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.
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.
you didn’t know about
By now, we all know coconut water and that it is hugely healthy. But did you know that the coconut yields so many more products than only coconut water? The whole coconut fruit is used to produce different products and even parts of the coconut tree are used! Today, we want to present some things made out of the coconut fruit you might didn’t know.
Although, many of you already know coconut water, we briefly want to respond to it for those who just don’t know it yet.
Coconut water is probably the most popular coconut product people know. It is the liquid inside the coconut. One can drink it directly from the coconut (if you are lucky enough to live in a growing area) or you can buy it packaged. Coconut water is absolutely healthy (read about the benefits of coconut water here) and keeps you hydrated.
Coconut oil is made out of the coconut meat. It is extracted by cold pressing the meat until the oil is released. Coconut oil can be used in various ways, e.g. as cooking oil, in baking, as a hair mask and much more. Read about the usage of coconut oil on your body here.
Coconut butter is also extracted from the coconut meat. To gain the butter, the coconut meat is blended until it gets a smooth and creamy consistency. Coconut butter can be eaten plainly, as a spread on your toast or as a drizzle over desserts. It can be easily made at home by just blending coconut flakes until they are smooth.
To obtain coconut flour, coconut meat is dried and pulverised afterwards. Coconut flour can be used as a substitute to wheat flour and is a good alternative if you cannot stomach gluten. Coconut flour is mostly used for baking.
If you grate coconut meat, mix it with a splash of water and squeeze it afterwards, you will gain coconut milk. Coconut milk is used a lot as an alternative to cow’s milk but also for desserts, soups, in curries or simply to enrich the taste of (mostly Asian) dishes. Some other products made out of coconut milk are coconut yogurt, coconut ice-cream or coconut kefir. These products are very handy for allergy sufferers or vegans as they are completely dairy-free.
Coconut flakes are also made out of coconut meat by shredding and drying it. The flakes can be used in granola or baked goods, as a topping or just plain as a snack.
Admittedly, coconut sugar is not a product that is made directly from the coconut. It is extracted from the blossoms of the coconut tree. The blossoms contain a sap which is used to produce the coconut sugar. The sap is heated to remove the moisture. The end product is the coconut sugar which can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking and cooking.
Wow, so there are a lot of different products we can gain from the coconut! That is amazing, isn’t it? But please note, that only a variety of products is presented here. There are a lot more things that can be made out of coconuts. Many of them can also be easily made at home, so get in the kitchen and have fun trying out!
oil on your body
By now, we all know the overall benefits of coconut oil. But did you know, that coconut oil can also be used on the body? It is really versatile and you will be surprised how easy it is, to use a natural product instead of commercial (and often very unhealthy) products.
Below you can find a range of how coconut oil can be used as a body treatment.
1. Body lotion
If you want to have a natural body lotion free from additives and perfume, you can simply use coconut oil. Just rub a bit of the oil in your hands to warm it up. Apply it to your body like you would do with usual body lotion. You will get smooth and moisturised skin.
2. Body Scrub
Coconut oil can be perfectly used as a body scrub. It is easily made at home by mixing together coconut oil and coconut sugar. Apply the mixture on your body to get rid of dead skin cells. After the usage you will have soft and clean skin.
3. Hand cream
Use coconut oil on your hands if they are dry and chapped. For a better result lotion your hands generously with the oil and put gloves on overnight. You will have the softest hands afterwards.
4. Make up remover
To remove eye make up put some coconut oil on a cotton pad and gently rub down the make up. It is a very soft way to remove your make up and moisturise your skin at the same time.
5. Lip balm
The lip balms available in the shops are always packed with unhealthy ingredients. To get a natural and vegan lip balm, just use a bit of coconut oil on your lips. You won’t have dry or cracked lips ever again.
6. Dental care
Coconut oil is supporting you to absorb calcium and therefore, to have strong and healthy teeth. Tooth decay will be stopped and plaque formation can be reduced.
7. Hair mask
Once in a while you should treat your hair with a mask to keep it healthy. Coconut oil is a very good helper to protect your hair-ends against spliss and drought. Massage some coconut oil into the hair and let absorb. Shampoo as usual afterwards. For shiny hair do a hair mask once or twice a week.
8. Insect repellent
If you want to have an insect repellent that does not contain chemicals or additives, use coconut oil as your natural product. Mix coconut oil and essential oil together and apply it onto your skin. This has to be done regularly throughout the day to warrant protection against insects.
9. Skin disease
If you suffer from a skin disease, apply coconut oil on the affected area to alleviate symptoms. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and therefore, it is bland to the skin. As it is a natural product it won’t hurt while applying it on the skin.
10. After sun product
Coconut oil can be a helpful product if your skin got too much sun. The reddened and irritated skin is soothed and rehydrated by the oil. You should take care of your skin and avoid to stay in the sun for too long.
It is so easy to use a healthy, plant-based product instead of all the products we can find in the shops that contain harmful ingredients. Start today and live a better life.
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!
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with coconut oil!
We are all familiar with the multiple and highly beneficial ways in which coconut oil can be used; as a beauty product and as a healthy and delicious oil to cook with. A large range of beauty products can in fact be made at home using coconut oil as the primary ingredient and not much else. The result is a beauty product that is cheap, wholly organic and personalised to your own tastes. Here we reveal some of our favourite and innovative ways of using coconut oil in DIY recipes.
Coconut oil on its own has been a popular choice as an all round moisturiser. However regular users can sympathise with the effort that is required to apply coconut oil on, especially when it hardens in colder temperatures. The process is made more tedious by having to heat the coconut oil up before application. One solution is to therefore use coconut oil to make a moisturiser in a whipped or bar form:
Whipped coco-nutty body butter
You will need:
1/2 cup (preferably organic)
- Coconut oil (solid)
- Shea butter
- Cocoa butter
- Olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of desired essential oils
- KitchenAid or electric mixer of some sort
Step 1: Heat up the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil until melted – preferably with a double boiler but if not a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water.
Step 2: Mix with a whisk and leave the mixture to cool in the fridge for one hour until firm
Step 3: Whip the mix on high speed (either in a KitchenAid or hand mixer) until the consistency is light and airy. Add essential oils and mix again.
Step 4: Empty the whipped mixture into a glass jar.
Note: A blender or food processor will not work on this oil recipe as it may warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.
Sugar body scrub
Using the whipped recipe above, just add one cup of brown granulated sugar (or equal to the amount of coconut oil) to turn your whipped body butter into a luxurious body scrub! Use this scrub for all over the body, foot, hand… everywhere!
Coconut oil lotion bar
You will need:
- Mould – muffin tin
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup pure beeswax
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 10-15 drops of essential oil
Step 1: Heat oil and beeswax in a saucepan on low heat
Step 2: Add in the essential oils once melted
Step 3: Pour mixture into mold / muffin tin
Step 4: Let it cool and store at room temperature
Note: If you fill a cake tin you can make enough
Avo-nana hair mask
Make use of your overripe fruit and veg to repair any summer damage that your hair has endured. Move over argon oil…
You will need:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 (over)ripe banana
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
Step 1: Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend together until mixed
Step 2: Spread the mixture thoroughly over your hair and let it set for 20-30 minutes
Step 3: Rinse out with regular shampoo and conditioner
Tip: Add an egg yolk in the mixture if you want some extra protein
Note: If you have longer or thicker hair you may want to add extra coconut oil and s
Make the rinsing process somewhat easier by pressing the mixture through a sifter to remove any large chunks.
Coconut coffee scrub cubes
Here we have a slightly more enjoyable way of getting rid of cellulite, stretch marks and puffy faces in the morning.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup fresh coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Brown sugar for texture
- Muffin tin or ice cube tray
Step 1: Microwave the coconut oil so that it is of a liquid consistency and combine the coffee grounds into one mixture
Step 2: Divide the mixture into the tin / ice cube trays and then freeze
Step 3: One frozen they can be popped out and kept in the freezer if they are not to be used immediately. Once in room temperature they will soften.
Make a simple eye cream with just vitamin E oil and coconut oil. Why vitamin Vitamin E oil? Because of its anti ageing benefits reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidant qualities also aid in fighting against everyday pollution that produces free radicals.
You will need:
- Vitamin E oil (either capsule or liquid)
- Coconut oil (solid)
- Small container
- Tooth pick or wooden skewer to mix
Step 1: Fill the small container with coconut oil (solid) and put it into the microwave for a couple of seconds until it starts to melt
Step 2: Poke a hole in the capsule and add to the melted coconut oil and stir the mixture together
Step 3: Keep the blend in the fridge so that it solidifies
Coconut oil shaving cream
Create your own affordable shaving cream free from any perfumes of preservatives! Coconut oil will help to prevent ingrown hairs, razor burns and general irritation when shaving.
