The Best Prawn And Pumpkin
Curry Recipe For Halloween!

 

The pumpkin carving has begun, and we have a delicious pumpkin recipe to make. This impressive prawn and pumpkin curry may look complicated, but once you have all the ingredients ready it’s quite easy to make for your loved ones.

Ingredients

  • Large raw tiger prawns, 24
  • Turmeric, 2 tsp
  • Lemon, 1 juiced
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sea salt flakes, 1 tsp
  • Baby leaf spinach, 100g
  • Steamed basmati, to serve

Curry Paste

  • Tamarind paste, 3 tbsp
  • Shallots, 3 chopped
  • Tomato, 1 small chopped
  • Ginger, 70 g chopped
  • Green chilli, 1 deseeded and chopped
  • Garam masala, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground fenugreek, 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground cumin, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground coriander, 1/2 tbsp
  • Coconut Milk, 400ml

Sauce base

  • Pumpkin or butternut squash 700g, peeled and cut into rough chunks
  • Cumin seeds, 1 tsp
  • Shallots, 200g finely diced
  • Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground cumin, 1/2 tsp
  • Ground coriander, 1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes, 2 small diced

Tarka

  • Black mustard seeds, 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves, 15
  • Garlic, 2 cloves chopped
  • Shallots, 2 finely chopped

 

STEP 1.

Toss the prawns with the chilli, turmeric, lemon juice, 3 tbsp veg oil and 1 tsp sea salt and chill for 2 hours.

STEP 2.

For the curry paste, whizz the ingredients, with 100ml warm water, in a blender.

STEP 3.

To make the sauce base heat the oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas. Toss the pumpkin in a little vegetable oil and the whole cumin seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tender.

STEP 4.

Put a large pan over a high heat, add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and cook the shallot until lightly browned. Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook for a further minute. Add the tomato, stir and then stir in the curry paste. Season with sea salt to your own taste.

STEP 5.

To make the Tarka, heat another 2tbsp of vegetable oil in a separate pan until very hot. Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek and stand back while they pop. After a few seconds, add the curry leaves, garlic and red onion. Sizzle for 30 seconds and then add to the main sauce.

STEP 6.

Add the baked pumpkin to the sauce, cover and simmer gently for about 5 minutes. You can prep-ahead up to this point. When you’re ready to serve. reheat gently then add the marinated prawns, continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes until the prawns are just cooked. Finally, add the baby spinach and stir into the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat as the spinach will wilt very quickly.

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What is oil pulling and
why you should do it

Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Did you ask yourself what it is and why people are doing it? No? Well, then this post will bring some clarity.

Oil pulling is a method to do mouth cleansing in a natural way. It is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice and has been used in coconut producing countries for hundreds of years.

You can do oil pulling with different kinds of oil but it is mostly done with coconut oil. We at Chi also use coconut oil for our oil pulling, which is organic, raw, virgin and cold-pressed. It has a lot of benefits and is pleasant to the taste. Moreover, coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties, which is very advantageous when doing oil pulling.

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You mainly do oil puling to receive a better oral hygiene and get rid of bacteria in your mouth. The method to do it is very simple and easy. You just have to swish the coconut oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. Do this preferably in the morning before you eat or drink anything. After that, you spit it out into the trash or toilet. Don’t swallow it! The oil should look milky and be watery now. If it isn’t, you didn’t swish it long enough. You shouldn’t spit it into the sink as it contains all the toxins from your mouth. Furthermore, you don’t want to clog your sink drain. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with warm sea salt water, as it will kill any lingering bacteria. But that is optional. What you definitely have to do is to brush your teeth afterwards!

You not only receive a better oral hygiene by doing oil pulling. There are more benefits coming with it. Some examples are a better breath and better overall hygiene in the mouth, whiter teeth, the healing of bleeding gums, better skin or the detoxification of your body. But as already said, these are just some examples out of a lot.                                                                 Furthermore, coconut oil also contains a lot of vitamins that are easily digestible. It provides you with vitamin A, D, E and K.

If you want to have visible results, you should do oil pulling for at least two weeks. The Chi Oil Pulling kit is available in a two-week course, a four-week course or a six-week course. As you should do the oil pulling every day, the courses contain one sachet for every day. After a few days you will see the first results and you will notice the benefits.

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If you have never tried oil pulling before, you should now! We have listed the benefits and it is so easy to integrate it into your daily routine. Oil pulling is the natural and healthy way compared to all the other chemical methods, which are more harmful than helping. So if you want to give your body a treat, try oil pulling.

What is organic extra
virgin coconut oil?

We all hear about coconut oil and its benefits. But there are also a lot of different types on the market,which can sometimes be really confusing. There is regular coconut oil, extra virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil, organic coconut oil… What is the difference and which product is the best?

Today we want to tinker with organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil as this is also the type of our Chi Coconut Oil. You will get a brief overview what virgin coconut oil means and you can read about some differences between this and ordinary coconut oil.

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Extraction

At first, we will look at how the coconut oil is made or rather, extracted. This is also one of the crucial differences between regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil. The latter is extracted from the coconut milk, which the coconut contains. In the process after, the coconut oil is separated from the coconut milk. Chi Coconut Oil is never heated at that point. This means, that neither any artificial filtering nor any chemicals or bleachers are used in the process of extracting.

How to distinguish?

Regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil look extremely similar, which makes it nearly impossible to differ them with the naked eye. But the labels will help you to find out which oil you are dealing with. Another hint for extra virgin coconut oil is the fact that it will melt in your hand due to the body heat, whereas regular coconut oil won’t melt. Another difference is that refined (regular) coconut oil has a less strong taste and smell of coconuts than extra virgin coconut oil.

Benefits

As no heat is used during the extraction process, all the nutrition and benefits are kept in the oil. Vitamins and minerals are retained and occur way more than in regular coconut oil. Moreover, extra virgin coconut oil contains good cholesterol, almost no trans fatty acids, more vitamins, antioxidants and minerals than regular and therewith refined coconut oil. Furthermore, its shelf life is extremely long – up to two and a half years!

To summarise this little overview of organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil, we want to tell you, that it is simply amazing for you and your body. We are sure that you already know about the benefits of coconut oil but if you want to refresh your knowledge, read our blog post about in which other ways you can use it. Coconut oil is very versatile and that makes it really easy for us to ingest it. So give yourself and your body a treat and put some Chi Coconut Oil in your shopping trolley next time you go to the shops.

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Recipes with PACK’D frozen smoothie kits
and Chi Raw Coconut Water

When you read our blog on a regular basis, you know that we had the pleasure to try the frozen smoothie kits from PACK’D. They are absolutely delicious and that’s why we decided to create some recipes with the PACK’D kits in combination with our Chi Raw Coconut Water.

Below, you can find the recipes for a tropical breakfast smoothie bowl, a delicate berry smoothie and an energising post workout smoothie. All of the recipes are super easy to make, take no time at all and the taste of them is just scrumptious! Have fun trying them out!

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Tropical fruit bowl

Ingredients:

Method:

Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to a blender and add the PACK’D smoothie kit. Peel the mango and add it together with the banana, the coconut flakes and the yoghurt to the blender and blend until smooth. Decorate your bowl with some more yoghurt, granola and the freeze-dried fruit and enjoy a tropical breakfast.

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Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • PACK’D Energy
  • Chi Raw Coconut Water
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 1 Banana

Method:

Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to the blender and add the smoothie kit and the fruit. Blend until smooth.

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Post Workout Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • PACK’D Energy
  • Chi Raw Coconut Water
  • Frozen Acai
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • A teaspoon of protein powder

Method:

Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water and all of the other ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.

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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!

Things to do
in August

London has a lot to offer! Also in August there are a lot of things to do in our favourite city. You can choose from a variety of events, from a relaxed night in an outdoor cinema to a sweaty workout up on a rooftop!

Below, you can find a list with our highlights of must-do’s in August. Enjoy hand have fun!

English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

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When was the last time you saw a ballet? Romeo and Juliet are back in London and the English National Ballet Philharmonic will exhibit their talent once again. You will be excited about the performance the dancers show in their wonderfully pretty costumes. The Royal Festive Hall will take you to Verona, the little place in Italy. For nearly three hours, you will be part of the romantic love story between Romeo and Juliet. Pack your tissues and enjoy a wonderful night.

London Craft Beer Festival

Craft Beer Festival

August means time for London craft Beer Festival! From 4 August until 6 August beer will flow like water and if this wasn’t enough, it’s also the 5th birthday of the festival! This year the party will take place at Shoreditch Electric Light Station for the first time. Except from beer, you can find some delish food and listen to relaxed tunes mixed by selected DJs. So prepare your liver friends and raise your glass, cheers!

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PopUp Screens

You feel like going to the cinema but want to take advantage of the good weather at the same time? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! The Pop Up Screens will set up shop in different places around London this summer. Lean back in your deck chair sipping a cider and enjoy the good old classics like Pretty Woman or the latest blockbusters such as Doctor Strange. Much better than a cinema hall but don’t forget to bring your raincoat (you know London…).

Sunfall Festival

Sunfall Festival

Summertime – Festival time! The one-day festival was invented by the teams behind XOYO, The Nest and Phonox as well as Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook last year. This year will be even more epic and Brockwell Park will be transformed to a huge party area on 12 August. Don’t be worried if there is some music you like. You will be provided with jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco – so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Have fun dancing the night away.

Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace

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Foodies Festival is the biggest food festival in the UK and this year it takes place at Alexandra Palace on Bank holiday Weekend (26-28 August). There will be five different areas, the chef’s theatre, the cakes and dessert theatre, the drinks theatre, a live music stage and a kids cookery theatre. Meet some of the most excellent chefs, bake some marvellous cakes or enjoy an afternoon tea, take part in a wine tasting or listen to some tunes at the live music stage. Don’t forget to bring your kids as they will have a great time at the kids cookery theatre. An enjoyable celebration about food, drinks and cooking.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

The biggest street party known in London and beyond will happen as well on Bank Holiday Weekend this August. In and around London W10 and W11 the streets will be filled with hundreds of people celebrating the Caribbean culture. Decide if you want to go on Saturday and listen to bands or enjoy outdoor entertainment, on Sunday, the traditional Family Day, with the Sunday Parade in the afternoon or choose Monday, the Grand Final with the enormous parade. Get into that Caribbean feeling and experience something you’ll never forget!

Ham Yard Roof Terrace Summer Sessions

Ham Yard Rooftop Summer Sessions

The Ham Yard Hotel offers some amazing summer sessions from 31 July until 30 August. The month will be divided into three sections. From 31 July until 8 August the Summer Sundowners will take place, addressing the cocktail lovers. The Garden to Glass session, taking place from 12 August until 18 August will serve some delicious cocktails inspired by the kitchen garden and with some tasty ingredients. The last section (19 August until 30 August) is for the ones of you adoring wine! Rosé on the Roof provides a variety of the pinky beverage from around the world. Decide which session you like best and enjoy a memorable night with incomparable sunset views.

The Covent Garden Comedy Club and Nightclub

Covent Garden Comedy

Need some laughter again? Then go to Covent Garden and enjoy a night of comedy and fun. Throughout the month the Covent Garden Comedy Club will host some of the funniest comedians who will tickle the laughter out of you. Enjoy a Dinner & Comedy Package or bring your own food to top the night off. Everyone knows that we adults laugh way too little so take the initiative and head to Covent Garden.

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HIIT the roof

Aviary is a rooftop bar and restaurant in the Mountcalm Hotel located at Finsbury Square. But this summer it doesn’t only serve fancy drinks but transforms into a gym! Yes right, you can have sweaty workout sets on the top of the 10th floor feeling a light breeze. The workouts will be on the basis of Run, Condition and Move. We wanna see you sweat!

Last Days of Shoreditch

Last days of Shoreditch

How about a casual evening or night al Last Days of Shoreditch? The venue offers several events on Thursdays to Sundays throughout the month. Have fun with friends at a karaoke night, join one of the great parties or just go there and have some food. Get that quality time and pack your friends!

PACK’D frozen
smoothies

A few days ago, we received a package from our lovely friends from PACK’D. We discovered their frozen smoothie kits, which made us quite excited! Excited, because that meant we could cock the kitchen up! No but seriously, the kits were wrapped in a really nice box. They have a very lovely and appealing packaging with bright colours and a beautiful design.

PACK’D offers three different frozen smoothie kits in various flavours. All of them contain two fruit and vegetable pouches and two superfood sachets. No preservatives or sugar is added and the ingredients are all natural.

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In PACK’D Energy you can find chopped strawberries, banana, blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and spinach leaves and the superfood sachet contains milled flaxseeds, maca, cacao and guarana powder. The Detox variant contains chopped pineapple, apple, kale, ginger, spinach leaves and lemon zest as well as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barleygrass powder. The flavour Defence is composed of the pouch containing chopped pineapple, mango, papaya, banana, ginger and goji berries and the sachet containing milled flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and baobab powder. Each finished smoothie provides you with different nutritions such as vitamins, potassium and fibre and shows individual benefits for your body.

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It is really easy to prepare the smoothies as every pack has a little description of how to use it. You have to add a liquid to every kit. We used our Chi Coconut Water and Chi Coconut Milk. PACK’D Defence was the the frozen smoothie kit started with. In not more than two minutes we created a very delicious smoothie with a bright yellow colour. It smelled really fresh and you can taste the different fruit. The green smoothie which was the result from the Detox kit doesn’t taste like the usual “green and healthy smoothie”, which a lot of people don’t find really tasty. Detox has a very enjoyable taste and the fresh green colour makes it look nice as well. From PACK’D Energy we created a smoothie bowl but the process to do it was of course the same. After the ingredients from the pack were added to the blender we obtained a smoothie with a lovely red colour which smelled and tasted just so good!

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The PACK’D frozen smoothie kits are a very handy way to create tasty smoothies which contain healthy ingredients. They are fuelling your body and provide you with important nutrients. Apropos of nothing, you consume a good amount of fruit and vegetable easily. Thumbs up for PACK’D!

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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.

Acai, Berry and Coconut
Summer Smoothie Bowl

Summer has finally arrived in London which we are very happy about! To celebrate this, we want to share a super delicious recipe today. We proudly present – drum roll – the Acai-Blueberry-Coconut-Mango Summer Smoothie Bowl!

This smoothie bowl tastes like summer on a spoon. It refreshes you right in the morning (but you can of course also have it as an afternoon snack). The taste of the tropics will explode in your mouth as you take the first bite! Acai is a superfood, showing a lot of antioxidants. It will protect you of free radicals, which can lead to chronic diseases. In combination with fresh berries, a juicy mango and the creamy coconut you will experience a super yummy taste adventure. Additionally, this smoothie bowl is all vegan, dairy- and gluten-free!

 

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But enough talk now – let’s get into the recipe!

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 sachet of frozen acai
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 fresh mango
  • 1 cup of CHI coconut milk
  • 2 medjool dates or liquid sweetener (optional)

Ingredients for decoration:

Simply blend all the ingredients together until they are smooth. Decorate your bowl nicely and enjoy your summery breakfast!

 

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Fruit and Coconut
Ice Lollies

Ice lollies – who does not love them?!

We are all enjoying the sun and the heat these last days. Everyone is relaxing in the park or on a rooftop bar (have a look at the best ones you can find in London here).

The perfect get-together with friends is a picnic. But in this heat a picnic is only successful if you bring one special little thing – ice lollies! Everyone is happy to lick on one to cool down. We have a super easy recipe for you to see happy faces at your picnic. In no time you’ll have some healthy and hydrating ice lollies! The best thing is, that you only need two ingredients for this!

Pack the ice lollies, some snacks (for example the Giving Tree Snacks) and lots of other trifles to eat and enjoy it with your friends.

Ingredients:

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Method:

Simply slice your fruit and put them into ice moulds. Fill the moulds with CHI coconut water. Put them into the freezer for at least 6 hours, better overnight.

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The ice lollies are the easiest and fastest treat to make and they are so delicious! Enjoy!

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7 amazing rooftop bars and
beer gardens in London

To all Londoners out there – and those who are in London over the summer -, you better listen up! Summer is (finally) getting closer and this means that you should go outside as much as possible, enjoy the sun, so basically get tanned and meeting up with your friends for a fresh drink. As London is a really big town with plenty of different places to grab a drink, we would like to present you our personal selection of 8 amazing beer gardens and rooftop bars.

 

1) Netil 360

The perfect place to be on a warm summer evening, watching the sun slowly going down over the London skyline with some electro-pop beats playing in the background. Can you wish for anything else?

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2) Earl of Essex

This beer garden is basically the back garden of a craft beer pub and besides serving of course really good beer, you can also get some high quality ciders there. You can enjoy your drink in a really cozy atmosphere with picnic tables and surrounded by some ivy tendrils climbing up the brick walls.

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3) Queen of Hoxton

This rooftop bar located in the heart of Camden is a real hippie adventure. Artistically coloured chairs and picnic tables stand next to pink and yellow flowerpots. To sum up, a happy hippie paradise and if you have a look at their events, you can even find some open-air cinema sessions organised on the rooftop.

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4) Grand Union Brixton

You should totally check out this beer garden if you feel like going on a holiday just for one evening. In this bar you can sit in a beach cabana à la Ibiza while listening to some acoustic live music.

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5) Dalston Roof Park

This rooftop bar is not only perfect to chill and drink with your fellows, but also the place to be for special events just as amazing rooftop gigs that you can check out before going there.

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6) Garden Gate

Have you already been to Hampstead Heath? If you feel like being surrounded by nature and only nature after living day by day the urban London life, this area should definitely be on your “To-Go” list. You will feel las if you were in a completely new setting, far away from London, and at the same time it’s a really good spot for an amazing view over London. AND you can grab a cold beer at The Garden Gate – we just introduced you to the perfect plan for a day trip, right?

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7) Frank’s Cafe

Probably one of the biggest rooftop bars so far. And for all those who didn’t know: Peckham is one of the best places to go out in London! Some recent surveys even made Peckham to one of the areas in which many Londoners would like to live. So let’s start by at least grabbing a beer or a cocktail at Frank’s Café!

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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!

 

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!

Yummy!

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!

Workout
Motivation!

We found the best fitness classes for you to keep you from getting bored. Here are the craziest workouts in London.

British Military Fitness 

British Military Fitness classes take place in the great outdoors in parks throughout the UK. Every BMF class is different, caters for all fitness levels, and our military-trained instructors guarantee results. Participants will be challenged, motivated, and above all, have serious fun.

FloatFit 

The FloatFit HIIT class is a 30 minute workout including burpees, lunges, squats, aquaclimbers, v-sits…. all on water! This low impact, cross training class gives you a fun full body workout. 

Rave Aerobics

This is the one to go to if you can’t wait for the weekend to start: an explosion of energetic dance and rave moves to uplifting music with laser light show and glow sticks. 

Voga 

A fusion of Yoga and Voguing  combining  the breath synchronised moves of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class. This is for those who like the idea of yoga but want a cardio workout without losing the holistic benefits and focus. 

Hula Fit

Hooping is known to be a fantastic way to tone that troublesome tummy area, but there are many other benefits that can be gained from spinning the humble hoop, namely improved strength, coordination and calorie burning. 

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with Crowdcube!

 Today is your opportunity to own shares in your favourite coconut brand with Crowdcube!
Are you a lover of the most natural, organic and innovative health products on the market? Fancy getting more involved with one of the most innovative companies in the Coconut market? Keep reading…

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Chi is an FMCG brand selling a variety of raw and organic coconut based products globally. Stocked in 1,000’s of stores including Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods and Asda. With new products ready to be released, capital is required to facilitate this and further grow distribution.

– Over 1.5m products sold from its range last year
– Products are sold worldwide in thousands of stores
– The UK’s coconut water market is worth approximately £100m
– Chi are in talks with one of the UK’s leading soft drinks companies
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We look forward to welcoming you into the Chi family!

What’s on
in November

Bonfire Night

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Fireworks displays are happening all around London that are not to be missed! Check a full list here.

Ice Skating

Somerset House

 

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Natural History Museum

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Until 8th January

Canary Wharf

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4th November – 25th February

10am – 10pm

Eyeskate

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14th November – 3rd January

Art and Museum after hours

Tate Modern

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V&A Museum

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Natural History Museum

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Pop up bars

Pergola on the Roof 

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This pretty rooftop was a sell out over the summer and now its back ready for the cold!

