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.
- Brown Sugar = Exfoliator
- Organic Honey = Natural Healing Properties (Antiseptic)
- Organic Coconut Oil = Nourishing/Moisturising
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.
- 1 tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp of Brown Sugar
- 1 tbsp of Organic Honey
- 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.
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.
A Delicious Warm Porridge
With Coconut Milk!
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!
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.
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)
- 2x Chi Raw Coconut Oil jars
- 4x Raw Gorilla Munchies (Cacao & Lucuma, Maca & Cinnamon, Baobab, Apricot & Tigernut, Lemon, Lucuma & Coconut)
- 1x Original Crispies with Tigernuts
HOW TO ENTER
As always our rules are pretty simple, all you need to do is:
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!
“Panaeng” (also spelled Phanaeng or Phanang) is a kind of red thai curry which is really thick and tasty!
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!
Here is another curry recipe, which is as tasty as the previous one! Quick to prepare and absolutely delicious!
This is one of the most popular dishes in Southern Thailand: a coconut milk minced fish curry (yeah, another curry!), which is once again delicious! Check out the link below!
You are on a diet but you still want to eat something really tasty? This recipe might be for you! It’s gluten free and really simply amazing!
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!
These Celebrities are ADDICTED
to Coconut Oil
The following fact will probably not really surprise you: coconut oil is lately one of the biggest beauty trends worldwide.
And guess who is always a huge fan of everything trendy in terms of beauty?
Our dear Celebrities! No matter if hair masks, skin peelings or even Oil Pulling treatments to whiten the teeth; Gwyneth Paltrow and Co couldn’t live without the exotic fruit as beauty product and neither could we.
We could of course start listing all the amazing benefits of coconut oil but in the end the best would be to just try it yourself! Or to at least rely on the experiences of the following Celebs, who already totally fell in love with coconut oil.
The lovely American actress was lately mentioning in a Vogue interview, that she uses coconut oil as a natural and skin friendly make up remover. Sounds actually like a really good idea, right? Coconut oil keeps your skin smooth and hydrated for the night until you put on your make up again the next morning.
If there is anyone you can trust concerning beauty essentials, then a real supermodel! And speaking of supermodels, Miranda Kerr is definitely one of them. She loves to take coconut oil for her hair and face and as she always looks gorgeous, this habit can’t be that bad, right?
Being a known and stylish British actress, Gwyneth is definitely a reliable person when it comes to beauty hacks. She was talking about her coconut love in an interview with Glamour recently by saying that she loves to use coconut oil as an Oil Pulling treatment. And she is totally right to do it! Because Oil Pulling is not only whitening your teeth, but also cleaning your mouth and even your skin by having thereby a medical benefit. If you would like to have a smile as beautiful as Gwyneth’s, you should definitely check out our Chi White Oil Pulling treatment!
The Pretty Little Liars Star once confessed her Coconut Oil addiction by wearing a printed T-shirt saying Salty Hair Coconut Oil Big Waves Hot Sun. Lucy likes to put some coconut oil on the tips of her hair to assure they are curling in the right way. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Lovely Mindy is another good Coconut Lover to trust. After having more or less earned the coconut obsession from her mother – as the actress says herself – she couldn’t go without Coconut Oil as it is the best hair product for her amazing curls.
So if you haven’t started enjoying the benefits of coconuts yet, why don’t you just have a look at our product range, including Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil Pulling treatment and delicious Raw Coconut Water and Milk as fresh and nutritious drinks. We are sure you will fall in love with coconuts very soon and look forward to welcoming you in our Coconut Lover Family!
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!
Gooey Chai Spiced Pumpkin Brownies
These are so easy to make, completely vegan and refined sugar free but honestly do taste naughty! Try using Chi Coconut Oil as
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!
With the excitement of the Rio Olympics now a distant dream, we now reflect and put a spotlight on Brazil’s tropical and hearty cuisine. The idea of Brazil conjures up the dreamy picture of palm trees, sandy beaches and nothing other than coconuts! And so when visiting Rio, it is difficult to ignore the abundance of fresh coconuts, whether sunbathing on Ipanema beach or being a tourist high up at Christ the Redeemer. No wonder coconuts in all its forms feature in some of Brazil’s most iconic traditional dishes and drinks!
The coconut palm in Sanskrit is known as kappa vrisksha, translated as: ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living‘. This is somewhat true in the fact that almost all parts of the coconut can be used in one way or another; the water, milk, flesh, sugar, oil and even the husks and leaves!
The extent of coconut’s multi use is seen in these pictures below!
Coconut shells can be used primarily as bowls, or even for wood furniture.
Coconuts are known for their high nutritional content; rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. The fat in coconuts are considered ‘good’ fats in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Focusing on one fatty acid in particular, lauric acid, it is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin – an antiviral and antibacterial compound that destroys a variety of disease causing organisms. Therefore the consumption of coconut in its many forms: coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk or even coconut flour, is therefore incredibly beneficial for ones health and in fighting infections and viruses.
Coconut based products are especially popular with health enthusiasts, vegans and those that are lactose intolerant as coconut milk in particular is lactose free. Coconut milk is therefore a widely used as a milk substitute and diary alternative in baking.
Without further ado, we explore some Brazilian coconut recipes, some traditional and some with a modern twist!
Beijinho de Coco a.k.a Coconut Kisses
Balls of sweet goodness!
- Sweetened condensed milk x1 can
- Sweetened desiccated coconut 1/4 cup
- Butter 1 tbsp
- Desiccated coconut for decoration
- Whole cloves for decorating
Step 1: Bring milk and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the milk has reduced to half and thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the 1/4 cup coconut, and allow to cool a bit before pouring into a buttered bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until cold, about 2 hours.
