A Coconut Cocktail Recipe To Get You Through Winter!
Bring it on, Winter! News of an impending cold front might have some pulling up their snow pants, while others retreat indoors to crank up the heat, preheat the oven, and cue the Netflix.
But regardless of which category you fall into, odds are at some point you’ll be in the mood for a cocktail, right? Well, we have just the solution: a Coconut Rum drink that feels like Winter in a cup but tastes like the tropics, enjoy the flavours of a tropical cocktail from your own warm kitchen when the weather starts turning in your neck of the woods.
Servings: 1 Coconut Cocktail
4 cups milk
8 T hot cocoa powder
1 square baking chocolate
2 squares graham crackers, crushed
4 oz Koloa Coconut Rum
Mix milk and hot cocoa powder in a medium sized pot, and heat on medium. While cocoa is heating, prep s’more garnishes. Melt baking chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix to help melt and remove chunks. Microwave in additional 15 second increments if needed until thoroughly melted. Coat the rim of 4 glasses in chocolate by dipping upside down into melted chocolate. Immediately dip into crushed graham crackers to coat evenly before chocolate hardens. Toast marshmallows with a kitchen torch.
Fill each glass with 1 oz Koloa Coconut Rum and divide hot chocolate among the glasses. Mix and top with toasted marshmallows.
Things To Do In London In December 2017!
See the capital transformed into a sparkling winter Wonderland in December, and join in the New Year’s Eve festivities.
December is the most magical month to visit London, with lots of festive things to do as Londoners celebrate Christmas and New Year.
London’s Christmas Festivals And Pop-Up Festive Villages
Explore London’s biggest and most popular Christmas experience,Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, for ice skating, an observation wheel and fairground rides, stalls brimming with toys and sweets, festive shows and more. 17 Nov-1 Jan
Discover the Greenwich Wintertime Festival, London’s new festive experience set in the grounds of the majestic Old Royal Naval College, which features ice skating, live music, Christmas shopping and more activities for all ages. 1-31 Dec
Step into Winterville, a Christmas-themed adventure park featuring classic and alternative seasonal activities, such as ice skating, roller disco, crazy golf, Christmas movies and street food. 23 Nov-1 Jan
Follow a glittering trail of lights, music and colours around the famous botanic gardens after dark at the annual Christmas at Kew. 22 Nov-1 Jan
Go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movies and see the iconic sets dressed for Christmas with Hogwarts in the Snow. 18 Nov-28 Jan
Wander past huge illuminated lanterns including enchanting Christmas-themed installations and traditional Chinese handmade sculptures as the Magical Lantern Festival returns to Chiswick Gardens. 24 Nov-1 Jan
New Year’ Eve In London
London’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks take place every year at the Coca-Cola London Eye on 31 December: buy your ticket in advance to secure a place at this popular London December event. Alternatively, there are plenty of other things to do in London on New Year’s Eve during the day and right through the night, from family shows and ice skating, to parties and dining on the river.
How To Clean Your Make-Up Brushes Naturally At Home!
There are two steps to truly getting makeup brushes clean: cleaning off dirt and oil, and disinfecting to remove bacteria. The recipe below is our go-to for accomplishing both of these.
If your brushes are really dirty or haven’t been cleaned in a while I’d suggest an additional first step:
Rub a small amount of warm olive or almond oil into the brush to help dissolve any oil clinging to the bristles. Then, rub a natural soap into the bristles to dissolve the oil. This helps deep clean the brush but doesn’t disinfect it, so then you still use the brush cleaner recipe to disinfect.
Pour all of the ingredients, except the water, into the glass bottle. Swirl the mixture to combine everything.
Add the distilled water to the bottle until it’s almost full, leaving about ½ inch of headspace. Shake well to combine.
If you put the mixture in a glass spray bottle, this mixture can be used to spritz and rinse brushes after each use for an easier clean.
How To Use It:
Shake the cleaner well, and pour a small amount of it into a small bowl.
Swirl a makeup brush in the mixture, gently pushing it across the bottom to clean. Make sure the water level is below the ferrule (the part of the brush that connects the handle to the bristles). If cleaning multiple brushes, start with the cleanest feeling one first, then work up to the dirtiest. The cleaning solution may need to be changed between brushes.
Rinse the brush under running water, bristles pointing down and keeping water out of the ferrule. Then gently squeeze the bristles to remove the majority of the water.
Lay the brush flat on a clean towel and air dry.
The Importance Of Staying Hydrated Through Winter
Everyone understands the importance of drinking lots of fluids during the warmer months, but did you know it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the winter? Here’s why.
We all know that staying well hydrated in the blistering heat of summer is crucial to leading a healthy lifestyle, particularly if you are exercising on a regular basis. But did you know that it is just as easy to become dehydrated during the winter months? Failing to stay hydrated can actually be hazardous to your health, potentially leading to much more serious consequences. Here are four reasons why staying hydrated is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer.
Coconuts are great for hydration – in the form of both water and oil. Coconut water is one of the most naturally hydrating drinks in existence. In addition to being about 95% water, coconut water is filled with electrolytes, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to keep you hydrated and healthy. As for coconut oil, you can apply the goodness as a natural moisturiser on your skin at least once a day. We have a whipped coconut body butter recipe that you can use to moisturise your skin all day long! It will make your skin feel super soft! (It also smells absolutely delicious!).
D.I.Y Coconut Oil Bath Melts At home!
Get dewy, supple skin with these bath melts , with just 2-ingredients. Made of completely organic ingredients, a luxurious bath is only 30 minutes away.
Nothing relaxes like a hot bath after a stressful day. Baths soothe aching muscles and create an overall sense of calmness. But hot baths can be drying to the skin, drawing much needed moisture out of the body. Instead of adding mineral oil-based bath products that often contain artificial fragrances and colours, stick to your pantry and make these quick bath melts with organic ingredients. These melts are antibacterial and anti-fungal, making them ideal for use on the entire body and safe enough for the face without clogging pores.
Coconut Oil Bath Melts
Silicone Ice Cube Tray
2 cups Chi Virgin Coconut oil
2 tbsp Citrus Zest of Choice (Lemon, Lime. Orange, etc.)
Using a double boiler, melt coconut oil until just melted. Remove from heat and stir in citrus zest.
Using a tablespoon, pour mixture into silicone ice cube moulds. Place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes or until solid. Pop out and melt under warm water in bath.
One of the most common questions about exfoliating is, how often you should scrub your face? The amount you should exfoliate all depends on your skin type. You definitely should not be exfoliating every day. Most dermatologists recommend scrubbing 2-3 times a week. If you have been over scrubbing stop right away and let your skin heal!
How To Make Your Own Coconut Sugar Face/Body Scrub
Coconut Oil wants to be your friend. It wants to be your friend inside and out. And it’s very good at both. One jar of Chi Virgin Organic Coconut Oil lives in our kitchen where it shows up in all manner of cooking.
Our second jar of Chi Virgin Organic Coconut Oil lives in our bathroom. It’s your go-to for shaving, make-up removing, hair masques, face masques, nail nourishing, cuticle softening, and moisturising anything that needs to be moisturised.
To say that you’ll get obsessed with these homemade coconut oil sugar scrubs is an understatement. Your skin wil feel super soft we will share you a recipe for your in your bathroom!
A Coconut Sugar Scrub!
1/4 cup granulated sugar (You can use up to 1/2 cup if you want your scrub to have a more coarse, sand-like texture.)
(Optional) 1 tablespoon citrus fruit zest (The zest from one piece of fruit.) OR
(Optional) About 1/2 teaspoon of citrus essential oil (about 50 drops)
Combine all ingredients. (We do not recommend heating the coconut oil prior to mixing, because hot oil will dissolve the sugar.)
On your face – Omit the citrus and use the basic scrub at the sink or in the shower. Massage in circular motions for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry. The oil will absorb immediately.
On your hands – Massage into your hands and fingernails for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry.
On your legs and feet – Massage into your legs and feet while in the bath or sitting on the side of the bathtub. Rinse and pat dry. (Never use on your feet in the shower because the coconut oil is slippery and you risk falling.)
Make Your Own Coconut Lip Balm At Home!
We have a little secret that we want to share with you: Lip balms made at home are way better than store bought varieties. And believe it or not, everyone can blend up your very own inexpensive, custom lip treatments in the kitchen in no time at all.
This particular recipe combines just 4 whole food ingredients for an enviably smooth and sweet Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm. Do-it-yourself, nutrient dense, lip balm perfection that can be whipped together in 10 minutes? Sounds secret-worthy to me!
Ingredients Lip Balm:
2 tablespoon mango butter or cocoa butter (or blend of both)
1. Coarsely chop or grate the beeswax and butters if in solid block form (if using pastilles skip this step).
2. Measure out equal parts tightly packed, grated beeswax and butters into a mason jar or small glass pyrex measuring cup. Add of coconut oil as well.
3. Prepare a double boiler system by adding about 1-2” of water to a small pot. Submerge bottom of mason jar or measuring cup in water. Heat water on medium-low to melt contents, stirring occasionally. Monitor to ensure that the water does not boil over the rim into blend.
4. Once melted together, immediately remove from heat and add vanilla extract to mix. Take care to handle jar with proper protection, as it will be hot. Stir vigorously to combine.
5. Pour the hot mixture into lip balm containers. Use tubes or tubs to your preference. To speed up cooling process, place containers in the refrigerator to set. Use as you would any other lip balm and enjoy!
An Amazing Tropical Workout Smoothie Recipe!
Nutrition has a huge impact on your fitness. Even though you may be tempted to treat yourself to junk food, a healthy smoothie is always a much better option. Packed with fruit, these vitamin-rich drinks are incredibly tasty and perfect paired with a workout.
To make a fruit smoothie, all you need is a blender or food processor and whichever fruits and other ingredients you want to include. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blitz in short bursts until it is smooth. Pour out into a container and either refrigerate for a refreshing drink later or drink right away.
Place all your ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Top it off with a
Enjoy your smoothie!
A Delicious Mango Coconut Water Smoothie Recipe!
This special coconut water smoothie has a lot to offer. The smoothie, consisting of our Chi Coconut Water with Mango, and orange juice. It can rejuvenate you after a workout and rehydrate your body. Our Chi Coconut Water has an excellent source of potassium. Potassium helps your body to maintain steady energy levels and normal heart function. It also aids the heart by preventing clogged arteries and decreases the risk of heart disease.
This smoothie has an extra step too. First freeze the coconut water as ice cubes to use in the smoothie, to make it more like an ice. Skipping this step is fine, you can just use one cup of straight coconut water with regular ice cubes added in. Enjoy the light, refreshing drink and get going with your day!
1 cup Ice Cubes Of Coconut Water & Mango (optional)
A few leaf mint (Optional)
Fill ice trays with coconut water and freeze. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add cold water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately. And enjoy!
Coconut Oil Hair Treatment With Egg Yolks And Honey
Want an easy way to give your hair some TLC? This coconut oil hair treatment is a great conditioner and is perfect for all hair types. It only consists of three ingredients, all of which have long been regarded as great hair conditioners.
If the coconut oil is solid, warm it over low heat until it melts.
Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey. This might take a minute or two of whisking to get the ingredients to combine
In a bowl, separate the egg yolk and white (or, you can use the whole egg if you prefer).
Gently whisk the egg yolk and then slowly add in the coconut oil and honey mixture. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
Apply to dry hair and massage into the hair and the scalp. It is helpful to have someone help you with this, if you can find a willing party. That way, they can ensure you get your entire scalp covered. Plus, it always feels good to have someone else massage your scalp, so it will be like a mini-spa getaway! 🙂
Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave on as long as you can, even overnight if you’re willing. Every so often, you can squish your hair around through the shower cap if you’d like. If you sleep with this mixture in your hair, cover your pillow with an old towel, just in case some leaks out.
When you’re ready to wash it out, just rinse with warm water until everything is removed. If you feel like you hair is still too oily, you can use a gentle shampoo, but if you can avoid shampooing, that is best.
Dry and style as normal.
Almond Coconut Granola Bar Recipe!
No time for breakfast? Granola bars to the rescue. Hungry on the plane? Granola bars sure beat pretzels. Long stretch between lunch and dinner? Again, granola bars. They keep your blood sugar levels stable, and keep you from turning into a cranky, hypoglycemic mess.
Granola bars are the answer!
These bars require about 15 minutes of prep time, then an hour-long rest in the refrigerator to set. Recipe yields 16 granola bars.
1 Cup Chopped Almonds
3/4 cups Quick-Cooking Oats (or old fashioned oats, pulsed briefly in a food processor or blender to break them up)
1 cup large, unsweetened coconut flakes (shredded coconut should work, too)
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Creamy Almond Butter or Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Honey or Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Line a 9-inch square baker with two strips of criss-crossed parchment paper, cut to fit neatly against the base and up the sides. The parchment paper will make it easy for you to slice the bars later.
Toast the almonds for maximum flavor. In a medium skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds, stirring frequently, until they are fragrant and starting to turn lightly golden on the edges, about 5 minutes.
To the mixing bowl, add the oats, toasted almonds, coconut flakes, cinnamon and salt. Stir until blended.
In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, measure out 1 cup almond butter. Top with ½ cup honey, followed by the vanilla extract. Whisk until well blended.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a big spoon to mix them together until the two are evenly combined and no dry oats remain. The drier the mixture, the more firm the bars will be, so stir in extra oats if the mixture seems wet.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared square baker. Use your spoon to arrange the mixture fairly evenly in the baker, then use the bottom of a flat, round surface (like a short, sturdy drinking glass) to pack the mixture down as firmly and evenly as possible.
Cover the baker and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight. This gives the oats time to absorb moisture so the granola bars can set.
When you’re ready to slice, lift the bars out of the baker by grabbing both pieces of parchment paper on opposite corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the mixture.
You can wrap your bars in plastic wrap or parchment paper and keep them several months in the freezer.
D.I.Y. A Peach And Yoghurt Face Mask With Only 2 Ingredients!
Buy 5 peaches and eat them all – except for one. Why you ask?
Save one to give your face a special peachy treat, of course! We’re all up for applying natures fruit on our skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and it absorbs everything we put on it. Keeping this in mind, you already know the benefits of peaches for your skin!
We’re calling this the Glow Peach Face Mask because once you wash it off, your skin will literally deel bright, light and glowing. You have to give it a try to see the results yourself!
1 tbsp Plain Yoghurt
1/2 Mashed/Pureed Peach
1. Collect the ingredients you need to make this peach face mask. Get 1/2 a peach and mash it up with a fork. Add plain unsweetened yogurt. Make sure your yogurt is at room temperature.
2. Mash your peach and yogurt together in a small bowl.
3. Don’t make your mask too drippy and not too thick! Don’t add any more yogurt because this will make the face mask drippy.
4. Using a clean face mask applicator brush, or clean finger tips, apply the face mask gently onto your face. Feel free to use up the whole mask by bringing the face mask down to your neck and cleavage area.
5. Leave your face mask on for 10 – 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. You’ll be amazed at how fresh and glowing your face looks! If you tried out this mask, please leave a comment below telling us how it worked out for you!
How To Make Your Own Mini Coconut Sugar Churros
Do you love churros but too intimidated to make your own? Well Don’t be! This Coconut Churro Bites recipe takes just 30 minutes and it is surprisingly simple and amazing. Made with coconut flour and ghee, then coated in coconut sugar and cinnamon, you won’t be able to stop snacking on these delicious bites! We will guarantee you that!
Cooking time: 20 mins. Prep Time: 10 mins.
Everyone loves churros. These small churro bites are perfectly portable and oh-so delicious!
1/2 Cup of Water
7 tbsp of Ghee
1/2 tbsp Salt
1/2 cup of Coconut Flour
1/4 cup of Arrowroot Flour
3/4 cup of Coconut Oil
1/2 cup of Coconut Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
How to Make Mini Coconut Sugar Churros?
heat water and ghee on a medium heat over stovetop and bring to a low boil
While waiting for the ghee to boil, combine salt, coconut flour and arrowroot flour in a bowl.
Once boiling, stir in flour mixture, mixing until everything is combined and “dough” forms a ball; remove from heat and let cool for approximately five minutes. At this time, combine coconut sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
Add eggs one at a time to dough. Stir vigorously for each one so that dough is soft and not crumbly.
Heat oil in a large skillet and place dough through piping bag.
Once oil is hot enough, carefully pipe out dough, little by little, forming “bites” each time.
Cook each side until golden brown, approximately one minute per side. Immediately place bites into cinnamon sugar mixture and coat them before allowing them to cool.
Make Your Own Mango Citrus Whipped Body Butter!
A perfectly light and silky butter that’s more like whipped cream. The uplifting citrus scent plus the healing properties of mango and Shea Butter make this the perfect lotion for soothing dry skin after the shower. It also has just the right texture for a massage, so consider this a gift for someone who could use a little pampering.
1. Measure all of the ingredients precisely, then add the oils and butters into the double boiler. Melt gently, not letting the mixture get too hot.
2. Set up the ice water bath by adding water and ice to a bowl large enough for the top pot of the double boiler to fit in. When the oils and butter are melted, move the pot to the ice bath and stir in the essential oils and cornstarch.
3. When the mixture is beginning to cool, whip until stiff peaks form. This will happen quickly when the butter is cool enough.
4. Scoop the whipped butter into two clean glass jars and seal airtight. Use within a few months as there are no preservatives to prevent spoiling. Add the contents of a few Vitamin E tablets before whipping for a slightly more extended shelf life.
A Winter Carrot And Coconut Soup Recipe From CHI Cookbook
This Carrot and Coconut Soup is a keeper! It’s super quick to make and insanely delicious—the best combination. It’s light enough to act as a starter or side for your meal, or you can pair it with some naan bread for a light lunch.
Coconut milk is a staple in Thai cooking, but you don;t have to limit it to Asian food; it’s a great resource for making anything super yummy and creamy which is perfect for the winter!
– Prep Time – 15 min (6 Serves)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
knob of fresh root ginger, grated
1 red chilli deseeded and chopped
1 tsp mild curry powder
1 kg carrot, trimmed and sliced
2 lemongrass stalks, bashed
2 orange strips
400g can coconut milk
700ml organic vegetable stock
Heat the oil in a large pan with a lid. Tip in the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli, then cook for 3-5 minutes until soft. Stir in the curry powder, followed by the carrots, lemongrass and zest, then cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes or more.
Give the coconut milk can a shake, then pour most of the coconut milk into the pan along with the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes until the carrots are really soft. Remove the lemongrass and orange zest, then use a stick blender or food processor to whiz until smooth. Ladle into bowls and top with a swirl of reserved coconut milk and an extra sprinkle of curry powder, if you like.
Tip: To give this velvet soup a tiny bit of crunch and extra visual appeal, chia seeds are stirred in after the soup is pureed
How To Make Your Own Coconut Lip Scrub At Home!
Sugar may not be good for you, but when it comes to summertime exfoliating it’s a must—especially for your lips. Starting a lip care regime will keep your pout fresh and kissable as you enter the cooler months, and the good news is that it’s as easy (and sweet) as pie to do.
By exfoliating with a natural scrub, you’ll slough off that top layer of skin often left dry from the sun, exposing a new soft lip that allows for better penetration of hydrating products (like lip balm) and makes your favourite lipsticks go on smoother and last longer.
Small glass container with lid (to store your lip scrub)
Bowl & spoon to mix the ingredients
Step 1: Making The Base
In your bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until you are left with a rich, thick, and SMOOTH consistency.
Step 2: Creating The Sugar Base
Add two firmly packed tablespoons of brown sugar to your base and mix until it is completely integrated and coated, forming a paste. Adjust the sugar-to-base ratio to achieve your desired scrub consistency.
Step 3: Storing Your Natural Lip Scrub
Transfer your delicious lip scrub into your glass container with lid. Make sure to label the jar and add the date so you can keep track of how long you’ve had it. And consider making it in small batches because homemade cosmetics lack the preservatives and don’t last as long. This lip scrub should last for approximately two weeks if you keep it refrigerated.
Step 4: Using The Lip Scrub
Before each use, let the scrub sit out and adjust to room temperature to soften up before applying to your pout. Using a generous amount, apply the scrub to your lips in a circular motion. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then remove with a warm washcloth. Apply Honest Organic Lip Balm or your favourite moisturising lip treatment after each use to maximise the results of your freshly scrubbed lips.
The Importance Of Massaging Your Face!
The face is full of nerves and pleasure points, so it makes sense that a facial massage is a desirable form of pampering. Give yourself a facial massage or visit a professional. Whether you are looking for a quick midday pick-me-up or a soothing escape, the luxury of massage is easily justified by some of its more practical benefits.
Get in a Better Mood
Facial massage decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood, according to a study conducted by the User Science Institute. Psychological tests administered after 45 minutes of facial massaging showed significant improvements in both mood and anxiety levels, according to the 2008 study. A relaxing facial massage may be just what you need to reduce stress.
Massaging prevent Wrinkles
Daily stress often results in tension buildup in the muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between the brows and along the lip line. Gentle, routine facial massage can help relax these tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form. Massage combined with a hydrating moisturiser can also help minimize lines and dryness.
See some examples down below that you can do on a daily basis!
The Deep-Cleansing Massage Massaging an oil cleanser into your skin — instead of just rubbing it on and immediately rinsing it off — can increase its efficacy by as much as 30%. This technique also offers the same results as using an electronic facial brush by helping dissolve oil on the skin — without the risk of breaking capillaries or exacerbating rosacea.
The Plumping/Contouring/Lifting Massage Backstage at fashion shows, you’ll often see models getting facial massages before their makeup is applied so their skin will look extra glowy under the lights. This technique can work just as well for you when you’re getting ready for a night out. It makes the skin look more plump and even-toned, and it temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Delicious Winter Inspired Hot Drinks!
We think that winter is a great time and season for creativity and new beginnings. Whether you’re wrapped in a blanket on your couch or out playing in the snow, working behind a desk, there’s wintry inspiration all around us, and there will be always something to share with our lovely readers!
These are the hot drinks we favour at this time of year: soothing chocolate for gentle evenings at home and a warm spiced almond milk for when you feel a little under the weather.
Honey And Camomile Hot Chocolate.
Something for bedtime, this is also a good way to curb a sweet tooth after dinner. (You can even ad a little shot of dark rum if it takes your fancy!)
(Makes 2 cups)
500 ml almond milk
1 camomile teabag
100g good chocolate, broken up
2 tbsp honey
Heat the milk in a saucepan with the camomile teabag. When it is just about to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes.
Take off the heat, remove the teabag and add the chocolate and honey. Ladle into cups and pop on to a little tray for bedtime.
Golden Turmeric Milk
This sunny yellow milk brightens us up when feeling under par. Try to have a little turmeric every day, usually in a tea; its healing properties have been widely celebrated. Allowing the milk to cool a little before you add the honey will stop the heat damaging the honey’s nutrients. You can also make a peppy morning version with a little grated ginger.
Bash the cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar and put them into a small saucepan with the milk, turmeric and cinnamon. Heat gently until almost boiling, no hotter – if you are using a non-dairy milk, it may split.
Pour into a mug – or strain it if the cardamom seeds bother you – and, once it has cooled a little, stir in the honey. Make sure you don’t spill any, as the lovely yellow colour can be rather persistent.
Using Chi Virgin Coconut Oil For Deep Conditioning
Coconut oil is rapidly growing in popularity for a wide variety of uses and benefits. For everything from cooking to moisturising skin, this miracle oil tops the list of natural alternatives to improve your health and well-being.
Whether you decide to start eating coconut oil, swishing it around your mouth or topically applying it to your hair and skin, coconut oil is something you need in your home. One of the greatest applications of coconut oil is for your hair!
Brr, brr, BRRRR! Has winter finally arrived? The mornings are getting darker and colder as the autumnal weather approaches, and let’s face it. Porridge is a great winter warmer and what better way to start a cold, frosty morning than with a warming bowl of porridge? Breakfast is important to fuel your body for the day, particularly if you’re going for a morning run or a gym session before work. We’re huge fans of icy cold smoothies or granola and fruit in the summer months, but now the weather has turned colder, we’re looking for a toasty alternative.
But there are more reasons to enjoy porridge than just a delicious start to the day; oats could provide protection against heart disease and cancer, scientists say, and porridge is packed with fibre, which provides your body with sustainable energy.
If you are feeling the cold here is a recipe to heat up your mornings with…
A warming oat-free porridge topped with crunchy Giving Tree Snack Pumpkin Crisps and nutritious goji berries and a drizzle of Yacon Syrup!
Place the oats and the coconut milk or water in a large pan over a medium heat
Add a tiny pinch of salt, coconut butter and stir with a wooden spoon.
Bring to a steady simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring as often as you can to give you a smooth creamy porridge – if you like your porridge runnier, simply add a splash more coconut milk or water until you’ve got the consistency you like.
Stir the Yacon Syrup through the porridge.
After you’re satisfied with the consistency, put your oats porridge in a bowl an add your Giving Tree Pumpkin Crisps topping alongside with the Goji Berries, Brazilian Nuts, Pumpkin, chia seeds and a little bit of cinnamon!
Things To Do In London In November 2017
A the evenings get darker, fireworks light up the skies fore Bonfire Night, London’s streets begin to sparkle with Christmas lights, traditional pubs offer a cosy retreat.
There are plenty of things to do in November in London to make the most of the longer nights, or to warm up indoors.
Festive cheer begins to take over the capital from mid-November, as everyone gets ready for Christmas in London. The colder weather is the perfect excuse to head to a cosy pub. London’s pubs are a cultural institution, where you can enjoy warming log fires, local beers and hearty meals.
November Events in London
Special Events in November.
Get up close to classic and futuristic cars at the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the largest free motor show in the UK. (4 Nov)
Watch the dark autumn skies light up with amazing Bonfire Night fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night in November. (3-5 Nov)
Enjoy jazz music in grand concert halls and intimate venues across the capital during the London Jazz Festival. (10-19 Nov)
Witness The Lord Mayor’s Show, an 800-year-old inauguration ceremony that has evolved into a huge procession of marching bands, floats and dancers, followed by a fireworks display. (11 Nov)
Explore the hugely popular Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, filled with festive activities, amazing shows and delicious food and drink. From 17 Nov
See the world of Harry Potter transformed for winter with Hogwarts in the Snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. (From 18 Nov)
Stroll among thousands of twinkling lights and illuminated displays in the beautiful Kew Gardens with Christmas at Kew. (From 22 Nov)
Or head over to Chiswick House and Gardens, which light up with the Magical Lantern Festival as night falls. (From 24 Nov)
From Coconut To Bottle Into 24 Hours And Our Drop4Drop Charity!
Have you ever wondered how our coconut water, which is 100% pure, with no added sugar, no added preservatives and no chemicals is being made?
Check our our brand new video about our RAW COCONUT WATER – from coconut to bottle in 24 hours! And read further to know more about some of the projects we are supporting thanks to your purchase.
Woman and children collectively walk 200 million miles a day to collect, often dirty, unsafe water. With every purchase of Chi, you are helping us to build water wells in the most dilapidated communities in India and Africa.
748 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in nine of the world’s population. Our company aim is to build a minimum of 6 water wells per year at villages that do not have access to running water.
100% of all CHI donated funds go directly towards all projects that our charity partner, Drop4Drop, conduct for each village. We built our first well in a village called S. Papannapalle, in the region of Andhra Pradesh, India in November, 2014.
Access to clean water transforms lives, creates opportunities and lays the foundations to a brighter future. Be part of the solution and see how you can get involved too. Donating just £2 will bring clean water to a new person every month.
To view some of our previous charity activities delivering supplies to Thai orphanages, click here.
How To Make A Healthy Green Juice Recipe!
Think of juicing as a quick way to get lots of vitamins and nutrients into your body. Do your body some real good! We don’t do healthy juice cleanses and don’t use healthy juices as a meal replacement. Instead, we love making a small veggie-packed juice and enjoying it with our (usually fiber rich) breakfast or lunch.
The benefits are so profound, in fact, that you might just get addicted to juicing.Green juices are liquid gold for boosts of energy, nutrients, and restoration. Read more to know how you make a healthy green juice recipe!
PRESS all ingredients through a juicer in batches. Stir and sprinkle some desiccated coconut on your smoothie and serve immediately.
Adjust fruit and veggie amounts to suit your personal taste. More apple equals a sweeter drink. Store any extra in the fridge for up to one day.
There are a lot of benefits of using spinach in this smoothie. Spinach contains vitamin K, fiber, phosphorus, and thiamine. Most of the calories in spinach come from protein and carbohydrates.
Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary potassium, weighing in at 839 milligrams per cup (cooked). To compare, one cup of banana has about 539 milligrams of potassium.
A lack of iron in the diet can effect how efficiently the body uses energy. Spinach is a great source of iron, along with lentils, tuna, and eggs. Make sure to combine vitamin C-rich foods with plant iron to improve absorption.
Spinach is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system, and maintaining blood pressure. Magnesium also plays a part in hundreds more biochemical reactions that occur in the body.
Things To Do In London For Halloween 2017
If you’re looking for something to do for Halloween in London — whether that’s a family-friendly Halloween party, or a more grown-up event — you’re in the right place. We’ll be adding more Halloween 2017 London events to this page closer to the time, so keep checking back.
HORROCTOBER: It’s a terrible pun, but a fantastic line-up at the Prince Charles Cinema’s month-long celebration of all things dark, twisted and creepy. Films being shown include Friday the 13th, Dracula, Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hocus Pocus, The Blair Witch Project, plus foreign language horror films. (1-31 October)
NEWBURGH QUARTER OF CURIOSITY: Halloween lasts a whole two weeks in Carnaby, with Halloween installations appearing throughout the Newburgh Quarter, plus free workshops and masterclasses including potion cocktail making, pumpkin planters, and a Halloween make-up masterclass taking place in the pop-up Quarter of Curiosity Shop. There’s also a Halloween Fright Night Party on 26 October. See schedule for full details. (17-31 October)
HALLOWEEN SÉANCE: The Last Tuesday Society hosts an evening with Philipp Oberlohr, the man described as ‘Austria’s Derren Brown’. He’ll be reconstructing a séance in an immersive performance paired with a menu of Victorian-era cocktails. Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities (Hackney), £20, book ahead, (24 October, 6.30pm/9pm)
GUERILLA SCIENCE:Delve into your darkest nightmares at The Book Club and learn all about sleep paralysis and nightmares from scientists and film makers.£5-£12, book ahead, (25 October, 7pm-10pm)
DICKENS AFTER DARK:Visit the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury for a special edition of Dickens After Dark, the late night, candlelit opening of the museum. Be entertained by the magician or have your fortune told by the housemaid, before sinking a drink or two at the bar. £16, book ahead, (26 October, 6pm)
FRIGHT NIGHT: Forty Hall is being transformed into a haunted house for the night, giving visitors a chance to explore the building by candlelight. Look out for surprising characters along the way, and finish off with a drink in the bar. Age 16+ (although there is a child-friendly version of the event happening at different times).Forty Hall (Enfield), £5, book ahead, (27 October, 6.30pm)
ROOF PARTY:Once again Kensington Roof Gardens hosts a rooftop Halloween party, complete with spookily themed nightclub, plenty of drinks, and a barbecue being fired up throughout the evening. Age 21+. From £20, book ahead, (27 and 28 October, 7pm)
HALLOWEEN WALK:Take a guided tour around the streets of Deptford hearing ghost tales, and stories of grizzly goings on. The walk starts and finishes at Deptford Market Yard, with plenty of food and drink options. Costume optional, but there’s a prize for the best.Free, book ahead, (28 October, 5.30pm)
Make Your Own Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter
Coconut oil is having a moment right now, you guys. Suddenly it’s used by everyone for everything. And rightly so, because it’s apparently pretty amazing. It’s full of vitamin E, antioxidants and healthy fats, and can be used in countless different ways. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for Whipped Coconut Oil Body Lotion.
It can be whipped up in minutes, smells great, and is super moisturising on dry skin. Also, a little goes a long way, so although this recipe doesn’t make a ton of lotion, it will last. Concentrate on spots where your skin is driest – my elbows, and knees, specifically, then rub the excess wherever else you need a little more moisture. We add a bit of olive oil for moisture , to make it a smooth consistency, and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. The lemongrass oil gives the body butter a great scent, and lemongrass comes with its own long list of health benefits as well.
5(or so) drops Lemongrass Essential Oil (or any essential oil of your choice, really). This step is optional.
Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Use a hand- or stand-mixer to whip the ingredients on high for 7 or so minutes until they’ve reached a whipped, airy consistency. Remove you lotion from the bowl and store it in a glass container at room temperature. Apply it after a shower for supple, moisturised skin.
We really have to recommend using only organic, unrefined coconut oil for just about all of the topical things you plan to use coconut oil for. Refined coconut oil can have “other” things in it that you might not want to be absorbed into your body through your skin.
Health Benefits Of Drinking Espresso
Everyone knows that drinking coffee will give you that little caffeine boost. A shot of espresso is particularly well known for this, but what tends to be lesser well known is the fact that espresso offers several other benefits. Here is a list we’ve got for you, if you were searching for another reason to drink espresso! 🙂
It enhances long-term memory.
Mastering the art of pouring the perfect espresso shot is worth it when you consider that by drinking the right amount of caffeine, you can improve your long-term memory.
