A Coconut Cocktail Recipe To Get You Through Winter!
Bring it on, Winter! News of an impending cold front might have some pulling up their snow pants, while others retreat indoors to crank up the heat, preheat the oven, and cue the Netflix.
But regardless of which category you fall into, odds are at some point you’ll be in the mood for a cocktail, right? Well, we have just the solution: a Coconut Rum drink that feels like Winter in a cup but tastes like the tropics, enjoy the flavours of a tropical cocktail from your own warm kitchen when the weather starts turning in your neck of the woods.
Servings: 1 Coconut Cocktail
4 cups milk
8 T hot cocoa powder
1 square baking chocolate
2 squares graham crackers, crushed
4 oz Koloa Coconut Rum
Mix milk and hot cocoa powder in a medium sized pot, and heat on medium. While cocoa is heating, prep s’more garnishes. Melt baking chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix to help melt and remove chunks. Microwave in additional 15 second increments if needed until thoroughly melted. Coat the rim of 4 glasses in chocolate by dipping upside down into melted chocolate. Immediately dip into crushed graham crackers to coat evenly before chocolate hardens. Toast marshmallows with a kitchen torch.
Fill each glass with 1 oz Koloa Coconut Rum and divide hot chocolate among the glasses. Mix and top with toasted marshmallows.
Things To Do In London In December 2017!
See the capital transformed into a sparkling winter Wonderland in December, and join in the New Year’s Eve festivities.
December is the most magical month to visit London, with lots of festive things to do as Londoners celebrate Christmas and New Year.
London’s Christmas Festivals And Pop-Up Festive Villages
Explore London’s biggest and most popular Christmas experience,Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, for ice skating, an observation wheel and fairground rides, stalls brimming with toys and sweets, festive shows and more. 17 Nov-1 Jan
Discover the Greenwich Wintertime Festival, London’s new festive experience set in the grounds of the majestic Old Royal Naval College, which features ice skating, live music, Christmas shopping and more activities for all ages. 1-31 Dec
Step into Winterville, a Christmas-themed adventure park featuring classic and alternative seasonal activities, such as ice skating, roller disco, crazy golf, Christmas movies and street food. 23 Nov-1 Jan
Follow a glittering trail of lights, music and colours around the famous botanic gardens after dark at the annual Christmas at Kew. 22 Nov-1 Jan
Go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movies and see the iconic sets dressed for Christmas with Hogwarts in the Snow. 18 Nov-28 Jan
Wander past huge illuminated lanterns including enchanting Christmas-themed installations and traditional Chinese handmade sculptures as the Magical Lantern Festival returns to Chiswick Gardens. 24 Nov-1 Jan
New Year’ Eve In London
London’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks take place every year at the Coca-Cola London Eye on 31 December: buy your ticket in advance to secure a place at this popular London December event. Alternatively, there are plenty of other things to do in London on New Year’s Eve during the day and right through the night, from family shows and ice skating, to parties and dining on the river.
How To Clean Your Make-Up Brushes Naturally At Home!
There are two steps to truly getting makeup brushes clean: cleaning off dirt and oil, and disinfecting to remove bacteria. The recipe below is our go-to for accomplishing both of these.
If your brushes are really dirty or haven’t been cleaned in a while I’d suggest an additional first step:
Rub a small amount of warm olive or almond oil into the brush to help dissolve any oil clinging to the bristles. Then, rub a natural soap into the bristles to dissolve the oil. This helps deep clean the brush but doesn’t disinfect it, so then you still use the brush cleaner recipe to disinfect.
Pour all of the ingredients, except the water, into the glass bottle. Swirl the mixture to combine everything.
Add the distilled water to the bottle until it’s almost full, leaving about ½ inch of headspace. Shake well to combine.
If you put the mixture in a glass spray bottle, this mixture can be used to spritz and rinse brushes after each use for an easier clean.
How To Use It:
Shake the cleaner well, and pour a small amount of it into a small bowl.
Swirl a makeup brush in the mixture, gently pushing it across the bottom to clean. Make sure the water level is below the ferrule (the part of the brush that connects the handle to the bristles). If cleaning multiple brushes, start with the cleanest feeling one first, then work up to the dirtiest. The cleaning solution may need to be changed between brushes.
Rinse the brush under running water, bristles pointing down and keeping water out of the ferrule. Then gently squeeze the bristles to remove the majority of the water.
Lay the brush flat on a clean towel and air dry.
The Importance Of Staying Hydrated Through Winter
Everyone understands the importance of drinking lots of fluids during the warmer months, but did you know it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the winter? Here’s why.
We all know that staying well hydrated in the blistering heat of summer is crucial to leading a healthy lifestyle, particularly if you are exercising on a regular basis. But did you know that it is just as easy to become dehydrated during the winter months? Failing to stay hydrated can actually be hazardous to your health, potentially leading to much more serious consequences. Here are four reasons why staying hydrated is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer.
Coconuts are great for hydration – in the form of both water and oil. Coconut water is one of the most naturally hydrating drinks in existence. In addition to being about 95% water, coconut water is filled with electrolytes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to keep you hydrated and healthy. As for coconut oil, you can apply the goodness as a natural moisturiser on your skin at least once a day. We have a whipped coconut body butter recipe that you can use to moisturise your skin all day long! It will make your skin feel super soft! (It also smells absolutely delicious!).
D.I.Y Coconut Oil Bath Melts At home!
Get dewy, supple skin with these bath melts , with just 2-ingredients. Made of completely organic ingredients, a luxurious bath is only 30 minutes away.
Nothing relaxes like a hot bath after a stressful day. Baths soothe aching muscles and create an overall sense of calmness. But hot baths can be drying to the skin, drawing much needed moisture out of the body. Instead of adding mineral oil-based bath products that often contain artificial fragrances and colours, stick to your pantry and make these quick bath melts with organic ingredients. These melts are antibacterial and anti-fungal, making them ideal for use on the entire body and safe enough for the face without clogging pores.
Coconut Oil Bath Melts
Silicone Ice Cube Tray
2 cups Chi Virgin Coconut oil
2 tbsp Citrus Zest of Choice (Lemon, Lime. Orange, etc.)
Using a double boiler, melt coconut oil until just melted. Remove from heat and stir in citrus zest.
Using a tablespoon, pour mixture into silicone ice cube moulds. Place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or until solid. Pop out and melt under warm water in bath.
One of the most common questions about exfoliating is, how often you should scrub your face? The amount you should exfoliate all depends on your skin type. You definitely should not be exfoliating every day. Most dermatologists recommend scrubbing 2-3 times a week. If you have been over scrubbing stop right away and let your skin heal!
How To Make Your Own Coconut Sugar Face/Body Scrub
Coconut Oil wants to be your friend. It wants to be your friend inside and out. And it’s very good at both. One jar of Chi Virgin Organic Coconut Oil lives in our kitchen where it shows up in all manner of cooking.
Our second jar of Chi Virgin Organic Coconut Oil lives in our bathroom. It’s your go-to for shaving, make-up removing, hair masques, face masques, nail nourishing, cuticle softening, and moisturising anything that needs to be moisturised.
To say that you’ll get obsessed with these homemade coconut oil sugar scrubs is an understatement. Your skin wil feel super soft we will share you a recipe for your in your bathroom!
A Coconut Sugar Scrub!
1/4 cup granulated sugar (You can use up to 1/2 cup if you want your scrub to have a more coarse, sand-like texture.)
(Optional) 1 tablespoon citrus fruit zest (The zest from one piece of fruit.) OR
(Optional) About 1/2 teaspoon of citrus essential oil (about 50 drops)
Combine all ingredients. (We do not recommend heating the coconut oil prior to mixing, because hot oil will dissolve the sugar.)
On your face – Omit the citrus and use the basic scrub at the sink or in the shower. Massage in circular motions for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry. The oil will absorb immediately.
On your hands – Massage into your hands and fingernails for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry.
On your legs and feet – Massage into your legs and feet while in the bath or sitting on the side of the bathtub. Rinse and pat dry. (Never use on your feet in the shower because the coconut oil is slippery and you risk falling.)
Make Your Own Coconut Lip Balm At Home!
We have a little secret that we want to share with you: Lip balms made at home are way better than store bought varieties. And believe it or not, everyone can blend up your very own inexpensive, custom lip treatments in the kitchen in no time at all.
This particular recipe combines just 4 whole food ingredients for an enviably smooth and sweet Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm. Do-it-yourself, nutrient dense, lip balm perfection that can be whipped together in 10 minutes? Sounds secret-worthy to me!
Ingredients Lip Balm:
2 tablespoon mango butter or cocoa butter (or blend of both)
1. Coarsely chop or grate the beeswax and butters if in solid block form (if using pastilles skip this step).
2. Measure out equal parts tightly packed, grated beeswax and butters into a mason jar or small glass pyrex measuring cup. Add of coconut oil as well.
3. Prepare a double boiler system by adding about 1-2” of water to a small pot. Submerge bottom of mason jar or measuring cup in water. Heat water on medium-low to melt contents, stirring occasionally. Monitor to ensure that the water does not boil over the rim into blend.
4. Once melted together, immediately remove from heat and add vanilla extract to mix. Take care to handle jar with proper protection, as it will be hot. Stir vigorously to combine.
5. Pour the hot mixture into lip balm containers. Use tubes or tubs to your preference. To speed up cooling process, place containers in the refrigerator to set. Use as you would any other lip balm and enjoy!
An Amazing Tropical Workout Smoothie Recipe!
Nutrition has a huge impact on your fitness. Even though you may be tempted to treat yourself to junk food, a healthy smoothie is always a much better option. Packed with fruit, these vitamin-rich drinks are incredibly tasty and perfect paired with a workout.
To make a fruit smoothie, all you need is a blender or food processor and whichever fruits and other ingredients you want to include. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz in short bursts until it is smooth. Pour out into a container and either refrigerate for a refreshing drink later or drink right away.
Place all your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Top it off with a
Enjoy your smoothie!
A Delicious Mango Coconut Water Smoothie Recipe!
This special coconut water smoothie has a lot to offer. The smoothie, consisting of our Chi Coconut Water with Mango, and orange juice. It can rejuvenate you after a workout and rehydrate your body. Our Chi Coconut Water has an excellent source of potassium. Potassium helps your body to maintain steady energy levels and normal heart function. It also aids the heart by preventing clogged arteries and decreases the risk of heart disease.
This smoothie has an extra step too. First freeze the coconut water as ice cubes to use in the smoothie, to make it more like an ice. Skipping this step is fine, you can just use one cup of straight coconut water with regular ice cubes added in. Enjoy the light, refreshing drink and get going with your day!
1 cup Ice Cubes Of Coconut Water & Mango (optional)
A few leaf mint (Optional)
Fill ice trays with coconut water and freeze. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add cold water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately. And enjoy!
Coconut Oil Hair Treatment With Egg Yolks And Honey
Want an easy way to give your hair some TLC? This coconut oil hair treatment is a great conditioner and is perfect for all hair types. It only consists of three ingredients, all of which have long been regarded as great hair conditioners.
If the coconut oil is solid, warm it over low heat until it melts.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey. This might take a minute or two of whisking to get the ingredients to combine
In a bowl, separate the egg yolk and white (or, you can use the whole egg if you prefer).
Gently whisk the egg yolk and then slowly add in the coconut oil and honey mixture. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
Apply to dry hair and massage into the hair and the scalp. It is helpful to have someone help you with this, if you can find a willing party. That way, they can ensure you get your entire scalp covered. Plus, it always feels good to have someone else massage your scalp, so it will be like a mini-spa getaway! 🙂
Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave on as long as you can, even overnight if you’re willing. Every so often, you can squish your hair around through the shower cap if you’d like. If you sleep with this mixture in your hair, cover your pillow with an old towel, just in case some leaks out.
When you’re ready to wash it out, just rinse with warm water until everything is removed. If you feel like you hair is still too oily, you can use a gentle shampoo, but if you can avoid shampooing, that is best.
Dry and style as normal.
Almond Coconut Granola Bar Recipe!
No time for breakfast? Granola bars to the rescue. Hungry on the plane? Granola bars sure beat pretzels. Long stretch between lunch and dinner? Again, granola bars. They keep your blood sugar levels stable, and keep you from turning into a cranky, hypoglycemic mess.
Granola bars are the answer!
These bars require about 15 minutes of prep time, then an hour-long rest in the refrigerator to set. Recipe yields 16 granola bars.
1 Cup Chopped Almonds
3/4 cups Quick-Cooking Oats (or old fashioned oats, pulsed briefly in a food processor or blender to break them up)
1 cup large, unsweetened coconut flakes (shredded coconut should work, too)
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Creamy Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Line a 9-inch square baker with two strips of criss-crossed parchment paper, cut to fit neatly against the base and up the sides. The parchment paper will make it easy for you to slice the bars later.
Toast the almonds for maximum flavor. In a medium skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds, stirring frequently, until they are fragrant and starting to turn lightly golden on the edges, about 5 minutes.
To the mixing bowl, add the oats, toasted almonds, coconut flakes, cinnamon and salt. Stir until blended.
In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, measure out 1 cup almond butter. Top with ½ cup honey, followed by the vanilla extract. Whisk until well blended.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a big spoon to mix them together until the two are evenly combined and no dry oats remain. The drier the mixture, the more firm the bars will be, so stir in extra oats if the mixture seems wet.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared square baker. Use your spoon to arrange the mixture fairly evenly in the baker, then use the bottom of a flat, round surface (like a short, sturdy drinking glass) to pack the mixture down as firmly and evenly as possible.
Cover the baker and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight. This gives the oats time to absorb moisture so the granola bars can set.
When you’re ready to slice, lift the bars out of the baker by grabbing both pieces of parchment paper on opposite corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the mixture.
You can wrap your bars in plastic wrap or parchment paper and keep them several months in the freezer.
D.I.Y. A Peach And Yoghurt Face Mask With Only 2 Ingredients!
Buy 5 peaches and eat them all – except for one. Why you ask?
Save one to give your face a special peachy treat, of course! We’re all up for applying natures fruit on our skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and it absorbs everything we put on it. Keeping this in mind, you already know the benefits of peaches for your skin!
We’re calling this the Glow Peach Face Mask because once you wash it off, your skin will literally deel bright, light and glowing. You have to give it a try to see the results yourself!
1 tbsp Plain Yoghurt
1/2 Mashed/Pureed Peach
1. Collect the ingredients you need to make this peach face mask. Get 1/2 a peach and mash it up with a fork. Add plain unsweetened yogurt. Make sure your yogurt is at room temperature.
2. Mash your peach and yogurt together in a small bowl.
3. Don’t make your mask too drippy and not too thick! Don’t add any more yogurt because this will make the face mask drippy.
4. Using a clean face mask applicator brush, or clean finger tips, apply the face mask gently onto your face. Feel free to use up the whole mask by bringing the face mask down to your neck and cleavage area.
5. Leave your face mask on for 10 – 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and glowing your face looks! If you tried out this mask, please leave a comment below telling us how it worked out for you!
How To Make Your Own Mini Coconut Sugar Churros
Do you love churros but too intimidated to make your own? Well Don’t be! This Coconut Churro Bites recipe takes just 30 minutes and it is surprisingly simple and amazing. Made with coconut flour and ghee, then coated in coconut sugar and cinnamon, you won’t be able to stop snacking on these delicious bites! We will guarantee you that!
Cooking time: 20 mins. Prep Time: 10 mins.
Everyone loves churros. These small churro bites are perfectly portable and oh-so delicious!
1/2 Cup of Water
7 tbsp of Ghee
1/2 tbsp Salt
1/2 cup of Coconut Flour
1/4 cup of Arrowroot Flour
3/4 cup of Coconut Oil
1/2 cup of Coconut Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
How to Make Mini Coconut Sugar Churros?
heat water and ghee on a medium heat over stovetop and bring to a low boil
While waiting for the ghee to boil, combine salt, coconut flour and arrowroot flour in a bowl.
Once boiling, stir in flour mixture, mixing until everything is combined and “dough” forms a ball; remove from heat and let cool for approximately five minutes. At this time, combine coconut sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
Add eggs one at a time to dough. Stir vigorously for each one so that dough is soft and not crumbly.
Heat oil in a large skillet and place dough through piping bag.
Once oil is hot enough, carefully pipe out dough, little by little, forming “bites” each time.
Cook each side until golden brown, approximately one minute per side. Immediately place bites into cinnamon sugar mixture and coat them before allowing them to cool.
Make Your Own Mango Citrus Whipped Body Butter!
A perfectly light and silky butter that’s more like whipped cream. The uplifting citrus scent plus the healing properties of mango and Shea Butter make this the perfect lotion for soothing dry skin after the shower. It also has just the right texture for a massage, so consider this a gift for someone who could use a little pampering.
1. Measure all of the ingredients precisely, then add the oils and butters into the double boiler. Melt gently, not letting the mixture get too hot.
2. Set up the ice water bath by adding water and ice to a bowl large enough for the top pot of the double boiler to fit in. When the oils and butter are melted, move the pot to the ice bath and stir in the essential oils and cornstarch.
3. When the mixture is beginning to cool, whip until stiff peaks form. This will happen quickly when the butter is cool enough.
4. Scoop the whipped butter into two clean glass jars and seal airtight. Use within a few months as there are no preservatives to prevent spoiling. Add the contents of a few Vitamin E tablets before whipping for a slightly more extended shelf life.
A Winter Carrot And Coconut Soup Recipe From CHI Cookbook
This Carrot and Coconut Soup is a keeper! It’s super quick to make and insanely delicious—the best combination. It’s light enough to act as a starter or side for your meal, or you can pair it with some naan bread for a light lunch.
Coconut milk is a staple in Thai cooking, but you don;t have to limit it to Asian food; it’s a great resource for making anything super yummy and creamy which is perfect for the winter!
– Prep Time – 15 min (6 Serves)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
knob of fresh root ginger, grated
1 red chilli deseeded and chopped
1 tsp mild curry powder
1 kg carrot, trimmed and sliced
2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
2 orange strips
400g can coconut milk
700ml organic vegetable stock
Heat the oil in a large pan with a lid. Tip in the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli, then cook for 3-5 minutes until soft. Stir in the curry powder, followed by the carrots, lemongrass and zest, then cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes or more.
Give the coconut milk can a shake, then pour most of the coconut milk into the pan along with the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes until the carrots are really soft. Remove the lemongrass and orange zest, then use a stick blender or food processor to whiz until smooth. Ladle into bowls and top with a swirl of reserved coconut milk and an extra sprinkle of curry powder, if you like.
Tip: To give this velvet soup a tiny bit of crunch and extra visual appeal, chia seeds are stirred in after the soup is pureed
How To Make Your Own Coconut Lip Scrub At Home!
Sugar may not be good for you, but when it comes to summertime exfoliating it’s a must—especially for your lips. Starting a lip care regime will keep your pout fresh and kissable as you enter the cooler months, and the good news is that it’s as easy (and sweet) as pie to do.
By exfoliating with a natural scrub, you’ll slough off that top layer of skin often left dry from the sun, exposing a new soft lip that allows for better penetration of hydrating products (like lip balm) and makes your favourite lipsticks go on smoother and last longer.
Small glass container with lid (to store your lip scrub)
Bowl & spoon to mix the ingredients
Step 1: Making The Base
In your bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until you are left with a rich, thick, and SMOOTH consistency.
Step 2: Creating The Sugar Base
Add two firmly packed tablespoons of brown sugar to your base and mix until it is completely integrated and coated, forming a paste. Adjust the sugar-to-base ratio to achieve your desired scrub consistency.
Step 3: Storing Your Natural Lip Scrub
Transfer your delicious lip scrub into your glass container with lid. Make sure to label the jar and add the date so you can keep track of how long you’ve had it. And consider making it in small batches because homemade cosmetics lack the preservatives and don’t last as long. This lip scrub should last for approximately two weeks if you keep it refrigerated.
Step 4: Using The Lip Scrub
Before each use, let the scrub sit out and adjust to room temperature to soften up before applying to your pout. Using a generous amount, apply the scrub to your lips in a circular motion. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then remove with a warm washcloth. Apply Honest Organic Lip Balm or your favourite moisturising lip treatment after each use to maximise the results of your freshly scrubbed lips.
The Importance Of Massaging Your Face!
The face is full of nerves and pleasure points, so it makes sense that a facial massage is a desirable form of pampering. Give yourself a facial massage or visit a professional. Whether you are looking for a quick midday pick-me-up or a soothing escape, the luxury of massage is easily justified by some of its more practical benefits.
Get in a Better Mood
Facial massage decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood, according to a study conducted by the User Science Institute. Psychological tests administered after 45 minutes of facial massaging showed significant improvements in both mood and anxiety levels, according to the 2008 study. A relaxing facial massage may be just what you need to reduce stress.
Massaging prevent Wrinkles
Daily stress often results in tension buildup in the muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between the brows and along the lip line. Gentle, routine facial massage can help relax these tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form. Massage combined with a hydrating moisturiser can also help minimize lines and dryness.
See some examples down below that you can do on a daily basis!
The Deep-Cleansing Massage Massaging an oil cleanser into your skin — instead of just rubbing it on and immediately rinsing it off — can increase its efficacy by as much as 30%. This technique also offers the same results as using an electronic facial brush by helping dissolve oil on the skin — without the risk of breaking capillaries or exacerbating rosacea.
The Plumping/Contouring/Lifting Massage Backstage at fashion shows, you’ll often see models getting facial massages before their makeup is applied so their skin will look extra glowy under the lights. This technique can work just as well for you when you’re getting ready for a night out. It makes the skin look more plump and even-toned, and it temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Delicious Winter Inspired Hot Drinks!
We think that winter is a great time and season for creativity and new beginnings. Whether you’re wrapped in a blanket on your couch or out playing in the snow, working behind a desk, there’s wintry inspiration all around us, and there will be always something to share with our lovely readers!
These are the hot drinks we favour at this time of year: soothing chocolate for gentle evenings at home and a warm spiced almond milk for when you feel a little under the weather.
Honey And Camomile Hot Chocolate.
Something for bedtime, this is also a good way to curb a sweet tooth after dinner. (You can even ad a little shot of dark rum if it takes your fancy!)
(Makes 2 cups)
500 ml almond milk
1 camomile teabag
100g good chocolate, broken up
2 tbsp honey
Heat the milk in a saucepan with the camomile teabag. When it is just about to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes.
Take off the heat, remove the teabag and add the chocolate and honey. Ladle into cups and pop on to a little tray for bedtime.
Golden Turmeric Milk
This sunny yellow milk brightens us up when feeling under par. Try to have a little turmeric every day, usually in a tea; its healing properties have been widely celebrated. Allowing the milk to cool a little before you add the honey will stop the heat damaging the honey’s nutrients. You can also make a peppy morning version with a little grated ginger.
Bash the cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar and put them into a small saucepan with the milk, turmeric and cinnamon. Heat gently until almost boiling, no hotter – if you are using a non-dairy milk, it may split.
Pour into a mug – or strain it if the cardamom seeds bother you – and, once it has cooled a little, stir in the honey. Make sure you don’t spill any, as the lovely yellow colour can be rather persistent.
Using Chi Virgin Coconut Oil For Deep Conditioning
Coconut oil is rapidly growing in popularity for a wide variety of uses and benefits. For everything from cooking to moisturising skin, this miracle oil tops the list of natural alternatives to improve your health and well-being.
Whether you decide to start eating coconut oil, swishing it around your mouth or topically applying it to your hair and skin, coconut oil is something you need in your home. One of the greatest applications of coconut oil is for your hair!
Brr, brr, BRRRR! Has winter finally arrived? The mornings are getting darker and colder as the autumnal weather approaches, and let’s face it. Porridge is a great winter warmer and what better way to start a cold, frosty morning than with a warming bowl of porridge? Breakfast is important to fuel your body for the day, particularly if you’re going for a morning run or a gym session before work. We’re huge fans of icy cold smoothies or granola and fruit in the summer months, but now the weather has turned colder, we’re looking for a toasty alternative.
But there are more reasons to enjoy porridge than just a delicious start to the day; oats could provide protection against heart disease and cancer, scientists say, and porridge is packed with fibre, which provides your body with sustainable energy.
If you are feeling the cold here is a recipe to heat up your mornings with…
A warming oat-free porridge topped with crunchy Giving Tree Snack Pumpkin Crisps and nutritious goji berries and a drizzle of Yacon Syrup!
Place the oats and the coconut milk or water in a large pan over a medium heat
Add a tiny pinch of salt, coconut butter and stir with a wooden spoon.
Bring to a steady simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring as often as you can to give you a smooth creamy porridge – if you like your porridge runnier, simply add a splash more coconut milk or water until you’ve got the consistency you like.
Stir the Yacon Syrup through the porridge.
After you’re satisfied with the consistency, put your oats porridge in a bowl an add your Giving Tree Pumpkin Crisps topping alongside with the Goji Berries, Brazilian Nuts, Pumpkin, chia seeds and a little bit of cinnamon!
Things To Do In London In November 2017
A the evenings get darker, fireworks light up the skies fore Bonfire Night, London’s streets begin to sparkle with Christmas lights, traditional pubs offer a cosy retreat.
There are plenty of things to do in November in London to make the most of the longer nights, or to warm up indoors.
Festive cheer begins to take over the capital from mid-November, as everyone gets ready for Christmas in London. The colder weather is the perfect excuse to head to a cosy pub. London’s pubs are a cultural institution, where you can enjoy warming log fires, local beers and hearty meals.
November Events in London
Special Events in November.
Get up close to classic and futuristic cars at the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the largest free motor show in the UK. (4 Nov)
Watch the dark autumn skies light up with amazing Bonfire Night fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night in November. (3-5 Nov)
Enjoy jazz music in grand concert halls and intimate venues across the capital during the London Jazz Festival. (10-19 Nov)
Witness The Lord Mayor’s Show, an 800-year-old inauguration ceremony that has evolved into a huge procession of marching bands, floats and dancers, followed by a fireworks display. (11 Nov)
Explore the hugely popular Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, filled with festive activities, amazing shows and delicious food and drink. From 17 Nov
See the world of Harry Potter transformed for winter with Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. (From 18 Nov)
Stroll among thousands of twinkling lights and illuminated displays in the beautiful Kew Gardens with Christmas at Kew. (From 22 Nov)
Or head over to Chiswick House and Gardens, which light up with the Magical Lantern Festival as night falls. (From 24 Nov)
From Coconut To Bottle Into 24 Hours And Our Drop4Drop Charity!
Have you ever wondered how our coconut water, which is 100% pure, with no added sugar, no added preservatives and no chemicals is being made?
Check our our brand new video about our RAW COCONUT WATER – from coconut to bottle in 24 hours! And read further to know more about some of the projects we are supporting thanks to your purchase.
Woman and children collectively walk 200 million miles a day to collect, often dirty, unsafe water. With every purchase of Chi, you are helping us to build water wells in the most dilapidated communities in India and Africa.
748 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in nine of the world’s population. Our company aim is to build a minimum of 6 water wells per year at villages that do not have access to running water.
100% of all CHI donated funds go directly towards all projects that our charity partner, Drop4Drop, conduct for each village. We built our first well in a village called S. Papannapalle, in the region of Andhra Pradesh, India in November, 2014.
Access to clean water transforms lives, creates opportunities and lays the foundations to a brighter future. Be part of the solution and see how you can get involved too. Donating just £2 will bring clean water to a new person every month.
To view some of our previous charity activities delivering supplies to Thai orphanages, click here.
How To Make A Healthy Green Juice Recipe!
Think of juicing as a quick way to get lots of vitamins and nutrients into your body. Do your body some real good! We don’t do healthy juice cleanses and don’t use healthy juices as a meal replacement. Instead, we love making a small veggie-packed juice and enjoying it with our (usually fiber rich) breakfast or lunch.
The benefits are so profound, in fact, that you might just get addicted to juicing.Green juices are liquid gold for boosts of energy, nutrients, and restoration. Read more to know how you make a healthy green juice recipe!
PRESS all ingredients through a juicer in batches. Stir and sprinkle some desiccated coconut on your smoothie and serve immediately.
Adjust fruit and veggie amounts to suit your personal taste. More apple equals a sweeter drink. Store any extra in the fridge for up to one day.
There are a lot of benefits of using spinach in this smoothie. Spinach contains vitamin K, fiber, phosphorus, and thiamine. Most of the calories in spinach come from protein and carbohydrates.
Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary potassium, weighing in at 839 milligrams per cup (cooked). To compare, one cup of banana has about 539 milligrams of potassium.
A lack of iron in the diet can effect how efficiently the body uses energy. Spinach is a great source of iron, along with lentils, tuna, and eggs. Make sure to combine vitamin C-rich foods with plant iron to improve absorption.
Spinach is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system, and maintaining blood pressure. Magnesium also plays a part in hundreds more biochemical reactions that occur in the body.
Things To Do In London For Halloween 2017
If you’re looking for something to do for Halloween in London — whether that’s a family-friendly Halloween party, or a more grown-up event — you’re in the right place. We’ll be adding more Halloween 2017 London events to this page closer to the time, so keep checking back.
HORROCTOBER: It’s a terrible pun, but a fantastic line-up at the Prince Charles Cinema’s month-long celebration of all things dark, twisted and creepy. Films being shown include Friday the 13th, Dracula, Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hocus Pocus, The Blair Witch Project, plus foreign language horror films. (1-31 October)
NEWBURGH QUARTER OF CURIOSITY: Halloween lasts a whole two weeks in Carnaby, with Halloween installations appearing throughout the Newburgh Quarter, plus free workshops and masterclasses including potion cocktail making, pumpkin planters, and a Halloween make-up masterclass taking place in the pop-up Quarter of Curiosity Shop. There’s also a Halloween Fright Night Party on 26 October. See schedule for full details. (17-31 October)
HALLOWEEN SÉANCE: The Last Tuesday Society hosts an evening with Philipp Oberlohr, the man described as ‘Austria’s Derren Brown’. He’ll be reconstructing a séance in an immersive performance paired with a menu of Victorian-era cocktails. Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities (Hackney), £20, book ahead, (24 October, 6.30pm/9pm)
GUERILLA SCIENCE:Delve into your darkest nightmares at The Book Club and learn all about sleep paralysis and nightmares from scientists and film makers.£5-£12, book ahead, (25 October, 7pm-10pm)
DICKENS AFTER DARK:Visit the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury for a special edition of Dickens After Dark, the late night, candlelit opening of the museum. Be entertained by the magician or have your fortune told by the housemaid, before sinking a drink or two at the bar. £16, book ahead, (26 October, 6pm)
FRIGHT NIGHT: Forty Hall is being transformed into a haunted house for the night, giving visitors a chance to explore the building by candlelight. Look out for surprising characters along the way, and finish off with a drink in the bar. Age 16+ (although there is a child-friendly version of the event happening at different times).Forty Hall (Enfield), £5, book ahead, (27 October, 6.30pm)
ROOF PARTY:Once again Kensington Roof Gardens hosts a rooftop Halloween party, complete with spookily themed nightclub, plenty of drinks, and a barbecue being fired up throughout the evening. Age 21+. From £20, book ahead, (27 and 28 October, 7pm)
HALLOWEEN WALK:Take a guided tour around the streets of Deptford hearing ghost tales, and stories of grizzly goings on. The walk starts and finishes at Deptford Market Yard, with plenty of food and drink options. Costume optional, but there’s a prize for the best.Free, book ahead, (28 October, 5.30pm)
Make Your Own Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter
Coconut oil is having a moment right now, you guys. Suddenly it’s used by everyone for everything. And rightly so, because it’s apparently pretty amazing. It’s full of vitamin E, antioxidants and healthy fats, and can be used in countless different ways. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for Whipped Coconut Oil Body Lotion.
It can be whipped up in minutes, smells great, and is super moisturising on dry skin. Also, a little goes a long way, so although this recipe doesn’t make a ton of lotion, it will last. Concentrate on spots where your skin is driest – my elbows, and knees, specifically, then rub the excess wherever else you need a little more moisture. We add a bit of olive oil for moisture , to make it a smooth consistency, and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. The lemongrass oil gives the body butter a great scent, and lemongrass comes with its own long list of health benefits as well.
5(or so) drops Lemongrass Essential Oil (or any essential oil of your choice, really). This step is optional.
Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Use a hand- or stand-mixer to whip the ingredients on high for 7 or so minutes until they’ve reached a whipped, airy consistency. Remove you lotion from the bowl and store it in a glass container at room temperature. Apply it after a shower for supple, moisturised skin.
We really have to recommend using only organic, unrefined coconut oil for just about all of the topical things you plan to use coconut oil for. Refined coconut oil can have “other” things in it that you might not want to be absorbed into your body through your skin.
Health Benefits Of Drinking Espresso
Everyone knows that drinking coffee will give you that little caffeine boost. A shot of espresso is particularly well known for this, but what tends to be lesser well known is the fact that espresso offers several other benefits. Here is a list we’ve got for you, if you were searching for another reason to drink espresso! 🙂
It enhances long-term memory.
Mastering the art of pouring the perfect espresso shot is worth it when you consider that by drinking the right amount of caffeine, you can improve your long-term memory.
Neuro-scientist Michael Yassa, from the University of California, conducted a study which found that drinking the equivalent of two espressos enhanced the process of memory consolidation. This process, in turn, improved long-term memory among the subjects.
Stick to the recommended amount if you want to see improvements since the study did not find any benefits for those who consumed more or less than two cups.
It increases attention.
Many people start off their day with a shot of espresso, and this comes as no surprise. Caffeine has been found to reduce symptoms of fatigue, while also improving sustained attention and vigilance. These effects are thought to occur thanks to a neuro-chemical interaction.
Coffee maintains a greater dopamine concentration, particularly in the areas of the brain that are linked to attention. Keep in mind that the benefits tend to be short-term, and you want to avoid overdoing it. Too much caffeine can make you feel jittery, making it far harder to concentrate.
It reduces the risk of a stroke.
In a Swedish study conducted by Susanna Larsson, researchers found that drinking at least one cup of coffee a day can lessen the risk of suffering from a stroke. This result is thought to be due to the antioxidant properties of coffee.
The study concentrated on a group of women over a 10-year period. They concluded that drinking one or more cups of coffee a day reduced your chances of suffering from a stroke by 25%. Another study found similar results in male smokers, whose risk was reduced by 21% with eight or more cups of coffee a day.
It can help you lose weight.
What sets espresso apart from some of the other beverages found at coffee shops, is that it is low-calorie. It only contains about three calories per ounce, assuming you’re not adding any sugar or cream.
But, besides being low-calorie, it can also help to improve your exercise performance. A study published in the Medicine and Science in Sports Journal found that caffeine made workouts appear less strenuous, by lowering the perceived level of exertion by over 5%.
Besides making exercise seem easier, coffee also reduces the level of perceived muscle pain which occurs when doing exercises. Ingesting a dose of caffeine equivalent to two or three cups of coffee an hour before 30 minutes of workout reduces muscle pain, allowing you to push yourself a little bit harder.
Coconut Oil and Avocado Face Mask
Coconut oil is an oil with many healing properties. It is rich in Vitamins A and K. It is a great moisturiser as well because it helps your skin retain moisture. If you are struggling with dry skin that loses its moisture quickly, then this homemade Coconut Oil and Avocado dry skin treatment is the one for you. As with any homemade mask, make sure that you are not allergic to coconut oil if you haven’t used it on your face before. Do the same with avocado, although you should not have any allergic reaction. You will warm up the coconut oil so that it is in liquid form instead. Organic coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature.
Honey is an all natural astringent and toner. It helps your skin retain its moisture and since honey is also an antiseptic, it clears your upper layer of skin from acne causing bacteria. Use this homemade face mask to moisturise your face, and give it the healthy nutrients it needs to achieve that optimal healthy glow!
Warm up the coconut oil in a dish using the microwave. Once you have warmed the coconut oil, and it is a liquid, mash the avocado in a bowl using a fork and add the coconut oil and honey. Mix all the ingredients well.
Before applying this mask to your face, wash your face with warm water. Using your clean fingertips, apply this homemade face mask to your dry skin and let it set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off properly with warm water and pat dry when you’re done. Use your toner and moisturise as usual.
Your skin should feel smooth and moisturised afterwards.
Make Your Own Delicious Tropical Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Not escaping to the tropics this winter? Right there with you ! But before you think about fake-cationing, make this refreshing recipe with the crazy-good combo of coconut and banana! A spring of mint and coconut flakes finishes the coconut smoothie bowl off with a pop of springtime freshness.
Smoothie bowls are an up and coming trend, not because everyone else is doing it, but because they are surprisingly delicious and healthy! You can use this smoothie bowl for breakfast, snack, or even lunch. Whenever you like feeling it. They are loaded up with additional nutritional goodies like fruit, chocolate and oats, since you don’t have to drink it through a straw. You can dress them up and make them gorgeous for an Instagram post as well!
A blend of four different kinds of berries gives it a beautiful colour and flavour. The touch of honey gives the smoothie a simple sweetness without adding any sugar to it. The banana helps to thicken it up as well as adding potassium to the dish. It gives you a good start to start off your day. Finish and dress up your smoothie with fresh whole fruits, chia seeds (optional), and mini vegan chocolate chips and you’re well on your wat to a healthy delightful breakfast. You can even eat it as a snack when you feel hungry!
Combine all the smoothie ingredients together in a blender and blend everything until smooth
Pour the smoothie into two bowls and top with toppings, dividing the toppings evenly between the two bowls and dress it up, Instagram ready!
Health Benefits Of Smoothies + Strawberry Smoothie Recipe!
Why do so many people consume healthy smoothies on a regular basis? We have our own reasons, but we thought it would be fun and helpful for others to collect all the populair reasons into one spot. After you read this we think you’ll be convinced that developing the habit of making healthy smoothies on a daily basis is an excellent investment of your time and money!
The 10 Reasons to Consume Healthy Smoothies
Get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables.
It’s quick and easy to make
Kids will like smoothies.
Easier weight loss
Delicious with your own favourite fruits
Reach your own personal health goals
Strengthens your immune system
Strawberry Smoothie Recipe!
A great smoothie for any time of the day! If you’re not already a fan of strawberries, you should be. Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (Like Vitamin C ) which promotes your eye health. Strawberry helps fighting cancer and it keep wrinkles at bay!
Here you have a few reasons you should add more strawberries to your smoothies! They are therefore a brilliant addition to your morning smoothie!
Grind the Giving Tree Strawberry Crisps in your spice grinder , like a fine strawberry powder. Make sure to have one tablespoon of strawberry powder.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Add the liquids first this makes blending much easier!
The Best Prawn And Pumpkin Curry Recipe For Halloween!
The pumpkin carving has begun, and we have a delicious pumpkin recipe to make. This impressive prawn and pumpkin curry may look complicated, but once you have all the ingredients ready it’s quite easy to make for your loved ones.
Pumpkin or butternut squash 700g, peeled and cut into rough chunks
Cumin seeds, 1 tsp
Shallots, 200g finely diced
Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
Ground cumin, 1/2 tsp
Ground coriander, 1/2 tsp
Tomatoes, 2 small diced
Black mustard seeds, 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp
Curry leaves, 15
Garlic, 2 cloves chopped
Shallots, 2 finely chopped
Toss the prawns with the chilli, turmeric, lemon juice, 3 tbsp veg oil and 1 tsp sea salt and chill for 2 hours.
For the curry paste, whizz the ingredients, with 100ml warm water, in a blender.
To make the sauce base heat the oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas. Toss the pumpkin in a little vegetable oil and the whole cumin seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tender.
Put a large pan over a high heat, add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and cook the shallot until lightly browned. Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook for a further minute. Add the tomato, stir and then stir in the curry paste. Season with sea salt to your own taste.
To make the Tarka, heat another 2tbsp of vegetable oil in a separate pan until very hot. Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek and stand back while they pop. After a few seconds, add the curry leaves, garlic and red onion. Sizzle for 30 seconds and then add to the main sauce.
Add the baked pumpkin to the sauce, cover and simmer gently for about 5 minutes. You can prep-ahead up to this point. When you’re ready to serve. reheat gently then add the marinated prawns, continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes until the prawns are just cooked. Finally, add the baby spinach and stir into the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat as the spinach will wilt very quickly.
Chi 100% Raw Coconut Oil using for cleaning.
Just another reason to love our Chi 100% Raw Coconut Oil- It functions as a leather conditioner/cleanser.
We know a lot of people who wear leather shoes and inquire about leather boot care or people with leather furniture, so we compiled this guide for you, with the primary tool being as simple as one of our favorites:
The key to maintain leather shoes or even furniture is to periodically replenish the natural oils that repel moisture. Most people don’t have flaxseed oil, so therefore you can also condition leather with Coconut Oil; it is hypoallergenic and won’t spoil.
First, clean the leather using vinegar and water. Then, rub the Coconut Oil with a soft rag. To avoid excess absorption, the leather should be at room temperature, and the only heat should be come from your hands and the friction created by the movement of the cloth.
Restore dried-out leather
Have your sofa or leather jacket seen better days? Breathe some life back into dried-out leather by wiping the surface with a damp cloth and then rubbing on some coconut oil with a soft cloth. Wipe off any excess oil with a clean cloth and marvel at the transformation
To polish wood.
If you want to polish wood with Coconut Oil you need to drop a spoonful of Coconut Oil onto the wood, now rub it in with circular motions with an old t-shirt. After five minutes rub any excess oil off with a towel. Let your furniture dry and see how your wooden furniture is glowing again!
Using these tips and just a little of that fabulous coconut oil, you can make your own natural home cleaning products in no time. And not a harsh chemical in sight. Feel free to use this method with our Chi 100% Raw Coconut Oil for amazing results!
Coconut oil for anti ageing and problem-skin treatment.
As we get older, our skin struggles to regenerate like it used to as the fat cells underneath our skin start to reduce in size and the inner layers of the skin become thinner. Our skin loses its firmness and bounce only to be left with the widely hated, wrinkles. We will all have to at some point deal with wrinkles, although how much one ages facially will vary in each individual depending on a number of factors including genetics, diet and weight and sun exposure, to name just a few.
Coconut oil has been found to substantially help reduce wrinkles and this is done by encouraging collagen* production (the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues). This method is better than attempting to cover up wrinkles in various areas around the face, which will only result in more wrinkles.
Coconut oil has been very successful and has been clinically tested to aid in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. This is a category of eczema that expresses itself as an area of red and itchy skin, it could be severe or reoccurring.
Coconut oil is also anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, which means it can be used in healing fungal and yeast infections.
Due to these anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil is becoming extremely popular in treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In fact, it was found in a recent study that nearly half of patients that were diagnosed with a chronic skin condition who used coconut oil saw a noticeable difference in their skin. On the other hand, just 19 percent of individuals who applied mineral oil to their skin to treat their condition saw a noticeable difference. Therefore using coconut oil on a regular basis may help in alleviating symptoms.
We can easily see how coconut oil can be extremely favourable in helping improve skin conditions whilst also containing anti-ageing properties.
What is oil pulling and why you should do it
Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Did you ask yourself what it is and why people are doing it? No? Well, then this post will bring some clarity.
Oil pulling is a method to do mouth cleansing in a natural way. It is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice and has been used in coconut producing countries for hundreds of years.
You can do oil pulling with different kinds of oil but it is mostly done with coconut oil. We at Chi also use coconut oil for our oil pulling, which is organic, raw, virgin and cold-pressed. It has a lot of benefits and is pleasant to the taste. Moreover, coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties, which is very advantageous when doing oil pulling.
You mainly do oil puling to receive a better oral hygiene and get rid of bacteria in your mouth. The method to do it is very simple and easy. You just have to swish the coconut oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. Do this preferably in the morning before you eat or drink anything. After that, you spit it out into the trash or toilet. Don’t swallow it! The oil should look milky and be watery now. If it isn’t, you didn’t swish it long enough. You shouldn’t spit it into the sink as it contains all the toxins from your mouth. Furthermore, you don’t want to clog your sink drain. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with warm sea salt water, as it will kill any lingering bacteria. But that is optional. What you definitely have to do is to brush your teeth afterwards!
You not only receive a better oral hygiene by doing oil pulling. There are more benefits coming with it. Some examples are a better breath and better overall hygiene in the mouth, whiter teeth, the healing of bleeding gums, better skin or the detoxification of your body. But as already said, these are just some examples out of a lot. Furthermore, coconut oil also contains a lot of vitamins that are easily digestible. It provides you with vitamin A, D, E and K.
If you want to have visible results, you should do oil pulling for at least two weeks. The Chi Oil Pulling kit is available in a two-week course, a four-week course or a six-week course. As you should do the oil pulling every day, the courses contain one sachet for every day. After a few days you will see the first results and you will notice the benefits.
If you have never tried oil pulling before, you should now! We have listed the benefits and it is so easy to integrate it into your daily routine. Oil pulling is the natural and healthy way compared to all the other chemical methods, which are more harmful than helping. So if you want to give your body a treat, try oil pulling.
What is organic extra virgin coconut oil?
We all hear about coconut oil and its benefits. But there are also a lot of different types on the market,which can sometimes be really confusing. There is regular coconut oil, extra virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil, organic coconut oil… What is the difference and which product is the best?
Today we want to tinker with organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil as this is also the type of our Chi Coconut Oil. You will get a brief overview what virgin coconut oil means and you can read about some differences between this and ordinary coconut oil.
At first, we will look at how the coconut oil is made or rather, extracted. This is also one of the crucial differences between regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil. The latter is extracted from the coconut milk, which the coconut contains. In the process after, the coconut oil is separated from the coconut milk. Chi Coconut Oil is never heated at that point. This means, that neither any artificial filtering nor any chemicals or bleachers are used in the process of extracting.
How to distinguish?
Regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil look extremely similar, which makes it nearly impossible to differ them with the naked eye. But the labels will help you to find out which oil you are dealing with. Another hint for extra virgin coconut oil is the fact that it will melt in your hand due to the body heat, whereas regular coconut oil won’t melt. Another difference is that refined (regular) coconut oil has a less strong taste and smell of coconuts than extra virgin coconut oil.
As no heat is used during the extraction process, all the nutrition and benefits are kept in the oil. Vitamins and minerals are retained and occur way more than in regular coconut oil. Moreover, extra virgin coconut oil contains good cholesterol, almost no trans fatty acids, more vitamins, antioxidants and minerals than regular and therewith refined coconut oil. Furthermore, its shelf life is extremely long – up to two and a half years!
To summarise this little overview of organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil, we want to tell you, that it is simply amazing for you and your body. We are sure that you already know about the benefits of coconut oil but if you want to refresh your knowledge, read our blog post about in which other ways you can use it. Coconut oil is very versatile and that makes it really easy for us to ingest it. So give yourself and your body a treat and put some Chi Coconut Oil in your shopping trolley next time you go to the shops.
Recipes with PACK’D frozen smoothie kits and Chi Raw Coconut Water
When you read our blog on a regular basis, you know that we had the pleasure to try the frozen smoothie kits from PACK’D. They are absolutely delicious and that’s why we decided to create some recipes with the PACK’D kits in combination with our Chi Raw Coconut Water.
Below, you can find the recipes for a tropical breakfast smoothie bowl, a delicate berry smoothie and an energising post workout smoothie. All of the recipes are super easy to make, take no time at all and the taste of them is just scrumptious! Have fun trying them out!
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to a blender and add the PACK’D smoothie kit. Peel the mango and add it together with the banana, the coconut flakes and the yoghurt to the blender and blend until smooth. Decorate your bowl with some more yoghurt, granola and the freeze-dried fruit and enjoy a tropical breakfast.
Chi Raw Coconut Water
A handful of blueberries
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to the blender and add the smoothie kit and the fruit. Blend until smooth.
Post Workout Smoothie
Chi Raw Coconut Water
A handful of blueberries
A teaspoon of protein powder
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water and all of the other ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.
The versatile coconut – products you didn’t know about
By now, we all know coconut water and that it is hugely healthy. But did you know that the coconut yields so many more products than only coconut water? The whole coconut fruit is used to produce different products and even parts of the coconut tree are used! Today, we want to present some things made out of the coconut fruit you might didn’t know.
Although, many of you already know coconut water, we briefly want to respond to it for those who just don’t know it yet.
Coconut water is probably the most popular coconut product people know. It is the liquid inside the coconut. One can drink it directly from the coconut (if you are lucky enough to live in a growing area) or you can buy it packaged. Coconut water is absolutely healthy (read about the benefits of coconut water here) and keeps you hydrated.
Coconut oil is made out of the coconut meat. It is extracted by cold pressing the meat until the oil is released. Coconut oil can be used in various ways, e.g. as cooking oil, in baking, as a hair mask and much more. Read about the usage of coconut oil on your body here.
Coconut butter is also extracted from the coconut meat. To gain the butter, the coconut meat is blended until it gets a smooth and creamy consistency. Coconut butter can be eaten plainly, as a spread on your toast or as a drizzle over desserts. It can be easily made at home by just blending coconut flakes until they are smooth.
To obtain coconut flour, coconut meat is dried and pulverised afterwards. Coconut flour can be used as a substitute to wheat flour and is a good alternative if you cannot stomach gluten. Coconut flour is mostly used for baking.
If you grate coconut meat, mix it with a splash of water and squeeze it afterwards, you will gain coconut milk. Coconut milk is used a lot as an alternative to cow’s milk but also for desserts, soups, in curries or simply to enrich the taste of (mostly Asian) dishes. Some other products made out of coconut milk are coconut yogurt, coconut ice-cream or coconut kefir. These products are very handy for allergy sufferers or vegans as they are completely dairy-free.
Coconut flakes are also made out of coconut meat by shredding and drying it. The flakes can be used in granola or baked goods, as a topping or just plain as a snack.
Admittedly, coconut sugar is not a product that is made directly from the coconut. It is extracted from the blossoms of the coconut tree. The blossoms contain a sap which is used to produce the coconut sugar. The sap is heated to remove the moisture. The end product is the coconut sugar which can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking and cooking.
Wow, so there are a lot of different products we can gain from the coconut! That is amazing, isn’t it? But please note, that only a variety of products is presented here. There are a lot more things that can be made out of coconuts. Many of them can also be easily made at home, so get in the kitchen and have fun trying out!
Things to do in August
London has a lot to offer! Also in August there are a lot of things to do in our favourite city. You can choose from a variety of events, from a relaxed night in an outdoor cinema to a sweaty workout up on a rooftop!
Below, you can find a list with our highlights of must-do’s in August. Enjoy hand have fun!
English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
When was the last time you saw a ballet? Romeo and Juliet are back in London and the English National Ballet Philharmonic will exhibit their talent once again. You will be excited about the performance the dancers show in their wonderfully pretty costumes. The Royal Festive Hall will take you to Verona, the little place in Italy. For nearly three hours, you will be part of the romantic love story between Romeo and Juliet. Pack your tissues and enjoy a wonderful night.
London Craft Beer Festival
August means time for London craft Beer Festival! From 4 August until 6 August beer will flow like water and if this wasn’t enough, it’s also the 5th birthday of the festival! This year the party will take place at Shoreditch Electric Light Station for the first time. Except from beer, you can find some delish food and listen to relaxed tunes mixed by selected DJs. So prepare your liver friends and raise your glass, cheers!
Pop Up Screens
You feel like going to the cinema but want to take advantage of the good weather at the same time? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! The Pop Up Screens will set up shop in different places around London this summer. Lean back in your deck chair sipping a cider and enjoy the good old classics like Pretty Woman or the latest blockbusters such as Doctor Strange. Much better than a cinema hall but don’t forget to bring your raincoat (you know London…).
Summertime – Festival time! The one-day festival was invented by the teams behind XOYO, The Nest and Phonox as well as Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook last year. This year will be even more epic and Brockwell Park will be transformed to a huge party area on 12 August. Don’t be worried if there is some music you like. You will be provided with jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco – so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Have fun dancing the night away.
Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace
Foodies Festival is the biggest food festival in the UK and this year it takes place at Alexandra Palace on Bank holiday Weekend (26-28 August). There will be five different areas, the chef’s theatre, the cakes and dessert theatre, the drinks theatre, a live music stage and a kids cookery theatre. Meet some of the most excellent chefs, bake some marvellous cakes or enjoy an afternoon tea, take part in a wine tasting or listen to some tunes at the live music stage. Don’t forget to bring your kids as they will have a great time at the kids cookery theatre. An enjoyable celebration about food, drinks and cooking.
Notting Hill Carnival
The biggest street party known in London and beyond will happen as well on Bank Holiday Weekend this August. In and around London W10 and W11 the streets will be filled with hundreds of people celebrating the Caribbean culture. Decide if you want to go on Saturday and listen to bands or enjoy outdoor entertainment, on Sunday, the traditional Family Day, with the Sunday Parade in the afternoon or choose Monday, the Grand Final with the enormous parade. Get into that Caribbean feeling and experience something you’ll never forget!
Ham Yard Roof Terrace Summer Sessions
The Ham Yard Hotel offers some amazing summer sessions from 31 July until 30 August. The month will be divided into three sections. From 31 July until 8 August the Summer Sundowners will take place, addressing the cocktail lovers. The Garden to Glass session, taking place from 12 August until 18 August will serve some delicious cocktails inspired by the kitchen garden and with some tasty ingredients. The last section (19 August until 30 August) is for the ones of you adoring wine! Rosé on the Roof provides a variety of the pinky beverage from around the world. Decide which session you like best and enjoy a memorable night with incomparable sunset views.
The Covent Garden Comedy Club and Nightclub
Need some laughter again? Then go to Covent Garden and enjoy a night of comedy and fun. Throughout the month the Covent Garden Comedy Club will host some of the funniest comedians who will tickle the laughter out of you. Enjoy a Dinner & Comedy Package or bring your own food to top the night off. Everyone knows that we adults laugh way too little so take the initiative and head to Covent Garden.
HIIT the roof
Aviary is a rooftop bar and restaurant in the Mountcalm Hotel located at Finsbury Square. But this summer it doesn’t only serve fancy drinks but transforms into a gym! Yes right, you can have sweaty workout sets on the top of the 10th floor feeling a light breeze. The workouts will be on the basis of Run, Condition and Move. We wanna see you sweat!
Last Days of Shoreditch
How about a casual evening or night al Last Days of Shoreditch? The venue offers several events on Thursdays to Sundays throughout the month. Have fun with friends at a karaoke night, join one of the great parties or just go there and have some food. Get that quality time and pack your friends!
PACK’D frozen smoothies
A few days ago, we received a package from our lovely friends from PACK’D. We discovered their frozen smoothie kits, which made us quite excited! Excited, because that meant we could cock the kitchen up! No but seriously, the kits were wrapped in a really nice box. They have a very lovely and appealing packaging with bright colours and a beautiful design.
PACK’D offers three different frozen smoothie kits in various flavours. All of them contain two fruit and vegetable pouches and two superfood sachets. No preservatives or sugar is added and the ingredients are all natural.
In PACK’D Energy you can find chopped strawberries, banana, blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and spinach leaves and the superfood sachet contains milled flaxseeds, maca, cacao and guarana powder. The Detox variant contains chopped pineapple, apple, kale, ginger, spinach leaves and lemon zest as well as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barleygrass powder. The flavour Defence is composed of the pouch containing chopped pineapple, mango, papaya, banana, ginger and goji berries and the sachet containing milled flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and baobab powder. Each finished smoothie provides you with different nutritions such as vitamins, potassium and fibre and shows individual benefits for your body.
It is really easy to prepare the smoothies as every pack has a little description of how to use it. You have to add a liquid to every kit. We used our Chi Coconut Water and Chi Coconut Milk. PACK’D Defence was the the frozen smoothie kit started with. In not more than two minutes we created a very delicious smoothie with a bright yellow colour. It smelled really fresh and you can taste the different fruit. The green smoothie which was the result from the Detox kit doesn’t taste like the usual “green and healthy smoothie”, which a lot of people don’t find really tasty. Detox has a very enjoyable taste and the fresh green colour makes it look nice as well. From PACK’D Energy we created a smoothie bowl but the process to do it was of course the same. After the ingredients from the pack were added to the blender we obtained a smoothie with a lovely red colour which smelled and tasted just so good!
The PACK’D frozen smoothie kits are a very handy way to create tasty smoothies which contain healthy ingredients. They are fuelling your body and provide you with important nutrients. Apropos of nothing, you consume a good amount of fruit and vegetable easily. Thumbs up for PACK’D!
