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.

 

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Coconut water

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

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

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.

 

 

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Coconut flour

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.

 

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Coconut milk

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.

 

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Coconut flakes

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.

Coconut sugar

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.

 

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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!

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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:

 

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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.

 

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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:

 

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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!

 

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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:

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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 we need fats 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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

But how?

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!

 

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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!

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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

 

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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.

 

Emma Stone

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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.

 

Miranda Kerr

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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?

 

Gwyneth Paltrow

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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!

 

Lucy Hale

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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?

 

Mindy Kalin

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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 Water and Milk as 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!

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!

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The extent of coconut’s multi use is seen in these pictures below!

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Coconut shells can be used primarily as bowls, or even for wood furniture.

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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.

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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 

Coconut truffles

Balls of sweet goodness!

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Ingredients:

  • 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.

Quindim 

Coconut flan

Baked desert made of egg yolks, sugar and ground coconut flakes

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

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The Brazilan chocolate trifle 

Layers of cookies filled with chocolate or fruit, lemon, coconut

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 Ingredients 

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…

Cachaça

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 caipirinhas

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Ingredients:

  • Coconut milk 1oz.
  • Cachaca 2oz.
  • Sugar 1 tsbp

Step 1: Combine ingredients with ice in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately in a tall glass.

Açaí bowls 

Acai a.k.a superfood berry is used to make fruit bowls and smoothies

Those bright purples bowls you see on Instagram #superhealthy

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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)
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter
  • Olive oil
  • 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 

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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.

 

Eye cream

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)
  • Small container
  • 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:

  • Eye cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Mascara
  • Sunscreen

Here you can explore coconut oil some more, we love:

http://thecoconutmama.com/category/blog/natural-living/

http://helloglow.co/8-beauty-uses-coconut-oil/

http://juicing-for-health.com/oil-pulling-with-coconut-oil-turmeric-chews.html

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Psycle

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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

best exercise classes

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

best exercise classes london

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.

GymClass

best exercise classes london

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.

TriYoga

exercise class london

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.

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!

Chi White discount

 

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!

Chi white products

 

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.

Chi White sachets

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
  • Reduced plaque
  • 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!

Chi white results

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Before and after using Chi White for just 2 weeks!

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.

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Deliciously Ella

Serves 1

Ingredients

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)

Method

Simply peel the banana then place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.

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Madeleine Shaw

Serve 1

Ingredients:

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

Method

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.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

Serve 1

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Acai Coconut bowl 

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What’s Gaby cooking

 

Ingredients:

2 packs of acai purée

100ml Chi Raw coconut water

1 banana

Toppings

coconut

granola

strawberries

Banana

Method

1. Blend the 2 frozen acai packs in a blender with the banana and coconut water  until it’s thick and smooth like a smoothie.

2. Top with sliced strawberries, sliced banana toasted coconut and crumbled granola. Enjoy immediately.

 

Acai Berry Porridge 

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Ingredients:

30g rolled oats

20g chia seeds

2 tsp maca powder

2 tsp  Iswari acai berry powder

180g Chi coconut milk

260g hot water

TOPPINGS (optional): hemp seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, almonds, blueberries

METHOD:

1.  Add all ingredients, except for the toppings, into a bowl. Cook for 8 min, 100C, reverse speed.

2. Serve with your choice of toppings.

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Chi Raw Coconut water

 

Healthy Smoothie
bowl recipes

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:

Protein  Yogurt  Kefir   Protein Powder

Fat Coconut milk  Avocado  Nut butters

Superfood Blueberries Acai Goji Berries Almond Maca Powder

Fibre Flax seed Chia seed Hemp

 Super Green smoothie bowl 

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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 

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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

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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 

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The flavour is inspired by the popular Key Lime Pie, but with a green tea twist. Recipe Oh She Glows.

 Dragon fruit smoothie bowl 

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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.

 

#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.

Check these out!

 

Red Baobab Coconut smoothie.

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Ingredients:

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

2 or 3 tsp Aduna Baobab powder

A handful of Raspberries

4 tsp of Chia seeds

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together.

Health benefits:

– Hydration

– Immune function

– Skin health

Coconut Mango oatmeal.

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Ingredients:

45g oatmeal

150ml Chi Coconut Milk

1 tsp Aduna Baobab powder

40g  diced Mango

Handful of Giving Tree freeze dried Mango (cut in little pieces) and some coconut chips- topping.

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and at the end sprinkle freeze-dried mango and coconut chips on top of the porridge.

Health benefits:

– Energy

– Immune function

– Improved digestion

– Lower cholesterol levels

 

Protein
Shakes

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. 

Red Peanut Butter shake

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Ingredients

125g frozen raspberries

35g frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder

1tbsp ground Chia seed

250ml Chi coconut milk

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

 

Chocolate shake

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Ingredients

1 large banana

2-3 large ice cubes

280ml Chi chocolate milk

1 Tbsp Chocolate / vanilla protein powder

2 large Tbsp oats

1 handful of Almond

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Coffee Shake

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

1 tbsp ground flax seed

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

6 ice cubes

250ml Chi espresso coconut milk

1 Tbsp protein powder

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Green vegetables shake

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Ingredients

60g spinach leaves

1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped

15 green grapes

185g fat-free natural Greek yoghurt

2tbsp chopped avocado

1-2tbsp fresh lime juice

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Almond Chia shake

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Ingredients

1 large ripe banana, peeled

250ml unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1Tbsp protein powder

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Carrot Cake shake

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Ingredients

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

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Chi
Brownies

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.