Neuro-scientist Michael Yassa, from the University of California, conducted a study which found that drinking the equivalent of two espressos enhanced the process of memory consolidation. This process, in turn, improved long-term memory among the subjects.
Stick to the recommended amount if you want to see improvements since the study did not find any benefits for those who consumed more or less than two cups.
It increases attention.
Many people start off their day with a shot of espresso, and this comes as no surprise. Caffeine has been found to reduce symptoms of fatigue, while also improving sustained attention and vigilance. These effects are thought to occur thanks to a neuro-chemical interaction.
Coffee maintains a greater dopamine concentration, particularly in the areas of the brain that are linked to attention. Keep in mind that the benefits tend to be short-term, and you want to avoid overdoing it. Too much caffeine can make you feel jittery, making it far harder to concentrate.
It reduces the risk of a stroke.
In a Swedish study conducted by Susanna Larsson, researchers found that drinking at least one cup of coffee a day can lessen the risk of suffering from a stroke. This result is thought to be due to the antioxidant properties of coffee.
The study concentrated on a group of women over a 10-year period. They concluded that drinking one or more cups of coffee a day reduced your chances of suffering from a stroke by 25%. Another study found similar results in male smokers, whose risk was reduced by 21% with eight or more cups of coffee a day.
It can help you lose weight.
What sets espresso apart from some of the other beverages found at coffee shops, is that it is low-calorie. It only contains about three calories per ounce, assuming you’re not adding any sugar or cream.
But, besides being low-calorie, it can also help to improve your exercise performance. A study published in the Medicine and Science in Sports Journal found that caffeine made workouts appear less strenuous, by lowering the perceived level of exertion by over 5%.
Besides making exercise seem easier, coffee also reduces the level of perceived muscle pain which occurs when doing exercises. Ingesting a dose of caffeine equivalent to two or three cups of coffee an hour before 30 minutes of workout reduces muscle pain, allowing you to push yourself a little bit harder.
Coconut Oil and Avocado Face Mask
Coconut oil is an oil with many healing properties. It is rich in Vitamins A and K. It is a great moisturiser as well because it helps your skin retain moisture. If you are struggling with dry skin that loses its moisture quickly, then this homemade Coconut Oil and Avocado dry skin treatment is the one for you. As with any homemade mask, make sure that you are not allergic to coconut oil if you haven’t used it on your face before. Do the same with avocado, although you should not have any allergic reaction. You will warm up the coconut oil so that it is in liquid form instead. Organic coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature.
Honey is an all natural astringent and toner. It helps your skin retain its moisture and since honey is also an antiseptic, it clears your upper layer of skin from acne causing bacteria. Use this homemade face mask to moisturise your face, and give it the healthy nutrients it needs to achieve that optimal healthy glow!
Warm up the coconut oil in a dish using the microwave. Once you have warmed the coconut oil, and it is a liquid, mash the avocado in a bowl using a fork and add the coconut oil and honey. Mix all the ingredients well.
Before applying this mask to your face, wash your face with warm water. Using your clean fingertips, apply this homemade face mask to your dry skin and let it set for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off properly with warm water and pat dry when you’re done. Use your toner and moisturise as usual.
Your skin should feel smooth and moisturised afterwards.
Make Your Own Delicious Tropical Coconut Smoothie Bowl
Not escaping to the tropics this winter? Right there with you ! But before you think about fake-cationing, make this refreshing recipe with the crazy-good combo of coconut and banana! A spring of mint and coconut flakes finishes the coconut smoothie bowl off with a pop of springtime freshness.
Smoothie bowls are an up and coming trend, not because everyone else is doing it, but because they are surprisingly delicious and healthy! You can use this smoothie bowl for breakfast, snack, or even lunch. Whenever you like feeling it. They are loaded up with additional nutritional goodies like fruit, chocolate and oats, since you don’t have to drink it through a straw. You can dress them up and make them gorgeous for an Instagram post as well!
A blend of four different kinds of berries gives it a beautiful colour and flavour. The touch of honey gives the smoothie a simple sweetness without adding any sugar to it. The banana helps to thicken it up as well as adding potassium to the dish. It gives you a good start to start off your day. Finish and dress up your smoothie with fresh whole fruits, chia seeds (optional), and mini vegan chocolate chips and you’re well on your wat to a healthy delightful breakfast. You can even eat it as a snack when you feel hungry!
Combine all the smoothie ingredients together in a blender and blend everything until smooth
Pour the smoothie into two bowls and top with toppings, dividing the toppings evenly between the two bowls and dress it up, Instagram ready!
Health Benefits Of Smoothies + Strawberry Smoothie Recipe!
Why do so many people consume healthy smoothies on a regular basis? We have our own reasons, but we thought it would be fun and helpful for others to collect all the populair reasons into one spot. After you read this we think you’ll be convinced that developing the habit of making healthy smoothies on a daily basis is an excellent investment of your time and money!
The 10 Reasons to Consume Healthy Smoothies
Get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables.
It’s quick and easy to make
Kids will like smoothies.
Easier weight loss
Delicious with your own favourite fruits
Reach your own personal health goals
Strengthens your immune system
Strawberry Smoothie Recipe!
A great smoothie for any time of the day! If you’re not already a fan of strawberries, you should be. Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (Like Vitamin C ) which promotes your eye health. Strawberry helps fighting cancer and it keep wrinkles at bay!
Here you have a few reasons you should add more strawberries to your smoothies! They are therefore a brilliant addition to your morning smoothie!
Grind the Giving Tree Strawberry Crisps in your spice grinder , like a fine strawberry powder. Make sure to have one tablespoon of strawberry powder.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Add the liquids first this makes blending much easier!
The Best Prawn And Pumpkin Curry Recipe For Halloween!
The pumpkin carving has begun, and we have a delicious pumpkin recipe to make. This impressive prawn and pumpkin curry may look complicated, but once you have all the ingredients ready it’s quite easy to make for your loved ones.
Pumpkin or butternut squash 700g, peeled and cut into rough chunks
Cumin seeds, 1 tsp
Shallots, 200g finely diced
Turmeric, 1/2 tsp
Ground cumin, 1/2 tsp
Ground coriander, 1/2 tsp
Tomatoes, 2 small diced
Black mustard seeds, 1 tsp
Fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp
Curry leaves, 15
Garlic, 2 cloves chopped
Shallots, 2 finely chopped
Toss the prawns with the chilli, turmeric, lemon juice, 3 tbsp veg oil and 1 tsp sea salt and chill for 2 hours.
For the curry paste, whizz the ingredients, with 100ml warm water, in a blender.
To make the sauce base heat the oven to 220c/fan 200c/gas. Toss the pumpkin in a little vegetable oil and the whole cumin seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until tender.
Put a large pan over a high heat, add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and cook the shallot until lightly browned. Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook for a further minute. Add the tomato, stir and then stir in the curry paste. Season with sea salt to your own taste.
To make the Tarka, heat another 2tbsp of vegetable oil in a separate pan until very hot. Add the mustard seeds and fenugreek and stand back while they pop. After a few seconds, add the curry leaves, garlic and red onion. Sizzle for 30 seconds and then add to the main sauce.
Add the baked pumpkin to the sauce, cover and simmer gently for about 5 minutes. You can prep-ahead up to this point. When you’re ready to serve. reheat gently then add the marinated prawns, continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes until the prawns are just cooked. Finally, add the baby spinach and stir into the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat as the spinach will wilt very quickly.
Chi 100% Raw Coconut Oil using for cleaning.
Just another reason to love our Chi 100% Raw Coconut Oil- It functions as a leather conditioner/cleanser.
We know a lot of people who wear leather shoes and inquire about leather boot care or people with leather furniture, so we compiled this guide for you, with the primary tool being as simple as one of our favorites:
The key to maintain leather shoes or even furniture is to periodically replenish the natural oils that repel moisture. Most people don’t have flaxseed oil, so therefore you can also condition leather with Coconut Oil; it is hypoallergenic and won’t spoil.
First, clean the leather using vinegar and water. Then, rub the Coconut Oil with a soft rag. To avoid excess absorption, the leather should be at room temperature, and the only heat should be come from your hands and the friction created by the movement of the cloth.
Restore dried-out leather
Have your sofa or leather jacket seen better days? Breathe some life back into dried-out leather by wiping the surface with a damp cloth and then rubbing on some coconut oil with a soft cloth. Wipe off any excess oil with a clean cloth and marvel at the transformation
To polish wood.
If you want to polish wood with Coconut Oil you need to drop a spoonful of Coconut Oil onto the wood, now rub it in with circular motions with an old t-shirt. After five minutes rub any excess oil off with a towel. Let your furniture dry and see how your wooden furniture is glowing again!
Using these tips and just a little of that fabulous coconut oil, you can make your own natural home cleaning products in no time. And not a harsh chemical in sight. Feel free to use this method with our Chi 100% Raw Coconut Oil for amazing results!
Coconut oil for anti ageing and problem-skin treatment.
As we get older, our skin struggles to regenerate like it used to as the fat cells underneath our skin start to reduce in size and the inner layers of the skin become thinner. Our skin loses its firmness and bounce only to be left with the widely hated, wrinkles. We will all have to at some point deal with wrinkles, although how much one ages facially will vary in each individual depending on a number of factors including genetics, diet and weight and sun exposure, to name just a few.
Coconut oil has been found to substantially help reduce wrinkles and this is done by encouraging collagen* production (the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues). This method is better than attempting to cover up wrinkles in various areas around the face, which will only result in more wrinkles.
Coconut oil has been very successful and has been clinically tested to aid in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. This is a category of eczema that expresses itself as an area of red and itchy skin, it could be severe or reoccurring.
Coconut oil is also anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, which means it can be used in healing fungal and yeast infections.
Due to these anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil is becoming extremely popular in treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In fact, it was found in a recent study that nearly half of patients that were diagnosed with a chronic skin condition who used coconut oil saw a noticeable difference in their skin. On the other hand, just 19 percent of individuals who applied mineral oil to their skin to treat their condition saw a noticeable difference. Therefore using coconut oil on a regular basis may help in alleviating symptoms.
We can easily see how coconut oil can be extremely favourable in helping improve skin conditions whilst also containing anti-ageing properties.
What is oil pulling and why you should do it
Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Did you ask yourself what it is and why people are doing it? No? Well, then this post will bring some clarity.
Oil pulling is a method to do mouth cleansing in a natural way. It is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice and has been used in coconut producing countries for hundreds of years.
You can do oil pulling with different kinds of oil but it is mostly done with coconut oil. We at Chi also use coconut oil for our oil pulling, which is organic, raw, virgin and cold-pressed. It has a lot of benefits and is pleasant to the taste. Moreover, coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties, which is very advantageous when doing oil pulling.
You mainly do oil puling to receive a better oral hygiene and get rid of bacteria in your mouth. The method to do it is very simple and easy. You just have to swish the coconut oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. Do this preferably in the morning before you eat or drink anything. After that, you spit it out into the trash or toilet. Don’t swallow it! The oil should look milky and be watery now. If it isn’t, you didn’t swish it long enough. You shouldn’t spit it into the sink as it contains all the toxins from your mouth. Furthermore, you don’t want to clog your sink drain. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with warm sea salt water, as it will kill any lingering bacteria. But that is optional. What you definitely have to do is to brush your teeth afterwards!
You not only receive a better oral hygiene by doing oil pulling. There are more benefits coming with it. Some examples are a better breath and better overall hygiene in the mouth, whiter teeth, the healing of bleeding gums, better skin or the detoxification of your body. But as already said, these are just some examples out of a lot. Furthermore, coconut oil also contains a lot of vitamins that are easily digestible. It provides you with vitamin A, D, E and K.
If you want to have visible results, you should do oil pulling for at least two weeks. The Chi Oil Pulling kit is available in a two-week course, a four-week course or a six-week course. As you should do the oil pulling every day, the courses contain one sachet for every day. After a few days you will see the first results and you will notice the benefits.
If you have never tried oil pulling before, you should now! We have listed the benefits and it is so easy to integrate it into your daily routine. Oil pulling is the natural and healthy way compared to all the other chemical methods, which are more harmful than helping. So if you want to give your body a treat, try oil pulling.
What is organic extra virgin coconut oil?
We all hear about coconut oil and its benefits. But there are also a lot of different types on the market,which can sometimes be really confusing. There is regular coconut oil, extra virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil, organic coconut oil… What is the difference and which product is the best?
Today we want to tinker with organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil as this is also the type of our Chi Coconut Oil. You will get a brief overview what virgin coconut oil means and you can read about some differences between this and ordinary coconut oil.
At first, we will look at how the coconut oil is made or rather, extracted. This is also one of the crucial differences between regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil. The latter is extracted from the coconut milk, which the coconut contains. In the process after, the coconut oil is separated from the coconut milk. Chi Coconut Oil is never heated at that point. This means, that neither any artificial filtering nor any chemicals or bleachers are used in the process of extracting.
How to distinguish?
Regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil look extremely similar, which makes it nearly impossible to differ them with the naked eye. But the labels will help you to find out which oil you are dealing with. Another hint for extra virgin coconut oil is the fact that it will melt in your hand due to the body heat, whereas regular coconut oil won’t melt. Another difference is that refined (regular) coconut oil has a less strong taste and smell of coconuts than extra virgin coconut oil.
As no heat is used during the extraction process, all the nutrition and benefits are kept in the oil. Vitamins and minerals are retained and occur way more than in regular coconut oil. Moreover, extra virgin coconut oil contains good cholesterol, almost no trans fatty acids, more vitamins, antioxidants and minerals than regular and therewith refined coconut oil. Furthermore, its shelf life is extremely long – up to two and a half years!
To summarise this little overview of organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil, we want to tell you, that it is simply amazing for you and your body. We are sure that you already know about the benefits of coconut oil but if you want to refresh your knowledge, read our blog post about in which other ways you can use it. Coconut oil is very versatile and that makes it really easy for us to ingest it. So give yourself and your body a treat and put some Chi Coconut Oil in your shopping trolley next time you go to the shops.
Recipes with PACK’D frozen smoothie kits and Chi Raw Coconut Water
When you read our blog on a regular basis, you know that we had the pleasure to try the frozen smoothie kits from PACK’D. They are absolutely delicious and that’s why we decided to create some recipes with the PACK’D kits in combination with our Chi Raw Coconut Water.
Below, you can find the recipes for a tropical breakfast smoothie bowl, a delicate berry smoothie and an energising post workout smoothie. All of the recipes are super easy to make, take no time at all and the taste of them is just scrumptious! Have fun trying them out!
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to a blender and add the PACK’D smoothie kit. Peel the mango and add it together with the banana, the coconut flakes and the yoghurt to the blender and blend until smooth. Decorate your bowl with some more yoghurt, granola and the freeze-dried fruit and enjoy a tropical breakfast.
Chi Raw Coconut Water
A handful of blueberries
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to the blender and add the smoothie kit and the fruit. Blend until smooth.
Post Workout Smoothie
Chi Raw Coconut Water
A handful of blueberries
A teaspoon of protein powder
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water and all of the other ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.
Things to do in August
London has a lot to offer! Also in August there are a lot of things to do in our favourite city. You can choose from a variety of events, from a relaxed night in an outdoor cinema to a sweaty workout up on a rooftop!
Below, you can find a list with our highlights of must-do’s in August. Enjoy hand have fun!
English National Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
When was the last time you saw a ballet? Romeo and Juliet are back in London and the English National Ballet Philharmonic will exhibit their talent once again. You will be excited about the performance the dancers show in their wonderfully pretty costumes. The Royal Festive Hall will take you to Verona, the little place in Italy. For nearly three hours, you will be part of the romantic love story between Romeo and Juliet. Pack your tissues and enjoy a wonderful night.
London Craft Beer Festival
August means time for London craft Beer Festival! From 4 August until 6 August beer will flow like water and if this wasn’t enough, it’s also the 5th birthday of the festival! This year the party will take place at Shoreditch Electric Light Station for the first time. Except from beer, you can find some delish food and listen to relaxed tunes mixed by selected DJs. So prepare your liver friends and raise your glass, cheers!
Pop Up Screens
You feel like going to the cinema but want to take advantage of the good weather at the same time? Well, we have the perfect solution for you! The Pop Up Screens will set up shop in different places around London this summer. Lean back in your deck chair sipping a cider and enjoy the good old classics like Pretty Woman or the latest blockbusters such as Doctor Strange. Much better than a cinema hall but don’t forget to bring your raincoat (you know London…).
Summertime – Festival time! The one-day festival was invented by the teams behind XOYO, The Nest and Phonox as well as Croatian festivals Dimensions and Outlook last year. This year will be even more epic and Brockwell Park will be transformed to a huge party area on 12 August. Don’t be worried if there is some music you like. You will be provided with jazz, electronica, house, hip hop, dubstep, techno, soul, drum & bass and disco – so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Have fun dancing the night away.
Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace
Foodies Festival is the biggest food festival in the UK and this year it takes place at Alexandra Palace on Bank holiday Weekend (26-28 August). There will be five different areas, the chef’s theatre, the cakes and dessert theatre, the drinks theatre, a live music stage and a kids cookery theatre. Meet some of the most excellent chefs, bake some marvellous cakes or enjoy an afternoon tea, take part in a wine tasting or listen to some tunes at the live music stage. Don’t forget to bring your kids as they will have a great time at the kids cookery theatre. An enjoyable celebration about food, drinks and cooking.
Notting Hill Carnival
The biggest street party known in London and beyond will happen as well on Bank Holiday Weekend this August. In and around London W10 and W11 the streets will be filled with hundreds of people celebrating the Caribbean culture. Decide if you want to go on Saturday and listen to bands or enjoy outdoor entertainment, on Sunday, the traditional Family Day, with the Sunday Parade in the afternoon or choose Monday, the Grand Final with the enormous parade. Get into that Caribbean feeling and experience something you’ll never forget!
Ham Yard Roof Terrace Summer Sessions
The Ham Yard Hotel offers some amazing summer sessions from 31 July until 30 August. The month will be divided into three sections. From 31 July until 8 August the Summer Sundowners will take place, addressing the cocktail lovers. The Garden to Glass session, taking place from 12 August until 18 August will serve some delicious cocktails inspired by the kitchen garden and with some tasty ingredients. The last section (19 August until 30 August) is for the ones of you adoring wine! Rosé on the Roof provides a variety of the pinky beverage from around the world. Decide which session you like best and enjoy a memorable night with incomparable sunset views.
The Covent Garden Comedy Club and Nightclub
Need some laughter again? Then go to Covent Garden and enjoy a night of comedy and fun. Throughout the month the Covent Garden Comedy Club will host some of the funniest comedians who will tickle the laughter out of you. Enjoy a Dinner & Comedy Package or bring your own food to top the night off. Everyone knows that we adults laugh way too little so take the initiative and head to Covent Garden.
HIIT the roof
Aviary is a rooftop bar and restaurant in the Mountcalm Hotel located at Finsbury Square. But this summer it doesn’t only serve fancy drinks but transforms into a gym! Yes right, you can have sweaty workout sets on the top of the 10th floor feeling a light breeze. The workouts will be on the basis of Run, Condition and Move. We wanna see you sweat!
Last Days of Shoreditch
How about a casual evening or night al Last Days of Shoreditch? The venue offers several events on Thursdays to Sundays throughout the month. Have fun with friends at a karaoke night, join one of the great parties or just go there and have some food. Get that quality time and pack your friends!
Acai, Berry and Coconut Summer Smoothie Bowl
Summer has finally arrived in London which we are very happy about! To celebrate this, we want to share a super delicious recipe today. We proudly present – drum roll – the Acai-Blueberry-Coconut-Mango Summer Smoothie Bowl!
This smoothie bowl tastes like summer on a spoon. It refreshes you right in the morning (but you can of course also have it as an afternoon snack). The taste of the tropics will explode in your mouth as you take the first bite! Acai is a superfood, showing a lot of antioxidants. It will protect you of free radicals, which can lead to chronic diseases. In combination with fresh berries, a juicy mango and the creamy coconut you will experience a super yummy taste adventure. Additionally, this smoothie bowl is all vegan, dairy- and gluten-free!
Simply blend all the ingredients together until they are smooth. Decorate your bowl nicely and enjoy your summery breakfast!
7 amazing rooftop bars and beer gardens in London
To all Londoners out there – and those who are in London over the summer -, you better listen up! Summer is (finally) getting closer and this means that you should go outside as much as possible, enjoy the sun, so basically get tanned and meeting up with your friends for a fresh drink. As London is a really big town with plenty of different places to grab a drink, we would like to present you our personal selection of 8 amazing beer gardens and rooftop bars.
1) Netil 360
The perfect place to be on a warm summer evening, watching the sun slowly going down over the London skyline with some electro-pop beats playing in the background. Can you wish for anything else?
2) Earl of Essex
This beer garden is basically the back garden of a craft beer pub and besides serving of course really good beer, you can also get some high quality ciders there. You can enjoy your drink in a really cozy atmosphere with picnic tables and surrounded by some ivy tendrils climbing up the brick walls.
3) Queen of Hoxton
This rooftop bar located in the heart of Camden is a real hippie adventure. Artistically coloured chairs and picnic tables stand next to pink and yellow flowerpots. To sum up, a happy hippie paradise and if you have a look at their events, you can even find some open-air cinema sessions organised on the rooftop.
4) Grand Union Brixton
You should totally check out this beer garden if you feel like going on a holiday just for one evening. In this bar you can sit in a beach cabana à la Ibiza while listening to some acoustic live music.
5) Dalston Roof Park
This rooftop bar is not only perfect to chill and drink with your fellows, but also the place to be for special events just as amazing rooftop gigs that you can check out before going there.
6) Garden Gate
Have you already been to Hampstead Heath? If you feel like being surrounded by nature and only nature after living day by day the urban London life, this area should definitely be on your “To-Go” list. You will feel las if you were in a completely new setting, far away from London, and at the same time it’s a really good spot for an amazing view over London. AND you can grab a cold beer at The Garden Gate – we just introduced you to the perfect plan for a day trip, right?
7) Frank’s Cafe
Probably one of the biggest rooftop bars so far. And for all those who didn’t know: Peckham is one of the best places to go out in London! Some recent surveys even made Peckham to one of the areas in which many Londoners would like to live. So let’s start by at least grabbing a beer or a cocktail at Frank’s Café!
It’s Competition time!
Hey we have good news for you! You can now win your own food box with a selection of our Chi products, The Giving Tree crisps as well as some amazing and organic cereal snacks by our friends from Raw Gorilla.
So if you want to participate in the competition, keep reading the following instructions to get to know more about the prize and the how to win it!
What can you expect?
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Pure
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Matcha
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Coffee
2x Chi Coconut Milk 1l
4x of 18g Giving Tree crisps (Strawberry, Broccoli, Mango & Pumpkin)
6x of 36g Giving Tree crisps (Peach, Apple, Mango, Strawberries, Mixed Veg, Broccoli)
Tag a friend you would like to share the prize with under the picture
The competition will be running from the to Wednesday the 28th June at 2pm. Good luck!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
TOP 5 Thai dishes with coconut that you should try!
As you may have already noticed, we use coconuts from Thailand and thanks to that our coconut water and milk has a sweet natural flavor. So today we will make you discover 5 thai dishes, which will allow you to use our products to create a tasty meal for you and your friends and family!
This soup is quite classic and quick to make: indeed, as you will see in the recipe you don’t need many complicated ingredients, just some quintessential Thai ingredients which will create the rich and dynamic flavor of this chicken and coconut soup!
Feel free to share your thoughts about those recipes with us, whether you liked it or not and don’t forget to stock up on CHI coconut milk and CHI coconut waters to continue cooking sweet and tasty recipes like these!
5 coconut recipes for a refreshing summer
Believe it or not – summer is finally knocking on London’s door! And in celebration of this good news we would like you be to perfectly prepared for the hottest season of the year with some refreshing recipes for coconut inspired drinks. Smoothies, Cocktails and Co are definitely indispensable for summer and as we don’t want you to get bored by sucking at the straw of your usual pina colada cocktail, watch out for these amazing and original coconut drinks:
1) Spice it up!
Let’s begin with a slightly spicy cocktail, combining coconut and pineapple:
2) Spicy but creamy
If you are however quite sensitive and don’t really know yet weather you really like spicy drinks, you should first of all try this Coconut and Turmeric Smoothie. The creamy texture will moderate the turmeric’s spicy touch and all in all you can enjoy a fresh and healthy drink.
3) Modern Mojito
The third recipe is actually one of the bestsellers in terms of cocktails – but you surely haven’t tried it in the following version yet! Say hello to an amazing Frozen Coconut Mojito:
4) Chocolate Shock
And in case you are waking up in the morning on a hot summer day, just craving for a refreshing drink instead of a sumptuous, this amazing Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Smoothie will be perfect for you!
5) Blue Surprise
Last but not least we have a really special one for you: get ready for a little bit of colour! This Blue Coconut Cocktail looks quite fancy and will refresh you for sure:
We hope that we could help you out for those hot summer days! And soon we will also provide with some amazing recipes for some coconut desserts – yummy!
12 reasons to drink Chi coconut water
Guest blogger Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is a big fan of our Chi drinks. Being passionate about food, fashion and lifestyle, she’s here to share 12 reasons why she is totally in love with coconut water – and why you should be too!
1) Chi coconut water is low in calories
Summer is well on its way and for many of us, that means cutting down on the calories a bit. Chi can help you get trim for your holiday. It’s much lower in calories than your average, store-bought drink, containing half the calories of orange juice (19 calories/100ml).
As Chi is also 100% natural, there are no nasties such as artificial colours and flavourings for your body to deal with. Pick up a bottle instead of your full-fat coke, and watch the pounds fall off.
2) Chi is high in fibre
The reasons to swap your soda for Chi just keep on coming.
A glass a day will help you work towards meeting your recommended fibre intake too. Fibre is essential for the digestion process, as it bulks up stools, allowing them to pass through the digestive tract more easily.
The recommended daily amount is around 30g for adults – a number Chi can help make achievable. Just 250ml will provide you with an impressive 7.5% of your RDA, compared with just 2% for the same quantity of orange juice.
As far as fibre is concerned, Chi coconut water comes out on top!
3) Chi is high in potassium
If you don’t know much about potassium, here’s a quick low-down:
Potassium is an electrolyte, required for the regulation of the body’s water level. It helps ensure you become neither dehydrated, nor retain excess water.
Chi’s high potassium content is one of the reasons people love drinking it as a sport’s drink. When we sweat whilst working out, we lose essential minerals along with water. A glass of Chi helps to replenish the fluids lost and rebalance the body.
Potassium has loads of other benefits too. It’s often used to treat migraines, cardiovascular health and constipation. With a 250ml glass containing 625mg of potassium, your 12.5% daily intake has never been easier to meet!
4) Chi coconut water is gentle on the stomach
Raw, organic and 100% natural – Chi’s is an ideal drink to soothe upset stomachs.
Chi contains loads of electrolytes and antioxidants inside each glass, helping to flush out toxins and rebalance the digestive system. Coconut water also contains tannins, which are known for reducing inflammation.
Stick to water and 100% natural coconut water and you should be feeling great again in no time.
5) No refined sugar
Now, I’m not saying coconut water is sugar-free. There are naturally occurring sugars in Chi, 3.71g/100ml to be exact.
These naturally occurring sugars are, however, completely different to the refined sugars you find in a can of pop. This is because fizzy drinks contain highly processed sugar, and little else. This sugar leads to a spike in insulin levels, leaving your hormones all over the place.
Chi’s, however, has a high nutritional value, including lots of dietary fibre. Fibre help the body absorb naturally occurring sugars more slowly, releasing regular energy over time.
6) Chi is high in magnesium
Magnesium plays a key role in so many of our bodies functions. Fall short on your recommended daily intake and you could experience muscle cramps, poor sleep and even anxiety.
Unlike fizzy drinks, which contain no magnesium at all, Chi is relatively rich in magnesium – a 250ml glass contains around 15% of your recommended daily allowance.
Chi could be the key to reaching your RDA of magnesium, supporting your body in over 300, complex enzyme reactions.
7) Chi could help lower your blood pressure
Worryingly, one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure. It can happen to anyone, that’s why ensuring you live a lifestyle that actively prevents it is so important.
A balanced diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables (and Chi!), can help maintain a low blood pressure. Fresh, 100% natural produce contains plenty of potassium, which is key in regulating the effects on salt on the body.
Get enough potassium, and your helping your body to keep your blood pressure stable.
8) 100% natural Chi is extremely low in fat
The ‘fat debate’ has been going on for many years. Should we avoid them, or embrace them? And if the latter, which ones are the best? Well, the truth is that weneedfats to live.
Fats provide us with an extra source of energy when all of our carbohydrates are used up. Besides exercise, this energy is also essential for growth, brain function, healthy skin, and much more.
So fats should indeed be embraced, but it’s not an excuse to overindulge. Excess fat consumption can lead to high cholesterol and other health problems. In order to avoid this, the recommended daily saturated fat allowance of 24g should be adhered to.
In order not to exceed this, it’s best to have a balanced diet of both fatty and low-fat foods. Chi contains few (0.2g/100ml) and only naturally occurring fats, making it a healthy addition to your diet.
9) Chi is an ideal cleanser & toner for sensitive skin
So we’ve heard all about the nutritional benefits of Chi, but did you also know it can be used on skin?
When used on the skin, coconut water is extremely hydrating, leaving skin looking plumped and refreshed. Being 100% natural, raw and organic it’s a gentle cleanser for sensitive or problem-prone skin.
If you want to see what Chi is really made of, try using it to remove makeup. It’s extremely gentle and soothing – and also much cheaper than beauty brands. Use by applying to coconut wool pads and sweeping over the face.
10) Chi coconut water contains vitamin C
Anything with the word ‘vitamin’ in front of it has got to be good. Chi contains generous amounts of Vitamin C, which has a wide array of health benefits.
Vitamin C works to boost our immune system, making the body more adept at protecting us from sickness. Externally, it’s essential for wound repair, helping our bodies to grow connective tissues that heal our cuts. Best of all, Vitamin C plays an important role in the production of mood-enhancing chemicals in our body – drinking Chi really will make you smile!
11) Chi coconut water gives back
One of the best things about Chi is that it’s 100% honest. What you see on the packaging is what you get – nothing but 100% raw, organic coconut water.
But Chi isn’t just ethical in the product it provides – it goes a step further. Working hand in hand with Drop4Drop to deliver water wells to underdeveloped communities in India and Africa, Chi like to give a little back.
By choosing Chi coconut water, you’re also helping those most in need across the world. Every carton you buy gives communities safe access to one of the most vital human needs – water.
Chi’s benefits are never ending. For your health, for your skin, for the environment and for other, less-fortunate people around the world, there’s no comparable coconut water in the UK.
12) Chi coconut water is available in different flavours
If you’re the type of person that gets bored easily, you’ll be pleased to know Chi has many different flavours to explore. From a Cold Brew Coffee & Raw Coconut Water to get you going in the morning to a 100% Pure Coconut Water & Pineapple for post-workout revitalisation, there’s a Chi coconut water perfect for every occasion.
As if we needed any more reasons to drink Chi!
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Matcha Tea is good for you!
Coconut water lovers and Matcha tea lovers, we’ve got what you were waiting for! Chi has created the UK’s first 100% raw coconut water from Nam Hom young coconuts brewed with the finest Japanese matcha Tea. By combining these two noble ingredients, Chi has made the tastiest and healthiest drink ever seen on the market.
You may already have heard of matcha as a superfood or at least healthy food trend. Well, there are indeed lots of benefits you can get out of these delicate tealeaves.
Therefore we would like to give you a little introduction into the world of matcha: this superfood is basically just tea and more precisely a special form of green tea, packed with lots of amazing benefits. One of those benefits are antioxidants which have a huge anti-aging effect on the human body and skin.
By fighting all the so-called free radicals in your body, which are responsible for the aging of your body’s cells. Antioxidants help generally to slow down this aging process and the result is not only clearly visible but can also be felt in a few time. Being in this way almost a wonder aliment, matcha has of course even more magical benefits like f. ex. preventing disease and lowering cholesterol and blood sugar. Honestly, those are really amazing benefits you shouldn’t miss out!
That’s why we absolutely wanted to mix the power of matcha with our Raw Coconut Water. And this led us to two magical ingredients in just one bottle with thousands of benefits for you and your body.
And last but not least we have some good news for all you coffee addicts out there, as we also launched a second new product in our Chi drink range: Raw Coconut Water with cold brew coffee!
So whenever you feel stressed out or completely exhausted, just take a sip of one of our new drinks and you will literally feel your body coming into balance again. #zen
We found the best fitness classes for you to keep you from getting bored. Here are the craziest workouts in London.
British Military Fitness classes take place in the great outdoors in parks throughout the UK. Every BMF class is different, caters for all fitness levels, and our military-trained instructors guarantee results. Participants will be challenged, motivated, and above all, have serious fun.
A fusion of Yoga and Voguing combining the breath synchronised moves of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class. This is for those who like the idea of yoga but want a cardio workout without losing the holistic benefits and focus.
Hooping is known to be a fantastic way to tone that troublesome tummy area, but there are many other benefits that can be gained from spinning the humble hoop, namely improved strength, coordination and calorie burning.
Chi fundraise with Crowdcube!