10 ways to use coconut oil on your body
By now, we all know the overall benefits of coconut oil. But did you know, that coconut oil can also be used on the body? It is really versatile and you will be surprised how easy it is, to use a natural product instead of commercial (and often very unhealthy) products.
Below you can find a range of how coconut oil can be used as a body treatment.
1. Body lotion
If you want to have a natural body lotion free from additives and perfume, you can simply use coconut oil. Just rub a bit of the oil in your hands to warm it up. Apply it to your body like you would do with usual body lotion. You will get smooth and moisturised skin.
2. Body Scrub
Coconut oil can be perfectly used as a body scrub. It is easily made at home by mixing together coconut oil and coconut sugar. Apply the mixture on your body to get rid of dead skin cells. After the usage you will have soft and clean skin.
3. Hand cream
Use coconut oil on your hands if they are dry and chapped. For a better result lotion your hands generously with the oil and put gloves on overnight. You will have the softest hands afterwards.
4. Make up remover
To remove eye make up put some coconut oil on a cotton pad and gently rub down the make up. It is a very soft way to remove your make up and moisturise your skin at the same time.
5. Lip balm
The lip balms available in the shops are always packed with unhealthy ingredients. To get a natural and vegan lip balm, just use a bit of coconut oil on your lips. You won’t have dry or cracked lips ever again.
6. Dental care
Coconut oil is supporting you to absorb calcium and therefore, to have strong and healthy teeth. Tooth decay will be stopped and plaque formation can be reduced.
7. Hair mask
Once in a while you should treat your hair with a mask to keep it healthy. Coconut oil is a very good helper to protect your hair-ends against spliss and drought. Massage some coconut oil into the hair and let absorb. Shampoo as usual afterwards. For shiny hair do a hair mask once or twice a week.
8. Insect repellent
If you want to have an insect repellent that does not contain chemicals or additives, use coconut oil as your natural product. Mix coconut oil and essential oil together and apply it onto your skin. This has to be done regularly throughout the day to warrant protection against insects.
9. Skin disease
If you suffer from a skin disease, apply coconut oil on the affected area to alleviate symptoms. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and therefore, it is bland to the skin. As it is a natural product it won’t hurt while applying it on the skin.
10. After sun product
Coconut oil can be a helpful product if your skin got too much sun. The reddened and irritated skin is soothed and rehydrated by the oil. You should take care of your skin and avoid to stay in the sun for too long.
It is so easy to use a healthy, plant-based product instead of all the products we can find in the shops that contain harmful ingredients. Start today and live a better life.
Acai, Berry and Coconut Summer Smoothie Bowl
Summer has finally arrived in London which we are very happy about! To celebrate this, we want to share a super delicious recipe today. We proudly present – drum roll – the Acai-Blueberry-Coconut-Mango Summer Smoothie Bowl!
This smoothie bowl tastes like summer on a spoon. It refreshes you right in the morning (but you can of course also have it as an afternoon snack). The taste of the tropics will explode in your mouth as you take the first bite! Acai is a superfood, showing a lot of antioxidants. It will protect you of free radicals, which can lead to chronic diseases. In combination with fresh berries, a juicy mango and the creamy coconut you will experience a super yummy taste adventure. Additionally, this smoothie bowl is all vegan, dairy- and gluten-free!
Simply blend all the ingredients together until they are smooth. Decorate your bowl nicely and enjoy your summery breakfast!
Fruit and Coconut Ice Lollies
Ice lollies – who does not love them?!
We are all enjoying the sun and the heat these last days. Everyone is relaxing in the park or on a rooftop bar (have a look at the best ones you can find in London here).
The perfect get-together with friends is a picnic. But in this heat a picnic is only successful if you bring one special little thing – ice lollies! Everyone is happy to lick on one to cool down. We have a super easy recipe for you to see happy faces at your picnic. In no time you’ll have some healthy and hydrating ice lollies! The best thing is, that you only need two ingredients for this!
Pack the ice lollies, some snacks (for example the Giving Tree Snacks) and lots of other trifles to eat and enjoy it with your friends.
Simply slice your fruit and put them into ice moulds. Fill the moulds with CHI coconut water. Put them into the freezer for at least 6 hours, better overnight.
The ice lollies are the easiest and fastest treat to make and they are so delicious! Enjoy!
7 amazing rooftop bars and beer gardens in London
To all Londoners out there – and those who are in London over the summer -, you better listen up! Summer is (finally) getting closer and this means that you should go outside as much as possible, enjoy the sun, so basically get tanned and meeting up with your friends for a fresh drink. As London is a really big town with plenty of different places to grab a drink, we would like to present you our personal selection of 8 amazing beer gardens and rooftop bars.
1) Netil 360
The perfect place to be on a warm summer evening, watching the sun slowly going down over the London skyline with some electro-pop beats playing in the background. Can you wish for anything else?
2) Earl of Essex
This beer garden is basically the back garden of a craft beer pub and besides serving of course really good beer, you can also get some high quality ciders there. You can enjoy your drink in a really cozy atmosphere with picnic tables and surrounded by some ivy tendrils climbing up the brick walls.
3) Queen of Hoxton
This rooftop bar located in the heart of Camden is a real hippie adventure. Artistically coloured chairs and picnic tables stand next to pink and yellow flowerpots. To sum up, a happy hippie paradise and if you have a look at their events, you can even find some open-air cinema sessions organised on the rooftop.
4) Grand Union Brixton
You should totally check out this beer garden if you feel like going on a holiday just for one evening. In this bar you can sit in a beach cabana à la Ibiza while listening to some acoustic live music.
5) Dalston Roof Park
This rooftop bar is not only perfect to chill and drink with your fellows, but also the place to be for special events just as amazing rooftop gigs that you can check out before going there.
6) Garden Gate
Have you already been to Hampstead Heath? If you feel like being surrounded by nature and only nature after living day by day the urban London life, this area should definitely be on your “To-Go” list. You will feel las if you were in a completely new setting, far away from London, and at the same time it’s a really good spot for an amazing view over London. AND you can grab a cold beer at The Garden Gate – we just introduced you to the perfect plan for a day trip, right?
7) Frank’s Cafe
Probably one of the biggest rooftop bars so far. And for all those who didn’t know: Peckham is one of the best places to go out in London! Some recent surveys even made Peckham to one of the areas in which many Londoners would like to live. So let’s start by at least grabbing a beer or a cocktail at Frank’s Café!
It’s Competition time!
Hey we have good news for you! You can now win your own food box with a selection of our Chi products, The Giving Tree crisps as well as some amazing and organic cereal snacks by our friends from Raw Gorilla.
So if you want to participate in the competition, keep reading the following instructions to get to know more about the prize and the how to win it!
What can you expect?
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Pure
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Matcha
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Coffee
2x Chi Coconut Milk 1l
4x of 18g Giving Tree crisps (Strawberry, Broccoli, Mango & Pumpkin)
6x of 36g Giving Tree crisps (Peach, Apple, Mango, Strawberries, Mixed Veg, Broccoli)
Tag a friend you would like to share the prize with under the picture
The competition will be running from the to Wednesday the 28th June at 2pm. Good luck!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
TOP 5 Thai dishes with coconut that you should try!
As you may have already noticed, we use coconuts from Thailand and thanks to that our coconut water and milk has a sweet natural flavor. So today we will make you discover 5 thai dishes, which will allow you to use our products to create a tasty meal for you and your friends and family!
This soup is quite classic and quick to make: indeed, as you will see in the recipe you don’t need many complicated ingredients, just some quintessential Thai ingredients which will create the rich and dynamic flavor of this chicken and coconut soup!
Feel free to share your thoughts about those recipes with us, whether you liked it or not and don’t forget to stock up on CHI coconut milk and CHI coconut waters to continue cooking sweet and tasty recipes like these!
5 coconut recipes for a refreshing summer
Believe it or not – summer is finally knocking on London’s door! And in celebration of this good news we would like you be to perfectly prepared for the hottest season of the year with some refreshing recipes for coconut inspired drinks. Smoothies, Cocktails and Co are definitely indispensable for summer and as we don’t want you to get bored by sucking at the straw of your usual pina colada cocktail, watch out for these amazing and original coconut drinks:
1) Spice it up!
Let’s begin with a slightly spicy cocktail, combining coconut and pineapple:
2) Spicy but creamy
If you are however quite sensitive and don’t really know yet weather you really like spicy drinks, you should first of all try this Coconut and Turmeric Smoothie. The creamy texture will moderate the turmeric’s spicy touch and all in all you can enjoy a fresh and healthy drink.
3) Modern Mojito
The third recipe is actually one of the bestsellers in terms of cocktails – but you surely haven’t tried it in the following version yet! Say hello to an amazing Frozen Coconut Mojito:
4) Chocolate Shock
And in case you are waking up in the morning on a hot summer day, just craving for a refreshing drink instead of a sumptuous, this amazing Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Smoothie will be perfect for you!
5) Blue Surprise
Last but not least we have a really special one for you: get ready for a little bit of colour! This Blue Coconut Cocktail looks quite fancy and will refresh you for sure:
We hope that we could help you out for those hot summer days! And soon we will also provide with some amazing recipes for some coconut desserts – yummy!
12 reasons to drink Chi coconut water
Guest blogger Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is a big fan of our Chi drinks. Being passionate about food, fashion and lifestyle, she’s here to share 12 reasons why she is totally in love with coconut water – and why you should be too!
1) Chi coconut water is low in calories
Summer is well on its way and for many of us, that means cutting down on the calories a bit. Chi can help you get trim for your holiday. It’s much lower in calories than your average, store-bought drink, containing half the calories of orange juice (19 calories/100ml).
As Chi is also 100% natural, there are no nasties such as artificial colours and flavourings for your body to deal with. Pick up a bottle instead of your full-fat coke, and watch the pounds fall off.
2) Chi is high in fibre
The reasons to swap your soda for Chi just keep on coming.
A glass a day will help you work towards meeting your recommended fibre intake too. Fibre is essential for the digestion process, as it bulks up stools, allowing them to pass through the digestive tract more easily.
The recommended daily amount is around 30g for adults – a number Chi can help make achievable. Just 250ml will provide you with an impressive 7.5% of your RDA, compared with just 2% for the same quantity of orange juice.
As far as fibre is concerned, Chi coconut water comes out on top!
3) Chi is high in potassium
If you don’t know much about potassium, here’s a quick low-down:
Potassium is an electrolyte, required for the regulation of the body’s water level. It helps ensure you become neither dehydrated, nor retain excess water.
Chi’s high potassium content is one of the reasons people love drinking it as a sport’s drink. When we sweat whilst working out, we lose essential minerals along with water. A glass of Chi helps to replenish the fluids lost and rebalance the body.
Potassium has loads of other benefits too. It’s often used to treat migraines, cardiovascular health and constipation. With a 250ml glass containing 625mg of potassium, your 12.5% daily intake has never been easier to meet!
4) Chi coconut water is gentle on the stomach
Raw, organic and 100% natural – Chi’s is an ideal drink to soothe upset stomachs.
Chi contains loads of electrolytes and antioxidants inside each glass, helping to flush out toxins and rebalance the digestive system. Coconut water also contains tannins, which are known for reducing inflammation.
Stick to water and 100% natural coconut water and you should be feeling great again in no time.
5) No refined sugar
Now, I’m not saying coconut water is sugar-free. There are naturally occurring sugars in Chi, 3.71g/100ml to be exact.
These naturally occurring sugars are, however, completely different to the refined sugars you find in a can of pop. This is because fizzy drinks contain highly processed sugar, and little else. This sugar leads to a spike in insulin levels, leaving your hormones all over the place.
Chi’s, however, has a high nutritional value, including lots of dietary fibre. Fibre help the body absorb naturally occurring sugars more slowly, releasing regular energy over time.
6) Chi is high in magnesium
Magnesium plays a key role in so many of our bodies functions. Fall short on your recommended daily intake and you could experience muscle cramps, poor sleep and even anxiety.
Unlike fizzy drinks, which contain no magnesium at all, Chi is relatively rich in magnesium – a 250ml glass contains around 15% of your recommended daily allowance.
Chi could be the key to reaching your RDA of magnesium, supporting your body in over 300, complex enzyme reactions.
7) Chi could help lower your blood pressure
Worryingly, one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure. It can happen to anyone, that’s why ensuring you live a lifestyle that actively prevents it is so important.
A balanced diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables (and Chi!), can help maintain a low blood pressure. Fresh, 100% natural produce contains plenty of potassium, which is key in regulating the effects on salt on the body.
Get enough potassium, and your helping your body to keep your blood pressure stable.
8) 100% natural Chi is extremely low in fat
The ‘fat debate’ has been going on for many years. Should we avoid them, or embrace them? And if the latter, which ones are the best? Well, the truth is that weneedfats to live.
Fats provide us with an extra source of energy when all of our carbohydrates are used up. Besides exercise, this energy is also essential for growth, brain function, healthy skin, and much more.
So fats should indeed be embraced, but it’s not an excuse to overindulge. Excess fat consumption can lead to high cholesterol and other health problems. In order to avoid this, the recommended daily saturated fat allowance of 24g should be adhered to.
In order not to exceed this, it’s best to have a balanced diet of both fatty and low-fat foods. Chi contains few (0.2g/100ml) and only naturally occurring fats, making it a healthy addition to your diet.
9) Chi is an ideal cleanser & toner for sensitive skin
So we’ve heard all about the nutritional benefits of Chi, but did you also know it can be used on skin?
When used on the skin, coconut water is extremely hydrating, leaving skin looking plumped and refreshed. Being 100% natural, raw and organic it’s a gentle cleanser for sensitive or problem-prone skin.
If you want to see what Chi is really made of, try using it to remove makeup. It’s extremely gentle and soothing – and also much cheaper than beauty brands. Use by applying to coconut wool pads and sweeping over the face.
10) Chi coconut water contains vitamin C
Anything with the word ‘vitamin’ in front of it has got to be good. Chi contains generous amounts of Vitamin C, which has a wide array of health benefits.
Vitamin C works to boost our immune system, making the body more adept at protecting us from sickness. Externally, it’s essential for wound repair, helping our bodies to grow connective tissues that heal our cuts. Best of all, Vitamin C plays an important role in the production of mood-enhancing chemicals in our body – drinking Chi really will make you smile!
11) Chi coconut water gives back
One of the best things about Chi is that it’s 100% honest. What you see on the packaging is what you get – nothing but 100% raw, organic coconut water.
But Chi isn’t just ethical in the product it provides – it goes a step further. Working hand in hand with Drop4Drop to deliver water wells to underdeveloped communities in India and Africa, Chi like to give a little back.
By choosing Chi coconut water, you’re also helping those most in need across the world. Every carton you buy gives communities safe access to one of the most vital human needs – water.
Chi’s benefits are never ending. For your health, for your skin, for the environment and for other, less-fortunate people around the world, there’s no comparable coconut water in the UK.
12) Chi coconut water is available in different flavours
If you’re the type of person that gets bored easily, you’ll be pleased to know Chi has many different flavours to explore. From a Cold Brew Coffee & Raw Coconut Water to get you going in the morning to a 100% Pure Coconut Water & Pineapple for post-workout revitalisation, there’s a Chi coconut water perfect for every occasion.
As if we needed any more reasons to drink Chi!
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Matcha Tea is good for you!
Coconut water lovers and Matcha tea lovers, we’ve got what you were waiting for! Chi has created the UK’s first 100% raw coconut water from Nam Hom young coconuts brewed with the finest Japanese matcha Tea. By combining these two noble ingredients, Chi has made the tastiest and healthiest drink ever seen on the market.
You may already have heard of matcha as a superfood or at least healthy food trend. Well, there are indeed lots of benefits you can get out of these delicate tealeaves.
Therefore we would like to give you a little introduction into the world of matcha: this superfood is basically just tea and more precisely a special form of green tea, packed with lots of amazing benefits. One of those benefits are antioxidants which have a huge anti-aging effect on the human body and skin.
By fighting all the so-called free radicals in your body, which are responsible for the aging of your body’s cells. Antioxidants help generally to slow down this aging process and the result is not only clearly visible but can also be felt in a few time. Being in this way almost a wonder aliment, matcha has of course even more magical benefits like f. ex. preventing disease and lowering cholesterol and blood sugar. Honestly, those are really amazing benefits you shouldn’t miss out!
That’s why we absolutely wanted to mix the power of matcha with our Raw Coconut Water. And this led us to two magical ingredients in just one bottle with thousands of benefits for you and your body.
And last but not least we have some good news for all you coffee addicts out there, as we also launched a second new product in our Chi drink range: Raw Coconut Water with cold brew coffee!
So whenever you feel stressed out or completely exhausted, just take a sip of one of our new drinks and you will literally feel your body coming into balance again. #zen
These Celebrities are ADDICTED to Coconut Oil
The following fact will probably not really surprise you: coconut oil is lately one of the biggest beauty trends worldwide.
And guess who is always a huge fan of everything trendy in terms of beauty?
Our dear Celebrities! No matter if hair masks, skin peelings or even Oil Pulling treatments to whiten the teeth; Gwyneth Paltrow and Co couldn’t live without the exotic fruit as beauty product and neither could we.
We could of course start listing all the amazing benefits of coconut oil but in the end the best would be to just try it yourself! Or to at least rely on the experiences of the following Celebs, who already totally fell in love with coconut oil.
The lovely American actress was lately mentioning in a Vogue interview, that she uses coconut oil as a natural and skin friendly make up remover. Sounds actually like a really good idea, right? Coconut oil keeps your skin smooth and hydrated for the night until you put on your make up again the next morning.
If there is anyone you can trust concerning beauty essentials, then a real supermodel! And speaking of supermodels, Miranda Kerr is definitely one of them. She loves to take coconut oil for her hair and face and as she always looks gorgeous, this habit can’t be that bad, right?
Being a known and stylish British actress, Gwyneth is definitely a reliable person when it comes to beauty hacks. She was talking about her coconut love in an interview with Glamour recently by saying that she loves to use coconut oil as an Oil Pulling treatment. And she is totally right to do it! Because Oil Pulling is not only whitening your teeth, but also cleaning your mouth and even your skin by having thereby a medical benefit. If you would like to have a smile as beautiful as Gwyneth’s, you should definitely check out our Chi White Oil Pulling treatment!
The Pretty Little Liars Star once confessed her Coconut Oil addiction by wearing a printed T-shirt saying Salty Hair Coconut Oil Big Waves Hot Sun. Lucy likes to put some coconut oil on the tips of her hair to assure they are curling in the right way. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Lovely Mindy is another good Coconut Lover to trust. After having more or less earned the coconut obsession from her mother – as the actress says herself – she couldn’t go without Coconut Oil as it is the best hair product for her amazing curls.
So if you haven’t started enjoying the benefits of coconuts yet, why don’t you just have a look at our product range, including Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil Pulling treatment and delicious Raw Coconut Waterand Milkas fresh and nutritious drinks. We are sure you will fall in love with coconuts very soon and look forward to welcoming you in our Coconut Lover Family!
We found the best fitness classes for you to keep you from getting bored. Here are the craziest workouts in London.
British Military Fitness classes take place in the great outdoors in parks throughout the UK. Every BMF class is different, caters for all fitness levels, and our military-trained instructors guarantee results. Participants will be challenged, motivated, and above all, have serious fun.
A fusion of Yoga and Voguing combining the breath synchronised moves of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class. This is for those who like the idea of yoga but want a cardio workout without losing the holistic benefits and focus.
Hooping is known to be a fantastic way to tone that troublesome tummy area, but there are many other benefits that can be gained from spinning the humble hoop, namely improved strength, coordination and calorie burning.
Chi fundraise with Crowdcube!
Today is your opportunity to own shares in your favourite coconut brand with Crowdcube!
Are you a lover of the most natural, organic and innovative health products on the market? Fancy getting more involved with one of the most innovative companies in the Coconut market? Keep reading…
Chi is an FMCG brand selling a variety of raw and organic coconut based products globally. Stocked in 1,000’s of stores including Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods and Asda. With new products ready to be released, capital is required to facilitate this and further grow distribution.
– Over 1.5m products sold from its range last year – Products are sold worldwide in thousands of stores – The UK’s coconut water market is worth approximately £100m – Chi are in talks with one of the UK’s leading soft drinks companies TO INVEST VISIT CROWDCUBE
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We now want to reach the next level, with the launch of 2 healthy drinks and more innovations in the pipeline. We need YOUR help to make healthy foods affordable to everyone!!
Please feel free to contact us for more information or arrange a meeting – email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you into the Chi family!
Chi Winter Recipes
Chi Winter Recipe Comfort Food
This Winter, we all want to eat food that warms us up and enjoy food that make us feel toasty and warm..however, with this can often include dishes loaded with high amounts of sugar, fat and salt!
We decided to try out our own winter recipes here in Chi HQ and create some delicious recipes to keep us going, and of course impress your loved ones too!.
Here are our favourites from Naturally Sassy! (www.naturallysassy.co.uk)
Not only are pumpkins awesome for carving scary faces into, they’re also incredibly nutrient dense. A cup of pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good eye health, and helps to form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones. They’re packed full of fibre and antioxidants such as beta-carotene. What’s not to love!
These tahini caramels are perfect for party nibbles – Tahini is absolutely bursting with calcium and skin loving omegas. It’s high in protein and helps keep you feeling energised and sustained. So not only is this recipe super yummy for you tahini addicts, it’s absolutely packed with goodness too! Try using Chi coconut oil in this lovely recipe!
What’s on in November
Fireworks displays are happening all around London that are not to be missed! Check a full list here.
Natural History Museum
Until 8th January
4th November – 25th February
10am – 10pm
14th November – 3rd January
Art and Museum after hours
Natural History Museum
Pop up bars
Pergola on the Roof
This pretty rooftop was a sell out over the summer and now its back ready for the cold!
You may think it’s pretty early to be thinking about Christmas festivities but December is only just round the corner. Why not get ahead of everyone and be in the know of the latest Christmas pop ups throughout the Winter season. No harm starting on the mulled wine now…
Southbank Winter Festival
11th November – 25th January
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Indulge as much cider as you wish at the Rekorderlig Winter Lodge which also serves Scandinavian street food and winter drinks. There will be entertainment provided by Big Top pop-up from the UK’s leading circus company NoFit State. Expect to see immersive aerobatics and mind-blowing tricks in their promenade show ‘Winter Festival with NatWest‘.
Christmas in Leicester Square
November 11th – January 8th
‘The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to a grotto, traditional Christmas market and a vintage Spiegeltent – a velvety, wooden venue home to a stocked programme of Christmas shows brought to you from the Underbelly team, including Ursula Martinez, The English Gents, Hamish McCann’s pole act, Denis Lock’s bubble act and the world famous La Soirée circus.
Entry to Christmas in Leicester Square is free, but tickets must be bought for selected events, including Santa’s Grotto and La Soirée performances.
Spirit of Christmas Fair
31 October 2016 – 6 November 2016
Olympia Grand, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Although the biggest Christmas market in London, sadly the Spirit of Christmas Fair in Olympia is only open for 7 days. Self-acclaimed as ‘The Home of Christmas Shopping,’ this winter market has 750 independent boutiques and stalls for you to browse at your leisure in the smug knowledge that you could have all your Christmas presents bought by November.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
18th November – 2nd January
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with its transformation from a humble winter market to an entire world of Christmas, Winter Wonderland are introducing the Nutcracker on Ice and an enchanting Magical Ice Kingdom.
Free entry open from 10am-10pm.
Whether you like it not, the end of the month always brings about excitement for children and adults alike, and not just because it is full of treats! This year Halloween has descended on us like the plague and before we jump straight in on the festivities… here is a quick update; of inspiration and ideas for 2016.
Fancy dress up
As well as your typical furry animals and zombie bride that remain a classic Halloween dress up, popular costumes this year may include…
There is no doubt you may see the odd Pokemon crawling about this Halloween; take your pick from the original 151! Apparently Pokemon mouths a.k.a Pokemouths are also a true thing… where you paint an entire Pokemon around your mouth!
And even pokeballs get their moment of fame:
The rise of snapchat filters in 2016 has been enormous and now they happen to be universally popular for all ages…
Pumpkin flavours and red and orange coloured liquids are always a go-to when treating your guests to spooky drink. Here we have:
Blood orange margaritas
This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savoury.
½ c. fresh blood orange juice
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
Blood orange wedges (optional)
Moisten rim of 2 margarita glasses and dip in kosher salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into glasses. Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.
Bloody Black Currant Punch
1¼ c. brandy
¼ c. sugar
4 c. black currant nectar
1½ c. cold seltzer
Stir brandy and sugar in a large bowl. Add nectar; stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Punch can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add seltzer just before serving.
Dark and Stormies
8 c. ginger beer
8 c. ginger beer
4 c. dark rum
½ c. fresh lime juice
Thinly sliced lime
To make ginger beer ice cubes: Pour 8 cups ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and freeze.
Stir ginger beer, rum and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve in tall cocktail glasses with 3 or 4 ice cubes each; garnish with lime. Try Barritt’s Ginger Beer, available at sodapopstop.com, and Gosling’s rum.
Trick or Treat?
Who knew how much you could do to a plain old apple!
“Poison” Candy Apples
12 baby Granny Smith apples
12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
1½ c. sugar
½ c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degrees F. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
12 crisp apples
1⅓ c. dark corn syrup
1⅓ c. granulated sugar
1⅓ c. light brown sugar
1⅓ c. heavy cream
¼ tsp. salt
3 tbsp. butter
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
Line a baking pan with a generously oiled sheet of parchment paper. Push a candy apple stick into the core of each apple.
Combine the syrup, sugars, heavy cream, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches 270 degrees F – about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and vanilla. Let cool for 6 to 8 minutes, until caramel thickens to a toffeelike consistency.
Dip and gently swirl the apples into the caramel and place on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely.
Ghostly Coconut Covered Apples
6 Fuji Apples
10 oz. white chocolate chips
4 c. shredded coconut
Remove stems and skewer apples (see “Tricks for Sticks,” below).
In a double boiler over low heat, melt white chocolate chips, stirring continuously.
Dip an apple into the chocolate. Immediately dip the apple into a bowl of shredded coconut, rotating to coat evenly.
Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
London Pop up screenings
You will not be stuck with what to do in London on Halloween weekend!
Watch the Little Shop of Horrors – a horror musical about a flesh eating plant than amid the flora and fauna of Farmopolis ~ October 28th, £15, North Greenwich
‘Nosferatu’ at the Royal Albert Hall
The birthplace of horror cinema. This screening includes haunting live piano . ~ October 31st £16.50
Teen Horror Pyjama Party
Six great movies, 11 hours. A room full of strangers in their jim jams.
From ‘Halloween’ to ‘The Thing’, the king of indie horror gets his own season at the BFI Southbank. For more information please see here
Win tickets to OM Yoga Show
The OM Yoga show is taking place in London this month from 21st to 23rd October. Attracting yogi’s across the country, the weekend will be jam packed with yoga workshops and open yoga classes to take part in. Non stop activities will take place all day from 11am-8pm and there will be delicious food and drink to keep you energised throughout the day!
For a chance to WIN this fantastic prize for you and two of your friends, please like our social mediapages (see our links below) and tag two of your friends who you would like to join you.
Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and winners selected at random. The winners will be contacted via social media, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
As Autumn comes in with September, a nostalgic feeling of going back to school brings about a renewed motivational urge to ‘start afresh‘. For most, this may mean getting back into shape, becoming fit or eating more healthily (perhaps all of the above). These feelings are commonly universal to those who want to redeem themselves after a Summer binge of gelato and rose. Therefore, an Autumn detox is more or less necessary to help prevent the accumulation of extra ‘baggage’ i.e. a comfortable layer of insulation for those Winter months.
Chi explores some ways to keep motivated with health and fitness on track…
Eat clean with a designer lunchbox
Make lunches more exciting with Yumbox who are all about eating a balanced and healthy meal. A range of colourful but practical lunch boxes for adults and kids allows you to balance and portion your meal with separate compartments for your main meal, side salad and fruit. What’s more, using a lunch box reduces plastic waste and the leak proof lid means no nasty surprises in your bag!