Chi Brownie

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@chicoconutwater

 

Ingredient

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

Method

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

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Ingredients

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

Method

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.

 

oil

 Buy Chi  organic coconut oil, cold pressed for £9.44

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

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@chicoconutwater

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

1 handful of nuts such as walnuts, almonds

1 piece of Toast with some peanut butter

1  Chi Caffe Latte  or Chi Raw coconut water 

Lunch

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@chicoconutwater

When you eat the right kind of food at lunch, it’ll help you stay full and alert throughout the afternoon.

Quick and easy salad, combine all this ingredients on a plate

1/2 Avocado

2 handful of rocket or spinach

2 slices of smoked salmon

pepper and salt

Snack

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@chicoconutwater

Snacking can satiate hunger between meals to prevent overeating, here is the best snack to eat

Toast snack

 1 Toasted whole grain bread slice

 Spread of cottage cheese

Toppings

Fruit slices such as strawberry, blackberry or pineapple

Nuts

Dinner

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@chicoconutwater

Eating  dinner earlier will help your digestion

Super healthy smoothie

200ml  CHI coconut milk  or almond milk

2 Tbsp low-fat plain yogurt

1 handful of blueberries or  strawberries

1 Tbsp hemp powder

2 tsp whey protein powder

3 ice cubes

2 Tbsp oats.

 Blend all these ingredients in a food processor and drink it!

 

Articles related to the same topics:

HEALTHY MEAL PLAN #GETFITWITHCHI

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/chi-healthy-meal-plan-getfitwithchi/

CRISPY SMOOTHIES

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/smoothie/

THE ESSENTIAL VITAMINS FOR A HEALTHY WINTER!

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/vitamins/

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Deep cleanser with
Chi coconut oil

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.

Coconut Deep cleanser

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Ingredients

For sensitive skin

2 Tbsp Chi Coconut oil

2 tsp Baking soda

For greasy skin

2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil

2 Tbsp Baking soda

Method

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: 

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/coconut-beauty/

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/coconut-oil-for-dry-skin-and-hair/

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/soft-skin-with-chi-coconut-milk/

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Lucky ones, in February Chi coconut oil is on PROMO at Whole foods 20 %OFF!

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

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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 

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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

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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 

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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.

Where to find it?

Halibut, nuts, peanut butter, spinach, oatmeal, beans, lentils.

Vitamin E 

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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 

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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. 

Rainbow Granola by
Barbara Cox

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.

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Ingredients

150g oats

20g Chi coconut oil

60ml maple syrup or Manuka honey

50g pumpkin seeds

50g sunflower seeds

30g flaxseeds

100g Brazil nuts

50g dried gogi berries

70g dried cranberries

1 vanilla pod – de-seeded

Directions

Preheat oven to 180°C

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.

Crispy
smoothies

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!

Green Tea, Strawberry crispy, and Banana

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Ingredients

3 Tbsp water

1 green tea bag

2 tsp honey

1½ cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

½ med banana

¾ c calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk

Method

1. MICROWAVE water on high until steaming hot in a small bowl. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.

2. COMBINE strawberry crisps, banana, and milk in a blender with ice crushing ability.

3. ADD tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve!

Power Crispy Peach

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Ingredients

1 c CHI coconut milk 

2 Tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt

½ c Giving Tree Peach crisps

½ c  Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

⅛ tsp powdered ginger

2 tsp whey protein powder

3 ice cubes1 c oats1.

 

Methods

1. BLEND together any liquid ingredients (coconut milk, yogurt) and protein powder; this will help break down the grainy powder and make sure it’s evenly distributed.

2. ADD mushy ingredients, like pre cooked oatmeal and fruit, then add ice at the end. For a thicker shake, you can toss in more freeze dried fruits

Strawberry- Kiwi Smoothie

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Ingredients

41¼ c cold apple juice

1 ripe banana, sliced

1 kiwifruit, sliced

1 cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

Method

COMBINE the juice, banana, kiwifruit and strawberries crisps,. Blend until smooth.

 

Apple Green

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Ingredients

2 apples

2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)

1 celery stalk (optional)

1/2 cup water

1 cup Giving Tree Apple crisps 

1 clamp Cinnamon

Method

COMBINE everything, blend until smooth.

Raw coconut water  with Mango crisps

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Ingredients

 250 ml Chi Raw Coconut water

2 bananas

2 mangos

1 cup strawberries (fresh or freeze dried)

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup Giving Tree Mango crisps

Method

1.FILL ice trays with the Chi raw coconut water and freeze until solid.

2. PLACE the fruits, honey and 12  coconut water ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Creamy Green Smoothie

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Ingredients

250 small cooking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

1/2 of a medium courgette, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup Giving Tree Broccoli crisps

1 cup lime sherbet

3/4 cup ice cubes

 

Method

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.

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

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 blood pressure 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.

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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 

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 12.38.471. 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 

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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

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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.

2. Then stir in some Chi organic coconut oil and let it dissolve into mix.

3. Once it’s all nicely mixed pour it into a bowl, add blueberries and coconut chips.

Enjoy!

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:

  • sodium (Na+)
  • potassium (K+)
  • chloride (Cl-)
  • calcium (Ca2+)
  • magnesium (Mg2+)
  • bicarbonate (HCO3-)
  • phosphate (PO42-)

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

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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

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 Chi Raw Coconut water has five electrolytes your body needs:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Magnesium: important for maintaining the electrical potential of your cells, proper muscle function, and preventing calcium overload.
  4. Phosphorus: Plays important roles in bone health, but also in transferring energy throughout your body, helping your muscles contract, and regulating nerve function.
  5. Calcium: Important for bone health.