Christmas Markets

You may think it’s pretty early to be thinking about Christmas festivities but December is only just round the corner. Why not get ahead of everyone and be in the know of the latest Christmas pop ups throughout the Winter season. No harm starting on the mulled wine now…

Southbank Winter Festival 

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11th November – 25th January

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX 

Indulge as much cider as you wish at the Rekorderlig Winter Lodge which also serves Scandinavian street food and winter drinks. There will be entertainment provided by Big Top pop-up from the UK’s leading circus company NoFit State. Expect to see immersive aerobatics and mind-blowing tricks in their promenade show ‘Winter Festival with NatWest‘.

Christmas in Leicester Square

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November 11th – January 8th

 ‘The ‘square’ in Leicester Square will be home to a grotto, traditional Christmas market and a vintage Spiegeltent – a velvety, wooden venue home to a stocked programme of Christmas shows brought to you from the Underbelly team, including Ursula Martinez, The English Gents, Hamish McCann’s pole act, Denis Lock’s bubble act and the world famous La Soirée circus.

Entry to Christmas in Leicester Square is free, but tickets must be bought for selected events, including Santa’s Grotto and La Soirée performances.

Spirit of Christmas Fair 

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31 October 2016 – 6 November 2016

Olympia Grand, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Although the biggest Christmas market in London, sadly the Spirit of Christmas Fair in Olympia is only open for 7 days. Self-acclaimed as ‘The Home of Christmas Shopping,’ this winter market has 750 independent boutiques and stalls for you to browse at your leisure in the smug knowledge that you could have all your Christmas presents bought by November.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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18th November – 2nd January

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with its transformation from a humble winter market to an entire world of Christmas, Winter Wonderland are introducing the Nutcracker on Ice and an enchanting Magical Ice Kingdom.

Free entry open from 10am-10pm.

 

Halloween
special

Whether you like it not, the end of the month always brings about excitement for children and adults alike, and not just because it is full of treats! This year Halloween has descended on us like the plague and before we jump straight in on the festivities… here is a quick update; of inspiration and ideas for 2016.

Fancy dress up

As well as your typical furry animals and zombie bride that remain a classic Halloween dress up, popular costumes this year may include…

Stranger things

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Pokemon GO

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There is no doubt you may see the odd Pokemon crawling about this Halloween; take your pick from the original 151! Apparently Pokemon mouths a.k.a Pokemouths are also a true thing… where you paint an entire Pokemon around your mouth!

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And even pokeballs get their moment of fame:

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Snapchat filters

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The rise of snapchat filters in 2016 has been enormous and now they happen to be universally popular for all ages…

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Drink up

Pumpkin flavours and red and orange coloured liquids are always a go-to when treating your guests to spooky drink. Here we have:

 

Blood orange margaritas 

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This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savoury.

INGREDIENTS

  • kosher salt
  • Crushed ice
  • ½ c. fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
  • Blood orange wedges (optional)
  1. Moisten rim of 2 margarita glasses and dip in kosher salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into glasses. Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.

Bloody Black Currant Punch 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ c. brandy
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 4 c. black currant nectar
  • 1½ c. cold seltzer
  1. Stir brandy and sugar in a large bowl. Add nectar; stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Punch can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add seltzer just before serving.

Dark and Stormies 

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INGREDIENTS

ICE CUBES:
  • 8 c. ginger beer
DRINK:
  • 8 c. ginger beer
  • 4 c. dark rum
  • ½ c. fresh lime juice
  • Thinly sliced lime
  1. To make ginger beer ice cubes: Pour 8 cups ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and freeze.
  2. Stir ginger beer, rum and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve in tall cocktail glasses with 3 or 4 ice cubes each; garnish with lime. Try Barritt’s Ginger Beer, available at sodapopstop.com, and Gosling’s rum.

Trick or Treat?

Who knew how much you could do to a plain old apple!

“Poison” Candy Apples

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Ingredients

  • 12 baby Granny Smith apples
  • 12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
  1. Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degrees F. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
  3. Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.

Caramel Apples 

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Ingredients

  • 12 crisp apples
  • 1⅓ c. dark corn syrup
  • 1⅓ c. granulated sugar
  • 1⅓ c. light brown sugar
  • 1⅓ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Line a baking pan with a generously oiled sheet of parchment paper. Push a candy apple stick into the core of each apple.
  2. Combine the syrup, sugars, heavy cream, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches 270 degrees F – about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and vanilla. Let cool for 6 to 8 minutes, until caramel thickens to a toffeelike consistency.
  3. Dip and gently swirl the apples into the caramel and place on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely.

Ghostly Coconut Covered Apples 

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Ingredients

  • 6 Fuji Apples
  • 10 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 4 c. shredded coconut
  1. Remove stems and skewer apples (see “Tricks for Sticks,” below).
  2. In a double boiler over low heat, melt white chocolate chips, stirring continuously.
  3. Dip an apple into the chocolate. Immediately dip the apple into a bowl of shredded coconut, rotating to coat evenly.
  4. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

London Pop up screenings

You will not be stuck with what to do in London on Halloween weekend!

Farmopolis 

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Watch the Little Shop of Horrors – a horror musical about a flesh eating plant than amid the flora and fauna of Farmopolis ~ October 28th, £15, North Greenwich

‘Nosferatu’ at the Royal Albert Hall

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The birthplace of horror cinema. This screening includes haunting live piano . ~ October 31st £16.50

 

 

Teen Horror Pyjama Party 

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Six great movies, 11 hours. A room full of strangers in their jim jams.

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More information here

The Cult of John Carpenter at the BFI

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From ‘Halloween’ to ‘The Thing’, the king of indie horror gets his own season at the BFI Southbank. For more information please see here

Win tickets to
OM Yoga Show

The OM Yoga show is taking place in London this month from 21st to 23rd October. Attracting yogi’s across the country, the weekend will be jam packed with yoga workshops and open yoga classes to take part in. Non stop activities will take place all day from 11am-8pm and there will be delicious food and drink to keep you energised throughout the day!

***COMPETITION TIME***

For a chance to WIN this fantastic prize for you and two of your friends, please like our social media pages (see our links below) and tag two of your friends who you would like to join you.

Facebook: Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water

Instagram: @Chicoconutwater

Twitter: @chicocowater

Competition ends on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

T&C’s:
Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and winners selected at random. The winners will be contacted via social media, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

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September
motivation

As Autumn comes in with September, a nostalgic feeling of going back to school brings about a renewed motivational urge to ‘start afresh‘. For most, this may mean getting back into shape, becoming fit or eating more healthily (perhaps all of the above). These feelings are commonly universal to those who want to redeem themselves after a Summer binge of gelato and rose. Therefore, an Autumn detox is more or less necessary to help prevent the accumulation of extra ‘baggage’  i.e. a comfortable layer of insulation for those Winter months.

Chi explores some ways to keep motivated with health and fitness on track…

Eat clean with a designer lunchbox

Make lunches more exciting with Yumbox who are all about eating a balanced and healthy meal. A range of colourful but practical lunch boxes for adults and kids allows you to balance and portion your meal with separate compartments for your main meal, side salad and fruit. What’s more, using a lunch box reduces plastic waste and the leak proof lid means no nasty surprises in your bag!

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Go refined sugar free 

Satisfy your sweet tooth through other ways. Try recipe books such as:

Deliciously Ella 

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Sensationally Sugar Free: Delicious Sugar-Free Recipes for Healthier Eating Every Day 

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The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger

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Treat yourself to some new trainers

Did you know that you should change your work out trainers every 6 months? (on average). If you are running, trainer experts at Asics recommend that trainers should be changed every 450 – 550 miles. Although this may be difficult to calculate with other work out sports which are not as high impact,  signs of wear and tear other than looking at the underside should be noted. This may be:

  • If the midsole shows excessive horizontal creasing or wear on the areas that absorb the most load – the heel and the ball of the foot
  • Try out the ‘press test’ – where you press on the outsole of the shoe and inspect for compression. If the outsole gives very little, that means that the material is highly compressed and is not giving any support to your feet at all.

 

Running 

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For men 

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Work out

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For men

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Gym anywhere with ClassPass

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Now there is no excuse to say that your gym is too far away from your home, or your work place. Class pass allows you to go to any class that you wish around the world! Tried and tested… and highly recommended; from boxing to yoga to pilates. The range and variety of classes can maintain motivation to stay fit and healthy. As well s this, the flexibility of ClassPass means that you can book into a nearby gym class at the very last minute (provided the class is not fully booked).

Two membership options are either a base plan of 5 classes per month or an unlimited pass.

Set a goal

Having a fitness goal to work towards immediately motivates you to train hard in order to achieve the end goal. Therefore, setting yourself a challenge out of your comfort zone, and one that you would not usually consider, may inspire mental and physical motivation. Here are a couple events in the UK that may tickle your fancy:

Bath half marathon

Sunday 12th March 2017

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Sign up here 

London marathon

Sunday 23rd April 2017

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Sign up here 

Tough Mudder 

Established in 2010, with more than 200 events in the UK and attracting over 2.5 million participants, Tough Mudder is globally renowned as a challenging obstacle race for those who want a little more adrenaline and excitement than a marathon.

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Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course (20+ obstacles) taking you out of your comfort zone and challenging your physical strength, stamina and mental grit. There are no podiums, winners or clocks to race against, its not about how fast you can finish the race but rather a challenge that emphasis teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.

There are a series of various events other than the original Tough Mudder (10-12k) to suit different preferences:

  • Tough Mudder half: test your physical skills first with this shorter 5 mile obstacle course before tackling the Tough Mudder
  • Toughest Mudder: 8 hour obstacle course between midnight – 8am
  • World’s Toughest Mudder: need to have qualified through the Toughest Mudder as this is an extreme 24 hour obstacle course challenge
  • Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder: for kids!

See event locations here 

Men’s health survival of the fittest

Choose between endurance races or adventure runs! For both men and women, solo or in a team!

Enter here

 

Competition time! Win 2 tickets
to a preview screening…

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With the upcoming release of Captain Fantastic on the 9th September, Chi invites you to have a chance of winning tickets to a preview screening of the film on 7th September 2016.

“Captain Fantastic,” written and directed by “Silicon Valley”‘s Matt Ross, presents a family who have retreated from the world into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. They are off the grid. They hunt for food. They are self-reliant. It’s “Swiss Family Robinson,” or that 1970s series of films about “The Wilderness Family.” Fresh air. No consumerism. No materialism.

 

PRIZE

Win 2 tickets to attend the exclusive screening of Captain Fantastic Wednesday 7th September at 7pm, Central London location.

HOW TO ENTER?

It’s quick and easy to enter our competition, all you need to do is:

1. Share the competition post on Chi Facebook

OR

2. Retweet the competition post on Chi Twitter

DEADLINE

This competition will run from Friday 26th August until Friday 2nd September 2pm.

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A story of love and extremes, the pleasurably freewheeling Captain Fantastic centers on a family that has found its bliss in splendid, unplugged isolation” – The New York Times 

 Have a sneaky peek of the trailer here.

 

Terms and Condition’s:
The prize is a pair of tickets to attend the celebrity screening of @CaptainFantastic on 7th September in London. This prize is non-refundable 
The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents & over 18 only.
Coconut inspiration
from Brazil

With the excitement of the Rio Olympics now a distant dream, we now reflect and put a spotlight on Brazil’s tropical and hearty cuisine. The idea of Brazil conjures up the dreamy picture of palm trees, sandy beaches and nothing other than coconuts! And so when visiting Rio, it is difficult to ignore the abundance of fresh coconuts, whether sunbathing on Ipanema beach or being a tourist high up at Christ the Redeemer. No wonder coconuts in all its forms feature in some of Brazil’s most iconic traditional dishes and drinks!

The coconut palm in Sanskrit is known as kappa vrisksha, translated as: ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living‘. This is somewhat true in the fact that almost all parts of the coconut can be used in one way or another; the water, milk, flesh, sugar, oil and even the husks and leaves!

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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

 

 

 

 

 

What to do
in August 2016

If you find yourself one of the few who are not away on a tropical island sipping on a fresh coconut, here is some inspiration of some events and activities to get stuck into (some are even free!)

N.B: featuring a fair few rooftops!

Culture

 

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What: Enjoy more than just great music at the classy Wilderness Festival
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
When: 4th-7th August
Last tickets available here. (General camping adult £177 + booking fee)

There is definitely something for everyone to love at the Wilderness from the eclectic mix of exclusive live headliners (Robert Plant and the Flaming lips) and DJs; culinary goodness by the likes of Duck and Waffle; wellbeing curated by Honestly Healthy and Deliciously Ella (imagine yoga on a paddle board and an sweating in a forest); outdoor ventures in fly fishing and wild swimming; a kids corner; space for jiving and capoeira dance; the Wilderness playhouse showcasing New York’s finest comedy and cabaret, plus much much more… Well what an extraordinary weekend in the country!

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What: Rooftop film clubs
Where: Tobacco Dock, Bussey Building, Roof East, Queen of Hoxton
When: Films running throughout August

Films ranging from recent releases such as The Big Short to classics such as The Beach, the choice is yours. Please see here for available shows.

 

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What: Open air cinema by Film4 Summer Screen
Where: Somerset House
When: 4th -17th August

All you need to bring is a picnic, some wine and a blanket! Ideal on a summer’s evening. Please see available shows here.

 

Wellbeing

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What: Voga, a hybrid of yoga and dance
Where: Kings Cross, Haggerston, Coq D’argent
When: 6th, 20th and 14th & 28th August

Try a new way to keep fit! Pop up events running throughout London. Tickets available at Yplan

 

If it’s especially sunny…

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What: Camden Beach
Where: On the roof of Roundhouse
When: Until 29th August
FREE

A patch of sand on a rooftop, what more could you want?

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What: Beach East
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
When: Until 29th August
FREE

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What: Splash Fest
Where: Battersea Park
When: August 7th
£22 booking in advance

Five water themed zones, slides and much more!

Not for the faint hearted

 

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What: Monkey around on the flying trapeze with the Gorilla circus
Where: Kensington Roof Gardens

For those who wanted to join the circus when they were a kid but never got round to. Suitable for all levels! Bookings here.

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What: ArcelorMittal Orbit
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Bringing a little bit of Thorpe Park to London; a 40 second ride down the world’s highest (178m) and longest tunnel slide!
Book tickets here 

Hungry and thirsty?

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What: Feast at Wray’s Jerk Fest Pop Up
Where: The Bussey Building, Peckham Rye
When: 6th August 2-11pm
FREE entrance!
Brought to you by Wray & Nephew Rum; experience true Jamaican culture; featuring a graffiti mural, 9 live DJs, and Jerk by Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s

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What: Wine & dine at Pergola on the Roof
Where: Television Centre, Shepherds Bush
When: Until 29th August
For bed and table bookings please see here  (also sign up for one cheeky free drink)
Featuring special menus provided by Patty & Bun, Salt Yard, Rabbit and LeCoq

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What:  An evening of cocktails
Where: The Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch
When: 5th August – 17th September

The Garden Variety Bar is hosting a series of evenings featuring cocktails inspired by the museum’s period gardens. Special creations by Background Bars, Sweetdram and Gimlet Bar.

Book tickets here. 

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What: Sip cocktails with Sipsmith
Where: Craft London, North Greenwich
When: August 3rd – September 20th

Become your own bartender with masterclasses hosted by Sipsmith for FREE! For more details please see here.

 

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What: The Foodies Festival
Where: Alexandra Palace
When: 27th-29th August

Calling all foodies! Expect to feast on sweet and savoury foods all day from BBQ food to street food to pop up restaurants. A variety of bars and drink tents will quench your thirst and there is the opportunity to get merry with the wine, champagne and craft beer masterclasses! Feeling competitive? Join in on the chilli eating competition! Plenty of fun and games for kids and live music playing throughout the day. All in all, a fun day our for all the family.

Tickets available here .

 

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What: BBC Good Food Festival
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When: 27th-29th August

The ultimate food festival where there is the chance to explore and shop a range of artisan producers, interviews with renowned chefs, live music and family entertainment all day round. Tickets on sale online here as well as on the door.

London’s Hottest
Exercise Classes

Exercise becomes more central to most people’s weekly routines as summer approaches and the thought of wearing a floaty dress or a bikini becomes a reality! Having said this, the May to September period is quite a long stretch meaning that even the biggest fitness fanatics can become demotivated. In order to avoid this problem, we’ve researched the hottest exercise classes around the city that will guarantee that you break a sweat while holding your interest so that you can stay on track to achieving an awesome summer body.

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

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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

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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

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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

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For those of you who fancy something slightly less extreme but that will still have results, try yoga, pilates or barre classes at TriYoga. These classes offer gentle toning but also focus more on mental strength and wellbeing more than the others. If you fancy this approach but want to try something that is still going to push you, why not have a go at their hot yoga which is slightly more difficult than the standard options. TriYoga has many locations in London such as Camden, Chelsea, Covent Garden and Soho meaning that it is convenient for most people across the city.Visit their website here.

Chi’s Summer Coconut
Cocktail Ideas

Welcome the summer with open arms, a pair of sunnies and a coconut cocktail! Chi brings to you our favourite coconut cocktail recipes! Summer is great time  to get creative with your cocktails, why not try these great summer drinks to share with your friends and family!

1.) Coconut Mojito

Kick off your summer with a summery cocktail like this coconut mojito recipe! Click here!

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2.) Vanilla Pear Coconut Cooler

We think summer is even better when you have a drink in hand. Why not try this delightful vanilla pear and coconut cooler? click here for the recipe!

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3.) Coconut Lime Coolers

This coconut lime cooler looks great to cool down for summer! Check out the full recipe here!

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4.) Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas

Sit by the pool side or dive into summer with this funky fresh fruity cocktail recipe! This is so perfect for the warm weather! To make this drink extra special you can use Chi’s Tropical Fruits coconut water!

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5.) Coconut Pineapple  Cocktail

This drink will surely leave you feeling ready to take on the summer! so kick back and chin up with this Caribbean inspired coconutty cocktail!

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6.) Mango Coconut Margarita

This frozen mango coconut margarita looks absolutely delicious! You can use Chi’s coconut milk and coconut water for this recipe! If you are feeling extra creative you can use Chi’s Mango coconut water! Click here for the full recipe!

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Brighten Your Smile With
Coconut Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is a strange concept that has recently garnered fame within the 902010 neighbourhood and around town. You may be wondering why one would chose to start the morning on an empty stomach and a mouthful of oil. Oil pulling has origins in one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic health practice that values universal  interconnectedness of the relationships of the individual and the environment amongst other factors such as body constitution. Oil pulling as a  has a myriad of health benefits from preventing cavities and build up of bacteria, relieving headache pain, as well as detoxing the body. We here at Chi believe it would be of further benefit if we were to combine the benefits oil pulling with the multiple benefits of our dear coconut so you can experience the all benefits of oil pulling and more! Close-up of coconut oil on the wooden spoon. Beauty and cuisine.   The uses and benefits of our favourite drupe are abundant! From cooking and baking with coconut oil, rehydrating and replacing electrolytes with coconut water and as an all natural cold sore treatment. Coconut oil has also been said to balance hormones, reduce inflammation and fight Candida! With the glory of coconut oil right at our fingertips we have decided to bring out our very own Chi White oil pulling product! Additionally,  coconut oil pulling has been used as an effective all natural teeth whitening treatment. Save yourself the harsh chemical treatment and bleaching of standard teeth whitening and oil pull using coconut oil! Part of what makes Coconut oil so great for oil pulling and as well health overall, is its high content of Lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to fend off Streptococcus  Mutans. This is the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. Additionally, the structure of Lauric acid is very easily absorbed by the body so we can experience all the bacteria inhibiting benefits just by oil pulling!Mint Chi White provides a 100% organic alternative to brighten day and pearly whites with a refreshing twist. Chi White is infused with organic peppermint essential oil. Essential oils have a whole host of benefits related to health and wellness. Essential oils have also been used to alleviate nausea, stress and anxiety, help with depression and as a successful sleeping aid.  Studies have shown athletes that sniff peppermint oil have increased energy and alertness as well as better athletic performance. Additionally, the taste of mint can help curb appetite and provide a fresh start to the day. Refresh your day and you refresh your breath when you oil pull with Chi White’s 100% organic mint infused coconut oil!

Rise and shine everyday with coconut and mint!

Find us at Planet Organic online or in stores, start your Chi White experience now!

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5 Cool ways to go
coconuts with Chi this summer

As the temperature rises here in the UK we all want something refreshing to ease us into the summer heat. We here at Chi bring to you 5 creative and coconutty ideas to use your Chi and chill out this season.

