How To Make A
Healthy Green Juice Recipe!

Think of juicing as a quick way to get lots of vitamins and nutrients into your body. Do your body some real good! We don’t do healthy juice cleanses and don’t use healthy juices as a meal replacement. Instead, we love making a small veggie-packed juice and enjoying it with our (usually fiber rich) breakfast or lunch.

The benefits are so profound, in fact, that you might just get addicted to juicing.Green juices are liquid gold for boosts of energy, nutrients, and restoration. Read more to know how you make a healthy green juice recipe!

Ingredients:

 

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PRESS all ingredients through a juicer in batches. Stir and sprinkle some desiccated coconut on your smoothie and serve immediately.

Adjust fruit and veggie amounts to suit your personal taste. More apple equals a sweeter drink. Store any extra in the fridge for up to one day.

 

There are a lot of benefits of using spinach in this smoothie. Spinach contains vitamin K, fiber, phosphorus, and thiamine. Most of the calories in spinach come from protein and carbohydrates.

Potassium

Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary potassium, weighing in at 839 milligrams per cup (cooked). To compare, one cup of banana has about 539 milligrams of potassium.

Iron

A lack of iron in the diet can effect how efficiently the body uses energy. Spinach is a great source of iron, along with lentils, tuna, and eggs. Make sure to combine vitamin C-rich foods with plant iron to improve absorption.

Magnesium

Spinach is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system, and maintaining blood pressure. Magnesium also plays a part in hundreds more biochemical reactions that occur in the body.

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

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

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

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Tropical fruit bowl

Ingredients:

Method:

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

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Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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

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Post Workout Smoothie

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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

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The versatile coconut – products
you didn’t know about

By now, we all know coconut water and that it is hugely healthy. But did you know that the coconut yields so many more products than only coconut water? The whole coconut fruit is used to produce different products and even parts of the coconut tree are used! Today, we want to present some things made out of the coconut fruit you might didn’t know.

Although, many of you already know coconut water, we briefly want to respond to it for those who just don’t know it yet.

 

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Coconut water

Coconut water is probably the most popular coconut product people know. It is the liquid inside the coconut. One can drink it directly from the coconut (if you are lucky enough to live in a growing area) or you can buy it packaged. Coconut water is absolutely healthy (read about the benefits of coconut water here) and keeps you hydrated.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is made out of the coconut meat. It is extracted by cold pressing the meat until the oil is released. Coconut oil can be used in various ways, e.g. as cooking oil, in baking, as a hair mask and much more. Read about the usage of coconut oil on your body here.

Coconut butter

Coconut butter is also extracted from the coconut meat. To gain the butter, the coconut meat is blended until it gets a smooth and creamy consistency. Coconut butter can be eaten plainly, as a spread on your toast or as a drizzle over desserts. It can be easily made at home by just blending coconut flakes until they are smooth.

 

 

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Coconut flour

To obtain coconut flour, coconut meat is dried and pulverised afterwards. Coconut flour can be used as a substitute to wheat flour and is a good alternative if you cannot stomach gluten. Coconut flour is mostly used for baking.

 

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Coconut milk

If you grate coconut meat, mix it with a splash of water and squeeze it afterwards, you will gain coconut milk. Coconut milk is used a lot as an alternative to cow’s milk but also for desserts, soups, in curries or simply to enrich the taste of (mostly Asian) dishes. Some other products made out of coconut milk are coconut yogurt, coconut ice-cream or coconut kefir. These products are very handy for allergy sufferers or vegans as they are completely dairy-free.

 

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Coconut flakes

Coconut flakes are also made out of coconut meat by shredding and drying it. The flakes can be used in granola or baked goods, as a topping or just plain as a snack.

Coconut sugar

Admittedly, coconut sugar is not a product that is made directly from the coconut. It is extracted from the blossoms of the coconut tree. The blossoms contain a sap which is used to produce the coconut sugar. The sap is heated to remove the moisture. The end product is the coconut sugar which can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking and cooking.

 

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Wow, so there are a lot of different products we can gain from the coconut! That is amazing, isn’t it? But please note, that only a variety of products is presented here. There are a lot more things that can be made out of coconuts. Many of them can also be easily made at home, so get in the kitchen and have fun trying out!

PACK’D frozen
smoothies

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

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

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

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

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

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Fruit and Coconut
Ice Lollies

Ice lollies – who does not love them?!

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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Method:

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

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

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7 amazing rooftop bars and
beer gardens in London

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

 

1) Netil 360

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

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2) Earl of Essex

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

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3) Queen of Hoxton

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

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4) Grand Union Brixton

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

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5) Dalston Roof Park

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

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6) Garden Gate

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

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7) Frank’s Cafe

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

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TOP 5 Thai dishes with
coconut that you should try!