Today is your opportunity to own shares in your favourite coconut brand with Crowdcube!
Are you a lover of the most natural, organic and innovative health products on the market? Fancy getting more involved with one of the most innovative companies in the Coconut market? Keep reading…
Chi is an FMCG brand selling a variety of raw and organic coconut based products globally. Stocked in 1,000’s of stores including Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods and Asda. With new products ready to be released, capital is required to facilitate this and further grow distribution.
– Over 1.5m products sold from its range last year – Products are sold worldwide in thousands of stores – The UK’s coconut water market is worth approximately £100m – Chi are in talks with one of the UK’s leading soft drinks companies TO INVEST VISIT CROWDCUBE
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We now want to reach the next level, with the launch of 2 healthy drinks and more innovations in the pipeline. We need YOUR help to make healthy foods affordable to everyone!!
Please feel free to contact us for more information or arrange a meeting – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you into the Chi family!
Chi Winter Recipes
Chi Winter Recipe Comfort Food
This Winter, we all want to eat food that warms us up and enjoy food that make us feel toasty and warm..however, with this can often include dishes loaded with high amounts of sugar, fat and salt!
We decided to try out our own winter recipes here in Chi HQ and create some delicious recipes to keep us going, and of course impress your loved ones too!.
Here are our favourites from Naturally Sassy! (www.naturallysassy.co.uk)
Not only are pumpkins awesome for carving scary faces into, they’re also incredibly nutrient dense. A cup of pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good eye health, and helps to form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones. They’re packed full of fibre and antioxidants such as beta-carotene. What’s not to love!
These tahini caramels are perfect for party nibbles – Tahini is absolutely bursting with calcium and skin loving omegas. It’s high in protein and helps keep you feeling energised and sustained. So not only is this recipe super yummy for you tahini addicts, it’s absolutely packed with goodness too! Try using Chi coconut oil in this lovely recipe!
Amazing beauty tricks with coconut oil!
We are all familiar with the multiple and highly beneficial ways in which coconut oil can be used; as a beauty product and as a healthy and delicious oil to cook with. A large range of beauty products can in fact be made at home using coconut oil as the primary ingredient and not much else. The result is a beauty product that is cheap, wholly organic and personalised to your own tastes. Here we reveal some of our favourite and innovative ways of using coconut oil in DIY recipes.
Coconut oil on its own has been a popular choice as an all round moisturiser. However regular users can sympathise with the effort that is required to apply coconut oil on, especially when it hardens in colder temperatures. The process is made more tedious by having to heat the coconut oil up before application. One solution is to therefore use coconut oil to make a moisturiser in a whipped or bar form:
Whipped coco-nutty body butter
You will need:
1/2 cup (preferably organic)
Coconut oil (solid)
1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
1/2 teaspoon of desired essential oils
KitchenAid or electric mixer of some sort
Step 1: Heat up the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil until melted – preferably with a double boiler but if not a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water.
Step 2: Mix with a whisk and leave the mixture to cool in the fridge for one hour until firm
Step 3: Whip the mix on high speed (either in a KitchenAid or hand mixer) until the consistency is light and airy. Add essential oils and mix again.
Step 4: Empty the whipped mixture into a glass jar.
Note: A blender or food processor will not work on this oil recipe as it may warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.
Sugar body scrub
Using the whipped recipe above, just add one cup of brown granulated sugar (or equal to the amount of coconut oil) to turn your whipped body butter into a luxurious body scrub! Use this scrub for all over the body, foot, hand… everywhere!
Coconut oil lotion bar
You will need:
Mould – muffin tin
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup pure beeswax
1/2 cup shea butter
10-15 drops of essential oil
Step 1: Heat oil and beeswax in a saucepan on low heat
Step 2: Add in the essential oils once melted
Step 3: Pour mixture into mold / muffin tin
Step 4: Let it cool and store at room temperature
Note: If you fill a cake tin you can make enough
Avo-nana hair mask
Make use of your overripe fruit and veg to repair any summer damage that your hair has endured. Move over argon oil…
You will need:
1 ripe avocado
1 (over)ripe banana
2 tbsp coconut oil
Step 1: Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend together until mixed Step 2: Spread the mixture thoroughly over your hair and let it set for 20-30 minutes
Step 3: Rinse out with regular shampoo and conditioner
Tip: Add an egg yolk in the mixture if you want some extra protein
Note: If you have longer or thicker hair you may want to add extra coconut oil and s
Make the rinsing process somewhat easier by pressing the mixture through a sifter to remove any large chunks.
Coconut coffee scrub cubes
Here we have a slightly more enjoyable way of getting rid of cellulite, stretch marks and puffy faces in the morning.
You will need:
1/2 cup fresh coffee grounds
1/2 cup coconut oil
Brown sugar for texture
Muffin tin or ice cube tray
Step 1: Microwave the coconut oil so that it is of a liquid consistency and combine the coffee grounds into one mixture
Step 2: Divide the mixture into the tin / ice cube trays and then freeze
Step 3: One frozen they can be popped out and kept in the freezer if they are not to be used immediately. Once in room temperature they will soften.
Make a simple eye cream with just vitamin E oil and coconut oil. Why vitamin Vitamin E oil? Because of its anti ageing benefits reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant qualities also aid in fighting against everyday pollution that produces free radicals.
You will need:
Vitamin E oil (either capsule or liquid)
Coconut oil (solid)
Tooth pick or wooden skewer to mix
Step 1: Fill the small container with coconut oil (solid) and put it into the microwave for a couple of seconds until it starts to melt
Step 2: Poke a hole in the capsule and add to the melted coconut oil and stir the mixture together
Step 3: Keep the blend in the fridge so that it solidifies
Coconut oil shaving cream
Create your own affordable shaving cream free from any perfumes of preservatives! Coconut oil will help to prevent ingrown hairs, razor burns and general irritation when shaving.
You will need:
3 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp shea butter or aloe vera
2 tbsp almond oil
10-12 drops of your favourite essential oils / oil blend (peppermint is especially cooling)
Step 1: Mix the oils and shea butter together in a glass bowl and melt on low heat
Step 2: Add essential oils and then place the mix in the fridge to harden
Step 3: Whip with a mixer until the consistency is similar of to that of frosting
Here are some other beauty products that you can also make the list is endless! How about:
Here you can explore coconut oil some more, we love:
Oil Pulling is a strange concept that has recently garnered fame within the 902010 neighbourhood and around town. You may be wondering why one would chose to start the morning on an empty stomach and a mouthful of oil. Oil pulling has origins in one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic health practice that values universal interconnectedness of the relationships of the individual and the environment amongst other factors such as body constitution. Oil pulling as a has a myriad of health benefits from preventing cavities and build up of bacteria, relieving headache pain, as well as detoxing the body. We here at Chi believe it would be of further benefit if we were to combine the benefits oil pulling with the multiple benefits of our dear coconut so you can experience the all benefits of oil pulling and more! The uses and benefits of our favourite drupe are abundant! From cooking and baking with coconut oil, rehydrating and replacing electrolytes with coconut water and as an all natural cold sore treatment. Coconut oil has also been said to balance hormones, reduce inflammation and fight Candida! With the glory of coconut oil right at our fingertips we have decided to bring out our very own Chi White oil pulling product! Additionally, coconut oil pulling has been used as an effective all natural teeth whitening treatment. Save yourself the harsh chemical treatment and bleaching of standard teeth whitening and oil pull using coconut oil! Part of what makes Coconut oil so great for oil pulling and as well health overall, is its high content of Lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to fend off Streptococcus Mutans. This is the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. Additionally, the structure of Lauric acid is very easily absorbed by the body so we can experience all the bacteria inhibiting benefits just by oil pulling! Chi White provides a 100% organic alternative to brighten day and pearly whites with a refreshing twist. Chi White is infused with organic peppermint essential oil. Essential oils have a whole host of benefits related to health and wellness. Essential oils have also been used to alleviate nausea, stress and anxiety, help with depression and as a successful sleeping aid. Studies have shown athletes that sniff peppermint oil have increased energy and alertness as well as better athletic performance. Additionally, the taste of mint can help curb appetite and provide a fresh start to the day. Refresh your day and you refresh your breath when you oil pull with Chi White’s 100% organic mint infused coconut oil!
This week is all about celebrating our delicious Veggies. So let’s make some tasty vegetarian meals that will make you forget about meat. We’ve selected our top 4 favourite vegetarian and vegan bloggers to find inspiration. If you are a vegetarian or just don’t feel like eating meat, you will love these blogs.
Ella started her blog 4 years ago after having been diagnosed Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. This illness had a devastating effect on her life so side she decided to ton on plant-based diet and gave up all meat, dairy, sugar, wheat, anything processed and all chemicals and additives, which was a pretty drastic change. Eating this way has allowed her to take control of her illness, stopping the constant pain, restoring her energy and giving her life back again.
‘My food philosophy is all about enlivening the hottest, happiest and healthiest you. It’s about keeping things simple and delicious so you don’t feel bored or deprived. Food is the most powerful drug; it informs not just how we look but how we feel and think too. My philosophy stems from my desire to educate people about this – and to show how healthy food can be delicious, nutritious, affordable and simple to make.’
‘The Naturally Sassy philosophy is all about embracing food the way nature made it – completely unrefined and unprocessed. In a nutshell, it is about cooking meals that are packed with nutrients and completely delicious. It is a simple way of eating that creates the flavours you love, naturally. It is not about depriving yourself and allows you to cook indulgent, healthy meals that taste incredible and make you feel great in body and mind.’
‘We’re Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, home cooks and food lovers with a passion for wellness and delicious, nutrient-dense food. Our cooking is all about creating natural, satisfying and easy to digest meals that make you feel vibrant, strong and healthy; recipes that are full of flavour and goodness and free from gluten, grains and refined sugar. We believe in the nourishing power of real food and that eating well can be easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone.’
Monday smoothie recipe
Monday is the hardest day of the week, everybody feels tired and lazy. Don’t worry, it’s the Monday illness! All you need is to refuel your body with a refreshing smoothie full of vitamins. We have great recipes from our most talented bloggers.
2/3 of a mug of coconut water (200ml)
1 tablespoon of coconut yoghurt (I use a brand called Coyo)
A big handful of spinach
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon of bee pollen (optional)
Simply peel the banana then place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
1 whole Thai coconut
200g of blueberries or other berry
1 tsp of honey (optional)
1 tbsp of desiccated coconut
¼ tsp of cinnamon
½ tsp of fresh grated ginger
Crack open your coconut and pour the water into your blender, then scrape out the flesh. I use a cleaver knife to whack it open but there are also more sensible (and safe) methods and tools to get it open.
Place the flesh, honey (if using), cinnamon, ginger and almost all of the berries (reserving a few for decoration) blend until smooth then top with the desiccated coconut and leftover berries.
This will keep on the fridge for a day or so. It’s kinda fun it turns into a jelly ☺ but best to drink it fresh.
Sally’s Baking Addiction
1/2 cup plain coconut water
2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced
1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)
1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)
2 cups spinach or kale
1/2 avocado, sliced
optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax or flaxseed oil
Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick.
Acai Berry Breakfast!
It’s been a few months that we’ve seen acai berry in our local stores. The acai berry is a small, reddish-purple drupe consisting of a cluster of seeds, with only around 15 percent or so being edible, harvested from palm trees found around the Amazon River basin of South America. These berries are packed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. There are numerous health benefits in them, such as:
– boosting your immune system
– preventing skin health
– loosing weight
– Anti-aging effects and more…
Now you know how great are acai berries, let’s see how to consume them.
When you think of sandwiches, you think of the really fatty sandwiches that are full of nasties. But sandwiches can be a great and quick lunch to grab when you are on the rush. Instead of buying one, let’s make our sandwich full of goodness to keep us full until dinner. Save time by making it the night before or even during weekends, have a look at our recipes! They are easy and healthy.
The Bonjon Gourmet
We all love a green smoothie so why not a green sandwich. Recipe here.
Californian Rainbow Sandwich
Half Baked Harvest
You know when your meal is healthy when it’s full of colours. Recipe here.
Roasted red pepper hummus, avocado and feta
Two Peas & Their pod
Hummus and avocado will make your sandwich incredible tasty. Recipe here.
Avocado and kale salad
Make your favourite salad and put everything into the bread. Recipe here.
Smoothie bowls are the new breakfast trend for a good reason. They are full of nutrients and they give you the energy needed for your morning. You might have seen on Instagram beautiful pictures of colourful smoothie bowls, so why don’t you try to make one? Smoothie bowls are thicker than a regular smoothie. All you have to do is to put less liquid and play with your favourite toppings! But be careful, you need to use healthy ingredients because your smoothie can become unhealthy quickly. Here is what you have to put in your smoothie bowls:
Simple SUPER green smoothie bowls packed with tons of greens and customizable toppings! The healthiest and easiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal. Recipe Minimalist Baker.
Vegan berry crunchy smoothie bowl
An antioxidant rich blend of mixed berries, banana, kale chia seeds and almond milk … A creamy goodness. Recipe Domesticate Me.
Chia seed Berry Coconut smoothie bowl
Berries and coconut milk make the perfect combination. The acidity in the fruit melts into the creaminess of coconut milk, resulting in a smooth, velvety smoothie bowl. Recipe Detoxdiy.
Green Tea Lime Pie
The flavour is inspired by the popular Key Lime Pie, but with a green tea twist. Recipe Oh She Glows.
Dragon fruit smoothie bowl
You’ll love scooping up a bite of smoothie with a little crunchy granola and a little bit of fresh fruit. Recipe Keep’In It Kind.
Bored of your porridge? Let’s try some Chia puddings to shake up your mornings! Chia seeds and coconut milk make a great combination high in omega 3, antioxidant and fibre. This breakfast will fill you up until lunch time and you’ll save time, all you need to do is to mix together the ingredients the night before and in the morning just add your favourite toppings!
Coconut Chia pudding
240 ml Chi coconut milk
40 grams chia seeds
Coconut chips or coconut flakes
Blueberries or blackberry
1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
Chocolate Chia pudding
240 ml Chi Chocolate coconut milk
40 grams chia seeds
1. Mix together chia seeds, chocolate coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
Fruity Chia pudding
250 ml Chi Raw coconut water
40 grams chia seeds
All fruits that you like
1. Mix together chia seeds, raw coconut water and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
Mango Chia pudding
240 ml Chi coconut milk
40 grams chia seeds
1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Add the toppings
#Make Baobab Famous – Our favourite recipes!
Have you ever heard of Baobab? It’s an African superfruit that dries on the branch.
It contains a rich source of Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. Aduna is the brand that is introducing this yummy fruit to us, we have completely fallen in love with it!
If you need a fruity kick in your smoothie or porridge, Baobab is the perfect fruit.
At Chi HQ we have made some easy recipes for you to try, you can’t go wrong with this new fruity powder that has a delicious sweet, citrus flavour.
Handful of Giving Tree freeze dried Mango (cut in little pieces) and some coconut chips- topping.
Mix all the ingredients together and at the end sprinkle freeze-dried mango and coconut chips on top of the porridge.
– Immune function
– Improved digestion
– Lower cholesterol levels
THE best foods for the best sleep!
Meditation, picking up a good book, even counting sheep. We’ve all tried them and they all claim to help you switch off and drift off to the land of nod.
As well as sparking an irritable mood and general feelings of misery, a lack of sleep is detrimental to a person’s health.
Countless studies have warned of the dangers of not getting between six to eight hours sleep a night – generally accepted as the gold standard in sleep terms.
As well as relaxation techniques and ditching your blue-light emitting smartphone and tablet, there is another way to maximise the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
A healthy diet, including key food groups packed with snooze-inducing nutrients and vitamins.
Here we reveal our favourite..
1. SLOW-RELEASE CARBS
Carbohydrates that slowly release energy into the body, such as oats or oatcakes, and brown rice, can help transform a person’s sleep pattern.
Whole grains help to keep the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood stable, and so provide your body with sustained energy. Your brain and body still need glucose to keep working.
If levels fall too low, this can cause the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which can wake you up.
If you have your last meal a long time before going to bed, try eating a half-size bowl of porridge or a couple of oatcakes with nut butter later in the evening
Sugary foods and refined white carbohydrates can have the opposite effect, as they quickly enter and leave the bloodstream, leaving your blood low in glucose again after only a short period of time.
High protein foods, such as meat, fish, beans and lentils, seeds and nuts are also vital in helping promote a better night’s sleep.
Protein foods provide the amino acid, tryptophan, which converts into the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which melatonin is needed for a good sleep.
‘Melatonin in particular is needed for good sleep.’
However, avoid too much high-protein food in the last few hours before bed however, as they can be hard to digest – especially red meat and nuts,’ Ms Wilkinson warned.
3. PUMPKIN SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds are high in natural magnesium, making them beneficial to those people who struggle to drift off each night.
One of the roles of magnesium is allowing the muscle fibres in our body to relax, it counteracts calcium, which causes muscles to contract. It is also thought that magnesium has a role in the normal function of the pineal gland, which produces melatonin – a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and helps us to fall asleep.
4. COCONUT WATER
A glass of pure, raw, Chi coconut water in the evening could help you to have a restful night’s sleep, coconut water is an excellent source of electrolyte minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium.
Balanced levels of these minerals are necessary to maintain normal muscle action, nerve function and hydration in our body.
Deficiencies or imbalances can cause cramping and restless legs at night, and therefore disturbed sleep.
Zinc-rich foods such as oysters and other seafood, whole grains and nuts, especially pecans and brazil nuts, will help send you off to the land of nod, Dr Glenville said.
‘Zinc is also needed for conversion of tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin,’ she added.
6. HERBAL TEAS
For many, nothing soothes them into a dreamy state better than a warm cuppa. But, it is vital you avoid regular builders tea, which is high in caffeine.
Calming herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower or valerian, or specific sleep blends can be helpful to drink before bedtime.
Treat yourself with Chi Spring Desserts
Spring is finally here, so what better way to celebrate than ‘indulging’ in some of your all time favourite Spring desserts with Chi.
Here are our top 3 favourite CHI Spring dessert recipes – treat yourself, they’re pretty much guilt free!
1. Coconut Lemon Pancakes
Ingredients 200g plain flour 60g sweetened coconut flakes 2 tablespoons coconut sugar 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 360ml chi coconut milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice from one lemon 2 tablespoons chi coconut oil, melted 1 large egg 1 teaspoon lemon zest ⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts for serving, fresh strawberries/blueberries (optional)
Coconut syrup or maple syrup for serving
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, coconut flakes, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir and make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add in milk, lemon juice, butter, egg and lemon zest.
Stir together until blended. Next, add coconut oil to frying pan and pour 4 large tablespoons of mixture when hot, cook until golden on each side turning once.
Serve with coconut syrup/maple syrup and your favourite berries and nuts!
2. Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
200ml full fat coconut milk 80ml chi coconut water 2 tablespoons chia seeds 2 teaspoons honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, using a hand whisk mix until combined.
Cover with plastic wrap or a cover of some sort and let sit overnight.
Serve with fresh fruit, nuts, or honey.
3. Raw, Oil Free, Coconut-Lime Tartlet
Makes 2 medium tarts
100g shredded coconut, dried & unsweetened, double sifted (or use a mixture of both coconut and almond flour)
2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or date syrup
2 Tbsp of water (or more if needed, to make it stick together)
Coconut cream and dehydrated lime wedges for decorating
Prepare the crusts one day before. Simply mix all the ingredients in a big bowl, starting with the flour and then add all the wet ingredients. We used coconut water, but if you want you can also use chi coconut oil. Until your dough is sticky. Put in tartlet molds covered with plastic and bake in oven at 100C for 25-30 minutes until crisp and firm
For the filling simply blend all the ingredients until very smooth. Add coconut water as needed, essentially keep adding until desired, smooth consistency is achieved.
Put filling over tartlets and chill for 3-4 hours before serving. You can serve with dehydrated lime wedges.
Spring is here.. what to do in April!
April, the month of spring, blossom, Easter and hopefully lacking April showers!
Here are out favourite events for this month that cater to all ages and backgrounds and aiming keep you as busy as a bee!
First of all, you can’t beat the best April / Easter food..
Urban Food Fest
A Shoreditch car park is transfored into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.
While many of us will spend the Easter weekend up to our eyes in brightly coloured foil wrappers devouring chocolate eggs like our life depended on it, those with less of a sweet tooth might prefer to celebrate with a savoury snack, and what better way than with a Scotch egg?
Kensington Place has created a twist on a Scotch egg, which will be served throughout the Easter break featuring smoked bacon and apple.
Following last year’s fun-packed Winter in Dalston, Street Feast’s indoor night market Hawker House is moving to a warehouse in Canada Water for two levels of street food, bars and their now-famous whisky roulette. New for this year is Neil Rankin’s Meat Hook, a three-metre whole-animal grill that’ll cook up Argentine-style meats to be served with shoestring fries and chimichurri.
Canada Street , Rotherhithe Friday March 25 2016 – Sunday May 1 2016
Easter cocktails at Duck and Waffle, meaning a trio of Easter-themed cocktails on pour at Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower for one week only from Friday 25 March. Aimed at chocoholics keen for a liquid cocoa fix, the Nutella Negroni twists on the Italian classic via Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, vermouth and a Nutella infusion.
Also in line-up are shots of coffee-washed Bacardi superior, hay-infused white chocolate and black truffle served in hollowed out duck eggs; and the Beetroot & Chocolate Royalé, a sweet-savoury twist on a Kir Royale featuring beet and cacao liqueur topped with Champagne. All three cost £14.
If you’ve ever watched Breaking Bad, then you’ll know exactly why this pop up bar is letting you make cocktails with a chemistry set inside an RV.
Popping up until April, ABQ will put you inside a set of Walter White’s iconic yellow overalls and a gas mask, then let you mix three insane cocktails, including the Tripping (which changes flavour as you drink it) and a smoking martini (using whatever base spirit you choose to bring with you).
Details: Now – April | Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JE | £25pp, walk-ins welcome
London Coffee Festival
Returning for 2016, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.
Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar
The roof of Selfridges has been transformed into an autumnal woodland for this wintry pop-up thats here until the end of April!
Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday April 29 2016
Relive happy (or traumatic) memories of sports day at riverside restaurant Le Pont de La Tour this Easter, which will be hosting an egg and spoon race along Butler’s Wharf. Also taking part in the race are Cantina del Ponte, Butler’s Wharf Chop House and the Blueprint Café.
The races begin at Cantina del Ponte with a 2pm start time for children and 2.15pm time for adults. Prizes galore await for the winners. Both Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina del Ponte have created Easter-themed menus running throughout the weekend including roast spring lamb and Easter cake.
The London Marathon – 24th April
With its throngs of cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers, the London Marathon is our very own world-famous running race. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April.
Feast of St George
There’s a special Shakespearean theme to the Mayor of London’s party in honour of St George this year. St George’s Day started out in the thirteenth century as a national day of feasting, so look out for the live demos from leading London chefs as well as an English farmer’s market and banqueting area.
Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Saturday April 23 2016
Wrap Up your Lunch!
It’s officially spring, the sun starts to come out more often! This season change makes us eat differently, we would rather eat salads and quiches than a hot soup or a heavy meal. Wraps are the most convenient lunch on the go for your busy days. Instead of buying pre made wraps at the supermarket full of preservatives and nasties. It’s so easy to make you own wrap! You can be as creative as you want and play with your favourite vegetables. Check out these recipes!
3 slices smoked salmon
Handful of baby spinach
1 large wrap, multigrain
3 Long cucumber slices
1 tsp mustard
slat, pepper chive
Spread mustard on the wrap plus add the salmon, cucumber and finish with spinach and seasoning. Roll up.
Hummus & Carrot
2 large Tbsp hummus
1 seeded wrap
small handful rocket
Spread the hummus. Grate carrots and scatter on top of the houmous, finishing with a small handful rocket leaves and some seasoning. Roll up and eat.
1 large spinach & Herb wrap
2 Ham slices
half green apple
handful crumbled blue cheese
1 tsp reduced fat mayonnaise
1 pinch pepper
Spread mayonnaise on the wrap then add ham with few apple slices and the rest of the ingredients. Roll up and eat.
Avocado & Chicken salad roll
Half avocado (sliced)
Chicken slices (already cooked)
handful pine nuts
1 Tsp cottage cheese
1 Brown wrap
Spread cottage cheese on the wrap add chicken and avocado. Then the lettuce and pine nuts. Roll up.
An easy and quick energy wrap that will help you through your day.
St Patrick’s Day Irish Recipes!
So it’s St Patrick’s Day this Thursday the 17th March..this is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Most commonly related with the green clover, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, leprechauns, guiness and irish dancing!
Here are our top Chi Paddy’s Day recipes, incorporating the Irish with a little bit of Chi too!
1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200°C/Fan 180°C. Tip the flours, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Then use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until evenly dispersed. Stir in the sugar.
2. Make a well in the centre of the flour and stir in the buttermilk until you get a soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 1 min until smooth, then bring together to form a flattened round about 5cm thick and 15cm across.
3. Place on a lightly dusted baking sheet. Dust with a little plain flour if you like. Use a large sharp knife to cut 2 slashes across the bread to make an ‘x’.
4. Bake in the oven for 35 – 40mins until well-risen and browned. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool.
Irish soda bread makes a great side dish for those warming stews, delicious sandwiches and also a great breakfast with plenty of peanut butter!
Matcha Green Tea Cookies – The perfectly healthy and perfectly suited colour for St Paddy’s Day celebrations
50 g coarsely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
Preparation: Preheat the oven to 180C, Sift flour, green tea, and baking soda together.
Microwave butter until it’s melted. Combine the sugar and butter together. Add the egg and salt, then mix.
Combine all powder ingredients with a spatula. Add the white chocolate.
Drop cookie dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto the parchment paper. Leave a space between each piece of dough.
Bake 6 to 8 min. Don’t over bake!
Are you thinking of starting to drink protein shakes? After your workout you see everyone reaching for a protein shake, but you wonder how and when you should drink them? Protein shakes are getting more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. When you choose the right protein powder you can get a lot benefit from it. Hair, nails, skin are mostly made of protein, your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and it’ is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood. So now you know why protein is good for you, let’s make some protein shakes with the right dose of protein.
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Almond Chia shake
1 large ripe banana, peeled
250ml unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1Tbsp protein powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Carrot Cake shake
110 ml carrot juice
250ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 half tsp cinnamon
4-5 cubes of ice
1 handful of walnut
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Mother’s Day Gift ideas
This Sunday (6th March) is Mother’s day, it’s the day to celebrate the wonderful woman who has given you so much. Show her how much you care by finding her a lovely gift to make her happy. If you are still wondering what to give to her this Sunday, we have some great ideas for you. Here are some ideas to make this day awesome:
Make her a breakfast
Try to wake up earlier and surprise her with a yummy and healthy breakfast or a brunch.
Get her a yoga or Pilates sessions to make her feel relaxed. This gift is perfect if she’s a yoga addict or it’s a good way to introduce her to a new activity.
What a joy to spend your time with your Mum at the spa, she will enjoy it and you as well.
Bring her to her favourite restaurant, she will be please to share good food with her children.
Bake for her
Make her a treat, she deserves it!
Jewellery for your jewel
It’s always nice to receive jewellery, we never get tired of jewellery!
Make your own hamper with all the product that she likes, she will love it. You just need to pop up to Wholefoods to get all the healthy products!
Are you a chocoholic? If yes we have the perfect recipe for you. A brownie will satisfy your chocolate craving, whether you like it fudgy or light. Now you might think, ‘Oh! Nooo, I will ruin my diet with this brownie…” No worries, brownies can be healthy, you just have to change some ingredients and use the healthy ones. Also to maintain a healthy lifestyle you have sometimes to please yourself to avoid frustration and a loss of motivation. So now get your apron and check out these yummy recipes.
2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)
2 handful of dark chocolate chips
60g Cacao powder
125g Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
90g Coconut flour
half tsp salt
1. Preheat the oven 180 degrees Celsius. Spray some coconut oil on a baking pan.
2. In a large bowl mix the coconut flour, cacao powder and salt.
3. Add the other ingredients and mix them with an electric mixer until combined. And then incorpore the chocolate chips.
4. Spread the mixture in baking pan. Cook for 20-25 min and let it cool.
Tips: eat this brownie with a strawberry sauce or a frozen yogurt.
Did you know that you can make brownie with black beans?! The first time that we heard this at the office, we couldn’t believe it but actually we even prefer this version of brownie. And seriously can you make a recipe healthier than this?
Black Beans Brownie
2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)
2 handful of dark chocolate chips
60g Cacao powder
125g Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
400g black beans
half tsp salt
1. Preheat your oven 180 degrees celsius. Blend all the ingredients together smooth.
2. Spread the mixture in a baking pan. Cook for 15min and let it cool.
Buy Chi organic coconut oil, cold pressed for £9.44
Uganda Clean drinking water project!
We are so delighted to announce that our 6th clean drinking water project is complete! The Bukemba 3 community now has immediate access to clean drinking water changing the lives of 345 people.
“My village has had a big problem with water for a very long time. Our source of water has been a pond that has been drying up some times during the dry seasons leaving us with no water. This meant that we had to walk to the nearby community to get water from a swamp. We had to walk to close to 3 kilometers to and from. I used to spend a lot of time looking for water, yet I also had to do chores at home. This greatly affected my performance at school because I didn’t have enough time to read and revise.
But thanks to Chi Coconut Water which has answered our prayers by constructing a clean water source for us through Drop 4 Drop. Am very excited that my village has clean water now. I longer spend a lot of time looking for water, this water burden was dealt with and now I have time to do other home chores and read my books. I believe my performance at school will greatly impove.”
Namuli Shamim, 9 years old from Bukemba 3.
JONATHAN NEWMAN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF COCONUT WATER
Jonathan Newman, the founder and CEO of Chi, started out as a writer and director of feature films, but has since found another passion: Coconuts.
Today, his company, Chi, supplies more than 3,000 stores in the U.K. and stores in 30 countries worldwide with coconut water and other coconut products including oil and milk.
Jonathan recently chatted with us about how he became so passionate about coconuts and the benefits of coconut water. Here’s the skinny:
Can you tell us a bit about your journey to becoming the founder of Chi?
In 2004, I was honeymooning in Phi Phi Island in Thailand, and it was there that I first starting drinking coconut water. With coconut trees adorning our island, these young green coconuts were plucked fresh. They were cut open and then a straw was placed inside. That’s how I drank at least five coconuts a day. When drinking coconut water, I felt an immediate difference in my well being. I felt energized, hydrated, healthy and balanced, and my general fatigue and blurred eyes all seemed to disappear.
A few years later back in London I discovered packaged coconut juice drinks. Having tried many of the market leaders, I found the taste unpalatable, the nutritional claims not matching the product, and the product sometimes deceptively including bleach, extra sugar, fructose or flavoring. I thought I could do a lot better than this. That was my starting point. I’m a filmmaker by trade and have no retail experience whatsoever. Everyone must have thought I was somewhat mad when I went back to Thailand in 2011, having raised the seed capital necessary to fund the business. I drove around looking everywhere for the perfect coconuts for our own coconut juice drink.
Finally, in a region known for having some of the sweetest coconuts in Thailand, I met the owner of what was to become our coconut plantation for Chi.
I’ve tested Chi coconut water against some of the leading coconut juice drinks on the market. I went to yoga schools and held blind taste tests. Our coconut water won in every single taste test. If you ask me, it’s the sweetness of our coconuts.
We then set about designing our brand. It seemed all our competitors had the word “coco” in the name, and the same stock image of a green coconut on the front. We wanted to break the mold with our name and our packaging. “Chi” means “life force” – which seemed the perfect way to describe our product.
Our coconut water, which is 100-percent pure, with no added sugar, no added preservatives and no chemicals, also deserved premium packaging unlike any other on the market. We commissioned a very special “chi island” illustration for the package which is symbolic of balance, hydration and provenance.
Does your company have a personal mission statement?
Passion. Integrity. Highest Standrads for Quality. Creative.
At Chi we believe that you should be passionate about everything you do. We really care about our products and our loyal customers.
We believe that we should always be honest. That’s why our products are 100-percent pure and natural. We would never hide any ingredients or nasties.
We are a hard working team at Chi. This is because we are focused on being the best we can be, as a team, as individuals and with our products. We are determined to only give our customers the best quality.
Creativity keeps us fresh and up-to-date. We love nothing more than coming up with new products, new ways to grow Chi and new ways to stay in touch with our fans.
What are the health benefits of coconut water?
Coconut water hydrates you quicker than water due to the high electrolyte content. With twice as much potassium as a banana, coconut water gives you a natural burst of energy,
What about the beauty benefits of coconut water?
Coconut water is good for your skin, anti-aging and slimming as part of a calorie-controlled diet.
Is coconut water a good thirst quencher for hydration during a workout or while playing sports?
The best! It’s a like a sports drink but without the added preservatives or sugar. It is nature’s sports drink.
Does coconut water have added ingredients?
None. It is 100 percent pure with nothing added or taken away.
What is a common myth about coconut water you wish you permanently debunk?
Some people are polarized by the taste. That’s because there are some substandard waters on the market. Our coconut water is raw, organic and unpasturised. We’d go so far as to say it’s the best you will ever taste.
No time to cook but I want to be healthy!
