The compulsory wearing of face masks or face coverings for everyone has helped provide at-risk groups with a much more visible level of protection against COVID-19. However, not all face masks provide the same levels of protection, either for the user or for those around them.
Unlined fabric face coverings don't offer any measurable filtration and as with standard disposable paper masks, are not fully enclosed. They continually slip and require readjustment, creating a contamination risk.
Disposable masks leave around 20% of inhaled air and around 30% of all exhaled air unfiltered and fabric and disposable masks can be difficult to manage properly.
If you are in, or mixing with a vulnerable group, how can you boost peace of mind regarding protection for both yourself and those around you? As COVID cases rise again, you require something disposable paper masks and standard fabric masks can't offer. A face mask that offers you comfort, safety and is environmentally friendly. That means it's time to breathe happy, the world's first consumer reusable face masks using replaceable TYPE IIR filters.
The COMMUTER model is classified as fluid resistant, non sterile medical device. It uses TYPE IIR filters tested and certified to the standard EN:14683:2019 for breathability, Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) and Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE). BFE is the measurement of the amount of bacteria of a predetermined size that can pass through the filter and PFE is the measurement of tiny particles that the filters prevent when breathing in. That is the important one!
Lightweight, comfortable breathe happy masks are made from superior, food-grade silicone and polycarbonate, both 100% post-consumer recyclable and are sculpted to fit your face.
A breathe happy mask has fully adjustable straps that ensure it stays in place and moulds to the contours of your face, so once fitted, there is no need to continually worry or fret about readjustment. Spectacle wearers will also appreciate that with a breathe happy mask the seal around your face prevents glasses from fogging up!
Confidence, comfort and cost saving - the breathe happy COMMUTER replaceable filters are just £1.00 each using the subscription service. Each filter lasts for seven days, costing considerably less than daily disposable paper masks.
breathe happy masks are reusable, designed to last several years and are environmentally friendly – delivering 59 times less waste and environmental impact than the use of daily disposable paper masks. The mask is also recyclable.
breathe happy COMMUTER reusable face masks retail at £24.99 and typically will pay for themselves in as little as three weeks when compared with the cost of disposable paper masks.
They are supplied assembled in a box that includes one mask plus instructions on use, five filters (five weeks supply), filter subscription details and a mesh boiling bag for sterilising the mask.
breathe happy masks are a non-sterile medical device for non-surgical environments and are not classed as PPE.. Visit breathe happy to find out more.
Naturya's Organic Plant SuperProteins
What exactly are they?
A combination of cold-pressed hemp seeds lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, blended with fruit and superfoods. Result? A scrummy, nutrient-rich, protein powder that fights fatigue, helps maintain normal muscle function, supports the immune system and they're a good source of fibre too. There are three flavours to choose from : banana baobab, acai strawberry and cacao maca, all give an extra pzzazz to smoothies, porridge or milkshakes.
Size: 250g RRP: £11.99
Recipe for Cacao Protein Mousse (courtesy of Naturya)
It's easy, all you need is: half an avocado, 2 tbsp rolled oats, 30g Cacao Maca SiperProtein, 1 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp agave syrup and 1 tbsp nut butter. Add eveything to 150ml plant milk and pop in your food blender. Pour into a bowl and top with fruit.
.Hang on though, there's more... NATURYA'S NEW ORGANIC FUNCTIONAL BLENDS
ENERGY: Zingy superfoods Baobab, Banana, Camu Camu combine with Ginger to provide a refreshing energy-boosting blend
IMMUNITY: Delicious nutrient-dense superfoods such as Barleygrass, Chlorella and Turmeric with organic, vitamin C rich fruit powders create a nourishing and clean immune-boosting blend
COGNITION: Superfoods Maca, Cacao and Lucuma mix with Date and Carob for a chocolate flavoured cognitive-health supporting blend
• One serving contains approx. 3/4 of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B2
• High in protein and fibre
• Supports immunity and protects against oxidative stress
• Perfect for adding to smoothies, baking, hot drinks, juice shots or stirring into porridge or yoghurt
Size: 250g RRP: £11.99
Naturya's Plant SuperProteins and Functional Blends are available in Tesco stores. Give them a try, you'll be glad you did!
Naturya is one of the UK’s market leading superfood brands, known for providing a top quality range of vegan and organic products of single ingredient superfoods, blends, proteins and breakfast boosts. They use only the finest organic superfoods harvested from around the world. Core drivers are personal health, planetary well-being and animal welfare.
There are lots of recipes on Naturya's site HERE do have a look .... here's one below
Exotic Energy Bowl (recipe courtesy of Naturya)
Prep Time: 3mins Cook Time: 1min Serves: 1
This smoothie full of exotic flavours contains Vitamin C, copper and manganese to help you feel energised and refreshed.
Ingredients : ½ cup oat or cashew milk - ½ kiwi - ½ cup frozen pineapple & mango - ½ banana - 1/3 cup soya yoghurt - 25g Energy Functional Blend
Method : Pour milk in blender, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and garnish with kiwi, coconut flakes or whatever you choose.
Show Me The Honey is the brew inspired by Chicago Town’s new Sweet Honey BBQ Salami Takeaway pizza. To help create this pizza partner, Chicago Town teamed up with acclaimed craft brewery SEVEN BRO7HERS.
The beer, appropriately called Show Me The Honey, was developed by the SEVEN BRO7HERS brewing team to replicate the new pizza flavours. A tomato sauce filled crust is topped with sweet honey BBQ sauce, a blend of mozzarella and red cheddar, salami and red onions. These sweet and savoury flavours have been matched by beer gurus in the Show Me The Honey ale, with the honey flavour coming through to champion the honey BBQ sauce in the pizza.
This is welcome news for pizza fans nationwide after a poll conducted by Chicago Town revealed that 75.5% of people who enjoy alcohol with their pizza choose beer as the perfect accompaniment. What then could be better than a beer inspired by the pizza you’re eating?
SEVEN BRO7HERS Brewer Jack Dixon said: “Chicago Town’s new pizza is bursting with bold flavours, from its tomato stuffed crust to sweet honey BBQ sauce. We were keen to replicate the pizza’s aroma and taste in the flavour profile of Show Me The Honey. To capture the perfect pairing, the team sampled each of the toppings here in the brewery and mapped out the brew based on the flavour notes we needed to hit".
“Chicago Town pizza dough is made fresh every day in its bakery so was easy to replicate with yeast, the base for any beer. Hops were added to give it a smoky salami bitterness, but not too late in the boil as we didn’t want it to overpower the honeycomb malt syrups. These syrups are added to replicate the sweet, yet tangy, honey BBQ sauce found on the pizza.”
Customers can enjoy the harmonious flavours of the two products together as Chicago Town is offering the first 100 customers who buy the new Show Me The Honey beer a voucher to pick up a free Chicago Town Sweet Honey BBQ Salami pizza.
Chicago Town spokesperson Rachel Bradshaw, said; “Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink to accompany a slice of pizza. So, how better to celebrate International Beer & Pizza Day than create a beer inspired by the flavours of our new Stuffed Crust Takeaway Sweet Honey BBQ Salami. Show Me The Honey beer is only around for a limited time, so pizza fans need to act fast to try this sweet combination together!”
Stuffed Cust Takeaway Sweet Honey BBQ Salami pizza can be purchased in most major supermarkets including ASDA, Farmfoods, Iceland, Ocado, Tesco and Morrisons at the MRRP of £4.49. See www.chicagotown.com/blog/honey
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