As you may have already noticed, we use coconuts from Thailand and thanks to that our coconut water and milk has a sweet natural flavor. So today we will make you discover 5 thai dishes, which will allow you to use our products to create a tasty meal for you and your friends and family!

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“Panaeng” (also spelled Phanaeng or Phanang) is a kind of red thai curry which is really thick and tasty!

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This soup is quite classic and quick to make: indeed, as you will see in the recipe you don’t need many complicated ingredients, just some quintessential Thai ingredients which will create the rich and dynamic flavor of this chicken and coconut soup!

 

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Here is another curry recipe, which is as tasty as the previous one! Quick to prepare and absolutely delicious!

 

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This is one of the most popular dishes in Southern Thailand: a coconut milk minced fish curry (yeah, another curry!), which is once again delicious! Check out the link below!

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You are on a diet but you still want to eat something really tasty? This recipe might be for you! It’s gluten free and really simply amazing!

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Feel free to share your thoughts about those recipes with us, whether you liked it or not and don’t forget to stock up on CHI coconut milk and CHI coconut waters to continue cooking sweet and tasty recipes like these!

 

5 coconut recipes for
a refreshing summer

Believe it or not – summer is finally knocking on London’s door! And in celebration of this good news we would like you be to perfectly prepared for the hottest season of the year with some refreshing recipes for coconut inspired drinks. Smoothies, Cocktails and Co are definitely indispensable for summer and as we don’t want you to get bored by sucking at the straw of your usual pina colada cocktail, watch out for these amazing and original coconut drinks:

 

1) Spice it up!

Let’s begin with a slightly spicy cocktail, combining coconut and pineapple:

 

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2) Spicy but creamy

If you are however quite sensitive and don’t really know yet weather you really like spicy drinks, you should first of all try this Coconut and Turmeric Smoothie. The creamy texture will moderate the turmeric’s spicy touch and all in all you can enjoy a fresh and healthy drink.

 

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3) Modern Mojito

The third recipe is actually one of the bestsellers in terms of cocktails – but you surely haven’t tried it in the following version yet! Say hello to an amazing Frozen Coconut Mojito:

 

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4) Chocolate Shock

And in case you are waking up in the morning on a hot summer day, just craving for a refreshing drink instead of a sumptuous, this amazing Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Smoothie will be perfect for you!

 

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5) Blue Surprise

Last but not least we have a really special one for you: get ready for a little bit of colour! This Blue Coconut Cocktail looks quite fancy and will refresh you for sure:

 

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We hope that we could help you out for those hot summer days! And soon we will also provide with some amazing recipes for some coconut desserts – yummy!

 

12 reasons to drink
Chi coconut water

Guest blogger Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is a big fan of our Chi drinks. Being passionate about food, fashion and lifestyle, she’s here to share 12 reasons why she is totally in love with coconut water – and why you should be too!

1) Chi coconut water is low in calories

Summer is well on its way and for many of us, that means cutting down on the calories a bit. Chi can help you get trim for your holiday. It’s much lower in calories than your average, store-bought drink, containing half the calories of orange juice (19 calories/100ml).

As Chi is also 100% natural, there are no nasties such as artificial colours and flavourings for your body to deal with. Pick up a bottle instead of your full-fat coke, and watch the pounds fall off.

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2) Chi is high in fibre

The reasons to swap your soda for Chi just keep on coming.

A glass a day will help you work towards meeting your recommended fibre intake too. Fibre is essential for the digestion process, as it bulks up stools, allowing them to pass through the digestive tract more easily.

The recommended daily amount is around 30g for adults – a number Chi can help make achievable. Just 250ml will provide you with an impressive 7.5% of your RDA, compared with just 2% for the same quantity of orange juice.

As far as fibre is concerned, Chi coconut water comes out on top!

3) Chi is high in potassium

If you don’t know much about potassium, here’s a quick low-down:

Potassium is an electrolyte, required for the regulation of the body’s water level. It helps ensure you become neither dehydrated, nor retain excess water.

Chi’s high potassium content is one of the reasons people love drinking it as a sport’s drink. When we sweat whilst working out, we lose essential minerals along with water. A glass of Chi helps to replenish the fluids lost and rebalance the body.

Potassium has loads of other benefits too. It’s often used to treat migraines, cardiovascular health and constipation. With a 250ml glass containing 625mg of potassium, your 12.5% daily intake has never been easier to meet!