Working full time, taking care of your family and other activities, eating healthy isn’t easy everyday! When you don’t have time to cook, it’s so tempting to rush into buying junk food. So because we want you fit and lean, we have prepared for you a meal plan for your busy days. The key to make healthy and quick meals is to have all the items on hand that it will be easier and faster to make healthy choices. Also try to cook during the weekend for the week ahead, and store your meals in a fridge.
Breakfast is the meal that we have less time to eat, most of the time the breakfast we eat it on the go to work/school. So this is what you should eat to kick start your day
1 piece of fruit (at least) such as banana, orange, blueberries
It’s getting so popular to drink matcha tea instead of a coffee. With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution, traditionally by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water. Because matcha is made from high-quality tea, and the whole leaves are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea. In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging.
If you are a coconut water lover and a matcha tea lover, we have the perfect recipe for you!
Pink Matcha Smoothie
A Matcha smoothie is low in sugar yet still sweet and creamy as we substituted banana with avocado to get that thick smoothie texture we all love and crave. Avocados are packed with antioxidants and good fats to help you feel fuller for longer, which makes them the perfect banana replacement for this recipe.
Adding matcha to your smoothies gives you a huge antioxidant boost to help clear your skin, give you a glow and increase your energy levels. Matcha also has thermogenic properties and will boost your metabolism and aid fat burning all day long! Raw coconut water has naturally occurring electrolytes and minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium which keep you properly hydrated and healthy…. could this smoothie be more superfoody?!
Do you want softer, smoother and flawless skin? We can’t go every time to a beauticians to get a deep cleansing facial either due to lack of time or money. But how about bringing the beauticians into your own bathroom? It’s really important to take care of your skin especially during winter. All you need to do is to make a cleanser with only two ingredients, Chi coconut oil and baking soda. Baking soda is used into a lot cosmetic products, it can correct the skin’s pH balance. Mixing the coconut oil and the baking soda together, coconut oil balances out baking soda’s harshness, making it safe for even the most sensitive skin.
Put in a bowl the ingredients, warm it up for 1 minute in a microwave. Then apply the mixture to your wet or dry skin. You can either leave it on as a mask for a few minutes for an even deeper conditioning treatment or simply wash off with warm water using gentle circular motions. And then to moisturise your skin you can apply a small drop of coconut oil on your face.
Check more on our blog all you can do with coconut oil for your beauty without any chemicals that can harm your skin:
Finally..January is officially over! The dreaded month after the festive period of dieting, detoxing and exercising combined with cold days and dark nights. But this month we think that even though January is over, its important to still keep up with a healthy lifestyle. With an extra 2 minutes more of sunlight every day and an extra day of fun too this month, we are that one month closer to Spring..YAY!
In with February means many of you may finished Dry January..however here at CHI HQ we believe it’s still important to take care of your health all year round and not just January. Therefore, try some of our delicious CHI coconut water cocktail recipes (you won’t feel bad about these ones!)
Add some crushed ice to a tall glass. Give the mint leaves a bash to release the flavour and add them into the glass with the lime juice. Give it a quick stir. Add the rum, coconut water and honey stir and garnish with a few mint leaves. If you’e feeling fancy too, dip your glass in some cold water and add then dunk it into a bowl of coconut sugar for added flavour and impress your guests!
Cut a slice out the lemon and save for garnish. Combine the vodka, RAW coconut water, pink lemonade and the juice from the lemon in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Stir and pour into a glass over ice, finish off with the slice of lemon or lime.
Combine all ingredients together in a long glass with a few ice cubes and freshly sliced lemon.. enjoy!
The essential vitamins for a Healthy Winter!
During winter your immune system is more sensitive and weaker than the other seasons, and that’s why you get sick more often. These common winter sicknesses (flu, colds, sore throat) are caused by vitamins or minerals deficiencies. To spend a happy healthy winter, pop to your local store to get all the essential vitamins & minerals needed. Each vitamin plays an important role in your body, improving your energy, boosting your vitality.
Check out our guide list!
Vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds and the flu, but it can reduce the length and severity of symptoms. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This means it protects the body against disease including heart disease and cancer. It is vital for the production of collagen, used to build body tissue and bones.
Where to find it?
Fresh fruit and vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries and cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. Green vegetables (cabbage, broccoli and beans) and potatoes all contain high levels.
Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells which carries oxygen around the body. A good intake of iron is necessary for energy, intellectual performance and vitality. A lack of iron leads to anaemia – where the body is unable to transport oxygen around the body causing lethargy and listlessness. Excessive iron may damage organs.
Where to find it?
Red meat is a rich source of iron. Other sources include cereal products, bread, flour, eggs, beans, lentils and dried fruit. Taking Vitamin C alongside iron helps with its absorption.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin required by the body for the absorption of calcium, bone development, immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation.
Where to find it?
This essential vitamin is only absorbed when the body is exposed to sunlight. However, if you are not able to meet this requirement by this natural source, then vitamin D can be found in milk and cereals.
Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps regulate blood pressure, maintains bone strength, and ensures a healthy immune system.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant protecting cell membranes from damage, and is thought to protect against some cancers and heart disease.
Where to find it?
Nuts and oil are an excellent source of vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach and cabbage) and cereals are also rich in vitamin E
Raw coconut water
Also our raw coconut water is full of vitamins and minerals, to name a few our Chi raw coconut water include Chloride, Iron, as well as important electrolytes such as Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and Phosphorous. In fact, the potassium content in coconut water is close to twice the amount in a banana.
Rhitrition’s Clean Porridge
We are lucky to have an amazing nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert aka Rhitrition at Chi HQ. She’s offering dietary advice on how to live a healthy & happy lifestyle and how to eat well, check out her website here.
In this article we gathered the best porridges from Rhitrition to kickstart your mornings! Porridge is packed full of nutrients, especially if you mix the oats with some superfoods. It takes less than 5 minutes to make these recipes, perfect when you are in a rush!
In the last few years the awareness of the negative health effect of gluten has increased. You might have seen a lot people on gluten free diet. Don’t worry if you are little bit lost? First let’s understand what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in several types of grains such as wheat, spelt, rye and barley. When flour is mixed with water, you obtain a sticky glue linked that gives elasticity to the dough. This sticky glue is the gluten! So now let’s see how bad it is to eat gluten.
Why should we go gluten free?
There are some studies showing that even the individuals without celiac disease or diagnosed gluten sensitivity have adverse reactions to gluten. The gluten can occur some digestive pain, bloating, stool inconsistency and fatigue. Also they are many people who believe that gluten may be addictive, whet is one of the most addictive foods after sugar.
The health benefits to go gluten free are:
Improved digestion and digestive function – a crucial aspect of effective weight loss is a healthy & efficient digestive system.
Excess fluid loss, and weight loss
Better bowel function and elimination
Improved mental function and better mood
How should we go gluten free?
Now you know why you should exclude the gluten from your diet, it’s time to see what you can eat. All the foods from grains are appropriate for a gluten free diet:
Flours made from gluten-free grain, nuts, beans and coconut.
Look for products labeled gluten-free
Milk, butter, margarine, real cheese, plain yogurt, most ice cream without gluten-containing add-ins.
Vegetable oils, including canola.
Plain fruits, vegetables (fresh, frozen and canned), meat, seafood, potatoes, eggs, nuts, nut butters, beans and legumes.
Distilled vinegar is gluten free. (See malt vinegar under NO below).
Distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten free because distillation effectively removes gluten. They are not gluten free if gluten-containing ingredients are added after distillation, but this rarely happens.
Mono and diglycerides are fats and are gluten free.
The food to avoid:
Most ingredients with “wheat”
Barley and malt
Breaded or floured
Soy and teriyaki sauces.
Foods that are fried in the same oil as breaded products are not considered to be safe on the gluten free diet.
Liquorice, which is made with wheat flour, and other candies that contain wheat or barley.
Cut down on sugar for 2016!
You know how bad it is to eat sugar but it’s hard to stop. The latest research has proved that sugar is more addictive than tobacco, more dangerous than alcohol, more fattening than fat. You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. Nowadays added sugar is everywhere even in a food that doesn’t taste sweet such as bread, sauces or crisps. In this article we will give you all the tips to eat less sweet food!
Sugar is an addiction like cocaine! It can be really hard to stop eating it! first we have to understand why? If you’re addicted to sugar, there is an emotional component. You’re craving and overindulging in sugar for a reason – you may be eating sugar to care for your emotions, to manage stress, or to care for your emotional, psychological or relational needs.
So now lower your sugar intake with these 8 easy ways:
1. Read the label
You will realise how often sugar is included to foods. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar is near the top, that’s a red flag.
2. Don’t look for just the word ‘sugar’
Sugar hides under several sneaky names, including high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose (or any word ending in “-ose”), brown rice syrup, honey, and maple syrup.
3. Buy the right products
Once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes. Buy foods labeled “no added sugar” or “unsweetened.”
4. Take your time
In cutting down on sugar takes time. As we said sugar is like a drug so the beginning will be hard but the easiest way is reduce your consumption of sugar. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only a splash of milk.
Studies showed that sugar doesn’t cause proper satiety but it does make you hungry. So to avoid any craving, the best things to do is:
Eating breakfast every morning
Including fat and protein in your meals
Eating regular meals
Drinking more water
6. Sugar free, no calorie…?
Be careful don’t be tempting to buy the products with sugar free or no calorie write on it. The processed food manufactures are clever instead to use normal sugar they use aspartame or other substitute but they are even worst. When you eat something sweet, your body expects calories and nutrition, but artificial sugars don’t give your body those things.
7. Add flavours to your meals
Adding flavours will help you to eat less carbohydrate foods. Skip the flavored oatmeal and add a sweet kick with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
8. Don’t drink it
Even drinks that are considered healthy can contain more of the sweet stuff than you’re supposed to have in an entire day. Case in point: “enhanced” waters (eight teaspoons per bottle), bottled iced teas (more than nine teaspoons per bottle), energy drinks (almost seven teaspoons per can), bottled coffee drinks (eight teaspoons per bottle), and store-bought smoothies (more than a dozen teaspoons—for a small).
9. Indulge yourself
It’s okay to have sometime a little treat but it needs to be occasionally.
NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – NEVER HEATED
Article from www.health.com
Detox your body
Going back to work after the Christmas break is pretty hard. Feeling tired, dont’ have enough energy? Don’t worry we are all feel like that. After few days enjoying some rich foods, sleeping late… There is no question your body is tired, we just need to get back our healthy habits. The best way to do that is to detoxify your body because detoxification helps the digestion, boost energy levels, skin cleansing… To name a few. So now let’s find out how to do it!
1. What food to avoid?
Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with acidophilus each day)
Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
2. What’s the food to enjoy?
Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two servings per week.
Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
Eggs: preferably organic
Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)
3. Lemon Water
Add lemon to your water through out the day. The acid in the lemons assist the cleansing process. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, contain a pure concentrated form of citric acid. Citric acid works like bleach on fat. Due to its acidity and high ph, citric acid is able to actually penetrate and break down fat molecules. Try to drink one to three litres of water per day!
4. Best advice to detox
Exercise: During detox aim to exercise for one hour daily. Try to do intense exercises that makes you sweat.
Raw foods: Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes.
Chew: Aim to chew each mouthful of food 10 to 12 times before swallowing.
Barbara Cox, the amazing cook who created over 70 healthy delicious recipes to fight cancer.
In her cookbook ‘Rainbow diet’ she describes how some nutrients can maintain the health of different body systems such as the heart, blood vessels, muscles , bone and more… To finish the year healthy Barbara gave us an excellent recipe to make our breakfast full of goodness with her ‘Rainbow Granola’. See below the yummy recipe and her clever ideas!
Rainbow Granola with Chi Coconut Oil
It’s easy to overlook this important meal when the pressure is on to get the turkey in the oven. But we all need breakfast for a good start to the day, so before you and your family delve into your presents, remember to tuck into a good breakfast too.
Try making your regular breakfast cereal more special than usual with one or more of the following ideas:
serving it with pieces of fresh apple and pear
you could throw in a few nuts, or dried festive fruits such as figs and dates
Or why not add a handful of brightly coloured berries to your breakfast, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries? You can usually buy berries frozen, even when they’re out of season.
Frozen fruit and veg, as well as fresh, tinned and dried, all count towards the 5-a-day fruit and veg target.
If you’re a granola person, why not jazz up your daily serving with:
several slices of fresh tangerine and banana
a few grapes
a handful of seeds or nuts
Here’s a festive granola recipe using Chi coconut oil.
Mix all ingredients together and toss until fully coated with coconut oil and Sweet Freedom
Spread mixture on a baking tray with grease-proof paper lining.
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Break apart after baking into bite-size chunks.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks
If you want to make more recipes from Barbara Cox, check out her cookbook here.
Guilt free Christmas dessert
Christmas is nearly approaching, we are already starting to eat chocolate, cookies… The festive season is usually associated with gaining weight, but this year it won’t be the same! The food that will destroy your diet the most is dessert, we have gathered some healthy dessert recipes that will indulge your craving for a Christmas sweet. You can tell us thank you;)
We have to start with a chocolate recipe, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate. Eating chocolate can be good for your health, it improves your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa , contains flavonoids. However the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts. Also it’s better to avoid any of milk chocolate or white chocolate (high in sugar and fat).
Fruity Chocolate bar
8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
Gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, be patient, keep stirring, and even with the heat on a low setting the chocolate will melt eventually.
Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be).
Sprinkle evenly with Giving Tree fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.
Because of the nature of freeze-dried fruit, this particular bar is best enjoyed within a day or two, as the fruit will begin to soften once exposed to humidity. The bar is good for up to a week, however, the fruit just might be a bit softer after a few days out in the open.
A traditional dessert that nobody can resist is the apple pie… with less sugar.
Step 1. Prepare the pastry In a food processor, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces); pulse until large flakes form. Add 7 table-spoons trans fat-free shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cold water over the mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. Roll the pastry into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into 3/4-inch thick disks on separate sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Step 2. Make the apple filling Peel, core, and slice 5-6 apples, enough to make 6 1/2 cups. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss well; set aside.
Step 3. Assemble the pie Preheat oven to 400º. Place larger half of chilled pastry on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Dust dough with flour and roll into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin, then invert over a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off plastic and gently tuck pastry into pan, letting edge drape over sides. Lightly moisten upper edge of dough with a damp pastry brush. Transfer filling to pie shell. Roll other half of pastry into an 11-inch circle on plastic wrap. Invert over filling, then peel off plastic. Pinch edge to seal; trim excess.
Step 4. Bake till golden Create decorative edge on crust with fork. Slit top pastry for steam vents. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes on center oven rack, shield-ing edges of crust with foil. Reduce heat to 375º; continue baking until the pie is golden brown and juices bubble through at least one vent, another 30 minutes. Insert wooden skewer into pie; there should be no resistance. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.
(inspired from the www.health.com)
Cranberry Jam tart
No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts
1/2Cup Rolled Oats (not quick-cooking)
3/4Cup Soft Dates
Pinch of Salt
Quick Cranberry Jam:
1 1/2 Cup Fresh OR Frozen Cranberries
2T Maple Syrup
2T Coconut Sugar
1/4C Orange Juice
1/2C (approx) Water
Zest of half an orange
1/2t Vanilla Extract
Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and oats together to form a fairly fine flour. Add the salt and the dates and process until you have a thick mixture which holds together when pinched between finger and thumb. You may need to add a couple of extra dates if it’s too crumbly.
Divide mixture between the 12 holes of a shallow cake/tartlet tin and press firmly in the base and up the sides to form 12 neat tart shells.
Refrigerate or freeze until ready to fill.
For the jam, place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until the cranberries have all popped and the jam has thickened up. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cool. (I left mine chunky but blend with an immersion blender if you prefer yours smooth)
Run a knife around the edges of the tart shells to loosen them and pop them out of the tin. Fill each with a couple of teaspoons of the jam.
Serve at room temperature
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup almond butter
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
½ cup wheat flour
Turbinado sugar (for garnish)
In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.
Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all purpose four, and ½ cup wheat flour to the wet ingredients and stir with a large spoon until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough to around ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
Bake for about 8 minutes, until until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Store covered at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer term storage.
4 ripe halved and pitted pears (I cut a little whole in mine for the pecans to fit it)
1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey
1.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of candied pecans
Preheat oven to 350° Fill holes with candied pecans
Sprinkle pears with spices Drizzle with honey Bake for 25-40 minutes (they are done when the skin begins to curl).
This month Chi gives you the chance to win an amazing hamper where we included an Nutribulet for you to make some yummy juices or smoothies. One of our favorite ways to make smoothies is by adding freeze dried fruits, unusual, don’t you think? It’s fun to add a whole assortment of fruits to any smoothie. A small handful of freeze-dried fruits can really kick up the antioxidant content of your smoothie. If you are ready to make some smoothies, dig out your nutribullet and let’s do it!
1 Place a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to just below the bottom of the basket. Bring water to boiling. Add apples and courgette. Cover and reduce heat. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes or until very tender. Remove from heat; cool completely.
2 Transfer apple mixture to a blender. Add sherbet. Cover and blend until very smooth, stopping and scraping sides of blender as needed. Add ice cubes and the Broccoli crips. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately
Win an AMAZING hamper!
To celebrate the christmas season, we are offering an incredible hamper worth £230.
What’s included in the Christmas hamper ?
1. Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.
2. £100 WholeFoods Gift Card
3. 6 bottles (250ml) of our Raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.
Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.
This innovative range of all-natural, preservative-free fruit and vegetable crisps undergo a combination of freeze-drying and vacuum frying to ensure maximum nutrients and superior taste. Rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre, they are a convenient way of reaching your 5-a-day.
How to enter ?
It is really easy, all you need to do:
1 Follow Chi & Giving Tree on Instagram or/and Twitter or/and Facebook
2 Repost Chi Christmas hamper on Facebook or/and Instagram or/and twitter
The competition will be running from the 20th November 2015 to the 18th December 2015 3pm, so good luck everyone!
Chi Christmas Hamper T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, or Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
How to get a flat belly quickly?
Who doesn’t dream of having a flat belly? Most people are obsessed with their belly even at Chi HQ. To have a flat belly depends really on what you eat and how many time you workout during the week. So in this article you will find out how to get your flat belly in a short time.
What to eat? What food to avoid?
The first piece of advice that we can give you is to avoid as much as you can sugar. This will keep insulin levels low and also keep levels of glucagon high. Glucagon plays an active role in allowing the body to regulate the utilisation of glucose and fats. This hormone, is the best friend you could ever have in the struggle for a flat belly! The closer to zero grams of sugar you consume, the lower your insulin and the higher your glucagon levels.
Salt can make your tummy bloat also so try using natural sea salt or kosher salt, which is lower in sodium.
The best flat belly menu
Breakfast: A slice of whole-wheat bread with natural peanut butter and 1 cup of your favourite berries or a nice porridge full of vitamins.
Lunch: Spinach salad with sliced avocado, grilled firm tofu, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Dinner: Grilled salmon, a roasted sweet potato, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil and garlic.
Snack: A cup of fat-free yogurt with 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds.
Tip 1: To prevent bloating, chewing is the best tip! Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested.
Tip 2: Eating portion-controlled meals that include whole-grain foods throughout the day is the best way to eat for a flat belly.
How many days per week should I exercise?
Exercising is the best way to have a healthy way to live. To get your flat belly of your dream you have to focus on abs exercises.
But you should first start your workout by cardio exercises. They will heat up your core temperature and improve circulation, both of which will aid in acquiring a flat stomach. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day minimum.
And then your can simply do the crunch abs. You will have a flat stomach in no time!
Why do we need electrolytes?
Electrolytes are the smallest chemicals that are important form for the cells to allow the body to work correctly. Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and others are critical in allowing cells to generate energy and maintain the right functional system of the body. They generate electricity, contract muscles, move water and fluids within the body, and participate in myriad other activities.
Why the body needs electrolytes?
Electrolytes are chemicals that form electrically charged particles (ions) in body fluids. These ions carry the electrical energy necessary for many functions, including muscle contractions and transmission of nerve impulses. The list of functions that electrolytes control is endless!
To make it more clear, for example your body fluids – blood, plasma, interstitial fluid (fluid between cells) are like seawater and have a high concentration of sodium chloride (=table salt, or NaCl).
The major electrolytes are as follows:
When do we loose electrolytes?
During exercising the body looses electrolytes through sweat, the imbalance can result in symptoms like muscle cramps, fatigue, nausea, and mental confusion. We also loose electrolytes when we are sick!
How should we replenish electrolytes?
Rehydration after intense exercise can only be achieved if the electrolytes and water lost from sweat are replenished.
Tap Water contains: 1.2mg Sodium 0 mg Potassium
Which drink is rich in electrolytes?
Are you thinking of the sport drinks? Be careful regular sport drinks contain a lot sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup. Are you up for some re-hydrating healthy alternative?
Fresh coconut water is one of the richest natural sources of electrolytes
Potassium: The most important positive ion inside your cells; potassium regulates the heartbeat and muscle function. Coconut water contains 295 mg, which is 15 times the amount in the average sports drink
Sodium: The most important positive ion in fluid outside your cells, and also the one most depleted with exercise, as you lose sodium through sweat and urine.
Magnesium: important for maintaining the electrical potential of your cells, proper muscle function, and preventing calcium overload.
Phosphorus: Plays important roles in bone health, but also in transferring energy throughout your body, helping your muscles contract, and regulating nerve function.
Calcium: Important for bone health.
Clean Water for All
We are delighted to announce that we have built our 5th well in India for the C.M Palli community. The C.M Palli community now has immediate access to clean drinking water changing the lives of 1050 people.
“I have a baby which makes it extremely hard for me to fetch water especially when he is crying. Now, however, I am able to take better care of him because I have more time to spend with him. I can get clean drinking water in two minutes and I don’t have to worry about the water being unsafe.”
Mrs Munemma, 33 years old.
With every purchase of CHI you are feeding farmers and giving running water to underdeveloped communities!
Thank you to all our loyal customers;)
As the day are getting colder, you don’t know how to dress with the temperature changing . One day it’s warm another day it’s cold… The perfect season to get a cold! At Chi HQ we all had a cold, sneezing a hundred times per day, blowing your nose until it becomes red. Want to know how to get through your cold quickly? Your doctor can’t do much to cure it. However, some foods and drinks can cut a cold short!
If you want to know what you should eat or drink during a cold, this article is for you;)
1. What to eat?
Lemon and orange
Lemon and orange are full of vitamin C, which may help shorten a cold and work as a natural decongestant. Aim for 500 mg of vitamin C four times a day. Other good sources of vitamin C include strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli.
Hot soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat, creating an inhospitable environment for viruses that prefer cooler, drier climes.
Hot chili peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that gives them their kick and acts as a decongestant to help relieve a stuffy nose. Can’t stand the heat? Mild bell peppers can help, too. They don’t have capsaicin, but they’re full of vitamin C.
Garlic and ginger
During cold and flu season, one popular folk remedy is to eat a spoonful of raw, chopped garlic cloves – or even to gnaw right on a fresh clove! Not excited to eat raw garlic? You can try to put some in your vegetable smoothie or just make some toast with it and add some olive oil.
What to drink?
Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated during a cold, and make sure they’re hot. Black tea helps soothe a sore throat and chase away the chills with a good dose of virus-fighting interferon. Add some honey and a squeeze of lemon for vitamin C.
Raw coconut water
Hydration is so important especially when you have a cold. To achieve proper hydration, your body needs electrolytes to help maintain a state of fluid balance. Coconut water is a perfect source of electrolytes, you can find even more electrolytes in the Chi Raw coconut water, because it’s 100% Raw, not heated! It’s the freshest coconut water that you can find.
Instructor live Workout!
Do you know the feeling of being a little blue and wanting to just snuggle up inside when the summer ends and is exchanged with the colder and more rainy weather of fall and winter? Many of us do. With the arrival of these seasons we therefore tend to also exercise less, as the weather isn’t as inviting in terms of going for a quick run outside whilst the days are also getting shorter. Staying active is a crucial key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is also the key to keeping the happy bright spirit of the summer.
In order for us to help you make it easier to keep on exercising and remaining positive and happy during the darker seasons we have teamed up with InstructorLive, that let’s you workout from home or wherever your snuggly corner is.
InstructorLive is an online fitness platform, where you can access great workout classes anywhere, anytime.
Think Netflix for fitness; browse around and choose what kind of exercise class you feel like doing from day to day or let the site build a bespoke programme for you to follow over the next 6-8 weeks to reach your goal. Add a meal plan to your programme, read interesting articles for motivation and get access to their 24- hour support service.
Go to Instructorlive.com and type in the promocode CHILONDON to get a 10-day free trial and 30 percent off on the site that usually cost £5.99 a month. The offer runs for the next month, so get exercising, hold on to your positive vibes and get into the habit of a healthy lifestyle before the festive season starts!
Nowadays more and more people are fighting cancer than ever before. Hundreds of thousand people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. There are over 200 different types, each with its own symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment.
Several researchers claim the health properties of coconuts are numerous, including its ability to prevent cancer, how wonderful is that?! Coconut water is amazing at getting rid of the symptoms and damage done by chemotherapy. It is an electrolyte, it oxygenates the blood, it restores the ANC count, white blood count, haemoglobin, platelets, etc. As if that weren’t enough, because it is an anti-microbial, it can also help to reduce microbes inside cancer cells and aim to revert them into normal cells. In other words, it can be a fighting force of cancer treatment!
Sounds too good to be true?
You have to keep in mind that current research is too preliminary to confirm. But with all the benefits coconut water contains we are really optimistic.
Note: you must use fresh “young coconuts” and extract the coconut water.
For cancer prevention and overall good health, there is no substitute for the three basics: an overall healthy diet, staying a healthy weight, and daily physical activity.
What are Superfoods?
The last few years, we’ve seen a lot of foods labeled ‘superfoods’, but what are superfoods? There is no legal or medical definition. It’s generally accepted that superfoods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Eating them may help prevent diseases and they make you healthier and aid weight loss too.
Here is your 10 best superfoods:
The acai berry contains antioxidants, substances that fight harmful molecules, known as one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil.
Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats; much research now links this type of fat with a reduced risk of heart disease. These nuts are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which help to protect against UV light damage and Alzheimer’s disease.
Who’d have thought?! Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:
Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
4. GREEN TEA
Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins.
Coconut contains properties that can prevent, or even cure, a wide range of ailments from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Especially coconut oil which has so many benefits such as:
Protects against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol.
Helps treat malnutrition because it is easy to digest and absorb.
Kills disease-causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses because of the antimicrobial effects of its fatty acids.
Helps diabetics by slowing sugar release into the bloodstream.
Prevents strokes and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Boosts metabolism and increases energy because it is more likely to be burned as fuel than stored as body fat.
Salmon is a superfood because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease.
The health benefits of kale go well beyond providing a truckload of vitamins and minerals; this superfood is packed with phytonutrients such as glucosinolates and flavonoids as well. Thanks to its broad nutritional profile, kale is thought to help fight cardiovascular disease, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis; to prevent several types of cancer and pre-mature aging of the skin; and to promote the health of the urinary tract.
Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa is high in fibre and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium.
Lentils are rich in complex carbohydrates, a nutrient that boosts the metabolism and helps the body to burn fat. They are an excellent source of fibre, which can help reduce cholesterol levels. Lentils are also an outstanding source of folate and magnesium.
10. GREEK YOGURT
Yogurt is actually cultured milk that is thickened by healthy bacteria. Lactic acid is produced and this process thickens the yogurt and creates the tart flavour. It can help to maintain a healthy digestive tract, as well as reduce high blood pressure and promote a healthy heart.
Quiche is the perfect dish if you’re busy with work and other activities. These savoury pies are fast and easy to make, they are so convenient because you can easily customise with your favourite vegetables or meat. A lot people think that this french cuisine is unhealthy but actually if you choose healthy ingredients, your savoury pies can contain several nutritional benefits.
Quiche are essentially a custard made with milk and eggs poured into a pie crust and baked. They are paired with vegetables or meat, nuts and herbs for added flavour. In this article we’ ll give you the healthiest recipes to make your quiche as a real French person would!
shop-bought shortcrust pastry for a 23cm (9in) dish
3 eggs, beaten
250ml low fat milk
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion in Chi coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach and mushrooms, and saute until most of the water from the vegetables has evaporated. Add feta and 1/2 of the low fat Cheddar. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry-lined dish.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry base, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in centre. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.
* Optional ingredient
Tips: you can omit the crust and limit the use of cheese.
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
handful basil leaves
To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add oil and water and gradually stir them in to form a soft dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, preferably deep-dish, and press into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any overhanging crust. Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily; fill evenly with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil or paper and weights. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
To prepare filling: Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crust, then layer half the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle with corn, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Layer the remaining tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour the egg mixture over the top and add handful basil leaves.
Bake the pie until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
To prepare crust: Whisk whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour with salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into small pieces; using your fingers, quickly rub the butter into the dry ingredients until smaller but still visible.
Add sour cream and oil; toss with a fork to combine with the dry ingredients. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture. Toss with a fork until evenly moist; if the mixture seems dry, add up to 1 more tablespoon water. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times—the mixture may still be a little crumbly—then firmly press into a disk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
Spread the caramelized onions in the bottom of the crust. Layer corn, tomatoes and jalapeños over the onions. Top with cheese. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, sour cream, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the crust.
Bake the quiche until puffed and firm when touched in the center, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. To serve, cut into 8 pieces.
Tuna & Leek quiche
1 shortcrust pastry sheet, rolled
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons low fat creme fraiche
1 tablespoon low fat milk
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon vinegar
150g grated Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoon Chi coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 190 C and bake for 30 minutes.
Line a pie dish with the shortcrust pastry sheet. Prick the bottom of the pastry sheet with a fork, then spread with a thin layer of mustard and top with the tuna.
In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil over medium heat. Saute leeks and onion in coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. And top them over the tuna.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and mix with the 3 tablespoons of creme fraiche and the milk. Add salt and pepper and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the pastry case.
Add the thin slices of tomatoes over top, and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Tips: serve your quiches with a little salad on a side or a soup to warm up
BON APPETIT EVERYONE!
Our 3rd water well in India
We are thrilled to have built our third water well in the village of Nadiha, India with our partners Drop4Drop. Previously, this village, with a population of 450, had high levels of arsenic in the water available from their community tubewell. The now have their very own safe supply of water.
In 2015 we will be building a further 4 wells.
People are going coco-NUTS for our RAW coconut water!
Our CHI 100% RAW Coconut Water is the newest member of the CHI family being only 5 months new! With its exquisite thirst quenching, and mouth waveringly delicious taste, its got so many of you snapping them up from our lovely stockists at Wholefoods, Planet Organic and many more health food stores across England!
For those of you that don’t know why our Raw Coconut Water is different to the rest of the CHI family, High Pressure Processing (HPP) is used, to ensure the water is 100% coconut water with no nutritional or sensory loss whatsoever. By not tampering with nature, Chi 100% Raw Organic Coconut Water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organic. We always notice who’s been such loyal customers to us here at CHI, and so here is what a few of you have to say about our RAW Coconut Water..
Your home online –
“New to the coconut market is chi 100% raw organic coconut water – the UK’S first and only organic and raw product on the market using innovative technology to bring you a truly fresh product. Chi raw organic coconut water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organ – just as fresh as drinking straight from a coconut!”
“Refreshingly sweet and easy to drink, Chi’s latest product is sure to be a best seller as not only is it 100% pure and organic but the taste transports your straight to a tropical beach somewhere far far away. Chi are a great brand who have created something truly delicious, natural and in its purest form without any unnatural processing. However, there are some unnatural products out there by other brands claiming to be natural, so always make sure to read the label and check that your coconut water isn’t from concentrate and contains no added sugars.” –
We thank all of our super special friends that religiously buy, review and love our drinks and also encourage the first timers to grab our Raw coconut water. And tells us about your first experience through email, twitter, instagram or Facebook, we would love to know what you think!
How to start jogging?
Did you know that jogging can change your life? Jogging for 30-40 minutes three times a week can be a fantastic way to start your new healthy life. Jogging is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part, and you can run at any time that suits you. Regular jogging can help you to build muscle and maintain a healthy weight. But before to get started, you have to know why you want to jog? Most of the time it’s to loose weight! So for that you have also to adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, wholegrain cereals and low-fat dairy products. In this article you’ll find all the tips to start jogging without quitting!
Your sneakers are so important so don’t use your old shoes, it will cause you potential injuries. You have to invest in a proper pair of running shoes. Make sure that your shoes have a wedge of shock-absorbing material in the heel. And about the clothes, just wear a comfortable, light weight outfit.
Don’t try to set high goals, your goals need to be realistic. Start to run one or two times a week for 10 or 20 minutes if you are a beginner, and then add more minutes. Don’t put pressure on yourself, if you run 20 minutes, it’s great! If you run 30 min it’s also great! You have to set goals that will keep you motivated.
This step is crucial to your health, don’t forget to stay hydrated! You have to be hydrated to maintain your performance and to avoid any injuries. Chi Raw coconut water is the best drink to have during a workout, no sugar added, not heated. You’ll get all the benefits from coconut water.
As you know a healthy diet is the basis of your physical and mental health. Eat vegetables and fruits as much as you can, you will see the difference. And click here to know what to eat before and after a workout.