Step 2: With buttered or oiled hands, form milk mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, and roll in coconut flakes. Stick a clove into each beijinho as decoration.
Baked desert made of egg yolks, sugar and ground coconut flakes
A favourite from the region of Bahia quindim is a glossy yellow sweet made with nothing more than eggs, sugar and coconut (with butter a common addition). Baked in cupcake-sized moulds, or large if you wish, the bottom is toasted and golden, dense with grated coconut, while the top is a smooth, firm custard that sticks pleasingly to the roof of the mouth.
- White sugar x1 cup
- Shredded coconut x1 cup
- Softened butter 1 tbsp
- Egg yolk x5
- Egg white x1
Step 1: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
Step 2: Mix the sugar, coconut, and butter in a bowl. Stir in the egg yolks and the egg white; beat until well combined. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate. Place the pie plate in a large roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan to reach about half-way up the side of the pie plate.
Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before turning out onto a serving dish. Refrigerate until serving.
The Brazilan chocolate trifle
Layers of cookies filled with chocolate or fruit, lemon, coconut
For the chocolate layer
- 20 ladyfinger biscuits
- 2-3 Tbsp Cognac
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1.5 cups cocoa powder
- 2 cans sweet condensed milk
- 4 cups milk (or use the sweet condensed milk’s can to measure)
- 2 Tbsp corn starch
- 4 egg yolks (strained)
- 1 small container heavy cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
Step 1: In a large pot, combine the sweet condensed milk and 3 cups of the milk.
Step 2: Dissolve the corn starch in one cup of milk and add to the pot. Cook that mixture over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until it starts thickening.
Step 3: Separate a cup of the mixture and let it cool.
Step 4: Add the egg yolks to the cooled cream and return it to the pot. Cook until it thickens.
Step 5: Let it cool and pour into a 15×10 baking dish.
Step 6: Place the biscuits into a large bowl and the Cognac into another smaller bowl.
Step 7: Using your fingers, sprinkle the Cognac onto the biscuits.
Step 8: In the same pot you used for the cream, add 2 cups of milk and 1.5 cups of cocoa powder. Cook until it resembles hot chocolate. (It’s supposed to be a liquid mixture, and not a cream!)
Step 9: Dip the biscuits into the chocolate and place them on top of the cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Step 10: On the next day, make some whipped cream by mixing the heavy cream, the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the whipped cream into the baking dish, creating a 3rd layer.
Step 11: Refrigerate for at least 1 more hour before serving.
Step 12: Grate or shave some chocolate on top of the pavê and serve cold.
Some other Brazilian delicacies…
Fermented sugarcane juice
Dating back to the 1500s, cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice, and is best known as the fiery kick in caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail.
- Coconut milk 1oz.
- Cachaca 2oz.
- Sugar 1 tsbp
Step 1: Combine ingredients with ice in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately in a tall glass.
Acai a.k.a superfood berry is used to make fruit bowls and smoothies
Those bright purples bowls you see on Instagram #superhealthy
Of all the thousands of fruits from the Amazon, açaí is the best known, thanks to its super-food status. Traditionally eaten by indigenous tribes for energy, the hard purple berry is also used in Amazonian cooking, as a sauce with fish. A clever marketing campaign in the ’80s thrust it into the spotlight as the energy snack of choice for surfers in glamorous Rio de Janeiro. Served as a sweet, gloopy, frozen sorbet, sometimes topped with granola and slices of banana, or whizzed up in juices, it can found in every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country.
Tip: add some desiccated coconut on top and serve in a coconut shell for that extra coco-nutty touch!
The Launch of Chi
White Oil Pulling!
Recently Chi has expanded its product range! We’ve just launched Chi White, an organic coconut oil pulling system. We’re one of the only organic ranges on the market. You can currently receive an introductory discount of 10% when you enter ‘Intro10%’ at the checkout, so head over to Chi White website to enjoy!
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling, also known as ‘gundusha’ or ‘kavala’, is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure for dental health that involves swishing oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for up to 20 minutes. This process draws out toxins from within the body to improve one’s overall health but primarily to encourage better oral hygiene.
Coconut oil is the most popular choice of oil because it has impressive antibacterial properties in addition to lots of easily digestible, fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is great for building a strong immune system, vitamin D strengthens bones and teeth, vitamin E has antioxidant properties for the skin and vitamin K reduces blood clotting. Also, coconut oil has a nicer taste than other vegetable-based oils. Our range has a fresh minty flavour because it contains 1% organic peppermint oil so there is no need to worry about any nasty taste!
You should swish the oil around your mouth quite gently in order to avoid getting a stiff jaw. Some people new to oil pulling find twenty minutes to be a bit of a struggle and if this is the case why not try to keep the oil in your mouth for around 10-15 minutes and build this up as you become more used to the feeling. As you are swishing the product around your mouth the oil will double in size as it draws in saliva and toxins. When time is up, empty the contents of your mouth and rinse your mouth out with some warm water before brushing as you normally would.
How does it work?
When oil pulling, the oil in your mouth binds itself to the plaque on the teeth and therefore when spitting out the oil you are removing bacteria from your mouth. Oil pulling is a particularly efficient way to reduce this kind of bacteria because the plaque on your teeth is fat-soluble as opposed to water soluble. This means that the lipids must dissolve in fats, which is why coconut oil is the perfect remedy unlike other water-based products on the market.
What are the results?
Clinical trials carried out by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have shown that the benefits of coconut oil pulling include:
- Improved oral hygiene
- The prevention of cavities and gingivitis
- Reduced oral bacteria
- Reduced plaque
- Whiter teeth (Please remember that each person’s teeth will react differently to Chi White and that response times may vary)
So, what are you waiting for? Try Chi White today and remember to use the discount code for a great bargain!