 

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4) Chi coconut water is gentle on the stomach

Raw, organic and 100% natural – Chi’s is an ideal drink to soothe upset stomachs.

Chi contains loads of electrolytes and antioxidants inside each glass, helping to flush out toxins and rebalance the digestive system. Coconut water also contains tannins, which are known for reducing inflammation.

Stick to water and 100% natural coconut water and you should be feeling great again in no time.

5) No refined sugar

Now, I’m not saying coconut water is sugar-free. There are naturally occurring sugars in Chi, 3.71g/100ml to be exact.

These naturally occurring sugars are, however, completely different to the refined sugars you find in a can of pop. This is because fizzy drinks contain highly processed sugar, and little else. This sugar leads to a spike in insulin levels, leaving your hormones all over the place.

Chi’s, however, has a high nutritional value, including lots of dietary fibre. Fibre help the body absorb naturally occurring sugars more slowly, releasing regular energy over time.

6) Chi is high in magnesium

Magnesium plays a key role in so many of our bodies functions. Fall short on your recommended daily intake and you could experience muscle cramps, poor sleep and even anxiety.

Unlike fizzy drinks, which contain no magnesium at all, Chi is relatively rich in magnesium – a 250ml glass contains around 15% of your recommended daily allowance.

Chi could be the key to reaching your RDA of magnesium, supporting your body in over 300, complex enzyme reactions.

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7) Chi could help lower your blood pressure

Worryingly, one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure. It can happen to anyone, that’s why ensuring you live a lifestyle that actively prevents it is so important.

A balanced diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables (and Chi!), can help maintain a low blood pressure. Fresh, 100% natural produce contains plenty of potassium, which is key in regulating the effects on salt on the body.

Get enough potassium, and your helping your body to keep your blood pressure stable.

8) 100% natural Chi is extremely low in fat

The ‘fat debate’ has been going on for many years. Should we avoid them, or embrace them? And if the latter, which ones are the best? Well, the truth is that we need fats to live.

Fats provide us with an extra source of energy when all of our carbohydrates are used up. Besides exercise, this energy is also essential for growth, brain function, healthy skin, and much more.

So fats should indeed be embraced, but it’s not an excuse to overindulge. Excess fat consumption can lead to high cholesterol and other health problems. In order to avoid this, the recommended daily saturated fat allowance of 24g should be adhered to.

In order not to exceed this, it’s best to have a balanced diet of both fatty and low-fat foods. Chi contains few (0.2g/100ml) and only naturally occurring fats, making it a healthy addition to your diet.

9) Chi is an ideal cleanser & toner for sensitive skin

So we’ve heard all about the nutritional benefits of Chi, but did you also know it can be used on skin?

When used on the skin, coconut water is extremely hydrating, leaving skin looking plumped and refreshed. Being 100% natural, raw and organic it’s a gentle cleanser for sensitive or problem-prone skin.

If you want to see what Chi is really made of, try using it to remove makeup. It’s extremely gentle and soothing – and also much cheaper than beauty brands. Use by applying to coconut wool pads and sweeping over the face.

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10) Chi coconut water contains vitamin C

Anything with the word ‘vitamin’ in front of it has got to be good. Chi contains generous amounts of Vitamin C, which has a wide array of health benefits.

Vitamin C works to boost our immune system, making the body more adept at protecting us from sickness. Externally, it’s essential for wound repair, helping our bodies to grow connective tissues that heal our cuts. Best of all, Vitamin C plays an important role in the production of mood-enhancing chemicals in our body – drinking Chi really will make you smile!

11) Chi coconut water gives back

One of the best things about Chi is that it’s 100% honest. What you see on the packaging is what you get – nothing but 100% raw, organic coconut water.

But Chi isn’t just ethical in the product it provides – it goes a step further. Working hand in hand with Drop4Drop to deliver water wells to underdeveloped communities in India and Africa, Chi like to give a little back.

By choosing Chi coconut water, you’re also helping those most in need across the world. Every carton you buy gives communities safe access to one of the most vital human needs – water.

Chi’s benefits are never ending. For your health, for your skin, for the environment and for other, less-fortunate people around the world, there’s no comparable coconut water in the UK.

12) Chi coconut water is available in different flavours

If you’re the type of person that gets bored easily, you’ll be pleased to know Chi has many different flavours to explore. From a Cold Brew Coffee & Raw Coconut Water to get you going in the morning to a 100% Pure Coconut Water & Pineapple for post-workout revitalisation, there’s a Chi coconut water perfect for every occasion.

 

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As if we needed any more reasons to drink Chi!