You will need:
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp shea butter or aloe vera
- 2 tbsp almond oil
- 10-12 drops of your favourite essential oils / oil blend (peppermint is especially cooling)
Step 1: Mix the oils and shea butter together in a glass bowl and melt on low heat
Step 2: Add essential oils and then place the mix in the fridge to harden
Step 3: Whip with a mixer until the consistency is similar of to that of frosting
Here are some other beauty products that you can also make the list is endless! How about:
- Eye cream
- Lip balm
Here you can explore coconut oil some more, we love:
Coconut Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is a strange concept that has recently garnered fame within the 902010 neighbourhood and around town. You may be wondering why one would chose to start the morning on an empty stomach and a mouthful of oil. Oil pulling has origins in one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic health practice that values universal interconnectedness of the relationships of the individual and the environment amongst other factors such as body constitution. Oil pulling as a has a myriad of health benefits from preventing cavities and build up of bacteria, relieving headache pain, as well as detoxing the body. We here at Chi believe it would be of further benefit if we were to combine the benefits oil pulling with the multiple benefits of our dear coconut so you can experience the all benefits of oil pulling and more! The uses and benefits of our favourite drupe are abundant! From cooking and baking with coconut oil, rehydrating and replacing electrolytes with coconut water and as an all natural cold sore treatment. Coconut oil has also been said to balance hormones, reduce inflammation and fight Candida! With the glory of coconut oil right at our fingertips we have decided to bring out our very own Chi White oil pulling product! Additionally, coconut oil pulling has been used as an effective all natural teeth whitening treatment. Save yourself the harsh chemical treatment and bleaching of standard teeth whitening and oil pull using coconut oil! Part of what makes Coconut oil so great for oil pulling and as well health overall, is its high content of Lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to fend off Streptococcus Mutans. This is the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. Additionally, the structure of Lauric acid is very easily absorbed by the body so we can experience all the bacteria inhibiting benefits just by oil pulling! Chi White provides a 100% organic alternative to brighten day and pearly whites with a refreshing twist. Chi White is infused with organic peppermint essential oil. Essential oils have a whole host of benefits related to health and wellness. Essential oils have also been used to alleviate nausea, stress and anxiety, help with depression and as a successful sleeping aid. Studies have shown athletes that sniff peppermint oil have increased energy and alertness as well as better athletic performance. Additionally, the taste of mint can help curb appetite and provide a fresh start to the day. Refresh your day and you refresh your breath when you oil pull with Chi White’s 100% organic mint infused coconut oil!
Rise and shine everyday with coconut and mint!
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Chi Spring Desserts
Spring is finally here, so what better way to celebrate than ‘indulging’ in some of your all time favourite Spring desserts with Chi.
Here are our top 3 favourite CHI Spring dessert recipes – treat yourself, they’re pretty much guilt free!
1. Coconut Lemon Pancakes
200g plain flour
60g sweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
360ml chi coconut milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice from one lemon
2 tablespoons chi coconut oil, melted
1 large egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts for serving, fresh strawberries/blueberries (optional)
Coconut syrup or maple syrup for serving
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, coconut flakes, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir and make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add in milk, lemon juice, butter, egg and lemon zest.
Stir together until blended. Next, add coconut oil to frying pan and pour 4 large tablespoons of mixture when hot, cook until golden on each side turning once.
Serve with coconut syrup/maple syrup and your favourite berries and nuts!
2. Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
200ml full fat coconut milk
80ml chi coconut water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, using a hand whisk mix until combined.
3. Raw, Oil Free, Coconut-Lime Tartlet
Makes 2 medium tarts
100g shredded coconut, dried & unsweetened, double sifted (or use a mixture of both coconut and almond flour)
2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or date syrup
2 Tbsp of water (or more if needed, to make it stick together)
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp chi coconut oil
Coconut meat from 1 brown coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp maple or date syrup
1 tbsp coconut sugar / stevia
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Zest from 1 lime
Chi Coconut water as needed
Coconut cream and dehydrated lime wedges for decorating
Prepare the crusts one day before. Simply mix all the ingredients in a big bowl, starting with the flour and then add all the wet ingredients. We used coconut water, but if you want you can also use chi coconut oil. Until your dough is sticky. Put in tartlet molds covered with plastic and bake in oven at 100C for 25-30 minutes until crisp and firm
For the filling simply blend all the ingredients until very smooth. Add coconut water as needed, essentially keep adding until desired, smooth consistency is achieved.
Put filling over tartlets and chill for 3-4 hours before serving. You can serve with dehydrated lime wedges.
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!
Chia Seed Porridge
Peanut Butter Porridge
Barbara Cox, the amazing cook who created over 70 healthy delicious recipes to fight cancer.
In her cookbook ‘Rainbow diet’ she describes how some nutrients can maintain the health of different body systems such as the heart, blood vessels, muscles , bone and more… To finish the year healthy Barbara gave us an excellent recipe to make our breakfast full of goodness with her ‘Rainbow Granola’. See below the yummy recipe and her clever ideas!
Rainbow Granola with Chi Coconut Oil
It’s easy to overlook this important meal when the pressure is on to get the turkey in the oven. But we all need breakfast for a good start to the day, so before you and your family delve into your presents, remember to tuck into a good breakfast too.
Try making your regular breakfast cereal more special than usual with one or more of the following ideas:
- serving it with pieces of fresh apple and pear
- you could throw in a few nuts, or dried festive fruits such as figs and dates
- Or why not add a handful of brightly coloured berries to your breakfast, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries? You can usually buy berries frozen, even when they’re out of season.
- Frozen fruit and veg, as well as fresh, tinned and dried, all count towards the 5-a-day fruit and veg target.
If you’re a granola person, why not jazz up your daily serving with:
- several slices of fresh tangerine and banana
- a few grapes
- a handful of seeds or nuts
Here’s a festive granola recipe using Chi coconut oil.
20g Chi coconut oil
60ml maple syrup or Manuka honey
50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
100g Brazil nuts
50g dried gogi berries
70g dried cranberries
1 vanilla pod – de-seeded
Preheat oven to 180°C
Mix all ingredients together and toss until fully coated with coconut oil and Sweet Freedom
Spread mixture on a baking tray with grease-proof paper lining.
Bake for 10-12 minutes
Break apart after baking into bite-size chunks.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks
If you want to make more recipes from Barbara Cox, check out her cookbook here.
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.
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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
- 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.
Quiche is the perfect dish if you’re busy with work and other activities. These savoury pies are fast and easy to make, they are so convenient because you can easily customise with your favourite vegetables or meat. A lot people think that this french cuisine is unhealthy but actually if you choose healthy ingredients, your savoury pies can contain several nutritional benefits.
Quiche are essentially a custard made with milk and eggs poured into a pie crust and baked. They are paired with vegetables or meat, nuts and herbs for added flavour. In this article we’ ll give you the healthiest recipes to make your quiche as a real French person would!
Mushroom, Spinach and Feta
- 100g Chi coconut oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 275g frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
- 100g mushrooms, chopped
- 200g feta, crumbled
- 200g low fat Cheddar cheese, grated *
- shop-bought shortcrust pastry for a 23cm (9in) dish
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 250ml low fat milk
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
- In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion in Chi coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach and mushrooms, and saute until most of the water from the vegetables has evaporated. Add feta and 1/2 of the low fat Cheddar. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry-lined dish.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry base, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in centre. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.
* Optional ingredient
Tips: you can omit the crust and limit the use of cheese.
Tomato Basil Quiche
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/3 cup Chi coconut oil
- 5 tablespoons cold water
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 1 cup fresh corn
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- handful basil leaves
- To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add oil and water and gradually stir them in to form a soft dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, preferably deep-dish, and press into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any overhanging crust. Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily; fill evenly with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil or paper and weights. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
- To prepare filling: Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crust, then layer half the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle with corn, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Layer the remaining tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour the egg mixture over the top and add handful basil leaves.
- Bake the pie until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
- 2 teaspoons Chi coconut oil
- 2 cups diced onions
- 1/8 teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3/4 cup corn
- 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
- 1/3 cup chopped pickled jalapeños
- 1/2 cup shredded Jack cheese
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- To prepare crust: Whisk whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour with salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into small pieces; using your fingers, quickly rub the butter into the dry ingredients until smaller but still visible.
- Add sour cream and oil; toss with a fork to combine with the dry ingredients. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture. Toss with a fork until evenly moist; if the mixture seems dry, add up to 1 more tablespoon water. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times—the mixture may still be a little crumbly—then firmly press into a disk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
- Spread the caramelized onions in the bottom of the crust. Layer corn, tomatoes and jalapeños over the onions. Top with cheese. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, sour cream, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the crust.
- Bake the quiche until puffed and firm when touched in the center, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. To serve, cut into 8 pieces.
Tuna & Leek quiche
- 1 shortcrust pastry sheet, rolled
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 100g tuna
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons low fat creme fraiche
- 1 tablespoon low fat milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 2 leeks
- 150g grated Gruyere cheese
- 2 tablespoon Chi coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 190 C and bake for 30 minutes.
- Line a pie dish with the shortcrust pastry sheet. Prick the bottom of the pastry sheet with a fork, then spread with a thin layer of mustard and top with the tuna.
- In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil over medium heat. Saute leeks and onion in coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. And top them over the tuna.
- Beat the eggs in a bowl and mix with the 3 tablespoons of creme fraiche and the milk. Add salt and pepper and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the pastry case.
- Add the thin slices of tomatoes over top, and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Tips: serve your quiches with a little salad on a side or a soup to warm up
BON APPETIT EVERYONE!
To be healthy every day is not easy! Staying motivated to eat healthy can be even harder during this season. You smell BBQ every where, ice-cream or fresh soft drinks. All so tempting. And the big excuse that we can hear during summer ‘Oh it’s okay we are on vacation!’ Be careful! Bad habits can come back so quickly. But it’s a shame to quit so close to your goals because ‘winners never quit and quitters never win.’ So let’s keep motivated, no more excuses! In this article you’ll find all the best tips to stay healthy.