Before and after using Chi White for just 2 weeks!
St Patrick’s Day
So it’s St Patrick’s Day this Thursday the 17th March..this is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.
Most commonly related with the green clover, pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, leprechauns, guiness and irish dancing!
Here are our top Chi Paddy’s Day recipes, incorporating the Irish with a little bit of Chi too!
Irish Green Juice
Whiz up in a blender! Enjoy
Irish soda bread (Makes 1 loaf)
- 250g (8oz) plain flour, plus extra to dust
- 250g (8oz) wholemeal flour
- 1tsp baking soda
- 1tsp salt
- 25g chi coconut oil
- 1tbsp brown sugar
- 284ml pot buttermilk
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
- 100 g chi coconut oil
- 50 g coconut sugar
- 100g brown sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 Egg
- 150 g plain flour
- 1 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
- 1/4 tspBaking Soda
- 50 g coarsely chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
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 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
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.
Where to find it?
Halibut, nuts, peanut butter, spinach, oatmeal, beans, lentils.
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.
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!
Chi coconut milk
Chi coconut milk
Chi Coconut milk
Chia Seed Porridge
Chi coconut oil
Chi coconut oil
Peanut Butter Porridge
Chi coconut milk
Chi chocolate coconut milk
Chi coconut milk
You can’t be a true British if you don’t eat porridge for breakfast! It is the perfect compromise while it’s simple and quick to make it, there’s now another reason to love this most healthy breakfast. According to several studies, people who eat oats and other wholegrains live longer and are less likely to die from heart disease. The cereal grain’s proven talents include helping to lower high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. Not to mention that it’s packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals and fibre.
In this article we will give all the best tips to make yummy porridge with Chi coconut milk.
You can find a thousand ways to make porridge but the basis is all the time the same. Porridge as we know it today, is made by mixing oats with a fluid (water and or milk) and then heating it. Beyond that it is all down to personal preference, here are some ideas!
Chi Chocolate Porridge
1. Mix the oats and Chi Chocolate coconut milk . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.
2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces.
Honey Coco porridge
1. Mix the oats, Chi coconut milk (plain) . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.
2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces plus some banana and a little bit of chocolate pieces. To finish you can drizzle with honey.
Creamy Blueberry Coconut Porridge
1. Simply add the water, oats, Chi coconut milk to a saucepan and allow it to heat for about ten minutes, until the liquid has all been absorbed.
2. Then stir in some Chi organic coconut oil and let it dissolve into mix.
3. Once it’s all nicely mixed pour it into a bowl, add blueberries and coconut chips.
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.
Our raw coconut water is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients too.
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.
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!
The Giving Tree snack
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
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)
- No salt added
Find them at Planet Organic and Whole Foods!
4. Granola Bar
You can make your own energy booster granola bar, the night before to go to the beach.
- 2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
- 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water
- 1 cup packed pitted Medjol dates
- 1 1/2 lightly toasted jumbo organic Oats
- 1 cup raw whole almonds
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup Organic crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
1. Blend the dates in a food processor until you get a smooth paste. Use 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water to help the blending process.
2. Place oats, almonds, cranberries and dates paste in a bowl and set aside.
3. Warm honey, peanut butter and Chi Coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Stir gently and then pour over the oats mixture. Mix thoroughly.
4. Transfer the mix to a baking parchment lined baking tin/tray.
5. Press down with a spatula until smooth and uniformly flattened. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
6. Remove from the baking tin, cut into bars 10/12 bars. You can store them in air tight container or wrapping them individually. They keep in the fridge for up to 6 days.
5. Stay hydrated with Chi Raw Coconut Water
Chi Raw Coconut Water will be your sun soul mate for this summer!
Protect Your Skin from the
sun with Coconut Oil
The sun is shining! What you want to do is to go out and tan. Especially in summer – you want to get a sun-kissed glow but without the sun damage! There’s no denying that most people look healthier when they are tan. However, as we all know, UV radiation is dangerous for our skin. Skin can develop freckles, rashes and, over time, UV radiation can accelerate skin ageing and cause pigment changes commonly known as ‘age spots’. It can also cause changes in the skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer.
At Chi HQ we have all the best tips that you need to know before going on vacation. First, let’s talk about the must have during summer: sunscreen.
How to choose your sunscreen?
Selecting a sunscreen depends on many factors such as how sensitive your skin is to burning, how dry or oily your skin is. If you have fair skin that burns easily you should choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF 50+. If you have a skin that tans readily you could choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with intermediate SPF 15-20+. And If you have darkly pigmented skin and do not suffer heavily from sunburn, you need a sunscreen with low SPF 8-15+.
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!
The perfect healthy
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
- 2 Tsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
- 1 Tspn salt and cracked black pepper
- 1 Tblsp fresh garlic, minced
Mix and toss all ingredients in a large bowl, place on skewers and grill on the BBQ
STEP 2: MEAT (optional) MARINADE
Grilled Lemon-Lime Chicken
- 8 boneless, chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup Chi Coconut oil, melted
- 1/4-cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4-cup fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon peel
- 1-teaspoon lime peel
- 2 tablespoons coriander leaves, chopped
- 1/2-teaspoon salt
- 1/2-teaspoon pepper
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!
- 3 Sweet Potatos
- 3 Tbspn Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
- Salt, Pepper
- Chili flakes/garlic (optional)
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!
- 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh fruit
- 8 skewers
- 1 (17.5 ounce) container Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water
- 1 cup pineapple or orange juice
- 1 Champagne bottle (optional)
- Thread fruit on skewers and freeze for an hour or more.
- In the meantime, mix the Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water and juice
- Refrigerate (covered) until serving time.