 

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.

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WHAT?

InstructorLive is an online fitness platform, where you can access great workout classes anywhere, anytime.

HOW?

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.

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BESPOKE OFFER:

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!

Don’t forget to stay hydrated with Chi Raw coconut water!

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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!

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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.

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Here is your 10 best superfoods:

 

1. ACAI

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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.

2. ALMOND

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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.

3. CACAO

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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
  • Protein
  • Fibre

4. GREEN TEA

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Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins.
5. COCONUT
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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.

Our raw coconut water  is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients too.

6. SALMON

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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. 

7. KALE

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 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.


8. QUINOA


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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.

9. LENTIL

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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

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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.

 

Organic
September!

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?

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  • Avoid chemicals

Eating organic is the way to avoid all the chemicals in your fruit and vegetables.

  • Better taste

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.

  •  Reduce pollution

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.

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..

 

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“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!”

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Honestly Healthy

“We like the fact that this one has no preservatives, it’s unpasteurised, no artificial flavouring and no added sugar. As a consequence, the naturally occurring enzymes are still alive – YES!”

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Primal Eye  –

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“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.” – 

 

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Women’s fitness –

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 Elvina Khoo blog – 

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The Nutty Noodle blog –

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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, twitterinstagram or Facebook, we would love to know what you think!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

The Giving Tree snack 

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Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges

Here you will find all the healthy snacks to bring with you:

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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!

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Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic

 

 

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

Benefit:

  • 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

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Nothing can be easier and healthier than to eat a fresh fruit.

3. Giving Tree snacks

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Want something crispy? Giving Tree snack is the perfect combination of fresh fruits and crisps.

Benefit:

  • 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)
  • No salt added

Find them at Planet Organic and Whole Foods!

4. Granola Bar

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You can make your own energy booster granola bar, the night before to go to the beach.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water
  •  1 cup packed pitted Medjol dates
  • 1 1/2 lightly toasted jumbo organic Oats
  • 1 cup raw whole almonds
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Organic crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries

METHOD:

1. Blend the dates in a food processor until you get a smooth paste. Use 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water to help the blending process.

2. Place oats, almonds, cranberries and dates paste in a bowl and set aside.

3. Warm honey, peanut butter and Chi Coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Stir gently and then pour over the oats mixture. Mix thoroughly.

4. Transfer the mix to a baking parchment lined baking tin/tray.

5. Press down with a spatula until smooth and uniformly flattened. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.

6. Remove from the baking tin, cut into bars 10/12 bars. You can store them in air tight container or wrapping them individually. They keep in the fridge for up to 6 days.

5. Stay hydrated with Chi Raw Coconut Water 

 IMG-20150405-WA0008 Chi Raw Coconut Water will be your sun soul mate for this summer!

 

Office
WorkOut!

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

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2.   Correct your posture at your desk

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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

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4. Exercise while sitting

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  • 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

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  • 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

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A new desk for a new health

We also want to introduce you to a new revolutionary desk… The treadmill!

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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
  • Improve metabolism
  • Healthier heart
  • Reduce back pain
  • Brain booster
  • Feel happier

 We are so excited to have our Treadmill in our office!

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And don’t forget to stay  hydrated at your  work with Chi Raw Coconut Water.

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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.

Directions

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.

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***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!

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.

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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

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 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!

 

Rainbow Salad

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Coconut Chia Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 14 Ozs Chi Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp  Onion (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Spring Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tsp Basil Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 Clove Garlic (Grated)
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Dillweed
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Coconut and Lime Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsps Chi Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Yoghurt
  • 1/2 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Curry Sauce (Thai)

Soy Ginger Coconut Oil Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Honey
  • 1/8 Tsp Ginger (Minced or grated)
  • 1 dash Red Pepper flakes

Blood Orange Coconut Water Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Chi Coconut Water
  • 2 Blood Oranges
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Finely Minced)
  • 1/2 Tsp Whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin Olive Oil

Curry, Coconut, Ginger, Peanut Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger(grated)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps Coconut Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Oil (optional)

Thai Sweet Chilli Dressing 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chi Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Fish Sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsps Lime Juice (1 fresh lime)
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (grated)
  • 2 Tbsps Ginger (grated)

Chi Coconut Oil

100% Organic Virgin Chi Coconut Oil

Chi Coconut Milk

100% Natural Chi Coconut Milk

Coconut water

100% Pure Chi 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!

Steps to follow:

1. Place one 330ml bottle of Chi espresso coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours to cool it.

2. Meanwhile, pour our  Chi chocolate coconut milk into ice cube trays and place it in the freezer until set.

3. When the ice has set and the Chi espresso coconut milk drink is cold enough enjoy the two as a delicious iced drink – with a kick from the coffee and a bit of a hint of chocolate from the ice cubes!

4. If you want an extra health kick, stir in 1 teaspoon of our delicious Chi coconut oil. Enjoy!

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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 in my breakfast? What?!

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.

Coconut Oil, Banana and Apple Porridge

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Ingredients – Serves 1

1 tablespoon Chi coconut oil

1/4 of an apple, thinly sliced & chopped

1/2 banana, sliced into 1/2 inch slices

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (certified gluten free, if needed)

1 cup milk (Chi coconut milk, almond milk…)

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch salt

optional: dark chocolate chips

Method

  • Heat Chi Coconut oil over medium heat until melted.
  • Add in sliced apples and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Add in bananas and cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
  • Pour in oats and stir together with apples & bananas for 1 minute.
  • Stir in Chi Coconut Milk, honey, cinnamon and salt.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently until thick and creamy. Serve hot.