Go refined sugar free
Satisfy your sweet tooth through other ways. Try recipe books such as:
Did you know that you should change your work out trainers every 6 months? (on average). If you are running, trainer experts at Asics recommend that trainers should be changed every 450 – 550 miles. Although this may be difficult to calculate with other work out sports which are not as high impact, signs of wear and tear other than looking at the underside should be noted. This may be:
If the midsole shows excessive horizontal creasing or wear on the areas that absorb the most load – the heel and the ball of the foot
Try out the ‘press test’ – where you press on the outsole of the shoe and inspect for compression. If the outsole gives very little, that means that the material is highly compressed and is not giving any support to your feet at all.
Gym anywhere with ClassPass
Now there is no excuse to say that your gym is too far away from your home, or your work place. Class pass allows you to go to any class that you wish around the world! Tried and tested… and highly recommended; from boxing to yoga to pilates. The range and variety of classes can maintain motivation to stay fit and healthy. As well s this, the flexibility of ClassPass means that you can book into a nearby gym class at the very last minute (provided the class is not fully booked).
Having a fitness goal to work towards immediately motivates you to train hard in order to achieve the end goal. Therefore, setting yourself a challenge out of your comfort zone, and one that you would not usually consider, may inspire mental and physical motivation. Here are a couple events in the UK that may tickle your fancy:
Established in 2010, with more than 200 events in the UK and attracting over 2.5 million participants, Tough Mudder is globally renowned as a challenging obstacle race for those who want a little more adrenaline and excitement than a marathon.
Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course (20+ obstacles) taking you out of your comfort zone and challenging your physical strength, stamina and mental grit. There are no podiums, winners or clocks to race against, its not about how fast you can finish the race but rather a challenge that emphasis teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.
There are a series of various events other than the original Tough Mudder (10-12k) to suit different preferences:
Tough Mudder half: test your physical skills first with this shorter 5 mile obstacle course before tackling the Tough Mudder
Toughest Mudder: 8 hour obstacle course between midnight – 8am
World’s Toughest Mudder: need to have qualified through the Toughest Mudder as this is an extreme 24 hour obstacle course challenge
Competition time! Win 2 tickets to a preview screening…
With the upcoming release of Captain Fantastic on the 9th September, Chi invites you to have a chance of winning tickets to a preview screening of the film on 7th September 2016.
“Captain Fantastic,” written and directed by “Silicon Valley”‘s Matt Ross, presents a family who have retreated from the world into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. They are off the grid. They hunt for food. They are self-reliant. It’s “Swiss Family Robinson,” or that 1970s series of films about “The Wilderness Family.” Fresh air. No consumerism. No materialism.
Win 2 tickets to attend the exclusive screening of Captain Fantastic Wednesday 7th September at 7pm, Central London location.
HOW TO ENTER?
It’s quick and easy to enter our competition, all you need to do is:
Terms and Condition’s:
The prize is a pair of tickets to attend the celebrity screening of @CaptainFantastic on 7th September in London. This prize is non-refundable
The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents & over 18 only.
Coconut inspiration from Brazil
With the excitement of the Rio Olympics now a distant dream, we now reflect and put a spotlight on Brazil’s tropical and hearty cuisine. The idea of Brazil conjures up the dreamy picture of palm trees, sandy beaches and nothing other than coconuts! And so when visiting Rio, it is difficult to ignore the abundance of fresh coconuts, whether sunbathing on Ipanema beach or being a tourist high up at Christ the Redeemer. No wonder coconuts in all its forms feature in some of Brazil’s most iconic traditional dishes and drinks!
The coconut palm in Sanskrit is known as kappa vrisksha, translated as: ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living‘. This is somewhat true in the fact that almost all parts of the coconut can be used in one way or another; the water, milk, flesh, sugar, oil and even the husks and leaves!
The extent of coconut’s multi use is seen in these pictures below!
Coconut shells can be used primarily as bowls, or even for wood furniture.
Coconuts are known for their high nutritional content; rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. The fat in coconuts are considered ‘good’ fats in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Focusing on one fatty acid in particular, lauric acid, it is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin – an antiviral and antibacterial compound that destroys a variety of disease causing organisms. Therefore the consumption of coconut in its many forms: coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk or even coconut flour, is therefore incredibly beneficial for ones health and in fighting infections and viruses.
Coconut based products are especially popular with health enthusiasts, vegans and those that are lactose intolerant as coconut milk in particular is lactose free. Coconut milk is therefore a widely used as a milk substitute and diary alternative in baking.
Without further ado, we explore some Brazilian coconut recipes, some traditional and some with a modern twist!
Beijinho de Coco a.k.a Coconut Kisses
Balls of sweet goodness!
Sweetened condensed milk x1 can
Sweetened desiccated coconut 1/4 cup
Butter 1 tbsp
Desiccated coconut for decoration
Whole cloves for decorating
Step 1: Bring milk and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the milk has reduced to half and thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the 1/4 cup coconut, and allow to cool a bit before pouring into a buttered bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until cold, about 2 hours.
Step 2: With buttered or oiled hands, form milk mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, and roll in coconut flakes. Stick a clove into each beijinho as decoration.
Baked desert made of egg yolks, sugar and ground coconut flakes
A favourite from the region of Bahia quindim is a glossy yellow sweet made with nothing more than eggs, sugar and coconut (with butter a common addition). Baked in cupcake-sized moulds, or large if you wish, the bottom is toasted and golden, dense with grated coconut, while the top is a smooth, firm custard that sticks pleasingly to the roof of the mouth.
White sugar x1 cup
Shredded coconut x1 cup
Softened butter 1 tbsp
Egg yolk x5
Egg white x1
Step 1: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
Step 2: Mix the sugar, coconut, and butter in a bowl. Stir in the egg yolks and the egg white; beat until well combined. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate. Place the pie plate in a large roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan to reach about half-way up the side of the pie plate.
Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before turning out onto a serving dish. Refrigerate until serving.
The Brazilan chocolate trifle
Layers of cookies filled with chocolate or fruit, lemon, coconut
For the chocolate layer
20 ladyfinger biscuits
2-3 Tbsp Cognac
2 cups whole milk
1.5 cups cocoa powder
For the cream layer
2 cans sweet condensed milk
4 cups milk (or use the sweet condensed milk’s can to measure)
2 Tbsp corn starch
4 egg yolks (strained)
For the whipped cream layer
1 small container heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Step 1: In a large pot, combine the sweet condensed milk and 3 cups of the milk.
Step 2: Dissolve the corn starch in one cup of milk and add to the pot. Cook that mixture over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until it starts thickening.
Step 3: Separate a cup of the mixture and let it cool.
Step 4: Add the egg yolks to the cooled cream and return it to the pot. Cook until it thickens.
Step 5: Let it cool and pour into a 15×10 baking dish.
Step 6: Place the biscuits into a large bowl and the Cognac into another smaller bowl.
Step 7: Using your fingers, sprinkle the Cognac onto the biscuits.
Step 8: In the same pot you used for the cream, add 2 cups of milk and 1.5 cups of cocoa powder. Cook until it resembles hot chocolate. (It’s supposed to be a liquid mixture, and not a cream!)
Step 9: Dip the biscuits into the chocolate and place them on top of the cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Step 10: On the next day, make some whipped cream by mixing the heavy cream, the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the whipped cream into the baking dish, creating a 3rd layer.
Step 11: Refrigerate for at least 1 more hour before serving.
Step 12: Grate or shave some chocolate on top of the pavê and serve cold.
Some other Brazilian delicacies…
Fermented sugarcane juice
Dating back to the 1500s, cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice, and is best known as the fiery kick in caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail.
Coconut milk 1oz.
Sugar 1 tsbp
Step 1: Combine ingredients with ice in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately in a tall glass.
Acai a.k.a superfood berry is used to make fruit bowls and smoothies
Those bright purples bowls you see on Instagram #superhealthy
Of all the thousands of fruits from the Amazon, açaí is the best known, thanks to its super-food status. Traditionally eaten by indigenous tribes for energy, the hard purple berry is also used in Amazonian cooking, as a sauce with fish. A clever marketing campaign in the ’80s thrust it into the spotlight as the energy snack of choice for surfers in glamorous Rio de Janeiro. Served as a sweet, gloopy, frozen sorbet, sometimes topped with granola and slices of banana, or whizzed up in juices, it can found in every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country.
Tip: add some desiccated coconut on top and serve in a coconut shell for that extra coco-nutty touch!
Amazing beauty tricks with coconut oil!
We are all familiar with the multiple and highly beneficial ways in which coconut oil can be used; as a beauty product and as a healthy and delicious oil to cook with. A large range of beauty products can in fact be made at home using coconut oil as the primary ingredient and not much else. The result is a beauty product that is cheap, wholly organic and personalised to your own tastes. Here we reveal some of our favourite and innovative ways of using coconut oil in DIY recipes.
Coconut oil on its own has been a popular choice as an all round moisturiser. However regular users can sympathise with the effort that is required to apply coconut oil on, especially when it hardens in colder temperatures. The process is made more tedious by having to heat the coconut oil up before application. One solution is to therefore use coconut oil to make a moisturiser in a whipped or bar form:
Whipped coco-nutty body butter
You will need:
1/2 cup (preferably organic)
Coconut oil (solid)
1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
1/2 teaspoon of desired essential oils
KitchenAid or electric mixer of some sort
Step 1: Heat up the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil until melted – preferably with a double boiler but if not a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water.
Step 2: Mix with a whisk and leave the mixture to cool in the fridge for one hour until firm
Step 3: Whip the mix on high speed (either in a KitchenAid or hand mixer) until the consistency is light and airy. Add essential oils and mix again.
Step 4: Empty the whipped mixture into a glass jar.
Note: A blender or food processor will not work on this oil recipe as it may warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.
Sugar body scrub
Using the whipped recipe above, just add one cup of brown granulated sugar (or equal to the amount of coconut oil) to turn your whipped body butter into a luxurious body scrub! Use this scrub for all over the body, foot, hand… everywhere!
Coconut oil lotion bar
You will need:
Mould – muffin tin
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup pure beeswax
1/2 cup shea butter
10-15 drops of essential oil
Step 1: Heat oil and beeswax in a saucepan on low heat
Step 2: Add in the essential oils once melted
Step 3: Pour mixture into mold / muffin tin
Step 4: Let it cool and store at room temperature
Note: If you fill a cake tin you can make enough
Avo-nana hair mask
Make use of your overripe fruit and veg to repair any summer damage that your hair has endured. Move over argon oil…
You will need:
1 ripe avocado
1 (over)ripe banana
2 tbsp coconut oil
Step 1: Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend together until mixed Step 2: Spread the mixture thoroughly over your hair and let it set for 20-30 minutes
Step 3: Rinse out with regular shampoo and conditioner
Tip: Add an egg yolk in the mixture if you want some extra protein
Note: If you have longer or thicker hair you may want to add extra coconut oil and s
Make the rinsing process somewhat easier by pressing the mixture through a sifter to remove any large chunks.
Coconut coffee scrub cubes
Here we have a slightly more enjoyable way of getting rid of cellulite, stretch marks and puffy faces in the morning.
You will need:
1/2 cup fresh coffee grounds
1/2 cup coconut oil
Brown sugar for texture
Muffin tin or ice cube tray
Step 1: Microwave the coconut oil so that it is of a liquid consistency and combine the coffee grounds into one mixture
Step 2: Divide the mixture into the tin / ice cube trays and then freeze
Step 3: One frozen they can be popped out and kept in the freezer if they are not to be used immediately. Once in room temperature they will soften.
Make a simple eye cream with just vitamin E oil and coconut oil. Why vitamin Vitamin E oil? Because of its anti ageing benefits reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant qualities also aid in fighting against everyday pollution that produces free radicals.
You will need:
Vitamin E oil (either capsule or liquid)
Coconut oil (solid)
Tooth pick or wooden skewer to mix
Step 1: Fill the small container with coconut oil (solid) and put it into the microwave for a couple of seconds until it starts to melt
Step 2: Poke a hole in the capsule and add to the melted coconut oil and stir the mixture together
Step 3: Keep the blend in the fridge so that it solidifies
Coconut oil shaving cream
Create your own affordable shaving cream free from any perfumes of preservatives! Coconut oil will help to prevent ingrown hairs, razor burns and general irritation when shaving.
You will need:
3 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp shea butter or aloe vera
2 tbsp almond oil
10-12 drops of your favourite essential oils / oil blend (peppermint is especially cooling)
Step 1: Mix the oils and shea butter together in a glass bowl and melt on low heat
Step 2: Add essential oils and then place the mix in the fridge to harden
Step 3: Whip with a mixer until the consistency is similar of to that of frosting
Here are some other beauty products that you can also make the list is endless! How about:
Here you can explore coconut oil some more, we love:
If you find yourself one of the few who are not away on a tropical island sipping on a fresh coconut, here is some inspiration of some events and activities to get stuck into (some are even free!)
N.B: featuring a fair few rooftops!
What: Enjoy more than just great music at the classy Wilderness Festival Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire When: 4th-7th August
Last tickets available here. (General camping adult £177 + booking fee)
There is definitely something for everyone to love at the Wilderness from the eclectic mix of exclusive live headliners (Robert Plant and the Flaming lips) and DJs; culinary goodness by the likes of Duck and Waffle; wellbeing curated by Honestly Healthy and Deliciously Ella (imagine yoga on a paddle board and an sweating in a forest); outdoor ventures in fly fishing and wild swimming; a kids corner; space for jiving and capoeira dance; the Wilderness playhouse showcasing New York’s finest comedy and cabaret, plus much much more… Well what an extraordinary weekend in the country!
What: Rooftop film clubs Where: Tobacco Dock, Bussey Building, Roof East, Queen of Hoxton When: Films running throughout August
Films ranging from recent releases such as The Big Short to classics such as The Beach, the choice is yours. Please see here for available shows.
What: Open air cinema by Film4 Summer Screen Where: Somerset House When: 4th -17th August
All you need to bring is a picnic, some wine and a blanket! Ideal on a summer’s evening. Please see available shows here.
What: Voga, a hybrid of yoga and dance Where: Kings Cross, Haggerston, Coq D’argent When: 6th, 20th and 14th & 28th August
Try a new way to keep fit! Pop up events running throughout London. Tickets available at Yplan
If it’s especially sunny…
What: Camden Beach Where: On the roof of Roundhouse When: Until 29th August
A patch of sand on a rooftop, what more could you want?
What: Beach East Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park When: Until 29th August
What: Splash Fest Where: Battersea Park When: August 7th
£22 booking in advance
Five water themed zones, slides and much more!
Not for the faint hearted
What: Monkey around on the flying trapeze with the Gorilla circus Where: Kensington Roof Gardens
For those who wanted to join the circus when they were a kid but never got round to. Suitable for all levels! Bookings here.
What: ArcelorMittal Orbit Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Bringing a little bit of Thorpe Park to London; a 40 second ride down the world’s highest (178m) and longest tunnel slide!
Book tickets here
Hungry and thirsty?
What: Feast at Wray’s Jerk Fest Pop Up Where: The Bussey Building, Peckham Rye When: 6th August 2-11pm
Brought to you by Wray & Nephew Rum; experience true Jamaican culture; featuring a graffiti mural, 9 live DJs, and Jerk by Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s
What: Wine & dine at Pergola on the Roof Where: Television Centre, Shepherds Bush When: Until 29th August
For bed and table bookings please see here (also sign up for one cheeky free drink)
Featuring special menus provided by Patty & Bun, Salt Yard, Rabbit and LeCoq
What: An evening of cocktails Where: The Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch When: 5th August – 17th September
The Garden Variety Bar is hosting a series of evenings featuring cocktails inspired by the museum’s period gardens. Special creations by Background Bars, Sweetdram and Gimlet Bar.
What: Sip cocktails with Sipsmith Where: Craft London, North Greenwich When: August 3rd – September 20th
Become your own bartender with masterclasses hosted by Sipsmith for FREE! For more details please see here.
What: The Foodies Festival Where: Alexandra Palace When: 27th-29th August
Calling all foodies! Expect to feast on sweet and savoury foods all day from BBQ food to street food to pop up restaurants. A variety of bars and drink tents will quench your thirst and there is the opportunity to get merry with the wine, champagne and craft beer masterclasses! Feeling competitive? Join in on the chilli eating competition! Plenty of fun and games for kids and live music playing throughout the day. All in all, a fun day our for all the family.
What: BBC Good Food Festival Where: Hampton Court Palace When: 27th-29th August
The ultimate food festival where there is the chance to explore and shop a range of artisan producers, interviews with renowned chefs, live music and family entertainment all day round. Tickets on sale online here as well as on the door.
London’s Hottest Exercise Classes
Exercise becomes more central to most people’s weekly routines as summer approaches and the thought of wearing a floaty dress or a bikini becomes a reality! Having said this, the May to September period is quite a long stretch meaning that even the biggest fitness fanatics can become demotivated. In order to avoid this problem, we’ve researched the hottest exercise classes around the city that will guarantee that you break a sweat while holding your interest so that you can stay on track to achieving an awesome summer body.
Everyone across London has been raving about Psycle since it first opened in 2014. The team claims they offer a high intensity, low impact, head-to-toe workout on a bike and having tried it numerous times, we totally agree. Although a normal spinning class would tend to focus more on the muscles in one’s legs, this class also incorporates movements on the bike which engage the core in addition to weighted arm exercises. The name ‘Psycle’ comes from combining the words ‘cycle’ and ‘psychology’ to lay emphasis on the brand’s focus on the mental side to powering through intense exercise. This class definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the great pumping music definitely helps you to keep going towards the last 10 minutes! View their website.
Barry’s Bootcamp has a cult following not only at its London branches but also across in the pond in New York, Miami and Hollywood. Their signature hour-long workouts include 30 minutes of interval training on the treadmill and 25-30 minutes of strength training using free weights and resistance bands among other equipment. Barry’s is well known for being extreme, but its great reputation would suggest that the results are worth it. This workout is great for people hoping to slim down and build muscles simultaneously, as the treadmill work is great for shifting a few pounds while the strength training will help to tone the abs, glutes and arms. Check it out here.
Kobox, London’s first boutique boxing studio, only opened in December 2015 but it hasn’t been off the fitness radar since. Classes combine punching work on a weighted bag with strength training that focuses on the lower body meaning that no part of the body is left untouched. The instructors promise to torch calories, improve your coordination and strengthen the whole body. We love the fun factor to this class which makes it great for those feeling unmotivated; its definitely a change up from a normal gym-based cardio routine. Website here.
Founded by celebrity trainer Helle Hammond, GymClass promises to help you achieve a sculpted body through a focus on circuits-based exercise which ensures that both the upper and lower body are being toned. These circuits keep the class interesting by breaking it up into smaller sections, meaning that (most of the time) you’re not left wandering when you’ll be allowed to stop! The circuits are made up of weights work, cycling and even some TRX training. The class is split up into teams to work on each circuit together so if you’re a newbie to more intense exercise this might be a good class to try. See their website here.
For those of you who fancy something slightly less extreme but that will still have results, try yoga, pilates or barre classes at TriYoga. These classes offer gentle toning but also focus more on mental strength and wellbeing more than the others. If you fancy this approach but want to try something that is still going to push you, why not have a go at their hot yoga which is slightly more difficult than the standard options. TriYoga has many locations in London such as Camden, Chelsea, Covent Garden and Soho meaning that it is convenient for most people across the city.Visit their website here.
Chi’s Summer Coconut Cocktail Ideas
Welcome the summer with open arms, a pair of sunnies and a coconut cocktail! Chi brings to you our favourite coconut cocktail recipes! Summer is great time to get creative with your cocktails, why not try these great summer drinks to share with your friends and family!
1.) Coconut Mojito
Kick off your summer with a summery cocktail like this coconut mojito recipe! Click here!
2.) Vanilla Pear Coconut Cooler
We think summer is even better when you have a drink in hand. Why not try this delightful vanilla pear and coconut cooler? click here for the recipe!
3.) Coconut Lime Coolers
This coconut lime cooler looks great to cool down for summer! Check out the full recipe here!
4.) Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas
Sit by the pool side or dive into summer with this funky fresh fruity cocktail recipe! This is so perfect for the warm weather! To make this drink extra special you can use Chi’s Tropical Fruits coconut water!
This frozen mango coconut margarita looks absolutely delicious! You can use Chi’s coconut milk and coconut water for this recipe! If you are feeling extra creative you can use Chi’s Mango coconut water! Click here for the full recipe!
Brighten Your Smile With Coconut Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is a strange concept that has recently garnered fame within the 902010 neighbourhood and around town. You may be wondering why one would chose to start the morning on an empty stomach and a mouthful of oil. Oil pulling has origins in one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic health practice that values universal interconnectedness of the relationships of the individual and the environment amongst other factors such as body constitution. Oil pulling as a has a myriad of health benefits from preventing cavities and build up of bacteria, relieving headache pain, as well as detoxing the body. We here at Chi believe it would be of further benefit if we were to combine the benefits oil pulling with the multiple benefits of our dear coconut so you can experience the all benefits of oil pulling and more! The uses and benefits of our favourite drupe are abundant! From cooking and baking with coconut oil, rehydrating and replacing electrolytes with coconut water and as an all natural cold sore treatment. Coconut oil has also been said to balance hormones, reduce inflammation and fight Candida! With the glory of coconut oil right at our fingertips we have decided to bring out our very own Chi White oil pulling product! Additionally, coconut oil pulling has been used as an effective all natural teeth whitening treatment. Save yourself the harsh chemical treatment and bleaching of standard teeth whitening and oil pull using coconut oil! Part of what makes Coconut oil so great for oil pulling and as well health overall, is its high content of Lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to fend off Streptococcus Mutans. This is the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. Additionally, the structure of Lauric acid is very easily absorbed by the body so we can experience all the bacteria inhibiting benefits just by oil pulling! Chi White provides a 100% organic alternative to brighten day and pearly whites with a refreshing twist. Chi White is infused with organic peppermint essential oil. Essential oils have a whole host of benefits related to health and wellness. Essential oils have also been used to alleviate nausea, stress and anxiety, help with depression and as a successful sleeping aid. Studies have shown athletes that sniff peppermint oil have increased energy and alertness as well as better athletic performance. Additionally, the taste of mint can help curb appetite and provide a fresh start to the day. Refresh your day and you refresh your breath when you oil pull with Chi White’s 100% organic mint infused coconut oil!
As the temperature rises here in the UK we all want something refreshing to ease us into the summer heat. We here at Chi bring to you 5 creative and coconutty ideas to use your Chi and chill out this season.
1.) Summer Coconut Popsicles
Beat the heat with these 100% natural homemade coconut water popsicles! Add in some fresh fruit to get a serving of your five a day. Stick your popsicles in the freezer, wait 8 hours or overnight and enjoy your frozen lolly. Check out the recipe here.
Coconut Water and Mixed Berry Popsicles
2.) Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream
What better way to cool down this summer than this decadent looking Coconut raspberry ice cream! This DIY frozen treat is delicious, free from dairy, refined sugars and vegan friendly! Get the recipe here.
Use coconut milk in your next acai bowl for a coconutty spin! You could also step up your topping game with some added coconut flakes or fresh berries for an added fibre and antioxidant boost! To get the recipe click here.
The Just Eat Right Cafe is a healthy eating cafe focused on providing you with the right combination of foods to achieve that healthy balance when it comes to nutrition. All of their dishes are based around vegan and vegetarian food, but they still cater for you meat eaters with an organic range of fish and chicken to add to your dish if you want!
The cafe’s first pop up event is on Sunday 5th June 2016. Come down and kickstart your summer at Cargo in Shoreditch for a day filled with healthy eating, music, fitness classes and much more. Imagine a relaxed BBQ vibe but with only healthy, guilt-free food. Chi products will be available all day at the popup, so if you fancy nourishing your body with our products and some healthy food then come down to the Just Eat Right Cafe this weekend!
On the day you will be able to try the cafe’s very first menu of healthy food options. In addition, there will be 7 fitness classes on offer including yoga, tabata, boxing, HiiT training and zumba. The classes will be conducted in a fun night club style setting for you to enjoy and will be taught by qualified fitness instructors. To gain entry to the class you will need to get a ticket for each individual class of your choice. If your name is not on the class list you will not get into the session, so choose your class and get your ticket in advance to take part in the fun!
Click here if you are interested in buying tickets for this exciting event. Please note that Cargo does not allow anyone under the age of 18 into the venue so please bring your ID to avoid disappointment on the day. The event will be held from 11am to 6pm. We can’t wait to see you all there!
Yoga goes underground this June with Good Yoga Life
Good Yoga Life is taking over one of London’s busiest tube stations for a week of classes and events with some of London’s top yoga and wellbeing experts. The week-long event in Old Street Station aims to positively interrupt the daily commute and offers commuters some much needed zen. Chi products will be available at the event all week so if you fancy nourishing your body with our products while taking part in some relaxing yoga practice, Old Street Station is the place to be!
Shoreditch commuters will join wellbeing experts such as Annie Clarke (Mind Body Bowl), Julie Montagu (The Flexi Foodie), Jody Shield (Life Tonic), Adam Husler (Boys of Yoga), Cat Meffan (Adidas), Marcus Veda (Yotopia), Emily-Clare Hill (Lululemon), Steffy White (Soho House & instructor to Deliciously Ella), Addictive Daughter & many more as part of a week-long takeover from 20th-26th June. The event also includes London’s first ever 12 hour Yoga-Relay, which will see up to 400 people raise money for homelessness charity Shelter on Saturday 25th June.
Julie Montagu- ‘The Flexi Foodie’
70,000 commuters pass through Old Street Station every day who are tired, stressed and not at all present. Research shows that we’re one of the most affected European cities when it comes to transport disruption and as a result mental wellbeing is affected severely. Last year a survey of more than 5500 commuters in London, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid and Paris found that some rate the worry and strain of the commute to work on a par with a relationship breakdown – and often worse than the job itself! This week-long takeover offers a real opportunity to alleviate the stress of daily London commuting and get more people involved in yoga.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now for the opportunity to break up your stressful commute and rehydrate with Chi at the Good Yoga Life Old Street Takeover. The link for tickets can be found by clicking here.
The Launch of Chi White Oil Pulling!
Recently Chi has expanded its product range! We’ve just launched Chi White, an organic coconut oil pulling system. We’re one of the only organic ranges on the market. You can currently receive an introductory discount of 10% when you enter ‘Intro10%’ at the checkout, so head over to Chi White website to enjoy!
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling, also known as ‘gundusha’ or ‘kavala’, is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure for dental health that involves swishing oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for up to 20 minutes. This process draws out toxins from within the body to improve one’s overall health but primarily to encourage better oral hygiene.
Coconut oil is the most popular choice of oil because it has impressive antibacterial properties in addition to lots of easily digestible, fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is great for building a strong immune system, vitamin D strengthens bones and teeth, vitamin E has antioxidant properties for the skin and vitamin K reduces blood clotting. Also, coconut oil has a nicer taste than other vegetable-based oils. Our range has a fresh minty flavour because it contains 1% organic peppermint oil so there is no need to worry about any nasty taste!
You should swish the oil around your mouth quite gently in order to avoid getting a stiff jaw. Some people new to oil pulling find twenty minutes to be a bit of a struggle and if this is the case why not try to keep the oil in your mouth for around 10-15 minutes and build this up as you become more used to the feeling. As you are swishing the product around your mouth the oil will double in size as it draws in saliva and toxins. When time is up, empty the contents of your mouth and rinse your mouth out with some warm water before brushing as you normally would.
How does it work?
When oil pulling, the oil in your mouth binds itself to the plaque on the teeth and therefore when spitting out the oil you are removing bacteria from your mouth. Oil pulling is a particularly efficient way to reduce this kind of bacteria because the plaque on your teeth is fat-soluble as opposed to water soluble. This means that the lipids must dissolve in fats, which is why coconut oil is the perfect remedy unlike other water-based products on the market.
What are the results?
Clinical trials carried out by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have shown that the benefits of coconut oil pulling include:
Improved oral hygiene
The prevention of cavities and gingivitis
Reduced oral bacteria
Whiter teeth (Please remember that each person’s teeth will react differently to Chi White and that response times may vary)
So, what are you waiting for? Try Chi White today and remember to use the discount code for a great bargain!
Before and after using Chi White for just 2 weeks!