- To serve, fill glasses about 2/3 full with coconut mixture, add a skewer and top with champagne (optional).
Or just drink Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water as it is!
STEP 5: DESSERT – COCONUT & CHIA SEED PUD
We cannot have a BBQ without a sweet pudding to finish it off. A cold, light dessert is always the best way to end the food fiesta! Here is a easy-to make, healthyISH dessert to try! Sweet and simple always does the job!
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- In a small bowl or half pint Mason type glass jar, add coconut, chia seeds, coconut milk, Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water, vanilla and salt and mix until very well combined.
- Place in the refrigerator and allow to rest for at least 2 hours
- Serve with fresh raspberries or other fruit of your choice
Enjoy your weekend and the promo that we have at Planet Organic & Whole Foods and on Ocado.com!
We all know when it comes to our diet it can be a crazy rollercoaster. You go through a phase of eating super healthy and restricting your calories for a week, which then leads to a downfall spiral in overindulging in all the naughty foods that make our waistlines grow. We’ve all been there, when it comes to summer, this is usually the case, and as the summer holidays are creeping up, the fad diets start to come into play.
At Chi HQ, we believe we can keep up a healthy momentum, not just for the summer, but also as a lifestyle change. This starts by making sure you have the right balance of foods in your diet. Not only is a healthy diet the main driver to weightloss or maintaining weight, it provides us with all the nutrition our body needs, and is the magic medicine to keeping us look radiant, happy and full of energy!
As part of the summer running #GetFitWithChi we have put together a healthy 1 week- meal plan to keep you on track to maintaining a healthy diet, and that means no skipping meals or crazy calorie restrictions. So now you can say goodbye to yo-yoing and see the change in fuelling your body the healthy and right way! If you have a busy schedule and feel this may be difficult to follow, a Chi tip is also to pre-prepare everything in advance for the week 😉
We would love to know how this meal plan works for you, so post your photos or comments with #GetFitWithChi.
Meal 1 – Breakfast
Option 1: 50g Porridge Oats + 50ml Chi Coconut Milk or Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk +Topping
Option 2: 50g Porridge Oats + Greek yoghurt + topping
Option 3: 1 slice of Whole meal bread toasted + spread some Chi coconut oil on the toast+ egg
*See more Breakfast recipes here *
- Handful of blueberries
- Half a chopped banana
- Sprinkle of chopped nuts or granola
- A small packet of The Giving Tree snacks
- 1 Tblspn Peanut Butter
Meal 2 – Lunch
Option 1: Salad + a little broth soup (avoid creamy salad dressings or creamy soups)
- Salad dressing (optional): Balsamic Vinegar or 1 Tbspn Olive oil, garlic, sea salt and see more here.
Option 2: salad + a piece of white meat or fish
Option 3: Sushi + a little broth soup
Snack options (choose 1)
- 1 raw fruit
- 1 packet of The GivingTree snacks
- 1 boiled egg
- handful of nuts
- Hummus or peanut butter & carrot/celery/cucumber sticks
- Half Avacado on 1 slice of whole meal bread topped with sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika/chilli flakes (optional)
- Chi Iced Lollies, see the recipe here
Meal 3 – Dinner
Option1: Jacket Potato
- 1 skinless chicken breast/beef or tuna steak/salmon
- Seasoned to taste (avoid cheese and cream)
- Mixed roasted vegetables coated with 1tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
- 1 small baked sweet potato
*Vegetarian – substitute meat with tofu, lentils, quorn or a large sweet potato*
Option 2: Savoury eggs
• 2 egg whites and 3 yolks from free range eggs
• A handful of chopped cherry tomatoes
• 1⁄2 chopped white onion
• 1 clove of garlic crushed
• 1 tbsp of Chi coconut oil
• A handful of spinach
- Sautee onion and coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat until translucent.
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, spinach and garlic, stir around with the onions.
- Add the egg mixture on top.
- Cook until the bottom of the omelette is bronzed, flip in half, cook for another 30 seconds and serve.
Desert (choose 1)
The natural way to
whiten your teeth
Have you always wanted to have perfect white teeth? You’ve tried all the whitening toothpastes and strips out there in the shops, in hopes for your teeth to whiten but they have been no use. You’ve still remained disappointed with the results and may have even damaged your teeth as a result. There are loads of expensive teeth whitening products, but what you are missing is that many of these that are ‘natural’ are Coconut Oil based. At Chi HQ we believe the solution is simple. Everything natural has amazing benefits, and that starts with our Chi Coconut Oil. Instead of buying teeth whitening products, you can simply use our Chi, it’s a pure genius!
How does Chi Coconut Oil do this?
Coconut oil is a natural remedy used to clean and detoxify your teeth and gums. This is called ‘oil pulling’ which the lauric acid found in the coconut oil removes the naughty plaque that makes our teeth go yellow. This doesn’t give you instant whitening but gradually over time you will see a difference.
All you have to do is spoon out 1 tbsp of Chi Coconut Oil (or less) and push, swish and ‘pull’ the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes so it is coated. After this time, rinse all the chi coconut oil out with water and brush your teeth with mint toothpaste.
***Repeat this process every morning and you will start to notice the difference. Those natural pearly whites you’ve always dreams of, will now become a reality! That means you’ll have to keep smile wherever you are!
Coconut Ice lollies to keep
you cool this summer
We all know when it gets to summer, it is time for a quick last minute health kick before a holiday! That means cutting down on all the tasty treats, which in the summer, it tends to be very difficult. Especially when you’re out and about in the hot sun, and all you are thinking about is a refreshing ice cream or chocolate sundae would be nice to cool you down and sort out those naughty sugar cravings. Do not worry, we have the solution for you! There’s no need to completely ditch these treats. Instead we have put together a mixture of healthier and guilt-free versions of ice-lollies and ice-cream recipes you can give a try. All of these recipes have a coconut flavour to them, giving you an exotic taste!