For those who don’t have time in morning you can prepare the night before 😉

Toast with Coconut Oil, Blueberries, Banana and Chocolate

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Ingredients

Whole Wheat or Gluten Free Bread

Spread of of 1tbsp Chi Coconut oil (melted)

Chopped Banana

Handful Blueberries

Dark Cacao nibs

Chi coconut oil in your hot beverage

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Put 1tsp of Chi coconut oil in your regular coffee or in your tea, the smell of the coconut will wake you up.

Benefit of Chi coconut oil

Starting your day with coconut oil will make a difference on your health.

Don’t forget Chi coconut oil has so many benefits, here are 10 key ones:

  • Improve your blood cholesterol level
  • Weight loss
  • Help your immune system
  • Stress relief
  • Dental care
  • Improve your blood sugar
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Strengthen bones
  • Aid digestion
  • Fight infections

 

Chi Organic Coconut Oil

Chi Organic Coconut Oil

 

Get fit
with Chi!

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.

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*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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Try our products you will see the result;)

 

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.’

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INGREDIENTS:

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water

– 1 cup packed pitted Medjol dates

– 1 1/2 lightly toasted jumbo organic Oats

– 1 cup raw whole almonds

– 1/4 cup honey

– 1/4 cup Organic crunchy peanut butter

– 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
METHOD:

1. Process the dates in a food processor until you get a smooth paste. Use 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water to help the blending process.

2. Place oats, almonds, cranberries and dates paste in a bowl and set aside.

3. Warm honey, peanut butter and Chi Coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Stir gently and then pour over the oats mixture. Mix thoroughly.

4. Transfer the mix to a baking parchment lined baking tin/tray.

5. Press down with a spatula until smooth and uniformly flattened. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.

6. Remove from the baking tin, cut into bars 10/12 bars. You can store them in air tight container or wrapping them individually. They keep in the fridge for up to 6 days.

NOTES

Optional additions: raw cocoa nibs; goji berries; other nuts; banana chips; vanilla.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Serving size: 1 bar | Calories: 220 | Fat: 9gr | Saturated: 1,5gr | Carbohydrates: 31gr | Sugar: 20gr | Fiber: 5gr | Protein: 7gr

Recipe by Chefonabike www.chefonabike.me

For more wonderful recipes click here to visit our Pintrest!

 

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.

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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. ♥

ingredients: 

  • 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.
  • Chi 100% natural coconut milk

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Directions:

  • Gently heat up a mug full of coconut milk.
  • stir in about a teaspoon of matcha powder in to your heated coconut milk.
  • Add the sweetener of your choice until it is as sweet as you would like it.
  • Pour in to your mug and there you have it! Drink up and boss your day (now that you are superman/superwoman)
  • For more amazingly good recipes with chi head over to our pint rest. 

 

Soft skin with
Chi Coconut Milk

The weekend is coming!  Why don’t we use these 2 little days to take care of our skin. You don’t need to go to the spa and spend money on expensive cream, Chi is here for you!

All you need to do is grab a carton of our lovely Chi Coconut Milk and let Chi do the rest…

The objective this weekend is to have clear and flawless skin:

First step remove your makeup 

Remove makeup

Coconut Milk Makeup Remover

 It can sometimes be a struggle to remove stubborn mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow from your eyes. Coconut milk mixed with olive oil is the best natural eye makeup remover!

  1. Mix together Coconut Milk (1/2 parts) with Olive Oil(1 part)
  2. Using a cotton pad, dab the mixture onto the eyes.

Second step clean your skin 

clean face Coconut Milk Facial Cleanser

This perfect natural cleanser for your face. It will help moisturise, fade blemishes and brighten up your face!

  1. Mix a teaspoon of creamy yoghurt with a few drops of  Chi Coconut milk
  2. Sprinkle turmeric and mix all together
  3. Spread the mix evenly onto your face and leave it to soak in for 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with a wet cloth

Third step hydrate your skin

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Coconut Milk Moisturiser

Have these frosty winter days taken a toll on your skin? Has the relentless cold has made your skin dry and tight? All you need to do is this…

  1. Mix equal amounts of fresh Chi Coconut milk and honey.
  2. Add 2 drops of almond oil (only for extra dry skin)
  3. Gently rub the mixture smoothing into the dry patch
  4. Leave it to moisture in the pores for 10-20 minutes
  5. Rinse off with a cold wet flannel

Repeat this 3-4 times a week

Fourth step enjoy your silky and soft skin.

 

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.

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What’s the story behind your cooking?
I worked for what was known at the time as Conran Restaurants, established by Sir Terence Conran and associates. I had the pleasure to work with talented individuals and amazing head chefs. I always had a soft spot for the alps and winter/snow in general. So in 2005 I decided to do my first ever ski season. I worked for Chalet Ski Companies in the best ski resorts in the Alps.

What happened after that?
On my return to London I decided I wanted to be my own boss, so I became self employed and started to work for private clients, families and corporates creating bespoke catering events. Dinner parties and cooking lessons were the main services I offered.

How did you get introduced to cycling?
My cycling career started back in 1985 when I participated at the FIAC BMX World Championships making the A Final. From there on I raced all over Italy winning 6 Italian National Titles in both BMX 20″ and Cruiser 24″, 4th place in the 1989 World Cup, Podium finishes at European Races and in 1992 a prestigious European Title. I raced BMX in Italy, until 1999.