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Matcha Tea is
good for you!

Coconut water lovers and Matcha tea lovers, we’ve got what you were waiting for! Chi has created the UK’s first 100% raw coconut water from Nam Hom young coconuts brewed with the finest Japanese matcha Tea. By combining these two noble ingredients, Chi has made the tastiest and healthiest drink ever seen on the market.

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You may already have heard of matcha as a superfood or at least healthy food trend. Well, there are indeed lots of benefits you can get out of these delicate tealeaves.

Therefore we would like to give you a little introduction into the world of matcha: this superfood is basically just tea and more precisely a special form of green tea, packed with lots of amazing benefits. One of those benefits are antioxidants which have a huge anti-aging effect on the human body and skin.

But how?

By fighting all the so-called free radicals in your body, which are responsible for the aging of your body’s cells. Antioxidants help generally to slow down this aging process and the result is not only clearly visible but can also be felt in a few time. Being in this way almost a wonder aliment, matcha has of course even more magical benefits like f. ex. preventing disease and lowering cholesterol and blood sugar. Honestly, those are really amazing benefits you shouldn’t miss out!

 

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That’s why we absolutely wanted to mix the power of matcha with our Raw Coconut Water. And this led us to two magical ingredients in just one bottle with thousands of benefits for you and your body.

And last but not least we have some good news for all you coffee addicts out there, as we also launched a second new product in our Chi drink range: Raw Coconut Water with cold brew coffee!

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So whenever you feel stressed out or completely exhausted, just take a sip of one of our new drinks and you will literally feel your body coming into balance again. #zen

 

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Win tickets to
OM Yoga Show

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

***COMPETITION TIME***

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

Facebook: Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water

Instagram: @Chicoconutwater

Twitter: @chicocowater

Competition ends on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

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

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September
motivation

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

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

Eat clean with a designer lunchbox

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

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Go refined sugar free 

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

Deliciously Ella 

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

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

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Treat yourself to some new trainers

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

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

 

Running 

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Gym anywhere with ClassPass

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

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

Set a goal

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

Bath half marathon

Sunday 12th March 2017

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Sign up here 

London marathon

Sunday 23rd April 2017

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Sign up here 

Tough Mudder 

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

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

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

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

See event locations here 

Men’s health survival of the fittest

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

Enter here

 

Competition time! Win 2 tickets
to a preview screening…

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

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

 

PRIZE

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

HOW TO ENTER?

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

1. Share the competition post on Chi Facebook

OR

2. Retweet the competition post on Chi Twitter

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

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

 Have a sneaky peek of the trailer here.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Coconuts are known for their high nutritional content; rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. The fat in coconuts are considered ‘good’ fats in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Focusing on one fatty acid in particular, lauric acid, it is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin – an antiviral and antibacterial compound that destroys a variety of disease causing organisms. Therefore the consumption of coconut in its many forms: coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk or even coconut flour, is therefore incredibly beneficial for ones health and in fighting infections and viruses.

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Coconut based products are especially popular with health enthusiasts, vegans and those that are lactose intolerant as coconut milk in particular is lactose free. Coconut milk is therefore a widely used as a milk substitute and diary alternative in baking.

Without further ado, we explore some Brazilian coconut recipes, some traditional and some with a modern twist!

Beijinho de Coco a.k.a Coconut Kisses 

Coconut truffles

Balls of sweet goodness!

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Ingredients:

  • Sweetened condensed milk x1 can
  • Sweetened desiccated coconut 1/4 cup
  • Butter 1 tbsp
  • Desiccated coconut for decoration
  • Whole cloves for decorating

Step 1: Bring milk and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the milk has reduced to half and thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the 1/4 cup coconut, and allow to cool a bit before pouring into a buttered bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until cold, about 2 hours.

Step 2: With buttered or oiled hands, form milk mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, and roll in coconut flakes. Stick a clove into each beijinho as decoration.

Quindim 

Coconut flan

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

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A favourite from the region of Bahia quindim is a glossy yellow sweet made with nothing more than eggs, sugar and coconut (with butter a common addition). Baked in cupcake-sized moulds, or large if you wish, the bottom is toasted and golden, dense with grated coconut, while the top is a smooth, firm custard that sticks pleasingly to the roof of the mouth.

Ingredients:

  • White sugar x1 cup
  • Shredded coconut x1 cup
  • Softened butter 1 tbsp
  • Egg yolk x5
  • Egg white x1

Step 1: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Step 2: Mix the sugar, coconut, and butter in a bowl. Stir in the egg yolks and the egg white; beat until well combined. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate. Place the pie plate in a large roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan to reach about half-way up the side of the pie plate.

Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before turning out onto a serving dish. Refrigerate until serving.

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The Brazilan chocolate trifle 

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

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 Ingredients 

For the chocolate layer 

  • 20 ladyfinger biscuits
  • 2-3 Tbsp Cognac
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1.5 cups cocoa powder
For the cream layer
  • 2 cans sweet condensed milk
  • 4 cups milk (or use the sweet condensed milk’s can to measure)
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 4 egg yolks (strained)
For the whipped cream layer
  • 1 small container heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Step 1: In a large pot, combine the sweet condensed milk and 3 cups of the milk.

Step 2: Dissolve the corn starch in one cup of milk and add to the pot. Cook that mixture over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until it starts thickening.

Step 3: Separate a cup of the mixture and let it cool.

Step 4: Add the egg yolks to the cooled cream and return it to the pot. Cook until it thickens.

Step 5: Let it cool and pour into a 15×10 baking dish.

Step 6: Place the biscuits into a large bowl and the Cognac into another smaller bowl.

Step 7: Using your fingers, sprinkle the Cognac onto the biscuits.

Step 8: In the same pot you used for the cream, add 2 cups of milk and 1.5 cups of cocoa powder. Cook until it resembles hot chocolate. (It’s supposed to be a liquid mixture, and not a cream!)

Step 9: Dip the biscuits into the chocolate and place them on top of the cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 10: On the next day, make some whipped cream by mixing the heavy cream, the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the whipped cream into the baking dish, creating a 3rd layer.

Step 11: Refrigerate for at least 1 more hour before serving.

Step 12: Grate or shave some chocolate on top of the pavê and serve cold.

Some other Brazilian delicacies…

Cachaça

Fermented sugarcane juice

Dating back to the 1500s, cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice, and is best known as the fiery kick in caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail.

Coconut caipirinhas

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Ingredients:

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

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

Açaí bowls 

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

Those bright purples bowls you see on Instagram #superhealthy

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Of all the thousands of fruits from the Amazon, açaí is the best known, thanks to its super-food status. Traditionally eaten by indigenous tribes for energy, the hard purple berry is also used in Amazonian cooking, as a sauce with fish. A clever marketing campaign in the ’80s thrust it into the spotlight as the energy snack of choice for surfers in glamorous Rio de Janeiro. Served as a sweet, gloopy, frozen sorbet, sometimes topped with granola and slices of banana, or whizzed up in juices, it can found in every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country.

Tip: add some desiccated coconut on top and serve in a coconut shell for that extra coco-nutty touch!

 

 

 

 

 

Chi’s Summer Coconut
Cocktail Ideas

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

1.) Coconut Mojito

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

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2.) Vanilla Pear Coconut Cooler

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

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3.) Coconut Lime Coolers

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

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4.) Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas

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

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5.) Coconut Pineapple  Cocktail

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

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6.) Mango Coconut Margarita

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

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Just Eat Right Cafe Pop
Up Sunday 5th June

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

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

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

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

Monday smoothie
recipe

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

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Deliciously Ella

Serves 1

Ingredients

2/3 of a mug of coconut water (200ml)

1 tablespoon of coconut yoghurt (I use a brand called Coyo)

A big handful of spinach

1 ripe banana

1 tablespoon of bee pollen (optional)

Method

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

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Madeleine Shaw

Serve 1

Ingredients:

1 whole Thai coconut

200g of blueberries or other berry

1 tsp of honey (optional)

1 tbsp of desiccated coconut

¼ tsp of cinnamon

½ tsp of fresh grated ginger

Method

Crack open your coconut and pour the water into your blender, then scrape out the flesh. I use a cleaver knife to whack it open but there are also more sensible (and safe) methods and tools to get it open.

Place the flesh, honey (if using), cinnamon, ginger and almost all of the berries (reserving a few for decoration) blend until smooth then top with the desiccated coconut and leftover berries.

This will keep on the fridge for a day or so. It’s kinda fun it turns into a jelly ☺ but best to drink it fresh.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

Serve 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain coconut water

2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced

1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)

1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)

2 cups spinach or kale

1/2 avocado, sliced

optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax or flaxseed oil

Directions:

Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.

Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick.

Acai Berry
Breakfast!

It’s been a few months that we’ve seen acai berry in our local stores. The acai berry is a small, reddish-purple drupe consisting of a cluster of seeds, with only around 15 percent or so being edible, harvested from palm trees found around the Amazon River basin of South America. These berries are  packed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. There are numerous health benefits in them, such as:

– boosting your immune system

– preventing skin health

– loosing weight

– Anti-aging effects and more…

Now you know how great are acai berries, let’s see how to consume them.