‘Low fat’ products could be the cause of Britain’s obesity crisis
A headline aired on LBC Radio Station this morning has suggested that the cause of Britain’s obesity problem could be that we have received incorrect dietary advice for decades. The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration have produced a report stating that the nation’s beliefs concerning what makes a healthy diet are false. Although it has been assumed that low-fat diets are the key to good health, now commentators claim that fats are essential to a balanced lifestyle and do not encourage weight gain. High fat foods such as avocados are in fact beneficial, while the real culprits are processed foods labeled as ‘low fat’ that often contain hidden sugars to compensate in taste for removed fat.
Dr. Aseem Malhotra, founding member of the Public Health Collaboration, claimed that guidelines promoting low fat products are ‘perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history resulting in devastating consequences for public health’. Instead, he promotes the consumption of fats ‘to get slim’. Indeed, the BBC documentary aired in 2015 titled ‘The Truth About Sugar’ explored the great extent to which sugar is hidden in processed foods such as low fat ready meals. The show followed the journey of four volunteers who slashed their sugar intake in a bid to lose weight. The results were impressive: 3 of the volunteers lost almost a stone each.
Fiona Phillips, presenter of BBC Documentary ‘The Truth About Sugar’, highlights hidden sugar in ‘low fat’ products
Similarly, recently celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched his ‘war on sugar’ through his campaign aiming to underline sugar as the leading contributor to health problems in the UK owing to its persistent presence in supposedly healthy options in supermarkets. He has shown great support for George Osborne’s agenda to introduce a tax on sugar to reduce obesity that is to be implemented in 2018.
Instead of choosing products branded as ‘low fat’ or ’low cholesterol’, it seems that the way forward is a balanced diet free of added sugars and enriched with whole foods including those high in healthy fats.
National Vegetarian Week!
This week is all about celebrating our delicious Veggies. So let’s make some tasty vegetarian meals that will make you forget about meat. We’ve selected our top 4 favourite vegetarian and vegan bloggers to find inspiration. If you are a vegetarian or just don’t feel like eating meat, you will love these blogs.
Ella started her blog 4 years ago after having been diagnosed Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. This illness had a devastating effect on her life so side she decided to ton on plant-based diet and gave up all meat, dairy, sugar, wheat, anything processed and all chemicals and additives, which was a pretty drastic change. Eating this way has allowed her to take control of her illness, stopping the constant pain, restoring her energy and giving her life back again.
‘My food philosophy is all about enlivening the hottest, happiest and healthiest you. It’s about keeping things simple and delicious so you don’t feel bored or deprived. Food is the most powerful drug; it informs not just how we look but how we feel and think too. My philosophy stems from my desire to educate people about this – and to show how healthy food can be delicious, nutritious, affordable and simple to make.’
‘The Naturally Sassy philosophy is all about embracing food the way nature made it – completely unrefined and unprocessed. In a nutshell, it is about cooking meals that are packed with nutrients and completely delicious. It is a simple way of eating that creates the flavours you love, naturally. It is not about depriving yourself and allows you to cook indulgent, healthy meals that taste incredible and make you feel great in body and mind.’
‘We’re Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, home cooks and food lovers with a passion for wellness and delicious, nutrient-dense food. Our cooking is all about creating natural, satisfying and easy to digest meals that make you feel vibrant, strong and healthy; recipes that are full of flavour and goodness and free from gluten, grains and refined sugar. We believe in the nourishing power of real food and that eating well can be easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone.’
Monday smoothie recipe
Monday is the hardest day of the week, everybody feels tired and lazy. Don’t worry, it’s the Monday illness! All you need is to refuel your body with a refreshing smoothie full of vitamins. We have great recipes from our most talented bloggers.
2/3 of a mug of coconut water (200ml)
1 tablespoon of coconut yoghurt (I use a brand called Coyo)
A big handful of spinach
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon of bee pollen (optional)
Simply peel the banana then place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
1 whole Thai coconut
200g of blueberries or other berry
1 tsp of honey (optional)
1 tbsp of desiccated coconut
¼ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of fresh grated ginger
Crack open your coconut and pour the water into your blender, then scrape out the flesh. I use a cleaver knife to whack it open but there are also more sensible (and safe) methods and tools to get it open.
Place the flesh, honey (if using), cinnamon, ginger and almost all of the berries (reserving a few for decoration) blend until smooth then top with the desiccated coconut and leftover berries.
This will keep on the fridge for a day or so. It’s kinda fun it turns into a jelly ☺ but best to drink it fresh.
Sally’s Baking Addiction
1/2 cup plain coconut water
2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced
1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)
1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)
2 cups spinach or kale
1/2 avocado, sliced
optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax or flaxseed oil
Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick.
Acai Berry Breakfast!
It’s been a few months that we’ve seen acai berry in our local stores. The acai berry is a small, reddish-purple drupe consisting of a cluster of seeds, with only around 15 percent or so being edible, harvested from palm trees found around the Amazon River basin of South America. These berries are packed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. There are numerous health benefits in them, such as:
– boosting your immune system
– preventing skin health
– loosing weight
– Anti-aging effects and more…
Now you know how great are acai berries, let’s see how to consume them.
When you think of sandwiches, you think of the really fatty sandwiches that are full of nasties. But sandwiches can be a great and quick lunch to grab when you are on the rush. Instead of buying one, let’s make our sandwich full of goodness to keep us full until dinner. Save time by making it the night before or even during weekends, have a look at our recipes! They are easy and healthy.
The Bonjon Gourmet
We all love a green smoothie so why not a green sandwich. Recipe here.
Californian Rainbow Sandwich
Half Baked Harvest
You know when your meal is healthy when it’s full of colours. Recipe here.
Roasted red pepper hummus, avocado and feta
Two Peas & Their pod
Hummus and avocado will make your sandwich incredible tasty. Recipe here.
Avocado and kale salad
Make your favourite salad and put everything into the bread. Recipe here.
Smoothie bowls are the new breakfast trend for a good reason. They are full of nutrients and they give you the energy needed for your morning. You might have seen on Instagram beautiful pictures of colourful smoothie bowls, so why don’t you try to make one? Smoothie bowls are thicker than a regular smoothie. All you have to do is to put less liquid and play with your favourite toppings! But be careful, you need to use healthy ingredients because your smoothie can become unhealthy quickly. Here is what you have to put in your smoothie bowls:
Simple SUPER green smoothie bowls packed with tons of greens and customizable toppings! The healthiest and easiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal. Recipe Minimalist Baker.
Vegan berry crunchy smoothie bowl
An antioxidant rich blend of mixed berries, banana, kale chia seeds and almond milk … A creamy goodness. Recipe Domesticate Me.
Chia seed Berry Coconut smoothie bowl
Berries and coconut milk make the perfect combination. The acidity in the fruit melts into the creaminess of coconut milk, resulting in a smooth, velvety smoothie bowl. Recipe Detoxdiy.
Green Tea Lime Pie
The flavour is inspired by the popular Key Lime Pie, but with a green tea twist. Recipe Oh She Glows.
Dragon fruit smoothie bowl
You’ll love scooping up a bite of smoothie with a little crunchy granola and a little bit of fresh fruit. Recipe Keep’In It Kind.
Bored of your porridge? Let’s try some Chia puddings to shake up your mornings! Chia seeds and coconut milk make a great combination high in omega 3, antioxidant and fibre. This breakfast will fill you up until lunch time and you’ll save time, all you need to do is to mix together the ingredients the night before and in the morning just add your favourite toppings!
Coconut Chia pudding
240 ml Chi coconut milk
40 grams chia seeds
Coconut chips or coconut flakes
Blueberries or blackberry
1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
Chocolate Chia pudding
240 ml Chi Chocolate coconut milk
40 grams chia seeds
1. Mix together chia seeds, chocolate coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
Fruity Chia pudding
250 ml Chi Raw coconut water
40 grams chia seeds
All fruits that you like
1. Mix together chia seeds, raw coconut water and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
Mango Chia pudding
240 ml Chi coconut milk
40 grams chia seeds
1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
#Make Baobab Famous – Our favourite recipes!
Have you ever heard of Baobab? It’s an African superfruit that dries on the branch.
It contains a rich source of Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. Aduna is the brand that is introducing this yummy fruit to us, we have completely fallen in love with it!
If you need a fruity kick in your smoothie or porridge, Baobab is the perfect fruit.
At Chi HQ we have made some easy recipes for you to try, you can’t go wrong with this new fruity powder that has a delicious sweet, citrus flavour.
Handful of Giving Tree freeze dried Mango (cut in little pieces) and some coconut chips- topping.
Mix all the ingredients together and at the end sprinkle freeze-dried mango and coconut chips on top of the porridge.
– Immune function
– Improved digestion
– Lower cholesterol levels
THE best foods for the best sleep!
Meditation, picking up a good book, even counting sheep. We’ve all tried them and they all claim to help you switch off and drift off to the land of nod.
As well as sparking an irritable mood and general feelings of misery, a lack of sleep is detrimental to a person’s health.
Countless studies have warned of the dangers of not getting between six to eight hours sleep a night – generally accepted as the gold standard in sleep terms.
As well as relaxation techniques and ditching your blue-light emitting smartphone and tablet, there is another way to maximise the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
A healthy diet, including key food groups packed with snooze-inducing nutrients and vitamins.
Here we reveal our favourite..
1. SLOW-RELEASE CARBS
Carbohydrates that slowly release energy into the body, such as oats or oatcakes, and brown rice, can help transform a person’s sleep pattern.
Whole grains help to keep the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood stable, and so provide your body with sustained energy. Your brain and body still need glucose to keep working.
If levels fall too low, this can cause the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which can wake you up.
If you have your last meal a long time before going to bed, try eating a half-size bowl of porridge or a couple of oatcakes with nut butter later in the evening
Sugary foods and refined white carbohydrates can have the opposite effect, as they quickly enter and leave the bloodstream, leaving your blood low in glucose again after only a short period of time.
High protein foods, such as meat, fish, beans and lentils, seeds and nuts are also vital in helping promote a better night’s sleep.
Protein foods provide the amino acid, tryptophan, which converts into the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which melatonin is needed for a good sleep.
‘Melatonin in particular is needed for good sleep.’
However, avoid too much high-protein food in the last few hours before bed however, as they can be hard to digest – especially red meat and nuts,’ Ms Wilkinson warned.
3. PUMPKIN SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds are high in natural magnesium, making them beneficial to those people who struggle to drift off each night.
One of the roles of magnesium is allowing the muscle fibres in our body to relax, it counteracts calcium, which causes muscles to contract. It is also thought that magnesium has a role in the normal function of the pineal gland, which produces melatonin – a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and helps us to fall asleep.
4. COCONUT WATER
A glass of pure, raw, Chi coconut water in the evening could help you to have a restful night’s sleep, coconut water is an excellent source of electrolyte minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium.
Balanced levels of these minerals are necessary to maintain normal muscle action, nerve function and hydration in our body.
Deficiencies or imbalances can cause cramping and restless legs at night, and therefore disturbed sleep.
Zinc-rich foods such as oysters and other seafood, whole grains and nuts, especially pecans and brazil nuts, will help send you off to the land of nod, Dr Glenville said.
‘Zinc is also needed for conversion of tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin,’ she added.
6. HERBAL TEAS
For many, nothing soothes them into a dreamy state better than a warm cuppa. But, it is vital you avoid regular builders tea, which is high in caffeine.
Calming herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower or valerian, or specific sleep blends can be helpful to drink before bedtime.
Treat yourself with Chi Spring Desserts
Spring is finally here, so what better way to celebrate than ‘indulging’ in some of your all time favourite Spring desserts with Chi.
Here are our top 3 favourite CHI Spring dessert recipes – treat yourself, they’re pretty much guilt free!
1. Coconut Lemon Pancakes
Ingredients 200g plain flour 60g sweetened coconut flakes 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 360ml chi coconut milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice from one lemon 2 tablespoons chi coconut oil, melted 1 large egg 1 teaspoon lemon zest ⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts for serving, fresh strawberries/blueberries (optional)
Coconut syrup or maple syrup for serving
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, coconut flakes, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir and make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add in milk, lemon juice, butter, egg and lemon zest.
Stir together until blended. Next, add coconut oil to frying pan and pour 4 large tablespoons of mixture when hot, cook until golden on each side turning once.
Serve with coconut syrup/maple syrup and your favourite berries and nuts!
2. Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
200ml full fat coconut milk 80ml chi coconut water 2 tablespoons chia seeds 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, using a hand whisk mix until combined.
Cover with plastic wrap or a cover of some sort and let sit overnight.
Serve with fresh fruit, nuts, or honey.
3. Raw, Oil Free, Coconut-Lime Tartlet
Makes 2 medium tarts
100g shredded coconut, dried & unsweetened, double sifted (or use a mixture of both coconut and almond flour)
2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or date syrup
2 Tbsp of water (or more if needed, to make it stick together)
Coconut cream and dehydrated lime wedges for decorating
Prepare the crusts one day before. Simply mix all the ingredients in a big bowl, starting with the flour and then add all the wet ingredients. We used coconut water, but if you want you can also use chi coconut oil. Until your dough is sticky. Put in tartlet molds covered with plastic and bake in oven at 100C for 25-30 minutes until crisp and firm
For the filling simply blend all the ingredients until very smooth. Add coconut water as needed, essentially keep adding until desired, smooth consistency is achieved.
Put filling over tartlets and chill for 3-4 hours before serving. You can serve with dehydrated lime wedges.
Spring is here.. what to do in April!
April, the month of spring, blossom, Easter and hopefully lacking April showers!
Here are out favourite events for this month that cater to all ages and backgrounds and aiming keep you as busy as a bee!
First of all, you can’t beat the best April / Easter food..
Urban Food Fest
A Shoreditch car park is transfored into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.
While many of us will spend the Easter weekend up to our eyes in brightly coloured foil wrappers devouring chocolate eggs like our life depended on it, those with less of a sweet tooth might prefer to celebrate with a savoury snack, and what better way than with a Scotch egg?
Kensington Place has created a twist on a Scotch egg, which will be served throughout the Easter break featuring smoked bacon and apple.
Following last year’s fun-packed Winter in Dalston, Street Feast’s indoor night market Hawker House is moving to a warehouse in Canada Water for two levels of street food, bars and their now-famous whisky roulette. New for this year is Neil Rankin’s Meat Hook, a three-metre whole-animal grill that’ll cook up Argentine-style meats to be served with shoestring fries and chimichurri.
Canada Street , Rotherhithe Friday March 25 2016 – Sunday May 1 2016
Easter cocktails at Duck and Waffle, meaning a trio of Easter-themed cocktails on pour at Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower for one week only from Friday 25 March. Aimed at chocoholics keen for a liquid cocoa fix, the Nutella Negroni twists on the Italian classic via Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, vermouth and a Nutella infusion.
Also in line-up are shots of coffee-washed Bacardi superior, hay-infused white chocolate and black truffle served in hollowed out duck eggs; and the Beetroot & Chocolate Royalé, a sweet-savoury twist on a Kir Royale featuring beet and cacao liqueur topped with Champagne. All three cost £14.
If you’ve ever watched Breaking Bad, then you’ll know exactly why this pop up bar is letting you make cocktails with a chemistry set inside an RV.
Popping up until April, ABQ will put you inside a set of Walter White’s iconic yellow overalls and a gas mask, then let you mix three insane cocktails, including the Tripping (which changes flavour as you drink it) and a smoking martini (using whatever base spirit you choose to bring with you).
Details: Now – April | Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JE | £25pp, walk-ins welcome
London Coffee Festival
Returning for 2016, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.
Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar
The roof of Selfridges has been transformed into an autumnal woodland for this wintry pop-up thats here until the end of April!
Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday April 29 2016
Relive happy (or traumatic) memories of sports day at riverside restaurant Le Pont de La Tour this Easter, which will be hosting an egg and spoon race along Butler’s Wharf. Also taking part in the race are Cantina del Ponte, Butler’s Wharf Chop House and the Blueprint Café.
The races begin at Cantina del Ponte with a 2pm start time for children and 2.15pm time for adults. Prizes galore await for the winners. Both Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina del Ponte have created Easter-themed menus running throughout the weekend including roast spring lamb and Easter cake.
The London Marathon – 24th April
With its throngs of cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers, the London Marathon is our very own world-famous running race. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April.
Feast of St George
There’s a special Shakespearean theme to the Mayor of London’s party in honour of St George this year. St George’s Day started out in the thirteenth century as a national day of feasting, so look out for the live demos from leading London chefs as well as an English farmer’s market and banqueting area.
Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Saturday April 23 2016
Wrap Up your Lunch!
It’s officially spring, the sun starts to come out more often! This season change makes us eat differently, we would rather eat salads and quiches than a hot soup or a heavy meal. Wraps are the most convenient lunch on the go for your busy days. Instead of buying pre made wraps at the supermarket full of preservatives and nasties. It’s so easy to make you own wrap! You can be as creative as you want and play with your favourite vegetables. Check out these recipes!
3 slices smoked salmon
Handful of baby spinach
1 large wrap, multigrain
3 Long cucumber slices
1 tsp mustard
slat, pepper chive
Spread mustard on the wrap plus add the salmon, cucumber and finish with spinach and seasoning. Roll up.
Hummus & Carrot
2 large Tbsp hummus
1 seeded wrap
small handful rocket
Spread the hummus. Grate carrots and scatter on top of the houmous, finishing with a small handful rocket leaves and some seasoning. Roll up and eat.
1 large spinach & Herb wrap
2 Ham slices
half green apple
handful crumbled blue cheese
1 tsp reduced fat mayonnaise
1 pinch pepper
Spread mayonnaise on the wrap then add ham with few apple slices and the rest of the ingredients. Roll up and eat.
Avocado & Chicken salad roll
Half avocado (sliced)
Chicken slices (already cooked)
handful pine nuts
1 Tsp cottage cheese
1 Brown wrap
Spread cottage cheese on the wrap add chicken and avocado. Then the lettuce and pine nuts. Roll up.
An easy and quick energy wrap that will help you through your day.
St Patrick’s Day Irish Recipes!
So it’s St Patrick’s Day this Thursday the 17th March..this is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Most commonly related with the green clover, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, leprechauns, guiness and irish dancing!
Here are our top Chi Paddy’s Day recipes, incorporating the Irish with a little bit of Chi too!
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/Fan 180°C. Tip the flours, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Then use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed. Stir in the sugar.
2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until you get a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 min until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.
3. Place on a lightly dusted baking sheet. Dust with a little plain flour if you like. Use a large sharp knife to cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’.
4. Bake in the oven for 35 – 40mins until well-risen and browned. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool.
Irish soda bread makes a great side dish for those warming stews, delicious sandwiches and also a great breakfast with plenty of peanut butter!
Matcha Green Tea Cookies – The perfectly healthy and perfectly suited colour for St Paddy’s Day celebrations
50 g coarsely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180C, Sift flour, green tea, and baking soda together.
Microwave butter until it’s melted. Combine the sugar and butter together. Add the egg and salt, then mix.
Combine all powder ingredients with a spatula. Add the white chocolate.
Drop cookie dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto the parchment paper. Leave a space between each piece of dough.
Bake 6 to 8 min. Don’t over bake!
Are you thinking of starting to drink protein shakes? After your workout you see everyone reaching for a protein shake, but you wonder how and when you should drink them? Protein shakes are getting more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. When you choose the right protein powder you can get a lot benefit from it. Hair, nails, skin are mostly made of protein, your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and it’ is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood. So now you know why protein is good for you, let’s make some protein shakes with the right dose of protein.
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Almond Chia shake
1 large ripe banana, peeled
250ml unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1Tbsp protein powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Carrot Cake shake
110 ml carrot juice
250ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 half tsp cinnamon
4-5 cubes of ice
1 handful of walnut
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Mother’s Day Gift ideas
This Sunday (6th March) is Mother’s day, it’s the day to celebrate the wonderful woman who has given you so much. Show her how much you care by finding her a lovely gift to make her happy. If you are still wondering what to give to her this Sunday, we have some great ideas for you. Here are some ideas to make this day awesome:
Make her a breakfast
Try to wake up earlier and surprise her with a yummy and healthy breakfast or a brunch.
Get her a yoga or Pilates sessions to make her feel relaxed. This gift is perfect if she’s a yoga addict or it’s a good way to introduce her to a new activity.
What a joy to spend your time with your Mum at the spa, she will enjoy it and you as well.
Bring her to her favourite restaurant, she will be please to share good food with her children.
Bake for her
Make her a treat, she deserves it!
Jewellery for your jewel
It’s always nice to receive jewellery, we never get tired of jewellery!
Make your own hamper with all the product that she likes, she will love it. You just need to pop up to Wholefoods to get all the healthy products!
Are you a chocoholic? If yes we have the perfect recipe for you. A brownie will satisfy your chocolate craving, whether you like it fudgy or light. Now you might think, ‘Oh! Nooo, I will ruin my diet with this brownie…” No worries, brownies can be healthy, you just have to change some ingredients and use the healthy ones. Also to maintain a healthy lifestyle you have sometimes to please yourself to avoid frustration and a loss of motivation. So now get your apron and check out these yummy recipes.
2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)
2 handful of dark chocolate chips
60g Cacao powder
125g Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
90g Coconut flour
half tsp salt
1. Preheat the oven 180 degrees Celsius. Spray some coconut oil on a baking pan.
2. In a large bowl mix the coconut flour, cacao powder and salt.
3. Add the other ingredients and mix them with an electric mixer until combined. And then incorpore the chocolate chips.
4. Spread the mixture in baking pan. Cook for 20-25 min and let it cool.
Tips: eat this brownie with a strawberry sauce or a frozen yogurt.
Did you know that you can make brownie with black beans?! The first time that we heard this at the office, we couldn’t believe it but actually we even prefer this version of brownie. And seriously can you make a recipe healthier than this?
Black Beans Brownie
2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)
2 handful of dark chocolate chips
60g Cacao powder
125g Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g black beans
half tsp salt
1. Preheat your oven 180 degrees celsius. Blend all the ingredients together smooth.
2. Spread the mixture in a baking pan. Cook for 15min and let it cool.
Buy Chi organic coconut oil, cold pressed for £9.44
Uganda Clean drinking water project!
We are so delighted to announce that our 6th clean drinking water project is complete! The Bukemba 3 community now has immediate access to clean drinking water changing the lives of 345 people.
“My village has had a big problem with water for a very long time. Our source of water has been a pond that has been drying up some times during the dry seasons leaving us with no water. This meant that we had to walk to the nearby community to get water from a swamp. We had to walk to close to 3 kilometers to and from. I used to spend a lot of time looking for water, yet I also had to do chores at home. This greatly affected my performance at school because I didn’t have enough time to read and revise.
But thanks to Chi Coconut Water which has answered our prayers by constructing a clean water source for us through Drop 4 Drop. Am very excited that my village has clean water now. I longer spend a lot of time looking for water, this water burden was dealt with and now I have time to do other home chores and read my books. I believe my performance at school will greatly impove.”
Namuli Shamim, 9 years old from Bukemba 3.
JONATHAN NEWMAN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER
Jonathan Newman, the founder and CEO of Chi, started out as a writer and director of feature films, but has since found another passion: Coconuts.
Today, his company, Chi, supplies more than 3,000 stores in the U.K. and stores in 30 countries worldwide with coconut water and other coconut products including oil and milk.
Jonathan recently chatted with us about how he became so passionate about coconuts and the benefits of coconut water. Here’s the skinny:
Can you tell us a bit about your journey to becoming the founder of Chi?
In 2004, I was honeymooning in Phi Phi Island in Thailand, and it was there that I first starting drinking coconut water. With coconut trees adorning our island, these young green coconuts were plucked fresh. They were cut open and then a straw was placed inside. That’s how I drank at least five coconuts a day. When drinking coconut water, I felt an immediate difference in my well being. I felt energized, hydrated, healthy and balanced, and my general fatigue and blurred eyes all seemed to disappear.
A few years later back in London I discovered packaged coconut juice drinks. Having tried many of the market leaders, I found the taste unpalatable, the nutritional claims not matching the product, and the product sometimes deceptively including bleach, extra sugar, fructose or flavoring. I thought I could do a lot better than this. That was my starting point. I’m a filmmaker by trade and have no retail experience whatsoever. Everyone must have thought I was somewhat mad when I went back to Thailand in 2011, having raised the seed capital necessary to fund the business. I drove around looking everywhere for the perfect coconuts for our own coconut juice drink.
Finally, in a region known for having some of the sweetest coconuts in Thailand, I met the owner of what was to become our coconut plantation for Chi.
I’ve tested Chi coconut water against some of the leading coconut juice drinks on the market. I went to yoga schools and held blind taste tests. Our coconut water won in every single taste test. If you ask me, it’s the sweetness of our coconuts.
We then set about designing our brand. It seemed all our competitors had the word “coco” in the name, and the same stock image of a green coconut on the front. We wanted to break the mold with our name and our packaging. “Chi” means “life force” – which seemed the perfect way to describe our product.
Our coconut water, which is 100-percent pure, with no added sugar, no added preservatives and no chemicals, also deserved premium packaging unlike any other on the market. We commissioned a very special “chi island” illustration for the package which is symbolic of balance, hydration and provenance.
Does your company have a personal mission statement?
Passion. Integrity. Highest Standrads for Quality. Creative.
At Chi we believe that you should be passionate about everything you do. We really care about our products and our loyal customers.
We believe that we should always be honest. That’s why our products are 100-percent pure and natural. We would never hide any ingredients or nasties.
We are a hard working team at Chi. This is because we are focused on being the best we can be, as a team, as individuals and with our products. We are determined to only give our customers the best quality.
Creativity keeps us fresh and up-to-date. We love nothing more than coming up with new products, new ways to grow Chi and new ways to stay in touch with our fans.
What are the health benefits of coconut water?
Coconut water hydrates you quicker than water due to the high electrolyte content. With twice as much potassium as a banana, coconut water gives you a natural burst of energy,
What about the beauty benefits of coconut water?
Coconut water is good for your skin, anti-aging and slimming as part of a calorie-controlled diet.
Is coconut water a good thirst quencher for hydration during a workout or while playing sports?
The best! It’s a like a sports drink but without the added preservatives or sugar. It is nature’s sports drink.
Does coconut water have added ingredients?
None. It is 100 percent pure with nothing added or taken away.
What is a common myth about coconut water you wish you permanently debunk?
Some people are polarized by the taste. That’s because there are some substandard waters on the market. Our coconut water is raw, organic and unpasturised. We’d go so far as to say it’s the best you will ever taste.
No time to cook but I want to be healthy!
Working full time, taking care of your family and other activities, eating healthy isn’t easy everyday! When you don’t have time to cook, it’s so tempting to rush into buying junk food. So because we want you fit and lean, we have prepared for you a meal plan for your busy days. The key to make healthy and quick meals is to have all the items on hand that it will be easier and faster to make healthy choices. Also try to cook during the weekend for the week ahead, and store your meals in a fridge.
Breakfast is the meal that we have less time to eat, most of the time the breakfast we eat it on the go to work/school. So this is what you should eat to kick start your day
1 piece of fruit (at least) such as banana, orange, blueberries
It’s getting so popular to drink matcha tea instead of a coffee. With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution, traditionally by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water. Because matcha is made from high-quality tea, and the whole leaves are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging.
If you are a coconut water lover and a matcha tea lover, we have the perfect recipe for you!
Pink Matcha Smoothie
A Matcha smoothie is low in sugar yet still sweet and creamy as we substituted banana with avocado to get that thick smoothie texture we all love and crave. Avocados are packed with antioxidants and good fats to help you feel fuller for longer, which makes them the perfect banana replacement for this recipe.
Adding matcha to your smoothies gives you a huge antioxidant boost to help clear your skin, give you a glow and increase your energy levels. Matcha also has thermogenic properties and will boost your metabolism and aid fat burning all day long! Raw coconut water has naturally occurring electrolytes and minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which keep you properly hydrated and healthy…. could this smoothie be more superfoody?!
Do you want softer, smoother and flawless skin? We can’t go every time to a beauticians to get a deep cleansing facial either due to lack of time or money. But how about bringing the beauticians into your own bathroom? It’s really important to take care of your skin especially during winter. All you need to do is to make a cleanser with only two ingredients, Chi coconut oil and baking soda. Baking soda is used into a lot cosmetic products, it can correct the skin’s pH balance. Mixing the coconut oil and the baking soda together, coconut oil balances out baking soda’s harshness, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.