In 2008 I joined a BMX club in London and got into shape by training hard. I started competing again and after a few seasons I won the British Championships in 2011, British National title in 2012 and a 4th place at the World Championships 2012 in Birmingham.

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How did you bring your passion of food and cycling together?
My interest in food and the knowledge I gained in all my years as a professional chef, triggered an ever growing need to understand the importance of a balanced diet for athletes. In 2012, I started to read food / nutrition articles on the web and that kick started the need to know more about nutrition and WHY specific ingredients are a boost for athletes performance. I understood the importance to eat a more natural, organic (mostly plant based) whole food diet rather than a conventional omnivorous diet.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Mario! Now to share this amazing recipe with our followers…

Chef on a bike’s Clean and Super Nutritious Porridge

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Ingredients:
1 cup of unsweetened Chi Coconut Milk
1/2 organic GF porridge oats
1 pinch cinnamon
2 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
2 tsp smooth (or crunchy) almond butter
1 tsp ground flax seeds
1/2 banana sliced
5/6 raspberries

Optional ingredients:
blueberries / kiwis / acai berry powder / chia seeds

Method:
Pour the milk in a small non stick sauce pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Tuned the heat down, add the oats and the cinnamon and stir gently. Put the lid on and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a medium to large bowl of your choice, place the almond butter and the Chi coconut oil at the bottom then pour over the porridge. Top with fresh fruit and flax seeds and enjoy this super healthy, warming, nutrient dense breakfast that will keep your body fuelled for a few hours 🙂

 

For more information, follow Mario: @chefonabike

A day in the life of
a top stand up paddle boarder

For the last 3 years, Chi has sponsored one of the UK’s top stand up paddle boarders, Pete Holliday.  Pete competes nationally and internationally in both long distance endurance races on SUP and Outrigger Canoes, as well as surfing for fun as much as possible.

We caught up with Pete to find out about his active lifestyle, and how coconuts and Chi fit into his daily routine.

So, you’re a big fan of coconuts, right?
Pete: “Absolutely! Coconuts, in one form or another, play a huge part in my healthy lifestyle.  They literally are the most magical fruit on the planet.”

We totally agree! So, how do coconuts and Chi fit into your routine?
Pete: “I’m a morning person for sure, especially in the summer – I like to rise with the sun. From Spring until Autumn, when the light is with us, I rise to the sound of my alarm at 5am. I’ll grab my training gear, and a carton of Chi Coconut Water, and be out on the water by around 5.30am for hard intervals or a long distance training session lasting around 1 to 1.5hrs. “

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Wow! That’s pretty early…
Pete: “Well, I’m lucky enough to live just 2 minutes from the beautiful sandy beach of Boscombe near Bournemouth where I do most of my training. A stunning part of the world right on my doorstep.”

We’re jealous! Tell us more…
Pete: “After training and hitting the shower, I moisturise with my home made recipe, Chi Coconut Oil scented with some organic cedar & sandalwood oil to make it masculine & fresh. Then it’s time to grab a quick breakfast.  If I have time, there’s no beating a good solid cooked breakfast. If I’m in a rush, it’s a smoothie, typically a mix of Chi Coconut milk, a spoon of Chi Coconut Oil, half an avocado, a good glug of organic raw double cream, a couple of raw egg yolks and a sprinkle of organic raw cacao powder.  Bang it through the blender & hey presto!”

Sounds delicious. How else do you use Chi products in your recipes?
Pete: “One thing I can’t leave the house without is coffee.  I’m officially a coffee geek with a rather fine collection of modern and antique espresso machines and paraphernalia.  Many years ago I used to have sugar in every coffee, but as part of a major change in my diet and lifestyle, I more or less dropped sugar of any form from my diet.  Coconut oil was my saviour in espresso.  It might sound a little strange but it really smoothes out the taste & provides a nice hit of medium chain fatty acids too. Try it & see, I’ve converted a lot of people over the years!”

Ah yes, the wondrous bulletproof coffee. It’s pretty popular here in London! So, what about lunch?
Pete: “Lunch for me is usually left overs from dinner, all real food (not processed), locally sourced, home cooked and never microwaved! I’m a big meat eater, which isn’t for everyone, but I source carefully and have a fantastic independent, local butcher who sells organic meat raised and slaughtered within my home county of Dorset.”

“If I need a snack during the day then coconuts often come to hand again, they are an excellent source of energy. I buy them whole, drain the water (which of course I drink) and then break them open to get the white ‘meat’.  Diced up, it keeps hunger at bay for hours. “

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We’re starting to think you like coconuts even more than we do! Where does your love come from?
Pete: “I’m blessed to have travelled a lot of the world, particularly across Asia where coconuts are a great little meal and taste so good when still green and freshly cut from the tree right there and then.  You pay pennies for them. I always try and get a local kid to get me one to give them some pocket money.”

Tell us more about your rigorous training routine.
Pete: “I train typically 6 days a week and a few of those are two sessions a day. If I have a hard morning session then I might switch it up and so some yoga in the evening to keep good mobility, strength and balance. I definitely don’t just paddle, mixing up training is so important to me to maintain motivation so I throw in swimming sessions, hill sprints, bike rides, weights circuits and balance sessions to keep things interesting. Most importantly, if there are waves I’m surfing!”