1.) Summer Coconut Popsicles

Beat the heat with these 100% natural homemade coconut water popsicles! Add in some fresh fruit to get a serving of your five a day. Stick your popsicles in the freezer, wait 8 hours or overnight and enjoy your frozen lolly. Check out the recipe here.

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Coconut Water and Mixed Berry Popsicles

2.) Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream

What better way to cool down this summer than this decadent looking Coconut raspberry ice cream! This DIY frozen treat is delicious, free from dairy, refined sugars and vegan friendly! Get the recipe here.

3.) Watermelon Coconut Summer Slushie

Skip the artificial colours and flavours and added sugars and chill out with this healthy DIY Watermelon Coconut slushie cooler. Full recipe here.

 

4.) Coconut Acai Bowl

Use coconut milk in your next acai bowl for a coconutty spin! You could also step up your topping game with some added coconut flakes or fresh berries for an added fibre and antioxidant boost! To get the recipe click here.

 

5.) Maple Iced Coconut Coffee

Kick start your morning and get your daily caffeine fix with this chilled Maple Coconut Coffee. The maple twist in your morning coffee will surely be a sweet start to your morning. Full recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Eat Right Cafe Pop
Up Sunday 5th June

The Just Eat Right Cafe is a healthy eating cafe focused on providing you with the right combination of foods to achieve that healthy balance when it comes to nutrition. All of their dishes are based around vegan and vegetarian food, but they still cater for you meat eaters with an organic range of fish and chicken to add to your dish if you want!

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The cafe’s first pop up event is on Sunday 5th June 2016. Come down and kickstart your summer at Cargo in Shoreditch for a day filled with healthy eating, music, fitness classes and much more. Imagine a relaxed BBQ vibe but with only healthy, guilt-free food. Chi products will be available all day at the popup, so if you fancy nourishing your body with our products and some healthy food then come down to the Just Eat Right Cafe this weekend!

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On the day you will be able to try the cafe’s very first menu of healthy food options. In addition, there will be 7 fitness classes on offer including yoga, tabata, boxing, HiiT training and zumba. The classes will be conducted in a fun night club style setting for you to enjoy and will be taught by qualified fitness instructors. To gain entry to the class you will need to get a ticket for each individual class of your choice. If your name is not on the class list you will not get into the session, so choose your class and get your ticket in advance to take part in the fun!

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Click here if you are interested in buying tickets for this exciting event. Please note that Cargo does not allow anyone under the age of 18 into the venue so please bring your ID to avoid disappointment on the day. The event will be held from 11am to 6pm. We can’t wait to see you all there!

Yoga goes underground this June
with Good Yoga Life

Good Yoga Life is taking over one of London’s busiest tube stations for a week of classes and events with some of London’s top yoga and wellbeing experts. The week-long event in Old Street Station aims to positively interrupt the daily commute and offers commuters some much needed zen. Chi products will be available at the event all week so if you fancy nourishing your body with our products while taking part in some relaxing yoga practice, Old Street Station is the place to be!

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Shoreditch commuters will join wellbeing experts such as Annie Clarke (Mind Body Bowl), Julie Montagu (The Flexi Foodie), Jody Shield (Life Tonic), Adam Husler (Boys of Yoga), Cat Meffan (Adidas), Marcus Veda (Yotopia), Emily-Clare Hill (Lululemon), Steffy White (Soho House & instructor to Deliciously Ella), Addictive Daughter & many more as part of a week-long takeover from 20th-26th June. The event also includes London’s first ever 12 hour Yoga-Relay, which will see up to 400 people raise money for homelessness charity Shelter on Saturday 25th June.

 julie montague good yoga life event Julie Montagu- ‘The Flexi Foodie’

70,000 commuters pass through Old Street Station every day who are tired, stressed and not at all present. Research shows that we’re one of the most affected European cities when it comes to transport disruption and as a result mental wellbeing is affected severely. Last year a survey of more than 5500 commuters in London, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid and Paris found that some rate the worry and strain of the commute to work on a par with a relationship breakdown – and often worse than the job itself! This week-long takeover offers a real opportunity to alleviate the stress of daily London commuting and get more people involved in yoga.

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now for the opportunity to break up your stressful commute and rehydrate with Chi at the Good Yoga Life Old Street Takeover. The link for tickets can be found by clicking here.

 

The Launch of Chi
White Oil Pulling!

Recently Chi has expanded its product range! We’ve just launched Chi White, an organic coconut oil pulling system. We’re one of the only organic ranges on the market. You can currently receive an introductory discount of 10% when you enter ‘Intro10%’ at the checkout, so head over to Chi White website to enjoy!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Before and after using Chi White for just 2 weeks!

‘Low fat’ products could be the
cause of Britain’s obesity crisis

A headline aired on LBC Radio Station this morning has suggested that the cause of Britain’s obesity problem could be that we have received incorrect dietary advice for decades. The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration have produced a report stating that the nation’s beliefs concerning what makes a healthy diet are false. Although it has been assumed that low-fat diets are the key to good health, now commentators claim that fats are essential to a balanced lifestyle and do not encourage weight gain. High fat foods such as avocados are in fact beneficial, while the real culprits are processed foods labeled as ‘low fat’ that often contain hidden sugars to compensate in taste for removed fat.

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Dr. Aseem Malhotra, founding member of the Public Health Collaboration, claimed that guidelines promoting low fat products are ‘perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history resulting in devastating consequences for public health’. Instead, he promotes the consumption of fats ‘to get slim’. Indeed, the BBC documentary aired in 2015 titled ‘The Truth About Sugar’ explored the great extent to which sugar is hidden in processed foods such as low fat ready meals. The show followed the journey of four volunteers who slashed their sugar intake in a bid to lose weight. The results were impressive: 3 of the volunteers lost almost a stone each.

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Fiona Phillips, presenter of BBC Documentary ‘The Truth About Sugar’, highlights hidden sugar in ‘low fat’ products

Similarly, recently celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched his ‘war on sugar’ through his campaign aiming to underline sugar as the leading contributor to health problems in the UK owing to its persistent presence in supposedly healthy options in supermarkets. He has shown great support for George Osborne’s agenda to introduce a tax on sugar to reduce obesity that is to be implemented in 2018.

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Jamie Oliver tackles the UK’s obesity problem

Instead of choosing products branded as ‘low fat’ or ’low cholesterol’, it seems that the way forward is a balanced diet free of added sugars and enriched with whole foods including those high in healthy fats.

National Vegetarian
Week!

This week is all about celebrating our  delicious Veggies. So let’s make some tasty vegetarian meals that will make you forget about meat. We’ve selected our top 4 favourite vegetarian and vegan bloggers to find inspiration. If you are a vegetarian or just don’t feel like eating meat, you will love these blogs.

 

1. Deliciously Ella

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Ella started her blog 4 years ago after having been diagnosed Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. This illness had a devastating  effect on her life so side she decided to ton on plant-based diet and gave up all meat, dairy, sugar, wheat, anything processed and all chemicals and additives, which was a pretty drastic change. Eating this way has allowed her to take control of her illness, stopping the constant pain, restoring her energy and giving her life back again.

 

2. Madeleine Shaw

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‘My food philosophy is all about enlivening the hottest, happiest and healthiest you. It’s about keeping things simple and delicious so you don’t feel bored or deprived. Food is the most powerful drug; it informs not just how we look but how we feel and think too. My philosophy stems from my desire to educate people about this – and to show how healthy food can be delicious, nutritious, affordable and simple to make.’

 

3. Naturally Sassy

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‘The Naturally Sassy philosophy is all about embracing food the way nature made it – completely unrefined and unprocessed. In a nutshell, it is about cooking meals that are packed with nutrients and completely delicious. It is a simple way of eating that creates the flavours you love, naturally. It is not about depriving yourself and allows you to cook indulgent, healthy meals that taste incredible and make you feel great in body and mind.’

4. Hemsley Hemsley 

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‘We’re Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, home cooks and food lovers with a passion for wellness and delicious, nutrient-dense food. Our cooking is all about creating natural, satisfying and easy to digest meals that make you feel vibrant, strong and healthy; recipes that are full of flavour and goodness and free from gluten, grains and refined sugar. We believe in the nourishing power of real food and that eating well can be easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone.’

Monday smoothie
recipe

Monday is the hardest day of the week, everybody feels tired and lazy. Don’t worry, it’s the Monday illness!  All you need is to refuel  your body with a refreshing smoothie full of vitamins. We have great recipes from our most talented bloggers.

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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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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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My Healthy
sandwich!

When you think of sandwiches, you think of the really fatty sandwiches that are full of nasties. But sandwiches can be a great and quick lunch to grab when you are on the rush. Instead of buying one, let’s make our sandwich full of goodness to keep us full until dinner. Save time by making it the night before or even during weekends, have a look at our recipes! They are easy and healthy.

Green Sandwich

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The Bonjon Gourmet

 We all love a green smoothie so why not a green sandwich. Recipe here.

Californian Rainbow Sandwich 

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Half Baked Harvest

You know when your meal is healthy when it’s full of colours. Recipe here.

Roasted red pepper hummus, avocado and feta

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Two Peas & Their pod

Hummus and avocado will make your sandwich incredible tasty. Recipe here.

Avocado and kale salad 

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Food52

Make your favourite salad and put everything into the bread. Recipe here.

 

Spicy carrot 

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The simple Veganista

Crunchy sandwich! Recipe here.

Chickpea & Sunflower 

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Minimalist Baker

Energy bite on the go, recipe here.

What’s better than drinking Chi raw coconut water along a side with these yummy sandwiches…

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.

 

Chia
Puddings

Bored of your porridge? Let’s try some Chia puddings to shake up your mornings! Chia seeds and coconut milk make a great combination high in omega 3, antioxidant and fibre. This breakfast will fill you up until lunch time and you’ll save time, all you need to do is to mix together the ingredients the night before and in the morning just add your favourite toppings!

Coconut Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Coconut chips or coconut flakes

Blueberries or blackberry

Goji Berries

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

Chocolate Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi Chocolate coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Banana

Chia seeds

Flax seeds

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, chocolate coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

Fruity Chia pudding

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Ingredients

250 ml Chi Raw coconut water

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

All fruits that you like

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, raw coconut water and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

Mango Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Mango

Almond

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

 

#Make Baobab Famous –
Our favourite recipes!

Have you ever heard of Baobab? It’s an African superfruit that dries on the branch.

It contains a rich source of Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. Aduna is the brand that is introducing this yummy fruit to us, we have completely fallen in love with it!

If you need a fruity kick in your smoothie or porridge, Baobab is the perfect fruit.

At Chi HQ we have made some easy recipes for you to try, you can’t go wrong with this new fruity powder that has a delicious sweet, citrus flavour.

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

 

Treat yourself with
Chi Spring Desserts

Spring is finally here, so what better way to celebrate than ‘indulging’ in some of your all time favourite Spring desserts with Chi.

Here are our top 3 favourite CHI Spring dessert recipes – treat yourself, they’re pretty much guilt free!

1. Coconut Lemon Pancakes

Ingredients
200g plain flour
60g sweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
360ml chi coconut milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice from one lemon
2 tablespoons chi coconut oil, melted
1 large egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts for serving, fresh strawberries/blueberries (optional)

Coconut syrup or maple syrup for serving

Method

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, coconut flakes, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Stir and make a well in the center of flour mixture.  Add in milk, lemon juice, butter, egg and lemon zest.

Stir together until blended. Next, add coconut oil to frying pan and pour 4 large tablespoons of mixture when hot, cook until golden on each side turning once.

Serve with coconut syrup/maple syrup and your favourite berries and nuts!

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2. Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

200ml full fat coconut milk
80ml chi coconut water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, using a hand whisk mix until combined.

Cover with plastic wrap or a cover of some sort and let sit overnight.
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3.  Raw, Oil Free, Coconut-Lime Tartlet

 Makes 2 medium tarts

Crust

100g shredded coconut, dried & unsweetened, double sifted (or use a mixture of both coconut and almond flour)

2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or date syrup

2 Tbsp of water (or more if needed, to make it stick together)

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp chi coconut oil

Filling

Coconut meat from 1 brown coconut

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp maple or date syrup

1 tbsp coconut sugar  / stevia

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Zest from 1 lime

Chi Coconut water as needed

Coconut cream and dehydrated lime wedges for decorating

Method

Prepare the crusts one day before. Simply mix all the ingredients in a big bowl, starting with the flour and then add all the wet ingredients. We used coconut water, but if you want you can also use chi coconut oil. Until your dough is sticky. Put in tartlet molds covered with plastic and bake in oven at 100C for 25-30 minutes until crisp and firm

For the filling simply blend all the ingredients until very smooth. Add coconut water as needed, essentially keep adding until desired, smooth consistency is achieved.

Put filling over tartlets and chill for 3-4 hours before serving. You can serve with dehydrated lime wedges.

Enjoy!

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Spring is here.. what
to do in April!

April, the month of spring, blossom, Easter and hopefully lacking April showers!

Here are out favourite events for this month that cater to all ages and backgrounds and aiming  keep you as busy as a bee!

First of all, you can’t beat the best April / Easter food..

Food

  • Urban Food Fest

A Shoreditch car park is transfored into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.

While many of us will spend the Easter weekend up to our eyes in brightly coloured foil wrappers devouring chocolate eggs like our life depended on it, those with less of a sweet tooth might prefer to celebrate with a savoury snack, and what better way than with a Scotch egg?

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Kensington Place has created a twist on a Scotch egg, which will be served throughout the Easter break featuring smoked bacon and apple.

  • Hawker House

    Following last year’s fun-packed Winter in Dalston, Street Feast’s indoor night market Hawker House is moving to a warehouse in Canada Water for two levels of street food, bars and their now-famous whisky roulette. New for this year is Neil Rankin’s Meat Hook, a three-metre whole-animal grill that’ll cook up Argentine-style meats to be served with shoestring fries and chimichurri.

    Canada Street , Rotherhithe Friday March 25 2016 – Sunday May 1 2016
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Drink

  • Easter cocktails at Duck and Waffle, meaning a trio of Easter-themed cocktails on pour at Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower for one week only from Friday 25 March. Aimed at chocoholics keen for a liquid cocoa fix, the Nutella Negroni twists on the Italian classic via Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, vermouth and a Nutella infusion.

Also in line-up are shots of coffee-washed Bacardi superior, hay-infused white chocolate and black truffle served in hollowed out duck eggs; and the Beetroot & Chocolate Royalé, a sweet-savoury twist on a Kir Royale featuring beet and cacao liqueur topped with Champagne. All three cost £14.

ABQ Pop Up

If you’ve ever watched Breaking Bad, then you’ll know exactly why this pop up bar is letting you make cocktails with a chemistry set inside an RV.

Popping up until April, ABQ will put you inside a set of Walter White’s iconic yellow overalls and a gas mask, then let you mix three insane cocktails, including the Tripping (which changes flavour as you drink it) and a smoking martini (using whatever base spirit you choose to bring with you).

Details: Now – April | Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JE | £25pp, walk-ins welcome

  • London Coffee Festival

Returning for 2016, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.

  • Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar

The roof of Selfridges has been transformed into an autumnal woodland for this wintry pop-up thats here until the end of April!

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday April 29 2016

Activities

Relive happy (or traumatic) memories of sports day at riverside restaurant Le Pont de La Tour this Easter, which will be hosting an egg and spoon race along Butler’s Wharf. Also taking part in the race are Cantina del Ponte, Butler’s Wharf Chop House and the Blueprint Café.

The races begin at Cantina del Ponte with a 2pm start time for children and 2.15pm time for adults. Prizes galore await for the winners. Both Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina del Ponte have created Easter-themed menus running throughout the weekend including roast spring lamb and Easter cake.

The London Marathon – 24th April

With its throngs of cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers, the London Marathon is our very own world-famous running race. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April.

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Feast of St George

There’s a special Shakespearean theme to the Mayor of London’s party in honour of St George this year. St George’s Day started out in the thirteenth century as a national day of feasting, so look out for the live demos from leading London chefs as well as an English farmer’s market and banqueting area.

Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Saturday April 23 2016
St Patrick’s Day
Irish Recipes!

So it’s St Patrick’s Day this Thursday the 17th March..this is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.

Most commonly related with the green clover, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, leprechauns, guiness and irish dancing!

Here are our top Chi Paddy’s Day recipes, incorporating the Irish with a little bit of Chi too!

Irish Green Juice

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Ingredients

Method

Whiz up in a blender! Enjoy

Irish soda bread (Makes 1 loaf)

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Ingredients

  • 250g (8oz) plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 250g (8oz) wholemeal flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 25g chi coconut oil
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 284ml pot buttermilk

Method

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/Fan 180°C. Tip the flours, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Then use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed. Stir in the sugar.

2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until you get a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 min until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.

3. Place on a lightly dusted baking sheet. Dust with a little plain flour if you like. Use a large sharp knife to cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’.

4. Bake in the oven for 35 – 40mins until well-risen and browned. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool.

Irish soda bread makes a great side dish for those warming stews, delicious sandwiches and also a great breakfast with plenty of peanut butter!

Matcha Green Tea Cookies – The perfectly healthy and perfectly suited colour for St Paddy’s Day celebrations

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Ingredients

  • 100 g chi coconut oil
  • 50 g coconut sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 1 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 tspBaking Soda
  • 50 g coarsely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips

Method

Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180C, Sift flour, green tea, and baking soda together.

Microwave butter until it’s melted. Combine the sugar and butter together. Add the egg and salt, then mix.

Combine all powder ingredients with a spatula. Add the white chocolate.

Drop cookie dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto the parchment paper. Leave a space between each piece of dough.

Bake 6 to 8 min. Don’t over bake!

ST PADS 

 

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.

Mother’s Day
Gift ideas

This Sunday (6th March) is Mother’s day, it’s the day to celebrate the wonderful woman who has given you so much. Show her how much you care by finding her a lovely gift to make her happy. If you are still wondering what to give to her this Sunday, we have some great ideas for you. Here are some ideas to make this day awesome:

  Make her a breakfast

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Try to wake up earlier and surprise her with a yummy and healthy breakfast or a brunch.

Check out more recipes on our blog:

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

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/festive-breakfast-recipes/

Workout Session

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Get her a yoga or Pilates sessions to make her feel relaxed. This gift is perfect if she’s a yoga addict or it’s a good way to introduce her to a new activity.

Spa day

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What a joy to spend your time with your Mum at the spa, she will enjoy it and you as well.

Dinner out

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Bring her to her favourite restaurant, she will be please to share good food with her children.

Bake for her

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Make her a treat, she deserves it!

 Jewellery for your jewel

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It’s always nice to receive jewellery, we never get tired of jewellery!

Healthy Hamper

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Make your own hamper with all the product that she likes, she will love it. You just need to pop up to Wholefoods to get all the healthy products!

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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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

Uganda Clean drinking
water project!

We are so delighted to announce that our 6th clean drinking water project is complete! The Bukemba 3 community now has immediate access to clean drinking water changing the lives of 345 people.

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“My village has had a big problem with water for a very long time. Our source of water has been a pond that has been drying up some times during the dry seasons leaving us with no water. This meant that we had to walk to the nearby community to get water from a swamp. We had to walk to close to 3 kilometers to and from. I used to spend a lot of time looking for water, yet I also had to do chores at home. This greatly affected my performance at school because I didn’t have enough time to read and revise.

But thanks to Chi Coconut Water which has answered our prayers by constructing a clean water source for us through Drop 4 Drop. Am very excited that my village has clean water now. I longer spend a lot of time looking for water, this water burden was dealt with and now I have time to do other home chores and read my books. I believe my performance at school will greatly impove.”

Namuli Shamim, 9 years old from Bukemba 3.

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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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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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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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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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. 

Rhitrition’s Clean
Porridge

We are  lucky to have an amazing nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert aka Rhitrition at Chi HQ. She’s  offering  dietary advice on how to live a healthy & happy lifestyle and how to eat well, check out her website here

In this article we gathered the best porridges from Rhitrition to kickstart your mornings! Porridge is packed full of nutrients, especially if you mix the oats with some superfoodsIt takes less than 5 minutes to make these recipes, perfect when you are in a rush!