1. Set your goals
First you have to set realistic goals which are achievable. Make sure that you can adapt your lifestyle around meeting your goals. Also you have to make you goals specific with a short term goal such as running a 5K toward running a marathon. Your goal needs to be measurable.
2. Exercise as much as you can
As you know exercising is so good for your mind and your body. But also it can help you to eat more healthy by helping you to resist temptation and it reduces craving for junk food. When you start exercising you don’t want to eat junk food but healthy food to see the results of your workout.
3. Don’t get bored
Sometimes eating healthy can be boring…At CHI HQ we say NO! It’s not true now, and thanks to the internet, we can make some yummy and tasty recipes. And lucky as we are, we can find some really nice restaurants! Try new things, don’t stick on one kind of meal. By nature, humans need changes and variety to stay motivated.
4. Healthy snacks
Always bring a healthy snack with you before to go out. This will help you to stay away from the junk food and you won’t be hungry. Studies showed that if you go grocery with an empty stomach you are more tempting to buy junk food. So get a snack before going to the supermarket!
Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges
Here you will find all the healthy snacks to bring with you:
5. Enjoy eating
First thing that you have to remember, you are not on a diet but you choose to eat healthy! So enjoy eating all kinds of food, even your favourite foods (usually not healthy). Deprivation is the worst thing you can do, you’ll just get frustrated. So if you want a treat, eat it and enjoy it but with moderation.
6. Chi Raw coconut
Chi Raw Coconut Water can help you to eat less junk food! How? After drinking coconut water you’ll feel less hungry thanks to its nutrients and vitamins, try it you’ll love it!
Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic
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
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!
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!
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
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 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)
- Low fat yoghurt pot + add some Giving Tree freeze dried fruits
- Raw fruit
- 2 ginger nut biscuits
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!
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:
- ½ cup Chi Raw Organic Coconut Oil
- ¼ cup cacao butter
- ½ cup cacao
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
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!
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)
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!
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
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
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 🙂
when you try this granola bar recipe!
We are a big fan of Chefonabike the foodie biker! He has kindly shared with us his yummy granola bar recipe. All clean, healthy recipes and, of course, they have got chi coconut oil in them. Brilliant for that early morning metabolism kick start and energy boost! Chefonabike says:
‘A super healthy version of a very popular everyday snack / energy bar just got a lot better. A clean approach is essential here so instead of using butter and sugars, Chi Coconut Oil and Honey are the sticky/combining agents. Also the crunchy peanut butter provides texture and flavour to the bar. Enjoy as a breakfast or as a Pre workout (whatever your sport/activity is) fuel..also ideal as a Recovery/Post trinity food to replenish glycogen used by your muscles.’
– 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. Process the dates in a food processor until you get a smooth paste. Use 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water to help the blending process.
2. Place oats, almonds, cranberries and dates paste in a bowl and set aside.
3. Warm honey, peanut butter and Chi Coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Stir gently and then pour over the oats mixture. Mix thoroughly.
4. Transfer the mix to a baking parchment lined baking tin/tray.
5. Press down with a spatula until smooth and uniformly flattened. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
6. Remove from the baking tin, cut into bars 10/12 bars. You can store them in air tight container or wrapping them individually. They keep in the fridge for up to 6 days.
Optional additions: raw cocoa nibs; goji berries; other nuts; banana chips; vanilla.
Serving size: 1 bar | Calories: 220 | Fat: 9gr | Saturated: 1,5gr | Carbohydrates: 31gr | Sugar: 20gr | Fiber: 5gr | Protein: 7gr
Recipe by Chefonabike www.chefonabike.me
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We all love our mums, so when we actually remember mothers day is soon/sooner than we thought it was, purchasing a present that reflects how amazing your mum is can be a bit of a mad rush! (wee’ve all been there!) So to make it slightly easier for you lovely lot we are giving away some fabulous products, perfect to treat your mum (the healthy way, don’t worry we have included Ombar chocolate that is good for you. No really it is!)
The giveaway includes:
a 1 litre carton of chi 100% natural chocolate coconut milk.
1 coconut 60% dark chocolate ombar and 1 coco mylk ombar.
Describe your mum in three words and tell us what you would make her using any of our chi products.
Please email us your awnsers to email@example.com with the subject header ‘Mothers day giveaway’ by 4pm on Thursday 12th March 2015. T&C’s apply *. Good Luck!
*Mothers day Giveaway T&Cs: Entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via email, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
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!
us why he loves Chi
Who are you?
My name is Mario Presi, 39 years of age, Italian by birth. I come from the Veneto region (from Padova, near Venice) in north-east Italy. I grew up in Italy, and went to Catering College where I graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1995. I moved to London in 2001 and I haven’t looked back since.
What is Chef on a bike?
Chef on a bike is me. It represents who I am via my profession (chef), and my passion for cycling around the world (on a bike).
Why did you set up Chef on a bike?
I wanted to help people improve their eating habits by educating them in what to eat, and why. This is great for athletes who want to improve their performance by enhancing their nutrition, but also good for the average person who doesn’t compete in sport’s but likes to keep fit, healthy and would like to improve their way of eating.
Why Do You Love Chi’s products?
One of the products I came to love almost to the point to be obsessed about it is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I have tried and tested many coconut oils in the last 2 ½ years but Chi Coconut Oil has become my favourite. In fact, not only do I use and consume a 500g jar per month, but I also recommended to my clients and friends. You can use Chi Coconut Oil in your coffee, frying eggs or as a spread over toast.
Chi Coconut Water is also an item on my weekly shopping list, and it is by far my first choice.
You are an advocate of “clean eating”, can you tell us more?
Clean eating means avoiding foods that are processed, artificial foods, or foods that have been genetically modified. These cause stress on your body, which can ultimately cause illnesses. Whole and unprocessed plant-based foods are full of vitamins, minerals, quality macronutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for cellular regeneration. I prefer to eat these.
What’s the story behind your cooking?
I worked for what was known at the time as Conran Restaurants, established by Sir Terence Conran and associates. I had the pleasure to work with talented individuals and amazing head chefs. I always had a soft spot for the alps and winter/snow in general. So in 2005 I decided to do my first ever ski season. I worked for Chalet Ski Companies in the best ski resorts in the Alps.
What happened after that?
On my return to London I decided I wanted to be my own boss, so I became self employed and started to work for private clients, families and corporates creating bespoke catering events. Dinner parties and cooking lessons were the main services I offered.
How did you get introduced to cycling?
My cycling career started back in 1985 when I participated at the FIAC BMX World Championships making the A Final. From there on I raced all over Italy winning 6 Italian National Titles in both BMX 20″ and Cruiser 24″, 4th place in the 1989 World Cup, Podium finishes at European Races and in 1992 a prestigious European Title. I raced BMX in Italy, until 1999.
In 2008 I joined a BMX club in London and got into shape by training hard. I started competing again and after a few seasons I won the British Championships in 2011, British National title in 2012 and a 4th place at the World Championships 2012 in Birmingham.
How did you bring your passion of food and cycling together?
My interest in food and the knowledge I gained in all my years as a professional chef, triggered an ever growing need to understand the importance of a balanced diet for athletes. In 2012, I started to read food / nutrition articles on the web and that kick started the need to know more about nutrition and WHY specific ingredients are a boost for athletes performance. I understood the importance to eat a more natural, organic (mostly plant based) whole food diet rather than a conventional omnivorous diet.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Mario! Now to share this amazing recipe with our followers…
Chef on a bike’s Clean and Super Nutritious Porridge
1 cup of unsweetened Chi Coconut Milk
1/2 organic GF porridge oats
1 pinch cinnamon
2 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
2 tsp smooth (or crunchy) almond butter
1 tsp ground flax seeds
1/2 banana sliced
blueberries / kiwis / acai berry powder / chia seeds
Pour the milk in a small non stick sauce pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Tuned the heat down, add the oats and the cinnamon and stir gently. Put the lid on and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a medium to large bowl of your choice, place the almond butter and the Chi coconut oil at the bottom then pour over the porridge. Top with fresh fruit and flax seeds and enjoy this super healthy, warming, nutrient dense breakfast that will keep your body fuelled for a few hours 🙂
For more information, follow Mario: @chefonabike
Well Show Tickets Giveaway
Terms and conditions:
- To enter, you must follow @chicocowater on Twitter and RT the competition post
- The prize package consists of: 2 x BBC Good Food Eat Well Standard Tickets , 1 x 550ml Chi Coconut Oil, 1 x 1L Chi Pure Coconut Water, 1 x Chi Tropical Fruits, 1 x Chi Mango and 1 x Chi Pineapple
- The competition is open to UK residents ONLY
- One winner will be selected at random and contacted via Twitter/Email
- Upon receiving the winner’s full name and address, tickets will be sent out via 1st class post
- If the winners haven’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected
- The winner must be able to attend the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show at Olympia, London on either the 27th Feb, 28th Feb or 1st March 2015 to claim their Chi products
- Chi takes no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes
- In events outside of the promoters (Chi) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes
- The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 22nd February 2015
a top stand up paddle boarder
For the last 3 years, Chi has sponsored one of the UK’s top stand up paddle boarders, Pete Holliday. Pete competes nationally and internationally in both long distance endurance races on SUP and Outrigger Canoes, as well as surfing for fun as much as possible.