Mango and Coconut Ice-lollies (makes 10)
- Ice-lolly moulds take 1/3 cup of mixture
- 10 ice-lolly sticks needed
- Use vanilla beans rather than extracts
- 450 g mango flesh (2 large mangos)
- 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
- 1/4 lime, juiced
- 1 can (270 ml) Chi Coconut Milk
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
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- t teaspoon vanilla bean paste
For the chocolate:
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.
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!
Photo: Pinterest Mywifemakes.com
Coconut Chia Salad Dressing
- 14 Ozs Chi Coconut Milk
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Onion (minced)
- 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 Spring Onions (finely chopped)
- 1 Tsp Basil Leaves (finely chopped)
- 1 Clove Garlic (Grated)
- 1/4 Tsp Dried Dillweed
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
Coconut and Lime Salad Dressing
- 2 Tbsps Chi Coconut Milk
- 2 Tbsps Lime Juice
- 1 Tbsp Natural Yoghurt
- 1/2 Tsp Soy Sauce
- 1/2 Tsp Curry Sauce (Thai)
Soy Ginger Coconut Oil Salad Dressing
- 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
- 1 Tsp Soy Sauce
- 1/2 Tsp Honey
- 1/8 Tsp Ginger (Minced or grated)
- 1 dash Red Pepper flakes
Blood Orange Coconut Water Salad Dressing
- 1 Cup Chi Coconut Water
- 2 Blood Oranges
- 1 Garlic Clove (Finely Minced)
- 1/2 Tsp Whole grain mustard
- 1/4 Tsp Ground black pepper
- 1/2 Cup extra-virgin Olive Oil
Curry, Coconut, Ginger, Peanut Dressing
- 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
- 2 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
- 1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger(grated)
- 1 1/2 Tbsps Coconut Vinegar
- 1/2 Tsp Chilli Oil (optional)
Thai Sweet Chilli Dressing
- 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
- 1/4 cup Chi Coconut Milk
- 2 Tbsps Fish Sauce (or soy sauce)
- 2 Tbsps Lime Juice (1 fresh lime)
- 1 Tbsp Peanut butter
- 2 Cloves Garlic (grated)
- 2 Tbsps Ginger (grated)
100% Organic Virgin Chi Coconut Oil
100% Natural Chi Coconut Milk
100% Pure Chi Coconut Water
The weekend is coming! Woohoo!
During the weekend you just want to enjoy your lazy morning with a nice brunch to share with your family or your friends. But you don’t know what to make? At Chi we have some tasty recipes to illuminate your morning.
For these brunch recipes we focused on egg omelette because there are so many benefits to eating eggs in the morning. A lot of studies showed that eating eggs help you to maintain a calorie deficit and lose weight. Not to mention they are really easy to make!
Sweet – Orange Coconut Omelette
Ingredients – Serves 1
3 large eggs
¼ cup Chi coconut milk
½ tsp orange zest
Pinch salt and black pepper
1 tbsp Chi coconut oil
- Add Chi coconut oil to a non-stick pan and heat over medium-high heat.
- Add eggs, orange zest, salt, pepper and coconut milk to a small mixing bowl and give this a good whisk, until slightly frothy.
- Pour that mixture into the preheated pan and swirl it around to spread your omelette evenly over the entire surface of the pan.
- Let the omelette settle for a few seconds then run a heat resistant rubber spatula around the edge to sort of break it down a little bit, then start swirling again.
- You want some of the uncooked eggs from the top to get under the omelette. Don’t be afraid to break it up a little bit.
- Repeat that process 2 or 3 times until the top really starts to set. Remove from heat and let your omelette sit for a few minutes until the top is completely (or almost completely) set. You can cover it if you want to speed things up a bit…
Delicately slide your omelette onto serving plate, (fold it in half while doing so if desired) and garnish with fresh (or dry, or toasted) unsweetened coconut shavings.
Savoury – Vegetable Omelette
• 2 egg whites and 3 yolks from free range eggs
• A handful of chopped cherry tomatoes
• 1⁄2 chopped white onion
• 1 clove of garlic crushed
• 1 tbsp of Chi coconut oil
• A handful of spinach
- Sautee onion and coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat until translucent.
- Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, spinach and garlic, stir around with the onions.
- Add the egg mixture on top.
- Cook until the bottom of the omelette is bronzed, flip in half, cook for another 30 seconds and serve.
And to have all the energy needed for your day, drink our organic raw coconut water!
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:
Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water – No Gimmicks. No Celebrity Lifestyle to sell. from Serendipity Films on Vimeo.
Where does RAW coconut water come from?
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?
With Spring finally here we thought we’d be the first to get going on those ice cold drinks to get us in the mood for some sun. And what better iced drink is there than a chocolate coconut milk iced espresso to keep you going throughout the day? Chi have found the perfect recipe to refresh you and it’s dairy free!
Chi’s iced espresso
Our Chi espresso coconut milk is dairy free, low in fat, isotonic and 100% natural! It is packed with added fibre and naturally occurring electrolytes – keeping you hydrated, vibrant and healthy. The product is also gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians – a great drink to recommend to friends with intolerances.
Anyway, we think this recipe is fabulous, let’s try it!
Steps to follow:
1. Place one 330ml bottle of Chi espresso coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours to cool it.
2. Meanwhile, pour our Chi chocolate coconut milk into ice cube trays and place it in the freezer until set.
3. When the ice has set and the Chi espresso coconut milk drink is cold enough enjoy the two as a delicious iced drink – with a kick from the coffee and a bit of a hint of chocolate from the ice cubes!