  Green Porridge

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barley grass

oats

chia seeds

Chi coconut milk

peanut butter

ginger

Cacao Porridge 

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oats

Chi coconut milk

cacao nibs

protein powder

 Protein Porridge

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Chi Coconut milk

protein powder

Chia Seed Porridge

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oats

Chi coconut oil

barley grass

chia seeds

 Almond Porridge

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protein powder

oats

almond milk

Chi coconut oil

chia seeds

 Peanut Butter Porridge

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oats

chia seeds

peanut butter

Chi coconut milk 

 Chocolate Porridge

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cacao

Chi chocolate coconut milk

oats

chia seeds  

 Coco Porridge

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Chi coconut milk

chia seeds

coyo yogurt 

Gluten
free

In the last few years the awareness of the negative health effect of gluten has increased. You might have seen a lot people  on gluten free diet. Don’t worry if you are little bit lost? First let’s understand what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in several types of grains such as wheat, spelt, rye and barley. When flour is mixed with water, you obtain a sticky glue linked that gives elasticity to the dough. This sticky glue is the gluten! So now let’s see how bad it is to eat gluten.

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Why should we go gluten free?

There are some studies  showing that even the individuals without celiac disease or diagnosed gluten sensitivity have adverse reactions to gluten. The gluten can occur  some digestive pain, bloating, stool inconsistency and fatigue. Also they are many people who believe that gluten may be addictive, whet is one of the most addictive foods after sugar.

The health benefits to go gluten free are: 

  • Improved digestion and digestive function – a crucial aspect of effective weight loss is a healthy & efficient digestive system.
  • Excess fluid loss, and weight loss
  • Increased energy
  • Better bowel function and elimination
  • Improved mental function and better mood
  • Less cravings

How should we go gluten free?

Now you know why you should exclude the gluten from your diet, it’s time to see what you can eat. All the foods from grains are appropriate for a gluten free diet:

  • Corn in all forms
  • Plain rice in all forms
  • Amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, cassava, flax, millet, quinoa, sorghum, soy, tapioca and teff.
  • Flours made from gluten-free grain, nuts, beans and coconut.

Look for products labeled gluten-free

  • Milk, butter, margarine, real cheese, plain yogurt, most ice cream without gluten-containing add-ins.
  • Vegetable oils, including canola.
  • Plain fruits, vegetables (fresh, frozen and canned), meat, seafood, potatoes, eggs, nuts, nut butters, beans and legumes.
  • Distilled vinegar is gluten free. (See malt vinegar under NO below).
  • Distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten free because distillation effectively removes gluten. They are not gluten free if gluten-containing ingredients are added after distillation, but this rarely happens.
  • Mono and diglycerides are fats and are gluten free.

The food  to avoid:

  • Most ingredients with “wheat” 
  • Barley and malt
  • Rye
  • Breaded or floured
  •  Soy and teriyaki sauces.
  • Foods that are fried in the same oil as breaded products are not considered to be safe on the gluten free diet.
  • Liquorice, which is made with wheat flour, and other candies that contain wheat or barley.

 

Cut down on
sugar for 2016!

You know how bad it is to eat sugar but it’s hard to stop. The latest research has proved that sugar is more addictive than tobacco, more dangerous than alcohol, more fattening than fat. You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of  Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. Nowadays added sugar is everywhere even in a food that doesn’t  taste sweet such as bread, sauces or crisps. In this article we will give you all the tips to eat less sweet food!

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Sugar  is an addiction like cocaine! It can be really hard to stop eating it!  first we have to understand why? If you’re addicted to sugar, there is  an emotional component. You’re craving and overindulging in sugar for a reason – you may be eating sugar to care for your emotions, to manage stress, or to care for your emotional, psychological or relational needs.

So now lower your sugar intake with these 8 easy ways:

1. Read the label

You will realise how often sugar is included to foods. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar is  near the top, that’s a red flag.

2. Don’t look for just the word ‘sugar’

Sugar hides under several sneaky names, including high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose (or any word ending in “-ose”), brown rice syrup, honey, and maple syrup. 

3. Buy the right products

Once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes. Buy foods labeled “no added sugar” or “unsweetened.”

4. Take your time

In cutting down on sugar takes time. As we said sugar is like a drug so the beginning will be hard but the easiest way is reduce your consumption of sugar. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only a splash of milk.

5. Protein,protein…

Studies showed that sugar doesn’t cause proper satiety but it does make you hungry. So to avoid any craving, the best things to do is:

  • Eating breakfast every morning
  • Including fat and protein in your meals
  • Eating regular meals
  • Drinking more water

6. Sugar free, no calorie…?

Be careful don’t be tempting to buy the products with sugar free or no calorie write on it. The processed food manufactures are clever instead to use normal sugar they use aspartame or other substitute but they are even worst. When you eat something sweet, your body expects calories and nutrition, but artificial sugars don’t give your body those things.

7. Add flavours to your meals

Adding flavours will help you to eat less carbohydrate foods. Skip the flavored oatmeal and add a sweet kick with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

8. Don’t drink it

Even drinks that are considered healthy can contain more of the sweet stuff than you’re supposed to have in an entire day. Case in point: “enhanced” waters (eight teaspoons per bottle), bottled iced teas (more than nine teaspoons per bottle), energy drinks (almost seven teaspoons per can), bottled coffee drinks (eight teaspoons per bottle), and store-bought smoothies (more than a dozen teaspoons—for a small). 

9. Indulge yourself

It’s okay to have sometime a little treat but it needs to be occasionally.

 

NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – NEVER HEATED

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Article from www.health.com

Detox your
body

Going back to work after the Christmas break is pretty  hard.  Feeling tired, dont’ have enough energy? Don’t worry we are all feel like that. After few days enjoying some rich foods, sleeping late… There is no question your body is tired, we just need to get back our healthy habits.  The best way to do that is to detoxify your body  because detoxification helps the digestion, boost energy levels, skin cleansing… To name a few. So now let’s find out how to do it!

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1. What food to avoid?

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with acidophilus each day)
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee
  • Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
  • Dried fruit

2. What’s the food to enjoy?

  • Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
  • Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
  • Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
  • Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two servings per week.
  • Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
  • Eggs: preferably organic
  • Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
  • Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
  • Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)

3. Lemon Water

Add lemon to your water through out the day. The acid in the lemons assist the cleansing process. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, contain a pure concentrated form of citric acid. Citric acid works like bleach on fat. Due to its acidity and high ph, citric acid is able to actually penetrate and break down fat molecules. Try to drink one to three litres of water per day!

4. Best advice to detox

Exercise: During detox aim to exercise for one hour daily. Try to do intense exercises that makes you sweat.

Raw foods:  Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes.

Chew: Aim to chew each mouthful of food 10 to 12 times before swallowing.

Detox Kale smoothie

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 Ingredients:

½ pear

¼ avocado

½ cucumber

½ lemon

handful of cilantro

2 handfuls kale

1 thumb nail sized piece of ginger

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

1 tsp protein powder

pure water

Method:

Blend all ingredients.

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.

Guilt free
Christmas dessert

Christmas is nearly approaching, we are already starting to eat chocolate, cookies… The festive season is usually associated with gaining weight, but this year it won’t be the same! The food that will destroy your diet the most is dessert,  we have gathered some healthy dessert recipes that will indulge your craving for a Christmas sweet. You can tell us thank you;)

We have to start with a chocolate recipe, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate. Eating chocolate can be good for your health, it improves your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa , contains flavonoids. However the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts. Also it’s better to avoid any of milk chocolate or white chocolate (high in sugar and fat).

Fruity Chocolate bar 

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@givingtreesnack

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
  • 1 cup assorted  Giving Tree fruits, large pieces roughly chopped

Directions

Gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, be patient, keep stirring, and even with the heat on a low setting the chocolate will melt eventually.

Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be).

Sprinkle evenly with Giving Tree fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.

Because of the nature of freeze-dried fruit, this particular bar is best enjoyed within a day or two, as the fruit will begin to soften once exposed to humidity. The bar is good for up to a week, however, the fruit just might be a bit softer after a few days out in the open.

A traditional dessert that nobody can resist is the apple pie… with less sugar.

Apple Pie

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Step 1. Prepare the pastry
In a food processor, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces); pulse until large flakes form. Add 7 table-spoons trans fat-free shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cold water over the mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. Roll the pastry into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into 3/4-inch thick disks on separate sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

Step 2. Make the apple filling
Peel, core, and slice 5-6 apples, enough to make 6 1/2 cups. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss well; set aside.

Step 3. Assemble the pie
Preheat oven to 400º. Place larger half of chilled pastry on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Dust dough with flour and roll into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin, then invert over a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off plastic and gently tuck pastry into pan, letting edge drape over sides. Lightly moisten upper edge of dough with a damp pastry brush. Transfer filling to pie shell. Roll other half of pastry into an 11-inch circle on plastic wrap. Invert over filling, then peel off plastic. Pinch edge to seal; trim excess.

Step 4. Bake till golden
Create decorative edge on crust with fork. Slit top pastry for steam vents. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes on center oven rack, shield-ing edges of crust with foil. Reduce heat to 375º; continue baking until the pie is golden brown and juices bubble through at least one vent, another 30 minutes. Insert wooden skewer into pie; there should be no resistance. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.

(inspired from the www.health.com)

Cranberry Jam tart
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@coconutandberries

No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts

  • 1Cup Almonds
  • 1/2Cup Rolled Oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3/4Cup Soft Dates
  • Pinch of Salt

Quick Cranberry Jam:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Fresh OR Frozen Cranberries
  • 2T Maple Syrup
  • 2T Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4C Orange Juice
  • 1/2C (approx) Water
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 1/2t Vanilla Extract

Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and oats together to form a fairly fine flour. Add the salt and the dates and process until you have a thick mixture which holds together when pinched between finger and thumb. You may need to add a couple of extra dates if it’s too crumbly.

Divide mixture between the 12 holes of a shallow cake/tartlet tin and press firmly in the base and up the sides to form 12 neat tart shells.

Refrigerate or freeze until ready to fill.

For the jam, place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until the cranberries have all popped and the jam has thickened up. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cool. (I left mine chunky but blend with an immersion blender if you prefer yours smooth)

Run a knife around the edges of the tart shells to loosen them and pop them out of the tin. Fill each with a couple of teaspoons of the jam.

Serve at room temperature

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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@acouplecooks

Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • Turbinado sugar (for garnish)
Method
  1. In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all purpose four, and ½ cup wheat flour to the wet ingredients and stir with a large spoon until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough to around ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  5. Bake for about 8 minutes, until until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. Store covered at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer term storage.
Stuffed Pear

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@theartseefartsee

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe halved and pitted pears (I cut a little whole in mine for the pecans to fit it)    
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey
  • 1.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2  tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of candied pecans 


Directions


Preheat oven to 350°   
Fill holes with candied pecans
Sprinkle pears with spices

Drizzle with honey
Bake for 25-40 minutes (they are done when the skin begins to curl).

Enjoy!

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

Win an
AMAZING hamper!

To celebrate the christmas season, we are offering an incredible  hamper worth £230.

What’s included in the Christmas hamper ?

1.  Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.

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2. £100 WholeFoods Gift Card

 

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3. 6 bottles (250ml) of our Raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.

Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.

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4. Full range of Giving Tree

This innovative range of all-natural, preservative-free fruit and vegetable crisps undergo a combination of freeze-drying and vacuum frying to ensure maximum nutrients and superior taste. Rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre, they are a convenient way of reaching your 5-a-day.

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How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

1   Follow Chi & Giving Tree on Instagram or/and  Twitter or/and Facebook

2   Repost Chi Christmas hamper on Facebook or/and Instagram or/and twitter

The competition will be running from the 20th November 2015 to the 18th December 2015  3pm, so good luck everyone!

Here are the links :

Chi

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

Giving Tree

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GivingTreeSnacks/

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

Chi Christmas Hamper T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, or Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

 

How to get a
flat belly quickly?

Who doesn’t dream of  having a flat belly? Most people are obsessed with their belly even at Chi HQ. To have a flat belly depends really on what you eat and how many time you workout during the week. So in this article you will find out how to get your flat belly in a short time.

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What to eat? What food to avoid?

The first piece of advice that we can give you is to avoid as much as you can sugar. This will keep insulin levels low and also keep levels of glucagon high. Glucagon plays an active role in allowing the body to regulate the utilisation of glucose and fats. This hormone, is the best friend you could ever have in the struggle for a flat belly! The closer to zero grams of sugar you consume, the lower your insulin and the higher your glucagon levels.

Salt can make your tummy bloat also so try using natural sea salt or kosher salt, which is lower in sodium. 

The best flat belly menu

Breakfast: A slice of whole-wheat bread with natural peanut butter and 1 cup of your favourite berries or a nice porridge full of vitamins.

Lunch: Spinach salad with sliced avocado, grilled firm tofu, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice. 

Dinner: Grilled salmon, a roasted sweet potato, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil and garlic. 

Snack: A cup of fat-free yogurt with 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds.

Tip 1: To prevent bloating, chewing is the best tip! Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested.

Tip 2: Eating portion-controlled meals that include whole-grain foods throughout the day is the best way to eat for a flat belly.

How many days per week should I exercise?

Exercising is the best way to have a healthy way to live.  To get your flat belly of your dream you have to focus on abs exercises.

But you should first start your workout by cardio exercises. They will heat up your core temperature and improve circulation, both of which will aid in acquiring a flat stomach. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day minimum.

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And then your can simply do the crunch abs. You will have a flat stomach in no time!

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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.

 

Clean Water
for All

We are delighted to announce that we have built our 5th well in India for the C.M Palli community. The C.M Palli community now has immediate access to clean drinking water changing the lives of 1050 people.

“I have a baby which makes it extremely hard for me to fetch water especially when he is crying. Now, however, I am able to take better care of him because I have more time to spend with him. I can get clean drinking water in two minutes and I don’t have to worry about the water being unsafe.”

Mrs Munemma, 33 years old.

With every purchase of CHI you are feeding farmers and giving running water to underdeveloped communities!

Thank you to all  our loyal customers;)

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Cold
remedies

As the day are getting colder, you don’t know how to dress with the temperature changing . One day it’s warm another day it’s cold… The perfect season to get a cold! At Chi HQ  we all had a cold, sneezing a hundred times per day, blowing your nose until it becomes red. Want to know how to get through your cold quickly? Your doctor can’t do much to cure it. However, some foods and drinks can cut a cold short!


If you want to know what you should eat or drink during a cold, this article is for you;)

1. What to eat?

Lemon and orange

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Lemon and orange are full of vitamin C, which may help shorten a cold and work as a natural decongestant. Aim for 500 mg of vitamin C four times a day.  Other good sources of vitamin C include strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli.

Soup

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Hot soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat, creating an inhospitable environment for viruses that prefer cooler, drier climes. 

 

Hot peppers

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 Hot chili peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that gives them their kick and acts as a decongestant to help relieve a stuffy nose. Can’t stand the heat? Mild bell peppers can help, too. They don’t have capsaicin, but they’re full of vitamin C.

Garlic and ginger

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During cold and flu season, one popular folk remedy is to eat a spoonful of raw, chopped garlic cloves – or even to gnaw right on a fresh clove! Not excited to eat raw garlic?  You can try to put some in your vegetable smoothie or just make some toast with it and add some olive oil.

What to drink?

Hot tea

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Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated during a cold, and make sure they’re hot. Black tea helps soothe a sore throat and chase away the chills with a good dose of virus-fighting interferon. Add some honey and a squeeze of lemon for vitamin C.

Raw coconut water

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Hydration is so important especially when you have a cold. To achieve proper hydration, your body needs electrolytes to help maintain a state of fluid balance. Coconut water is a perfect source of electrolytes, you can find even more electrolytes in the Chi Raw coconut water, because it’s 100% Raw, not heated! It’s the freshest coconut water that you can find.

Instructor live
Workout!

Do you know the feeling of being a little blue and wanting to just snuggle up inside when the summer ends and is exchanged with the colder and more rainy weather of fall and winter? Many of us do. With the arrival of these seasons we therefore tend to also exercise less, as the weather isn’t as inviting in terms of going for a quick run outside whilst the days are also getting shorter. Staying active is a crucial key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is also the key to keeping the happy bright spirit of the summer.

In order for us to help you make it easier to keep on exercising and remaining positive and happy during the darker seasons we have teamed up with InstructorLive, that let’s you workout from home or wherever your snuggly corner is.

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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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Halloween
Competition

Trick or treat?  TREATTTTT! Halloween night is coming in a few weeks! Are you going to a party or watch a scary movie with your friends? Either way you need YUMMY snacks.  Chi and its favourite brands are here to provide you with all you need 😉

COMPETITION TIME

halloween giveaway 2015

 

What’s the prize included?

Handmade popcorn in London that use natural ingredients. Their range contain over 40 innovative flavours (sweet or savoury).

Healthy and delicious range that the whole family can enjoy. Preservative free, all natural, guilt free!

 100% Raw organic coconut water, unheated, with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged.

How to enter ?

It’s really easy, all you need to do:

  1.  Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and follow us on twitter
  2.  Share the Halloween  competition with the hashtag #joeandseph and #givingtreesnack 

The competition will be running from the 13th October to the 27th October 4pm, so good luck everyone!

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

Prevent Cancer with Chi
Raw coconut water!

Nowadays more and more people are fighting cancer than ever before. Hundreds of  thousand people are diagnosed  with cancer every year in the UK. There are over 200 different types, each with its own symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Several researchers claim the health properties of coconuts are numerous,  including its ability to prevent cancer, how wonderful is that?! Coconut water is amazing at getting rid of the symptoms and damage done by chemotherapy. It is an electrolyte, it oxygenates the blood, it restores the ANC count, white blood count, haemoglobin, platelets, etc. As if that weren’t enough, because it is an anti-microbial, it can also help to reduce microbes inside cancer cells and aim to revert them into normal cells. In other words, it can be a fighting force of cancer treatment!

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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.

Quiche
party?

Quiche is the perfect dish if you’re busy with work and other activities.  These savoury pies are  fast and easy to make, they are so convenient because you can easily customise with your favourite vegetables or meat. A lot people think that this french cuisine is unhealthy but actually if you choose healthy ingredients, your savoury pies can contain several nutritional benefits.

Quiche are essentially a custard made with milk and eggs poured into a pie crust and baked. They are paired with  vegetables or meat, nuts and herbs for added flavour. In this article we’ ll give you the healthiest recipes to make your quiche as a real French person would!

 

Mushroom, Spinach and Feta

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Ingredients

  • 100g Chi coconut oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 275g frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 100g mushrooms, chopped
  • 200g feta, crumbled
  • 200g low fat Cheddar cheese, grated *
  • shop-bought shortcrust pastry for a 23cm (9in) dish
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 250ml low fat milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
  2. In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil  over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion in Chi coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach and mushrooms, and saute until most of the water from the vegetables has evaporated. Add feta and 1/2 of the low fat Cheddar. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry-lined dish.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry base, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in centre. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

* Optional ingredient

Tips:  you can omit the crust and limit the use of cheese.

Tomato Basil  Quiche 

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INGREDIENTS

 Healthy crust

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup Chi coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons cold water

Filling

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh corn 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • handful basil leaves

Method

  1. To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add oil and water and gradually stir them in to form a soft dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, preferably deep-dish, and press into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any overhanging crust. Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily; fill evenly with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil or paper and weights. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  4. To prepare filling: Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crust, then layer half the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle with corn, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Layer the remaining tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour the egg mixture over the top and add handful basil leaves.
  5. Bake the pie until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

 

Mexican Quiche 

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INGREDIENTS

Filling

  • 2 teaspoons Chi coconut oil
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup shredded Jack cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. To prepare crust: Whisk whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour with salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into small pieces; using your fingers, quickly rub the butter into the dry ingredients until smaller but still visible.
  2. Add sour cream and oil; toss with a fork to combine with the dry ingredients. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture. Toss with a fork until evenly moist; if the mixture seems dry, add up to 1 more tablespoon water. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times—the mixture may still be a little crumbly—then firmly press into a disk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
  4. Spread the caramelized onions in the bottom of the crust. Layer corn, tomatoes and jalapeños over the onions. Top with cheese. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, sour cream, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the crust.
  5. Bake the quiche until puffed and firm when touched in the center, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. To serve, cut into 8 pieces.

 

Tuna & Leek quiche 

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 Ingredients

  • 1 shortcrust pastry sheet, rolled
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 100g  tuna
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons low fat creme fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon low fat milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 leeks
  • 150g grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoon Chi coconut oil 

 Method

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C and bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Line a pie dish with the shortcrust pastry sheet. Prick the bottom of the pastry sheet with a fork, then spread with a thin layer of mustard and top with the tuna.
  3. In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil  over medium heat. Saute leeks and onion in coconut oil  until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. And top them over the tuna.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl and mix with the 3 tablespoons of creme fraiche and the milk. Add salt and pepper and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the pastry case.
  5. Add the thin slices of tomatoes over top, and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Tips: serve your quiches with a little salad on a side or a soup to warm up

BON APPETIT EVERYONE! 