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That’s impressive! What about your other hobby, outrigger canoe paddling?
Pete: “Outrigger canoe paddling is an ancient sport which originated in Polynesia thousands of years ago.   You sit in a small lightweight canoe, with a smaller ‘float’ on one side like a stabiliser.  Used for paddling open ocean, they are an amazing craft for escaping from everyone! I’ll often head several kilometres out to sea- a chance to catch some peace and really appreciate the nature around me.  We get dolphins and seals regularly coming to say hi in Bournemouth and this summer thousands of huge jellyfish.  You just don’t get to experience that kind of thing running on a treadmill in a gym.”

Sounds like heaven…
Pete: “It mostly is, but funnily enough, coconut oil has played a rather embarrassing (but valuable) part in my canoe paddling.  Sometimes, after really long paddles, you get tender skin sores in delicate places (let’s leave that there)… coconut oil, with its antibacterial qualities, really helps heal sore skin as well as protecting against future rash.  Coconut’s healing properties are so good I even used it to heal my tattoos instead of chemical based substitutes.”

Great tip! So, lastly, how do you like to end your day?
Pete: “After evening training, it’s time to cook a good feast at home and settle down on the sofa to catch my breath.  If I fancy a bit of desert then I whip up a quick bowl of organic natural yogurt and Chi coconut milk, sprinkled with organic desiccated coconut.”

That sounds incredible. Thanks for catching up with us Pete! We wish you all the best for 2015.


Keep an eye on Pete’s races and travels via his blog or Instagram www.peterholliday.co.uk www.instagram.com/pete_holliday

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January smoothie
inspiration

Firstly, we hope all of our lovely fans had an amazing Christmas and that you are all looking forward to an exciting 2015.

Now January is in full swing, no doubt the new year resolutions have kicked in and the healthy eating regime has begun. At Chi we are here to help and have devised some tips and inspiration for you to get the blender going and make some amazing, healthy smoothies.

First up, here are our top tips when it comes to making the perfect smoothie:

  • Always make sure you include more vegetables than fruit. Aim for a ratio of 70% vegetables and 30% fruit to avoid a large level of fructose, which can make your blood sugar levels spike
  • Try different liquid bases, if you normally use 100% Chi Pure Coconut Water why not try our new dairy-free Coconut Milk instead? This will make your smoothies thicker and creamier. The Coconut Milk works really well with dates, cacoa powder and berries.
  • Include an ‘add on’ such as wheat grass, which contains vitamins A, C and E, as well as iron or for a protein boost add spirulina or chia seeds

At Chi HQ we have started our smoothie kick and have this great recipe to share with you.

Ingredients

1 glass of Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water

1 handful of kale

1 handful of spinach

2 sticks of celery, sliced

Juice of 1 lemon

Method

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Put it in your favourite glass and top with chia seeds if you have them available.

If you are looking for some more smoothie inspiration then check out these delicious recipes from Deliciously Ella and Hip and Healthy.

 

Healthy Coconut
Christmas Swaps

Christmas is just around the corner (we are all very excited at Chi HQ) and we are busy planning our festive menus. It is hard to avoid over indulging at Christmas so we will be making some healthy coconut Christmas swaps to try and keep our diets balanced.

Coconuts contain a huge amount of natural health benefits including high levels of electrolytes and potassium. Our incredibly versatile products can be used in a wide range of ways over the festivities. Check out our mini guide below.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil can be used in all the same ways as butter or olive oil. Try using it to cover your potatoes before you put them in the oven to roast. You can also use it to cover your turkey before cooking.

If you are planning on preparing a nut roast try using coconut oil to grease the tin instead of olive oil.

If you are a fan of raw desserts mix a ripe avocado, 1 tbsp raw cacoa, 1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil, 1 tsp raw honey and a dash of almond milk to make a raw chocolate mousse, which could compete with a traditional Christmas pudding anytime!

Coconut Water

Planning on entertaining over Christmas and want to serve up some mocktails? Then make sure you have filled your cupboards with our 100% Pure Coconut Water.

Try making a refreshing, alcohol-free take on a mojito by mixing a glass of Chi Coconut Water, a handful of mint leaves, the juice of one lime and ice.

Coconut Milk

Everyone loves having a hearty breakfast on Christmas Day. How about starting it all off with some delicious vegan pancakes? For the base you just need to mix 1 banana, 1 tbsp coconut flour and a dash of Chi Coconut Milk. Whisk or blend all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat Chi Coconut Oil in a frying pan and ladle in one portion at a time. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown and serve with your favourite topping.

 

Healthy Winter
Breakfast

Next week, Chi will be supporting the launch of  Lisa Roukin‘s amazing new cookbook My Relationship with Food. Lisa is a passionate, cordon bleu chef who enjoys creating healthy, gluten-free free recipes, that often contain little to no refined sugars or dairy products.

Lisa uses plenty of coconut products in her cookbook, and has been kind enough to share her Coconut Porridge recipe with us. This warming bowl of coconutty goodness makes for the perfect, healthy winter breakfast. Lisa says, “this is a must try porridge. It’s healthy, nutritious, and a good source of potassium, not just from the banana but also from the coconut water. The oats in porridge help to lower cholesterol levels if eaten regularly over a sustained period of time, and are a good source of fibre and protein.” Lisa also suggests experimenting with different toppings like chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries or cashew butter. Yum!

Benefits of porridge oats:

Slow release energy – Porridge oats have a very low Glycaemic Index, which means they are slowly absorbed into the body’s blood stream.  This not only gives a long gradual release of energy and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable but it also keeps you full much longer than other breakfasts.

Packed full of goodness – Porridge oats contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre and calcium.