To stay motivated, the music is a must-have, it will give you the energy to achieve your goals. And running with music acts as a sort of meditation class. So get your iPod ready!
Finally after your jogging you should stretch for 5 minutes. Stretch to avoid the aches the next day!
Be Healthy. Be Happy!
To be healthy every day is not easy! Staying motivated to eat healthy can be even harder during this season. You smell BBQ every where, ice-cream or fresh soft drinks. All so tempting. And the big excuse that we can hear during summer ‘Oh it’s okay we are on vacation!’ Be careful! Bad habits can come back so quickly. But it’s a shame to quit so close to your goals because ‘winners never quit and quitters never win.’ So let’s keep motivated, no more excuses! In this article you’ll find all the best tips to stay healthy.
1. Set your goals
First you have to set realistic goals which are achievable. Make sure that you can adapt your lifestyle around meeting your goals. Also you have to make you goals specific with a short term goal such as running a 5K toward running a marathon. Your goal needs to be measurable.
2. Exercise as much as you can
As you know exercising is so good for your mind and your body. But also it can help you to eat more healthy by helping you to resist temptation and it reduces craving for junk food. When you start exercising you don’t want to eat junk food but healthy food to see the results of your workout.
3. Don’t get bored
Sometimes eating healthy can be boring…At CHI HQ we say NO! It’s not true now, and thanks to the internet, we can make some yummy and tasty recipes. And lucky as we are, we can find some really nice restaurants! Try new things, don’t stick on one kind of meal. By nature, humans need changes and variety to stay motivated.
4. Healthy snacks
Always bring a healthy snack with you before to go out. This will help you to stay away from the junk food and you won’t be hungry. Studies showed that if you go grocery with an empty stomach you are more tempting to buy junk food. So get a snack before going to the supermarket!
Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges
Here you will find all the healthy snacks to bring with you:
5. Enjoy eating
First thing that you have to remember, you are not on a diet but you choose to eat healthy! So enjoy eating all kinds of food, even your favourite foods (usually not healthy). Deprivation is the worst thing you can do, you’ll just get frustrated. So if you want a treat, eat it and enjoy it but with moderation.
6. Chi Raw coconut
Chi Raw Coconut Water can help you to eat less junk food! How? After drinking coconut water you’ll feel less hungry thanks to its nutrients and vitamins, try it you’ll love it!
Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic
EnTHAIrely RAW Supper Club event
Bain Marie restaurant invited Chi to the enTHAIrely Raw Supper Club to celebrate the summer by enjoying the fresh and vibrant flavours of Thailand with a Raw Thai menu. The evening featured an entirely raw Thai-inspired 3-course menu. We tasted some delicious Thai dishes recreated with a raw and healthy twist. We also enjoyed a refreshing Lemongrass Kefir Fizz Mocktail on arrival.
The Goldfinger Factory hosted the Supper Club event on the 30th July & 6th August. This factory has a furniture showroom, a sustainable workshop, an upcycling school and a café space. It’s in this cool place, located in the heart of Portobello where we had a lovely evening sun with our refreshing Chi Raw Coconut Water. The enTHAIrely RAW menu was 100% raw, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and was suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Raw Pad Thai
courgette, cucumber and carrot noodles with a spicy almond sauce
Raw Tom Kha with Seasonal Market Vegetables
served with cauliflower rice
Raw Mango & Coconut Cheesecake
fresh mango and coconut milk mousse on a crunchy date and coconut crust
Your mouth is watering? Bain-Marie restaurant has some amazing events coming up, check this out here. And you can also get all the recipes from the Bain-Marie’s blog!
Summer makes you happy and at Chi we want you to be happier! This week you will have the chance to win an amazing Prize.
What’s included in the prize?
2 packs of Giving Tree snack: 1 Strawberry (18g) + 1 Mixed Veg (22g)
2 Bottles of Chi Organic Raw coconut water (250ml)
An UBER promo code for first time riders
How to enter ?
Repost our Summer Prize on Chi or Giving Tree social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook)
Add the hashtags #chicoconutwater & #givingtreesnack
The competition will be running from the 22nd July to the 29th July 4pm. Good luck everyone!
Summer prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Yoga vs Pilates, Which one to choose?
Yoga or Pilates, don’t know which one to choose? In the last few years the number of Yoga and Pilates classes available has increased so much. But why? These activities have so many health benefits and it helps you to keep you active. But are you still confused about the difference between these two? Don’t worry we are here to clarify that!
Let’s have a closer look at these two practises to help decide which one is right for you.
1. Do they have the same origin?
Firstly, we have to know from where they are form.
Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the years and cultures into many types of yoga such as Bikram, Ishta, Purna & Ashtanga.
Pilates was created by an athlete, Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century. He created several exercises to improve his strength. Then dancers started to practicing theses exercises to help them to become more performance.
2. What is the main difference?
Both Yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and the moody are connected.
Pilates requires concentration and focus to find a centre point to control your body through movement. While Yoga is built on the connection between the mind, body and the sprit. It is designed to increase your body’s efficiency and your overall health and wellbeing.
3. Challenging your body
Both exercises will help you to gain strength and flexibility.
Pilates puts you in to unstable positions by moving your limbs. Some classes use machines to gain strength and some others classes make you use your body’s resistance. Whereas Yoga is made up of a series of static postures and you will work out all your muscles in your body equally.
4. What are the health benefits?
Both are a great workout. Here is a list of all of the benefits that you can expect to get from Yoga & Pilates:
Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
Improved stabilisation of your spine
Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
Improved physical coordination and balance
Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
Increased body awareness
Stress management and relaxation.
5. Which one is for you?
If you are looking more to manage your stress and to be more spiritual, yoga is for you. If you want to focus more on your back and your core body, Pilates will be the better option. If you still don’t know what to choose why not to try both and see which one you prefer.
So now book your classes!
What snack should I bring to the beach?
Spending your time at the beach playing in the water or lying on the sand can make you hungry! Snacks are a must have at the beach but what to bring? During vacation nobody wants to devote a lot effort to making snacks. The perfect snack at the beach needs to be easy to carry and simple to eat. But you have to avoid snacks high in salt and fat.
At Chi we’ll give you all the tips to bring healthy and tasty snacks with you during your vacation.
1. Trail Mix
A trail mix very high in antioxidants and wonderful healthy oils
No partially hydrogenated oils or fats.
A high-energy snack with no added sugar or harmful preservatives.
2. Fresh Fruit
Nothing can be easier and healthier than to eat a fresh fruit.
3. Giving Tree snacks
Want something crispy? Giving Tree snack is the perfect combination of fresh fruits and crisps.
Fruits are freeze-dried – a technology that doesn’t damage the nutritional value or the flavour
No sugar added
Vegetables are vacuum fried with a healthy oil (Rice Bran oil which is rich of antioxidants)
The sun is shining! What you want to do is to go out and tan. Especially in summer – you want to get a sun-kissed glow but without the sun damage! There’s no denying that most people look healthier when they are tan. However, as we all know, UV radiation is dangerous for our skin. Skin can develop freckles, rashes and, over time, UV radiation can accelerate skin ageing and cause pigment changes commonly known as ‘age spots’. It can also cause changes in the skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer.
At Chi HQ we have all the best tips that you need to know before going on vacation. First, let’s talk about the must have during summer: sunscreen.
How to choose your sunscreen?
Selecting a sunscreen depends on many factors such as how sensitive your skin is to burning, how dry or oily your skin is. If you have fair skin that burns easily you should choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF 50+. If you have a skin that tans readily you could choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with intermediate SPF 15-20+. And If you have darkly pigmented skin and do not suffer heavily from sunburn, you need a sunscreen with low SPF 8-15+.
How to use it?
It is extremely important to use sunscreens correctly to achieve the best protection.
Apply sunscreen liberally to all sun-exposed areas so that it forms a film when initially applied.
It takes 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin and it can be rubbed off very easily, so apply it at least half an hour before going out in the sun.
Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours if staying out in the sun for more than an hour during the day.
Re-apply immediately after swimming, excessive sweating, or if rubbed off by clothing or toweling. This should be the case even if the product claims to be “water resistant”.
What are the alternative of the sunscreen?
You won’t believe it, but Chi Coconut Oil can be used as a sunscreen. Native pacific islanders have been using coconut oil sunscreen for thousands of years. It is the best way to get a healthy tan and Vitamin D. It’s a natural sunscreen – it blocks about 20% of UV rays when applied.
But you have to keep in mind that as dermatologists will tell you ‘no tan is a healthy tan’ (hard as it is to resist!)
How to heal your sunburn?
Sunburn often leads to dehydration, which can cause headaches. So skip the margarita and opt for a massive glass of Chi Raw coconut water, super-hydrating.
Also you should hydrate your skin, be sure to apply lotion to your body including the sunburned area. You can use Chi Coconut Oil as well!
RELAX THIS SUMMER WITH A COCONUT-COCKTAIL
Nothing gets you more in the mood for Summer than lying on the beach with the sunshine hitting your face, feet in the sand, and a refreshing cocktail by your side. When it comes to Summer time, its all about the mixology of fruity, fresh and exotic drinks to give you a tastes of the tropics. Cocktails are fun and the perfect drink to keep you hydrated, cool and relaxed. Not to mention that they of course will bring all sorts of mouth-watering flavours to tantalise your taste buds! Instead of sticking to the signature cocktails such as the infamous Sex on the beach or Tequila sunrise, let’s add a coconut twist into the mix! Our Chi products may just be the magic seed to your drink. Not only will is taste amazing, it will bring a tropical taste to the cocktail making that one drop to the mouth will send you off to a exotic, dreamful place!. These cocktails are 100% guaranteed of pure deliciousness and are very quick and easy to make! Summer cannot get any better than this!
With all these cocktails you need a little snack but a healthy one! Why not to try the Giving Tree snack? This is a special freeze dried and vacuum fried snack , that means 100% of the nutrition remains intact, without any sugar or salt added. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
When it comes to summer, it is all about spending time outside in the gorgeous sunshine, with a few drinks, and yummy BBQ food. At Chi HQ we absolutely love a BBQ and believe this food festive time does not need to be unhealthy. We believe you can still indulge in delicious foods, but the healthy way, which won’t leave you feeling guilty the next day! Instead of the sticky sugary marinades or the unhealthy creamy dressings used to cake your meats and salads, why not try these healthy alternatives that will help you keep up your healthy momentum, but still keeping a d-e-licious tastes and flavours in your BBQ. Here is a small guide on how to create a healthy BBQ this summer.
STEP 1: VEGGIES
Chi Coconut Oil acts as the perfect glaze to BBQ Veggies to give them some extra mouth-watering flavours!
Chop up a range of assorted vegetables – peppers, courgette, mushroom, carrots etc
In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine all ingredients except for chicken. Mix well and add chicken, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on hot grill. Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges and coriander.
STEP 3: BAKED SWEET POTATO
This is the perfect extra side to have with your vegetables, meats or salad. It is filling, healthy and a great substitute for a regular potato!
Simply chop up a sweet potato into chunky chips shapes or into 2 halves, coat with melted Chi Coconut Oil onto the potato and sprinkle rock salt, pepper and chili flakes. The sweet and spicy combo is yummy!
STEP 4: DRINKS – SUMMER COCONUT PUNCH
What is a BBQ without a fruity drink to flush it all down? We love to add our Chi Coconut Waters into our fruit punch to fill it up with flavours, and keep it super quench-thirsting!
We cannot have a BBQ without a sweet pudding to finish it off. A cold, light dessert is always the best way to end the food fiesta! Here is a easy-to make, healthyISH dessert to try! Sweet and simple always does the job!
We all know when it comes to our diet it can be a crazy rollercoaster. You go through a phase of eating super healthy and restricting your calories for a week, which then leads to a downfall spiral in overindulging in all the naughty foods that make our waistlines grow. We’ve all been there, when it comes to summer, this is usually the case, and as the summer holidays are creeping up, the fad diets start to come into play.
At Chi HQ, we believe we can keep up a healthy momentum, not just for the summer, but also as a lifestyle change. This starts by making sure you have the right balance of foods in your diet. Not only is a healthy diet the main driver to weightloss or maintaining weight, it provides us with all the nutrition our body needs, and is the magic medicine to keeping us look radiant, happy and full of energy!
As part of the summer running #GetFitWithChi we have put together a healthy 1 week- meal plan to keep you on track to maintaining a healthy diet, and that means no skipping meals or crazy calorie restrictions. So now you can say goodbye to yo-yoing and see the change in fuelling your body the healthy and right way! If you have a busy schedule and feel this may be difficult to follow, a Chi tip is also to pre-prepare everything in advance for the week 😉
We would love to know how this meal plan works for you, so post your photos or comments with #GetFitWithChi.
The British market leading magazine, the Grocer, recognises every year the best company in Grocery retail for service, initiative and commitment. We were over the moon to be shortlisted as one of the finalists for the prestigious Grocer Gold Award 2015 for “SME Drinks Brand of the Year”. The event took place at the amazing Guildhall in London on Tuesday 9th of June. It was a lovely evening hosted by Adam Leyland and Sanjeev Bhaskar (known for his comedy series Goodness Gracious Me) who announced the winners of the evening.
The SME Drinks Brand of the Year Award rewards the up and coming drinks brands enjoying success in the UK. The four finalists brands were split equally between coconut water and craft beer. In our category, there were 4 brands shortlisted such as Brewdog, Sharp’s Brewery and Vita Coco.
We want to congratulate again Brewdog who won the SME Drinks Brand of the year award!
Here are some pictures of the evening:
Guildhall in London
We had such a nice dinner!
Drop4Drop Clean Water Project for the Vadapada Community
We are delighted with the update from the charity we support, Drop4Drop, on the news that the clean drinking water project for the community in Vadapada, has now officially been completed.
Vadapada is an area in Umarpada Taluk in Surat District of Gujurat, home to 450 people. We are over the moon that with our collaboration, we were able to change the lives for many of these people in the community. In rural areas of India, water resource is a major crisis and for the large population of people living in these areas, planned water resources tends to get left out. This is a major concern and results to poor and difficult accessibility to clean water supply. With our support, we have made this dream of having clean and easy access to water, a reality to this community.
Mrs Bhagyashri Sandesh Taral, 27 years old from Vadapada:
‘“Before this, I used to wake up early in the morning to walk 1 km to collect water. So, every day I start my farm work late and so return home in the evening late too. Now I am relaxed, I can access enough water near my home and this saves me so much time.”
It is a pleasure that we can make a change to so many people’s lives and this makes the team at Chi very happy! Our goal is to continue working on these projects to help improve more peoples lives living in these rural communities.
The Secrets of Yoga
Do you wish you were meditating on warm, exfoliating sand, with the salted sea crisp breeze combing your hair and the smell of nature right at your feet? At ChiHQ we would definitely love a taste of this dreamy tropical paradise, and what better way to feel this moment than with the spirit of yoga. It is the perfect workout to take your mind to a calm, mindful place. Not only is yoga a fantastic exercise to get you feeling fit and toned, it can drift you off into a magical/wonderful place! #Namaste
What are the benefits to Yoga?
It helps to reduce stress
Increase your flexibility
And has many other hidden benefits that may surprise you – in the office, bedroom or kitchen!
If you’re struggling to eat healthily and your first goal this summer is to feel fit and fabulous on the beach, regular Yoga may just be the solution! It has been known to help mindful eating habits, awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating, and can help to fight certain cravings through many yoga breathing exercises, which will result to you choosing the healthy options! Whether you are doing it in the living room, in the park, office or at a class here are 3 essentials to get you geared up for it, take with you:
Coconut Water – Hydration is key to optimise performance. A bottle of our 100% Raw Organic Chi Coconut Water is the perfect thirst quencher and will restore energy levels TWICE as fast as water and sport drinks without any fat or sugar.
Yoga Mat – A nice and comfortable mat is always needed to make you feel more relaxed to help you get to that happy place aswell as releasing pressure on your body from hard surfaces.
Foam Roller – Before and after your Yoga workout, use a foam roller to self-massage any tight areas of the body. It is used to lengthen the muscle in order to break up adhesion and scar tissue. This will allow an increase bloody circulation, which will help muscle performance. On top of this it flushes any muscle toxins that have been building up.
A breakfast bowl of summer
Summer is coming and what better way to wake up to it, than with a juicy breakfast to make you feel refreshed, shining and will give you a big burst of energy!
Adding lots of fresh summer fruits and juicy flavours into your breakfast is the perfect way to give you a taste of the tropics. So Instead of the usual cereal and milk why not swap it with some of these quick and easy ideas.
STEP 1: The Base – Choosing the Smoothie
Smoothies are a great alternative to milk, with a sorbet taste, natural sugars and an awesome cleanser to the body; you can use this as a base. Here are some summer bursting smoothie tips using some of our Chi products:
Now it’s time to pick some toppings you could add to your smoothie bowl!
Adding a creamy fruit like a chopped banana is perfect to compliment the tangy taste of the berries, as it will add more sweetness to it.
Honey Granola sprinkle
Museli/ Toasted Buckwheat
Or adding even more fruit is another option!
Step 3: Any Extras?
If you want to add anymore toppings to more flavour, these are highly recommended!
Crushed Almonds (any nuts)/seeds
A blob of Whole earth peanut butter
You can mix and match any of the smoothies with the toppings for your own desired taste!
Coconut Ice lollies to keep you cool this summer
We all know when it gets to summer, it is time for a quick last minute health kick before a holiday! That means cutting down on all the tasty treats, which in the summer, it tends to be very difficult. Especially when you’re out and about in the hot sun, and all you are thinking about is a refreshing ice cream or chocolate sundae would be nice to cool you down and sort out those naughty sugar cravings. Do not worry, we have the solution for you! There’s no need to completely ditch these treats. Instead we have put together a mixture of healthier and guilt-free versions of ice-lollies and ice-cream recipes you can give a try. All of these recipes have a coconut flavour to them, giving you an exotic taste!
In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Evenly pour into your Ice-lolly moulds. Freeze for 30 minutes, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for a further 2-3 hours, until fully frozen. To enjoy, run the mould under a little hot water to loosen the Ice-lollies.
Vegan, sugar-free magnum choco-blocks
What you need:
8 Ice cream moulds
Ingredients (makes 8):
For the ice cream:
2 ripe bananas, frozen
1 400mL can full fat coconut milk, chilled if possible
For the ice cream: Pop the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cream moulds, add your sticks and pop into the freezer to set overnight.
For the chocolate: Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat on a very low heat until you create a smooth consistency. Be careful not to burn/overcook.
When you get the ice creams out, allow to defrost for a few minutes so they come out of the moulds easily. Alternatively run the moulds under hot water to loosen the edges.
To make the magnum…
Classic: Dip the ice cream into a bowl of chocolate. Use a icing knife to smooth out any edges but be quick because it should set almost immediately. Repeat to create a nice thick layer of chocolate. Pop back into the freezer for a few minutes to completely freeze. Enjoy!
Almond: As per Magnum Classic, but add a handful of slithered almonds to sandwich between chocolate layers.
Peppermint: As per Magnum Classic, but add 1 tablespoon of mint extract (or to taste), a handful of fresh mint and a few drops of green food colouring/spirulina to the ice cream mixture.
Storage: in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 5 days.
HEALTHY Coconut salad dressings
Summer is on its way and we can now finally ditch the lunchtime hot soups or baguette for a nice chilled healthy salad At Chi, we love eating salads and can prove eating healthy can be easy, yet still remain exciting and delicious!
So if your wondering how we do this at Chi, here is the solution! We love to jazz up our salads with lots of fresh colour vegetables, fruit and super foods making it look like a fun, eye-catching rainbow bowl of goodness. Salads are a perfect meal for any summer diets or health kicks. There very nutritious, low in calories and makes the perfect lunch meal as they are not too heavy and will guarantee to keep you feeling full of energy. Not forgetting it helps to aid digestion, cleanse your body and will get you feeling beach body ready in no time. So you’ll feel fabulous for any summer holidays.
It sometimes may be the case that without a creamy dressing, it can taste dry and a little bit on the boring side. However, these dressings can end up making it as fattening as a burger and chips! We have put together some tantalising, mouth-watering HEALTHY salad dressings using our Chi products to get you ready for the summer!
As we all know it’s so important to drink water, particularly during a workout. But what should we drink during intense exercise? Its hard to find a drink that will keep you hydrated and give you the energy needed. In this article you will find a few suggestions of drinks that you could drink during your workout.
First we have to understand what our body needs.
When we sweat we loose a lot electrolytes. Here are the common electrolytes that we loose during working out:
– Sodium & Calcium
You must replace them by drinking a fluid that contains electrolytes. Water does not contain electrolytes.
Also we need carbs to refuel & give you energy and proteins helps to repair any damage.
What is the right amount to drink?
Doctors recommend to drink 8 ounces every 15 minutes during workout and to ‘drink to thirst’. But don’t drink too much because consuming a lot of fluid but not enough sodium can develop an hyponatremia condition. However this case is really rare most people don’t drink enough!
So what to drink?
For sure water is the easiest solution, it’s fine to consume it when it’s not an intense workout.But water doesn’t contain electrolytes.
Chi Raw Coconut Water suits an intense workout perfectly as it contains a high level of electrolytes and also it gives you the energy needed from its natural sugars.
Doctors recommend to have protein & carbs after workout. As we saw previously, protein repairs any muscle damage and carbs give you energy. So it’s time to make some delicious smoothies with Chi Coconut Milk!
Everywhere you can hear ‘eat less sugar, sugar is bad for you’. Of course, you would like to eat less sugar, but it’s hard and you don’t know how. Don’t worry. I am here to help you figure out how to reduce sugar to become healthier.
So first let’s try to understand why we love sugar so much?
All humans have loved sugar for years and years. Sweet is associated with the notion of pleasure and reward in our brain. When we eat sugar we secrete dopamine (the neurotransmitter of pleasure) so obviously, as it’s joyful to eat sugar, you just want to repeat this behaviour. That’s why all the junk food is full of sugar even in salty foods.
How to eat less sugar?
You have to change your bad habits and relearn how to eat healthy without being on crazy diets. Just choose healthy food with good quality, fruits & vegetables and eat less processed foods as possible. Changing habits will take time but you will see the difference in the long term and you will also change your taste. Time to try new things!
What are the alternatives to sugar?
The best alternative to sugar is fruits such as bananas, grapes, strawberries… they are full of vitamins and they contain a lot nutritional content. However, beware of pure fruit juice, as you are just drinking pure fructose which will turn to fat.
You have some healthy sugar such as:
Coconut palm sugar (extracted sap of the coconut palm, boiled and dehydrated)
Date sugar (dehydrated, ground dates)
Brown rice syrup (brown rice, which is cooked and then exposed to enzymes which breaks it down into sugar)
Why not try our Raw Coconut Water – no added sugar! As nature intended!
Lovely Brunch Recipes
The weekend is coming! Woohoo!
During the weekend you just want to enjoy your lazy morning with a nice brunch to share with your family or your friends. But you don’t know what to make? At Chi we have some tasty recipes to illuminate your morning.
For these brunch recipes we focused on egg omelette because there are so many benefits to eating eggs in the morning. A lot of studies showed that eating eggs help you to maintain a calorie deficit and lose weight. Not to mention they are really easy to make!
Add Chi coconut oil to a non-stick pan and heat over medium-high heat.
Add eggs, orange zest, salt, pepper and coconut milk to a small mixing bowl and give this a good whisk, until slightly frothy.
Pour that mixture into the preheated pan and swirl it around to spread your omelette evenly over the entire surface of the pan.
Let the omelette settle for a few seconds then run a heat resistant rubber spatula around the edge to sort of break it down a little bit, then start swirling again.
You want some of the uncooked eggs from the top to get under the omelette. Don’t be afraid to break it up a little bit.
Repeat that process 2 or 3 times until the top really starts to set. Remove from heat and let your omelette sit for a few minutes until the top is completely (or almost completely) set. You can cover it if you want to speed things up a bit…
Delicately slide your omelette onto serving plate, (fold it in half while doing so if desired) and garnish with fresh (or dry, or toasted) unsweetened coconut shavings.
This weekend Chi was at the London Ethnic event for ‘Fashion Revolution Day’ which was launched after the horrific Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh the 24 April 2013.The factory collapse led to 1133 victims dead and thousands more injured, casting a dark shadow over the history of fashion.
The event took place at the Lollipop Gallery in London on the 24th of April 2015 for the fashion workers who lost their lives that terrible day. London Ethnic event was there to raise money for their families and increase awareness of the human work exploitation in fashion. And also the importance of ethical & sustainable principles in the fashion industry.
The fashion presentation was run by a brand new designs from the London Ethnic House produced in collaboration with in-house designers Eleanor Johnson and Nuria Carvajal Garcia with designer Reece Walywn Curtis. The London Ethnic AW15 collection was inspired by the London Skyline and street colouring transformed into simplistic shapes in the hues of blue and grey.
Here are some nice pictures of the event!
Chi kept everybody hydrated!
Reach for Raw
Have you ever tried Chi raw coconut water? Not yet?! You’re missing something special! After reading this article you will be running to the store to try some.
What makes Chi raw coconut water different to other coconut waters?
Firstly, with Chi raw coconut wateryou will get real coconut water. Noting added. Nothing taken away. So it means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. How we do that? Unlike other coconut waters that are heat pasteurised, our raw coconut is unheated. We use HPP ( High pressure processing) technology – a process that keeps the fresh attributes of the coconut water.
What are the benefits of drinking raw coconut water?
Many researchers have shown raw coconut water to be healthy for you.
Here are some benefits:
-Aids in weight loss
-Reduce blood pressure
-Rich in nutrients
And you can consume coconut water as much as you want.
What does it taste like?
We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – the tastiest variety of coconut in the world. What is remarkable about this variety of exotic coconut? They produce sweeter water.
Is yours pink?
Don’t worry, it is just a natural occurrance and is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is even a good sign that means that the level of antioxidants is high. As you know, antioxidants help to maintain good health and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
So what are you waiting for? Go start drinking Chi raw coconut water…
And don’t forget you have just few days left to WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER.
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
We are hiring at CHI!
Looking for enthusiastic and reliable people to sample across London stores. The work involves sampling and promoting Chi products and Giving Tree products in stores such as Planet Organic & Whole Foods. It is a great opportunity for you to meet new people and to have face to face interaction with customers.
You will fit the job if:
– you live in London
– you have good availability
– you are friendly and smiley
This is a part time throughout the summer. Hours are from 12 to 3pm Pay rate is £10p/h + expenses.
So if you want to be part of Chi, please email us at email@example.com
Eat your fruit – juice your veggies!
Being healthy every day is not easy. Extracted vegetable juices can be the solution for you. But how can veggie juices be so healthy? That’s because all the nutrient contents from the vegetables remain intact and gives you only the concentrated liquid which is full of the vitamins. Beware of pure fruit juices, however, as the fructose content, minus the fibre, can be very high (as much as fizzy drinks!).
Here are just some of the benefits that you will get from veggie juices:
Instant energy due to the better absorption of the fresh vitamins and the vital minerals. It is specialy good after workout!
Weight loss – most nutritionists advise to drink vegetable juices for a healthy diet.
It helps your digestion by cleansing your stomach and your intestines.
Regulate your blood pressure.
Help maintain your cholesterol level.
Help your immune system thanks to the vitamins and minerals required to make your immune system stronger.
Juices will also help to have a smooth, clear and hydrated skin.
For those who don’t consume a lot of fresh vegetables, it is a convenient alternative to your 5 a day.
And this month you have the chance to enjoy all of these benefits thanks to our amazing Prize giveway.
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Juice with Chi raw coconut water
Don’t forget you can WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER WORTH OVER £150! If you win our amazing prize, what juice will you make? We have some excellent recipes to make healthy and refreshing juices with Chi raw coconut water that will give you a boost for your day. Perfect to be in shape before summer!Tempting?
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
We are proud to announce that you can now buy 100% RAW coconut water from Chi! We are so excited for you to taste this delicious product: totally untampered with – Left as nature intended it to be left (perfect!). Available at OCADO, Whole Foods, Planet Organic with more stockists being added monthly.
FRESH – NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – COLD-EXTRACTION – ORGANIC – NEVER HEATED – 100% PURE – RAW – NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
So how do we get it?
The coconut water found within young green coconuts in Thailand is very easily altered when heated. That is why when you drink coconut water which is not raw, it does’t quite bring back that same memory of sipping coconuts on holiday – however refreshing and lovely it may be. However, Chi has found a way to keep the fresh coconut water in Thailand in its natural RAW form! We use high pressure processing to do this – keeping the coconut water cold at all times: from when the coconut is cracked open by our farmers to the moment you pick it up from the shelves in your closest store. High pressure processing allows the coconut water to have a longer refrigerated shelf life while also allowing all the natural flavours to remain exactly the same. We do not add any preservatives or heating to the product – it is simply simple! This means that the nutritional content is also unchanged.
Watch this video on how we make our coconut water:
Our coconuts come from a region called ‘Ratchaburi’ in Western Thailand where the rich soil and tropical climate offer the perfect environment for producing uniquely great tasting coconuts. The word Ratchaburi means “The land of the king” and the provence is located 80km west of Bangkok, bordering Burma. The soil is perfect for coconuts to grow here – with the Mae Klong River flowing through the centre of Ratchaburi town. Hence why Thailand is renowned for producing the world’s best tasting coconut water.
Why go RAW?
The main reason to go RAW is for the taste – incredibly fresh and unique! However, other reasons may be that Chi RAW coconut water is packed with naturally occurring electrolyte minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – always harvested at the perfect moment for peak nutrition! We never mix the ages or varieties of our coconuts – giving a consistently fresh and pure taste.
Our RAW coconut water is also sustainable – as Chi trades fairly. We are contributing to the environmental impact of production: creating a sustainable balance between farming and wild ecosystems. Chi RAW coconut also works hand in hand with ‘Drop4Drop.org’ in order to deliver water wells to communities that need it most.
Why does RAW coconut water go pink?
This is a natural occurrence and it is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is nature’s way of blushing!
The colour doesn’t change the taste, it is still so good.
Where you can find our Raw Coconut Water?
chi coconut oil in my breakfast
Do you skip breakfast in the morning? Or find your breakfast habits tend to be slightly repetitive? We all know it can sometimes be difficult to find new and exciting ideas to make your breakfast that extra bit special; especially for those early wake ups where you’re still half asleep! At Chi, we believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and should not be skipped. It kick-starts your metabolism, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and will stop you fighting against those cheeky cravings through the day.
Chi Coconut Oil is the perfect ingredient to spruce up your morning meals. It adds a subtle sweetness and a healthy dose of fat to help fuel your body, aid digestion and help to burn fat along the way. Winner!
So ditch the toast with butter or cereal and milk, and give these tasty, healthy Chi breakfasts a go.
Want to get fit this spring in time for that lovely summer season? Chi can help you out and keep you motivated when trying to achieve your ideal summer body and state of mind!
Here is why:
1. Chi drinks are low calorie.
Switch that fizzy drink or juice for one of our delicious drinks this spring. Worried you’ll miss that sweet taste? Why not try our new RAW coconut water – bursting with a sweet but natural flavour yet only 70 Calories per 250ml per bottle.
*Available in April at Whole foods and Planet Organic.
2. Chi drinks are hydrating.
When working out it is very important to keep your body hydrated in order for your metabolism to stay as high as possible. However, it is best to stay hydrated throughout the day – before and after exercise – rather than just drinking straight before you start working out. Here at Chi we would recommend our 1L of Chi coconut water for this all-day hydration. This way you can keep us in your fridge and reach for us whenever you feel de-hydrated.
3. Chi products can encourage you to make healthier meals!
Breakfast is key to a healthy lifestyle. Why not try our Chi coconut milk in porridge? Porridge releases energy slowly throughout the day – meaning you’re less likely to snack before lunch. By using Chi coconut milk in your porridge it will also taste much creamier – meaning you might be able to resist that temptation of a maple syrup topping!
Our coconut oil is also perfect for making you lunch or supper lighter. Coconut oil can be used as a substitute in cooking just like olive oil or butter, but it is much healthier! The coconut oil also gives vegetables a great taste when used for frying or cooking… hopefully encouraging you to make more of them!
4. Chi drinks can be healthy and indulgent at the same time – making the switch to a healthy lifestyle all the more bearable!
Our Chi chocolate coconut milk sounds pretty tempting right?! Why not try it – it has that strong chocolatey taste yet has so many health benefits that you can feel indulged and revived all at once! Chi chocolate coconut milk 330ml is only 155 calories per serving and is sweetened naturally by coconut sugar. Our chocolate coconut milk is rich in vitamins & minerals. This is great for a healthy snack – key to speeding up your metabolism for weight loss!
5. Chi drinks can keep you energetic even when cutting down on sugar.
Although our products are low in sugar (containing no added preservatives or unnatural sweeteners) they can keep you awake and active when focusing on a new healthy lifestyle. Chi would recommend its espresso coconut milk – giving you a natural kick from the protein, good fats, fibre, vitamins B & C, potassium, calcium and iron within it! If that isn’t the perfect drink to power you through an afternoon we don’t know what is!
Chi coconut water was proud to support Work Well Being on the 13th of March for their first ever event!
WHAT IS WORK – WELL – BEING?