Acai Coconut bowl 

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Ingredients:

2 packs of acai purée

100ml Chi Raw coconut water

1 banana

Toppings

coconut

granola

strawberries

Banana

Method

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

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

 

Acai Berry Porridge 

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Ingredients:

30g rolled oats

20g chia seeds

2 tsp maca powder

2 tsp  Iswari acai berry powder

180g Chi coconut milk

260g hot water

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

METHOD:

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

2. Serve with your choice of toppings.

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Healthy Smoothie
bowl recipes

Smoothie bowls are the new breakfast trend for a good reason. They are full of nutrients and they give you the energy needed for your morning.  You might have seen on Instagram beautiful pictures of colourful smoothie bowls, so why don’t you try to make one? Smoothie bowls are thicker than a regular smoothie. All you have to do is to put less liquid and play with your favourite toppings! But be careful, you need to use healthy ingredients because your smoothie can become unhealthy quickly. Here is what you have to put in your smoothie bowls:

Protein  Yogurt  Kefir   Protein Powder

Fat Coconut milk  Avocado  Nut butters

Superfood Blueberries Acai Goji Berries Almond Maca Powder

Fibre Flax seed Chia seed Hemp

 Super Green smoothie bowl 

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Simple SUPER green smoothie bowls packed with tons of greens and customizable toppings! The healthiest and easiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal. Recipe Minimalist Baker.

 Vegan berry crunchy smoothie bowl 

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An antioxidant rich blend of mixed berries, banana, kale chia seeds and almond milk … A creamy goodness. Recipe Domesticate Me.

Chia seed Berry Coconut smoothie bowl

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Berries and coconut milk make the perfect combination. The acidity in the fruit melts into the creaminess of coconut milk, resulting in a smooth, velvety smoothie bowl. Recipe Detoxdiy.

Green Tea Lime Pie 

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

 Dragon fruit smoothie bowl 

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You’ll love scooping up a bite of smoothie with a little crunchy granola and a little bit of fresh fruit. Recipe Keep’In It Kind.

 

THE best foods for
the best sleep!

Meditation, picking up a good book, even counting sheep. We’ve all tried them and they all claim to help you switch off and drift off to the land of nod.

As well as sparking an irritable mood and general feelings of misery, a lack of sleep is detrimental to a person’s health.

Countless studies have warned of the dangers of not getting between six to eight hours sleep a night – generally accepted as the gold standard in sleep terms.

As well as relaxation techniques and ditching your blue-light emitting smartphone and tablet, there is another way to maximise the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.

A healthy diet, including key food groups packed with snooze-inducing nutrients and vitamins.

Here we reveal our favourite..

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1. SLOW-RELEASE CARBS 

Carbohydrates that slowly release energy into the body, such as oats or oatcakes, and brown rice, can help transform a person’s sleep pattern.

Whole grains help to keep the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood stable, and so provide your body with sustained energy. Your brain and body still need glucose to keep working.

If levels fall too low, this can cause the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which can wake you up.

If you have your last meal a long time before going to bed, try eating a half-size bowl of porridge or a couple of oatcakes with nut butter later in the evening

Sugary foods and refined white carbohydrates can have the opposite effect, as they quickly enter and leave the bloodstream, leaving your blood low in glucose again after only a short period of time.

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2. PROTEIN 

High protein foods, such as meat, fish, beans and lentils, seeds and nuts are also vital in helping promote a better night’s sleep.

Protein foods provide the amino acid, tryptophan, which converts into the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which melatonin is needed for a good sleep.

‘Melatonin in particular is needed for good sleep.’

However, avoid too much high-protein food in the last few hours before bed however, as they can be hard to digest – especially red meat and nuts,’ Ms Wilkinson warned.

 3. PUMPKIN SEEDS

Pumpkin seeds are high in natural magnesium, making them beneficial to those people who struggle to drift off each night.

One of the roles of magnesium is allowing the muscle fibres in our body to relax, it counteracts calcium, which causes muscles to contract. It is also thought that magnesium has a role in the normal function of the pineal gland, which produces melatonin – a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and helps us to fall asleep.

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4.  COCONUT WATER

A glass of pure, raw, Chi coconut water in the evening could help you to have a restful night’s sleep, coconut water is an excellent source of electrolyte minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium.

Balanced levels of these minerals are necessary to maintain normal muscle action, nerve function and hydration in our body.

Deficiencies or imbalances can cause cramping and restless legs at night, and therefore disturbed sleep.