We caught up with Pete to find out about his active lifestyle, and how coconuts and Chi fit into his daily routine.
So, you’re a big fan of coconuts, right?
Pete: “Absolutely! Coconuts, in one form or another, play a huge part in my healthy lifestyle. They literally are the most magical fruit on the planet.”
We totally agree! So, how do coconuts and Chi fit into your routine?
Pete: “I’m a morning person for sure, especially in the summer – I like to rise with the sun. From Spring until Autumn, when the light is with us, I rise to the sound of my alarm at 5am. I’ll grab my training gear, and a carton of Chi Coconut Water, and be out on the water by around 5.30am for hard intervals or a long distance training session lasting around 1 to 1.5hrs. “
Wow! That’s pretty early…
Pete: “Well, I’m lucky enough to live just 2 minutes from the beautiful sandy beach of Boscombe near Bournemouth where I do most of my training. A stunning part of the world right on my doorstep.”
We’re jealous! Tell us more…
Pete: “After training and hitting the shower, I moisturise with my home made recipe, Chi Coconut Oil scented with some organic cedar & sandalwood oil to make it masculine & fresh. Then it’s time to grab a quick breakfast. If I have time, there’s no beating a good solid cooked breakfast. If I’m in a rush, it’s a smoothie, typically a mix of Chi Coconut milk, a spoon of Chi Coconut Oil, half an avocado, a good glug of organic raw double cream, a couple of raw egg yolks and a sprinkle of organic raw cacao powder. Bang it through the blender & hey presto!”
Sounds delicious. How else do you use Chi products in your recipes?
Pete: “One thing I can’t leave the house without is coffee. I’m officially a coffee geek with a rather fine collection of modern and antique espresso machines and paraphernalia. Many years ago I used to have sugar in every coffee, but as part of a major change in my diet and lifestyle, I more or less dropped sugar of any form from my diet. Coconut oil was my saviour in espresso. It might sound a little strange but it really smoothes out the taste & provides a nice hit of medium chain fatty acids too. Try it & see, I’ve converted a lot of people over the years!”
Ah yes, the wondrous bulletproof coffee. It’s pretty popular here in London! So, what about lunch?
Pete: “Lunch for me is usually left overs from dinner, all real food (not processed), locally sourced, home cooked and never microwaved! I’m a big meat eater, which isn’t for everyone, but I source carefully and have a fantastic independent, local butcher who sells organic meat raised and slaughtered within my home county of Dorset.”
“If I need a snack during the day then coconuts often come to hand again, they are an excellent source of energy. I buy them whole, drain the water (which of course I drink) and then break them open to get the white ‘meat’. Diced up, it keeps hunger at bay for hours. “
We’re starting to think you like coconuts even more than we do! Where does your love come from?
Pete: “I’m blessed to have travelled a lot of the world, particularly across Asia where coconuts are a great little meal and taste so good when still green and freshly cut from the tree right there and then. You pay pennies for them. I always try and get a local kid to get me one to give them some pocket money.”
Tell us more about your rigorous training routine.
Pete: “I train typically 6 days a week and a few of those are two sessions a day. If I have a hard morning session then I might switch it up and so some yoga in the evening to keep good mobility, strength and balance. I definitely don’t just paddle, mixing up training is so important to me to maintain motivation so I throw in swimming sessions, hill sprints, bike rides, weights circuits and balance sessions to keep things interesting. Most importantly, if there are waves I’m surfing!”
That’s impressive! What about your other hobby, outrigger canoe paddling?
Pete: “Outrigger canoe paddling is an ancient sport which originated in Polynesia thousands of years ago. You sit in a small lightweight canoe, with a smaller ‘float’ on one side like a stabiliser. Used for paddling open ocean, they are an amazing craft for escaping from everyone! I’ll often head several kilometres out to sea- a chance to catch some peace and really appreciate the nature around me. We get dolphins and seals regularly coming to say hi in Bournemouth and this summer thousands of huge jellyfish. You just don’t get to experience that kind of thing running on a treadmill in a gym.”
Sounds like heaven…
Pete: “It mostly is, but funnily enough, coconut oil has played a rather embarrassing (but valuable) part in my canoe paddling. Sometimes, after really long paddles, you get tender skin sores in delicate places (let’s leave that there)… coconut oil, with its antibacterial qualities, really helps heal sore skin as well as protecting against future rash. Coconut’s healing properties are so good I even used it to heal my tattoos instead of chemical based substitutes.”
Great tip! So, lastly, how do you like to end your day?
Pete: “After evening training, it’s time to cook a good feast at home and settle down on the sofa to catch my breath. If I fancy a bit of desert then I whip up a quick bowl of organic natural yogurt and Chi coconut milk, sprinkled with organic desiccated coconut.”
That sounds incredible. Thanks for catching up with us Pete! We wish you all the best for 2015.
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!
Salted Caramel Pancakes by Liftus Fitness
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.
– January Survival Kit Giveaway
To help see you through your “new year, new me” resolutions this January, Chi has teamed up with new fashion sportswear brand, Byron & Bronte, to bring you the ultimate January survival kit. For your chance to WIN a Byron & Bronte signature workout hoody, plus lots of Chi goodies, head to our Instagram page and enter our fantastic giveaway!
Terms and Conditions are as follows:
To enter, you must follow @chicoconutwater and @byronandbronte on Instagram, repost the competition picture using the hashtag #januarysurvivalkit and tag both @chicoconutwater and @byronandbronte in your post.
The prize package consists of: 1 x Byron & Bronte Swallow Flock Hoody (RRP £79), 6 x mixed Chi Drinks (330ml), 1 x Chi Pure Coconut Water (1 litre), 1 x Chi Natural Coconut Milk and 1 x Chi Coconut Oil (45g)
The competition is only open to UK residents.
One winner will be selected at random and contacted via direct message on Instagram.
If the winner has not responded within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
Chi and Byron & Bronte take no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes.
In events outside of the promoters (Chi and Byron & Bronte) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes.
The competition closes at 4pm on Friday 16th January 2015. All entries following this date will not be counted.
In the last couple of weeks, we’ve discovered some really great raw food places around London, so we thought we’d share some of the raw treats we found with you!
Nama, Notting Hill
First up, was Nama in Notting Hill, a “raw food oasis offering mouthwatering and highly nutritious meals and refreshments, cleanse programmes and raw food courses.”
The whole Chi team headed down to Nama to say goodbye to our lovely Marketing Director, Ines, who is heading off to a much sunnier climate to live out her dreams as a health coach! Ines loves raw food and clean eating, so this was the perfect spot for our last lunch together.
The menu looked delicious, and seemed to cater to every taste. Nama offer everything from simple salads and smoothies, to Italian, Thai and sushi dishes. The indulgent dessert menu grabbed our attention pretty quickly too!
For the main, three of us went for the Lasagne Verdure, a rich and flavoursome dish made using courgette “pasta” strips and nut cheese. The rest of the team each went for the Italian pizza, Sushi Platter and Thai Coconut Curry. The reviews were very positive, and every body loved how creative the dishes were. We also loved our complimentary, lemon and cucumber infused vases of water, and the presentation of our food on Nama’s custom black slates. It all added to the raw experience.
For dessert, we decided to order 2 x Selection of Sweet Treats to share between us, as this included samples of all of the desserts on the menu plus a few extras. We were delighted with the cute little slices that arrived, and tucked in pretty quickly! The raw key lime pie-type cheesecake seemed to be the most popular, but everything tasted guilt-free and delicious!
The following day, we discovered Mr Prempys at The Chocolate Festival in Islington, and to be honest, it was love at first sight!
Mr Prempys is run by two friends from London, who create organic raw cakes and chocolates. Each of their products has a quirky little name and bundles of character. Their bestseller, Gerald, looks particularly fascinating and delicious; a green and yellow marbled “cheesecake” made with ginger, lime, wheatgrass and spirulina. Sadly, they had sold out of this one by the time we got around to buying, so we went for the Lemon and vanilla cheesecake, named “Ludwig von Acai-Berry” – which made us laugh. Honestly? It was heaven. Pure heaven!
You’ll find Mr Prempys at Stoke Newington Farmers Market, Ally Pally Farmers Market and Chiswick Food Market. They sell whole cakes for £40, or £4 per slice, and ALL of them are made using coconut oil! We highly recommend.
Christmas cheer is all around! And despite our love for refreshing and super hydrating smoothies, we prefer something warm and festive to enjoy in the cold season. Save your smoothies for the afternoon if you can’t live without them (like us!) and in the morning enjoy these festive breakfast recipes.