4. If you want an extra health kick, stir in 1 teaspoon of our delicious Chi coconut oil. Enjoy!
Chi Espresso Coconut Milk & Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
chi coconut oil
in my breakfast
Do you skip breakfast in the morning? Or find your breakfast habits tend to be slightly repetitive? We all know it can sometimes be difficult to find new and exciting ideas to make your breakfast that extra bit special; especially for those early wake ups where you’re still half asleep! At Chi, we believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and should not be skipped. It kick-starts your metabolism, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and will stop you fighting against those cheeky cravings through the day.
Chi Coconut oil in my breakfast? What?!
Chi Coconut Oil is the perfect ingredient to spruce up your morning meals. It adds a subtle sweetness and a healthy dose of fat to help fuel your body, aid digestion and help to burn fat along the way. Winner!
So ditch the toast with butter or cereal and milk, and give these tasty, healthy Chi breakfasts a go.
Coconut Oil, Banana and Apple Porridge
Kylie in Breakbast
Ingredients – Serves 1
1 tablespoon Chi coconut oil
1/4 of an apple, thinly sliced & chopped
1/2 banana, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (certified gluten free, if needed)
1 cup milk (Chi coconut milk, almond milk…)
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
optional: dark chocolate chips
- Heat Chi Coconut oil over medium heat until melted.
- Add in sliced apples and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
- Add in bananas and cook until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
- Pour in oats and stir together with apples & bananas for 1 minute.
- Stir in Chi Coconut Milk, honey, cinnamon and salt.
- Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently until thick and creamy. Serve hot.
For those who don’t have time in morning you can prepare the night before 😉
Toast with Coconut Oil, Blueberries, Banana and Chocolate
Whole Wheat or Gluten Free Bread
Spread of of 1tbsp Chi Coconut oil (melted)
Dark Cacao nibs
Chi coconut oil in your hot beverage
Put 1tsp of Chi coconut oil in your regular coffee or in your tea, the smell of the coconut will wake you up.
Benefit of Chi coconut oil
Starting your day with coconut oil will make a difference on your health.
Don’t forget Chi coconut oil has so many benefits, here are 10 key ones:
- Improve your blood cholesterol level
- Weight loss
- Help your immune system
- Stress relief
- Dental care
- Improve your blood sugar
- Prevent heart disease
- Strengthen bones
- Aid digestion
- Fight infections
Chi Organic Coconut Oil
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!
Try our products you will see the result;)
5 best blends! Our favourite
smoothie recipes here at Chi.
Here at Chi we have collected our 5 favourite smoothie recipes! Love drinking smoothies with a hint of coconut to them?! You have come to the right place.
1. Deliciously Ella’s Mango and cashew smoothie.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1 mango.
- 2 ripe bananas.
- 2 cups of spinach.
- 1/2 a cup of spinach.
- 2 cups of Chi coconut water.
- 1 lime
- Optional: A tablespoon of chai seeds.
Notes: Soak cashews overnight to soften them. Add all the ingredients to a strong blender when fresh for the best results!
2. Madeleine Shaw’s peanut butter and raspberry chai jelly smoothie.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- 1 frozen banana (peeled & frozen overnight).
- 200ml Chi coconut milk.
- 2 Tbsp of peanut butter.
- Pinch of vanilla bean powder or extract.
- 50g of raspberries.
- 1/2 lime.
- 1 Tbsp of chai seeds.
Notes: At the bottom of your smoothie glass place the chia seeds, lime and berries & mush with a spoon before leaving to sit for 10 mins. Stir ever few minutes until a gel like texture is formed. In a blender blitz the banana, Chi coconut milk, peanut butter and vanilla for a few minutes. Pour over the raspberry jelly. Enjoy!
3. The smoothie lover’s natural protein smoothie.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- Half a banana.
- 1 cup of berries (frozen for the perfect texture).
- 1/3 cup chickpeas (cooked or canned).
- 120ml of Chi coconut milk.
Notes: Use frozen berries for perfect consistency. Blend all the ingredients together using a strong blender and enjoy!
4. Hemsley Hemsley’s ‘thanksgiving’ smoothie.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
- 80g cold or hot roasted, baked, or steamed squash (remove any burnt or tough skin—otherwise we keep it in there).
- 50g fresh cranberries (40g fresh plus 10g dried cranberries is a little sweeter) or 50g green apple.
- 12 whole pecans (ideally, soaked for at least 7 hours in filtered water with a pinch of sea salt, rinsed and drained—this makes them easier to digest).
- 250ml Chi coconut water.
- A pinch of ground cinnamon.
- Optional: ½ tsp ground turmeric, raw pasture reared organic egg yolk and some chia.
5. Running with spoon’s chocolate smoothie.
Ingredients (serves 1)
- ¾ cup Chi chocolate coconut milk.
- 1 small/medium banana, frozen
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
- 2 Tbsp. chocolate or vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1Tbsp. nut butter (optional)
Notes: If you want to make your smoothie even thicker, freeze your Chi chocolate milk in an use cube tray prior to making.
… We hope you enjoy making all of these delicious smoothies! For any ingredients you need from us just head over to our website to stock up. http://www.chilondon.com 🙂
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!
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!
How to get silky,
smooth hair naturally
Is winter taking it’s toll on your hair? Are you finding it difficult to manage after all the curling, dying and blow drying? Have you been spending costly amounts on tiny bottles of argon oil or trips to the hairdresser? Well, we have a solution for you!
This isn’t a miracle cure, but it is natural, homemade and much more cost-effective than trying all of those cleverly marketed hair products. This gorgeous, coconut oil-based hair mask can be used once a week, to give your hair plenty of natural moisture and allow your hair follicles to repair themselves. It is quick, easy and simple to make, and after a few applications, this will help to bring your hair back to life, making it feel silky, smooth and Chi healthy!