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5. ZINC

Zinc-rich foods such as oysters and other seafood, whole grains and nuts, especially pecans and brazil nuts, will help send you off to the land of nod, Dr Glenville said.

‘Zinc is also needed for conversion of tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin,’ she added.

6. HERBAL TEAS

For many, nothing soothes them into a dreamy state better than a warm cuppa. But, it is vital you avoid regular builders tea, which is high in caffeine.

Calming herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower or valerian, or specific sleep blends can be helpful to drink before bedtime.

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Treat yourself with
Chi Spring Desserts

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

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

1. Coconut Lemon Pancakes

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

Coconut syrup or maple syrup for serving

Method

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

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

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

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2. Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

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

Method

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

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

 Makes 2 medium tarts

Crust

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

2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or date syrup

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

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp chi coconut oil

Filling

Coconut meat from 1 brown coconut

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp maple or date syrup

1 tbsp coconut sugar  / stevia

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Zest from 1 lime

Chi Coconut water as needed

Coconut cream and dehydrated lime wedges for decorating

Method

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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Spring is here.. what
to do in April!

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

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

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

Food

  • Urban Food Fest

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

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

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

  • Hawker House

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

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

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

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

ABQ Pop Up

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

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

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

  • London Coffee Festival

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

  • Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar

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

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday April 29 2016

Activities

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

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

The London Marathon – 24th April

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

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Feast of St George

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

Trafalgar Square , Trafalgar Square Saturday April 23 2016
Chi
Brownies

Are you a chocoholic? If yes we have the perfect recipe for you. A brownie will satisfy your chocolate craving, whether you like it fudgy or light. Now you might think, ‘Oh! Nooo, I will ruin my diet with this brownie…” No worries, brownies can be healthy, you just have to change some ingredients and use the healthy ones. Also to maintain a healthy lifestyle you have sometimes to please yourself to avoid frustration and a loss of motivation. So now get your apron and check out these yummy recipes.

Chi Brownie

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@chicoconutwater

 

Ingredient

2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)

2 handful of dark chocolate chips

60g Cacao powder

125g Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

90g Coconut flour

half tsp salt

Method

1. Preheat the oven 180 degrees Celsius. Spray some coconut oil on a baking pan.

2. In a large  bowl mix the coconut flour, cacao powder and salt.

3. Add the other ingredients and mix them with an electric mixer until combined. And then incorpore the chocolate chips.

4. Spread the mixture in baking pan. Cook for 20-25 min and let it cool.

Tips: eat this brownie with  a strawberry sauce or a frozen yogurt.

Did you know that you can make brownie with black beans?! The first time that we heard this at the office, we couldn’t believe it but actually we even prefer this version of brownie. And seriously can you make a recipe healthier than this?

Black Beans Brownie

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)

2 handful of dark chocolate chips

60g Cacao powder

125g Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

400g black beans

half tsp salt

Method

1. Preheat your oven  180 degrees celsius. Blend all the ingredients together smooth.

2. Spread the mixture in a baking pan. Cook for 15min and let it cool.

 

oil

 Buy Chi  organic coconut oil, cold pressed for £9.44

No time to cook but
I want to be healthy!

Working full time, taking care of your family and other activities, eating healthy isn’t easy everyday! When you don’t have time to cook, it’s so tempting to rush into buying junk food. So because we want you fit and  lean, we have prepared for you a meal plan for your busy days. The key to make healthy and quick meals is to have all the items on hand that it will be easier and faster to make healthy choices. Also try to cook during the weekend for the week ahead, and store your meals in a fridge.

Breakfast

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Breakfast is the meal that we have less time to eat, most of the time the breakfast we eat it on the go to work/school. So this is what you should eat to kick start your day

1 piece of fruit (at least) such as banana, orange, blueberries

1 handful of nuts such as walnuts, almonds

1 piece of Toast with some peanut butter

1  Chi Caffe Latte  or Chi Raw coconut water 

Lunch

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

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

1/2 Avocado

2 handful of rocket or spinach

2 slices of smoked salmon

pepper and salt

Snack

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

Toast snack

 1 Toasted whole grain bread slice

 Spread of cottage cheese

Toppings

Fruit slices such as strawberry, blackberry or pineapple

Nuts

Dinner

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Eating  dinner earlier will help your digestion

Super healthy smoothie

200ml  CHI coconut milk  or almond milk

2 Tbsp low-fat plain yogurt

1 handful of blueberries or  strawberries

1 Tbsp hemp powder

2 tsp whey protein powder

3 ice cubes

2 Tbsp oats.

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

 

Articles related to the same topics:

HEALTHY MEAL PLAN #GETFITWITHCHI

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CRISPY SMOOTHIES

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

THE ESSENTIAL VITAMINS FOR A HEALTHY WINTER!