Quinoa Porridge with Almond Butter
40g quinoa flakes
100 ml Chi Coconut Milk
1 banana, chopped
1 tsp cinamon
1 tsp almond butter
A handful of raspberries
1 tsp bee pollen
1. Place the quinoa, banana, lemon zest, ½ tsp cinnamon and Chi Coconut Milk in a pan and bring to the boil
2. Once thickened, take off the heat and pour the porridge into a bowl
3. Add the almond butter, the raspberries and sprinkle on the bee pollen
Cottage Banana Pancakes by Liftus Fitness
For the pancakes:
100g 0% fat cottage cheese
100g egg whites
30g banana good hemp protein
1 small banana
50g gluten free flour
2 tsp stevia
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil, melted
A dash of Chi Coconut Water
For the topping (Quark Froyo):
½ tsp of stevia
1. Blend all the pancake ingredients together and cook in Chi Coconut Oil
2. For the Quark Froyo topping mix the ingredients and poor over the pancakes
Festive French Toast by Liftus Fitness
1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp stevia
100g egg whites
2-3 pieces of wholemeal gluten free bread (preferably homemade)
1tsp Chi Coconut Oil
1. Combine nutmeg, cinnamon and stevia into a ramekin and mix the powders together
2. Separate egg whites from eggs and use 1 yolk. Whisk this together so the yolk and egg whites have combined
3. Pour half of the powder into the egg mixture and stir
4. Dip the bread into the mixture and turn over so it has been fully submerged
5. Heat up the frying pan (preferably non stick) and melt 1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
6. Fry one side of the bread and after 1-2 minutes flip and fry the other side
7. Sprinkle the remainder of the mixture over the stack once done
8. As a topping you can use Quark Froyo again or whatever you fancy
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American followers! Here are some of our favourite healthy thanksgiving day recipes which will come in handy this Christmas too.
Vegan Cranberry & Orange Relish
A healthy alternative to cranberry sauce, with no refined sugar added.
Author: Knead to Cook
8 cups of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup
- Wash the cranberries and let dry. Place 4 cups of cranberries into a saucepan with the orange juice and maple syrup. Cover and turn up the heat to high. Cook for 5 minutes. Then uncover and let cool.
- In the meantime, take the remaining 4 cups of cranberries and place in the food processor along with two peeled oranges and the zest (from both oranges). Pulse until chopped nicely.
- Once the hot mixture is cooled, blend with the cool mixture and serve or refrigerate. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad
Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts
come together in a fresh Autumn salad.
6 cups salad (Tiffany uses a combination of arugula and baby spinach, but any spring green mix will do)
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
⅓ cup dried cranberries
1 cup apple juice
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)
2 tablespoons honey
scant ½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup coconut oil
- Core and chop apples (thin slices or 1 inch chunks). Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.
- Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie With
Whipped Coconut Cream Frosting
Slightly less indulgent than most Thanskgiving desserts, this recipe uses sweet potato,
coconut oil, coconut milk and maple syrup to replace those naughtier pie ingredients.
Author: Leta Shy
For the crust
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
For the filling
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 sweet potatoes, cooked
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
For the coconut whipped cream
1 can chilled full-fat coconut milk (fat solids only)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Notes: Cook, cool, and peel the sweet potato before proceeding. Bake and cool the crust before you make the pie filling, and make the coconut cream after your pie has had time to cool; you’ll need to refrigerate a can of full-fat coconut milk overnight. It helps to also chill the bowl you’ll be whipping the cream in for a few minutes before you’re ready to whip.
- Add pecans and rolled oats to a blender and grind to a powder. Make sure you don’t overblend — you may end up making a paste. Place flour in a medium-sized bowl and add pecan and oat mixture. Mix well.
- Add the coconut oil and mix with a fork until it is thoroughly incorporated into the flour mixture.
- Stir in the maple syrup; mix just enough to blend well and form a dough that will hold together when pressed.
- Transfer mixture to a 9-inch pie pan and spread into an even thickness on the sides and bottom of the pan.
- Poke holes in bottom and sides of the crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let the crust cool before filling.
- While crust is baking, make the pie filling: in a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and cornstarch until combined. Add sweet potato, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt and whisk until blended. Pour mixture into pre-baked pie crust.
- Bake 1 hour or until edges are set and centre slightly jiggles. Let cool on a wire rack at least 1 hour before serving.
- Once pie has cooled, open the can of chilled coconut milk, turn upside down, and open. Pour out the liquid at the top; you’ll use the cream part, not the liquid.
- Gently pour the coconut fat into your chilled mixing bowl and whisk with a hand blender or standing mixer until whipped. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla or maple syrup and whip again until fully incorporated. Spread evenly onto pie and refrigerate.
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! 🙂
Next week, Chi will be supporting the launch of Lisa Roukin‘s amazing new cookbook My Relationship with Food. Lisa is a passionate, cordon bleu chef who enjoys creating healthy, gluten-free free recipes, that often contain little to no refined sugars or dairy products.
Lisa uses plenty of coconut products in her cookbook, and has been kind enough to share her Coconut Porridge recipe with us. This warming bowl of coconutty goodness makes for the perfect, healthy winter breakfast. Lisa says, “this is a must try porridge. It’s healthy, nutritious, and a good source of potassium, not just from the banana but also from the coconut water. The oats in porridge help to lower cholesterol levels if eaten regularly over a sustained period of time, and are a good source of fibre and protein.” Lisa also suggests experimenting with different toppings like chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries or cashew butter. Yum!
Benefits of porridge oats:
Slow release energy – Porridge oats have a very low Glycaemic Index, which means they are slowly absorbed into the body’s blood stream. This not only gives a long gradual release of energy and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable but it also keeps you full much longer than other breakfasts.
Packed full of goodness – Porridge oats contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre and calcium.
High in protein – Porridge has the highest protein content of any cereal. It’s oats contain around 10g of protein for each 100g serving.
Coconut Porridge Recipe
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
1-pint Chi Coconut Water
80g porridge oats fine or rolled
1 large handful toasted coconut chips
- Place the coconut water and oats in a non-stick saucepan bring to boil, stirring often, then simmer for 3 minutes, occasionally stirring, leave to sit for 1 minute of the heat
- Toast your coconut chips, in a dry frying pan
- Serve with toasted coconut chips, sliced banana and cinnamon and touch of agave syrup if required
In a rush? We also love…
Don’t have time to whip up a hot, healthy brekky? Introducing Oats + Chia. This tiny, tasty packet is full of goodness and contains wholegrain oats, sun ripened chia seeds, high quality fruit and virgin coconut oil (yay!). Just add hot water!
We live in a very stressful world. On a daily basis we are affected by the stresses of life, both physically and emotionally.
Knowing how to relax is vital for ensuring your health and wellbeing. You deserve it, it’s good for you and it takes less time than you think.
Here are a few tips that can truly help you relax, refresh and recharge.
1. Drink tea
Herbal teas that calm, soothe and relax have great value in today’s often hectic world. So, select your favourite herbal tea, sit back, and relax.
Camomile tea is the traditional favorite for calming the mind but even English Breakfast tea may help you fight stress.
2. Eat Raw Chocolate
Cacao is the ingredient found in chocolate. It is high in flavonoids, which are potent with relaxation properties. It also contains phenethylamine, a chemical that enhances mood. The darker the chocolate, the more of these substances you are getting. Generally, opt for bars with 70% cacao or higher.
A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. The powerful tool of meditation can help you to achieve calmness, peace of mind, joy, vibrant health and greater energy.
The goal of meditation is to focus and quiet your mind. You can do it anywhere and at any time, allowing yourself to access a sense of tranquility and peace no matter what’s going on around you. It’s powerful and effective, plus it’s completely free!
4. Have a massage
Having a massage is more than relaxing me-time. Studies continue to prove the physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. You can also do your own hand massage for instant relaxation that calms a pounding heart. Hands in general can carry a lot of tension. Apply some Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and start kneading the base of the muscle under the thumb to relieve stress in the shoulders, neck and scalp.
5. Do Yoga
Yoga is a path to health, relaxation and inner happiness. Through yoga, you cleanse your body and mind systematically, removing the build-up of tension.
If you don’t have time for a full class, you can try the Viparita Kiraniyoga pose. This pose involves lying on the floor and resting the legs up against a wall. Not only does it give the body a good stretch, but it helps create peace of mind too
Do you know that when we do exercise our bodies release feel good hormones, which make us calmer? Exercise also uses up some of the hormones that the body makes when it’s stressed.The physical health benefits of exercise are well known but the mental health benefits are becoming more appreciated. Choose your favourite activity and feel the amazing benefits of feeling more centred and relaxed.
7. Pick your own way to relax
Different activities work for different people. Some people may find reading a book or magazine for 10 minutes a good way to relax. Others may find a therapeutic value in gardening or even cleaning!
So, pick your own way to relax and enjoy it.
Have a relaxed weekend everyone! 🙂
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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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
Trick or treat? Definitely a treat… Halloween is here and we would like to share some of our favourite seasonal recipes with you.
Halloween Granola by Liftus Fitness
2 cups of rolled oats
Handful chopped hazel nuts
Handful of chopped macadamian nuts
Handful of blanched almonds
Handful of pumpkin seeds
2 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
2 tsp pumpkin spice or treacle
First things first, pre heat your oven and get it nice and toasty! Pour oats, nuts and seeds on a baking tray. Then heat up 2 tsp coconut oil for 10 seconds in the microwave and pour over. Sprinkle 3 tsp pumpkin spice or cinnamon over and stir this in. Place it in the oven and let it cook for 5 minutes, then get it our stir and add 1 tsp more of coconut oil and more spice. Then put it back in till golden brown. Finally sprinkle some raisins and put in for 1 more minute (no more other wise the raisins burn). Then let the granola cool and store in a jar! Enjoy with Chi Coconut Milk!