1 tbsp. Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
1 tbsp. Organic Raw Honey
Mix Chi Coconut Oil and raw honey into a saucepan, and melt over a low heat. Stir until you have a smooth mixture.
Let it cool slightly before applying it to dry/wet hair.
We recommend applying this natural coconut-honey mask to wet hair, no more than once a week. Segment hair into layers to ensure the mask is covering all of your hair, and allow the mask to soak in for 40 minutes. Wash thoroughly (you may have to do this twice.)
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
Mix coconut oil and buckwheat in a large bowl. Add the cacao powder and baobab, and stir to ensure the buckwheat is evenly coated. (Optional: add maple syrup to taste, and cacao nibs for extra goodness and crunch.)
Serve with chopped bananas and a generous splash of Chi 100% Dairy Free Coconut Milk
(Tip: store the remainder of your cacao pops in a clean and empty coconut oil jar, or your leftover buckwheat pouch. We love recycling!)
Chi Chocolate Porridge
Makes 2 servings
500ml Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
2 bananas (mashed)
1 cup porridge oats
1 tsp baobab
1 tbsp cacao nibs
Handful goji berries
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.
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
Vegan Pineapple Nasi Goreng
with Coconut Oil
Just because it’s winter that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy exotic dishes that transport us to a tropical paradise… For those who love light meals that are full of flavour, here is a recipe for a vegan Pineaple Nasi Goreng inspired by amazing Balinese cuisine and using our very own organic raw coconut oil.
Vegan Pineapple Nasi Goreng
½ cup brown rice
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
1 small courgette
1 small fresh chilli
10g fresh chives
10g fresh lemongrass
Himalayan salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
2 tsp tamari
1 vegetable stock cube
½ cup cashew nuts
1. Cook the brown rice, according to pack directions, and set aside to cool
2. Cut the pineapple in half and hollow out both halves to make two bowls
3. Cut a piece off the bottom of the hollowed pineapple halves to create a flat base
4. Cut the pineapple taken from the centre into small pieces and set aside
5. Heat a pan on a low heat and add the coconut oil
6. Cut the courgette into small chunks and cook it in the oil for a few minutes until almost cooked through, then set aside
7. Add the chopped chives, lemongrass and chilli to the pan. Sprinkle the mix with a little bit of salt and pepper
8. Sauté for about a minute, then add the rice and the pineapple and stir
9. Add the tamari and the vegetable stock, stir to mix all the ingredients and cook for another 30 seconds
10. Add the cashew nuts last
11. Serve in the pineapple bowls and enjoy!
Recipe via Iveta Ratarova. Check out her page for more inspirational healthy recipes! 🙂
As the temperature drops, and the days grow shorter, we all start to notice a change in our mood and our motivation. Not only do the cold mornings make it harder to get out of bed, but the thought of dragging ourselves to the gym on a dark, wintery evening is almost unbearable. We begin to crave warm, hearty meals and steaming hot chocolate by the fire, giving those summery salads and smoothies the cold shoulder. Subsequently, this overload of carbs and sweet treats makes us feel even more sluggish. So, the question is, how do we get ourselves out of this winter slump?
This week, we’re taking inspiration from Emily Curson-Baker from FoodAtOne. Emily shows us that the key to adding sunshine and nourishment to our day during winter lies in experimenting with ingredients that provide warmth, as well as, nourishment. “A Cup of Sunshine” is Emily’s latest experiment, and we love it!
Using only 4 ingredients; coconut oil, turmeric, ginger and almond (or coconut) milk, “A Cup of Sunshine” provides hydration, nutrition, warmth and a touch of “glow.” Emily admits that it sounds a little crazy at first, but says “there’s a real sweetness from the coconut which brings out a mildness from the turmeric” making it a great tasting and healthy winter treat.
What are the benefits of turmeric and ginger?
Tumeric and ginger belong to the same Zingiberaceae botanical family, and are both said to contain many medicinal properties.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin, and is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger is said to remedy nausea and sickness, as well as preventing colds and flu. Together, they make a powerful combination during the colder months, when our immune systems start to lower.
What are the benefits of coconut oil and coconut milk?
Coconut products are renowned for their health benefits, and have seen a recent surge in popularity across the health industry. In general, coconut products are great for strengthening the immune system, as coconuts contain lauric acid and antimicrobial lipids, which have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Both coconut oil and coconut milk are pressed from the same part of the mature coconut, and therefore contain similar health benefits. Read more.
Winter Warmer Recipe
“A Cup of Sunshine”
Created by Emily Curson-Baker, FoodAtOne
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon tumeric
- 0.5 teaspoon ginger
- 200ml almond milk (or coconut milk)
- In a small saucepan on a low heat add the coconut oil
- Once the coconut oil has melted add the turmeric & ginger, gently mix for a minute
- Add the almond milk, continually mix and slowly bring to a warm temperature
- Serve your Cup of Sunshine and enjoy! 🙂
Buy Chi Coconut Oil and Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk here.
CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER
BANANA BREAD RECIPE
We absolutely love this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe from the Minimalist Baker… In fact, we just LOVE the Minimalist Baker! Husband and wife team, John and Dana, created The Minimalist Baker as “a space for simple, delicious food” which often uses 7 ingredients or less. Their site features a wide range of recipes, which cater for everyone. They also have a section called “one bowl” which is where we found this mouthwatering, Vegan and Gluten Free, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bread recipe… Not only can you make this wonderful recipe using just one bowl, but you can also use TWO dairy free, Chi ingredients; Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk and Chi Coconut Oil.