Put in a bowl the ingredients, warm it up for 1 minute in a microwave. Then apply the mixture to your wet or dry skin. You can either leave it on as a mask for a few minutes for an even deeper conditioning treatment or simply wash off with warm water using gentle circular motions. And then to moisturise your skin you can apply a small drop of coconut oil on your face.
Check more on our blog all you can do with coconut oil for your beauty without any chemicals that can harm your skin:
Finally..January is officially over! The dreaded month after the festive period of dieting, detoxing and exercising combined with cold days and dark nights. But this month we think that even though January is over, its important to still keep up with a healthy lifestyle. With an extra 2 minutes more of sunlight every day and an extra day of fun too this month, we are that one month closer to Spring..YAY!
In with February means many of you may finished Dry January..however here at CHI HQ we believe it’s still important to take care of your health all year round and not just January. Therefore, try some of our delicious CHI coconut water cocktail recipes (you won’t feel bad about these ones!)
Add some crushed ice to a tall glass. Give the mint leaves a bash to release the flavour and add them into the glass with the lime juice. Give it a quick stir. Add the rum, coconut water and honey stir and garnish with a few mint leaves. If you’e feeling fancy too, dip your glass in some cold water and add then dunk it into a bowl of coconut sugar for added flavour and impress your guests!
Cut a slice out the lemon and save for garnish. Combine the vodka, RAW coconut water, pink lemonade and the juice from the lemon in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Stir and pour into a glass over ice, finish off with the slice of lemon or lime.
Combine all ingredients together in a long glass with a few ice cubes and freshly sliced lemon.. enjoy!
The essential vitamins for a Healthy Winter!
During winter your immune system is more sensitive and weaker than the other seasons, and that’s why you get sick more often. These common winter sicknesses (flu, colds, sore throat) are caused by vitamins or minerals deficiencies. To spend a happy healthy winter, pop to your local store to get all the essential vitamins & minerals needed. Each vitamin plays an important role in your body, improving your energy, boosting your vitality.
Check out our guide list!
Vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds and the flu, but it can reduce the length and severity of symptoms. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This means it protects the body against disease including heart disease and cancer. It is vital for the production of collagen, used to build body tissue and bones.
Where to find it?
Fresh fruit and vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries and cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. Green vegetables (cabbage, broccoli and beans) and potatoes all contain high levels.
Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells which carries oxygen around the body. A good intake of iron is necessary for energy, intellectual performance and vitality. A lack of iron leads to anaemia – where the body is unable to transport oxygen around the body causing lethargy and listlessness. Excessive iron may damage organs.
Where to find it?
Red meat is a rich source of iron. Other sources include cereal products, bread, flour, eggs, beans, lentils and dried fruit. Taking Vitamin C alongside iron helps with its absorption.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin required by the body for the absorption of calcium, bone development, immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation.
Where to find it?
This essential vitamin is only absorbed when the body is exposed to sunlight. However, if you are not able to meet this requirement by this natural source, then vitamin D can be found in milk and cereals.
Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps regulate blood pressure, maintains bone strength, and ensures a healthy immune system.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant protecting cell membranes from damage, and is thought to protect against some cancers and heart disease.
Where to find it?
Nuts and oil are an excellent source of vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach and cabbage) and cereals are also rich in vitamin E
Raw coconut water
Also our raw coconut water is full of vitamins and minerals, to name a few our Chi raw coconut water include Chloride, Iron, as well as important electrolytes such as Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and Phosphorous. In fact, the potassium content in coconut water is close to twice the amount in a banana.
Rhitrition’s Clean Porridge
We are lucky to have an amazing nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert aka Rhitrition at Chi HQ. She’s offering dietary advice on how to live a healthy & happy lifestyle and how to eat well, check out her website here.
In this article we gathered the best porridges from Rhitrition to kickstart your mornings! Porridge is packed full of nutrients, especially if you mix the oats with some superfoods. It takes less than 5 minutes to make these recipes, perfect when you are in a rush!
In the last few years the awareness of the negative health effect of gluten has increased. You might have seen a lot people on gluten free diet. Don’t worry if you are little bit lost? First let’s understand what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in several types of grains such as wheat, spelt, rye and barley. When flour is mixed with water, you obtain a sticky glue linked that gives elasticity to the dough. This sticky glue is the gluten! So now let’s see how bad it is to eat gluten.
Why should we go gluten free?
There are some studies showing that even the individuals without celiac disease or diagnosed gluten sensitivity have adverse reactions to gluten. The gluten can occur some digestive pain, bloating, stool inconsistency and fatigue. Also they are many people who believe that gluten may be addictive, whet is one of the most addictive foods after sugar.
The health benefits to go gluten free are:
Improved digestion and digestive function – a crucial aspect of effective weight loss is a healthy & efficient digestive system.
Excess fluid loss, and weight loss
Better bowel function and elimination
Improved mental function and better mood
How should we go gluten free?
Now you know why you should exclude the gluten from your diet, it’s time to see what you can eat. All the foods from grains are appropriate for a gluten free diet:
Flours made from gluten-free grain, nuts, beans and coconut.
Look for products labeled gluten-free
Milk, butter, margarine, real cheese, plain yogurt, most ice cream without gluten-containing add-ins.
Vegetable oils, including canola.
Plain fruits, vegetables (fresh, frozen and canned), meat, seafood, potatoes, eggs, nuts, nut butters, beans and legumes.
Distilled vinegar is gluten free. (See malt vinegar under NO below).
Distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten free because distillation effectively removes gluten. They are not gluten free if gluten-containing ingredients are added after distillation, but this rarely happens.
Mono and diglycerides are fats and are gluten free.
The food to avoid:
Most ingredients with “wheat”
Barley and malt
Breaded or floured
Soy and teriyaki sauces.
Foods that are fried in the same oil as breaded products are not considered to be safe on the gluten free diet.
Liquorice, which is made with wheat flour, and other candies that contain wheat or barley.
Cut down on sugar for 2016!
You know how bad it is to eat sugar but it’s hard to stop. The latest research has proved that sugar is more addictive than tobacco, more dangerous than alcohol, more fattening than fat. You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. Nowadays added sugar is everywhere even in a food that doesn’t taste sweet such as bread, sauces or crisps. In this article we will give you all the tips to eat less sweet food!
Sugar is an addiction like cocaine! It can be really hard to stop eating it! first we have to understand why? If you’re addicted to sugar, there is an emotional component. You’re craving and overindulging in sugar for a reason – you may be eating sugar to care for your emotions, to manage stress, or to care for your emotional, psychological or relational needs.
So now lower your sugar intake with these 8 easy ways:
1. Read the label
You will realise how often sugar is included to foods. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar is near the top, that’s a red flag.
2. Don’t look for just the word ‘sugar’
Sugar hides under several sneaky names, including high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose (or any word ending in “-ose”), brown rice syrup, honey, and maple syrup.
3. Buy the right products
Once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes. Buy foods labeled “no added sugar” or “unsweetened.”
4. Take your time
In cutting down on sugar takes time. As we said sugar is like a drug so the beginning will be hard but the easiest way is reduce your consumption of sugar. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only a splash of milk.
Studies showed that sugar doesn’t cause proper satiety but it does make you hungry. So to avoid any craving, the best things to do is:
Eating breakfast every morning
Including fat and protein in your meals
Eating regular meals
Drinking more water
6. Sugar free, no calorie…?
Be careful don’t be tempting to buy the products with sugar free or no calorie write on it. The processed food manufactures are clever instead to use normal sugar they use aspartame or other substitute but they are even worst. When you eat something sweet, your body expects calories and nutrition, but artificial sugars don’t give your body those things.
7. Add flavours to your meals
Adding flavours will help you to eat less carbohydrate foods. Skip the flavored oatmeal and add a sweet kick with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
8. Don’t drink it
Even drinks that are considered healthy can contain more of the sweet stuff than you’re supposed to have in an entire day. Case in point: “enhanced” waters (eight teaspoons per bottle), bottled iced teas (more than nine teaspoons per bottle), energy drinks (almost seven teaspoons per can), bottled coffee drinks (eight teaspoons per bottle), and store-bought smoothies (more than a dozen teaspoons—for a small).
9. Indulge yourself
It’s okay to have sometime a little treat but it needs to be occasionally.
NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – NEVER HEATED
Article from www.health.com
Detox your body
Going back to work after the Christmas break is pretty hard. Feeling tired, dont’ have enough energy? Don’t worry we are all feel like that. After few days enjoying some rich foods, sleeping late… There is no question your body is tired, we just need to get back our healthy habits. The best way to do that is to detoxify your body because detoxification helps the digestion, boost energy levels, skin cleansing… To name a few. So now let’s find out how to do it!
1. What food to avoid?
Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with acidophilus each day)
Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
2. What’s the food to enjoy?
Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two servings per week.
Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
Eggs: preferably organic
Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)
3. Lemon Water
Add lemon to your water through out the day. The acid in the lemons assist the cleansing process. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, contain a pure concentrated form of citric acid. Citric acid works like bleach on fat. Due to its acidity and high ph, citric acid is able to actually penetrate and break down fat molecules. Try to drink one to three litres of water per day!
4. Best advice to detox
Exercise: During detox aim to exercise for one hour daily. Try to do intense exercises that makes you sweat.
Raw foods: Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes.
Chew: Aim to chew each mouthful of food 10 to 12 times before swallowing.
Barbara Cox, the amazing cook who created over 70 healthy delicious recipes to fight cancer.
In her cookbook ‘Rainbow diet’ she describes how some nutrients can maintain the health of different body systems such as the heart, blood vessels, muscles , bone and more… To finish the year healthy Barbara gave us an excellent recipe to make our breakfast full of goodness with her ‘Rainbow Granola’. See below the yummy recipe and her clever ideas!
Rainbow Granola with Chi Coconut Oil
It’s easy to overlook this important meal when the pressure is on to get the turkey in the oven. But we all need breakfast for a good start to the day, so before you and your family delve into your presents, remember to tuck into a good breakfast too.
Try making your regular breakfast cereal more special than usual with one or more of the following ideas:
serving it with pieces of fresh apple and pear
you could throw in a few nuts, or dried festive fruits such as figs and dates
Or why not add a handful of brightly coloured berries to your breakfast, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries? You can usually buy berries frozen, even when they’re out of season.
Frozen fruit and veg, as well as fresh, tinned and dried, all count towards the 5-a-day fruit and veg target.
If you’re a granola person, why not jazz up your daily serving with:
several slices of fresh tangerine and banana
a few grapes
a handful of seeds or nuts
Here’s a festive granola recipe using Chi coconut oil.
Mix all ingredients together and toss until fully coated with coconut oil and Sweet Freedom
Spread mixture on a baking tray with grease-proof paper lining.
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Break apart after baking into bite-size chunks.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks
If you want to make more recipes from Barbara Cox, check out her cookbook here.
Guilt free Christmas dessert
Christmas is nearly approaching, we are already starting to eat chocolate, cookies… The festive season is usually associated with gaining weight, but this year it won’t be the same! The food that will destroy your diet the most is dessert, we have gathered some healthy dessert recipes that will indulge your craving for a Christmas sweet. You can tell us thank you;)
We have to start with a chocolate recipe, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate. Eating chocolate can be good for your health, it improves your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa , contains flavonoids. However the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts. Also it’s better to avoid any of milk chocolate or white chocolate (high in sugar and fat).
Fruity Chocolate bar
8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
Gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, be patient, keep stirring, and even with the heat on a low setting the chocolate will melt eventually.
Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be).
Sprinkle evenly with Giving Tree fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.
Because of the nature of freeze-dried fruit, this particular bar is best enjoyed within a day or two, as the fruit will begin to soften once exposed to humidity. The bar is good for up to a week, however, the fruit just might be a bit softer after a few days out in the open.
A traditional dessert that nobody can resist is the apple pie… with less sugar.
Step 1. Prepare the pastry In a food processor, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces); pulse until large flakes form. Add 7 table-spoons trans fat-free shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cold water over the mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. Roll the pastry into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into 3/4-inch thick disks on separate sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Step 2. Make the apple filling Peel, core, and slice 5-6 apples, enough to make 6 1/2 cups. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss well; set aside.
Step 3. Assemble the pie Preheat oven to 400º. Place larger half of chilled pastry on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Dust dough with flour and roll into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin, then invert over a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off plastic and gently tuck pastry into pan, letting edge drape over sides. Lightly moisten upper edge of dough with a damp pastry brush. Transfer filling to pie shell. Roll other half of pastry into an 11-inch circle on plastic wrap. Invert over filling, then peel off plastic. Pinch edge to seal; trim excess.
Step 4. Bake till golden Create decorative edge on crust with fork. Slit top pastry for steam vents. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes on center oven rack, shield-ing edges of crust with foil. Reduce heat to 375º; continue baking until the pie is golden brown and juices bubble through at least one vent, another 30 minutes. Insert wooden skewer into pie; there should be no resistance. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.
(inspired from the www.health.com)
Cranberry Jam tart
No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts
1/2Cup Rolled Oats (not quick-cooking)
3/4Cup Soft Dates
Pinch of Salt
Quick Cranberry Jam:
1 1/2 Cup Fresh OR Frozen Cranberries
2T Maple Syrup
2T Coconut Sugar
1/4C Orange Juice
1/2C (approx) Water
Zest of half an orange
1/2t Vanilla Extract
Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and oats together to form a fairly fine flour. Add the salt and the dates and process until you have a thick mixture which holds together when pinched between finger and thumb. You may need to add a couple of extra dates if it’s too crumbly.
Divide mixture between the 12 holes of a shallow cake/tartlet tin and press firmly in the base and up the sides to form 12 neat tart shells.
Refrigerate or freeze until ready to fill.
For the jam, place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until the cranberries have all popped and the jam has thickened up. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cool. (I left mine chunky but blend with an immersion blender if you prefer yours smooth)
Run a knife around the edges of the tart shells to loosen them and pop them out of the tin. Fill each with a couple of teaspoons of the jam.
Serve at room temperature
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup almond butter
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
½ cup wheat flour
Turbinado sugar (for garnish)
In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.
Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all purpose four, and ½ cup wheat flour to the wet ingredients and stir with a large spoon until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough to around ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
Bake for about 8 minutes, until until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Store covered at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer term storage.
4 ripe halved and pitted pears (I cut a little whole in mine for the pecans to fit it)
1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey
1.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of candied pecans
Preheat oven to 350° Fill holes with candied pecans
Sprinkle pears with spices Drizzle with honey Bake for 25-40 minutes (they are done when the skin begins to curl).
This month Chi gives you the chance to win an amazing hamper where we included an Nutribulet for you to make some yummy juices or smoothies. One of our favorite ways to make smoothies is by adding freeze dried fruits, unusual, don’t you think? It’s fun to add a whole assortment of fruits to any smoothie. A small handful of freeze-dried fruits can really kick up the antioxidant content of your smoothie. If you are ready to make some smoothies, dig out your nutribullet and let’s do it!
1 Place a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to just below the bottom of the basket. Bring water to boiling. Add apples and courgette. Cover and reduce heat. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes or until very tender. Remove from heat; cool completely.
2 Transfer apple mixture to a blender. Add sherbet. Cover and blend until very smooth, stopping and scraping sides of blender as needed. Add ice cubes and the Broccoli crips. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately
Win an AMAZING hamper!
To celebrate the christmas season, we are offering an incredible hamper worth £230.
What’s included in the Christmas hamper ?
1. Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.
2. £100 WholeFoods Gift Card
3. 6 bottles (250ml) of our Raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.
Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.
This innovative range of all-natural, preservative-free fruit and vegetable crisps undergo a combination of freeze-drying and vacuum frying to ensure maximum nutrients and superior taste. Rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre, they are a convenient way of reaching your 5-a-day.
How to enter ?
It is really easy, all you need to do:
1 Follow Chi & Giving Tree on Instagram or/and Twitter or/and Facebook
2 Repost Chi Christmas hamper on Facebook or/and Instagram or/and twitter
The competition will be running from the 20th November 2015 to the 18th December 2015 3pm, so good luck everyone!
Chi Christmas Hamper T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, or Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
How to get a flat belly quickly?
Who doesn’t dream of having a flat belly? Most people are obsessed with their belly even at Chi HQ. To have a flat belly depends really on what you eat and how many time you workout during the week. So in this article you will find out how to get your flat belly in a short time.
What to eat? What food to avoid?
The first piece of advice that we can give you is to avoid as much as you can sugar. This will keep insulin levels low and also keep levels of glucagon high. Glucagon plays an active role in allowing the body to regulate the utilisation of glucose and fats. This hormone, is the best friend you could ever have in the struggle for a flat belly! The closer to zero grams of sugar you consume, the lower your insulin and the higher your glucagon levels.
Salt can make your tummy bloat also so try using natural sea salt or kosher salt, which is lower in sodium.
The best flat belly menu
Breakfast: A slice of whole-wheat bread with natural peanut butter and 1 cup of your favourite berries or a nice porridge full of vitamins.
Lunch: Spinach salad with sliced avocado, grilled firm tofu, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Dinner: Grilled salmon, a roasted sweet potato, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil and garlic.
Snack: A cup of fat-free yogurt with 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds.
Tip 1: To prevent bloating, chewing is the best tip! Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested.
Tip 2: Eating portion-controlled meals that include whole-grain foods throughout the day is the best way to eat for a flat belly.
How many days per week should I exercise?
Exercising is the best way to have a healthy way to live. To get your flat belly of your dream you have to focus on abs exercises.
But you should first start your workout by cardio exercises. They will heat up your core temperature and improve circulation, both of which will aid in acquiring a flat stomach. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day minimum.
And then your can simply do the crunch abs. You will have a flat stomach in no time!
Chi Coconut Porridge
You can’t be a true British if you don’t eat porridge for breakfast! It is the perfect compromise while it’s simple and quick to make it, there’s now another reason to love this most healthy breakfast. According to several studies, people who eat oats and other wholegrains live longer and are less likely to die from heart disease. The cereal grain’s proven talents include helping to lower high bloodpressure and reduce bad cholesterol. Not to mention that it’s packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
In this article we will give all the best tips to make yummy porridge with Chi coconut milk.
You can find a thousand ways to make porridge but the basis is all the time the same. Porridge as we know it today, is made by mixing oats with a fluid (water and or milk) and then heating it. Beyond that it is all down to personal preference, here are some ideas!
Chi Chocolate Porridge
1. Mix the oats and Chi Chocolate coconut milk . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.
2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces.
Honey Coco porridge
1. Mix the oats, Chi coconut milk (plain) . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.
2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces plus some banana and a little bit of chocolate pieces. To finish you can drizzle with honey.
Creamy Blueberry Coconut Porridge
1. Simply add the water, oats, Chi coconut milk to a saucepan and allow it to heat for about ten minutes, until the liquid has all been absorbed.
3. Once it’s all nicely mixed pour it into a bowl, add blueberries and coconut chips.
Why do we need electrolytes?
Electrolytes are the smallest chemicals that are important form for the cells to allow the body to work correctly. Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and others are critical in allowing cells to generate energy and maintain the right functional system of the body. They generate electricity, contract muscles, move water and fluids within the body, and participate in myriad other activities.
Why the body needs electrolytes?
Electrolytes are chemicals that form electrically charged particles (ions) in body fluids. These ions carry the electrical energy necessary for many functions, including muscle contractions and transmission of nerve impulses. The list of functions that electrolytes control is endless!
To make it more clear, for example your body fluids – blood, plasma, interstitial fluid (fluid between cells) are like seawater and have a high concentration of sodium chloride (=table salt, or NaCl).
The major electrolytes are as follows:
When do we loose electrolytes?
During exercising the body looses electrolytes through sweat, the imbalance can result in symptoms like muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, and mental confusion. We also loose electrolytes when we are sick!
How should we replenish electrolytes?
Rehydration after intense exercise can only be achieved if the electrolytes and water lost from sweat are replenished.
Tap Water contains: 1.2mg Sodium 0 mg Potassium
Which drink is rich in electrolytes?
Are you thinking of the sport drinks? Be careful regular sport drinks contain a lot sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup. Are you up for some re-hydrating healthy alternative?
Fresh coconut water is one of the richest natural sources of electrolytes
Potassium: The most important positive ion inside your cells; potassium regulates the heartbeat and muscle function. Coconut water contains 295 mg, which is 15 times the amount in the average sports drink
Sodium: The most important positive ion in fluid outside your cells, and also the one most depleted with exercise, as you lose sodium through sweat and urine.
Magnesium: important for maintaining the electrical potential of your cells, proper muscle function, and preventing calcium overload.
Phosphorus: Plays important roles in bone health, but also in transferring energy throughout your body, helping your muscles contract, and regulating nerve function.
Calcium: Important for bone health.
Clean Water for All
We are delighted to announce that we have built our 5th well in India for the C.M Palli community. The C.M Palli community now has immediate access to clean drinking water changing the lives of 1050 people.
“I have a baby which makes it extremely hard for me to fetch water especially when he is crying. Now, however, I am able to take better care of him because I have more time to spend with him. I can get clean drinking water in two minutes and I don’t have to worry about the water being unsafe.”
Mrs Munemma, 33 years old.
With every purchase of CHI you are feeding farmers and giving running water to underdeveloped communities!
Thank you to all our loyal customers;)
As the day are getting colder, you don’t know how to dress with the temperature changing . One day it’s warm another day it’s cold… The perfect season to get a cold! At Chi HQ we all had a cold, sneezing a hundred times per day, blowing your nose until it becomes red. Want to know how to get through your cold quickly? Your doctor can’t do much to cure it. However, some foods and drinks can cut a cold short!
If you want to know what you should eat or drink during a cold, this article is for you;)
1. What to eat?
Lemon and orange
Lemon and orange are full of vitamin C, which may help shorten a cold and work as a natural decongestant. Aim for 500 mg of vitamin C four times a day. Other good sources of vitamin C include strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli.
Hot soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat, creating an inhospitable environment for viruses that prefer cooler, drier climes.
Hot chili peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that gives them their kick and acts as a decongestant to help relieve a stuffy nose. Can’t stand the heat? Mild bell peppers can help, too. They don’t have capsaicin, but they’re full of vitamin C.
Garlic and ginger
During cold and flu season, one popular folk remedy is to eat a spoonful of raw, chopped garlic cloves – or even to gnaw right on a fresh clove! Not excited to eat raw garlic? You can try to put some in your vegetable smoothie or just make some toast with it and add some olive oil.
What to drink?
Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated during a cold, and make sure they’re hot. Black tea helps soothe a sore throat and chase away the chills with a good dose of virus-fighting interferon. Add some honey and a squeeze of lemon for vitamin C.
Raw coconut water
Hydration is so important especially when you have a cold. To achieve proper hydration, your body needs electrolytes to help maintain a state of fluid balance. Coconut water is a perfect source of electrolytes, you can find even more electrolytes in the Chi Raw coconut water, because it’s 100% Raw, not heated! It’s the freshest coconut water that you can find.
Instructor live Workout!
Do you know the feeling of being a little blue and wanting to just snuggle up inside when the summer ends and is exchanged with the colder and more rainy weather of fall and winter? Many of us do. With the arrival of these seasons we therefore tend to also exercise less, as the weather isn’t as inviting in terms of going for a quick run outside whilst the days are also getting shorter. Staying active is a crucial key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is also the key to keeping the happy bright spirit of the summer.
In order for us to help you make it easier to keep on exercising and remaining positive and happy during the darker seasons we have teamed up with InstructorLive, that let’s you workout from home or wherever your snuggly corner is.
InstructorLive is an online fitness platform, where you can access great workout classes anywhere, anytime.
Think Netflix for fitness; browse around and choose what kind of exercise class you feel like doing from day to day or let the site build a bespoke programme for you to follow over the next 6-8 weeks to reach your goal. Add a meal plan to your programme, read interesting articles for motivation and get access to their 24- hour support service.
Go to Instructorlive.com and type in the promocode CHILONDON to get a 10-day free trial and 30 percent off on the site that usually cost £5.99 a month. The offer runs for the next month, so get exercising, hold on to your positive vibes and get into the habit of a healthy lifestyle before the festive season starts!
Trick or treat? TREATTTTT! Halloween night is coming in a few weeks! Are you going to a party or watch a scary movie with your friends? Either way you need YUMMY snacks. Chi and its favourite brands are here to provide you with all you need 😉
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Prevent Cancer with Chi Raw coconut water!
Nowadays more and more people are fighting cancer than ever before. Hundreds of thousand people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. There are over 200 different types, each with its own symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Several researchers claim the health properties of coconuts are numerous, including its ability to prevent cancer, how wonderful is that?! Coconut water is amazing at getting rid of the symptoms and damage done by chemotherapy. It is an electrolyte, it oxygenates the blood, it restores the ANC count, white blood count, haemoglobin, platelets, etc. As if that weren’t enough, because it is an anti-microbial, it can also help to reduce microbes inside cancer cells and aim to revert them into normal cells. In other words, it can be a fighting force of cancer treatment!
Sounds too good to be true?
You have to keep in mind that current research is too preliminary to confirm. But with all the benefits coconut water contains we are really optimistic.
Note: you must use fresh “young coconuts” and extract the coconut water.
For cancer prevention and overall good health, there is no substitute for the three basics: an overall healthy diet, staying a healthy weight, and daily physical activity.
What are Superfoods?
The last few years, we’ve seen a lot of foods labeled ‘superfoods’, but what are superfoods? There is no legal or medical definition. It’s generally accepted that superfoods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Eating them may help prevent diseases and they make you healthier and aid weight loss too.
Here is your 10 best superfoods:
The acai berry contains antioxidants, substances that fight harmful molecules, known as one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil.
Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats; much research now links this type of fat with a reduced risk of heart disease. These nuts are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which help to protect against UV light damage and Alzheimer’s disease.
Who’d have thought?! Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:
Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
4. GREEN TEA
Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins.
Coconut contains properties that can prevent, or even cure, a wide range of ailments from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Especially coconut oil which has so many benefits such as:
Protects against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol.
Helps treat malnutrition because it is easy to digest and absorb.
Kills disease-causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses because of the antimicrobial effects of its fatty acids.
Helps diabetics by slowing sugar release into the bloodstream.
Prevents strokes and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Boosts metabolism and increases energy because it is more likely to be burned as fuel than stored as body fat.
Salmon is a superfood because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease.
The health benefits of kale go well beyond providing a truckload of vitamins and minerals; this superfood is packed with phytonutrients such as glucosinolates and flavonoids as well. Thanks to its broad nutritional profile, kale is thought to help fight cardiovascular disease, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis; to prevent several types of cancer and pre-mature aging of the skin; and to promote the health of the urinary tract.
Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa is high in fibre and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium.
Lentils are rich in complex carbohydrates, a nutrient that boosts the metabolism and helps the body to burn fat. They are an excellent source of fibre, which can help reduce cholesterol levels. Lentils are also an outstanding source of folate and magnesium.
10. GREEK YOGURT
Yogurt is actually cultured milk that is thickened by healthy bacteria. Lactic acid is produced and this process thickens the yogurt and creates the tart flavour. It can help to maintain a healthy digestive tract, as well as reduce high blood pressure and promote a healthy heart.
This September, the Soil Association is holding the “Organic September’. This initiative is to understand the impact of buying organic products. The buying decisions you make are simple but powerful! Small changes can make a big difference. We also think that it’s so important to make the right choice by buying organic. But, why should we buy organic?
Eating organic is the way to avoid all the chemicals in your fruit and vegetables.
You will taste the difference between an organic product and a non-organic product.Try it!
Preserve your ecosystem
Organic farming supports sustainability. Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem. Insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are able to play their roles in the ecology life, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromising.
Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water, and destroying the value of fertile farmland. Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.
Keep our children and our future safe
Spending money in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.
So what are you waiting for? Make a small change to your everyday shopping.
Quiche is the perfect dish if you’re busy with work and other activities. These savoury pies are fast and easy to make, they are so convenient because you can easily customise with your favourite vegetables or meat. A lot people think that this french cuisine is unhealthy but actually if you choose healthy ingredients, your savoury pies can contain several nutritional benefits.
Quiche are essentially a custard made with milk and eggs poured into a pie crust and baked. They are paired with vegetables or meat, nuts and herbs for added flavour. In this article we’ ll give you the healthiest recipes to make your quiche as a real French person would!
shop-bought shortcrust pastry for a 23cm (9in) dish
3 eggs, beaten
250ml low fat milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion in Chi coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach and mushrooms, and saute until most of the water from the vegetables has evaporated. Add feta and 1/2 of the low fat Cheddar. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry-lined dish.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry base, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in centre. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.