Pumpkin Soup by Liftus Fitness
4 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1kg pumpkins peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
700ml vegetable stock
142ml natural yogurt
4 slices wholemeal seeded bread
Handful pumpkin seeds for topping
Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a large saucepan, then gently sautee finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft. Add 1kg pumpkin to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.
Pour 700ml vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the pumpkin is very soft. Pour the 142ml yogurt into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. Serve with wholemeal bread and top with pumpkin seeds!
Happy Halloween everyone! 🙂
and Nut Cookies
We are so exited that autumn is here! It’s the season to get cosy with comfort food and warming recipes. One of our favourite bloggers, Papaya Sunshine, just sent us this delicious Chunky Chai spice and Nut Cookies recipe using our raw organic coconut oil. They are super rustic and perfect for a cosy snack with a warm Chi Coconut Milk.
1 cup of gluten free flour (wholegrain spelt flour is great if you are not gluten intolerant)
1/3 cup of ground almonds
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
1 tbs of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of Chi Coconut Oil
1/3 cup of pure maple syrup
1/4 cup of chopped nuts
Mix the flour, baking powder, spices and ground almonds in a mixing bowl until evenly combined. In a separate bowl make sure the coconut oil is liquid but cooled and add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix well. Add the wet and dry ingredients together until you have a cookie dough batter. Gently fold in the chopped nuts until well combined. Take scoops of the mixture and make little balls with your hands and flatten them slightly on a well greased baking tray. You should get around 6 cookies depending on size. Bake in the oven on the middle shelf for around 8-12 mins on 160. Leave to cool and enjoy.
Check out Papaya Sunshine‘s lovely Instagram page for other amazing recipes.
Healthy Chocolate Recipes
It’s the nations favourite week, and we’re here to make you feel a little less guilty about indulging! National Chocolate Week (Oct 13th-19th 2014) is the UK’s biggest Chocolate celebration, culminating with The Chocolate Show, at Olympia London between the 17th and 19th Oct. Hundreds of events are expected to take place with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants, all taking part. Although chocolate is generally considered unhealthy, many of you will know that chocolate in its rawest form, Cacao, is actually thought to be a superfood. Cacao has one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavanols and contains many vital vitamins and minerals. When combined with cacao butter and coconut oil, Cacao becomes raw chocolate. It is these ingredients that are used by many healthy chocolate brands, like Conscious Chocolate and Ombar , to create dairy-free, gluten-free and guilt-free chocolate. Another great thing about raw chocolate, is that it is SO easy to make at home! Why not give it a go with two of our favourite guilt-free chocolate recipes: Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles, and Healthy Homemade Nutella!? Enjoy! 🙂
Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles
Made using raw chocolate, these Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles are crunchy on the outside, and perfectly creamy and salty-sweet on the inside. Author: Minimalist Baker (Please note: we have altered the recipe to include raw cacao) Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 20 INGREDIENTS
- 240g Medjool dates, pitted
- 2.5 Tbsp melted coconut oil – divided
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 60g natural salted peanut butter (creamy is best, but crunchy works, too)
- 80g raw cacao butter
- 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
METHOD 1. If your dates aren’t sticky and super moist when squeezed, soak in hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Then drain thoroughly and pit. Otherwise, just pit and add to food processor. 2. Add 1 TBSP melted coconut oil and mix. If it’s not quite combining, drizzle in warm water a little at a time – 1 tsp – scraping down sides as needed, and mix until a rough paste or ball forms. If you add too much water it will be difficult to handle them later as they won’t freeze up well. 3. Lastly, add 3/4 tsp sea salt and mix once more to incorporate. Taste and adjust saltiness level if desired. 4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until no longer warm and pliable enough to scoop into balls. 5. Using a small melon baller or a Tablespoon and finger, scoop out small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for another 20-30 minutes to set. 6. Add peanut butter and 1/2 TBSP coconut oil to a small mixing bowl and microwave to melt (or heat in a small saucepan). 7. Remove truffles from freezer and drizzle with warmed peanut butter. Freeze again for another 30 minutes, or until the peanut butter has formed a semi-firm “shell.” 8. Prepare the raw chocolate by melting 80g cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of water on a low heat. Once melted add 4 tbsp cacao powder and the sweetener (maple syrup or agave) to taste and mix well with a metal whisk. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1 tbsp coconut oil. 9. Remove truffles from freezer and, using a fork, scoop truffles up and quickly immerse in chocolate, using a small spoon to drizzle chocolate evenly on top. Then gently shake off excess chocolate and place back on parchment-lined baking sheet. 10. Top with a small sprinkle of sea salt (optional), and repeat until all truffles are coated. 11. Place back in freezer or fridge to set – about 30 minutes. Serve straight from the freezer or fridge. Let set out for 15-20 minutes to soften. Store in a freezer-safe container in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. Makes about 20 truffles.
Healthy Homemade Nutella
Nutella is one of the most popular spreads in the world. It’s gorgeously smooth texture, and chocolatey/nutty flavour make it almost addictive! Sadly, the ingredients are somewhat less desirable however. With the first ingredient being sugar, and the second palm oil, there is plenty to feel guilty about when consuming Nutella. Luckily, we found plenty of healthy alternatives! Now you can create your own, without feeling the guilt: Author: Anne Marie Vegan, Gluten Free Makes: Approx. 340g INGREDIENTS
- 135g hazelnuts
- 30g cocoa/raw cacao powder
- 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
- 75ml pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp. real vanilla extract
- 1-4 tsp. water
METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°/Gas Mark 4 2. Roast the hazelnuts for 10 minutes. Cool the hazelnuts and remove the skins. You can do this by pressing on them with your hand, using a rolling motion. If the skins are stubborn, submerge the nuts in water and then peel them. As the skins come off, place each hazelnut in a food processor 3. Process the hazelnuts in a food processor for about a minute, until it has a fine crumb texture 4. Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and one teaspoon of water. Process to combine the ingredients. If it’s too thick, add water one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached 5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for several weeks.
Happy National Chocolate Week!
Summer has gone and the cold and flu season seems to have arrived. Anyway, we believe in the power of food to help keep you healthy, so here is a list of flu-fighting foods that can shorten the duration of the illness and lessen the symptoms.
1. Raw garlic & onion
Garlic is a powerful flu fighter. Garlic contains compounds called allion and allicin, which have direct antiviral effects. Those pungent cloves contain allicin, a potent antimicrobial that can fend off bacteria and viruses.
Like garlic, onions also contain the antimicrobial compounds allion and allicin.
Combined, garlic and onion contain dozens of broad-spectrum antiseptic and immunity-boosting compounds.
Spices such as turmeric and cinnamon are packed with antioxidants, which help improve the function of the immune system.
According to Ayurveda, spices promote sweating and are often used to help break a fever. You may also be able to unclog your stuffy nose by generously spicing up some dishes with cayenne, horseradish, or wasabi. Each of these condiments can shrink the blood vessels in your nose and throat to temporarily relieve congestion.
Ginger contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes that specifically target rhinoviruses, the most common family of cold viruses, as well as substances that suppress coughing. It’s a natural pain and fever reducer and a mild sedative, so it can help you rest when you’re sick. Ginger also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Berries and citrus fruits
All berries have high concentrations of antioxidants to help fight off flu viruses. When tested against other foods, blueberries were found to have more antioxidants than 40 other fruits and vegetables.
Citrus fruits are full of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can reduce cold symptoms by 23 percent, studies have found.
Because it coats your throat, honey is a great cold and flu-friendly sore throat reliever, and its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties help fight infections from viruses and bacteria.
Cold and flu bugs thrive in dried-out throats and nasal passages, but drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can help keep your mucous membranes moist so they’re better able to trap viruses. Not only can this help prevent colds, but it’s just as useful if you’re already sick. Water, tea and Chi Coconut Water are our suggestions.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is good for strengthening the immune system since it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Coconut oil has many other health benefits. You can buy yours here now.
We hope these tips help you to fight the cold and flu season.
Coconut Oil Recipes
Today marks the 1st October, one of our favourite months. Not only do we get all the excitement of Halloween, we get all those beautiful Autumn colours and foods too! Namely, autumn/winter vegetables! Amongst our favourites of these seasonal autumnal vegetables, is the sweet potato; an extremely bright, delicious and versatile veg, packed with vitamins and minerals.
The sweet potato can be boiled, baked, roasted and fried, just like a normal potato, and tastes particularly good when cooked in Coconut Oil. The health benefits of Coconut Oil are plenty, and it’s a much healthier alternative to most other cooking oils. See: The Lowdown on Coconut Oil to find out more.
To celebrate the beginning of Autumn, here’s some of our favourite Sweet Potato and Coconut Oil recipes to keep you healthy and warm this October…
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with lime zest.
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 red onions, diced
2 gloves garlic, crushed
1 green chilli, diced
1″ fresh ginger, grated
1 large sweet potato, chopped
5 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1Tbsp vegan vegetable and gluten free stock
Salt and pepper
A fresh boiled kettle of water
Optional basil leaf for decoration
Set a large pan over a low heat add the coconut oil, once melted add onions, garlic and chilli and cook for 3-5 minutes until softened.
Add the potato and carrots and grated ginger to the pan, stir for a minute or so then pop in the stock and stir for a further minute. Pour over a kettle full of boiled water (roughly about 1.6L) and season with a little salt and pepper, I never go over board with the seasoning and let who ever is eating the soup add more to their preference.Turn up the heat and bring the soup to the boil, once it’s bubbling lower the heat back down and simmer for 40 minutes.