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!

How to
start jogging?

Did you know that jogging can change your life? Jogging for 30-40 minutes three times a week can be a fantastic way to start your new healthy life. Jogging  is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part, and you can run at any time that suits you. Regular jogging can help you to build muscle and maintain a healthy weight. But before to get started,  you have to know why you want to jog? Most of the time it’s to loose weight! So for that you have also to adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, wholegrain cereals and low-fat dairy products.  In this article you’ll find  all the tips to start jogging without quitting!

First Step 

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Your sneakers are so important so don’t use your old shoes, it will cause you potential injuries. You have to invest in a proper pair of running shoes. Make sure that your shoes have a wedge of shock-absorbing material in the heel. And about the clothes, just wear a comfortable, light weight outfit.

Second Step 

Don’t try to set high goals, your goals need to be realistic. Start to run one or two times a week for 10 or 20 minutes if you are a beginner, and then add more minutes.  Don’t put pressure on yourself, if you run 20 minutes, it’s great! If you run 30 min it’s also great! You have to set goals that will keep you motivated.

 Third Step

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This step is crucial to your health, don’t forget to stay hydrated! You have to be hydrated to maintain your performance and to avoid any injuries. Chi Raw coconut water is the best drink to have during a workout, no sugar added, not heated. You’ll get all the benefits from coconut water.

Fourth Step 

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As you know a healthy diet is the basis of your physical and mental health. Eat vegetables and fruits as much as you can, you will see the difference. And click here to know what to eat before and after a workout.

Fifth Step

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To stay motivated, the music is a must-have, it will give you the energy to achieve your goals. And running with music acts as a sort of meditation class. So get your iPod ready!

Sixth Step

Finally after your jogging you should stretch for 5 minutes. Stretch to avoid the aches the next day!

The Giving
Tree snacks

Have you ever tried the Giving Tree snacks? The Giving Tree offers a range of  freeze dried fruits and Vacuum fried vegetables. The fruit are 100% pure with no added ingredients (sugar, preservatives or flavourings). And the vegetable range (Broccolis & Pumpkin) is 100% natural, using only 2% of rice bran oil per pack. Rice bran oil is free from trans fat and low saturated fats, also this oil is rich of antioxidant. The Giving Tree snacks are both nutritious and delicious. They retain many of the natural nutritional qualities and flavour of the fruit and vegetables.

The Giving Tree Range

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WHAT’S FREEZE DRIED?

Freeze drying foods is a process that removes 98% of the food’s water content, giving it a longer shelf life whilst retaining the flavour, colour and nutritional elements. Freeze dried foods are rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre.

WHAT’S VACUUM FRIED?

Vacuum frying is a process of putting food into a machine that pressurises and cooks it with the use of hot oil, but at much lower temperatures than traditional frying methods. Putting the process in a vacuum lowers water’s evaporation point. Food can fry at lower temperatures, absorbing less oil.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • 1 of your 5 a day
  • Low in calories
  • Full of vitamins
  • High in fiber
  • Full of antioxidants

Where to find them?

Giving tree snacks are available at Whole Foods London & Planet Organic and some  other stores. Check out here to find the closest store to you.

 WIN the full range of Giving tree snacks and a yoga session!

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How do I enter the competition?

For a chance to win, it’s very simple, all you need to do is:

  1. Like Giving Tree Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.
  2.  Share and tag a friend in the competition photo on one of the pages.
  3. And add the hashtag #yogasphere.

The winner and the friend tagged  will all win The GivingTree prize!

The competition will be running from the 11th August 2015 – 25th August 2015 till 4pm.

Good Luck!

Here are the links:

Facebook: Givingtree

Twitter: @Givingtreesnack

Instagram: @Givingtreesnack

The GivingTree’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

Be Healthy.
Be Happy!

To be healthy every day is not easy! Staying motivated to eat healthy can be even harder during this season.  You smell BBQ every where, ice-cream or fresh soft drinks. All so tempting. And the big excuse that we can hear during summer ‘Oh it’s okay we are on vacation!’ Be careful! Bad habits can come back so quickly. But it’s  a shame to quit  so close to your goals because ‘winners never quit and quitters never win.’ So let’s keep motivated, no more excuses! In this article you’ll find all the best tips to stay healthy.

 

1. Set  your goals

First you have to set realistic goals which are achievable.  Make sure that you can adapt your lifestyle around meeting your goals.  Also you have to make you goals specific with a short term goal such as running a 5K toward running  a marathon. Your goal needs to be measurable.

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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

 

 

EnTHAIrely RAW Supper
Club event

Bain Marie restaurant invited Chi to the enTHAIrely Raw Supper Club to celebrate the summer by  enjoying the fresh and vibrant flavours of Thailand with a Raw Thai menu.  The evening featured an entirely raw Thai-inspired 3-course menu. We tasted some delicious Thai dishes recreated with a raw and healthy twist. We also enjoyed a refreshing Lemongrass Kefir Fizz Mocktail on arrival.

The Goldfinger Factory hosted the Supper Club event on the 30th July & 6th August. This factory has a furniture showroom, a sustainable workshop, an upcycling school and a café space. It’s in this cool place, located in the heart of Portobello where we had a lovely evening sun with our refreshing Chi Raw Coconut Water.  The enTHAIrely RAW menu was 100% raw, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and was suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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Raw Pad Thai
courgette, cucumber and carrot noodles with a spicy almond sauce

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Raw Tom Kha with Seasonal Market Vegetables
served with cauliflower rice

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Raw Mango & Coconut Cheesecake 
fresh mango and coconut milk mousse on a crunchy date and coconut crust

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 Your mouth is watering? Bain-Marie restaurant has some amazing events coming up, check this out here.  And  you can also get all the recipes from the Bain-Marie’s blog!

Summer
Prize

Summer makes you happy and at Chi we want you to be happier! This week you will have the chance to win an amazing Prize.

What’s included in the prize?

  •  2 packs of Giving Tree snack: 1 Strawberry (18g) + 1 Mixed Veg (22g)
  • 2 Bottles of Chi Organic Raw coconut water (250ml)
  • An UBER promo code for first time riders

How to enter ?

  • Repost our Summer Prize on Chi or Giving Tree social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook)
  • Add the hashtags #chicoconutwater & #givingtreesnack

The competition will be running from the 22nd July to the 29th July  4pm. Good luck everyone!

Here are the links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

OR

Facebook: www.facebook.com/givingtreesnacks

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

Summer prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

Yoga vs Pilates, Which
one to choose?

Yoga or Pilates, don’t know which one to choose?  In the last few years the number of Yoga and Pilates classes available has increased so much. But why? These activities have so many health benefits and it helps you to keep you active.  But are you still confused about the difference between these two? Don’t worry we are here to clarify that!

Let’s have a closer look at these two practises to help decide which one is right for you.

1. Do they have the same origin?

Firstly, we have to know from where they are form.

Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the years and cultures into many types of yoga such as Bikram, Ishta, Purna & Ashtanga.

Pilates was created by an athlete, Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century. He created several exercises to improve his strength. Then dancers started to practicing theses exercises to help them to become more performance.

2. What is the main difference?

Both Yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and the moody are connected.

Pilates requires concentration and focus to find a centre point to control your body through movement. While Yoga is built on the connection between the mind, body and the sprit. It is designed to increase your body’s efficiency and your overall health and wellbeing.

3. Challenging your body

Both exercises will help you to gain strength and flexibility.

Pilates puts you in to unstable positions by moving your limbs. Some classes use machines to gain strength and some others classes make you use your body’s resistance. Whereas Yoga is made up of a series of static postures and you will work out all your muscles in your body equally.

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4. What are the health benefits?

Both are a great workout. Here is a list of all of the benefits that you can expect to get from Yoga & Pilates:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

5. Which one is for you?

If you are looking more to manage your stress and to be more spiritual, yoga is for you.  If you want to focus more on your back and your core body, Pilates will be the better option. If you still don’t know what to choose why not to try both and see which one you prefer.

So now book your classes!

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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 

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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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Protect Your Skin from the
sun with Coconut Oil

The sun is shining! What you want to do is to go out and tan.  Especially in summer  – you want to get a sun-kissed glow but without the sun damage! There’s no denying that most people look healthier when they are tan. However, as we all know, UV radiation is dangerous for our skin. Skin can develop freckles, rashes and, over time, UV radiation can  accelerate skin ageing and cause pigment changes commonly known as ‘age spots’. It can also cause changes in the skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer.

At Chi HQ we have all the best tips that you need to know before going on vacation. First, let’s talk about the must have during  summer:  sunscreen.

How to choose your sunscreen?

Selecting a sunscreen depends on many factors such as how sensitive your skin is to burning, how dry or oily your skin is. If you have fair skin that burns easily you should choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF 50+.  If you have a skin that tans readily you could choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with intermediate SPF 15-20+. And If you have darkly pigmented skin and do not suffer heavily from sunburn, you need a sunscreen with low SPF 8-15+.

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How to use it?

It is extremely important to use sunscreens correctly to achieve the best protection.

  • Apply sunscreen liberally to all sun-exposed areas so that it forms a film when initially applied.
  • It takes 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin and it can be rubbed off very easily, so apply it at least half an hour before going out in the sun.
  • Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours if staying out in the sun for more than an hour during the day.
  • Re-apply immediately after swimming, excessive sweating, or if rubbed off by clothing or toweling. This should be the case even if the product claims to be “water resistant”.

What are the alternative of the sunscreen?

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You won’t believe it, but Chi Coconut Oil can be used as a sunscreen. Native pacific islanders have been using coconut oil sunscreen for thousands of years.  It is the best way to get a healthy tan and Vitamin D. It’s a natural sunscreen – it blocks about 20% of UV rays when applied.

But you have to keep in mind that as dermatologists will tell you  ‘no tan is a healthy tan’ (hard as it is to resist!)

How to heal your sunburn?

Sunburn often leads to dehydration, which can cause headaches. So skip the margarita and opt for a massive glass of  Chi Raw coconut water, super-hydrating.

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Also you should hydrate your skin, be sure to apply lotion to your body including the sunburned area.  You can use Chi Coconut Oil as well!

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RELAX THIS SUMMER
WITH A COCONUT-COCKTAIL

Nothing gets you more in the mood for Summer than lying on the beach with the sunshine hitting your face, feet in the sand, and a refreshing cocktail by your side. When it comes to Summer time, its all about the mixology of fruity, fresh and exotic drinks to give you a tastes of the tropics. Cocktails are fun and the perfect drink to keep you hydrated, cool and relaxed. Not to  mention that they of course will bring all sorts of mouth-watering flavours to tantalise your taste buds! Instead of sticking to the signature cocktails such as the infamous Sex on the beach or Tequila sunrise, let’s add a coconut twist into the mix! Our Chi products may just be the magic seed to your drink. Not only will is taste amazing, it will bring a tropical taste to the cocktail making that one drop to the mouth will send you off to a exotic, dreamful place!. These cocktails are 100% guaranteed of pure deliciousness and are very quick and easy to make! Summer cannot get any better than this!

COCONUT GIN AND TONICS

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Instructions

  1. Add ice to a serving glass and top with lime juice, gin, tonic water, and coconut water.
  2. Stir and garnish with fresh mint or basil (optional).

COCONUT PINEAPPLE CHILLER

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pineapple by removing the core and the skin and add to your high speed blender.
  2. Add the vodka, ice, Chi coconut water, juice of one of the limes, 2 mint leaves and blend until super smooth.
  3. Pour into the glasses and squeeze in a lime wedge and serve with a sprig of mint.

BLACKCURRANT COCKTAIL WITH COCONUT WATER

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Recipe & Credits: Food&Style 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 237 ml Chi Organic Raw Coconut water
  • 85 g silver tequila
  • 43 g  blackcurrant liqueur)
  • 41 ml lemon juice
  • 4 dashes bitters (lemon)
  • 2 strips lemon peel (use a vegetable hand-peeler)

KINGSTON COCONUT COLADA

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Recipe & Photo Credits: Liqour.com 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Nice Crispy Snack

With all these cocktails you need a little snack but a healthy one! Why not to try the Giving Tree snack? This is a special freeze dried and vacuum fried snack , that means 100% of the nutrition remains intact, without any sugar or salt added. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GivingTreeSnacks

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

The perfect healthy
summer BBQ

When it comes to summer, it is all about spending time outside in the gorgeous sunshine, with a few drinks, and yummy BBQ food. At Chi HQ we absolutely love a BBQ and believe this food festive time does not need to be unhealthy. We believe you can still indulge in delicious foods, but the healthy way, which won’t leave you feeling guilty the next day! Instead of the sticky sugary marinades or the unhealthy creamy dressings used to cake your meats and salads, why not try these healthy alternatives that will help you keep up your healthy momentum, but still keeping a d-e-licious tastes and flavours in your BBQ. Here is a small guide on how to create a healthy BBQ this summer.

STEP 1: VEGGIES

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Chi Coconut Oil acts as the perfect glaze to BBQ Veggies to give them some extra mouth-watering flavours!

Ingredients

  • Chop up a range of assorted vegetables – peppers, courgette, mushroom, carrots etc
  • 2 Tsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 Tspn salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tblsp fresh garlic, minced

Mix and toss all ingredients in a large bowl, place on skewers and grill on the BBQ

 STEP 2: MEAT (optional) MARINADE
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Grilled Lemon-Lime Chicken

Ingredients

  • 8 boneless, chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Chi Coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4-cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon peel
  • 1-teaspoon lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1/2-teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-teaspoon pepper

Method

In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine all ingredients except for chicken. Mix well and add chicken, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on hot grill. Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges and coriander.

STEP 3: BAKED SWEET POTATO

This is the perfect extra side to have with your vegetables, meats or salad. It is filling, healthy and a great substitute for a regular potato!

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Ingredients

  • 3 Sweet Potatos
  • 3 Tbspn Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Chili flakes/garlic (optional)

Method

Simply chop up a sweet potato into chunky chips shapes or into 2 halves, coat with melted Chi Coconut Oil onto the potato and sprinkle rock salt, pepper and chili flakes. The sweet and spicy combo is yummy!

STEP 4: DRINKS – SUMMER COCONUT PUNCH

What is a BBQ without a fruity drink to flush it all down? We love to add our Chi Coconut Waters into our fruit punch to fill it up with flavours, and keep it super quench-thirsting!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh fruit
  • 8 skewers
  • 1 (17.5 ounce) container Chi Organic Raw  Coconut Water
  • 1 cup pineapple or orange juice
  • 1 Champagne bottle (optional)

Method

  1.  Thread fruit on skewers and freeze for an hour or more.
  2. In the meantime, mix the Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water and juice
  3.  Refrigerate (covered) until serving time.
  4. To serve, fill glasses about 2/3 full with coconut mixture, add a skewer and top with champagne (optional).

 

Or just drink Chi  Organic Raw Coconut Water as it is!

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STEP 5: DESSERT – COCONUT & CHIA SEED PUD

We cannot have a BBQ without a sweet pudding to finish it off. A cold, light dessert is always the best way to end the food fiesta! Here is a easy-to make, healthyISH dessert to try! Sweet and simple always does the job!Coconut-Chia-Seed-Pudding-9

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or half pint Mason type glass jar, add coconut, chia seeds, coconut milk, Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water, vanilla and salt and mix until very well combined.
  • Place in the refrigerator and allow to rest for at least 2 hours
  • Serve with fresh raspberries or other fruit of your choice

 

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Healthy meal
plan #GetFitWithChi

We all know when it comes to our diet it can be a crazy rollercoaster. You go through a phase of eating super healthy and restricting your calories for a week, which then leads to a downfall spiral in overindulging in all the naughty foods that make our waistlines grow. We’ve all been there, when it comes to summer, this is usually the case, and as the summer holidays are creeping up, the fad diets start to come into play.

At Chi HQ, we believe we can keep up a healthy momentum, not just for the summer, but also as a lifestyle change. This starts by making sure you have the right balance of foods in your diet. Not only is a healthy diet the main driver to weightloss or maintaining weight, it provides us with all the nutrition our body needs, and is the magic medicine to keeping us look radiant, happy and full of energy!

As part of the summer running #GetFitWithChi we have put together a healthy 1 week- meal plan to keep you on track to maintaining a healthy diet, and that  means no skipping meals or crazy calorie restrictions. So now you can say goodbye to yo-yoing and see the change in fuelling your body the healthy and right way! If you have a busy schedule and feel this may be difficult to follow, a  Chi tip is also to pre-prepare everything in advance for the week 😉  

We would love to know how this meal plan works for you, so post your photos or comments with #GetFitWithChi.

Meal 1 – Breakfast

Option 1:  50g Porridge Oats + 50ml Chi Coconut Milk or Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk +Topping

Option 2:  50g Porridge Oats  + Greek yoghurt + topping

Option 3:  1 slice of Whole meal bread toasted + spread some Chi coconut oil on the toast+ egg 

*See more Breakfast recipes here *

 

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Toppings (optional)

  • Handful of blueberries
  • Half a chopped banana
  • Sprinkle of chopped nuts or granola
  • A small packet of The Giving Tree snacks
  • 1 Tblspn Peanut Butter

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Meal 2 – Lunch

Option 1: Salad + a little broth soup (avoid creamy salad dressings or creamy soups)

  • Salad dressing (optional): Balsamic Vinegar or 1 Tbspn Olive oil, garlic, sea salt and see more here.

Option 2:  salad + a piece of white meat or fish 

Option 3: Sushi + a little broth soup

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 Snack options (choose 1)

  • 1 raw fruit
  • 1 packet of The GivingTree snacks
  • 1 boiled egg
  • handful of nuts
  • Hummus or peanut butter & carrot/celery/cucumber sticks
  • Half Avacado on 1 slice of whole meal bread topped with sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika/chilli flakes (optional)
  • Chi Iced Lollies, see the recipe here  

 

Meal 3 – Dinner

Option1: Jacket Potato

  •  1 skinless chicken breast/beef or tuna steak/salmon
  • Seasoned to taste (avoid cheese and cream)
  • Mixed roasted vegetables coated with 1tbsp Chi Coconut Oil 
  •  1 small baked sweet potato

*Vegetarian – substitute meat with tofu, lentils, quorn or a large sweet potato*

 

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Option 2: Savoury eggs 

Ingredients

• 2 egg whites and 3 yolks from free range eggs

• A handful of chopped cherry tomatoes

• 1⁄2 chopped white onion

• 1 clove of garlic crushed

• 1 tbsp of Chi coconut oil

• A handful of spinach

Method

  • Sautee onion and coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat until translucent.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, spinach and garlic, stir around with the onions.
  • Add the egg mixture on top.
  • Cook until the bottom of the omelette is bronzed, flip in half, cook for another 30 seconds and serve.

 Desert (choose 1)

 

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The Grocer Gold
Award 2015

The British market leading magazine, the Grocer,  recognises every year  the best company in Grocery retail for service, initiative and commitment. We were over the moon to be shortlisted as one of the finalists for the prestigious Grocer Gold Award 2015 for “SME Drinks Brand of the Year”. The event took place at the amazing Guildhall in London on Tuesday 9th of June. It was a lovely evening hosted by Adam Leyland and Sanjeev Bhaskar (known for his comedy series Goodness Gracious Me) who announced the winners of the evening.

The SME Drinks Brand of the Year Award rewards the up and coming drinks brands enjoying success in the UK. The four finalists brands were split equally between coconut water and craft beer. In our category,  there were 4 brands shortlisted such as Brewdog, Sharp’s Brewery and Vita Coco.

We want to congratulate again Brewdog who won the SME Drinks Brand of the year award!

Here are some pictures of the evening:

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We had such a nice dinner!

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Drop4Drop Clean Water Project
for the Vadapada Community

We are delighted with the update from the charity we support, Drop4Drop, on the news that the clean drinking water project for the community in Vadapada, has now officially been completed.

Vadapada is an area in Umarpada Taluk in Surat District of Gujurat, home to 450 people. We are over the moon that with our collaboration, we were able to change the lives for many of these people in the community. In rural areas of India, water resource is a major crisis and for the large population of people living in these areas, planned water resources tends to get left out. This is a major concern and results to poor and difficult accessibility to clean water supply. With our support, we have made this dream of having clean and easy access to water, a reality to this community.