* Optional ingredient
Tips: you can omit the crust and limit the use of cheese.
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
handful basil leaves
To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add oil and water and gradually stir them in to form a soft dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, preferably deep-dish, and press into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any overhanging crust. Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily; fill evenly with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil or paper and weights. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
To prepare filling: Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crust, then layer half the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle with corn, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Layer the remaining tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour the egg mixture over the top and add handful basil leaves.
Bake the pie until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
To prepare crust: Whisk whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour with salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into small pieces; using your fingers, quickly rub the butter into the dry ingredients until smaller but still visible.
Add sour cream and oil; toss with a fork to combine with the dry ingredients. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture. Toss with a fork until evenly moist; if the mixture seems dry, add up to 1 more tablespoon water. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times—the mixture may still be a little crumbly—then firmly press into a disk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
Spread the caramelized onions in the bottom of the crust. Layer corn, tomatoes and jalapeños over the onions. Top with cheese. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, sour cream, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the crust.
Bake the quiche until puffed and firm when touched in the center, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. To serve, cut into 8 pieces.
Tuna & Leek quiche
1 shortcrust pastry sheet, rolled
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons low fat creme fraiche
1 tablespoon low fat milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon vinegar
150g grated Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoon Chi coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 190 C and bake for 30 minutes.
Line a pie dish with the shortcrust pastry sheet. Prick the bottom of the pastry sheet with a fork, then spread with a thin layer of mustard and top with the tuna.
In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil over medium heat. Saute leeks and onion in coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. And top them over the tuna.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and mix with the 3 tablespoons of creme fraiche and the milk. Add salt and pepper and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the pastry case.
Add the thin slices of tomatoes over top, and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Tips: serve your quiches with a little salad on a side or a soup to warm up
BON APPETIT EVERYONE!
Our 3rd water well in India
We are thrilled to have built our third water well in the village of Nadiha, India with our partners Drop4Drop. Previously, this village, with a population of 450, had high levels of arsenic in the water available from their community tubewell. The now have their very own safe supply of water.
In 2015 we will be building a further 4 wells.
People are going coco-NUTS for our RAW coconut water!
Our CHI 100% RAW Coconut Water is the newest member of the CHI family being only 5 months new! With its exquisite thirst quenching, and mouth waveringly delicious taste, its got so many of you snapping them up from our lovely stockists at Wholefoods, Planet Organic and many more health food stores across England!
For those of you that don’t know why our Raw Coconut Water is different to the rest of the CHI family, High Pressure Processing (HPP) is used, to ensure the water is 100% coconut water with no nutritional or sensory loss whatsoever. By not tampering with nature, Chi 100% Raw Organic Coconut Water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organic. We always notice who’s been such loyal customers to us here at CHI, and so here is what a few of you have to say about our RAW Coconut Water..
Your home online –
“New to the coconut market is chi 100% raw organic coconut water – the UK’S first and only organic and raw product on the market using innovative technology to bring you a truly fresh product. Chi raw organic coconut water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organ – just as fresh as drinking straight from a coconut!”
“Refreshingly sweet and easy to drink, Chi’s latest product is sure to be a best seller as not only is it 100% pure and organic but the taste transports your straight to a tropical beach somewhere far far away. Chi are a great brand who have created something truly delicious, natural and in its purest form without any unnatural processing. However, there are some unnatural products out there by other brands claiming to be natural, so always make sure to read the label and check that your coconut water isn’t from concentrate and contains no added sugars.” –
We thank all of our super special friends that religiously buy, review and love our drinks and also encourage the first timers to grab our Raw coconut water. And tells us about your first experience through email, twitter, instagram or Facebook, we would love to know what you think!
How to start jogging?
Did you know that jogging can change your life? Jogging for 30-40 minutes three times a week can be a fantastic way to start your new healthy life. Jogging is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part, and you can run at any time that suits you. Regular jogging can help you to build muscle and maintain a healthy weight. But before to get started, you have to know why you want to jog? Most of the time it’s to loose weight! So for that you have also to adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, wholegrain cereals and low-fat dairy products. In this article you’ll find all the tips to start jogging without quitting!
Your sneakers are so important so don’t use your old shoes, it will cause you potential injuries. You have to invest in a proper pair of running shoes. Make sure that your shoes have a wedge of shock-absorbing material in the heel. And about the clothes, just wear a comfortable, light weight outfit.
Don’t try to set high goals, your goals need to be realistic. Start to run one or two times a week for 10 or 20 minutes if you are a beginner, and then add more minutes. Don’t put pressure on yourself, if you run 20 minutes, it’s great! If you run 30 min it’s also great! You have to set goals that will keep you motivated.
This step is crucial to your health, don’t forget to stay hydrated! You have to be hydrated to maintain your performance and to avoid any injuries. Chi Raw coconut water is the best drink to have during a workout, no sugar added, not heated. You’ll get all the benefits from coconut water.
As you know a healthy diet is the basis of your physical and mental health. Eat vegetables and fruits as much as you can, you will see the difference. And click here to know what to eat before and after a workout.
To stay motivated, the music is a must-have, it will give you the energy to achieve your goals. And running with music acts as a sort of meditation class. So get your iPod ready!
Finally after your jogging you should stretch for 5 minutes. Stretch to avoid the aches the next day!
The Giving Tree snacks
Have you ever tried the Giving Tree snacks? The Giving Tree offers a range of freeze dried fruits and Vacuum fried vegetables. The fruit are 100% pure with no added ingredients (sugar, preservatives or flavourings). And the vegetable range (Broccolis & Pumpkin) is 100% natural, using only 2% of rice bran oil per pack. Rice bran oil is free from trans fat and low saturated fats, also this oil is rich of antioxidant. The Giving Tree snacks are both nutritious and delicious. They retain many of the natural nutritional qualities and flavour of the fruit and vegetables.
The Giving Tree Range
WHAT’S FREEZE DRIED?
Freeze drying foods is a process that removes 98% of the food’s water content, giving it a longer shelf life whilst retaining the flavour, colour and nutritional elements. Freeze dried foods are rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre.
WHAT’S VACUUM FRIED?
Vacuum frying is a process of putting food into a machine that pressurises and cooks it with the use of hot oil, but at much lower temperatures than traditional frying methods. Putting the process in a vacuum lowers water’s evaporation point. Food can fry at lower temperatures, absorbing less oil.
1 of your 5 a day
Low in calories
Full of vitamins
High in fiber
Full of antioxidants
Where to find them?
Giving tree snacks are available at Whole Foods London & Planet Organic and some other stores. Check out here to find the closest store to you.
WIN the full range of Giving tree snacks and a yoga session!
How do I enter the competition?
For a chance to win, it’s very simple, all you need to do is:
The GivingTree’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Be Healthy. Be Happy!
To be healthy every day is not easy! Staying motivated to eat healthy can be even harder during this season. You smell BBQ every where, ice-cream or fresh soft drinks. All so tempting. And the big excuse that we can hear during summer ‘Oh it’s okay we are on vacation!’ Be careful! Bad habits can come back so quickly. But it’s a shame to quit so close to your goals because ‘winners never quit and quitters never win.’ So let’s keep motivated, no more excuses! In this article you’ll find all the best tips to stay healthy.
1. Set your goals
First you have to set realistic goals which are achievable. Make sure that you can adapt your lifestyle around meeting your goals. Also you have to make you goals specific with a short term goal such as running a 5K toward running a marathon. Your goal needs to be measurable.
2. Exercise as much as you can
As you know exercising is so good for your mind and your body. But also it can help you to eat more healthy by helping you to resist temptation and it reduces craving for junk food. When you start exercising you don’t want to eat junk food but healthy food to see the results of your workout.
3. Don’t get bored
Sometimes eating healthy can be boring…At CHI HQ we say NO! It’s not true now, and thanks to the internet, we can make some yummy and tasty recipes. And lucky as we are, we can find some really nice restaurants! Try new things, don’t stick on one kind of meal. By nature, humans need changes and variety to stay motivated.
4. Healthy snacks
Always bring a healthy snack with you before to go out. This will help you to stay away from the junk food and you won’t be hungry. Studies showed that if you go grocery with an empty stomach you are more tempting to buy junk food. So get a snack before going to the supermarket!
Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges
Here you will find all the healthy snacks to bring with you:
5. Enjoy eating
First thing that you have to remember, you are not on a diet but you choose to eat healthy! So enjoy eating all kinds of food, even your favourite foods (usually not healthy). Deprivation is the worst thing you can do, you’ll just get frustrated. So if you want a treat, eat it and enjoy it but with moderation.
6. Chi Raw coconut
Chi Raw Coconut Water can help you to eat less junk food! How? After drinking coconut water you’ll feel less hungry thanks to its nutrients and vitamins, try it you’ll love it!
Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic
EnTHAIrely RAW Supper Club event
Bain Marie restaurant invited Chi to the enTHAIrely Raw Supper Club to celebrate the summer by enjoying the fresh and vibrant flavours of Thailand with a Raw Thai menu. The evening featured an entirely raw Thai-inspired 3-course menu. We tasted some delicious Thai dishes recreated with a raw and healthy twist. We also enjoyed a refreshing Lemongrass Kefir Fizz Mocktail on arrival.
The Goldfinger Factory hosted the Supper Club event on the 30th July & 6th August. This factory has a furniture showroom, a sustainable workshop, an upcycling school and a café space. It’s in this cool place, located in the heart of Portobello where we had a lovely evening sun with our refreshing Chi Raw Coconut Water. The enTHAIrely RAW menu was 100% raw, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and was suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Raw Pad Thai
courgette, cucumber and carrot noodles with a spicy almond sauce
Raw Tom Kha with Seasonal Market Vegetables
served with cauliflower rice
Raw Mango & Coconut Cheesecake
fresh mango and coconut milk mousse on a crunchy date and coconut crust
Your mouth is watering? Bain-Marie restaurant has some amazing events coming up, check this out here. And you can also get all the recipes from the Bain-Marie’s blog!
Summer makes you happy and at Chi we want you to be happier! This week you will have the chance to win an amazing Prize.
What’s included in the prize?
2 packs of Giving Tree snack: 1 Strawberry (18g) + 1 Mixed Veg (22g)
2 Bottles of Chi Organic Raw coconut water (250ml)
An UBER promo code for first time riders
How to enter ?
Repost our Summer Prize on Chi or Giving Tree social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook)
Add the hashtags #chicoconutwater & #givingtreesnack
The competition will be running from the 22nd July to the 29th July 4pm. Good luck everyone!
Summer prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Yoga vs Pilates, Which one to choose?
Yoga or Pilates, don’t know which one to choose? In the last few years the number of Yoga and Pilates classes available has increased so much. But why? These activities have so many health benefits and it helps you to keep you active. But are you still confused about the difference between these two? Don’t worry we are here to clarify that!
Let’s have a closer look at these two practises to help decide which one is right for you.
1. Do they have the same origin?
Firstly, we have to know from where they are form.
Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the years and cultures into many types of yoga such as Bikram, Ishta, Purna & Ashtanga.
Pilates was created by an athlete, Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century. He created several exercises to improve his strength. Then dancers started to practicing theses exercises to help them to become more performance.
2. What is the main difference?
Both Yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and the moody are connected.
Pilates requires concentration and focus to find a centre point to control your body through movement. While Yoga is built on the connection between the mind, body and the sprit. It is designed to increase your body’s efficiency and your overall health and wellbeing.
3. Challenging your body
Both exercises will help you to gain strength and flexibility.
Pilates puts you in to unstable positions by moving your limbs. Some classes use machines to gain strength and some others classes make you use your body’s resistance. Whereas Yoga is made up of a series of static postures and you will work out all your muscles in your body equally.
4. What are the health benefits?
Both are a great workout. Here is a list of all of the benefits that you can expect to get from Yoga & Pilates:
Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
Improved stabilisation of your spine
Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
Improved physical coordination and balance
Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
Increased body awareness
Stress management and relaxation.
5. Which one is for you?
If you are looking more to manage your stress and to be more spiritual, yoga is for you. If you want to focus more on your back and your core body, Pilates will be the better option. If you still don’t know what to choose why not to try both and see which one you prefer.
So now book your classes!
What snack should I bring to the beach?
Spending your time at the beach playing in the water or lying on the sand can make you hungry! Snacks are a must have at the beach but what to bring? During vacation nobody wants to devote a lot effort to making snacks. The perfect snack at the beach needs to be easy to carry and simple to eat. But you have to avoid snacks high in salt and fat.
At Chi we’ll give you all the tips to bring healthy and tasty snacks with you during your vacation.
1. Trail Mix
A trail mix very high in antioxidants and wonderful healthy oils
No partially hydrogenated oils or fats.
A high-energy snack with no added sugar or harmful preservatives.
2. Fresh Fruit
Nothing can be easier and healthier than to eat a fresh fruit.
3. Giving Tree snacks
Want something crispy? Giving Tree snack is the perfect combination of fresh fruits and crisps.
Fruits are freeze-dried – a technology that doesn’t damage the nutritional value or the flavour
No sugar added
Vegetables are vacuum fried with a healthy oil (Rice Bran oil which is rich of antioxidants)
If you have an office, you already know how hard is to exercise at your work place. Office spaces are set up to require little movement, you are in front of your computer, sitting all day. This has a huge impact on your health, it can increase your weight, also increase the strain on your back, wrists, eyes and neck. Now it’s time to fix that!
Today Chi team will give you all the keys to improve your health at your work. You won’t need gym clothes, or even a shower. We’ll give you some easy exercises to do anywhere in the office.
1. First take the stairs anytime you can
2. Correct your posture at your desk
Your back needs to be straight, your shoulders back, and the top of your monitor should be level with your eyes. If you have to look down or up, then you need to adjust the height of your screen. Also keep your legs bent at the knees so that the knees are only slightly higher than your hips. Your feet should be flat on the floor or on a step stool of some sort.
3. Stretch as much as you can during the day
4. Exercise while sitting
Start with feet flat on floor.
Sit tall at your desk.
Hold your abdominal muscles tight.
Extend one leg until it is level with your hip.
Hold for ten seconds
First try to lift the table.
Put your hand under the table.
Press up against the table.
Continue until your muscles are tired.
Do this one hand at a time or both together.
Next, push the table into the floor.
Put hand on table, palm down.
Press down as strongly as you can.
Stop when your muscles are tired.
You can do this one hand at a time or both together if it looks more natural.
5. Change your chair for a ball
This ball will force you to use your abs and to improve your balance.
A new desk for a new health
We also want to introduce you to a new revolutionary desk… The treadmill!
This desk is phenomenal. You can burn calories while you getting your work done. Isn’t it perfect?!
They are so many benefits from the treadmill. Here are some:
Boost your productivity
Reduce back pain
We are so excited to have our Treadmill in our office!
The sun is shining! What you want to do is to go out and tan. Especially in summer – you want to get a sun-kissed glow but without the sun damage! There’s no denying that most people look healthier when they are tan. However, as we all know, UV radiation is dangerous for our skin. Skin can develop freckles, rashes and, over time, UV radiation can accelerate skin ageing and cause pigment changes commonly known as ‘age spots’. It can also cause changes in the skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer.
At Chi HQ we have all the best tips that you need to know before going on vacation. First, let’s talk about the must have during summer: sunscreen.
How to choose your sunscreen?
Selecting a sunscreen depends on many factors such as how sensitive your skin is to burning, how dry or oily your skin is. If you have fair skin that burns easily you should choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF 50+. If you have a skin that tans readily you could choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with intermediate SPF 15-20+. And If you have darkly pigmented skin and do not suffer heavily from sunburn, you need a sunscreen with low SPF 8-15+.
How to use it?
It is extremely important to use sunscreens correctly to achieve the best protection.
Apply sunscreen liberally to all sun-exposed areas so that it forms a film when initially applied.
It takes 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin and it can be rubbed off very easily, so apply it at least half an hour before going out in the sun.
Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours if staying out in the sun for more than an hour during the day.
Re-apply immediately after swimming, excessive sweating, or if rubbed off by clothing or toweling. This should be the case even if the product claims to be “water resistant”.
What are the alternative of the sunscreen?
You won’t believe it, but Chi Coconut Oil can be used as a sunscreen. Native pacific islanders have been using coconut oil sunscreen for thousands of years. It is the best way to get a healthy tan and Vitamin D. It’s a natural sunscreen – it blocks about 20% of UV rays when applied.
But you have to keep in mind that as dermatologists will tell you ‘no tan is a healthy tan’ (hard as it is to resist!)
How to heal your sunburn?
Sunburn often leads to dehydration, which can cause headaches. So skip the margarita and opt for a massive glass of Chi Raw coconut water, super-hydrating.
Also you should hydrate your skin, be sure to apply lotion to your body including the sunburned area. You can use Chi Coconut Oil as well!
RELAX THIS SUMMER WITH A COCONUT-COCKTAIL
Nothing gets you more in the mood for Summer than lying on the beach with the sunshine hitting your face, feet in the sand, and a refreshing cocktail by your side. When it comes to Summer time, its all about the mixology of fruity, fresh and exotic drinks to give you a tastes of the tropics. Cocktails are fun and the perfect drink to keep you hydrated, cool and relaxed. Not to mention that they of course will bring all sorts of mouth-watering flavours to tantalise your taste buds! Instead of sticking to the signature cocktails such as the infamous Sex on the beach or Tequila sunrise, let’s add a coconut twist into the mix! Our Chi products may just be the magic seed to your drink. Not only will is taste amazing, it will bring a tropical taste to the cocktail making that one drop to the mouth will send you off to a exotic, dreamful place!. These cocktails are 100% guaranteed of pure deliciousness and are very quick and easy to make! Summer cannot get any better than this!
With all these cocktails you need a little snack but a healthy one! Why not to try the Giving Tree snack? This is a special freeze dried and vacuum fried snack , that means 100% of the nutrition remains intact, without any sugar or salt added. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
When it comes to summer, it is all about spending time outside in the gorgeous sunshine, with a few drinks, and yummy BBQ food. At Chi HQ we absolutely love a BBQ and believe this food festive time does not need to be unhealthy. We believe you can still indulge in delicious foods, but the healthy way, which won’t leave you feeling guilty the next day! Instead of the sticky sugary marinades or the unhealthy creamy dressings used to cake your meats and salads, why not try these healthy alternatives that will help you keep up your healthy momentum, but still keeping a d-e-licious tastes and flavours in your BBQ. Here is a small guide on how to create a healthy BBQ this summer.
STEP 1: VEGGIES
Chi Coconut Oil acts as the perfect glaze to BBQ Veggies to give them some extra mouth-watering flavours!
Chop up a range of assorted vegetables – peppers, courgette, mushroom, carrots etc
In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine all ingredients except for chicken. Mix well and add chicken, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on hot grill. Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges and coriander.
STEP 3: BAKED SWEET POTATO
This is the perfect extra side to have with your vegetables, meats or salad. It is filling, healthy and a great substitute for a regular potato!
Simply chop up a sweet potato into chunky chips shapes or into 2 halves, coat with melted Chi Coconut Oil onto the potato and sprinkle rock salt, pepper and chili flakes. The sweet and spicy combo is yummy!
STEP 4: DRINKS – SUMMER COCONUT PUNCH
What is a BBQ without a fruity drink to flush it all down? We love to add our Chi Coconut Waters into our fruit punch to fill it up with flavours, and keep it super quench-thirsting!
We cannot have a BBQ without a sweet pudding to finish it off. A cold, light dessert is always the best way to end the food fiesta! Here is a easy-to make, healthyISH dessert to try! Sweet and simple always does the job!
We all know when it comes to our diet it can be a crazy rollercoaster. You go through a phase of eating super healthy and restricting your calories for a week, which then leads to a downfall spiral in overindulging in all the naughty foods that make our waistlines grow. We’ve all been there, when it comes to summer, this is usually the case, and as the summer holidays are creeping up, the fad diets start to come into play.
At Chi HQ, we believe we can keep up a healthy momentum, not just for the summer, but also as a lifestyle change. This starts by making sure you have the right balance of foods in your diet. Not only is a healthy diet the main driver to weightloss or maintaining weight, it provides us with all the nutrition our body needs, and is the magic medicine to keeping us look radiant, happy and full of energy!
As part of the summer running #GetFitWithChi we have put together a healthy 1 week- meal plan to keep you on track to maintaining a healthy diet, and that means no skipping meals or crazy calorie restrictions. So now you can say goodbye to yo-yoing and see the change in fuelling your body the healthy and right way! If you have a busy schedule and feel this may be difficult to follow, a Chi tip is also to pre-prepare everything in advance for the week 😉
We would love to know how this meal plan works for you, so post your photos or comments with #GetFitWithChi.
The British market leading magazine, the Grocer, recognises every year the best company in Grocery retail for service, initiative and commitment. We were over the moon to be shortlisted as one of the finalists for the prestigious Grocer Gold Award 2015 for “SME Drinks Brand of the Year”. The event took place at the amazing Guildhall in London on Tuesday 9th of June. It was a lovely evening hosted by Adam Leyland and Sanjeev Bhaskar (known for his comedy series Goodness Gracious Me) who announced the winners of the evening.
The SME Drinks Brand of the Year Award rewards the up and coming drinks brands enjoying success in the UK. The four finalists brands were split equally between coconut water and craft beer. In our category, there were 4 brands shortlisted such as Brewdog, Sharp’s Brewery and Vita Coco.
We want to congratulate again Brewdog who won the SME Drinks Brand of the year award!
Here are some pictures of the evening:
Guildhall in London
We had such a nice dinner!
Drop4Drop Clean Water Project for the Vadapada Community
We are delighted with the update from the charity we support, Drop4Drop, on the news that the clean drinking water project for the community in Vadapada, has now officially been completed.
Vadapada is an area in Umarpada Taluk in Surat District of Gujurat, home to 450 people. We are over the moon that with our collaboration, we were able to change the lives for many of these people in the community. In rural areas of India, water resource is a major crisis and for the large population of people living in these areas, planned water resources tends to get left out. This is a major concern and results to poor and difficult accessibility to clean water supply. With our support, we have made this dream of having clean and easy access to water, a reality to this community.
Mrs Bhagyashri Sandesh Taral, 27 years old from Vadapada:
‘“Before this, I used to wake up early in the morning to walk 1 km to collect water. So, every day I start my farm work late and so return home in the evening late too. Now I am relaxed, I can access enough water near my home and this saves me so much time.”
It is a pleasure that we can make a change to so many people’s lives and this makes the team at Chi very happy! Our goal is to continue working on these projects to help improve more peoples lives living in these rural communities.
The natural way to whiten your teeth
Have you always wanted to have perfect white teeth? You’ve tried all the whitening toothpastes and strips out there in the shops, in hopes for your teeth to whiten but they have been no use. You’ve still remained disappointed with the results and may have even damaged your teeth as a result. There are loads of expensive teeth whitening products, but what you are missing is that many of these that are ‘natural’ are Coconut Oil based. At Chi HQ we believe the solution is simple. Everything natural has amazing benefits, and that starts with our Chi Coconut Oil. Instead of buying teeth whitening products, you can simply use our Chi, it’s a pure genius!
How does Chi Coconut Oil do this?
Coconut oil is a natural remedy used to clean and detoxify your teeth and gums. This is called ‘oil pulling’ which the lauric acid found in the coconut oil removes the naughty plaque that makes our teeth go yellow. This doesn’t give you instant whitening but gradually over time you will see a difference.
All you have to do is spoon out 1 tbsp of Chi Coconut Oil (or less) and push, swish and ‘pull’ the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes so it is coated. After this time, rinse all the chi coconut oil out with water and brush your teeth with mint toothpaste.
***Repeat this process every morning and you will start to notice the difference. Those natural pearly whites you’ve always dreams of, will now become a reality! That means you’ll have to keep smile wherever you are!
Summer is creeping up and for most of us it starts to get slightly daunting the thought of having to pull out the swimwear, having it been dusting away in the cupboard since last Summer!
Nothing is better than feeling confident on the beach. So at Chi HQ, we have put together some exercise tips to get you pumped up and sweating! We believe keeping an active lifestyle is not only important for your health, but it has a range of other benefits! It makes you physically stronger, improves your skin, happier, relaxed, it helps keep your immune system functioning, and the list goes on! To get your body moving and ready to take on this summer, here are 20 minutes exercise regime of moderate intensity. It is perfect to do 3-5 times a week!
We would love to see how you found the workout by #GetfitwithChi on your social media, share your pictures with us!
Summer #GetfitwithChi Challenge 1
Repeat 3 TIMES
30 seconds sprint
50 jumping jacks
20 lunges each leg
10 push ups
Option 1 (beginner)
Option 2 (advance)
30 seconds mountain climber
Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated with our delicious Chi Raw Organic Coconut Water! Packed with nutritional anti-oxidants, electrolyte minerals, this exceptional product has no nutritional or sensory taste loss. Truly the best coconut water on the market today!
Go try them at Whole Foods, Planet Organic and on Ocado.com.
The Secrets of Yoga
Do you wish you were meditating on warm, exfoliating sand, with the salted sea crisp breeze combing your hair and the smell of nature right at your feet? At ChiHQ we would definitely love a taste of this dreamy tropical paradise, and what better way to feel this moment than with the spirit of yoga. It is the perfect workout to take your mind to a calm, mindful place. Not only is yoga a fantastic exercise to get you feeling fit and toned, it can drift you off into a magical/wonderful place! #Namaste
What are the benefits to Yoga?
It helps to reduce stress
Increase your flexibility
And has many other hidden benefits that may surprise you – in the office, bedroom or kitchen!
If you’re struggling to eat healthily and your first goal this summer is to feel fit and fabulous on the beach, regular Yoga may just be the solution! It has been known to help mindful eating habits, awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating, and can help to fight certain cravings through many yoga breathing exercises, which will result to you choosing the healthy options! Whether you are doing it in the living room, in the park, office or at a class here are 3 essentials to get you geared up for it, take with you:
Coconut Water – Hydration is key to optimise performance. A bottle of our 100% Raw Organic Chi Coconut Water is the perfect thirst quencher and will restore energy levels TWICE as fast as water and sport drinks without any fat or sugar.
Yoga Mat – A nice and comfortable mat is always needed to make you feel more relaxed to help you get to that happy place aswell as releasing pressure on your body from hard surfaces.
Foam Roller – Before and after your Yoga workout, use a foam roller to self-massage any tight areas of the body. It is used to lengthen the muscle in order to break up adhesion and scar tissue. This will allow an increase bloody circulation, which will help muscle performance. On top of this it flushes any muscle toxins that have been building up.
A breakfast bowl of summer
Summer is coming and what better way to wake up to it, than with a juicy breakfast to make you feel refreshed, shining and will give you a big burst of energy!
Adding lots of fresh summer fruits and juicy flavours into your breakfast is the perfect way to give you a taste of the tropics. So Instead of the usual cereal and milk why not swap it with some of these quick and easy ideas.
STEP 1: The Base – Choosing the Smoothie
Smoothies are a great alternative to milk, with a sorbet taste, natural sugars and an awesome cleanser to the body; you can use this as a base. Here are some summer bursting smoothie tips using some of our Chi products:
Now it’s time to pick some toppings you could add to your smoothie bowl!
Adding a creamy fruit like a chopped banana is perfect to compliment the tangy taste of the berries, as it will add more sweetness to it.
Honey Granola sprinkle
Museli/ Toasted Buckwheat
Or adding even more fruit is another option!
Step 3: Any Extras?
If you want to add anymore toppings to more flavour, these are highly recommended!
Crushed Almonds (any nuts)/seeds
A blob of Whole earth peanut butter
You can mix and match any of the smoothies with the toppings for your own desired taste!
Coconut Ice lollies to keep you cool this summer
We all know when it gets to summer, it is time for a quick last minute health kick before a holiday! That means cutting down on all the tasty treats, which in the summer, it tends to be very difficult. Especially when you’re out and about in the hot sun, and all you are thinking about is a refreshing ice cream or chocolate sundae would be nice to cool you down and sort out those naughty sugar cravings. Do not worry, we have the solution for you! There’s no need to completely ditch these treats. Instead we have put together a mixture of healthier and guilt-free versions of ice-lollies and ice-cream recipes you can give a try. All of these recipes have a coconut flavour to them, giving you an exotic taste!