High in protein – Porridge has the highest protein content of any cereal. It’s oats contain around 10g of protein for each 100g serving.

 

Coconut Porridge Recipe

(Serves 2)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients

1-pint Chi Coconut Water
80g porridge oats fine or rolled

Topping

1 large handful toasted coconut chips
1 banana
Cinnamon
Agave syrup

Method

  • Place the coconut water and oats in a non-stick saucepan bring to boil, stirring often, then simmer for 3 minutes, occasionally stirring, leave to sit for 1 minute of the heat
  • Toast your coconut chips, in a dry frying pan
  • Serve with toasted coconut chips, sliced banana and cinnamon and touch of agave syrup if required
  • Enjoy

 

In a rush? We also love…

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Don’t have time to whip up a hot, healthy brekky? Introducing Oats + Chia. This tiny, tasty packet is full of goodness and contains wholegrain oats, sun ripened chia seeds, high quality fruit and virgin coconut oil (yay!).  Just add hot water!

 

 

Introducing CHI 100%
Natural Coconut Milk

For those who love all things coconut, we are introducing CHI 100% Natural Coconut Milk this month.

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With a creamy, coconutty taste, it is the perfect dairy free alternative to pour on cereal; mix into tea or simply serve on its own for a delicious drink. It is also a great ingredient for smoothies, and can be used as an alternative to cow’s milk in baking or desserts. Chi Coconut Milk is made by pressing fresh coconuts and contains only 100% natural ingredients.

Whether you are avoiding dairy, or simply love the taste, Chi Coconut Milk is made with high quality coconut cream and is naturally free from soya, gluten and lactose and suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs.

Coconut Milk is naturally high in ‘good fats’, and is made up of medium chain triglycerides, which are used up by the liver as energy, rather than stored as fat.

Highly nutritious and a source of protein, coconut milk is rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorous.

Coconut Milk is made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in particular, one called lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body to monolaurin, a highly beneficial compound which is antiviral and antibacterial, which helps to maintain a healthy immune system.

Our Chi Coconut Milk will be available from Whole Foods and Planet Organic for an RRP of £1.69 from October2014.

We will be posting a competition and lots of amazing recipes with coconut milk soon. Stay tuned! 🙂

Mushroom salad with
Coconut Oil

We love packed lunches here at the Chi office. We are always looking for new healthy recipes to bring for work and today we just tried this delicious Mushroom salad with Coconut Oil. If you are looking for an easy and healthy lunch recipe to pack for work, you must try this one.

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredientes:

1 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil

1 punnet mushrooms

4 hanfull spinash

1 cup of sprouts

10 cherry tomatos

1/2 avocado

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp tamari

Sea salt & pepper

Instructions:

1. Heat the Chi Coconut Oil on a medium-high heat in the pan for 5 minutos;

2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and season with tamari, sea salt & pepper. Cook for 10 minutes;

3. In the meantime make a salad with the spinash, avocado, sprouts, tomatos and lemon juice;

4. Mix the mashrooms with the salad and enjoy!

 

Coconut oil is an amazing food to incorporate into your diet. Check out here 10 proven health benefits of Coconut Oil.

Healthy desserts using
Coconut Oil

We all need a sweet treat sometimes, right? 🙂 Coconut oil has great health benefits and it is a wonderful substitute for other oils in cooking and baking, plus it’s slightly sweet fragrance is unique and makes any dessert taste amazing. To inspire you to use our 100% raw, organic and virgin coconut oil, we decided to share some healthy desserts using coconut oil.

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Raw Chocolate Mousse:

This chocolate mousse is 100% raw, sugar, dairy, gluten and egg free. To make it you only need a blender and five simple ingredients:

1 avocado

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil

1 tsp raw honey

Dash of homemade almond milk

You just need to blend everything together, serve and decorate with your favorite toppings.

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Vegan Pancakes:

Who doesn’t love pancakes? 🙂 These ones are so healthy that you can have them both for dessert or breakfast. They are 100% vegan and free from all nasties.

For the base you just need to mix 1 banana, 1 tbsp coconut flour and a dash of almond milk. Whisk or blend all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat Chi Coconut Oil in a frying pan and ladle in one portion at a time. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown and serve with your favourite topping.

 

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Healthy ‘Reese’ Chocolate-Nut Butter

We love this recipe from one of our favourite bloggers, Naturally Sassy. If you are a chocoholic you definitely need to give it a try.

Recipe:

120ml melted Chi Coconut Oil

3 tbsp agave/maple syrup

60g raw cacao powder

1 tsp of nut-butter of choice, per ‘Reese’ cup.

Method:

Add the melted coconut oil, agave and cacao powder to a bowl and mix until completely smooth.

Line a cupcake tray with mini cupcake moulds/ cases. Divide the mixture in half. With one half start by pouring 1 tbsp of the chocolate mix into the bottom of the cupcake moulds. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.

Remove from fridge, and put one tsp of nut-butter spread in the middle of the chocolate, top with another tablespoon of chocolate/enough to cover.

Put back in the fridge and leave to set for another 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy with a glass of hot almond milk, for maximum pleasure!

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You can find more healthy recipes from Naturally Sassy, here.

To make these, and many other healthy recipes, you can purchase our 100% organic, virgin coconut oil here now.

Hope you enjoy our recipes and good luck in the kitchen! 🙂

Coconut Water Recipes
for Kids

We all know that it can be tough to get children to eat their “five a day” without a fuss. It is also tricky to find nutritious, fun and tasty snacks/drinks, that aren’t loaded with sugar. Luckily, our flavoured coconut waters could be just what you and your children need.