Mrs Bhagyashri Sandesh Taral, 27 years old from Vadapada:
‘“Before this, I used to wake up early in the morning to walk 1 km to collect water. So, every day I start my farm work late and so return home in the evening late too. Now I am relaxed, I can access enough water near my home and this saves me so much time.”
It is a pleasure that we can make a change to so many people’s lives and this makes the team at Chi very happy! Our goal is to continue working on these projects to help improve more peoples lives living in these rural communities.

Chi x

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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!

Summer
#GetfitwithChi

Summer is creeping up and for most of us it starts to get slightly daunting the thought of having to pull out the swimwear, having it been dusting away in the cupboard since last Summer!

Nothing is better than feeling confident on the beach. So at Chi HQ, we have put together some exercise tips to get you pumped up and sweating! We believe keeping an active lifestyle is not only important for your health, but it has a range of other benefits!  It makes you physically stronger, improves your skin,  happier, relaxed, it helps keep your immune system functioning, and the list goes on! To get your body moving and ready to take on this summer, here are 20 minutes exercise regime of moderate intensity. It is perfect to do 3-5 times a week!

We would love to see how you found the workout by #GetfitwithChi on your social media, share your pictures with us!

Summer #GetfitwithChi Challenge 1 

Repeat 3 TIMES

30 seconds sprint

50 jumping jacks 30 sprint

20 lunges each leg

20lunges

 

15 Burpees

15Burpees

25 Squats

25 squat

10 push ups

Option 1 (beginner)

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Option 2 (advance)

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30 seconds mountain climber

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Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated with our delicious Chi Raw Organic Coconut Water! Packed with nutritional anti-oxidants, electrolyte minerals, this exceptional product has no nutritional or sensory taste loss.  Truly the best coconut water on the market today!

Go try them at Whole Foods, Planet Organic and on Ocado.com.

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The Secrets
of Yoga

Do you wish you were meditating on warm, exfoliating sand, with the salted sea crisp breeze combing your hair and the smell of nature right at your feet? At ChiHQ we would definitely love a  taste of this dreamy tropical paradise, and what better way to feel this moment than with the spirit of yoga. It is the perfect workout to take your mind to a calm, mindful place. Not only is yoga a fantastic exercise to get you feeling fit and toned, it can drift you off into a magical/wonderful place! #Namaste

What are the benefits to Yoga?

  1. It helps to reduce stress
  2. Increase your flexibility
  3. And has many other hidden benefits that may surprise you – in the office, bedroom or kitchen!

If you’re struggling to eat healthily  and your first goal this summer is to feel fit and fabulous on the beach, regular Yoga may just be the solution! It has been known to help mindful eating habits, awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating, and can help to fight certain cravings through many yoga breathing exercises, which will result to you choosing the healthy options! Whether you are doing it in the living room, in the park, office or at a class here are 3 essentials to get you geared up for it, take with you:

  1. Coconut Water – Hydration is key to optimise performance. A bottle of our 100% Raw Organic Chi Coconut Water is the perfect thirst quencher and will restore energy levels TWICE as fast as water and sport drinks without any fat or sugar.
  1. Yoga Mat – A nice and comfortable mat is always needed to make you feel more relaxed to help you get to that happy place aswell as releasing pressure on your body from hard surfaces.
  1. Foam Roller – Before and after your Yoga workout, use a foam roller to self-massage any tight areas of the body. It is used to lengthen the muscle in order to break up adhesion and scar tissue. This will allow an increase bloody circulation, which will help muscle performance. On top of this it flushes any muscle toxins that have been building up.

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A breakfast bowl
of summer

Summer is coming and what better way to wake up to it, than with a juicy breakfast to make you feel refreshed, shining and will give you a big burst of energy!

 Adding lots of fresh summer fruits and juicy flavours into your breakfast is the perfect way to give you a taste of the tropics. So Instead of the usual cereal and milk why not swap it with some of these quick and easy ideas.

STEP 1: The Base – Choosing the Smoothie

Smoothies are a great alternative to milk, with a sorbet taste, natural sugars and an awesome cleanser to the body; you can use this as a base. Here are some summer bursting smoothie tips using some of our Chi products:

Choco-Raspberry Heaven:

 Strawberry Mango Delight:

  • 5-6 strawberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1.5 cup mangoes, frozen or fresh (about 2 medium yellow mangoes)
  • (1/2) cup Chi Coconut Milk 
  • up to (1/2) cup water

Berry Purple Power (Serves 2):

  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh)
  • 6 strawberries (large, fresh preferred; frozen is OK)
  • 1/2 cup Chi Raw Coconut Water
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (vanilla)
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Step 2: Choosing the MAIN topping

Now it’s time to pick some toppings you could add to your smoothie bowl!

  • Adding a creamy fruit like a chopped banana is perfect to compliment the tangy taste of the berries, as it will add more sweetness to it.
  • Honey Granola sprinkle
  • Crushed Weetabix
  • Museli/ Toasted Buckwheat
  • Chia pudding
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Step 3: Any Extras?

If you want to add anymore toppings to more flavour, these are highly recommended!

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Crushed Almonds (any nuts)/seeds
  • Dried fruit
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You can mix and match any of the smoothies with the toppings for your own desired taste!

Coconut Ice lollies to keep
you cool this summer

We all know when it gets to summer, it is time for a quick last minute health kick before a holiday! That means cutting down on all the tasty treats, which in the summer, it tends to be very difficult. Especially when you’re out and about in the hot sun, and all you are thinking about is a refreshing ice cream or chocolate sundae would be nice to cool you down and sort out those naughty sugar cravings. Do not worry, we have the solution for you! There’s no need to completely ditch these treats.  Instead we have put together a mixture of healthier and guilt-free versions of ice-lollies and ice-cream recipes you can give a try. All of these recipes have a coconut flavour to them, giving you an exotic taste!

Mango and Coconut Ice-lollies (makes 10)

Recipe Note:

  • Ice-lolly moulds take 1/3 cup of mixture
  • 10 ice-lolly sticks needed
  • Use vanilla beans rather than extracts

Ingredients:

  • 450 g mango flesh (2 large mangos)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1/4 lime, juiced
  • 1 can (270 ml) Chi Coconut Milk

Method

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Evenly pour into your Ice-lolly moulds. Freeze for 30 minutes, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for a further 2-3 hours, until fully frozen. To enjoy, run the mould under a little hot water to loosen the Ice-lollies.

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Vegan, sugar-free magnum choco-blocks 

What you need:

  •  Blender
  • Saucepan
  • 8 Ice cream moulds

Ingredients (makes 8):

For the ice cream:

  • 2 ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1 400mL can full fat coconut milk, chilled if possible
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • t teaspoon vanilla bean paste

For the chocolate:

Method

For the ice cream: Pop the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cream moulds, add your sticks and pop into the freezer to set overnight.

For the chocolate: Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat on a very low heat until you create a smooth consistency. Be careful not to burn/overcook.

When you get the ice creams out, allow to defrost for a few minutes so they come out of the moulds easily. Alternatively run the moulds under hot water to loosen the edges.

To make the magnum…

Classic: Dip the ice cream into a bowl of chocolate. Use a icing knife to smooth out any edges but be quick because it should set almost immediately. Repeat to create a nice thick layer of chocolate. Pop back into the freezer for a few minutes to completely freeze. Enjoy!

Almond: As per Magnum Classic, but add a handful of slithered almonds to sandwich between chocolate layers.

Peppermint: As per Magnum Classic, but add 1 tablespoon of mint extract (or to taste), a handful of fresh mint and a few drops of green food colouring/spirulina  to the ice cream mixture.

Storage: in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 5 days.

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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

Why Drink Chi during
A Workout?

As we all know it’s so important to drink water, particularly during a workout. But what should we drink during intense exercise? Its hard to find a drink that will keep you hydrated and give you the energy needed. In this article you will find a few suggestions of drinks that you could drink during your workout.

First we have to understand what our body needs.

When we sweat we loose a lot electrolytes. Here are the common electrolytes that we loose during working out:

– Sodium & Calcium

– Potassium

You must replace them by drinking a fluid that contains electrolytes. Water does not contain electrolytes.

Also we need carbs to refuel & give you energy and proteins helps to repair any damage.

What is the right amount to drink?

Doctors recommend to drink 8 ounces every 15 minutes during workout and to ‘drink to thirst’. But don’t drink too much because consuming a lot of fluid but not enough sodium can develop an hyponatremia condition. However this case is really rare most people don’t drink enough!

So what to drink?

For sure water is the easiest solution, it’s fine to consume it when it’s not an intense workout.But water doesn’t contain electrolytes.

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 Chi Raw Coconut Water suits an intense workout perfectly as it contains a high level of electrolytes and also it gives you the energy needed from its natural sugars.

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If  you prefer milk-type drinks, why not try our Dairy Free Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk.

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After working out what to get?

Doctors recommend to have protein & carbs after workout. As we saw previously, protein repairs any muscle damage and carbs give you energy. So it’s time to make some delicious smoothies with Chi Coconut Milk!

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What you need:

2 Bananas

2 large handfuls of spinach roughly chopped

2 handfuls of blueberries

7 large strawberries chopped

1 cup of Chi coconut milk

Chi coconut water to thin if needed

1/2 cup Flax seed

 

Now you know what you have to drink,  go workout!

 

Eat less sugar! You
will see the difference.

Everywhere you can hear ‘eat less sugar, sugar is bad for you’. Of course, you would like to eat less sugar, but it’s hard and you don’t know how. Don’t worry. I am here to help you figure out how to reduce sugar to become healthier.

So first let’s try to understand why we love sugar so much?

All humans have loved sugar for years and years.  Sweet is associated with the notion of pleasure and reward in our brain. When we eat sugar we secrete dopamine (the neurotransmitter of pleasure) so obviously, as it’s joyful to eat sugar, you just want to repeat this behaviour. That’s why all the junk food is full of sugar even in salty foods.

How to eat less sugar?

You have to change your bad  habits and relearn how to eat healthy without being on crazy diets. Just choose healthy food with good quality, fruits & vegetables and eat less processed foods as possible. Changing habits will take time but you will see the difference in the long term and you will also change your taste. Time to try new things!

What are the alternatives to sugar?

The best alternative to sugar is fruits such as bananas, grapes, strawberries… they are full of vitamins and they contain a lot nutritional content. However, beware of pure fruit juice, as you are just drinking pure fructose which will turn to fat.

You have some healthy sugar such as:

Coconut palm sugar (extracted sap of the coconut palm, boiled and dehydrated)

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Date sugar (dehydrated, ground dates)

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Brown rice syrup (brown rice, which is cooked and then exposed to enzymes which breaks it down into sugar)

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Why not try our Raw Coconut Water – no added sugar!  As nature intended!

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Lovely Brunch
Recipes

The weekend is coming! Woohoo!

During the weekend you just want to enjoy your lazy morning with a nice brunch to share with your family or your friends. But you don’t know what to make?  At Chi we have some tasty recipes to illuminate your morning.

For these brunch recipes we focused on egg omelette because there are so many benefits to eating eggs in the morning.  A lot of studies showed that eating eggs help you to maintain a calorie deficit and lose weight. Not to mention they are really easy to make!

Sweet – Orange Coconut Omelette

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Ingredients – Serves 1

3 large eggs

¼ cup Chi coconut milk

½ tsp orange zest

Pinch salt and black pepper

1 tbsp Chi coconut oil

Method

  • Add Chi coconut oil to a non-stick pan and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add eggs, orange zest, salt, pepper and coconut milk to a small mixing bowl and give this a good whisk, until slightly frothy.
  • Pour that mixture into the preheated pan and swirl it around to spread your omelette evenly over the entire surface of the pan.
  • Let the omelette settle for a few seconds then run a heat resistant rubber spatula around the edge to sort of break it down a little bit, then start swirling again.
  • You want some of the uncooked eggs from the top to get under the omelette. Don’t be afraid to break it up a little bit.
  • Repeat that process 2 or 3 times until the top really starts to set. Remove from heat and let your omelette sit for a few minutes until the top is completely (or almost completely) set. You can cover it if you want to speed things up a bit…

Delicately slide your omelette onto serving plate, (fold it in half while doing so if desired) and garnish with fresh (or dry, or toasted) unsweetened coconut shavings.

Savoury – Vegetable Omelette

 

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Ingredients

• 2 egg whites and 3 yolks from free range eggs

• A handful of chopped cherry tomatoes

• 1⁄2 chopped white onion

• 1 clove of garlic crushed

• 1 tbsp of Chi coconut oil

• A handful of spinach

 

Method

  • Sautee onion and coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat until translucent.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, spinach and garlic, stir around with the onions.
  • Add the egg mixture on top.
  • Cook until the bottom of the omelette is bronzed, flip in half, cook for another 30 seconds and serve.

And to have all the energy needed for your day, drink our organic raw coconut water!

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Chi was at the
London Ethnic Event

This weekend Chi was at the London Ethnic event for ‘Fashion Revolution Day’ which was launched after the horrific Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh the 24 April 2013.The factory collapse led to 1133 victims dead and thousands more injured, casting a dark shadow over the history of fashion.

The event took place at the Lollipop Gallery in London on the 24th of April 2015 for the fashion workers who lost their lives that terrible day. London Ethnic event was there to raise money for their families and increase awareness of the human work exploitation in fashion. And also the importance of ethical & sustainable principles in the fashion industry.

The fashion presentation was run by a brand new designs from the London Ethnic House produced in collaboration with in-house designers Eleanor Johnson and Nuria Carvajal Garcia with designer Reece Walywn Curtis. The London Ethnic AW15 collection was inspired by the London Skyline and street colouring transformed into simplistic shapes in the hues of blue and grey.

Here are some nice pictures of the event!

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Chi kept everybody hydrated!

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Reach for
Raw

Have you ever tried Chi raw coconut water? Not yet?! You’re missing something special! After reading this article you will be running to the store to try some.

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What makes Chi raw coconut water different to other coconut waters?

Firstly, with Chi raw coconut water you will get real coconut water. Noting added. Nothing taken away.  So it means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. How we do that? Unlike other coconut waters that are heat pasteurised, our raw coconut is unheated. We use HPP ( High pressure processing) technology – a process that keeps the fresh attributes of the coconut water.

In addition, Chi raw coconut water is organic. Perfect, isn’t it?!

What are the benefits of drinking raw coconut water?

Many researchers have shown raw coconut water to be healthy for you.

Here are some benefits:

-Aids in weight loss

-Facilitate digestion

-Boost hydration

-Reduce blood pressure

-Rich in nutrients

And you can consume coconut water as much as you want.

What does it taste like?

We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – the tastiest variety of coconut in the world. What is remarkable about this variety of exotic coconut? They produce sweeter water.

Is yours pink?

Don’t worry,  it is just a natural occurrance and is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is even a good sign that means that the level of antioxidants is high. As you know, antioxidants help to maintain good health and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

So what are you waiting for? Go start drinking Chi raw coconut water…

And don’t forget you have just few days left to WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER.

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How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

  1.  Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and follow us on twitter
  2.  Repost Chi’s prize  on Facebook, Instagram and twitter

The competition will be running from the 1st of April to the 29th of April  4pm , so good luck everyone!

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

We are hiring
at CHI!

Looking for enthusiastic and reliable people to sample across London stores. The work involves sampling and promoting Chi products and Giving Tree products in stores such as Planet Organic & Whole Foods. It is a great opportunity for you to meet new people and to have face to face interaction with customers.

You will fit the job if:

– you live in London

– you have good availability

– you are friendly and smiley

This is a part time throughout the summer. Hours are from 12 to 3pm 
Pay rate is £10p/h + expenses.

So if you want to be part of Chi, please email us at mail@chilondon.com

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Eat your fruit –
juice your veggies!

Being healthy every day is not easy. Extracted vegetable  juices can be the solution for you. But how can veggie juices be so healthy? That’s because all the nutrient contents from the vegetables remain intact and  gives you only the concentrated liquid which is full of the vitamins. Beware of pure fruit juices, however, as the fructose content, minus the fibre, can be very high (as much as fizzy drinks!).

Here are just some of the benefits that you will get from veggie juices:

  1. Instant energy due to the better absorption of the fresh vitamins and the vital minerals. It is specialy  good after workout!
  2. Weight loss – most nutritionists advise to drink vegetable juices for a healthy diet.
  3. It helps your digestion by cleansing your stomach and your intestines.
  4. Regulate your blood pressure.
  5. Help maintain your cholesterol level.
  6. Help your immune system thanks to the vitamins and minerals required to make your immune system stronger.
  7. Juices will also help to have a smooth, clear and hydrated skin.
  8. For those who don’t consume a lot of fresh vegetables, it is a convenient alternative to your 5 a day.

And this month you have the chance to enjoy all of these benefits thanks to our amazing  Prize giveway.

You can WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER WORTH OVER £150!

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How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

  1.  Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and follow us on twitter
  2.  Repost Chi’s prize  on Facebook, Instagram and twitter

The competition will be running from the 1st of April to the 29th of April  4pm , so good luck everyone!

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

 

Win a Nutribullet and a case of CHI
Raw Organic Coconut Water worth over £150!

To celebrate the launch of our new RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER, we are offering this amazing price worth over £150.

What’s included in the prize?

1.  Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.

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2. A case of 12 bottles (250ml) of our raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.

Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.

 

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*You can find this product at Whole foods and Planet Organic from Friday 3rd of April

How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

  1.  Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and follow us on twitter
  2.  Repost Chi’s prize  on Facebook, Instagram and twitter

The competition will be running from the 1st of April to the 29th of April  4pm , so good luck everyone!

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

 

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

 

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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;)

 

Chi’s collaboration with Work
– Well – Being

OUR COLLABORATION WITH WORK -WELL-BEING.

Chi coconut water was proud to support Work Well Being on the 13th of March for their first ever event!

WHAT IS WORK – WELL – BEING?

Louise and Abby are passionate & experienced practitioners and advocates of everything wellbeing! Both having many years experience within these practices has resulted in them establishing a network of the very best Wellbeing Warriors (teachers!) in London today.

Their belief is that there is a better way to work, we are working longer and harder than ever before, with time for our own personal wellbeing being pushed to the bottom of our to-do-list. It is time for employers to provide their staff something far more meaningful, wellbeing.

Work-Well-Being are on a mission to change the way we work, with the belief that wellbeing should be a core part of the working day, not something that individuals are forced to try and cram in during their few spare hours of an evening, or an often already full-packed weekend. Not only are the benefits of this huge to the individual, wellbeing is also a real business tool. There is no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance; performance is actually improved when our lives include time for reflection, restoration and renewal. An environment where people are happy in their jobs and given the respect and freedom to be themselves will enable the best work and ideas to flourish.

The services that Work-Well-Being offer make it a whole lot easier for the workplace to offer wellbeing to their employees! They program the full day using their network of the very best teachers, manage all of the internal promotion of the event, manage all class sign-ups, provision of equipment & insurance and importantly evaluate the success & impact of the event to the workplace.

How Chi helped Work-Well-Being event

During Work-Well-Being’s event there where 2 yoga classes,2 meditation sessions an inspirational talk on How to Manage Work Stress and individual Health Coaching consultations. Chi happily sent over a load of coconut water to keep everyone hydrated and energized – the perfect drink to have at hand for these activities! Here are a few photos from the event – a total success with some great feedback to both Chi and Work-Well-Being.

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We hope you enjoyed the event if you went and if not really recommend attending the next one! To find out how, you can contact louise@work-well-being.com.

Many thanks again to Work-Well-Being for having us there.

Bircher muesli with
chocolate coconut milk

The key to the perfect Bircher museli is to soak the oats overnight to achieve a chewier consistency. This improves the digestion and the absorption of this nutrient dense muesli. We wanted to try this super power breakfast using our own products – and doesn’t chocolate flavoured Bircher muesli sound a great idea?! 

Our chocolate coconut milk gives you that taste without the guilt – dairy free and rich in vitamins and minerals. We made our Bircher muesli at Chi HQ using the following recipe… go on, give it a try! 

 

Chocolate/coconut Bircher muesli.  

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 cup of rolled oats.
  • 1/2 coarsely grated apple.
  • 2 tbsp sultanas.
  • 2 tbsp cashews. (other nuts can be used if you prefer. Almonds and walnuts also work well!)
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave. (optional)
  • 250ml of Chi chocolate coconut milk.