Check the veg is soft then take soup off the heat and let it cool for 30 minutes or so before blending.
Enjoy with some crusty bread or some buttered rice cakes.
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.
We love packed lunches here at the Chi office. We are always looking for new healthy recipes to bring for work and today we just tried this delicious Mushroom salad with Coconut Oil. If you are looking for an easy and healthy lunch recipe to pack for work, you must try this one.
Here is the recipe:
1 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
1 punnet mushrooms
4 hanfull spinash
1 cup of sprouts
10 cherry tomatos
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp tamari
Sea salt & pepper
1. Heat the Chi Coconut Oil on a medium-high heat in the pan for 5 minutos;
2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and season with tamari, sea salt & pepper. Cook for 10 minutes;
3. In the meantime make a salad with the spinash, avocado, sprouts, tomatos and lemon juice;
4. Mix the mashrooms with the salad and enjoy!
Coconut oil is an amazing food to incorporate into your diet. Check out here 10 proven health benefits of Coconut Oil.
We all need a sweet treat sometimes, right? 🙂 Coconut oil has great health benefits and it is a wonderful substitute for other oils in cooking and baking, plus it’s slightly sweet fragrance is unique and makes any dessert taste amazing. To inspire you to use our 100% raw, organic and virgin coconut oil, we decided to share some healthy desserts using coconut oil.
Raw Chocolate Mousse:
This chocolate mousse is 100% raw, sugar, dairy, gluten and egg free. To make it you only need a blender and five simple ingredients:
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
1 tsp raw honey
Dash of homemade almond milk
You just need to blend everything together, serve and decorate with your favorite toppings.
Who doesn’t love pancakes? 🙂 These ones are so healthy that you can have them both for dessert or breakfast. They are 100% vegan and free from all nasties.
For the base you just need to mix 1 banana, 1 tbsp coconut flour and a dash of almond milk. Whisk or blend all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat Chi Coconut Oil in a frying pan and ladle in one portion at a time. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown and serve with your favourite topping.
Healthy ‘Reese’ Chocolate-Nut Butter
We love this recipe from one of our favourite bloggers, Naturally Sassy. If you are a chocoholic you definitely need to give it a try.
120ml melted Chi Coconut Oil
3 tbsp agave/maple syrup
60g raw cacao powder
1 tsp of nut-butter of choice, per ‘Reese’ cup.
Add the melted coconut oil, agave and cacao powder to a bowl and mix until completely smooth.
Line a cupcake tray with mini cupcake moulds/ cases. Divide the mixture in half. With one half start by pouring 1 tbsp of the chocolate mix into the bottom of the cupcake moulds. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
Remove from fridge, and put one tsp of nut-butter spread in the middle of the chocolate, top with another tablespoon of chocolate/enough to cover.
Put back in the fridge and leave to set for another 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy with a glass of hot almond milk, for maximum pleasure!
You can find more healthy recipes from Naturally Sassy, here.
To make these, and many other healthy recipes, you can purchase our 100% organic, virgin coconut oil here now.
Hope you enjoy our recipes and good luck in the kitchen! 🙂
Allow us to introduce you to our favourite fitness couple…
Who are they?
Ashy & Sophia, from Manchester. A couple that train together, lift together, and most importantly, eat together.
Why do we love them?
Sophia’s interest in nutrition, combined with Ashy’s strong (excuse the pun) background in fitness means that we regularly receive incredible new recipes to try! They absolutely love Chi, and always incorporate our products into their healthy, fitness food. In turn, we love following them on social media and seeing what they’re up to. They definitely give us motivation to get down to the gym after work!
What do they do?
Other than posting workout videos, and cute fitness couple pics, Ashy & Sophia also post a number of gorgeous looking recipes to aid your fitness and training workouts. They’re always packed with nutrients, and NEVER boring! We’ve included a few of our favourites below using our very own Chi Coconut Oil, but make sure you head to their website: http://www.liftusfitness.com/the-lifters/ and follow them on social media to discover many more.
Hemp Scottish Rudeberry Pancakes
1 drop vanilla essence
1 scoop vanilla soya protein (My Protein)
4 tsp hemp seeds
90g buck wheat
1 egg white
Large handful chopped blueberries
175ml Rude health brown rice drink
½ tsp Stevia
1 tsp agave honey
Large handful blueberries
Cook in Chi Coconut Oil
Place buckwheat and 50ml brown rice drink into pan. Simmer pan and keep adding the rice drink until the buckwheat is soft (around 7-10minutes). If you have some rice drink left over or not used all of it that is fine! Just add to mixture! Let cool for 5 minutes and then blend with hemp seeds, egg white, vanilla essence and protein powder. The mixture should be smooth but thick! (The pancakes are Scottish themed nice and thick)
Heat pan and add 1 tsp of chi coconut oil. The pan needs to be heated for 1-2 minutes before you start so its nice and hot! Once you have added the mixture smooth to a circle shape and then sprinkle a few chopped frozen blueberries on top. Be careful for flying blueberries when you flip!
Topping: heat blueberries, honey and stevia all in a pan with 20ml boiling water and 1 tsp of chi coconut oil. Simmer until smooth. Pour over pancakes and add a few extra hemp seeds and serve! 🙂
Garlic Paprika Prawn Dish
1 tsp paprika
Handful chopped parsley or coriander
2 garlic cloves
1-2 tsp of Chi Coconut Oil
8-10 king prawns – de-shelled
Add 2 tsp of coconut oil to pan, and add garlic let this simmer to garlic reduces. Add the prawns, paprika and chopped herbs. Then place under the grill for 3-4 minutes for extra crunch.
Serve and enjoy with home-made gluten free crusty bread.
Thanks for your continued support Liftus Fitness! Keep liftin’. 🙂
With the news that Prince William and Kate are expecting their second child all over the news today it got us thinking about how important pregnancy health is and how many other expectant mums there must be out there!
We often talk about how good coconut oil is for everyone in all walks of life, but what you might not know is how many uses there are for coconut oil during pregnancy.
Fat intake during pregnancy is a hot topic but it is important to recognise that there are different types of fat. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is made up of medium-chain triglycerides, which are essential in helping to preserve a healthy immune system.
Here’s how coconut oil might help:
- It is a great source of lauric acid, in fact it is the second best after breast milk. Lauric acid helps to strengthen your and your baby’s body during pregnancy. Once the baby is born try drinking a small amount each day to keep on passing it through your breast milk
- You can use it instead of butter. If you are worried about your dairy in take during pregnancy then simply use coconut oil as a replacement by spreading it in toast or add it to baking
- It’s great at soothing a sore tummy, so if you are struggling with morning sickness try stirring a tea spoon full into hot water with some fresh ginger
- It doesn’t just have to be used internally, try rubbing it into your stomach to avoid stretch marks or into sore feet to help soothe the aches
- If you have noticed dry hair and a dry scalp during pregnancy then try rubbing a small amount of oil into your hair and scalp
- Coconut oil during pregnancy can also help with flagging energy levels due to the medium-chain fatty acids
For more information on Chi Coconut Oil check out our recent blog post all about the Lowdown on Coconut Oil.
If you would like to read more on coconut oil during pregnancy check out this blog post from American blogger Modern Mom .
Coconut is not only delicious but it also has lots of beauty benefits. Here’s a little list of some of its uses:
- Coconut oil is amazing for stopping hair frizz. Rub a pea sized amount of Chi Coconut Oil into hair to keep it smooth and soft
- Coconut oil can also be used as a deep hair conditioner. Add it to dry hair and leave in overnight for the ultimate conditioning treatment
- Sooth dry skin by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil into affected areas
- Coconut water is super hydrating so will help you avoid all the beauty issues associated with dehydration like dry skin, dry eyes and bags under your eyes
- Use coconut oil as an all natural make up remover
- Rub a small amount of coconut oil on to lips to relieve dry, chapped skin
- Mix equal parts coconut oil with brown sugar and then add a squeeze of lemon to make a natural face scrub
- First thing in the morning try oil pulling with coconut oil. Place 1-2 teaspoons of Chi Coconut Oil in your mouth and swill for 20 minutes. This will aid in removing the bacteria from your gums. Gwyneth Platrow is a big fan, read more about her experience on Glamour Magazine Online here
Looking for an easy and healthy dinner recipe? You must try this Tofu Salad using our raw and organic Coconut Oil.
Here is the recipe:
1 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
1/2 package extra-firm tofu, drained and diced
1 large courgette, sliced
2 handfuls mixed salad
1/2 cucumber, sliced
20 cherry tomatoes
1 avocado, sliced
1 tsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp hemp seeds
Sea salt & pepper
1. Heat the Chi Coconut Oil on a medium-high heat in the pan for 5 minutos;
2. Add the tofu and the courgette to the pan and season with sea salt & pepper. Cook for 20 minutes;
3. In the meantime make a salad with the remaining ingredientes;
4. Mix the tofu and courgette with the salad and enjoy!
Coconut Oil may as well be renamed “Nature’s Wonder Oil.” With over one hundred different uses, it is one of the most versatile health products you can get your hands on. For anyone who is unsure of where to start, here are just 5 of the most popular ways you can use it:
– Cook with it – perfect for frying, baking and high temperature cooking
– Eat it – add to porridge, coffee, smoothies or toast
– Apply it – for luscious locks and smooth skin
– Pull it – ideal for oil pulling which boosts oral hygiene
– Spread it – add to crackers/rice cakes for a healthy, dairy free alternative
As a staple food item in some of the healthiest countries in the world, it is no wonder that new research suggests high quality coconut oil can aid fat loss, maintain a healthy heart and even push athletic performance.