Louise and Abby are passionate & experienced practitioners and advocates of everything wellbeing! Both having many years experience within these practices has resulted in them establishing a network of the very best Wellbeing Warriors (teachers!) in London today.
Their belief is that there is a better way to work, we are working longer and harder than ever before, with time for our own personal wellbeing being pushed to the bottom of our to-do-list. It is time for employers to provide their staff something far more meaningful, wellbeing.
Work-Well-Being are on a mission to change the way we work, with the belief that wellbeing should be a core part of the working day, not something that individuals are forced to try and cram in during their few spare hours of an evening, or an often already full-packed weekend. Not only are the benefits of this huge to the individual, wellbeing is also a real business tool. There is no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance; performance is actually improved when our lives include time for reflection, restoration and renewal. An environment where people are happy in their jobs and given the respect and freedom to be themselves will enable the best work and ideas to flourish.
The services that Work-Well-Being offer make it a whole lot easier for the workplace to offer wellbeing to their employees! They program the full day using their network of the very best teachers, manage all of the internal promotion of the event, manage all class sign-ups, provision of equipment & insurance and importantly evaluate the success & impact of the event to the workplace.
During Work-Well-Being’s event there where 2 yoga classes,2 meditation sessions an inspirational talk on How to Manage Work Stress and individual Health Coaching consultations. Chi happily sent over a load of coconut water to keep everyone hydrated and energized – the perfect drink to have at hand for these activities! Here are a few photos from the event – a total success with some great feedback to both Chi and Work-Well-Being.
We hope you enjoyed the event if you went and if not really recommend attending the next one! To find out how, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your mouth will be having a party when you try this granola bar recipe!
We are a big fan of Chefonabike the foodie biker! He has kindly shared with us his yummy granola bar recipe. All clean, healthy recipes and, of course, they have got chi coconut oil in them. Brilliant for that early morning metabolism kick start and energy boost! Chefonabike says:
‘A super healthy version of a very popular everyday snack / energy bar just got a lot better. A clean approach is essential here so instead of using butter and sugars, Chi Coconut Oil and Honey are the sticky/combining agents. Also the crunchy peanut butter provides texture and flavour to the bar. Enjoy as a breakfast or as a Pre workout (whatever your sport/activity is) fuel..also ideal as a Recovery/Post trinity food to replenish glycogen used by your muscles.’
We all love our mums, so when we actually remember mothers day is soon/sooner than we thought it was, purchasing a present that reflects how amazing your mum is can be a bit of a mad rush! (wee’ve all been there!) So to make it slightly easier for you lovely lot we are giving away some fabulous products, perfect to treat your mum (the healthy way, don’t worry we have included Ombar chocolate that is good for you. No really it is!)
The giveaway includes:
a 1 litre carton of chi 100% natural chocolate coconut milk.
1 coconut 60% dark chocolate ombar and 1 coco mylk ombar.
Describe your mum in three words and tell us what you would make her using any of our chi products.
Please email us your awnsers to email@example.com with the subject header ‘Mothers day giveaway’ by 4pm on Thursday 12th March 2015. T&C’s apply *. Good Luck!
*Mothers day Giveaway T&Cs: Entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via email, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
make your monday marvellous with a coconut matcha latte!
We love a good matcha latte and especially when there is chi coconut milk involved, even more so on a monday morning when you need an energy boost. (Or hangover remedy) So to brighten up your monday morning here’s some information on matcha and how a coconut matcha latte can make your Monday marvellous. Oh yes and we’ve thrown in a quick recipe for your convenience, (we’re so kind!).
Although matcha powder comes with a hefty price tag it also comes with a hefty amount of nutrients, perfect justification to pop to your nearest health food store and grab a pot! Unlike green tea which is the brewed tea leaves of many varieties of tea leaf from China and Japan, matcha powder is specificaly ground from tencha leaves in Japan.
The tea bushes are grown and taken great care of during the winter and just before harvesting in May the bushes are covered from sunlight. This stimulates an increase in chlorophyl levels resulting in the leaves to be a darker shade of green. This, my fellow green gods and goddesses, is how matcha powder gets its nutrient potency. This darker shade of green causes a production of amino acids like L-thiamine. This makes matcha perfect for repair and growth as it gives us a supply of ready available amino acids (think hair, skin, nails, muscles). Basically everything we need repairing to be feeling (and looking) amazing.
When we consume Matcha we consume the whole leaf as it is in powdered form. This means we get a fair share of amazing antioxidants like ECGg. Antioxidants are important as they can help prevent damage to our cells from oxidative stress and toxins we consume and produce in our body. Even better for cell repair, skin repair and long term beautifulness!
This combination of matcha, electrolyte and mineral filled coconut milk is brilliant. Drinking one of these babies regularly is a sure fire way to become the envy of your colleagues with your new annoyingly large amount of energy, just what everyone wants to see on a monday!
Chi’s marvellous monday coconut matcha latte. ♥
1 teaspoon of Matcha powder of your choice
sweetener of choice – for example Manuka honey, natural organic honey ( no chemicals here please!) or rice malt syrup/ another plant based natural sweetener if you are a vegan.
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.
Why use coconut oil; by Sarah Hawley.
As we have found out here at Chi, there are many uses for coconut oil. Sarah Hawley is a fitness competitor and aspiring fitness model, she definitely has the body to show for it! Like many of you out there, she swears by coconut oil. Here she tells us about her coconut oil uses and why it’s so important in her training and diet routine.
My coconut oil of choice is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s raw, unrefined and unbleached, and the coconuts are cold-pressed, which retains both the depth of flavour, and also the high nutritional content. It was also the winner of a Great Taste Award (2014).
I mostly use coconut oil to cook with. Like all saturated fats, coconut oil is heat-stable, meaning that it’s far better for you than any other processed vegetable oil that’s manufactured specifically for cooking. Most importantly it’s natural, easy to digest, and makes food feel more satisfying while adding flavour.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding coconut oil these days. So much so, that people are calling it a “superfood”. Its benefits include everything from reducing your appetite and increasing energy expenditure (which in turn helps you lose weight), to improving cholesterol levels and brain function (due to its make-up of medium chain triglycerides or MCTs). Health benefits aside though, it actually tastes great too!
Now, there’s a common misunderstanding that all saturated fats are bad for us, when in fact, we actually need a certain amount of saturated fats in our diet. They help calcium absorption, protect the liver, and helps keep our brain function and immune systems running properly.
I especially like to add a teaspoon of coconut oil into my morning coffee. I do this because it tastes amazing, but the combination of caffeine and saturated fat also gives the body a great and lasting energy boost.
More recently, I’ve found that adding it to my rice just before it’s finished cooking gives it a lovely flavour, and a hint of the exotic!
Follow Sarah here, and find more great uses for coconut oil and recipes on our blog or pinterest. Happy coconut oil cooking!
Chi at BBC Good Food Eat Well show
We had such a great weekend exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Eat Well; the show brought together healthy food brands and producers, alongside an inspirational line-up of healthy chefs and celebrities. It was an interesting 3 days to learn about new innovations in healthy food, free from products and to taste some incredible food and drinks. Customers, chefs, celebrities and exhibitors had so much fun at the show. We cannot wait for next year!
The successful bestseller of ‘Honestly Healthy Cleanse’, Natasha Corrett, came to see us on the Chi stand, to rehydrate after a busy day of demos, talks and book signings. She’s a huge fan of Chi, and we’re a huge fan of her!
Here, self-taught chef, Marcus Bean and Davina’s Team enjoying Chi Drinks.
Our amazing Chi team who stayed hydrated during the weekend with our coconut water!
Here are a few pictures from the show:
See you next year BBC Good Food Eat Well Show!
Chef on a bike tells us why he loves Chi
Who are you? My name is Mario Presi, 39 years of age, Italian by birth. I come from the Veneto region (from Padova, near Venice) in north-east Italy. I grew up in Italy, and went to Catering College where I graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1995. I moved to London in 2001 and I haven’t looked back since.
What is Chef on a bike? Chef on a bike is me. It represents who I am via my profession (chef), and my passion for cycling around the world (on a bike).
Why did you set up Chef on a bike?
I wanted to help people improve their eating habits by educating them in what to eat, and why. This is great for athletes who want to improve their performance by enhancing their nutrition, but also good for the average person who doesn’t compete in sport’s but likes to keep fit, healthy and would like to improve their way of eating.
Why Do You Love Chi’s products? One of the products I came to love almost to the point to be obsessed about it is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I have tried and tested many coconut oils in the last 2 ½ years but Chi Coconut Oil has become my favourite. In fact, not only do I use and consume a 500g jar per month, but I also recommended to my clients and friends. You can use Chi Coconut Oil in your coffee, frying eggs or as a spread over toast.
Chi Coconut Water is also an item on my weekly shopping list, and it is by far my first choice.
You are an advocate of “clean eating”, can you tell us more? Clean eating means avoiding foods that are processed, artificial foods, or foods that have been genetically modified. These cause stress on your body, which can ultimately cause illnesses. Whole and unprocessed plant-based foods are full of vitamins, minerals, quality macronutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for cellular regeneration. I prefer to eat these.
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.
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
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
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 🙂
One of the best things about following bloggers from all over the world, is being treated to views like this…
Oh, and this…
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.)
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.
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!
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
BBC Good Food Eat Well Show Tickets Giveaway
Fancy winning two complimentary tickets to the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show, PLUS a load of Chi goodies!? Head over to our Twitter page and enter! It takes two seconds. (T&Cs apply.)
Terms and conditions:
To enter, you must follow @chicocowater on Twitter and RT the competition post
The prize package consists of: 2 x BBC Good Food Eat Well Standard Tickets , 1 x 550ml Chi Coconut Oil, 1 x 1L Chi Pure Coconut Water, 1 x Chi Tropical Fruits, 1 x Chi Mango and 1 x Chi Pineapple
The competition is open to UK residents ONLY
One winner will be selected at random and contacted via Twitter/Email
Upon receiving the winner’s full name and address, tickets will be sent out via 1st class post
If the winners haven’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected
The winner must be able to attend the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show at Olympia, London on either the 27th Feb, 28th Feb or 1st March 2015 to claim their Chi products
Chi takes no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes
In events outside of the promoters (Chi) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 22nd February 2015
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!
Chocolate Chia Pancakes with Spiced Plums
Makes 8 medium-sized pancakes.
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
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. “
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. “
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!”
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.
Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil – WInner Great Taste 2014
Winner of the Great taste Award 2014. Purchase online or at Whole Foods, Planet Organic and leading independent retailers nationwide.
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”
Makes 4/5 servings
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)
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.)
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!
50g gluten free flour
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)
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.
Best fitness classes in London
Finding it hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions? Bored of the gym already? Then check out this list of the best fitness classes in London, all of which are guaranteed to put some fun into your January sweat fest.
Photo credit: Frame
Frame on the Move
Frame are offering another series of fantastic “Frame on the Move” classes this January, held at various locations across Shoreditch. At the stylish Lyst HQ, you can work on your downward dog and flexibility with some Power Yoga, or get your sweat on with a Frame Signature class. At the Ace Hotel, you can work off those Christmas carbs with some Cardio Conditioning or Boxfit. All classes are £15 and promise to get you into shape for the new year. You’ll also receive free goodies from the likes of Chi and Popchips. Bonus!
If, like us, you’ve seen the latest performance of cirque de soleil at the Royal Albert Hall, and now want to look as good as their multi-talented, hula hoop-er, then we’ve got just the thing for you; “Hula Fit! “ London Fields Fitness Studio offer drop-in classes on a Thursday and Friday, describing Hula Fit as “hula-hooping-based fitness for killer abs, tight bums, and general gorgeousness. “ Sounds perfect!
Photo credit: bootybloggeruk
According to their website, Boomcycle = “Bike. Beats. BOOM!” Their classes are dynamic, high-energy and suitable for all. Their lights are turned down low, and the music up high, in this immersive experience that promises to help you reach your fitness goals. Sessions can be booked online.
Photo credit: Frame
Dance – Beyoncé Workshop
Frame’s famous Beyonce Workshop is back! This is your chance to learn how to dance like the Queen of Pop herself, whilst working up a killer body. Workshops run for two hours at both of Frame’s locations in Shoreditch and Queen’s Park. More information can be found here: Beyonce Workshop
A Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk Breakfast
Love your Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk? Well us too! What’s not to love? It can be used in all the same ways as dairy milk but has loads of added health benefits like being naturally high in ‘good fats’ and containing fibre, protein, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorous.
Breakfast is one of our favourite times to tuck into our Coconut Milk. We love adding it to cereal, hot drinks, porridge and of course, smoothies.
We had a team breakfast at the office this morning and this is what we whipped up…
Coconut Porridge with Baobab, Chia Seeds and Goji berries
40g of gluten free porridge oats
100ml Chi Coconut Milk
1 tsp of baobab
1 tsp of goji berries
1 tsp of chia seeds
Place the porridge oats and Chi Coconut Milk in a pan and simmer over heat until you have the consistency you want. Make sure you stir it regularly. When you have the thickness you want take off the heat and pour into a bowl. Top with the baobab, goji berries and chia seeds.
Coconut, Kale and Blueberry Smoothie
1 small glass of Chi Coconut Milk
1 banana, chopped
1 handful of kale
1 handful of blueberries
Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
Drop4drop charity update
Some of you may have seen recently on the blog that we have started working with the charity Drop4drop. Drop4drop is a charity that strives to provide clean water for some of the poorest communities in Africa and India, as well as providing water all around the world in times of emergency. Drop4drop funds sustainable water solutions by employing local people and involving the community to create a feeling of ownership and pride. They also work with the locals to maintain the systems and to educate them around hygiene. Check out their website for more information on their projects and the good work they have done so far http://drop4drop.org
Some of the Drop4drop team recently visited India and were there to unveil the Chi well. The well is in a rural area of India where previously villages had to walk miles to find the nearest source of clean water.
The new well means that the villagers will save a huge amount of time in the day and will know that they have a reliable and clean source of water near their homes.
Here are some pictures of the locals at the unveiling of the Chi well.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Marketing and Office Intern
Chi is looking for a bright and enthusiastic intern to join us for a minimum of one month in January / February for the role of Marketing and Office Intern.
The role will include:
General office admin
Assisting with social media
Attending sampling sessions with retailers
Drafting blog posts
Assisting with event planning
What we are looking for in a candidate:
Educated to degree level or in the process of studying for a degree
An interest in marketing
Confident and happy to talk directly to customers at events, trade shows and during sampling
We all have the best intentions but it can be hard to stay healthy over the festive season. With lots of parties to attend and friends to catch up with, often you are left feeling tired and sluggish.
There are a few simple things you can do to help you feel your best and to try to avoid over-indulging this Christmas. Here our are top tips:
Stay hydrated. Often the amount of liquid we drink decreases in the colder winter months. Make sure you have plenty to drink before you head out in the evening or the day after a night out. Try and drink six to eight glasses of water or enjoy your favourite Chi. If you fancy something more warming have a herbal tea but try not to drink too many caffeinated teas and coffees, they do count towards your daily quota but you don’t want them to be all of your quota!
Have a healthy snack before heading out. Filling up on lots of canapés at a party can end up meaning that you eat a lot more than you intended to. So instead, try having a healthy snack before you head out to avoid nibbling. Enjoy a fruit salad, some carrot sticks with hummus or a plain yoghurt. This also means you are avoiding drinking on an empty stomach.
Eat a balanced diet. In the cold weather it is easy to want to eat stodgy foods, but make sure you have a balanced diet. Don’t ditch the fruit and vegetables in favour of carb heavy foods. There are some delicious fruit and vegetables in season over Christmas, like apples, beetroot, clementine, leeks, pears and sweet potatoes. Try making a vegetable soup or a warming winter salad with roasted vegetables cooked in Chi Coconut Oil.
Enjoy yourself this festive season – and try to stay healthy and happy!
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.
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!
The humble coconut
We often get asked about how we make all of our products from the humble coconut. It is hard to believe that so many amazing things can come from one fruit.
All of the coconuts we use for our drinks come from one region of Thailand and our oil comes from coconuts from Sri Lanka. Coconuts grow in many countries, but we have carefully selected ours due to their taste, we love the sweetness of the Thai coconuts, we think they make the best tasting coconut water in the whole world! Our oil is the best we have tasted too.
For our coconut water we simply extract the clear liquid in the centre of the young, green nam hom coconut. The coconuts have to be young as, as they age, the water is absorbed into the outer layer, creating the white flesh. This means that older coconuts have a lot less water in them. The young coconut is split open and the clear liquid is extracted. We then process it, package it up and then it’s over to you.
For the base of our coconut milks we combine water and coconut cream. This gives us a more fluid consistency, as coconut cream alone is very dense. The coconut cream is made from the grated meat of a brown coconut. We then take this base and add additional ingredients like cocoa for our dairy free Chocolate Coconut Milk or coffee powder to create our Espresso Coconut Milk. We don’t add any flavouring to our 100% Natural Coconut Milk.
The coconut oil is taken from the kernel or meat of the older, brown coconuts. The flesh is extracted, dried and then cold-pressed. The Chi Coconut Oil is incredibly versatile and can be used for beauty, cooking, spreading and baking.
So there you go, this is how we get all these amazing products from the humble coconut!
How to stay motivated this winter
With the weather getting colder and it becoming darker earlier on it is hard to stay motivated to do exercise during winter. Most of the time the idea of staying at home in the warm is much more appealing! That’s why we have decided to put together some top tips on how to stay motivated this winter.
Try a different type of exercise. Doing the same routine over and over again can become boring and mean that you lose motivation. Why not try signing up to a new yoga or boxing class? Our friends at Frame and Gym Box do all kinds of interesting classes
Make sure you are eating the right foods. You can feel sluggish and sleepy during the long dark evenings so make sure you are eating foods to keep you energised and ready to head to the gym. Eat plenty of protein and lots of fruit and vegetables. Stay hydrated too with your favourite Chi
Focus on how your body feels during and after a work out. Notice how your breathing changes, the strength you feel and of course the sense of achievement after finishing a hard class, use these positive thoughts to stay motivated!
Set yourself new goals to hit this winter. Try increasing your weights or aim for a new distance during your cardio session. If you find yourself getting bored during cardio then try a different machine, swap the rowing machine for the bike or change from the treadmill to the cross-trainer. Or you can always compile a great new playlist!
Of course, if you really can’t face going out then the home can be a great place to work out too. Try a new work out DVD in your living room, lift weights or relax after a hard day at work with some yoga and meditation
Plant based Calcium
Why is Calcium important?
“Calcium is an essential nutrient as all living cells require calcium to remain viable; calcium is also required for a number of specific roles in the body.” (British Nutrition Foundation, 2005)
Not only is Calcium important for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth, but it also plays a role in muscle and nerve function, clotting blood and keeping your heart beating regularly. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, with the majority of it being found in the bone.
The RDA of calcium for adults in the UK is 700 mg/day, and the NHS suggests that “you should be able to get all the calcium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.”
Sources of calcium
Many of us have been brought up in a world where milk and dairy products have been marketed as the best source of calcium. Whilst this could be true, there are a number of other foods which provide a sufficient amount of calcium.
We love this chart from Mind Body Green outlining some of the best sources of plant based calcium, check it out!
We particularly like these meal inspirations…
Why not try a bowl of Nairn’s Gluten Free Muesli with Chi Coconut Milk for a calcium packed breakfast?
3 -4 cups raw kale, finely chopped
1/2-1 apple, chopped
1/4 cup craisins (or more to taste)
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup carrot, grated (I chopped mine in the food processor)
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped (or sliced thin)
1/2 cup edamame beans (can also use garbanzo beans-optional)
1/4 cup mixed sprouts (of choice-optional-I used clover)
1/3 cup tahini (well stirred)
1/3 cup water (more or less depending on how thin you want your dressing)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (may add a little more to taste)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2-3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon honey (more or less to taste, may use other sweeteners)
1 Place all the chopped and grated veggies, nuts, and sprouts in a large bowl. Add the edamame beans and/or garbanzo beans, if using.
2 Place tahini, water(start with less water and add more to get to desired consistency), lemon juice, garlic, salt and honey in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. This makes about 1 cup.
3 Add desired amount of dressing to salad and toss to mix.
All things yoga
This weekend the Chi team will be at the OM Yoga Show in London. Head down to the stand to get some great special offers, try some of the drinks and of course say hi!
Here at Chi we absolutely love all things yoga and for so many different reasons. There are lots of ways of practicing yoga, whether you only have 15 minutes to spare or if you want to go on a retreat for a month. The benefits are numerous; it can make you feel calmer, more flexible (physically and mentally!), healthier and fitter.
Whether you are totally new to yoga or practice it regularly it is important to understand the different types available to you. Here are just a few of the varieties.
This slow and gentle form of yoga is perfect for winding down after a long day.
This yoga was created by yogi Bikram Choudhury in the early 1970s and focuses on the same sequence of 26 poses. Classes take place in a heated room, so if you like to sweat this one is for you!
This is a more athletic style of yoga, ideal for those looking for more of a work out. This quicker style offers a series of poses, which are held for five breaths and broken up by half sun salutations.
Iyengar yoga uses lots of props like blocks, harnesses and straps. There is a strong focus on alignment so may be helpful as a form of physical therapy.
This style of yoga is based around flowing movements. Each class is different so if you are after variety, this might be the yoga for you.
Hopefully this has got you excited about all things yoga and we look forward to seeing some of you at this weekend’s OM Yoga Show. Remember, if you are planning on doing some classes at the show or can’t make it and are planning to go to some yoga classes you have to stay hydrated. Why not take your favourite Chi along with you?
Weekend breakfast inspiration
We love this Coconut Porridge recipe created by the amazing Gloriously Delicious and wanted to share it for some weekend breakfast inspiration.
If you want to recreate this porridge at home this weekend or want to find out more about our products then click here to check out the range.
When it comes to breakfast, nothing beats a big bowl of warming porridge to get me out of bed in the morning. As the skies get darker and the weather gets colder, it’s becoming far more difficult to wake up and go about my day with the same energy as I had in the summer. Thankfully, this new porridge recipe gives just the boost needed to be fierce in everything you do. Just like a standard bowl of oats, it’s packed with fibre to keep you full and energised all morning, and is made gorgeously creamy thanks to the banana, coconut milk and coconut oil. But, the ingredient I’m most excited about is the coconut water. I’d never even considered using coconut water in my porridge before but it was by far one of the most delicious decisions I’ve made! It brings a subtle and refreshing sweetness to the oats and loads it up with some amazing nutrients to leave you feeling really spectacular.
Coconut water is a fantastically nutritious drink. It’s loaded up with electrolytes which help replenish your body, making it a great addition to your diet if you suffer from dehydration or have just endured a tough and sweat-inducing workout. Its composition also includes some essential minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc and is a rich source of B-complex vitamins. Some research even suggests that coconut water has significant anti-aging effects and is great for skin health too. With all of that, you don’t need to tell me to drink more coconut water twice!
Ingredients Serves 1
1/3 cup oats
1 cup coconut water
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Simply place your oats, coconut water, milk and sliced banana in a saucepan and heat on low-medium temperature until the oats have dissolved all of the liquid, stirring frequently to avoid burning and allow the banana to mash and mix with the oats. Once the liquid has been dissolved, stir in your coconut oil, serve with your favourite toppings and enjoy.
National Chocolate Week: Healthy Chocolate Recipes
It’s the nations favourite week, and we’re here to make you feel a little less guilty about indulging! National Chocolate Week (Oct 13th-19th 2014) is the UK’s biggest Chocolate celebration, culminating with The Chocolate Show, at Olympia London between the 17th and 19th Oct. Hundreds of events are expected to take place with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants, all taking part. Although chocolate is generally considered unhealthy, many of you will know that chocolate in its rawest form, Cacao, is actually thought to be a superfood. Cacao has one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavanols and contains many vital vitamins and minerals. When combined with cacao butter and coconut oil, Cacao becomes raw chocolate. It is these ingredients that are used by many healthy chocolate brands, like Conscious Chocolate and Ombar , to create dairy-free, gluten-free and guilt-free chocolate. Another great thing about raw chocolate, is that it is SO easy to make at home! Why not give it a go with two of our favourite guilt-free chocolate recipes: Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles, and Healthy Homemade Nutella!? Enjoy! 🙂
Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles
Made using raw chocolate, these Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles are crunchy on the outside, and perfectly creamy and salty-sweet on the inside. Author: Minimalist Baker (Please note: we have altered the recipe to include raw cacao) Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 20 INGREDIENTS
240g Medjool dates, pitted
2.5 Tbsp melted coconut oil – divided
3/4 tsp sea salt
60g natural salted peanut butter (creamy is best, but crunchy works, too)
80g raw cacao butter
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
METHOD 1. If your dates aren’t sticky and super moist when squeezed, soak in hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Then drain thoroughly and pit. Otherwise, just pit and add to food processor. 2. Add 1 TBSP melted coconut oil and mix. If it’s not quite combining, drizzle in warm water a little at a time – 1 tsp – scraping down sides as needed, and mix until a rough paste or ball forms. If you add too much water it will be difficult to handle them later as they won’t freeze up well. 3. Lastly, add 3/4 tsp sea salt and mix once more to incorporate. Taste and adjust saltiness level if desired. 4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until no longer warm and pliable enough to scoop into balls. 5. Using a small melon baller or a Tablespoon and finger, scoop out small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for another 20-30 minutes to set. 6. Add peanut butter and 1/2 TBSP coconut oil to a small mixing bowl and microwave to melt (or heat in a small saucepan). 7. Remove truffles from freezer and drizzle with warmed peanut butter. Freeze again for another 30 minutes, or until the peanut butter has formed a semi-firm “shell.” 8. Prepare the raw chocolate by melting 80g cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of water on a low heat. Once melted add 4 tbsp cacao powder and the sweetener (maple syrup or agave) to taste and mix well with a metal whisk. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1 tbsp coconut oil. 9. Remove truffles from freezer and, using a fork, scoop truffles up and quickly immerse in chocolate, using a small spoon to drizzle chocolate evenly on top. Then gently shake off excess chocolate and place back on parchment-lined baking sheet. 10. Top with a small sprinkle of sea salt (optional), and repeat until all truffles are coated. 11. Place back in freezer or fridge to set – about 30 minutes. Serve straight from the freezer or fridge. Let set out for 15-20 minutes to soften. Store in a freezer-safe container in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. Makes about 20 truffles.
Healthy Homemade Nutella
Nutella is one of the most popular spreads in the world. It’s gorgeously smooth texture, and chocolatey/nutty flavour make it almost addictive! Sadly, the ingredients are somewhat less desirable however. With the first ingredient being sugar, and the second palm oil, there is plenty to feel guilty about when consuming Nutella. Luckily, we found plenty of healthy alternatives! Now you can create your own, without feeling the guilt: Author: Anne MarieVegan, Gluten Free Makes: Approx. 340g INGREDIENTS
30g cocoa/raw cacao powder
2 tbs. melted coconut oil
75ml pure maple syrup
2 tsp. real vanilla extract
1-4 tsp. water
METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°/Gas Mark 4 2. Roast the hazelnuts for 10 minutes. Cool the hazelnuts and remove the skins. You can do this by pressing on them with your hand, using a rolling motion. If the skins are stubborn, submerge the nuts in water and then peel them. As the skins come off, place each hazelnut in a food processor 3. Process the hazelnuts in a food processor for about a minute, until it has a fine crumb texture 4. Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and one teaspoon of water. Process to combine the ingredients. If it’s too thick, add water one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached 5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for several weeks.
Happy National Chocolate Week!
Chi partners with charity Drop4drop
We are delighted to announce that Chi has recently partnered with the charity Drop4drop.
Drop4drop is a charity that strives to provide clean water for some of the poorest communities in Africa and India, as well as providing water all around the world in times of emergency. Drop4drop funds sustainable water solutions by employing local people and involving the community to create a feeling of ownership and pride. They also work with the locals to maintain the systems and to educate them around hygiene. Check out their website for more information on their projects and the good work they have done so far http://drop4drop.org
Chi will be donating a portion of our sales to Drop4drop. We have started off the partnership by donating a well to a village in India. Currently the villagers are reliant on a small water tank, which isn’t enough for the entire community. This means that the women and children have to spend their days walking to the next nearest source of water. We are incredibly excited at Chi HQ to see how the well helps the community and will be keeping you updated with the changes taking place.
So now every time you buy one of your favourite Chi drinks you will be helping us to support this amazing charity.
Autumn Sweet Potato and Coconut Oil Recipes
Today marks the 1st October, one of our favourite months. Not only do we get all the excitement of Halloween, we get all those beautiful Autumn colours and foods too! Namely, autumn/winter vegetables! Amongst our favourites of these seasonal autumnal vegetables, is the sweet potato; an extremely bright, delicious and versatile veg, packed with vitamins and minerals.
The sweet potato can be boiled, baked, roasted and fried, just like a normal potato, and tastes particularly good when cooked in Coconut Oil. The health benefits of Coconut Oil are plenty, and it’s a much healthier alternative to most other cooking oils. See: The Lowdown on Coconut Oil to find out more.
To celebrate the beginning of Autumn, here’s some of our favourite Sweet Potato and Coconut Oil recipes to keep you healthy and warm this October…
Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with lime zest.
Ingredients: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 red onions, diced 2 gloves garlic, crushed 1 green chilli, diced 1″ fresh ginger, grated 1 large sweet potato, chopped 5 large carrots, peeled and chopped 1Tbsp vegan vegetable and gluten free stock Salt and pepper A fresh boiled kettle of water Optional basil leaf for decoration
Method: Set a large pan over a low heat add the coconut oil, once melted add onions, garlic and chilli and cook for 3-5 minutes until softened. Add the potato and carrots and grated ginger to the pan, stir for a minute or so then pop in the stock and stir for a further minute. Pour over a kettle full of boiled water (roughly about 1.6L) and season with a little salt and pepper, I never go over board with the seasoning and let who ever is eating the soup add more to their preference.Turn up the heat and bring the soup to the boil, once it’s bubbling lower the heat back down and simmer for 40 minutes. Check the veg is soft then take soup off the heat and let it cool for 30 minutes or so before blending. Enjoy with some crusty bread or some buttered rice cakes.
A guide to make the perfect smoothie
Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get your daily recommendations of vitamins and minerals. So, how can you make the perfect smoothie?
1. First of all you need to buy a blender. Here are a few options.
2. Add liquid. You can choose between coconut water, dairy free milks or water. As you know, we are coco-nuts so our favorite liquid is 100% Chi Coconut Water.
3. Add greens. We definitely recommend adding vegetables like spinach, kale, cucumber, celery or cilantro.
4. Add fruits. There are so many fruits to choose… banana, berries, peaches, pineapple, mango, watermelon or figs are some of our favourites. Depending on the colour they will have completely different vitamins so make sure you alternate fruits each day.
5. Boost it with superfoods like Chi Coconut Oil, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp protein powder, cacao, maca or baobab powder.
Here is the recipe for one of our favourite smoothies.
Allow us to introduce you to our favourite fitness couple…
Who are they? Ashy & Sophia, from Manchester. A couple that train together, lift together, and most importantly, eat together.
Why do we love them?
Sophia’s interest in nutrition, combined with Ashy’s strong (excuse the pun) background in fitness means that we regularly receive incredible new recipes to try! They absolutely love Chi, and always incorporate our products into their healthy, fitness food. In turn, we love following them on social media and seeing what they’re up to. They definitely give us motivation to get down to the gym after work!
What do they do?
Other than posting workout videos, and cute fitness couple pics, Ashy & Sophia also post a number of gorgeous looking recipes to aid your fitness and training workouts. They’re always packed with nutrients, and NEVER boring! We’ve included a few of our favourites below using our very own Chi Coconut Oil, but make sure you head to their website: http://www.liftusfitness.com/the-lifters/ and follow them on social media to discover many more.
Hemp Scottish Rudeberry Pancakes
Pancakes: 1 drop vanilla essence
1 scoop vanilla soya protein (My Protein)
4 tsp hemp seeds
90g buck wheat
1 egg white
Large handful chopped blueberries
175ml Rude health brown rice drink
Topping: ½ tsp Stevia
1 tsp agave honey
Large handful blueberries
Cook in Chi Coconut Oil
Recipe: Place buckwheat and 50ml brown rice drink into pan. Simmer pan and keep adding the rice drink until the buckwheat is soft (around 7-10minutes). If you have some rice drink left over or not used all of it that is fine! Just add to mixture! Let cool for 5 minutes and then blend with hemp seeds, egg white, vanilla essence and protein powder. The mixture should be smooth but thick! (The pancakes are Scottish themed nice and thick)
Heat pan and add 1 tsp of chi coconut oil. The pan needs to be heated for 1-2 minutes before you start so its nice and hot! Once you have added the mixture smooth to a circle shape and then sprinkle a few chopped frozen blueberries on top. Be careful for flying blueberries when you flip!
Topping: heat blueberries, honey and stevia all in a pan with 20ml boiling water and 1 tsp of chi coconut oil. Simmer until smooth. Pour over pancakes and add a few extra hemp seeds and serve! 🙂
Garlic Paprika Prawn Dish
Ingredients: 1 tsp paprika
Handful chopped parsley or coriander
2 garlic cloves
1-2 tsp of Chi Coconut Oil
8-10 king prawns – de-shelled
Add 2 tsp of coconut oil to pan, and add garlic let this simmer to garlic reduces. Add the prawns, paprika and chopped herbs. Then place under the grill for 3-4 minutes for extra crunch.