 

RECIPE

  • Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix them up.
  • If you have a sweet tooth add honey or agave. We recommend 1tbsp.
  • Pour Chi chocolate coconut milk over the mixture.
  • Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to be served cold the next morning. This works perfectly with a coffee to kick start your day! …Or a Chi espresso dairy free coconut milk  😉 

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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 

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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.

 

Chi at BBC Good
Food Eat Well show

We had such a great weekend exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Eat Well; the show brought together healthy food brands and producers, alongside an inspirational line-up of healthy chefs and celebrities. It was an interesting 3 days to learn about new innovations in healthy food, free from products and to taste some incredible food and drinks. Customers, chefs, celebrities and exhibitors had so much fun at the show. We cannot wait for next year!

The successful bestseller of ‘Honestly Healthy Cleanse’, Natasha Corrett, came to see us on the Chi stand, to rehydrate after a busy day of demos, talks and book signings. She’s a huge fan of Chi, and we’re a huge fan of her!

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Here, self-taught chef, Marcus Bean and Davina’s Team enjoying Chi Drinks.

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Our amazing Chi team who stayed hydrated during the weekend with our coconut water!

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Here are a few pictures from the show:

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See you next year BBC Good Food Eat Well Show!

 

Chef on a bike tells
us why he loves Chi

Who are you?
My name is Mario Presi, 39 years of age, Italian by birth. I come from the Veneto region (from Padova, near Venice) in north-east Italy. I grew up in Italy, and went to Catering College where I graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1995. I moved to London in 2001 and I haven’t looked back since.

What is Chef on a bike?
Chef on a bike is me. It represents who I am via my profession (chef), and my passion for cycling around the world (on a bike).

Why did you set up Chef on a bike?
I wanted to help people improve their eating habits by educating them in what to eat, and why. This is great for athletes who want to improve their performance by enhancing their nutrition, but also good for the average person who doesn’t compete in sport’s but likes to keep fit, healthy and would like to improve their way of eating.

Why Do You Love Chi’s products?
One of the products I came to love almost to the point to be obsessed about it is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I have tried and tested many coconut oils in the last 2 ½ years but Chi Coconut Oil has become my favourite. In fact, not only do I use and consume a 500g jar per month, but I also recommended to my clients and friends. You can use Chi Coconut Oil in your coffee, frying eggs or as a spread over toast.

Chi Coconut Water is also an item on my weekly shopping list, and it is by far my first choice.

You are an advocate of “clean eating”, can you tell us more?
Clean eating means avoiding foods that are processed, artificial foods, or foods that have been genetically modified. These cause stress on your body, which can ultimately cause illnesses. Whole and unprocessed plant-based foods are full of vitamins, minerals, quality macronutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for cellular regeneration. I prefer to eat these.

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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

“I Accidentally Ate
the Whole Thing”

One of the best things about following bloggers from all over the world, is being treated to views like this…

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And this…

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Oh, and this…

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But, there’s also some beauty in knowing that food is such a universal language. Something that we all agree on.

When Anisa Kazemi shared her blog, I Accidentally Ate the Whole Thing, with us this week, it really hit us that smoothie bowls, raw food and coconut water are just as relevant over in the gorgeous, hidden landscapes of New Zealand, as they are here in the hustle and bustle of London. We think that’s a pretty wonderful thought, don’t you?

For all we know, New Zealand could have invented the smoothie bowl! It’s anyone’s guess. (NB. If you actually know who invented the smoothie bowl, please enlighten us!)

So, in celebration of the worldwide, Instagram phenomenon that is the #smoothiebowl, we wanted to share this gorgeous recipe with you from Anisa’s blog (from all the way up there ^ in those gorgeous NZ mountains… Not jealous at all.)

Coconut Water Smoothie Bowl
by I Accidentally Ate the Whole Thing

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Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened natural coconut water (we recommend Chi, obvs.)
2 small frozen bananas
1/2 cup frozen blackcurrants
1/4 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt (dairy free if vegan etc)
1 tbsp rolled oats (omit if gluten intolerant)
1 tsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)

Method:
Place all ingredients in a food processor, whizz away until nice and smooth, then finish with a combination of your favourite toppings. Enjoy!

Click here for the full article, as well as plenty more recipes from I Accidentally Ate the Whole Thing.

Follow @anisakazemi and @chicoconutwater

 

Healthy smoothies to make
you glow (literally)

If ,like us, you want to start getting that summer glow a little earlier than planned, (who wouldn’t ay?) then read on…

Researchers from the University of St. Andrews have found that carotenoids found in fruit and vegetables such as beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein can give your skin a glowing tanned appearance. Carotenoids are stored in the fat underneath our skin, they are also secreted in the serum our skin naturally produces, then reabsorbed in to the top layer of the skin creating a golden glow.

Researchers conducted a study where volunteers were asked to rate the attractiveness of faces based on pigmentation caused by carotenoids from a diet high in fruit and vegetables or melanin colouration from the sun. More than three quarters of the volunteers rated faces more attractive if their ‘glow’ was from pigmentation caused by carotenoid colouration compared to pigmentation caused by melanin colouration.

Not only do carotenoids help you along the way to being sun kissed and summer ready, but they are also antioxidants. Antioxidants block the activity of free radicals (chemicals produced in the body) that can cause damage to cells leading to cancer. The carotenoid beta-carotene can also be converted in to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential for our immunity and healthy eye sight. (Maybe carrots really can help you to see better in the dark!)

No wonder everyone’s banging on about getting your five a day, fruits and vegetables just keep throwing benefits our way! No more need for embarrassing fake tan mistakes and orange hands, or getting hot and sweaty under the sun, just eat (or drink) your way to a tan instead! Easy.

The best way to pack in fruits and veg, is with a smoothie! So here is Chi’s own delicious, layered, superpower smoothie filled with carotenoids to help you get your glow on!

 

CHI’S SUMMER GLOW SMOOTHIE

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(serves 2)

What you need:

2 Bananas

2 large handfuls of spinach roughly chopped

2 large handfuls of blueberries

7-10 large strawberries chopped

1 cup of Chi Coconut Milk

Chi Coconut Water to thin if needed

What you do:

Blend the bananas and spinach until thick and smooth, transfer to a pouring jug.

Clean your blender, then blend blueberries, strawberries and Chi Coconut Milk.

Now for the messy part (so basically the fun part!)  Layer your smoothie starting with the thickest consistency. We put our green smoothie on the bottom. Carry on layering until your smoothie is as aesthetically pleasing as you can make it!

Drink up and enjoy!

For more healthy smoothies to bump up that tan, head over to our Pinterest page.

Written by Izzy Hughes, Chi’s Superstar Intern

A pancake recipe to
make you drool…

We may believe that “health is wealth” here at Chi, but we also believe that treating yourself is just as important too…

Pancake Day is the perfect excuse to indulge, and honestly, you can have so much fun with it. Steer clear of chocolate spread, lemon and sugar, and get inventive in the kitchen instead.

This glorious Chocolate Chia Pancake recipe is a great place to start. It’s loaded with chocolate, but also has a healthy, wholesome kick to it. It’s both naughty, and nice, and we promise you’ll be the envy of all your friends!

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Makes 8 medium-sized pancakes.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp chocolate, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup gluten free flour
1 tbsp corn meal
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 large egg
3/4 cup Chi Coconut Milk (add more if the batter is too thick)
1 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
10-15 small plums, peeled, pitted and quartered
1 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
Half a cinnamon stick

Directions:

  • In a pan, combine 1 tbsp sugar with about 2 tbsp water. Add the quartered plums and cook on medium-low heat.
  • While the plums are cooking, in a large bowl, whisk together the cacao powder, cocoa powder, brown sugar, chia seeds, gluten free flour, salt, and corn meal.
  • Whisk in the egg and almond milk. If the batter is still too thick, add some more almond milk (should run easily off of the spoon).
  • Finally, stir in the melted chocolate.
  • Add the coconut oil to a large frying pan and heat on a medium-high heat. Pour small amounts of the batter onto the pan (maybe 2-3 spoonfuls at a time) to form the pancakes. Cook on each side for about 2mins.
  • By the time you are done making the pancakes, the plums will have cooked down nicely.
  • Top your pancakes with the spiced plums and serve with honey or maple syrup. Dig in!

 

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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 #TeamChi

 

Healthy
Snacks

It is recommended that we aim to eat 6 small-portion meals each day. Having small snacks in-between meals is important to keep your metabolism high.

To achieve this, in a healthy way, you must be organised. Spend your Sunday evenings preparing your snacks for the week, that way, you won’t be tempted to snack on easily accessible, unhealthy treats on-the-go. Preparation and plenty of tupperware is key!

It is also important to make snacks that you want to eat. We know that it can be quite difficult to think of ideas to make basic, healthy snacks more flavoursome, and less boring, but with a little imagination it is possible! Below are just a few snack-based recipes that should tantalise those taste buds, and jazz up your tupperware. All of them are easy to make, and have been inspired by the authentic flavours of South-east Asia, the birthplace of all Chi’s products. Enjoy!

 

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Honey and Coconut Almond Delights

Makes 12 servings (20 nuts per portion)

 Ingredients:
3 cups raw almonds
¼ cup honey
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
¼ tsp salt

Optional:
¼ cup shredded coconut

Method:

Mix in the honey, Chi Coconut Oil and salt with the Almonds in a bowl until they are all well-coated. Spread the nuts onto a baking sheet and let them roast away for 350 for approx. 15 minutes. Remove from oven and optional: drizzle honey and stir in the coconut shreds. Allow the nuts to cool and store in a container.

 

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Thai Sweet and Spicy Glazed Nuts

3 cups serving of glazed nuts

Ingredients:
1/2 TeaspoonChi Coconut Oil
3 cups unsalted cashews, roasted or unroasted (other types of nuts work too, such as pecans and walnuts)
Handful of raw, unsalted cashew nuts
Handful of roasted peanuts
½ tsp. dried crushed Red chilli (no seeds)
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
Black pepper

Method:

Heat up theChi Coconut Oilinto a pan. Add in the cashew until roasted and sprinkle in salt. Add in the roasted peanuts(red nuts) and sprinkle in red chilli and black pepper. Optional: add in 1 tablespoon raw honey.

 

 

Thai Red Coconut Curry Popcorn

Serves 2 cups

Ingredients:
1/2 tablespoon dried coconut flakes
dried makrut lime leaves
1/2 teaspoons muscovado or dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (see note above)
1/4 teaspoon roughly chopped fresh lemongrass
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest from 1 lime
1/8 cup popcorn kernels, popped (about 8 cups popped)
1/2 tablespoons Chi Coconut Oil

Method:

In an electric spice grinder add together the dried coconut, lime leaves, sugar, chili powder, lemongrass, powdered ginger, garlic powder, and lime zest and blend until a fine powder forms.

Place popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and drizzle melted Chi Coconut Oil all over, tossing to coat evenly. Add in 1/8 cup of the spice coconut spice mixture; add more, if necessary, until well coated.  Season with salt and it is ready to serve.

These are perfect snack to take away for any occasion, whether this is at work, post-workout, sprinkled in salads, or just a nibble with a few drinks. Although these are still healthy alternative to plain nuts, be aware that nuts are high in fat (good fat though), so try to portion control this delicious snack to 15-20 nuts per serving.

 

By Selina Patel, Chi’s Superstar Intern

How to get silky,
smooth hair naturally

Is winter taking it’s toll on your hair? Are you finding it difficult to manage after all the curling, dying and blow drying? Have you been spending costly amounts on tiny bottles of argon oil or trips to the hairdresser? Well, we have a solution for you!

This isn’t a miracle cure, but it is natural, homemade and much more cost-effective than trying all of those cleverly marketed hair products. This gorgeous, coconut oil-based hair mask can be used once a week, to give your hair plenty of natural moisture and allow your hair follicles to repair themselves.  It is quick, easy and simple to make, and after a few applications, this will help to bring your hair back to life, making it feel silky, smooth and Chi healthy!

 

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. Chi Coconut Oil  (melted)

1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey

 

Method:

Mix Chi Coconut Oil and raw honey into a saucepan, and melt over a low heat. Stir until you have a smooth mixture.

Let it cool slightly before applying it to dry/wet hair.

We recommend applying this natural coconut-honey mask to wet hair, no more than once a week. Segment hair into layers to ensure the mask is covering all of your hair, and allow the mask to soak in for 40 minutes. Wash thoroughly (you may have to do this twice.)

 

 

Valentine’s Day
Giveaway

Valentine’s Day is upon us and we’ve got the perfect, healthy chocolate giveaway for you. To celebrate the launch of our brand new 1 Litre Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk, we’re giving you the chance to win a selection of Chi chocolate drinks, plus delicious 9Bar Indulge bars! To enter, simply answer the following question:

What type of bird can be found on Chi’s packaging?

A)   Hummingbird
B)    Lovebird
C)   Swallow

Send your answers to mail@chilondon.com with the subject header ‘Valentine’s Day Giveaway’ by 4pm on Friday 13th February 2015. T&Cs apply. * Good luck!

 

*Valentine’s Day Giveaway T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via email, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

National Breakfast
Week Recipes

We think National Breakfast Week might just be our favourite week of the year! If you’ve been following us on Instagram, then you’ll know why, as this week we’ve been whipping up some healthy breakfasts that are not only delicious, but nutritious too.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we believe that it should NEVER be boring. So check out our recipes below, and wow your loved ones this weekend with a tasty breakfast. (You can thank us later!)

Raw Cacao Pops aka “Healthy Coco Pops”

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Makes 4/5 servings

Ingredients:
400g Raw Sprouted Buckweat (we used Planet Organic’s)
2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tsp baobab or lucuma (we used Aduna Baobab)

Optional:
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp cacao nibs

Method:
Mix coconut oil and buckwheat in a large bowl. Add the cacao powder and baobab, and stir to ensure the buckwheat is evenly coated. (Optional: add maple syrup to taste, and cacao nibs for extra goodness and crunch.)

Serve with chopped bananas and a generous splash of Chi 100% Dairy Free Coconut Milk

(Tip: store the remainder of your cacao pops in a clean and empty coconut oil jar, or your leftover buckwheat pouch. We love recycling!)

Chi Chocolate Porridge

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
500ml Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
2 bananas (mashed)
1 cup porridge oats
1 tsp baobab
1 tbsp cacao nibs
Handful goji berries

Method:
Add the porridge oats, mashed bananas and Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk to a pan, and stir over a medium heat. Once the mixture starts to bubble, add the baobab and goji berries. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with a sprinkling of cacao nibs, and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Pancakes by Liftus Fitness

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Ingredients:
50g gluten free flour
1/2 banana
1 scoop protein powder (we used white choc BULK POWDERS)
10ml salted caramel Jordans skinny syrup
1 egg white
50ml Chi Coconut Milk (may need more depending how thick protein powder is)

Method:
Blend all ingredients together, and cook in Chi Coconut Oil

For the sauce:
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil, 1 tsp peanut butter, 20ml salted caramel syrup – heat on a low heat keep stirring! Then, in 5 ml salted caramel syrup and 1/2 tsp coconut oil fry your bananas.

Serve with sauce and bananas on top, and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.

#NationalBreakfastWeek

#ThisGirlCan – inspiring women everywhere
to be more active

This week we have been seriously inspired by #ThisGirlCan, a national campaign created by Sport England to celebrate active women everywhere. Their aim is to encourage other women to get involved in fitness, “no matter how well they do it or how red their face gets.

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen the TV ad, tweets or billboards, then check out some of the great slogans they’ve been using:

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You can also check out the TV advert here: #ThisGirlCan

Sport England has said that no models were used in the campaign, just women of all shapes, sizes and ages getting stuck into sport and exercise.

We think their approach has been spot on, so we decided to ask what our Instagram followers thought of the campaign and find out which sports and fitness bloggers inspire them to be fit, healthy and active.

 Meet Cantara…

 

@gymbagsandgladrags
@gymbagsandgladrags

 Recommended by @lisa_s_goodman who thinks #ThisGirlCan is “mega inspiring!”

“It all began when I started sharing my food diaries and workouts on Instagram. My friends would often ask me for meal ideas and tips, and I realised I loved talking about health and fitness. I found it so motivating that I decided to start my blog, Gymbags & Gladrags.”

“Sharing my journey to a healthier, fitter body helps to keep me on track and inspires my readers to achieve their goal body. Together we work to better ourselves and I love that sense of community.”

“The #ThisGirlCan campaign mirrors what I believe perfectly. I love it!”

 

 Meet Polly…

 

@runningforaugust “Two things I've learned are to never give up and to always smile!“
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“Two things I’ve learned: never give up and always smile!“

“I’m Polly and I’m a former PE-dodger! I was inspired to create runningforaugust when I signed up to run the London Marathon in honour of my friend August who had completed it in 2012.  August was brave, hard working and outstandingly generous, and I was devastated when she had a fatal accident in 2014. I aspire to be like her every day, and I’ve found running to be the best therapy, as well as a community of support that is inspiring beyond words.”

 Polly thinks that #ThisGirlCan “is an awesome campaign!”

Meet Eloise…

 

@fit_is_fun "My favourite quote is 'A goal is a dream with a deadline."
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“My favourite quote is ‘A goal is a dream with a deadline.”

Recommended by @louisa_troughton

I’m a 21 year old student at the University of Warwick who is training to be an elite triathlete. Since I was young I have always been obsessed with sport and anything to do with it – whatever the challenge, I was there and I loved how sport brought people from all backgrounds together.” 

I started my blog last year to chat about my sporting endeavours, share my passion for healthy living, and to inspire and motivate others to think they “can do it too.”

“I think the #ThisGirlCan campaign is long overdue. Girls everywhere worry about image, body and judgement. The gym is supposed to leave you sweaty, not glamorous and we should all embrace it! Be proud of what you do, and who you are.”

 

Well said, girls! Join the conversation on Twitter and let everyone know that #ThisGirlCan

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Chi x Byron & Bronte
– January Survival Kit Giveaway

To help see you through your “new year, new me” resolutions this January, Chi has teamed up with new fashion sportswear brand, Byron & Bronte, to bring you the ultimate January survival kit. For your chance to WIN a Byron & Bronte signature workout hoody, plus lots of Chi goodies, head to our Instagram page and enter our fantastic giveaway!

Terms and Conditions are as follows:

To enter, you must follow @chicoconutwater and @byronandbronte on Instagram, repost the competition picture using the hashtag #januarysurvivalkit and tag both @chicoconutwater and @byronandbronte in your post.

The prize package consists of: 1 x Byron & Bronte Swallow Flock Hoody (RRP £79), 6 x mixed Chi Drinks (330ml), 1 x Chi Pure Coconut Water  (1 litre), 1 x Chi Natural Coconut Milk and 1 x Chi Coconut Oil (45g)

The competition is only open to UK residents.

One winner will be selected at random and contacted via direct message on Instagram.

If the winner has not responded within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

Chi and Byron & Bronte take no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes.

In events outside of the promoters (Chi and Byron & Bronte) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes.

The competition closes at 4pm on Friday 16th January 2015. All entries following this date will not be counted.

 

Good Luck!

“Detox” – The
Chi Way

It’s that time of year again, when most of us try to regain some normality in our lives following the festive season. This often involves one little word, and that’s ‘detox.’ Luckily for us, our bodies detox naturally every day. Our livers, kidneys and gut do a fabulous job of ridding unwanted toxins from our bodies. So when we talk about detoxing here at Chi, it is important to know what we mean…

Detoxing “the Chi way” is all about cleansing the mind, body and soul to help us ease back into our routines, and get us back in tip-top shape for the New Year.

At Chi, we don’t believe in living on juice diets, or restricting ourselves from foods that give us pleasure. Instead, we believe in balance. Balance is the key to health and happiness!

We all find our own balance, in our own way, and everyone is different. What works for some, may not work for others, but we think that starting with these steps might just help you on your path to finding your balance, and a healthier, happier lifestyle.


Detox your mind

“Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.”

Rid yourself of negative thoughts, and adopt a positive attitude for the new year. Stop putting yourself down, challenge yourself, learn new things and above all, TRY new things.

The best way to find inner peace and channel good, positive energy is to take up yoga, meditation or tai chi. Luckily, they’re all on-trend, so classes shouldn’t be too hard to find. Why not try Yoga with a breathtaking view at the top of The Shard? Click here for more info.


Detox your body

Rid yourself of the unhealthy habits you’ve picked up over the holidays:

  • Drink plenty of water (at least 2 litres a day)
  • Replace unhealthy snacks and drinks with healthier alternatives that you enjoy
  • Take up a new sport, or join the gym. (Even if you don’t fancy using the machinery, most gyms have really great classes which can really motivate you. Try FRAME) And above all,
  • Most importantly, REST. Rest is just as important as the exercise itself.


