and immunity works side-by- side. The metabolism is about the body’s usage of energy. You need energy to fight off illness. This is why we feel tired when we are unwell. Energy is needed to build yourself up again after illness, so boost your metabolic rate by working out. Even a brisk 30 minute walk does the body good!  I have loads of free workouts on my instagram and YouTube. Check it out! 

Limit stress and watch your self-talk

Your emotional and mental state impacts your illness- including the common cold- positively or negatively. Try your best to remain positive and manage your stress levels. 

Get enough shut-eye

Sleep is so important for your immune system. They say it’s important to get your beauty sleep, but get in those eight hours because during sleep your body’s natural illness fighters are out in full swing. If you are already eating a balanced and healthy diet, you will be surprised at the major effect adding just 30 minutes of extra sleep can have on your body. 

Eat less

Technically this one isn’t free, but does end up costing less. 

Eating too much and too often causes inflammation in the body, negatively affecting your gut health and thus negatively affecting your immune system. 

I hope that I have empowered you to see that food can be medicine! 

I would be remiss if I helped you create your hot bod through my e-books https://rushtush.com/e-books/or your indestructible body through my fitness app  https://rushtush.com/fit-app/and sent you on your way without asking you to take care of your health. Health comes first.

It is important to build a healthy constitution within your body, family and household. 

Eating unprocessed food from the ground that the earth that you can afford at the time of purchase is going to help the immune system. Lemon, ginger or a banana are not going to cure any disease, that is not the claim that we as health professionals are making, but if you do eat a balanced diet, fill your body with antioxidants, superfoods and keep your body in an alkaline state while WITHIN YOUR BUDGET you are going to stand a better chance of recovery. 

I completely understand that we have to eat within our budgets and consume what is economical to feed our families. Sometimes it is easier and more affordable to shop processed and to eat fried fast food. These days it is all about what is quick, convenient and cheap. 

Choosing healthy food is a privilege that many do not have. With that said, it is still imperative to incorporate (where we can and within our budgets) those foods that are going to offer us nutrients. So, if you can not afford supplementation then you are going to need to focus on getting those micronutrients from food sources while also focusing on HOW you prepare your foods is also important, so cut back on frying potatoes in oil. 

However, if you have the money, don’t think about how you “are spending money on something that is eaten in a few seconds”. REMEMBER your health is an investment and healthy food benefits your body for longer than you realise.

I am not asking you to do a 180 degree makeover of no sugar, no carbs and green veggies only all day-  all I am asking is that you think about consuming more nutritional food where you can and according to what your pocket allows. Doing this will improve your immune system and reinforce your health constitution- so that whatever you may be faced with is tackled better and faster by the body. 

These tips may not bulletproof you from ALL disease and illness. But, it will assist you to attain your best health to ward off, fight and recover from illness. Eat within your means, but try to eat food that is going to help you be as healthy and as strong as you can be in order to TACKLE, FACE AND RECOVER, OR EVEN MANAGE A CHRONIC LIFE-LONG ILLNESS. 

Remember to follow these tips not only when illness is rife, but always. As your immune system is in full swing at all times- even when you are not aware of it. Do what you can, with what you can. Please make use of my free workouts, education and recipe resources, they are there to assist you! 

Here’s to good health and immunity!
Love RushTush 

XOXO

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Asian Tofu and Brown Rice – Veggie Glow

When following a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle it’s important to incorporate more plant-based protein into your diet in order to keep your body functioning optimally. Tofu is made from soybeans and is an excellent source of protein as well as iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B1. 
This Asian-inspired tofu and brown rice bowl from my Veggie Glow is simple to make and is great for using up those leftover veggies in the fridge.

INGREDIENTS:
Marinated tofu
Brown rice
Vegetables

METHOD:
1. Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. 
2. Remove tofu from the wet packet and slice it up straight away.
3. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl, then add your tofu and allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
4. Carefully place sliced, marinaded tofu steaks onto the pan and DON’T TOUCH IT for 3 – 5 minutes.
5. When it’s brown on one side flip it and cook for another 2 minutes.
6. Serve on a bed of brown rice and vegetables.

MARINADE:
2 tbsp. olive oil
Zest and juice 1/2 lime
Large pinch chili flakes
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. honey

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Fish Tacos – Slim Thicc

Fresh and zesty, these fish tacos from my Slim Thicc guide are perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

METHOD:
– Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius
– Mix some butter, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder and salt together and pour over white fish Place in oven for 15-20 minutes
– Flake fish
– Prepare toppings- avo, slaw, red onion, mango (anything you like)
– Serve in taco shells

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Detox Tea Recipe

Some of you babes don’t like the idea of drinking a hot cup of tea when the weather is warm.

If this is you, that doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the benefits of herbal tea. Instead of sipping on a hot brew, enjoy it chilled.

This recipe by Glow Getter, @isaacsneve, is perfect to drink throughout the day.

INGREDIENTS:
RushTush Detox Tea (purchase yours here)
1 x Grapefruit
1 x Lemon
Fresh berries 
Mint
Thyme
Babylonstoren macadamia blossom honey

METHOD:
Add 2 RushTush Detox tea bags to freshly boiled water and brew for 5-10 minutes. Wait for your tea to cool down and then add fruit, herbs and honey. You can also add some ice and Rushtush Premium Hydrolyzed Collagen. 