Serve and enjoy with home-made gluten free crusty bread.
Thanks for your continued support Liftus Fitness! Keep liftin’. 🙂
Coconut oil during pregnancy
With the news that Prince William and Kate are expecting their second child all over the news today it got us thinking about how important pregnancy health is and how many other expectant mums there must be out there!
We often talk about how good coconut oil is for everyone in all walks of life, but what you might not know is how many uses there are for coconut oil during pregnancy.
Fat intake during pregnancy is a hot topic but it is important to recognise that there are different types of fat. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is made up of medium-chain triglycerides, which are essential in helping to preserve a healthy immune system.
Here’s how coconut oil might help:
It is a great source of lauric acid, in fact it is the second best after breast milk. Lauric acid helps to strengthen your and your baby’s body during pregnancy. Once the baby is born try drinking a small amount each day to keep on passing it through your breast milk
You can use it instead of butter. If you are worried about your dairy in take during pregnancy then simply use coconut oil as a replacement by spreading it in toast or add it to baking
It’s great at soothing a sore tummy, so if you are struggling with morning sickness try stirring a tea spoon full into hot water with some fresh ginger
It doesn’t just have to be used internally, try rubbing it into your stomach to avoid stretch marks or into sore feet to help soothe the aches
If you have noticed dry hair and a dry scalp during pregnancy then try rubbing a small amount of oil into your hair and scalp
Coconut oil during pregnancy can also help with flagging energy levels due to the medium-chain fatty acids
If you would like to read more on coconut oil during pregnancy check out this blog post from American blogger Modern Mom .
THE ART OF THE PACKED LUNCH
The start of school term has got us thinking about the art of the packed lunch. With such a larger focus now on children being sent off to school with a nutritious lunch we got thinking about healthy packed lunches adults can take to the office too. Eating a healthy and balanced diet can take some planning as a lot of convenience foods can be full of hidden preservatives, sugars and other unwelcome ingredients
Preparing your lunch the night before is a good solution to the lunchtime healthy eating conundrum. It is important to make something that is going to fill you up, there’s no point having a light lunch only to find yourself reaching for a chocolate bar at 3 o’clock!
Why not try a healthy pitta filled with mixed vegetables, chicken, turkey or tuna for your packed lunch? Or what about a Scandinavian inspired open sandwich served on rye bread? This recipe from BBC Good Food for an avocado and smoked salmon version is making our mouths water!
Salads and soups can be an extremely versatile lunchtime option. Mix up your salads by trying different greens – mixed leafs, spinach, kale, watercress – and add a range of other vegetables like avocado, tomatoes and cucumber. For a heartier salad add pulses or grains such as quinoa, lentils and beans. We like the look of this tuna and bean salad from Delicious magazine.
As the weather gets cooler soup becomes an increasingly more appealing lunch option. Making your own soup at the beginning of the week can mean you have lunch for most of the week. Making soup is so easy; try whizzing up a selection of your favourite vegetables or add stock to cut vegetables and simmer. Serve with Ryvita’s, rye bread or a wholemeal bread roll.
Try packing some healthy snacks in with your lunch. Pack plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, like chopped carrots or cucumber to snack on. We love the raw bars from our friends at Purple Balance for a mid-afternoon pick me up. Last but certainly not least, ensure that you pick your favourite Chi to keep you happy and hydrated. Haven’t tried all of our flavours yet? Then have a look here for more information
Chi’s Guide to Dairy Free Eating
Have you recently discovered that you are lactose intolerant? Do you want to give up dairy for a healthier lifestyle? Are you wondering how on earth you’re going to live without chocolate and ice cream? Well don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with our “Guide to Dairy Free Eating.”
Becoming a “dairy free eater” may sound like the hardest thing in the world, but in 2014, there are plenty of options out there for people who cannot consume dairy, or who have decided to avoid it for health and ethical reasons.
Luckily, most supermarkets now carry a range of “free from” foods, which cater for both gluten and dairy-free diets. Although these “free from” sections are still quite small, it is a step in the right direction for dairy free eaters.
The best place to stock up on dairy free essentials is at stores like Planet Organic, Wholefoods or your local health food shop. They will usually carry a much wider range of “free from” foods, and will always have well-trained staff on hand to help with any queries you may have. There are also a number of great, online stores that offer a huge range of healthy brands, delivered right to your door. We particularly like Nature’s Healthbox (http://www.natureshealthbox.co.uk)
So, what should you add to your basket? Here’s some delicious, dairy free brands that we highly recommend:
Conscious Chocolate For the chocoholics out there, Conscious Chocolate’s range of handmade, raw chocolate bars are to die for. Sweetened with agave nectar, and using only cacao butter and coconut butter to create a soft, creamy texture, these bars are heaven for the dairy free eater/vegan. (http://www.consciouschocolate.co.uk/)
Coyo For those of you that can’t live without the creamy, loveliness of ice cream and yoghurt, look no further than Coyo. Their gorgeous coconut-based (yay!) products contain zero dairy, and no added sugar! Bonus. (http://www.coyo.co.uk/)
Vegusto Cheese lovers will be happy to know that Vegusto create a range of dairy free/vegan friendly “cheeses” made from a variety of “no-moo” ingredients, including nuts. (http://vegusto.co.uk)
Purple Balance Attention gym bunnies, beware of the ingredients in your protein powders, as a lot of them tend to contain milk/dairy! For a nutritious alternative, try Purple Balance’s Raw Protein Powders. (http://www.purplebalance.co.uk/)
And then there’s us! Here at Chi, we offer two, gorgeous, dairy free products; Espresso Coconut Milk & Chocolate Coconut Milk. Millie Mackintosh recently expressed her love for our Espresso drink, telling her Instagram followers that it was her latest “addiction.” It must be good! (http://www.chilondon.com/chi-products/)Chi will be launching a brand new, dairy free product very soon. Watch this space!
We were lucky enough to have Notting Hill Carnival happen right on our doorstep this year, and thought it only fitting to give away lots of Chi to the lovely performers, spectators and party seekers.
As you may know, Coconut Water is a huge carnival tradition, usually served straight from the young green coconut, with a straw stuck straight in the top. Chi is the next best thing (and certainly easier to carry!) so of course, we got bombarded. Anyone would have thought we were giving away free money, it was great!
The miserable weather didn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits either. The atmosphere was as lively and vibrant as ever. The streets were filled with music and laughter, and more colours than Chi’s product range! Yet another fabulous year here in West London. Here’s some pictures:
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2014
Top Tips for Notting Hill Carnival 2014
August Bank Holiday Weekend is finally here, which means one thing… CARNIVAL TIME!
For those of you heading West this weekend, you’re in for a truly colourful treat. Notting Hill Carnival’s famous extravaganza of Afro-Carribean culture brings heavenly street food, an eclectic mix of music, and an incredible display of wild and exotic costumes. So here’s our top 5 tips for enjoying London’s biggest party:
1. Bring the Family Sunday is Family Day. There’s even a children’s parade! It’s a much quieter and more relaxed than Monday, and will be enjoyable for all the family. We recommend bringing earplugs/protectors, as the soundsystems can be very loud.
2. Eat Caribbean At carnival, you’re never too far from a smoking barbecue, jerk chicken, goat curry, or ackee and salt fish. We highly recommend that you ditch the diet for the day and dig in! If you’re a veggie, look out for vegetarian patties, curries and chips.
3. Find a good spot If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to grab yourself front row seats (on the floor) along the main route. If not, you can get great photos of the parade and feel part of the action by standing by the judges’ platform.
4. Stay Safe Notting Hill Carnival is a lively, fun and welcoming festival, but like any huge event staying aware and alert is important. Avoid pickpockets by keeping your valuables out of sight and out of reach. There will be hundreds of police officers on duty, so if you have any worries, let them know.
5. Drink plenty of (Coconut) Water It’s really important that you stay hydrated during carnival, especially if you’re consuming alcohol. Pack plenty of water, and don’t forget to take advantage of all the fresh coconuts on offer! Who knows, you may even find Chi giving out some free Coconut Water on Sunday… 😉
Tofu Salad with Coconut Oil
Looking for an easy and healthy dinner recipe? You must try this Tofu Salad using our raw and organic Coconut Oil.
We wanted to share her blog post with you all, enjoy!
Review: Chi Coconut Oil
I am mad about coconuts – it is one of my favourite tastes – i love the water, the pulp, dissecated, the milk, name it – if it has coconut in it, I will probably love it.
And that’s why I was more than happy to try Chi Coconut Oil – an extremely versatile product that is great for you.
Cold pressed, organic and 100% virgin, Chi Coconut oil comes in a solid form in a 500g jar. It melts into liquid upon touch (and also if out of the fridge in warmer London days, I found out!)
This oil has immense health benefits: its medium chain triglycerides can aid weight loss and are good for the brain; its lauric acid is a good for the heart and antibacterial; the ketones can aid with seizures; it can help control cholesterol and many, many more.
It is also, great for beauty – as an emollient and moisturiser for body and face, it is great for hair (Blake Lively, apparently, swears by it), for eyelashes… you name it!
I used before going to bed, on my hair, to wash the next morning and my hair was silky smooth; once a week, I use it on my lashes and around the eyes for extra moisturisation. It is also great for the rough areas, like heels, elbows and knees, and even as a post-shower body oil. Phew!
As a beauty product, however, I’d rather have the oils in a smaller, more bathroom friendly packaging, but that is my only, very minor negative about it.
As I said, so many uses – gym and diet buffs will use it for cooking – think whey protein pancakes fried in a few drops of it. But it can be used for cooking in general.
Really, coconut oil is a hero- for all over the body, inside and out. You can cook with it, eat raw, in salads and dressing, or apply to your body.
Chi also makes the most amazing coconut water and coconut milk drinks – I tried a few (lucky me) – their delicious coconut water is 100% pure and they also have 100% natural blends with mango, pineapple, tropical fruits and coconut milk with espresso and chocolate (dribble, soooo yum!).
You can rest assured that Chi products are ethically sourced from local farmers and, to make them even better, a percentagem of their sales is donated to One Seed Life, which helps orphanages in Thailand.
You can purchase Chi products, including their coconut waters, milks and oil from the Chi London website and you can also find them in various retailers, such as Whole Foods, Waitrose, Harrods, Tesco, Booths, Planet Organic, WHSmith, Amazon, Fortnum & Mason and Sefridges amongst others – find your nearest here.
Blueberry Quinoa Muffins
Can I eat muffins and still keep healthy? Yes, you can! Check out this delicious and super healthy recipe for Blueberry Quinoa Muffins using Chi Coconut Oil and lots of amazing ingredients.
Blend the almond milk, banana, raspberries, quinoa flakes, coconut oil and chia seeds. Serve in a glass and top with bee pollen and rose buttons.
Hope you enjoy!
How to stay healthy on your summer holiday
Everyone looks forward to their summer holiday, the sun, the sea and the lovely food. But it can be hard to stay healthy whilst away from home. The Chi team has put together their top tips on how to stay feeling your best whilst away.
When you are flying your taste buds tend to become duller so airplane food is packed full of salt and other flavourings. Try bringing your own drinks and snacks for the flight like fruit, raw snack bars and coconut water
If you are visiting a new city try exploring it by foot rather than taking lots of public transport or taxis. Or perhaps hire a bike so you can enjoy sight seeing in a totally different way
Your skin and hair can get dry and damaged when you are in the sun, pool or sea. Pack some Chi Coconut Oil in your suitcase to keep your skin and hair hydrated. Rub a small amount into your skin after your shower and apply to hair as a deep conditioner and to control frizz!
Remember to stay hydrated, as it’s easy to get dehydrated when you are lying in the sun. Make sure you keep your fluids up by sipping on your Chi Coconut Water
Integrate exercise into your day like swimming in the hotel pool, or perhaps try something new like learn to surf, go horse-riding or hire mountain bikes to explore
What is the meaning of CHI?
We often get asked why we are called Chi. In truth; Chi is not just a brand name for us but the essence of the company. Chi means life force; it is the energy that lives within us. At Chi we use this energy to create the best possible products that we can. It keeps us excited about what we do and what we make for our customers. We hope you love the Chi products as much as we do!
You can read more about the story of how Chi was created here.
Quinoa porridge with coconut oil
Who says we can’t enjoy porridge in the summer? We are in love with this quinoa porridge with Chi Coconut Oil, which is full of amazing wholefoods.
Quinoa is one of the best foods to incorporate into your diet because it’s a plant-based protein and it’s gluten free.
Check out the recipe for this wonderful breakfast below.
30g quinoa flakes
100 ml almond milk
1 banana, chopped
1 tsp cinamon
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp goji berries
1. Place the quinoa with the banana, lemon zest and ½ tsp cinnamon in water and bring to the boil
2. Once thickened, take off the heat and pour the porridge into a bowl
3. Add Chi Coconut Oil, the fig and sprinkle chia seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, walnuts and the remaining cinnamon
4. Add almond milk and enjoy!
Purple Balance and Chi competition
Want to win a selection of healthy goodies? For your chance to get your hands on some Purple Balance products and Chi Coconut Water simply follow @Chicocowater and @PurpleBalancetm and RT the competition post.
Terms and conditions:
To enter, you must follow @Chicocowater and @PurpleBalancetm on Twitter and RT the competition post
The prize package consists of: 5 x Wild Pecan Choco-Cake (45g), 5 x Lemon Pie (45g), 5 x Raspberry Cake (45g), 5 x Goji & Vanilla Cookie (45g), 1 x Raw Green Protein (550g), 1 x 1 litre 100% Pure Chi Coconut Water and a selection of 3 x 330ml Chi Coconut Waters and Milks
The competition is only open to UK residents
One winner will be selected at random
If the winners haven’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected
Chi and Purple Balance take no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes
In events outside of the promoters (Chi and Purple Balance) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes
The competition closes at midday on 31.07.14
Craving sugary snacks?
Lots of us crave sugar when we are stressed or tired, but it is important to remember that tucking into these sugary snacks is often counterproductive.
A recent study by YouGov has shown that nearly half of people say that they are more stressed than they were a year ago, with many of these people turning to sugary snacks and drinks for help.
Instead of giving into these cravings try swapping these snacks for a healthier choice; inevitably they will have a better effect on your body and mind. Here are our top five naturally sweet, healthy snacks that will keep you going:
On a hot day try making healthy ice lollies – mix Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water with berries. Place the mixture in a mould and freeze
Make a smoothie; try blending a glass of Chi Pure Coconut Water, a handful of spinach, a chopped banana, a green apple, a squeeze of lime and top with Chia seeds
Chop fresh mango and top with lime juice
Make a fruit salad; include all your favourite chopped fruit and have one of our fruity coconut waters on the side
Vegan breakfast pancakes made in coconut oil
We love healthy breakfasts! Last weekend we made delicious vegan pancakes in Chi Coconut Oil.
For the base you just need to mix 1 banana, 1 tbsp coconut flour and a dash of almond milk. Whisk or blend all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat Chi Coconut Oil in a frying pan and ladle in one portion at a time. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown and serve with your favorite topping. We ate them with pink guava, cacao nibs, raw honey and Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water on the side.
Coconut Oil uses for all the family
As most users of coconut oil already know, it is an incredibly versatile thing. Whether you are using it to fry vegetables, spread on toast in the morning or using it as a moisturiser, coconut oil is a store cupboard essential.
Its versatility means that everyone in the family can find a use for coconut oil. Here’s our list of top ten ways to use coconut oil for all of the family:
1. Soothing skin. Coconut oil can be used to relieve sore skin including dryness, eczema and nappy rash
2. As a deep hair conditioner. Put coconut oil in your child’s hair overnight or for an hour during the day and then rinse out thoroughly with water to keep hair soft and moisturised
3. Have it with chocolate – what child could resist? Mix the oil with dark chocolate and coconut milk to make delicious truffles. We love this recipe
4. Have it at breakfast. Stir it into porridge or spread it on toast for a healthier start to the day
5. Use it when pregnant. You can rub coconut oil directly on to skin to help prevent stretch marks
6. Use it as a natural after sun during the warmer months
7. To relieve itching. Spent the day outside and have been attacked by mosquitos? Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the affected area to soothe irritated skin
8. To help an upset stomach. Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with ginger in hot water to help alleviate nausea
9. Rub on a baby’s skin as a natural baby rub
10. To control unruly hair. Rub a pea sized amount into your palms and then smooth over the hair
Want to know more about Chi Organic Coconut Oil? Then have a look here
Looking for some coconut oil recipes? Then check out our previous blog
Delicious & healthy protein recipes by Liftus Fitness
Hello coconut fans. Summer is arriving so we thought we’d share four delicious and completely guilt-free protein recipes using Chi Coconut Oil to help you with your summer workout. The recipes were created by fitness fanatics Sophia and Ashi from Liftus Fitness.
Let the chia seeds soak in the coconut milk for a couple of hours before mixing in with the rest of the ingredients. Mix all the ingredients, keeping back some of the shredded coconut, until you get a smooth but thick mixture. If the mixture is not thick enough then you can add coconut oil or oats to thicken it. Put in a tray and cover in more shredded coconut. Let it cook at 130-140 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes. Let cool and store in the fridge. Best served cold with homemade frozen yogurt.
Banana and blueberry pancakes
1 Banana (rather then using flour as the base, use banana)
1 tsp Coconut Flour or Baking Flour
A dash of Coconut Milk
1 tsp Honey
1 scoop of Protein Powder
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
Whisk or blend all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat Chi Coconut Oil in a frying pan and ladle in one portion at a time (or two if you have a larger pan). Cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with blueberries, Stevia, Maple Syrup or your favourite sweet topping.
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
1 tsp coffee
100ml Almond milk
1 scoop of vanilla protein (optional)
40 ml water
6 ice cubes
1 dash of hazel nut essence
Put 1 tsp of coffee into a mug and pour 40ml of boiling water.
Pour this into the blender and then add, almond milk, 1 tsp of coconut oil (microwave for 10 seconds so liquefied) ice cubes, hazelnut essence, and 1 scoop protein (optional).
Pour into a tall glass and add a little cinnamon or shredded coconut for toppings.
You can follow Liftus Fitness here and on Twitter and Instagram or more nutrition and fitness inspiration.
Newest addition to the Chi Family
Please welcome the newest addition to the Chi Family! Coming to a road near you. Huge thank you to Gidden Place.
Competition time – Coconut for health and beauty
Love coconuts? For your chance to win Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water and some new BarryM Coconut nail varnish, simply follow Chi on Twitter at @Chicocowater and RT the competition post.
Terms and conditions:
To enter, you must follow @Chicocowater on Twitter and RT the competition post
The prize package consists of: 1 x Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water (1 litre) and 2 x BarryM Coconut nail varnish
The competition is only open to UK residents
5 winners will be selected at random
The winners must reply within 24 hours to receive their prize
If the winners haven’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected
Chi takes no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes
In events outside of the promoter’s (Chi) control, Chi reserves the right to offer alternative prizes
The competition closes on midday on 20.05.14
Healthy ‘Reese’ chocolate-nut butter cups from Saskia Gregson-Williams
Are you a chocoholic looking for a healthy treat this Easter? Try this recipe using Chi Coconut Oil from one of our favourite food editors Saskia Gregson-Williams.
Instead of sugar loaded chocolates, she makes hers with three simple ingredients: Chi Coconut Oil, raw cacao powder, and agave/pure maple syrup. Then she fills it with almond or peanut butter.
“Not only are these chocolates ‘not bad for you’ they are actually so incredibly good for you! Raw cacao, is a raw un-processed cocoa powder, meaning you can harness all of its incredible superfood properties. It’s one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world, protecting your body against disease and free radicals entering the body. It also increases your serotonin levels (the happy hormone) so you can eat as many chocolates as you want knowing its going to make you happier and healthier!” says Saskia.
120ml melted Chi coconut oil
3 Tbsp agave/maple syrup
60g Raw cacao powder
1 tsp of nut-butter of choice, per ‘Reese’ cup.
Add the melted coconut oil, agave and cacao powder to a bowl and mix until completely smooth.
Line a cupcake tray with mini cupcake moulds/ cases. Divide the mixture in half. With one half start by pouring 1 tbsp of the chocolate mix into the bottom of the cupcake moulds. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
Remove from fridge, and put one tsp of nut-butter spread in the middle of the chocolate, top with another tablespoon of chocolate/enough to cover.
Put back in the fridge and leave to set for another 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy with a glass of hot almond milk, for maximum pleasure!
To enter, you must follow @Chicocowater on Twitter and RT the competition post
The winner must reply within 24 hours to receive their prize before Easter weekend
If the winner hasn’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected
The prize package consists of: 6 x Chi drinks (330ml), 1 x Chi Coconut Oil (45g), 4 x Bounce Balls, 4 x Cuckoo Bircher Muesli, 4 x Coyo Coconut Yoghurts
Chi takes no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes
The competition is only open to UK residents
The winner will be selected at random
In events outside of the promoter’s (Chi) control, Chi reserves the right to offer alternative prizes
Some of the prizes will be offered in voucher format
The competition closes on midday on 15.04.14
Coconut Recipes by Iveta Ratarova
Hi coconut fans! Here are three delicious & healthy recipes using Chi products, courtesy of Iveta Ratarova. The perfect dishes to enjoy at home with your beloved, family or friends!
Tender chicken breast marinated in coconut
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
½ can coconut milk
1 cup CHI coconut water
The juice of half a lime
5 leaves fresh basil
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
¼ tea spoon salt
½ tea spoon ground black pepper
Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl or a box and leave them for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator so the chicken can absorb all the flavours. Preheat the oven on 190 degrees (fan). Without adding the herbs or the liquid, place the chicken into a baking dish. Put ½ teaspoon of coconut oil on each piece of chicken and a little bit of white wine. Put everything in the oven until the meat obtains caramelized colour.
Coconut wild berries smoothie
6 oz organic CHI coconut water
½ cup organic blueberries
½ cup strawberries
2 tablespoons organic whole milk plain yogurt
1 tablespoon Chi coconut oil
6-8 ice cubes, depending on how you like it
Toss all the ingredients in the blender and blend well until frothy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
½ cup coconut flour
1 cup almond flour
½ cup CHI coconut water (or any nut milk that you fancy)
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil, plus more for pan
3 tablespoons raw organic honey
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl, be sure there are no lumps. Coat a pan with coconut oil on medium heat and drop in pancake mix (these cook better when kept small: 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of mix). Flip once slightly browned on bottom, approximately 3 minutes. They are ready when well-formed and easy to flip. Cook additional 2 minutes and remove from pan. These pancakes are delicious on their own but can be topped with raw honey, maple syrup, homemade jam or fresh fruit.
Raw Vanilla Almond Cream with Chi Coconut Oil
Happy Pancake Day, coconut fans! We thought we’d share this lovely, little recipe with you, courtesy of one of our favourite bloggers, Raw Vegan Blonde. It’s the perfect addition to your pancakes, and suitable for both Vegan and Paleo diets*. Enjoy!
200g almonds (soaked overnight in enough water to cover the nuts)
6 pitted dates (soaked overnight in 2 cups of pure water)
1tbsp Chi organic virgin coconut oil
1 vanilla pod
Drain and rinse the soaked almonds then blend with the other ingredients (including the soaking water from the dates) until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved. Add in a little more water if it looks too thick and blend again. Then pour into a bowl, cover and chill in the fridge for 30 mins before using.
*Amber’s pancake recipe (pictured) uses ‘Papaya ‘Pancakes’ made with sliced papaya layered with raw vanilla almond cream and topped with strawberries and passion fruit.
5 Reasons to NOT Drink Alcohol
We’ve been told that a little bit of alcohol is healthy for us, for example a glass of red wine will provide us with resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant. There may be some health benefits, but there is increasing incidence of women especially, consuming beyond the recommended amount of alcohol, often binging at the weekends. It’s very easy for us to consume over the recommended 2-3 units per day – that one large glass of wine may equal this! How many of us consume way more than this in an evening out or at home?!
Women are more physiologically sensitive to alcohol than men. This is because we have a lower body content of water and we have a higher fat content, therefore alcohol becomes more concentrated in our systems and is retained in our bodies longer. As a result women develop liver disease at lower levels of alcohol intake than men do, and are at increased risk of osteoporosis (due to reduced absorption of nutrients).
Five reasons not to drink alcohol, or at least to reduce your intake:
Protect your liver – The liver is an amazingly robust organ, and is the only organ that has the ability to regenerate itself after certain types of damage. Unfortunately alcohol is one of the toxins that the liver doesn’t handle as well as other toxins, and it cannot regenerate after being severely damaged by alcohol. The liver processes 95% of alcohol ingested. Alcohol is seen as a toxin and therefore the body will preferentially process it before anything else. As a result alcohol is absorbed and processed before nutrients and food; therefore it’s not a good idea to consume alcohol whilst eating!
Optimise your nutrient absorption and prevent excess aging – Repeated consumption of alcohol inhibits the liver’s production of digestive enzymes, which then majorly reduces the body’s ability to absorb proteins, fats and the fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E and K), as well as the B complex vitamins especially B1 (thiamine) and folic acid. Many essential nutrients are not retained by the body and are ‘washed out’ rapidly through the urine. This means that alcohol consumption causes a major loss of valuable nutrients and antioxidants. Without these vital elements, we may not have the adequate ingredients to make collagen, meaning we may produce wrinkles more easily. With the loss of antioxidants, we may age much more quickly, losing our vitality and looks.
Avoid excess weight gain, especially around the middle – Because alcohol prevents the body’s ability to digest fats properly, excessive amounts of fat may accumulate in the liver. Leptin is a peptide hormone involved in the regulation of appetite and energy metabolism. High levels of leptin are known to contribute to fatty infiltration of the liver. Alcohol prevents the release of glucose from the liver and can cause hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels). This drop in blood sugar often produces a craving for foods, especially foods that raise blood sugar such as more alcohol or sugar – not good for anyone, especially those concerned about weight gain, especially fat around the middle! For anyone with diabetes and are taking insulin, this can have very serious negative results.
Alcohol can negatively affect your sex life and fertility – Alcoholreduces the body’s storage of the essential mineral zinc. Zinc is involved in hundreds of reactions in the body, so without it, many processes suffer, including your hormonal balance and fertility. For men! For men it can reduce testosterone production and cause erectile dysfunction, and for women it can disrupt your menstrual cycle, and if you’re thinking about having a baby, alcohol consumption increases your chance of miscarriage and birth defects.
Alcohol may be making you depressed and anxious – As alcohol reduces the absorption of many essential nutrients, it may be having a major impact on your brain chemistry in a negative way. For example, those consuming excessive alcohol may have lower levels of tryptophan (the amino acid that is converted to serotonin). Low serotonin is a major feature of depression. Selenium deficiency may occur as a result of alcohol intake and is associated with depression, anxiety, confusion and hostility. The absorption of B vitamins are majorly affected by alcohol consumption, and deficiency in these crucially important vitamins will add to stress, nervous tension and energy levels.
So there are many reasons why alcohol is not recommended. Ultimately it will age you quicker and with regular consumption may potentially cause damage to one of the most important organs of the body. It is the master toxin remover, and needs to last our lifetime. Let’s help it function more optimally and we will be rewarded with looking and feeling younger and happier, whilst maintaining more optimal weight and more!
If coconut water was a ‘cure-all’ we are sure that many more people in the medical professions would be extolling its virtues and encouraging us all to be drinking it on a regular daily basis.
But just because they are not doesn’t mean that there isn’t some truth in the claims and that maybe you might benefit from picking up a few bottles or cartons of coconut water instead of your usual sugary drinks.
Trends recently saw a rise in the popularity and marketing of Coconut Water as the ‘new kid on the block’ in terms of health drinks and a quick search of the internet will reveal unlimited claims that the humble coconut contains the cure for a hangover, dehydration, aids weight-loss and even helps to boost immunity.
But what does it taste like and will it really cure all?
Coconut water can be found inside young, green coconuts – and should not be confused with coconut milk which is made from the coconut flesh and contains about five times the calories of coconut water.
Naturally high in electrolytes – minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorous – which are vital to maintain normal function of our bodies and cells, coconut water is also low in fat, acidity and calories, making it a great alternative to many soft drinks and sugary fluid-replacement sports drinks that are currently available.
Drinking coconut water is certainly a good option if you like the taste – but for many it leaves more to be desired so they often opt for the higher fat, yet more palatable coconut milk.
We recently discovered ‘Chi’ and ‘Jax Coco’ who are not only producing great coconut water but also putting back into the coconut producing communities.
If you are looking for coconut water ‘to go’ then the makers at Chi can offer you a good range of drinks. Not only do they use Tetra Pak packaging, Chi are committed to helping the communities where they source their product, so a portion of every pack sale is donated to One Seed One Life, a charity providing help to children in the most dilapidated orphanages throughout Thailand.
Their coconut water has a much cleaner taste than others we have tried, virtually no calories (8kcal/100ml) and comes in a handy-sized carton, making it suitable to pop into your lunchbox, handbag or gym holdall.
For those who weren’t keen on the taste of coconut water Chi have created a chocolate coconut milk, but unlike other milks this is primarily made from water, with only 8% coconut cream added to the mix. By keeping down the cream the calories also get reduced (49kcal/100ml).
If you are not keen on the coconut water but looking for a healthier chocolate shake to satisfy your sweet tooth then you will find the Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk has a refreshing taste, light top notes and none of the heaviness associated with many milkshakes and chocolate drinks. For more information on the complete range visit http://chidrinks.co
“A naturally isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolyte balance as we have in our blood… It’s the fluid of life.”
– See more at: http://yoursourcetoday.com/blog/coconut-water-new-miracle-health-drink#sthash.wOqvMFcL.dpuf
Popularity of coconut water revealed in Chi Coconut Water’s huge growth in 2013
WRITTEN BY FIONA BRIGGS
WEDNESDAY, 30 OCTOBER 2013 00:01
Coconut water brand Chi has announced a 500% increase in growth since last year. In the first three months of 2013 alone, Chi’s turnover exceeded that of the whole of 2012 – a consequence of boosted sales both in the UK and abroad, including emerging markets such as Poland, Lithuania and Slovenia and a rapid increase in European territories such as Finland, Holland and Sweden.
Since Chi launched in 2011, it has introduced private labels into a chain of 250 UK on-the-go food chains, including Pret a Manger; and is available in thousands of UK retailers, including WH Smith, Ocado and Whole Foods Market. According to Tree of Life wholesale data, Chi was the fastest growing UK coconut water brand in 2012.
Earlier this year, Chi expanded its range with three new flavours – coconut water and tropical fruits, coconut water and pineapple, and coconut water and mango. It also launched two dairy free coconut milks – Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk and Chi Espresso Coconut Milk. The latter won the Best Ready to Drink Coffee award in the Beverage Innovations Awards at DrinkTech last month. The entire on-the-go Chi range is packed in Tetra Prisma Aseptic 330 ml with DreamCap, a carton and closure combination ergonomically designed for the on-the-go consumer.
Jonathan Newman, founder & CEO of Chi Drinks, said: “Our growth figures clearly show that consumers have decided that coconut water is here to stay – and with Chi outselling all competitors within a space of 9 months in 2012, obviously consumers are loving the Chi brand. The huge growth of coconut water generally shows it has moved from a niche health product to a popular daily drink for shoppers across the UK and abroad. We are really proud of our drinks- not only do they taste great, they are a fantastic way to rehydrate. And, because they are packed in portion seized Tetra Pak cartons, they are really convenient, especially for those who like to drink on the move”.
“We have enjoyed a fantastic 2013 so far and I have no doubt that 2014 will be just as strong.”
Mike Jarvis, portfolio manager at Tetra Pak, said: “The growth of Chi and coconut water more broadly is a phenomenal success story and we are delighted by the progress of the Chi range. Our cartons have a strong environmental profile and are designed to be as convenient as possible. It is largely because of this that Tetra Pak cartons continue to be the packaging of choice for new and current coconut water brands, which is something we are really proud of. “
Worldwide, the number of product introductions in the coconut water sector has more than quintupled (+540%) in the past five years (Mintel research: Tropical storm in the food and drink market: launches of coconut water quintuple over the past five years, May 2013).
The paperboard used to make the Tetra Prisma Aseptic carton used by Chi is sourced from FSC certified forests and other controlled sources. Tetra Pak cartons are also low carbon, and are widely recyclable across the UK.
Chi Coconut Water is high in potassium and packed with electrolytes which help rehydrate the body. The range is also low in fat and calories, and has no cholesterol. Chi products sold in the UK are packed in the UK at Framptons.
CHI supports All Nations Volleyball, London
The 2013 All Nations Volleyball Tournament was the most well attended event to date. Team Italy (pictured) won the women’s tournament and Team Africa won the men’s tournament.
The Chi Coconut Water display and
collection point were located in the volleyball kit collection and dining area so the branding was visible to all players on all 4 days
and saw the product or the brand an average of 6 times during the tournament.
Every player was given a bottle of Chi Coconut Water to drink at some stage during the tournament. Players were excited about the drink and wanted to find out more about the benefits of coconut water and where it could be purchased.