In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Evenly pour into your Ice-lolly moulds. Freeze for 30 minutes, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for a further 2-3 hours, until fully frozen. To enjoy, run the mould under a little hot water to loosen the Ice-lollies.
Vegan, sugar-free magnum choco-blocks
What you need:
8 Ice cream moulds
Ingredients (makes 8):
For the ice cream:
2 ripe bananas, frozen
1 400mL can full fat coconut milk, chilled if possible
For the ice cream: Pop the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cream moulds, add your sticks and pop into the freezer to set overnight.
For the chocolate: Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat on a very low heat until you create a smooth consistency. Be careful not to burn/overcook.
When you get the ice creams out, allow to defrost for a few minutes so they come out of the moulds easily. Alternatively run the moulds under hot water to loosen the edges.
To make the magnum…
Classic: Dip the ice cream into a bowl of chocolate. Use a icing knife to smooth out any edges but be quick because it should set almost immediately. Repeat to create a nice thick layer of chocolate. Pop back into the freezer for a few minutes to completely freeze. Enjoy!
Almond: As per Magnum Classic, but add a handful of slithered almonds to sandwich between chocolate layers.
Peppermint: As per Magnum Classic, but add 1 tablespoon of mint extract (or to taste), a handful of fresh mint and a few drops of green food colouring/spirulina to the ice cream mixture.
Storage: in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 5 days.
The perfect hydration drink for Athletes
It can sometimes be a struggle to keep hydrated in general. This can end up making you feel dehydrated throughout the day and when it becomes the time to get a workout in your day, whether it’s a aerobics, a Bikram yoga class or a jog outside, it can end up making you feel dizzy, tired and low on energy. It is important to keep hydrated, especially during exercise where you are sweating it all out.
Sonia Samuels is an incredible Great British athlete passionate about health and fitness. Having put her career on hold to follow her passion and dreams of making the 2016 Olympic athletic team, her dedication, strength and power of achieving this means having daily, intense training sessions and keeping to a clean diet.
For Sonia, it was important to keep herself hydrated before, during and after a work-out to make sure her worked out at a very high performance. So to fuel her up she shared a lovely article about why Chi worked for her. In Sonia words ‘Chi Raw Coconut Water is simply the best way to rehydrate after a run or workout’ not to mention it was ‘Chi-licious’. Check out the rest are what Athelete Sonia thought of our Chi products : http://www.soniasamuels.com/?p=1639
So keep yourself hydrated with Chi!
HEALTHY Coconut salad dressings
Summer is on its way and we can now finally ditch the lunchtime hot soups or baguette for a nice chilled healthy salad At Chi, we love eating salads and can prove eating healthy can be easy, yet still remain exciting and delicious!
So if your wondering how we do this at Chi, here is the solution! We love to jazz up our salads with lots of fresh colour vegetables, fruit and super foods making it look like a fun, eye-catching rainbow bowl of goodness. Salads are a perfect meal for any summer diets or health kicks. There very nutritious, low in calories and makes the perfect lunch meal as they are not too heavy and will guarantee to keep you feeling full of energy. Not forgetting it helps to aid digestion, cleanse your body and will get you feeling beach body ready in no time. So you’ll feel fabulous for any summer holidays.
It sometimes may be the case that without a creamy dressing, it can taste dry and a little bit on the boring side. However, these dressings can end up making it as fattening as a burger and chips! We have put together some tantalising, mouth-watering HEALTHY salad dressings using our Chi products to get you ready for the summer!
As we all know it’s so important to drink water, particularly during a workout. But what should we drink during intense exercise? Its hard to find a drink that will keep you hydrated and give you the energy needed. In this article you will find a few suggestions of drinks that you could drink during your workout.
First we have to understand what our body needs.
When we sweat we loose a lot electrolytes. Here are the common electrolytes that we loose during working out:
– Sodium & Calcium
You must replace them by drinking a fluid that contains electrolytes. Water does not contain electrolytes.
Also we need carbs to refuel & give you energy and proteins helps to repair any damage.
What is the right amount to drink?
Doctors recommend to drink 8 ounces every 15 minutes during workout and to ‘drink to thirst’. But don’t drink too much because consuming a lot of fluid but not enough sodium can develop an hyponatremia condition. However this case is really rare most people don’t drink enough!
So what to drink?
For sure water is the easiest solution, it’s fine to consume it when it’s not an intense workout.But water doesn’t contain electrolytes.
Chi Raw Coconut Water suits an intense workout perfectly as it contains a high level of electrolytes and also it gives you the energy needed from its natural sugars.
Doctors recommend to have protein & carbs after workout. As we saw previously, protein repairs any muscle damage and carbs give you energy. So it’s time to make some delicious smoothies with Chi Coconut Milk!
Everywhere you can hear ‘eat less sugar, sugar is bad for you’. Of course, you would like to eat less sugar, but it’s hard and you don’t know how. Don’t worry. I am here to help you figure out how to reduce sugar to become healthier.
So first let’s try to understand why we love sugar so much?
All humans have loved sugar for years and years. Sweet is associated with the notion of pleasure and reward in our brain. When we eat sugar we secrete dopamine (the neurotransmitter of pleasure) so obviously, as it’s joyful to eat sugar, you just want to repeat this behaviour. That’s why all the junk food is full of sugar even in salty foods.
How to eat less sugar?
You have to change your bad habits and relearn how to eat healthy without being on crazy diets. Just choose healthy food with good quality, fruits & vegetables and eat less processed foods as possible. Changing habits will take time but you will see the difference in the long term and you will also change your taste. Time to try new things!
What are the alternatives to sugar?
The best alternative to sugar is fruits such as bananas, grapes, strawberries… they are full of vitamins and they contain a lot nutritional content. However, beware of pure fruit juice, as you are just drinking pure fructose which will turn to fat.
You have some healthy sugar such as:
Coconut palm sugar (extracted sap of the coconut palm, boiled and dehydrated)
Date sugar (dehydrated, ground dates)
Brown rice syrup (brown rice, which is cooked and then exposed to enzymes which breaks it down into sugar)
Why not try our Raw Coconut Water – no added sugar! As nature intended!
Lovely Brunch Recipes
The weekend is coming! Woohoo!
During the weekend you just want to enjoy your lazy morning with a nice brunch to share with your family or your friends. But you don’t know what to make? At Chi we have some tasty recipes to illuminate your morning.
For these brunch recipes we focused on egg omelette because there are so many benefits to eating eggs in the morning. A lot of studies showed that eating eggs help you to maintain a calorie deficit and lose weight. Not to mention they are really easy to make!
Add Chi coconut oil to a non-stick pan and heat over medium-high heat.
Add eggs, orange zest, salt, pepper and coconut milk to a small mixing bowl and give this a good whisk, until slightly frothy.
Pour that mixture into the preheated pan and swirl it around to spread your omelette evenly over the entire surface of the pan.
Let the omelette settle for a few seconds then run a heat resistant rubber spatula around the edge to sort of break it down a little bit, then start swirling again.
You want some of the uncooked eggs from the top to get under the omelette. Don’t be afraid to break it up a little bit.
Repeat that process 2 or 3 times until the top really starts to set. Remove from heat and let your omelette sit for a few minutes until the top is completely (or almost completely) set. You can cover it if you want to speed things up a bit…
Delicately slide your omelette onto serving plate, (fold it in half while doing so if desired) and garnish with fresh (or dry, or toasted) unsweetened coconut shavings.
This weekend Chi was at the London Ethnic event for ‘Fashion Revolution Day’ which was launched after the horrific Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh the 24 April 2013.The factory collapse led to 1133 victims dead and thousands more injured, casting a dark shadow over the history of fashion.
The event took place at the Lollipop Gallery in London on the 24th of April 2015 for the fashion workers who lost their lives that terrible day. London Ethnic event was there to raise money for their families and increase awareness of the human work exploitation in fashion. And also the importance of ethical & sustainable principles in the fashion industry.
The fashion presentation was run by a brand new designs from the London Ethnic House produced in collaboration with in-house designers Eleanor Johnson and Nuria Carvajal Garcia with designer Reece Walywn Curtis. The London Ethnic AW15 collection was inspired by the London Skyline and street colouring transformed into simplistic shapes in the hues of blue and grey.
Here are some nice pictures of the event!
Chi kept everybody hydrated!
Reach for Raw
Have you ever tried Chi raw coconut water? Not yet?! You’re missing something special! After reading this article you will be running to the store to try some.
What makes Chi raw coconut water different to other coconut waters?
Firstly, with Chi raw coconut wateryou will get real coconut water. Noting added. Nothing taken away. So it means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. How we do that? Unlike other coconut waters that are heat pasteurised, our raw coconut is unheated. We use HPP ( High pressure processing) technology – a process that keeps the fresh attributes of the coconut water.
What are the benefits of drinking raw coconut water?
Many researchers have shown raw coconut water to be healthy for you.
Here are some benefits:
-Aids in weight loss
-Reduce blood pressure
-Rich in nutrients
And you can consume coconut water as much as you want.
What does it taste like?
We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – the tastiest variety of coconut in the world. What is remarkable about this variety of exotic coconut? They produce sweeter water.
Is yours pink?
Don’t worry, it is just a natural occurrance and is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is even a good sign that means that the level of antioxidants is high. As you know, antioxidants help to maintain good health and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
So what are you waiting for? Go start drinking Chi raw coconut water…
And don’t forget you have just few days left to WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER.
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
We are hiring at CHI!
Looking for enthusiastic and reliable people to sample across London stores. The work involves sampling and promoting Chi products and Giving Tree products in stores such as Planet Organic & Whole Foods. It is a great opportunity for you to meet new people and to have face to face interaction with customers.
You will fit the job if:
– you live in London
– you have good availability
– you are friendly and smiley
This is a part time throughout the summer. Hours are from 12 to 3pm Pay rate is £10p/h + expenses.
So if you want to be part of Chi, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eat your fruit – juice your veggies!
Being healthy every day is not easy. Extracted vegetable juices can be the solution for you. But how can veggie juices be so healthy? That’s because all the nutrient contents from the vegetables remain intact and gives you only the concentrated liquid which is full of the vitamins. Beware of pure fruit juices, however, as the fructose content, minus the fibre, can be very high (as much as fizzy drinks!).
Here are just some of the benefits that you will get from veggie juices:
Instant energy due to the better absorption of the fresh vitamins and the vital minerals. It is specialy good after workout!
Weight loss – most nutritionists advise to drink vegetable juices for a healthy diet.
It helps your digestion by cleansing your stomach and your intestines.
Regulate your blood pressure.
Help maintain your cholesterol level.
Help your immune system thanks to the vitamins and minerals required to make your immune system stronger.
Juices will also help to have a smooth, clear and hydrated skin.
For those who don’t consume a lot of fresh vegetables, it is a convenient alternative to your 5 a day.
And this month you have the chance to enjoy all of these benefits thanks to our amazing Prize giveway.
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Juice with Chi raw coconut water
Don’t forget you can WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER WORTH OVER £150! If you win our amazing prize, what juice will you make? We have some excellent recipes to make healthy and refreshing juices with Chi raw coconut water that will give you a boost for your day. Perfect to be in shape before summer!Tempting?
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Win a Nutribullet and a case of CHI Raw Organic Coconut Water worth over £150!
To celebrate the launch of our new RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER, we are offering this amazing price worth over £150.
What’s included in the prize?
1. Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.
2. A case of 12 bottles (250ml) of our raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.
Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
We are proud to announce that you can now buy 100% RAW coconut water from Chi! We are so excited for you to taste this delicious product: totally untampered with – Left as nature intended it to be left (perfect!). Available at OCADO, Whole Foods, Planet Organic with more stockists being added monthly.
FRESH – NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – COLD-EXTRACTION – ORGANIC – NEVER HEATED – 100% PURE – RAW – NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
So how do we get it?
The coconut water found within young green coconuts in Thailand is very easily altered when heated. That is why when you drink coconut water which is not raw, it does’t quite bring back that same memory of sipping coconuts on holiday – however refreshing and lovely it may be. However, Chi has found a way to keep the fresh coconut water in Thailand in its natural RAW form! We use high pressure processing to do this – keeping the coconut water cold at all times: from when the coconut is cracked open by our farmers to the moment you pick it up from the shelves in your closest store. High pressure processing allows the coconut water to have a longer refrigerated shelf life while also allowing all the natural flavours to remain exactly the same. We do not add any preservatives or heating to the product – it is simply simple! This means that the nutritional content is also unchanged.
Watch this video on how we make our coconut water:
Our coconuts come from a region called ‘Ratchaburi’ in Western Thailand where the rich soil and tropical climate offer the perfect environment for producing uniquely great tasting coconuts. The word Ratchaburi means “The land of the king” and the provence is located 80km west of Bangkok, bordering Burma. The soil is perfect for coconuts to grow here – with the Mae Klong River flowing through the centre of Ratchaburi town. Hence why Thailand is renowned for producing the world’s best tasting coconut water.
Why go RAW?
The main reason to go RAW is for the taste – incredibly fresh and unique! However, other reasons may be that Chi RAW coconut water is packed with naturally occurring electrolyte minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – always harvested at the perfect moment for peak nutrition! We never mix the ages or varieties of our coconuts – giving a consistently fresh and pure taste.
Our RAW coconut water is also sustainable – as Chi trades fairly. We are contributing to the environmental impact of production: creating a sustainable balance between farming and wild ecosystems. Chi RAW coconut also works hand in hand with ‘Drop4Drop.org’ in order to deliver water wells to communities that need it most.
Why does RAW coconut water go pink?
This is a natural occurrence and it is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is nature’s way of blushing!
The colour doesn’t change the taste, it is still so good.
Where you can find our Raw Coconut Water?
Chi’s iced espresso
With Spring finally here we thought we’d be the first to get going on those ice cold drinks to get us in the mood for some sun. And what better iced drink is there than a chocolate coconut milk iced espresso to keep you going throughout the day? Chi have found the perfect recipe to refresh you and it’s dairy free!
Chi’s iced espresso
Our Chi espresso coconut milk is dairy free, low in fat, isotonic and 100% natural! It is packed with added fibre and naturally occurring electrolytes – keeping you hydrated, vibrant and healthy. The product is also gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians – a great drink to recommend to friends with intolerances.
Anyway, we think this recipe is fabulous, let’s try it!
4. If you want an extra health kick, stir in 1 teaspoon of our delicious Chi coconut oil. Enjoy!
Chi Espresso Coconut Milk & Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
chi coconut oil in my breakfast
Do you skip breakfast in the morning? Or find your breakfast habits tend to be slightly repetitive? We all know it can sometimes be difficult to find new and exciting ideas to make your breakfast that extra bit special; especially for those early wake ups where you’re still half asleep! At Chi, we believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and should not be skipped. It kick-starts your metabolism, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and will stop you fighting against those cheeky cravings through the day.
Chi Coconut Oil is the perfect ingredient to spruce up your morning meals. It adds a subtle sweetness and a healthy dose of fat to help fuel your body, aid digestion and help to burn fat along the way. Winner!
So ditch the toast with butter or cereal and milk, and give these tasty, healthy Chi breakfasts a go.
Want to get fit this spring in time for that lovely summer season? Chi can help you out and keep you motivated when trying to achieve your ideal summer body and state of mind!
Here is why:
1. Chi drinks are low calorie.
Switch that fizzy drink or juice for one of our delicious drinks this spring. Worried you’ll miss that sweet taste? Why not try our new RAW coconut water – bursting with a sweet but natural flavour yet only 70 Calories per 250ml per bottle.
*Available in April at Whole foods and Planet Organic.
2. Chi drinks are hydrating.
When working out it is very important to keep your body hydrated in order for your metabolism to stay as high as possible. However, it is best to stay hydrated throughout the day – before and after exercise – rather than just drinking straight before you start working out. Here at Chi we would recommend our 1L of Chi coconut water for this all-day hydration. This way you can keep us in your fridge and reach for us whenever you feel de-hydrated.
3. Chi products can encourage you to make healthier meals!
Breakfast is key to a healthy lifestyle. Why not try our Chi coconut milk in porridge? Porridge releases energy slowly throughout the day – meaning you’re less likely to snack before lunch. By using Chi coconut milk in your porridge it will also taste much creamier – meaning you might be able to resist that temptation of a maple syrup topping!
Our coconut oil is also perfect for making you lunch or supper lighter. Coconut oil can be used as a substitute in cooking just like olive oil or butter, but it is much healthier! The coconut oil also gives vegetables a great taste when used for frying or cooking… hopefully encouraging you to make more of them!
4. Chi drinks can be healthy and indulgent at the same time – making the switch to a healthy lifestyle all the more bearable!
Our Chi chocolate coconut milk sounds pretty tempting right?! Why not try it – it has that strong chocolatey taste yet has so many health benefits that you can feel indulged and revived all at once! Chi chocolate coconut milk 330ml is only 155 calories per serving and is sweetened naturally by coconut sugar. Our chocolate coconut milk is rich in vitamins & minerals. This is great for a healthy snack – key to speeding up your metabolism for weight loss!
5. Chi drinks can keep you energetic even when cutting down on sugar.
Although our products are low in sugar (containing no added preservatives or unnatural sweeteners) they can keep you awake and active when focusing on a new healthy lifestyle. Chi would recommend its espresso coconut milk – giving you a natural kick from the protein, good fats, fibre, vitamins B & C, potassium, calcium and iron within it! If that isn’t the perfect drink to power you through an afternoon we don’t know what is!
Chi coconut water was proud to support Work Well Being on the 13th of March for their first ever event!
WHAT IS WORK – WELL – BEING?
Louise and Abby are passionate & experienced practitioners and advocates of everything wellbeing! Both having many years experience within these practices has resulted in them establishing a network of the very best Wellbeing Warriors (teachers!) in London today.
Their belief is that there is a better way to work, we are working longer and harder than ever before, with time for our own personal wellbeing being pushed to the bottom of our to-do-list. It is time for employers to provide their staff something far more meaningful, wellbeing.
Work-Well-Being are on a mission to change the way we work, with the belief that wellbeing should be a core part of the working day, not something that individuals are forced to try and cram in during their few spare hours of an evening, or an often already full-packed weekend. Not only are the benefits of this huge to the individual, wellbeing is also a real business tool. There is no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance; performance is actually improved when our lives include time for reflection, restoration and renewal. An environment where people are happy in their jobs and given the respect and freedom to be themselves will enable the best work and ideas to flourish.
The services that Work-Well-Being offer make it a whole lot easier for the workplace to offer wellbeing to their employees! They program the full day using their network of the very best teachers, manage all of the internal promotion of the event, manage all class sign-ups, provision of equipment & insurance and importantly evaluate the success & impact of the event to the workplace.
During Work-Well-Being’s event there where 2 yoga classes,2 meditation sessions an inspirational talk on How to Manage Work Stress and individual Health Coaching consultations. Chi happily sent over a load of coconut water to keep everyone hydrated and energized – the perfect drink to have at hand for these activities! Here are a few photos from the event – a total success with some great feedback to both Chi and Work-Well-Being.
We hope you enjoyed the event if you went and if not really recommend attending the next one! To find out how, you can contact email@example.com.
Notes: At the bottom of your smoothie glass place the chia seeds, lime and berries & mush with a spoon before leaving to sit for 10 mins. Stir ever few minutes until a gel like texture is formed. In a blender blitz the banana, Chi coconut milk, peanut butter and vanilla for a few minutes. Pour over the raspberry jelly. Enjoy!
2 Tbsp. chocolate or vanilla protein powder (optional)
1Tbsp. nut butter (optional)
Notes: If you want to make your smoothie even thicker, freeze your Chi chocolate milk in an use cube tray prior to making.
… We hope you enjoy making all of these delicious smoothies! For any ingredients you need from us just head over to our website to stock up. http://www.chilondon.com 🙂
Bircher muesli with chocolate coconut milk
The key to the perfect Bircher museli is to soak the oats overnight to achieve a chewier consistency. This improves the digestion and the absorption of this nutrient dense muesli. We wanted to try this super power breakfast using our own products – and doesn’t chocolate flavoured Bircher muesli sound a great idea?!
Our chocolate coconut milk gives you that taste without the guilt – dairy free and rich in vitamins and minerals. We made our Bircher muesli at Chi HQ using the following recipe… go on, give it a try!
Chocolate/coconut Bircher muesli.
WHAT YOU NEED
1 cup of rolled oats.
1/2 coarsely grated apple.
2 tbsp sultanas.
2 tbsp cashews. (other nuts can be used if you prefer. Almonds and walnuts also work well!)
Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to be served cold the next morning. This works perfectly with a coffee to kick start your day! …Or a Chi espresso dairy free coconut milk 😉
Your mouth will be having a party when you try this granola bar recipe!
We are a big fan of Chefonabike the foodie biker! He has kindly shared with us his yummy granola bar recipe. All clean, healthy recipes and, of course, they have got chi coconut oil in them. Brilliant for that early morning metabolism kick start and energy boost! Chefonabike says:
‘A super healthy version of a very popular everyday snack / energy bar just got a lot better. A clean approach is essential here so instead of using butter and sugars, Chi Coconut Oil and Honey are the sticky/combining agents. Also the crunchy peanut butter provides texture and flavour to the bar. Enjoy as a breakfast or as a Pre workout (whatever your sport/activity is) fuel..also ideal as a Recovery/Post trinity food to replenish glycogen used by your muscles.’
We all love our mums, so when we actually remember mothers day is soon/sooner than we thought it was, purchasing a present that reflects how amazing your mum is can be a bit of a mad rush! (wee’ve all been there!) So to make it slightly easier for you lovely lot we are giving away some fabulous products, perfect to treat your mum (the healthy way, don’t worry we have included Ombar chocolate that is good for you. No really it is!)
The giveaway includes:
a 1 litre carton of chi 100% natural chocolate coconut milk.
1 coconut 60% dark chocolate ombar and 1 coco mylk ombar.
Describe your mum in three words and tell us what you would make her using any of our chi products.
Please email us your awnsers to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header ‘Mothers day giveaway’ by 4pm on Thursday 12th March 2015. T&C’s apply *. Good Luck!
*Mothers day Giveaway T&Cs: Entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via email, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
make your monday marvellous with a coconut matcha latte!
We love a good matcha latte and especially when there is chi coconut milk involved, even more so on a monday morning when you need an energy boost. (Or hangover remedy) So to brighten up your monday morning here’s some information on matcha and how a coconut matcha latte can make your Monday marvellous. Oh yes and we’ve thrown in a quick recipe for your convenience, (we’re so kind!).
Although matcha powder comes with a hefty price tag it also comes with a hefty amount of nutrients, perfect justification to pop to your nearest health food store and grab a pot! Unlike green tea which is the brewed tea leaves of many varieties of tea leaf from China and Japan, matcha powder is specificaly ground from tencha leaves in Japan.
The tea bushes are grown and taken great care of during the winter and just before harvesting in May the bushes are covered from sunlight. This stimulates an increase in chlorophyl levels resulting in the leaves to be a darker shade of green. This, my fellow green gods and goddesses, is how matcha powder gets its nutrient potency. This darker shade of green causes a production of amino acids like L-thiamine. This makes matcha perfect for repair and growth as it gives us a supply of ready available amino acids (think hair, skin, nails, muscles). Basically everything we need repairing to be feeling (and looking) amazing.
When we consume Matcha we consume the whole leaf as it is in powdered form. This means we get a fair share of amazing antioxidants like ECGg. Antioxidants are important as they can help prevent damage to our cells from oxidative stress and toxins we consume and produce in our body. Even better for cell repair, skin repair and long term beautifulness!
This combination of matcha, electrolyte and mineral filled coconut milk is brilliant. Drinking one of these babies regularly is a sure fire way to become the envy of your colleagues with your new annoyingly large amount of energy, just what everyone wants to see on a monday!
Chi’s marvellous monday coconut matcha latte. ♥
1 teaspoon of Matcha powder of your choice
sweetener of choice – for example Manuka honey, natural organic honey ( no chemicals here please!) or rice malt syrup/ another plant based natural sweetener if you are a vegan.
Add 2 drops of almond oil (only for extra dry skin)
Gently rub the mixture smoothing into the dry patch
Leave it to moisture in the pores for 10-20 minutes
Rinse off with a cold wet flannel
Repeat this 3-4 times a week
Fourth step enjoy your silky and soft skin.
Why use coconut oil; by Sarah Hawley.
As we have found out here at Chi, there are many uses for coconut oil. Sarah Hawley is a fitness competitor and aspiring fitness model, she definitely has the body to show for it! Like many of you out there, she swears by coconut oil. Here she tells us about her coconut oil uses and why it’s so important in her training and diet routine.
My coconut oil of choice is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s raw, unrefined and unbleached, and the coconuts are cold-pressed, which retains both the depth of flavour, and also the high nutritional content. It was also the winner of a Great Taste Award (2014).
I mostly use coconut oil to cook with. Like all saturated fats, coconut oil is heat-stable, meaning that it’s far better for you than any other processed vegetable oil that’s manufactured specifically for cooking. Most importantly it’s natural, easy to digest, and makes food feel more satisfying while adding flavour.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding coconut oil these days. So much so, that people are calling it a “superfood”. Its benefits include everything from reducing your appetite and increasing energy expenditure (which in turn helps you lose weight), to improving cholesterol levels and brain function (due to its make-up of medium chain triglycerides or MCTs). Health benefits aside though, it actually tastes great too!
Now, there’s a common misunderstanding that all saturated fats are bad for us, when in fact, we actually need a certain amount of saturated fats in our diet. They help calcium absorption, protect the liver, and helps keep our brain function and immune systems running properly.
I especially like to add a teaspoon of coconut oil into my morning coffee. I do this because it tastes amazing, but the combination of caffeine and saturated fat also gives the body a great and lasting energy boost.
More recently, I’ve found that adding it to my rice just before it’s finished cooking gives it a lovely flavour, and a hint of the exotic!
Follow Sarah here, and find more great uses for coconut oil and recipes on our blog or pinterest. Happy coconut oil cooking!
Chi at BBC Good Food Eat Well show
We had such a great weekend exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Eat Well; the show brought together healthy food brands and producers, alongside an inspirational line-up of healthy chefs and celebrities. It was an interesting 3 days to learn about new innovations in healthy food, free from products and to taste some incredible food and drinks. Customers, chefs, celebrities and exhibitors had so much fun at the show. We cannot wait for next year!
The successful bestseller of ‘Honestly Healthy Cleanse’, Natasha Corrett, came to see us on the Chi stand, to rehydrate after a busy day of demos, talks and book signings. She’s a huge fan of Chi, and we’re a huge fan of her!
Here, self-taught chef, Marcus Bean and Davina’s Team enjoying Chi Drinks.
Our amazing Chi team who stayed hydrated during the weekend with our coconut water!
Here are a few pictures from the show:
See you next year BBC Good Food Eat Well Show!
Chef on a bike tells us why he loves Chi
Who are you? My name is Mario Presi, 39 years of age, Italian by birth. I come from the Veneto region (from Padova, near Venice) in north-east Italy. I grew up in Italy, and went to Catering College where I graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1995. I moved to London in 2001 and I haven’t looked back since.
What is Chef on a bike? Chef on a bike is me. It represents who I am via my profession (chef), and my passion for cycling around the world (on a bike).
Why did you set up Chef on a bike?
I wanted to help people improve their eating habits by educating them in what to eat, and why. This is great for athletes who want to improve their performance by enhancing their nutrition, but also good for the average person who doesn’t compete in sport’s but likes to keep fit, healthy and would like to improve their way of eating.
Why Do You Love Chi’s products? One of the products I came to love almost to the point to be obsessed about it is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I have tried and tested many coconut oils in the last 2 ½ years but Chi Coconut Oil has become my favourite. In fact, not only do I use and consume a 500g jar per month, but I also recommended to my clients and friends. You can use Chi Coconut Oil in your coffee, frying eggs or as a spread over toast.
Chi Coconut Water is also an item on my weekly shopping list, and it is by far my first choice.
You are an advocate of “clean eating”, can you tell us more? Clean eating means avoiding foods that are processed, artificial foods, or foods that have been genetically modified. These cause stress on your body, which can ultimately cause illnesses. Whole and unprocessed plant-based foods are full of vitamins, minerals, quality macronutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for cellular regeneration. I prefer to eat these.