More recipes like this can be found in any of my eBooks, available for immediate download on my website. You can shop RushTush Detox and Calming Tea for R115 on the website or on the @rushtushlife app! We deliver nationwide.

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Rose Quartz vs Jade: Which one is for you?

So you want a dewy fresh complexion or perhaps a more contoured face? Well, with regular use, crystal tools will go a long way to help you achieve just that, and more. I have used rollers, gua shas, beauty bars and mushrooms for a while now, and decided it was time to add it to the RushTush beauty line because of the amazing results I have experienced. If you’ve seen the hype and want in, it’s time to cover crystal rollers!

It’s so tough to decide between the two crystals but hopefully this will help you! Both rollers serve the same aesthetic purpose, but lets find out what lies deeper!

Choose rose quartz for skin meditation and to find your inner zen…Rose quartz is a stone that is said to promote universal love and I believe that caring for your skin is part of self-love and ‘me time’. It is important to take some time out to relax and unwind. 
As a crystal gemstone, rose quartz can also promote feelings of peace and wellness. 

As a crystal gemstone, rose quartz can also promote feelings of peace and wellness. 

What does the RushTush Rose Quartz Roller do? 

  • It instantly gives your skin a luminous bright glow
  • It soothes red and irritated skin
  • It refreshes and rejuvenates your skin
  • The cool touch of the roller helps reduce facial puffiness (This also includes the eye area where puffiness and bags tend to be an issue especially due to sinus and a lack of sleep)
  • It has a calming effect on inflamed skin that is rough and dry
  • It alleviates the appearance of fine lines and tired skin
  • Rose quartz may also support lymphatic drainage 

How to use your RushTush Rose Quartz Roller 

  • Cleanse your face and pat dry. You can use the roller anytime during the day or before you go to bed at night. 
  • The roller has two sides, one for your face, jaw and neck and a smaller side for your eye area. 
  • All you need to do is gently roll the tool over your skin for at least 5-10 minutes. 
  • Use it on your forehead, cheeks, chin, jawline, and all the way down to your neck and decolletage area. 
  • Then use the smaller roller around your eye area, over the brow bone and under your eye. 
  • You can roll the device up toward your hairline.
  • Use your roller with your favourite skincare oils and serums. 

RUSHTUSH TIP: When you wake up with puffiness, as most people do in the morning, use the facial roller to reduce the bloated look. Then at night use it as a part of self-care. Think of it as meditation for your skin. Rose has calming and soothing effects so set aside those 5-10 minutes each day to use the roller and recharge. Put on a relaxing playlist as you roll your stress away. 

Choose jade to bring about clarity, calmness and relaxation. It’s also been said that the jade stone promotes positivity and brings about a sense of balance. The jade roller may help to repair, tone and tighten your skin while promoting lymphatic drainage. All of this leads to a slimmer looking face. Welcome to the new RushTush workout, only this one is for your face! The jade roller may help to repair, tone and tighten your skin while it promotes lymphatic drainage. All of this leads to a more slimmer looking face. 

Other benefits include: 

  • It can boost circulation to your face. That will help your skin turn over faster with better collagen production, leading to more radiant looking skin.
  • It can reduce redness and inflammation in the skin. Many people suffer from redness or rosacea. The jade roller helps with the internal inflammation. 
  • The soothing and cooling touch of the jade face roller can reduce swelling and puffiness, even around your eye area.
  • The jade face roller can reduce the problem of puffy skin instantly with the cooling sensation. 
  • It helps your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin. 

How to do a RushTush Jade Roller gym session on your face
Reap the results of tighter taut skin and of course that post gym glow by following these easy steps: 

  • Wash your face
  • Then all you have to do is roll the large end of the face roller all over your skin gently for 5-10 minutes
  • Use the smaller end to target the areas around your eyes
  • Try to roll the tool in an outward motion, as this helps enhance the lymphatic drainage of your skin for a youthful glow
  • Don’t forget your jawline, cheekbones, neck and the back of your ears
  • Finish with a soothing upward roll from between your eyebrows, up to the hairline
  • The whole process should take 2-4 minutes. Expect your skin to look flushed after use.
  • Use your roller with your favourite skincare oils and serums.

RUSHTUSH TIP: Keep your jade roller in the fridge to get maximum skin tightening benefits! Use it in the morning to wake you up! Also use your jade roller to roll under your chin to tighten up the area with regular use. All of your skin lotions, creams and serums will be more effective when used in combination with a jade face roller. 

PURCHASE YOUR BEAUTIFUL ROSE QUARTZ OR JADE GREEN ROLLER AND CRYSTAL TOOLS HERE: https://rushtush.com/beauty/
Try to use your rollers at least 3-4 times a week for best results. The gorgeous rollers retail for R360 each. 

I hope this helps you get the most out of your RushTush crystal facial rollers. They have been used by women, including Cleopatra, for centuries. I trust these beautiful tools will be a beneficial addition to your skincare routine. Don’t forget to tag me with your #freshfaces. 
Keep checking my Instagram pages  @rushtush@rushtushlife connect on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rushtush/ and browse my website regularly for more tips on beauty, fitness, pregnancy and nutrition. I am always here for you! 

Love RushTush 
XOXOX