Detox your soul

Find something that makes you happy, and schedule it in to your weekly routine. Whether it be painting, dancing or eating a pile of chocolate brownies, if it makes you happy, then you should probably do it. (Of course, if you’re going to go for the chocolate brownie option, limit yourself to once a week!)


Detox your skin

Treat your skin, the same way you would treat your gut this January. Try to buy chemical free skincare products, and perfume free make-up. Neal’s Yard have a great range.


Add a little colour to your plate

Greens are great, really great, but like we said, balance is the key to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Make your plates more colourful by adding beetroots, tomatoes, sweet potato or colourful fruits to your salads. You will find that the colour of your fruit or veg will often tell you a lot about its benefits and properties. For example, blue and purple foods are often rich in anti-oxidants and contain anti-ageing benefits.


SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS

Just because we’re all taking part in Dry January, it doesn’t mean we have to give up shots… not the green ones anyway! Just like you’d splash out 50p for an extra dollop of Guacamole on your Burrito, try adding a shot of Wheatgrass, Spirulina or Chlorella next time you’re ordering/making your green smoothie. We promise that you’ll feel the difference! Buy here.

Remember: A balanced lifestyle is for life, not just for January.

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.

 

Festive Breakfast
Recipes

Christmas cheer is all around! And despite our love for refreshing and super hydrating smoothies, we prefer something warm and festive to enjoy in the cold season.  Save your smoothies for the afternoon if you can’t live without them (like us!) and in the morning enjoy these festive breakfast recipes.

Quinoa Porridge with Almond Butter

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Ingredients:

40g quinoa flakes

100 ml Chi Coconut Milk

1 banana, chopped

Lemon zest

1 tsp cinamon

1 tsp almond butter

A handful of raspberries

1 tsp bee pollen

Instructions:

1. Place the quinoa, banana, lemon zest, ½ tsp cinnamon and Chi Coconut Milk in a pan and bring to the boil

2. Once thickened, take off the heat and pour the porridge into a bowl

3. Add the almond butter, the raspberries and sprinkle on the bee pollen

Cottage Banana Pancakes by Liftus Fitness

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Ingredients:

For the pancakes:

100g 0% fat cottage cheese

100g egg whites

30g banana good hemp protein

1 small banana

50g gluten free flour

30g oats

2 tsp stevia

1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil, melted

A dash of Chi Coconut Water

For the topping (Quark Froyo):

50g quark

½ tsp of stevia

Instructions:

1. Blend all the pancake ingredients together and cook in Chi Coconut Oil

2. For the Quark Froyo topping mix the ingredients and poor over the pancakes

Festive French Toast by Liftus Fitness

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Ingredients:

1 tsp grated nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp stevia

100g egg whites

1 yolk

2-3 pieces of wholemeal gluten free bread (preferably homemade)

1tsp Chi Coconut Oil

Instructions:

1. Combine nutmeg, cinnamon and stevia into a ramekin and mix the powders together

2. Separate egg whites from eggs and use 1 yolk. Whisk this together so the yolk and egg whites have combined

3. Pour half of the powder into the egg mixture and stir

4. Dip the bread into the mixture and turn over so it has been fully submerged

5. Heat up the frying pan (preferably non stick) and melt 1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil

6. Fry one side of the bread and after 1-2 minutes flip and fry the other side

7. Sprinkle the remainder of the mixture over the stack once done

8. As a topping you can use Quark Froyo again or whatever you fancy

Christmas Gift
Guide 2014

Stuck on what to buy your health & fitness focused loved one for Christmas? Looking for more thoughtful and earth-friendly gifts? Tearing your hair out over what to buy for your Vegan cousin? Chi is here to help with our Christmas Gift Guide 2014 that hopes to cater for everyone.

Under £20

The Jar of Plenty – Coconut Oil
If there’s one thing that every healthy foodie should have in his or her cupboard, it’s Coconut Oil. Not only is it a staple “superfood” in the kitchen, used for cooking, baking and spreading, but it also doubles up as a natural beauty product. Coconut Oil can be applied to the hair as a leave-in deep conditioner, or to the skin as a nourishing moisturiser. It’s perfect for dry and sensitive skin, and can be used by all the family. At £9.44, this multi-purpose gift is a steal. Buy now

Chi Coconut Oil

Natural and Organic Beauty – Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard offers a wide range of organic and natural beauty products, which cater to all skin types. Their products are available across a wide range of Neal’s Yard stores, as well as online and at Wholefoods and Planet Organic. We love their latest selection of Christmas gift collections, starting from just £14. Buy now.

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Fitness Focus – Yogasphere Vouchers
Amazon has really wowed us with their latest offer: 5 yoga sessions at the prestigious Yogasphere, for just £19! That’s 75% off the original price of £75. Bargain! Sessions take place across three stunning London venues, and usually last 60 to 75 minutes each. To claim your voucher, follow this link.

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Under £50


Vegan-Friendly Fashion & Accessories – Reversible Tote Bag by Urban Outfitters
Good news for Vegan fashionistas, high street chain Urban Outfitters has launched a range of vegan-friendly items, including this faux leather reversible tote bag.  If the lady in your life prefers her fashion cruelty-free and stylish, then this bag is for her. Buy now  £38, Urban Outfitters

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Men’s Vegan Wallet – Rubben Black by Matt & Nat
For the Vegan gent in your life, we love this black wallet from Vegan friendly fashion brand, Matt and Nat. Although they are based in Montreal, Canada, they ship worldwide. Buy now. £43.00, Matt and Nat

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Healthy winter
drinks

When the weather is cold outside there is nothing quite like curling up with a warm drink. Rather than heading to your nearest coffee shop and picking up an option laden with calories or topped with cream, why not try one of these delicious healthy winter drinks?

Chi Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Milk

Our Chocolate Coconut Milk is delicious cold but did you know you can heat it up for a dairy free hot chocolate? The Milk has added chicory fibre making it prebiotic, which aids in digestion. One cup of coconut milk contains protein, good fats, fibre, vitamins B, C and E and is a rich source of potassium, selenium, calcium and iron. Warm it on the hob or pop it in the microwave to heat through.

Hasslachers

Our friends over at Hasslachers create delicious 100% Colombian drinking chocolate.   The Solid Bar Drinking Chocolate is 100% cacao making it dairy free and suitable for vegans.  Try mixing it with our Natural Chi Coconut Milk for a healthy chocolate drink this winter.

Hot water with lemon

This old classic is a favourite at Chi HQ.  The refreshing drink is ideal for warming you up, or add some honey to the mixture to help with a cold.  This low calorie drink is full of vitamin C, which will leave you feeling healthier and more able to fight off the winter sicknesses doing the rounds.

Pukka Teas

You might have spotted on our instagram recently that we received a rather special delivery from Pukka.  Pukka’s selection of herbal teas is really varied and all of them are delicious. Office favourites include Elderberry and Echinacea, Refresh and Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey.  Each tea is made up of specially selected ingredients and has its own health benefits.

So this winter make sure you reach for a delicious healthy hot drink!

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!

 

 

1, 2,
3… Relax

We live in a very stressful world. On a daily basis we are affected by the stresses of life, both physically and emotionally.

Knowing how to relax is vital for ensuring your health and wellbeing. You deserve it, it’s good for you and it takes less time than you think.

Here are a few tips that can truly help you relax, refresh and recharge.

1. Drink tea

Herbal teas that calm, soothe and relax have great value in today’s often hectic world. So, select your favourite herbal tea, sit back, and relax.

Camomile tea is the traditional favorite for calming the mind but even English Breakfast tea may help you fight stress.

2. Eat Raw Chocolate

Cacao is the ingredient found in chocolate. It is high in flavonoids, which are potent with relaxation properties. It also contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances mood. The darker the chocolate, the more of these substances you are getting. Generally, opt for bars with 70% cacao or higher.

3. Meditate

A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. The powerful tool of meditation can help you to achieve calmness, peace of mind, joy, vibrant health and greater energy.

The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind. You can do it anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what’s going on around you. It’s powerful and effective, plus it’s completely free!

4. Have a massage

Having a massage is more than relaxing me-time. Studies continue to prove the physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. You can also do your own hand massage for instant relaxation that calms a pounding heart. Hands in general can carry a lot of tension. Apply some Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and start kneading the base of the muscle under the thumb to relieve stress in the shoulders, neck and scalp.

5. Do Yoga

Yoga is a path to health, relaxation and inner happiness. Through yoga, you cleanse your body and mind systematically, removing the build-up of tension.

If you don’t have time for a full class, you can try the Viparita Kiraniyoga pose. This pose involves lying on the floor and resting the legs up against a wall. Not only does it give the body a good stretch, but it helps create peace of mind too

6. Exercise

Do you know that when we do exercise our bodies release feel good hormones, which make us calmer? Exercise also uses up some of the hormones that the body makes when it’s stressed.The physical health benefits of exercise are well known but the mental health benefits are becoming more appreciated. Choose your favourite activity and feel the amazing benefits of feeling more centred and relaxed.

7. Pick your own way to relax

Different activities work for different people. Some people may find reading a book or magazine for 10 minutes a good way to relax. Others may find a therapeutic value in gardening or even cleaning!

So, pick your own way to relax and enjoy it.

Have a relaxed weekend everyone! 🙂

A Cup
of Sunshine

As the temperature drops, and the days grow shorter, we all start to notice a change in our mood and our motivation. Not only do the cold mornings make it harder to get out of bed, but the thought of dragging ourselves to the gym on a dark, wintery evening is almost unbearable. We begin to crave warm, hearty meals and steaming hot chocolate by the fire, giving those summery salads and smoothies the cold shoulder. Subsequently, this overload of carbs and sweet treats makes us feel even more sluggish. So, the question is, how do we get ourselves out of this winter slump?

This week, we’re taking inspiration from Emily Curson-Baker from FoodAtOne. Emily shows us that the key to adding sunshine and nourishment to our day during winter lies in experimenting with ingredients that provide warmth, as well as, nourishment. “A Cup of Sunshine” is Emily’s latest experiment, and we love it!

Using only 4 ingredients; coconut oil, turmeric, ginger and almond (or coconut) milk, “A Cup of Sunshine” provides hydration, nutrition, warmth and a touch of “glow.” Emily admits that it sounds a little crazy at first, but says “there’s a real sweetness from the coconut which brings out a mildness from the turmeric” making it a great tasting and healthy winter treat.

What are the benefits of turmeric and ginger?

Tumeric and ginger belong to the same Zingiberaceae botanical family, and are both said to contain many medicinal properties.

The main active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin, and is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger is said to remedy nausea and sickness, as well as preventing colds and flu. Together, they make a powerful combination during the colder months, when our immune systems start to lower.

What are the benefits of coconut oil and coconut milk?

Coconut products are renowned for their health benefits, and have seen a recent surge in popularity across the health industry. In general, coconut products are great for strengthening the immune system, as coconuts contain lauric acid and antimicrobial lipids, which have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Both coconut oil and coconut milk are pressed from the same part of the mature coconut, and therefore contain similar health benefits. Read more.

Winter Warmer Recipe

“A Cup of Sunshine”
Created by Emily Curson-Baker, FoodAtOne

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon tumeric
  • 0.5 teaspoon ginger
  • 200ml almond milk (or coconut milk)

Method

  • In a small saucepan on a low heat add the coconut oil
  • Once the coconut oil has melted add the turmeric & ginger, gently mix for a minute
  • Add the almond milk, continually mix and slowly bring to a warm temperature
  • Serve your Cup of Sunshine and enjoy! 🙂

 

Buy Chi Coconut Oil and Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk here. 

Halloween
Recipes

Trick or treat? Definitely a treat… Halloween is here and we would like to share some of our favourite seasonal recipes with you.

Halloween Granola by Liftus Fitness

Ingredients:

2 cups of rolled oats

Handful chopped hazel nuts

Handful of chopped macadamian nuts

Handful of blanched almonds

Handful of pumpkin seeds

2 tsp Chi Coconut Oil

2 tsp pumpkin spice or treacle

Method:
First things first, pre heat your oven and get it nice and toasty! Pour oats, nuts and seeds on a baking tray. Then heat up 2 tsp coconut oil for 10 seconds in the microwave and pour over. Sprinkle 3 tsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon over and stir this in. Place it in the oven and let it cook for 5 minutes, then get it our stir and add 1 tsp more of coconut oil and more spice. Then put it back in till golden brown. Finally sprinkle some raisins and put in for 1 more minute (no more other wise the raisins burn). Then let the granola cool and store in a jar! Enjoy with Chi Coconut Milk!

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Pumpkin Soup by Liftus Fitness

Ingredients:

4 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil

2 onions, finely chopped

1kg pumpkins peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks

700ml vegetable stock

142ml natural yogurt

4 slices wholemeal seeded bread

Handful pumpkin seeds for topping

Method:

Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large saucepan, then gently sautee finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft. Add 1kg pumpkin to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.

Pour 700ml vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the pumpkin is very soft. Pour the 142ml yogurt into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. Serve with wholemeal bread and top with pumpkin seeds!

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Happy Halloween everyone! 🙂 

OM Yoga Show
Essentials Competition
OM Yoga Show Essentials Competition
Let the OM Yoga Show countdown begin! We are super excited to see all the amazing yogis out there. And you know what? You can be one of them. We are offering three pairs of tickets between Twitter and Facebook plus our refreshing coconut waters, milks and delicious 9bar bars to keep you going during the yoga classes and shopping.
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Terms and conditions on Twitter:

To enter, you must follow @Chicocowater on Twitter and RT the competition post

The prize package consists of: 6 x Chi Drinks (330ml) and 1 Case x 9Bar (16 bars)

The competition is only open to UK residents

Three winners will be selected at random

If the winners haven’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected

Chi and 9Bar take no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes

In events outside of the promoters (Chi and 9Bar) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes

The competition closes at 4pm on 16.10.14
Terms and conditions on Facebook:

To enter, you must follow @100% Pure Coconut Water and @9Bar on Facebook and tell us what is your favourite yoga position is in the comments below the post

The prize package consists of: 6 x Chi Drinks (330ml) and 1 Case x 9Bar

The competition is only open to UK residents

Three winners will be selected at random

If the winners haven’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected

Chi and 9Bar take no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes

In events outside of the promoters (Chi and 9Bar) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes

The competition closes at 4pm on 16.10.14
London Cocktail
Week 2014

London Cocktail Week 2014 is “a unique celebration of our capital’s unrivalled cocktail culture.” This week, some of London’s best bars throw open their doors to showcase the best cocktails the city has to offer. The week includes pop-ups, parties and tastings, creating a festival to inspire, educate and unite cocktail lovers.

We thought we’d celebrate by sharing with you our favourite Chi-based cocktails and mocktails (for the non-drinkers out there!) so you can join in the fun at home. You could even invite your friends over before you head out and create your own Chi Cocktails… We’d love to see what you come up with!

Below we have the Chi Mango & Coconut Vodka Crush, the Chilli-Choc Espresso Mintini and the Chi-Chi. We’ve kept the ingredients simple and suggested alternatives where possible, so making them should be a breeze…

Cocktail Option

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Chi Mango & Coconut Vodka Crush

4oz Chi Coconut Water
2oz Vodka
2oz Funkin Mango Puree (or Mango Juice)
2oz Orange Juice
1x Orange Wedges
Soda Water

Fill a glass with ice cubes, and pour over the vodka. In a separate pitcher or blender, mix together the coconut water, mango puree and orange juice, then add to the vodka and ice. Stir, and top with a little more crushed ice and soda water if desired. Finish with a slice of orange to garnish.

 Mocktail Option 1

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Chilli-Choc Espresso Mintini

2oz Chi Espresso Coconut Milk
1oz Funkin Liquid Chocolate (or 1oz melted 60% Dark Choc)
1oz Home-made Chilli Syrup (Chilli Powder + Sugar + Water)
1 dash Tabasco
1x Mint Sprigs

Add all liquid ingredients together, shake/stir and strain (a sieve works just as well as a strainer!) and pour into a Martini Glass. Finish with a Mint Sprig garnish.

 

Mocktail Option 2

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2oz Chi Coconut Water with Pineapple
2oz Pineapple Juice
2oz Coconut Cream

Blend together, serve over ice, and finish with a slice of pineapple.

 

 

For more information on the events happening throughout London Cocktail Week 2014 click here.

To buy any of our Chi products, click here.

Please drink responsibly.

Flu-fighting
Foods

Summer has gone and the cold and flu season seems to have arrived. Anyway, we believe in the power of food to help keep you healthy, so here is a list of flu-fighting foods that can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the symptoms.

1. Raw garlic & onion

Garlic is a powerful flu fighter. Garlic contains compounds called allion and allicin, which have direct antiviral effects. Those pungent cloves contain allicin, a potent antimicrobial that can fend off bacteria and viruses.

Like garlic, onions also contain the antimicrobial compounds allion and allicin.

Combined, garlic and onion contain dozens of broad-spectrum antiseptic and immunity-boosting compounds.

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2. Spices

Spices such as turmeric and cinnamon are packed with antioxidants, which help improve the function of the immune system.

According to Ayurveda, spices promote sweating and are often used to help break a fever. You may also be able to unclog your stuffy nose by generously spicing up some dishes with cayenne, horseradish, or wasabi. Each of these condiments can shrink the blood vessels in your nose and throat to temporarily relieve congestion.

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3. Ginger

Ginger contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes that specifically target rhinoviruses, the most common family of cold viruses, as well as substances that suppress coughing. It’s a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative, so it can help you rest when you’re sick.  Ginger also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

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4. Berries and citrus fruits

All berries have high concentrations of antioxidants to help fight off flu viruses. When tested against other foods, blueberries were found to have more antioxidants than 40 other fruits and vegetables.

Citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can reduce cold symptoms by 23 percent, studies have found.

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5. Honey

Because it coats your throat, honey is a great cold and flu-friendly sore throat reliever, and its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help fight infections from viruses and bacteria.

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6. Liquids

Cold and flu bugs thrive in dried-out throats and nasal passages, but drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can help keep your mucous membranes moist so they’re better able to trap viruses. Not only can this help prevent colds, but it’s just as useful if you’re already sick. Water, tea and Chi Coconut Water are our suggestions.

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7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is good for strengthening the immune system since it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Coconut oil has many other health benefits. You can buy yours here now.

Chi Coconut Oil

We hope these tips help you to fight the cold and flu season.

The powerful tool
of Meditation

When was the last time you stopped and enjoyed a moment of complete peace without checking your emails, social media, thinking about work or what you’re having for dinner? We are constantly thinking about the past or worrying about the future, but the powerful tool of meditation can help you to achieve calmness, peace of mind, joy, vibrant health and greater energy.

The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind. You can do it anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what’s going on around you. It’s powerful and effective, plus it’s completely free!

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According to MindBodyGreen, in as little as 10 minutes, a daily meditation practice can counteract that stress and bring you many powerful benefits. Meditation helps alleviate:

1. Stress

Meditation is a wonderful way to reduce stress. Not only does the practice of meditating give you some much-needed “down time” to rest physically, mentally, and emotionally, but it also directly impacts your entire nervous system by reducing your body’s production of stress-related chemicals such as cortisol. Meditation decreases oxygen consumption, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure, and increases the intensity of alpha, theta, and delta brain waves, which increase the relaxation response.

2. Pain

There is a significant body of research work demonstrating that meditation can reduce chronic pain. In a study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, patients suffering from backache, chronic migraine and tension headaches were able to decrease their pain medication and some patients were even able stop their pain medication with a consistent meditation practice.

3. Anxiety

A 2009 study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that meditation decreased anxiety and increased hope in its participants. A separate study showed that cancer patients who practiced meditation for as little as seven weeks were significantly less depressed and anxious than their counterparts who did not meditate.

4. Cardiovascular disease

A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine followed patients with coronary heart disease who instituted a meditation practice for 16 weeks. Patients’ blood pressure and heart rate variability improved compared to a control group. In another study, researchers studying the effect of meditation on atherosclerosis reported that those who had practiced meditation for six to nine months had an 11% decrease in the risk of heart attack and up to a 15% decrease in the risk of stroke.

5. Insomnia

A study at the University of Minnesota showed patients with primary chronic insomnia who followed a three-month meditation program at home significantly improved their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

So what are you waiting for? Start with only 10 minutes per day and you will start felling the powerfull benefits of this pratice.