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With no added sugar, and a recent increase in the amount of natural fruit added, our fruity coconut waters are 100% child-friendly and taste better than ever.

They’re pretty versatile too! Here’s just a few simple coconut water-based recipes that you can try at home with your kids. They’re colourful, cost effective and bound to put the fun back into fruits…

Fruity Coconut Water Ice Lollies

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Note: This recipe requires ice pop moulds. These are usually fairly cheap and can be purchased from most large supermarkets, or online on eBay or Amazon. Alternatively, you can make your own using plastic cups and lolly sticks.

For simple, fruity ice lollies, pour Chi Coconut Water & Pineapple, Chi Coconut Water & Mango or Chi Coconut Water & TropicalFruits into your molds and leave to set in the freezer over night. Serve and enjoy!

For more colourful ice lollies (with extra goodness!) use any of the above Coconut Waters or Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water, and add sliced fruits. It is useful to use smaller fruits like kiwis, strawberries or blueberries so that they fit nicely in the molds.  Leave to set in the freezer over night.

Fruity Ice Cubes

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This recipe is perfect for encouraging your children to drink more water. Pour Chi Coconut Water into ice cube molds and add small, sliced fruits. Leave to set in the freezer overnight.

Add to water for a nutritious pop of colour!

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Blend 330ml of your chosen Chi Coconut Water together with a handful of ice and a handful of fruit (the sweeter the better!)

Serve to your children in their favourite cup, add a colorful straw, and put your feet up for five minutes. 🙂

Coconut for
beauty

Coconut is not only delicious but it also has lots of beauty benefits.  Here’s a little list of some of its uses:

  • Coconut oil is amazing for stopping hair frizz. Rub a pea sized amount of Chi Coconut Oil into hair to keep it smooth and soft
  • Coconut oil can also be used as a deep hair conditioner.  Add it to dry hair and leave in overnight for the ultimate conditioning treatment
  • Sooth dry skin by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil into affected areas
  • Coconut water is super hydrating so will help you avoid all the beauty issues associated with dehydration like dry skin, dry eyes and bags under your eyes
  • Use coconut oil as an all natural make up remover
  • Rub a small amount of coconut oil on to lips to relieve dry, chapped skin
  • Mix equal parts coconut oil with brown sugar and then add a squeeze of lemon to make a natural face scrub
  • First thing in the morning try oil pulling with coconut oil. Place 1-2 teaspoons of Chi Coconut Oil in your mouth and swill for 20 minutes. This will aid in removing the bacteria from your gums. Gwyneth Platrow is a big fan, read more about her experience on Glamour Magazine Online here 
Health benefits of
coconut water

Posted by James Park on Sep 15, 2011 in Health, Healthy Foods

Chi 330mlCoconut water, coconut juice drinks, or coconuts in general, are almost synonymous to the island tropics. However, there is more to coconuts than meets the eye. Aside from the promise of a relaxing beach holiday, coconuts also promise health.

The coconut has innumerable health benefits, as such it is aptly called the ‘tree of life’. In fact, coconut water or the clear liquid within the fruit has been used by multiple manufacturers in the health industry as the primary ingredient for natural supplements. Indeed, the nutrition facts of coconut water exceed that of other mass-produced supplements.

But how exactly can it improve your health? Read on to learn more about the health benefits of coconut water and coconut juice drinks.

Strengthens the Immune System
One of the nutrition facts of coconut water is its high levels of lauric acid, which improves the body’s defenses against disease. Lauric acid has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that contribute to your immune system’s defense mechanism. A newborn child gets his or her lauric acid supply from breast milk to become less susceptible to disease and infections. For adults, natural coconut juice drinks are the best alternative.

Aids Metabolism
Dietary pills can be replaced with this drink, too. It has the ability to trigger faster metabolism with its wealth of natural ingredients that control blood sugar. Blood sugar is not only important to diabetics but healthy people as well. With an increase in metabolic rate, your body is burning through the insulin and complex sugars faster. This gives you more energy to do other activities, such as exercise, to manage your weight.

Replenishes Hydration Levels

Another one of the benefits of coconut water and coconut water juice drinks are their ability to restore lost body fluids. It is even better than water since it has electrolytes important in rehydration. It also offers an alternative to commercially-made isotonic drinks. People suffering from diarrhea and dehydration can drink coconut water to replenish body salts and liquids, too.

Cleanses the Urinary Tract
One of the nutrition facts of coconut water is that it is a natural diuretic. As such, it helps regulate the flow of urine by increasing the rate of urination. With frequent urine flow, chances of having urinary tract infections are decreased. This natural juice drink is also a recommended remedy for bladder infections and kidney stones.
Eliminates Intestinal Parasites
Children often have parasitic worms because of lack of hygiene. To substitute over-the counter anti-parasitic medicines, sterile coconut water can be used. Drinking a mixture of one glass of coconut juice and one teaspoon of olive oil for three consecutive days can get rid of these worms and flush them out of the system. For recurring symptoms, consult the doctor.

Substitutes Human Blood Plasma
Coconut water as a substitute of human blood plasma was first used during the World War II, when medical supplies were scarce. It is isotonic to human blood and has right amount of electrolytes which makes it acceptable for plasma transfusions. In addition to the benefits of coconut juice, it can be used as a disinfectant for wounds. Remember though to use coconut water only when acquired straight out of the fruit.

Coconut water and coconut juice drinks are best when fresh, raw, natural or organic, so be sure  to chose only natural product.