GOOD FATS & MCT’s
The best way to understand Coconut Oil is to compare it to the Avocado, a similar plant-based food, with a high fat content that is considered highly nutritious. Come to think of it, coconuts and avocados could be related. Distant cousins, maybe!?
Like the Avocado, Coconut Oil falls under the category “good fats,” which play an essential role in a well-balanced, healthy diet. We get our “good fats” from fish, nuts, seeds and oils.
Coconut Oil also contains Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and reportedly has more than any other food in existence. MCTs, or medium-chain fatty acids as they are also known, are metabolized differently to longer-chain fatty acids that are found in foods like steak and cheese. MCTs are easily digestible and absorbed directly into the liver, increasing your energy expenditure and helping the body to burn other fats. Pretty nifty, huh?
A COCONUT A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Coconut Oil contains around 50 percent Lauric Acid, a type of medium chain fatty acid. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound that exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them. Many people who regularly consume coconut oil experience less sickness.
BODY BUILDERS & ATHLETES
All over the world personal trainers and nutritionists are recommending Coconut Oil to their clients. It is popular with athletes due to the increase in energy expenditure provided by the medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil can also blunt appetite and stave sugar cravings making it a perfect addition to any athlete’s diet. Similarly, body builders can take advantage of the same benefits. It is also claimed that coconut oil can be used by body builders to boost testosterone levels, helping to maintain hard-earned muscle when getting “shredded” for a show. Additionally, the lower the carb intake in any athlete or body builder’s diet, the more important it becomes to NOT limit fat intake, in particular saturated fat.
ORGANIC. RAW. VIRGIN. COLD-PRESSED.
It is really important to buy unrefined, unprocessed coconut oil. Chi Coconut Oil is raw, unrefined, organic, cold-pressed and virgin. This means that it is never heated, never treated and never processed. What reaches you in the jar is pure coconut goodness.
Now to let you in on a little secret… Did you know that there is absolutely no difference between “extra virgin” coconut oil and “virgin” coconut oil? “Extra virgin” is actually just a marketing term. The only place you’ll find a difference is in your Olive Oil, but you should probably replace that with Chi Coconut Oil anyway!
PALEO FRIENDLY √
Can I eat muffins and still keep healthy? Yes, you can! Check out this delicious and super healthy recipe for Blueberry Quinoa Muffins using Chi Coconut Oil and lots of amazing ingredients.
1-2 tsp of Chi Coconut Oil
2 cups quinoa
75-100 ml almond milk
1 cup almond or coconut flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 tbsp stevia
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 banana (optional)
1 tbsp almond flakes (optional)
- Soak two cups of quinoa overnight or cook in boiled water for 10 minutes until soft;
- Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and blend – hand blender recommended;
- Then combine wet ingredients and blend again – make sure to melt coconut oil first for 20 seconds in microwave
- Then fold in the blueberries
- Sprinkle some almond flakes on top (optional)
- Bake the muffins for approximately 25-30 minutes on around 170-200c
Serve either hot or cold.
Recipe created by Liftus Fitness.
Good morning everyone!
Have you tried using Chi Coconut Oil in your morning smoothie?
According to Kimberly Snyder, New York Times bestselling author and the go-to nutritionist for many of the entertainment industries top celebrities, Coconut Oil:
1. digests most easily of all fats, requires little or no liver energy or bile to be digested;
2. it’s converted into energy much more rapidly than other types of oil, providing more efficient fuel;
3. it brings with it a whole host of other body and beauty benefits — namely that it’s anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, beneficial for the immune system and so much more.
Today we made this wonderful pink smoothie full of macronutrients, the fuel that gives you energy for a busy day:
– Good Fat: Chi Coconut Oil
– Plant based protein: almond milk, quinoa flakes and chia seeds
– Good Carbs: quinoa flakes, banana and raspberries
Plus lots of vitamins and minerals!
Here is the recipe for our Coconut Oil Pink Smoothie:
1 cup almond milk
1 cup raspberries
2 tbsp quinoa flakes
1 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp bee pollen
2 rose buttons
Blend the almond milk, banana, raspberries, quinoa flakes, coconut oil and chia seeds. Serve in a glass and top with bee pollen and rose buttons.
Hope you enjoy!
at Great Taste Awards 2014
We are so happy to announce that we have won one gold star each for our Chi Coconut Oil and Chi Espresso Coconut Milk.
According to the Guild of Fine Food judge, Chi Espresso Coconut Milk has “a really interesting mix of flavours”. And it’s also “a lovely refreshing drink that’s healthy too. An appealing milky drink with a pleasing aroma of coffee. Refreshing to drink, with good espresso flavour cleverly balanced with the coconut. Innovative and delicious.”
Regarding our organic and raw Coconut Oil, the judge mentioned, “melts very nicely and delivers a mild, but prolonged clean coconut flavour”.
Thanks for the lovely feedback!
Learn more about our award-winning products here.
with Coconut Oil
Don’t know what to cook for dinner tonight? You must try this delicious and healthy Sweet Potato Pie using our organic and raw Coconut Oil.
Check out the recipe created by our super fit friends Liftus Fitness:
3 sweet potatoes
20g Greek yogurt
30ml soya milk
1 tsp oregano
400g (before cooked) lean turkey mince
1 tsp of Chi Coconut Oil
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/3 courgette, chopped
½ red pepper, chopped
1 tsp garlic, chopped
1 tsp chillis, chopped
1 tsp liquid chicken stock
Peel the sweet potatoes and then boil or put in the microwave for 3-5 minutes – you will know once cooked as they will become soft. Mash the sweet potato, the soya milk and 20g of greek yogurt and ½ tsp of Chi Coconut Oil together.
Put a pan on low heat, melt the remaining Chi Coconut Oil and then add onions, chilli and garlic. Sautee until browned, then add the turkey and the remaining vegetables. Once the turkey has cooked through add the chicken stock.
Put the filling into the bottom of a casserole dish followed by the sweet potato topping. Flatten with a fork and then grate nutmeg and sprinkle oregano over the top.
Serve with a mixed salad.
Add ½ can of tinned tomatoes once the turkey mince has cooked through. This will make the pie more kid friendly. Make sure to cook through so the sauce thickens.
Who says we can’t enjoy porridge in the summer? We are in love with this quinoa porridge with Chi Coconut Oil, which is full of amazing wholefoods.
Quinoa is one of the best foods to incorporate into your diet because it’s a plant-based protein and it’s gluten free.
Check out the recipe for this wonderful breakfast below.
30g quinoa flakes
100 ml almond milk
1 banana, chopped
1 tsp cinamon
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp goji berries
1. Place the quinoa with the banana, lemon zest and ½ tsp cinnamon in water and bring to the boil
2. Once thickened, take off the heat and pour the porridge into a bowl
3. Add Chi Coconut Oil, the fig and sprinkle chia seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, walnuts and the remaining cinnamon
4. Add almond milk and enjoy!
in coconut oil
Here is a recipe for delicious cod fish cakes using Chi Coconut Oil created by one of the Chi team. Get inspired with this healthy recipe:
1 fillet of cod
1 cauliflower, chopped
1 sweet potato, chopped
1 handful spinach
1 handful coriander
Salt & pepper
1 tbs Chi Coconut Oil
1. Boil the cod until cooked.
2. Boil the cauliflower and sweet potato and make a purée.
3. Mix the boneless cod with the purée, eggs, spinach, coriander, salt and pepper until it becomes a thick past.
4. Heat the coconut oil until melted and add the mixture in small parts until golden brown.
5. Serve with mixed salad.
all the family
As most users of coconut oil already know, it is an incredibly versatile thing. Whether you are using it to fry vegetables, spread on toast in the morning or using it as a moisturiser, coconut oil is a store cupboard essential.
Its versatility means that everyone in the family can find a use for coconut oil. Here’s our list of top ten ways to use coconut oil for all of the family:
1. Soothing skin. Coconut oil can be used to relieve sore skin including dryness, eczema and nappy rash
2. As a deep hair conditioner. Put coconut oil in your child’s hair overnight or for an hour during the day and then rinse out thoroughly with water to keep hair soft and moisturised
3. Have it with chocolate – what child could resist? Mix the oil with dark chocolate and coconut milk to make delicious truffles. We love this recipe
4. Have it at breakfast. Stir it into porridge or spread it on toast for a healthier start to the day
5. Use it when pregnant. You can rub coconut oil directly on to skin to help prevent stretch marks
6. Use it as a natural after sun during the warmer months
7. To relieve itching. Spent the day outside and have been attacked by mosquitos? Rub a small amount of coconut oil on the affected area to soothe irritated skin
8. To help an upset stomach. Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with ginger in hot water to help alleviate nausea
9. Rub on a baby’s skin as a natural baby rub
10. To control unruly hair. Rub a pea sized amount into your palms and then smooth over the hair
Want to know more about Chi Organic Coconut Oil? Then have a look here
Looking for some coconut oil recipes? Then check out our previous blog