‘It was great to have established a relationship with such a dynamic company as Chi and we hope that the collaboration will get stronger as we move into the 10th anniversary of the tournament in 2014. We really hope that Chi will be on board for 2014 to celebrate it with us.’ -G Beckford, All Nations Tournament Founder
Some interesting facts about the 2013 All Nations Volleyball Tournament
4 DAYS OF COMPETITION 180 HOURS OF VOLLEYBALL 155 MATCHES 32 TEAMS 410 PLAYERS 30 COACHES 52 VOLUNTEERS 24 REFEREES 67 CLUBS 55 NATIONALITIES 5 COURTS 5 SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
Positive Luxury Blue Butterfly
Chi is thrilled to have been awarded the BLUE BUTTERFLY from Positive Luxury.
(excerpt taken from the POSITIVE LUXURY WEBSITE:)
The Blue Butterfly
Positive Luxury’s mission is to curate and champion an exclusive collection of stylish, responsible brands – creating the ultimate destination for people looking to live a more positive life.
Our vision is for a world where people and the environment prosper together – where companies and brands are part of the solution. We believe that the best way to promote positive living is to make it attractive, enjoyable and profitable for people, businesses and communities.
We know that when people have reliable information about the social and environmental efforts of brands and companies, they make informed decisions about the products they buy – and reward the brands they trust.
What is the Blue Butterfly – the Mark of Positive Living?
It is an interactive trust mark, a simple badge of honour that cuts through claims and counter claims to give people a simple truth. When you see the Blue Butterfly trust mark, you will instantly know how the company has made significant efforts towards bettering the community and the environment.
Why the blue butterfly? It’s an interesting story…
One of the most beautiful butterflies in the world – the Large Blue – was wiped out in the UK in the 1970s, thanks to new farming techniques and over-eager butterfly collectors.
In 1983, conservationists started importing the species from Sweden and, over time, successfully reestablished the Large Blue – the most successful insect reintroduction programme in the world.
It wasn’t easy – 23 different organisations had a part to play, from Oxford University to the National Trust – but there are now tens of thousands of Large Blues fluttering across the south west of England, in what Sir David Attenborough calls a ‘remarkable success story, illustrating the power of ecological research to reverse damaging environmental changes’.
The moral of the story?
We believe we can all play a part in reversing environmental damage, and that making more informed choices about the brands we choose to buy can help us each to create our own blue butterfly story. In other words you get to look good and live well without changing your habits – you just have to know where to shop. And we’re doing that bit for you.
All you have to do is look for the Butterfly.
A great review of Chi from a user who purchased Dr Martins.
(views are those of the purchaser and review is from Amazon)
This review is from: Dr Martins Organic Coco Juice – Pure Organic Coconut Water – 500ml x 10 (Grocery)
There is no doubt that this is delicious coconut water.
I’ve ordered this product twice, once from both people who sold on amazon. (I think one seller has stopped now, not sure)
Both times that I ordered it, at least two of the ten cartons, once three of them, contained yellow water. The water should be clear, or slightly cloudy in colour, not yellow. Some may still drink that, I would not.
I think this may just be the nature of this particular product.
However, it is extremely expensive to begin with, almost ridiculously so, so losing even one of a ten pack is just intolerable, unless you have money to throw away.
If the price was better I may still choose this one, but for now, the, ‘CHI coconut water’, (also on amazon) is winning hands down, due to high quality and great price.
Coconut water is the drink on everyone’s lips, but is it a fad or truly fabulous for our health? GTG Editor Susannah Taylor finds out
Once upon a time it was blueberries and pine nuts, then it was Acai berries, now the current nutritional buzz is all about coconuts, whether it be cooking with their oil (see our feature by Hilly Janeshere), blending coconut meat into smoothies (see Kinvara Balfour’s Postcard from LA) or supping coconut water. The latter is currently the most hyped drink in the world, and anyone who is anyone (including Rihanna and Stella McCartney) are being seen to rehydrate with the stuff. But is it all it’s cracked up to be health-wise? It would appear so, yes.
Nature’s isotonic drink
Firstly, don’t confuse coconut water with coconut milk. Coconut water is the liquid inside a young, green coconut, while the milk appears when the coconut matures or is created from grating older coconut meat (used to give curries their creamy texture). Research shows that the benefits of this natural drink are endless: it has been used for rehydration and as a health and beauty aide in tropical regions for centuries; is low in fat and calories (around 25 cals per 125ml); has no cholesterol and has a natural balance of sodium, potassium and calcium.
Benefits of drinking the stuff therefore include immediate rehydration, increased energy, regulation of body temperature and better cell osmosis which equals better general bodily functioning.
The coconut palm, shell, husk and meat serve as a natural filter as water passes through the coconut tree, so by the time it reaches the hollow of the coconut, the water is clearer than the purest spring water, and 100 per cent sterile – the key is keeping it this way.
A substitute for plasma
During World War II soldiers fighting in the Pacific were without blood plasma for transfusions. Because coconut water is in perfect ph and electrolyte balance with the human blood, (and is sterile), it served as an ideal substitute, thus helping to save thousands of lives.
So far so amazing, but with so many now on the market how do we know which one to go for?
The purest are flash pasteurised
According to Jax Coco, the current darling of the coconut water world, sold in Harvey Nichols and restaurants such Nobu, the Berkeley, the Dorchester and also available at Ocado.com from November, it’s important that coconut water isn’t over-pasteurised as if this process goes on too long sugars can be activated. Jax Coco goes from tree to flash pasteurisation to chic glass bottle within two hours (and yes it needs to be slightly pasteurised to give it a shelf life).
Read the label
Always read the label and check that your coconut water isn’t from concentrate and contains no added sugars. A few on the market have been flavoured with other juices (such as pineapple or berries), which could mask a less than clean taste, and will also add unwanted sugars.
My conclusion? Go cocoNUTS – the purest forms of this natural super juice are here to stay. One word of warning however – if you are a fan of syrup loaded highly calorific isotonic drinks , your tastebuds may be a little disappointed. Coconut water (unsurprisingly since it is wholly derived from the environment) might be a little bland. My advice is to make the switch anyway – your tatsebuds will adjust – there seems to be no other drink in the world that’s better for us, other than water of course. What the hell took us so long?
Coconut waters we like
Vita Coco 100% Natural Coconut Water with Passionfruit, £2.15, Chi Coconut Water, £2.99, Dr Martin’s Organic Coconut Water with Banana, £3.49, Cocofina Natural Coconut Water, £1.69, Jax Coco in a bottle, £8.97 (pack of six), Jaz Coco Tetra Pak, £14.95 (pack of 12),
Just have to recommend this coconut water, it tastes A M A Z I N G! I usually don´t love the after taste of coconut water, but this one is unreal. Coconut water is the perfect post workout drink. Packed with electrolytes so it will rehydrate your body + rich in potassium which is important to replenish after your workout + rich in magnesium which is great for muscle recovery. I´m so happy I have found a 100% pure coconut water I actually enjoy drinking, yay!! Get to it ladies!
SWEDISH: Jag bara måste rekommenderar det här märket av kokosvatten (hoppas det finns i Sverige?). Kokosvatten är den absolut ultimata drycken att dricka efter träning. Kokosvatten är full av elektrolyter som återfuktar kroppen + rikt på kalium som är en superviktig mineral att fylla på med efter ett träningspass + rikt på magnesium som är toppen för muskelåterhämtning då du faktiskt bryter ner dina muskler under träning. Har ni sett ”CHI Coconut water” i Sverige? I sådana fall rekommenderar jag starkt att ni testar! Nu ska jag iväg och träna några tjejer i North Sydney och sedan blir det intervallpass. Kör extremt sällan dubbelpass! Jag körde en 35 minuters cirkelträning i morse, med galet mycket energi och sug efter träning känner jag för att danka av några intervaller innan middag! 🙂 Kram Hnnah
Naughty, naughty me… I have a new obsession and it’s coconut water! Granted, this may not be such a surprising development after having partially grown up surrounded by sunshine and coconuts in the tropics. But, it was definitely my winter vacation that cemented the love affair. Coconut water is extracted from young green coconuts as the hazy white natural juice inside. For those of you who’ve yet to give it a go, it tastes a bit like tree water, like if you’d put a piece of wood in a glass of water and not necessarily like the sap. It can be undeniably refreshing, especially if your prune to bouts of nostalgia for those relaxing holidays you spent by the beach slurping on the real thing.
I’ve seen it marketed as the healthy all-natural option of sports drinks to be enjoyed after hitting the gym particularly hard, but for me, I’m just a fan of the peculiar taste and wonderful memories I have of drinking it. Regardless, it must have some sort of health benefits (yes, that’s probably me just trying to convince/justify my indulgences). While in Thailand, I asked and was told that it is the young and slightly immature coconuts that they harvest when they are about 5-7 months to use for the drink. They added that the water was full of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc .. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
So tell me, have you ever tried a slurp and if so, what did you think?
Reprinted from DANDELION BABY: http://www.dandelionbaby.co.uk/chi-coconut-water
On our visit to the Natural and Organic Show this year we spotted that coconut water was everywhere! Amongst heavy competition the brand whose water really stood out for us was Chi; with a premium and modern approach to their packaging, they caught our eye and the water itself tasted pure and sparkling clean. I am not mad about coconuts, you would have to twist my arm to make me eat a bounty bar, but, this water is incredibly refreshing, thirst quenching and yet moreish. Most importantly it is fat free, low in carbs (whilst still containing more potassium than a banana), is low in sugars and hydrates quicker than water. Chi Coconut water (£20.28 for 12) is packed with electrolytes so it acts like a sports drink but without the nasties, perfect as a pick me up when pushing the pram round the park.
A lovely review of CHI COCONUT WATER courtesy of LUCY WRITES Blog http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/chi-coconut-water-review.html
I’ve always wanted to try coconut water yet for some odd reason that I can only put down to living in Somerset…it just doesn’t seem to be in any supermarket here!? Slightly ridiculous with how much rubbish fills the shelves compared to the healthy nutritional values of this beverage. Coconut water surprised me, I couldn’t have expected a different taste and texture.
Coconut water has many benefits not only to your health but also beauty (skin care) just like your regular tap/bottled waters however this low fat drink contains very low calories, no cholesterol and more potassium than a banana. Calcium and magnesium are in there too, while it gets to work helping you rehydrate quicker, help digestion and work wonders on your immune system. One product celebrities have promoted correctly I think you’ll agree. Chi Coconut water in particular contains less natural sugar than other brands, with nearly four times as less in some cases! They also only use the sweetest of Thailand coconuts and win on the original name and packaging – Chi means life force while they must be the only brand not to include coco in their name nor a stockpile coconut image. Bravo.
I expected a clear liquid, that strongly tasted of very sweet coconuts, similar to juice drinks I’ve craved over the years however I couldn’t be any more wrong. The liquid itself is a milky white with a grey tinge with no coconut scent to linger. After my first few sips I definitely wasn’t won over but things changed. Half way through I started to feel refreshed and perfectly cool – I’ve been struggling to keep a temperature down all week thanks to the flu. Mixing the water has been a lot of fun and will carry on into the summer months whether it be smoothies or cocktails. Coconut water comes in handy when I’m cooking, I like my food hot and most my family struggle with the slightest kick. Though men assume they won’t like this drink despite not taking a single sip. You get used to the texture it’s only slightly thicker than regular water.
Coconut water will be down to personal taste, however if you hate coconut normally you may even surprise yourself when you try some. I can’t wait for those few days of summer us Brits get to pour this over lots of ice and dabble with making some cheeky afternoon cocktails. Chi Coconut Water retails for £1.69 per 330 ml carton or £18.49 per 12 330 ml cartons. If you like it that much they even sell 12 litre cartonsfor £36.99, now that’s a lot of coconut water – or a slightly normal 1 litre carton for £3.49 from Natures Healthboxwho have a lovely Gluten Free section for me to browse too!
Chi is the “Fastest Growing Coconut Water Brand of 2012”
(source: Tree of Life)
Best coconut water – CHI review on Miss ECO Glam
A great review from the fabulous Miss Eco Glam. I also highly recommend Anna’s site for all things natural and wonderful and healthy. And a beautifully designed site too.
Here it is, reprinted:
After searching for a high quality almost good as the real thing Coconut Water – Here it is! CHI coconut water!
I have been lucky enough to try real coconut water, straight from a wild coconut. In Costa Rica, they were everywhere, on the edge of the sand near the oceans, just free for anyone to take. I drank them regularly and also have tried coconut water a few times back in Australia. Having pure coconut water from a young green coconut, is pretty unforgettable. There is no other drink quite like it and the health benefits are phenomenal.
Now that Coconut water is so fashionable, and with so many brands on the market, are they all to be trusted? Are they all the same? Are they what they claim to be?
If any of you read my previous review of the ridiculously bad brand called zicco, you will know that nope, some of them can be terrible quality. And, I found out today not only do some have added sugar to them, (which is crazy as coconuts are naturally sweet!) but bleach can be used as well in the production of the coconuts. YUCK!
I am very excited to tell you about this new brand I have just come across called CHI. Not only is the website absolutely stunning, what is inside will not disappoint, nor has it made any claims that are not true. It is simply 100% Coconut water, nothing removed and nothing added and comes from a coconut plantation in Thailand.
Jonathan Newman is the CEO and founder of CHI. He was on holiday in Thailand a few years ago and had the opportunity of trying some fresh coconuts and drank up to five every day whilst he was there (who wouldn’t when they are literally dropped all over the beach!). Jonathan felt so much healthier, much more energy and clear headed. He was hooked! He couldn’t forget the taste of the those fresh coconuts and searched high and low for a brand he could purchase back here in the UK that reminded him of the real coconuts. Whilst there were quite a few brands to choose from, none really lived up to the memory of the ones he had in Thailand. And, after doing some investigation, he discovered that so many of the coconut waters, were making false claims and were just not good quality.
It got him thinking that he could produce a much better quality coconut water and set out to make this thought come true. Fast forward a few years later, and CHI is about to become one of the most popular coconut waters around. Why? Well it just tastes out of this world! The closest taste possible to the real thing! In blind taste tests where CHI was lined up next to other brands, CHI always came out as the most enjoyed!
I was sent a case today (Lucky meeee!) and opened it straight away, and after the first taste I knew it was the best I had ever tasted. The after taste is like that of a fresh coconut and its sweet, but, not in a sickly sweet fake way. I gave some to my friend that was here and he said its the best he had ever tried, as well as my husband, and my little dog coco lapped it up too. And, I also gave a bit to Lola who absolutely went nuts for it! I have to be careful as she might go off my milk!
I don’t think my case of Coconut waters is going to last long in my house, there are three adults here who love it, but I am very pleased to see that it comes in two sizes, a small size is 330mls (thats the carton I have) and housed in a high quality tetra pack. These can be recycled too. The large size is 1 litre (tetra packed too) and you can purchase also in a carton of 12 (12 litres of bliss!) in it. This is the one I recommend because you will just want to have it available at all times and a 12 pack of this size is going to make sure you have coconut water all month long. Or longer if you can refrain yourself from drinking all of them! If you have kids and want them to go to school with something healthy rather than them drinking sugary juices, then you can purchase the carton of 330 mls ones.
Jonathan is a pretty cool guy by the way, he is a film director, traveling the world to exotic places and meeting some pretty fascinating people. He has directed Aussie superstars Sam Neil and Toni Collette to name a few in his movies and CHI now has a celebrity following. Jonathan has made sure that despite leading a pretty glamorous life, the profits from CHI is going to good use. He has created One Seed One Life – which provides some of the most poor orphanages with food, clothing, medical help, Doctors and education. 85% of the charity money goes to these orphanages. Thailand is still recovering after that awful Tsumani a few years ago, so in much need of help like this.
I can’t speak more highly of CHI coconut water, it’s just so yummy, beautifully packaged, ethically sourced, and your purchase also goes to something good. Whats not to love?
UK Actress and Model Keeley Hawes on her choice of Chi Coconut Water
UK actress and former model Keeley Hawes, star of Upstairs Downstairs and Espionage thriller Spooks was spotted drinking Chi coconut water in between takes shooting her latest film in the UK. Keeley is a die hard coconut water fan and recently discovered Chi.
With hectic filming schedules, Chi is a perfect way to keep energised and hydrated during long shooting hours.
CHI MD Jonathan Newman comments “It’s great to see so many people, especially celebrities embrace Chi, not only for it’s health benefits but for the ethics of the company.” Chi started the Thai charity “One Seed One Life” which delivers supplies to the most dilapidated orphanages in Thailand. The charity began in 2012 and has successfully delivered supplies across the country. “We believe business should give back to the community.
As we source our rawmaterial from Thailand, I have seen first hand the poverty across the parts of the country. For us it is not just about making a profit, it is equally about ethical trading and supporting the community.”
“On our visit to the Natural and Organic Show this year we spotted that coconut water was everywhere! Amongst heavy competition the brand whose water really stood out for us was Chi; with a premium and modern approach to their packaging, they caught our eye and the water itself tasted pure and sparkling clean. I am not mad about coconuts, you would have to twist my arm to make me eat a bounty bar, but, this water is incredibly refreshing, thirst quenching and yet moreish. Most importantly it is fat free, low in carbs (whilst still containing more potassium than a banana), is low in sugars and hydrates quicker than water. Chi Coconut water (£20.28 for 12) is packed with electrolytes so it acts like a sports drink but without the nasties, Summer in a bottle.:
Many thanks Dandelionbaby!
Hollywood Celebrities love Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water
Hollywood celebrity Ioan Gruffudd (also known as Mr Stretchy from Fantastic Four) loves coconut water. He can be seen here on set in between takes relaxing with Chi 100% pure coconut water. Ioan has been a fan since Chi started. We wish him luck on his next movie!
Celebs such as Madonna, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow all rave about the health benefits of pure coconut water. In the UK the industry is set to to reach £100m by 2014. Chi is fast becoming the number one coconut brand with stiff competition from the likes of US owned Vita Coco. Having launched in January, 2012, Chi became an online best-seller within 2 weeks. MD Jonathan Newman is clear why: “I personally made it my mission to source the best coconuts I could. I traveled the world until I found the best plantation with the highest quality raw material. Consumers want the highest quality at the best price, and that is what we offer.” With one of the only 330ml sizes with a resealable screwap, Chi has all the makings of a winner. Other smaller brands include Gococo, Biona, and Cocofina.
“Coconut water is the juice in the interior or endosperm of young coconut. The water is one of the nature’s most refreshing drinks consumed worldwide for its nutritious and health benefiting properties.
Its juicy water is usually obtained by opening a tender, green, healthy, and undamaged coconut. The liquid is clear, sweet, and sterile and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto-hormones. In general, young and slightly immature nuts harvested when they are about 5-7 months of age for drinking purpose.
Botanically, coconut plant belongs to the Arecaceae family of palm trees and has scientific name: Cocos nucifera.
Each nut may contain about 200 to 1000 ml of water depending on cultivar type and size. Any nuts younger than 5 months age tend to be bitter in taste and devoid of nutrients. Whereas, older nuts have less water and their endosperm becomes thicker as white edible meat (kernel). Coconut milk obtained from the meat is therefore should not be confused with coconut water.
Coconut palm flourishes well along the costal tropical environments. A coconut tree may yield several hundred tender nuts each season. Several hundred species of coconut palm grown all over the tropics, so taste and flavor of water thus vary according to saline content, distance from sea shore, mainland etc.
Health benefits of coconut water
Coconut water is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst. The juice is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels in the body.
Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.
Coconut water has been generally offered to patients with diarrhea in many tropic regions to replace fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract and reduce the need for intravenous therapy. The osmolarity of tender coconut water is slightly greater than that of WHO recommended ORS (Oral Rehydration Therapy) osmolarity. Presence of other biological constituents like amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and fatty acids may account for this higher osmolarity. However, unlike WHO-ORS, its water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. This well-balanced fluid composition with much needed calories would be an ideal drink than any other brand of soft drink beverages in dehydration conditions.
Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA polymerases etc. Altogether, these enzymes aid in digestion and metabolism.
Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of fruits like oranges. (Compare mineral composition oforanges).
Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.
Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolytes deficiency in the body due to diarrhea (loose stools).
In addition, fresh coconut water has small amount of vitamin-C (ascorbic acid); provides about 2.4 mcg or 4% of RDA. Vitamin C is a water-soluble ant-oxidant.
See the table below for in depth analysis of nutrients:
Coconut water (Cocus nucifera), Fresh,
Nutrition Value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Percentage of RDA
Selection and storage
Tender coconuts ready to use.
Fresh tender coconuts are readily available in the markets in tropical countries all around the year. However, in the semitropical and cold regions they have to be imported. These days, however, shelled tender coconuts are made available in USA and Canada imported from Thailand and Malaysia.
In the stores canned coconut water available, however, they have some added preservative and not up to the mark in vitamins and enzyme levels.
Tender nuts can be stored at room temperature for about 5-10 days. Once opened the water should be used soon otherwise it will turn sour in taste and off flavored. Instead, store in refrigerator if not used immediately.
Preparation and serving tips
Refreshing coconut drink.
Iced coconut juice with tender coconut meat topping.
Photo courtesy: Andrew currie.
Tender coconuts chiseled at bottom end using long sickle and the tip of the shell is cut open. The water is then sipped using straw. Otherwise, the whole nut is tilted upside down to transfer its water in to wide mouthed bottle or bowl.
Drink coconut water without any additions.
Iced coconut water can be a refreshing drink.
Fresh water can be made special drink adding lemon slices, mint leaves, orange zest etc.
Gel like meat (kernel) in the young tender coconuts is very sweet and delicious.
Coconut water is a universally appealing drink. There are no known reactions of any sort notified so far using it. It is not only cherished in healthy but is considered safe in pregnancy, infants as well as in diseased conditions as well. (Medical disclaimer).
The discussion in this page is solely dedicated to water or solution of young coconuts and not about coconut milk, meat, coconut oil or any products of coconut tree.”
How drinking Coconut Water can help you shed pounds
(Article reprinted from Shed Pounds: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/how-drinking-pure-coconut-water-can-help-you-shed-pounds.html)
“Pure coconut water is an ideal drink if you want to hydrate your body. It is also a drink that embodies the very essence of nature: it is biologically pure, and full of salts, sugars and vitamins. With all these natural properties, it is a pure drink which is well-suited to keeping away fatigue and a general feeling of lack of energy. Drinking pure coconut water has been discovered to give benefits in the area of helping you shed unwanted pounds. A prime reason is because it is a health drink, above all else. Tropical cultures know all about the weight-loss benefits, as well as other benefits of pure coconut water, because they have been using it for centuries.
What drinking pure coconut water has been shown to do is increase your metabolic rate. In this way, drinking pure coconut water can help you shed those pounds because it will actually raise your metabolic rate. Here is how it works. Coconut water is a great way to keep you hydrated, and if you are hydrated, you are less likely to store fat in your body to help raise your body temperature. Your body temperature drops a little bit if you are dehydrated. During dehydration, your metabolism is affected negatively in this way. Fighting off this weight increase that you would experience from being dehydrated is one reason why drinking pure coconut water helps you shed pounds.
The noun diuretic refers to a fluid (mainly drugs) that forces you to urinate with more frequency. A diuretic is usually used to cleanse the body of unwanted drugs, such as in the case of an overdose. However, coconut water is nature’s diuretic, and drinking enough of it will cause your waste to pass through your system with greater ease and, thus, greater speed. It is in this fashion that coconut water can help you shed your unwanted pounds, by ridding your system of said waste.
However, note that in this weight loss fashion, you are not actually losing fat; you are just losing more liquid. While this loss of liquid does show up on any weight scale as factual weight loss, it is oftentimes only temporary and can even be hazardous when abused to excess. In the case of coconut water, though, it is not a powerful diuretic, so it cannot be easily abused.
The final way that drinking pure coconut water can help you shed pounds is due to its favorable properties. It has absolutely no cholesterol, so drinking more coconut water in place of beverages that have cholesterol is an automatic inducer of weight loss. Fat-wise, coconut water contains less fat that even milk, which means you stand to gain less weight or even lose weight than if you continue drinking milk. In comparison to other popular drinks like orange juice, for instance, coconut water comes with fewer calories, meaning that if you substitute coconut water for orange juice, assuming you drink significant amounts of orange juice, you ought to shed some pounds.”
“Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts (fruits of the coconut palm). In early development, it serves as a suspension for the endosperm of the coconut during their nuclear phase of development. As growth continues, the endosperm mature into their cellular phase and deposit into the rind of the coconut meat. Coconut water has long been a popular drink in thetropics, especially in Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Caribbean, where it is available fresh, canned, or bottled.
Coconuts for drinking are carefully packaged and sold in many places. These are typically Asian coconuts whose outer green husk has been removed, and the remainder wrapped in plastic. Throughout the tropics they can be found sold by street vendors, often cut in front of customers to ensure the coconut water’s freshness. Coconut water can also be found in ordinary cans,tetra paks, or plastic bottles (sometimes with coconut pulp or coconut jelly included). Bottled coconut water has a shelf life of 24 months.
In recent years, coconut water has been marketed as a natural energy or sports drink due to its high potassium and mineral content. Marketers have also promoted coconut water for having nofat and very low amounts of carbohydrates, calories, and sodium. However, marketing claims attributing tremendous health benefits to coconut water are largely unfounded.
Unless the coconut has been damaged, it is likely sterile. There have been cases where coconut water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid in some developing countries where medical saline was unavailable.
Health Benefits of Coconut Water
Read a great article about the health benefits of coconut water:
“Health-conscious celebrities are going mad for coconut water. Metro finds out more about the drink of the summer.
Ever since humans worked out how to crack that thick, fibrous husk, coconut water has been quenching the thirst of the sun-drenched tropics. But with the secret finally out among celebrities, this looks like being the summer we all go crazy for the stuff.
In the 12 weeks up to April, one brand reported a 600 per cent jump in sales on the previous quarter, a leap that reflects the sudden buzz surrounding a drink that has been around for millennia.
In its native lands, the coconut palm is known as ‘the tree of life’ because it has so many uses, from root to spiky crown.
Most people are familiar with coconut cream – so delicious, so fatty – but what we don’t often see in Britain is coconut water, which comes from younger, green fruit.
In the past couple of years, however, US and European markets have started to cotton on to the benefits of this new so-called wonder drink.
Several brands have appeared on the shelves but the one that’s making its mark is Vita Coco (below, from £1.49 for 330ml), thanks to its popularity with celebrities including True Blood actress Anna Paquin, Courteney Cox, Star Trek star Chris Pine, Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick and Jessica Simpson, all of whom have been snapped with a carton. And it doesn’t stop there: Madonna has reportedly ploughed $1.5million into the company, along with fellow investors such as Demi Moore, Matthew McConaughey and Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis.
Given these celebrities are better known for their bodies beautiful (even Kiedis is a vegetarian meditation devotee) than their investments, there must be more to the coconut water trend than the mere vagaries of fashion.
Susie Perry, a nutritional therapist who has worked with the likes of Yvette Fielding, Amanda Lamb and Claire Sweeney, says: ‘It’s beneficial to our bodies because it contains a lot of natural electrolytes. As a nutritionist, I like it because it’s a low-sugar, fast-hydrating drink.’
Electrolytes are minerals that are vital for bodily functions such as muscle movement, nerve transmission and brain operation, and coconut water contains five essential examples: potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and phosphorous.
Perry says: ‘Potassium is one of the most important electrolytes there is. One of its important is to help maintain water balance – a good level of potassium helps you to maintain water pressure within a cell and water pressure within the blood. So, as it can help draw water into cells and into the blood, it enables the body to rehydrate quickly.’
Nutritionist Lorna Driver-Davies, from Nutri Centre, agrees, saying these electrolytes ‘rehydrate the body and reduce feeling of fatigue’ after exercise.
A 330ml serving of pure coconut water contains more potassium than two bananas. This hydrating aspect explains why coconut water is gaining popularity as an alternative to sports drinks such as Lucozade.
A study of post-exercise rehydration carried out by the Universiti Sains Malaysia compared coconut water, sports drinks and normal water. It found coconut water was ‘significantly sweeter, caused less nausea, fullness and no stomach upset’, concluding that it was the best option for thirsty athletes.
Perry explains: ‘Although drinking water can hydrate you, it doesn’t have that speed of hydration [of coconut water] because it doesn’t have the electrolytes in it. You can compare coconut water to a sports drink but without all the caffeine and sugar in it.’
Those electrolytes can also prevent muscles from going into cramps and spasms. But beware of drinking too much – it can also have a laxative effect.
Laxative qualities aside, it’s also being touted as an aid to slimming – or, at least, reducing fluid retention. ‘If someone has a high-salt diet they’ll retain a lot of water – getting potassium into the body reduces water retention, so in that sense it can help,’ Perry says. ‘Also, potassium is very important to the cell membrane; it acts like a key opening up cell receptors so that nutrients and water can go in and out of the cells at appropriate times and amounts. And so, potassium can help with the communication that has an impact on metabolism.’
Of course, coconut water is no magic potion – if you want to shed a few pounds, you’re better off relying on it to quench your thirst after regular exercise. Although it may not contain as many ingredients as your average energy drink, the coconut does have a few tucked away beneath that thick shell.
Driver-Davies explains: ‘Coconut water contains high levels of lauric acid, which the body uses to make monolaurin, a disease-fighting fatty acid derivative. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that protect the body against various infections and boost the immune system.’
Coconut water has also been claimed to help lower blood pressure, fight cellulite, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, keep you cool, improve circulation, regulate digestion and ease stomach pain – in fact, if you believe it all, it’s the best thing to come out of the tropics since the Bounty bar.”
Chi Coconut Water for Sale In UK and Europe On-Line
Chi Drinks Founder and MD today announced that Chi Coconut water will be sold on Amazon and also directly through the Chi website. Giving the serious players a run for their money, Chi is already causing quite a buzz in the marketplace.
(London, England), 14 January 2012
Chi Founder Jonathan Newman today announced that Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water will be sold through Amazon and also directly through the Chi website. Offering both a 330ml portion size and a 1 litre version, Chi will be sold by the case of 12.
The health benefits of Chi are numerous. Taken from inside a coconut, it is the water (not the milk) that contains twice the amount of potassium than a banana. As a result, coconut water has become a favorite drink amongst athletes and the drink du jour amongst celebs in the know.
“Our coconut water is picked from the sweetest Thai coconuts we could find. It is packed with minerals and electrolytes that hydrate the body quicker than water,” Newman comments. “I am a total convert and have been committed to creating the highest quality product I could.”
Chi is definitely giving the big players like Vita Coco and Zico a run for their money. With gorgeous eye-catching packaging, and a stand out proposition, it is no wonder Chi is causing such a buzz. “We only use pure coconut water, not from concentrate like Zico,” comments Newman. “We also wanted to stand out from the growing market as everyone was called something coco. Chi means LIFE FORCE and that’s what our product is all about. The life force that runs through us all. Restoring balance.”
Chi has also caught the eye of celebs, with Fantastic Four star Ioan Gruffudd and wife Alice Evans amongst Chi’s die hard fans.
Newman also built a custom portal on the Chi facebook page. “We all know how social media has become a part of everyday life, but we feel we want the user experience to be richer, that’s why our facebook page offer so much more than just browsing. Without leaving the page, you can purchase our product.”
If that’s not more, CHI coconut water also donate a portion of every pack sale to the One Seed One life Foundation, a charity providing supplies and supporting charities across Thailand. “We’ve already made our first visits to the orphanages, and it’s great to be in a position to help those less fortunate then ourselves,” comments Chi co founder David Mendelsohn, who heads up Chi’s Asian operation.
The coconut water industry is set to grow by 50% in 2012, already making in a billion dollar industry worldwide. It shows no signs of being just a passing trend. Chi is definitely climbing that ladder very fast.
Since I started Chi Coconut Water, I’ve become an enormous fan of everything Coconut.
I discovered these amazing little Thai desserts which I bought from Gerrard Street in London’s Chinatown.
They are called Ta-Kohs. It is made from coconut on the top, and then there is a green pandan flavoured jelly beneath with water chestnuts inside. Really delicious!
I also bought a tin which had coconut meat and tapioca pearls in coconut milk. A strange dessert but tasty nonetheless.
And to my delight I found a fresh young whole coconut at the supermarket. Of course I had to buy it because you never see green coconuts in London. Chilled it at home and drank it. Glorious.
Health benefits of coconut water
Posted by James Park on Sep 15, 2011 in Health, Healthy Foods
Coconut water, coconut juice drinks, or coconuts in general, are almost synonymous to the island tropics. However, there is more to coconuts than meets the eye. Aside from the promise of a relaxing beach holiday, coconuts also promise health.
The coconut has innumerable health benefits, as such it is aptly called the ‘tree of life’. In fact, coconut water or the clear liquid within the fruit has been used by multiple manufacturers in the health industry as the primary ingredient for natural supplements. Indeed, the nutrition facts of coconut water exceed that of other mass-produced supplements.
But how exactly can it improve your health? Read on to learn more about the health benefits of coconut water and coconut juice drinks.
Strengthens the Immune System
One of the nutrition facts of coconut water is its high levels of lauric acid, which improves the body’s defenses against disease. Lauric acid has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that contribute to your immune system’s defense mechanism. A newborn child gets his or her lauric acid supply from breast milk to become less susceptible to disease and infections. For adults, natural coconut juice drinks are the best alternative.