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BREAD
Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 1 hour
Author: Minimalist Baker Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS Please note: these measurements are according to US guidelines. For UK measurement conversions, use Good to Know Cups to Grams Converter or similar.
- 1 flax egg ( 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water | or sub 1 egg)
- 3 medium ripe bananas (~1.5 cups)
- 3.5 tsp baking powder
- pinch sea salt
- 1/3 cup salted natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
- 2.5 Tbsp rape seed or coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or other non-dairy milk
- 1 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Chips
- Preheat oven to 350 (PLEASE NOTE: this is according to US oven temperature settings) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
- Prepare flax egg in a large mixing bowl and let rest for 5 minutes to activate.
- Add banana and mash thoroughly.
- Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine.
- Add cocoa powder, almond meal, gluten free flour blend, oats and stir.
- Last, stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips (if using).
- Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. When ready, it should feel firm and be crackly on top. My sweet spot was about 1 hour 5 minutes.
- Let cool completely before cutting or it will be too tender to hold form (preferably overnight).
Store completely cooled leftovers in a covered container for up to several days, though best when fresh. Slice and freeze for longer term storage.
*Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 of 10 slices of bread including both chocolate and peanut butter chips.
Serving size: 1 of 10 slices Calories: 377 Fat: 18.5g Saturated fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 51gSugar: 22.4g Sodium: 90mg Fiber: 8g Protein: 8g
CREDIT: John and Dana, The Minimalist Baker | http://minimalistbaker.com/ @minimalistbaker
Ingredient suggestions from Chi…
Chi Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk
Coconut Oil for Dry
Skin and Hair
As we move towards October, it is important to start protecting ourselves from the damaging effects of the cold, winter weather. During these colder months, dryness in the air forces our hair, skin and nails to behave very differently.
Compensating for this loss of natural moisture in the air can be challenging, but here at Chi, we have an all-in-one solution for you…
Labelled as “nature’s wonder oil,” Coconut Oil is packed with nutrients that can help to nourish dry hair skin and hair. Organic, Virgin, Coconut Oil is also a natural and effective way to lessen your exposure to the toxins and chemicals found in many everyday beauty products. Many moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners contain alcohols and petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin and damage hair. Commercial beauty brands often contain a lot of water too, which makes you feel like your skin/hair are being moisturised, but as soon as the water dries, your skin dries. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps to strengthen underlying tissues and remove excessive dead cells on the skin’s surface, as well as strengthen hair follicles and add shine for gorgeous, silky locks.
Grab yourself a jar of Chi Organic Virgin Coconut Oil here, and follow these 3 easy steps for hydrated hair, skin and nails this Winter…
1. Wash your hair using a natural and organic shampoo. We recommend Green People’s range. Rinse with lukewarm water.
2. Apply a generous amount of Coconut Oil to your hair, and comb through to the ends. (Tip: leave about 1 inch of the roots un-oiled to avoid the greasy-look!)
3. Leave for 10 – 30 minutes. Rinse once or twice and leave the hair to dry naturally.
4. Repeat once a week.
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1. Cleanse face as per your usual routine.
2. Apply a small amount of coconut oil around the delicate eye area, and any dry patches. (Tip: coconut oil also makes a great lip balm!)
3. Allow 10 minutes to soak into the skin before applying make-up.
1. Remove any existing nail polish and soak your hands in warm water.
2. Massage coconut oil into your hands, concentrating on the cuticle and nail area.
3. Sit back, relax and allow 10 minutes to soak into the skin.
4. Apply your favourite nail polish. (We recommend Zoya – free from harsh chemicals and toxins.)
Beautiful skin also comes from within. Remember to drink plenty of water and coconut water during winter.
Best Fitness Studios
Bored of your same old gym routine? Losing the motivation to go to yet another yoga class? Why not try something new!?
Switching up your workout routine is really important, especially if you want to see results. Your body can often become comfortable and content, which can also result in boredom and lack of motivation. Exercise should not only keep you fit and healthy, but also, happy!
Luckily, thanks to a recent surge in popularity, fitness hot-spots are popping up all over the place. Each of them has something unique to offer, and they may just give you the motivation you need to stay healthy this winter. Here are just a few of our favourite fitness studios in London:
We love Frame! Not only do they offer awesome classes and workshops at their two sites in Shoreditch and Queen’s Park, but Frame also have their very own little store. They sell everything from workout/yoga clothing, to the best health food brands around, including Chi Coconut Oil! ☺
Frame’s range of classes includes “Frame Signature Classes” which are unique studio based classes, designed to give you “incredible results without having to spend your life at the gym.” They also offer regular weekend/holiday dance workshops, which give you the chance to dance like Beyonce, shake your booty like Nicki Minaj, or to learn the iconic moves of Michael Jackson.
To check out the full range of what Frame has to offer, head over to: http://www.moveyourframe.com
Gymbox’s open-plan layout, multi-coloured tube lighting, touch screen timetables and DJ booth, make it pretty much the coolest gym we’ve ever seen! They also sell a few, essential gym products behind reception, including Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water. Perfect for some post-workout hydration.
Gymbox currently have 5 gyms around London, with a new one opening in Old Street. They offer an extensive range of classes including Pole Dancing, Tone ‘n’ Twerk, Ragga Dancehall and Yoga Rave… that’s right, a yoga class in rave gear, with glowsticks and laser lightning. Amazing!
Gymbox also have boxing rings and frame equipment where a lot of classes take place, including Muay Thai and TRX (Navy Seal style workout), which are suitable for everyone!
For more information, check out: http://www.gymbox.com/
Tip: If you’re looking for something a little more spiritual, why not try Tai Chi? We hear Soho Gyms offer a great one! (http://www.sohogyms.com/)
Stay healthy, stay happy and have a great weekend. ☺