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

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Rhitrition’s Clean
Porridge

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

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

  Green Porridge

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barley grass

oats

chia seeds

Chi coconut milk

peanut butter

ginger

Cacao Porridge 

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oats

Chi coconut milk

cacao nibs

protein powder

 Protein Porridge

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Chi Coconut milk

protein powder

Chia Seed Porridge

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oats

Chi coconut oil

barley grass

chia seeds

 Almond Porridge

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protein powder

oats

almond milk

Chi coconut oil

chia seeds

 Peanut Butter Porridge

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oats

chia seeds

peanut butter

Chi coconut milk 

 Chocolate Porridge

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cacao

Chi chocolate coconut milk

oats

chia seeds  

 Coco Porridge

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Chi coconut milk

chia seeds

coyo yogurt 

Gluten
free

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

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Why should we go gluten free?

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

The health benefits to go gluten free are: 

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

How should we go gluten free?

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

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

Look for products labeled gluten-free

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

The food  to avoid:

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

 

Rainbow Granola by
Barbara Cox

Barbara Cox, the amazing cook who created over 70 healthy delicious recipes to fight cancer.

In her cookbook ‘Rainbow diet’ she describes how some nutrients can maintain the health of different body systems such as the heart, blood vessels, muscles , bone and more… To finish the year healthy Barbara gave us an excellent recipe to make our breakfast full of goodness with her ‘Rainbow Granola’. See below the yummy recipe and her clever ideas!

Rainbow Granola with Chi Coconut Oil

It’s easy to overlook this important meal when the pressure is on to get the turkey in the oven. But we all need breakfast for a good start to the day, so before you and your family delve into your presents, remember to tuck into a good breakfast too.

Try making your regular breakfast cereal more special than usual with one or more of the following ideas:

  • serving it with pieces of fresh apple and pear
  • you could throw in a few nuts, or dried festive fruits such as figs and dates
  • Or why not add a handful of brightly coloured berries to your breakfast, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries? You can usually buy berries frozen, even when they’re out of season.
  • Frozen fruit and veg, as well as fresh, tinned and dried, all count towards the 5-a-day fruit and veg target.

If you’re a granola person, why not jazz up your daily serving with:

  • several slices of fresh tangerine and banana
  • a few grapes
  • a handful of seeds or nuts

Here’s a festive granola recipe using Chi coconut oil.

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Ingredients

150g oats

20g Chi coconut oil

60ml maple syrup or Manuka honey

50g pumpkin seeds

50g sunflower seeds

30g flaxseeds

100g Brazil nuts

50g dried gogi berries

70g dried cranberries

1 vanilla pod – de-seeded

Directions

Preheat oven to 180°C

Mix all ingredients together and toss until fully coated with coconut oil and Sweet Freedom

Spread mixture on a baking tray with grease-proof paper lining.

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Break apart after baking into bite-size chunks.

Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks

 

If you want to make more recipes from Barbara Cox, check out her cookbook here.

Crispy
smoothies

This month Chi gives you the chance to win an amazing hamper where we included an Nutribulet for you to make some yummy juices or smoothies. One of our favorite ways to make smoothies is by adding  freeze dried fruits, unusual, don’t you think? It’s fun to add a whole assortment of fruits to any smoothie. A small handful of freeze-dried fruits can really kick up the antioxidant content of your smoothie. If you are ready to make some smoothies, dig out your nutribullet and let’s do it!

Green Tea, Strawberry crispy, and Banana

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Ingredients

3 Tbsp water

1 green tea bag

2 tsp honey

1½ cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

½ med banana

¾ c calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk

Method

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

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

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

Power Crispy Peach

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Ingredients

1 c CHI coconut milk 

2 Tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt

½ c Giving Tree Peach crisps

½ c  Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

⅛ tsp powdered ginger

2 tsp whey protein powder

3 ice cubes1 c oats1.

 

Methods

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

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

Strawberry- Kiwi Smoothie

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Ingredients

41¼ c cold apple juice

1 ripe banana, sliced

1 kiwifruit, sliced

1 cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

Method

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

 

Apple Green

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Ingredients

2 apples

2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)

1 celery stalk (optional)

1/2 cup water

1 cup Giving Tree Apple crisps 

1 clamp Cinnamon

Method

COMBINE everything, blend until smooth.

Raw coconut water  with Mango crisps

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Ingredients

 250 ml Chi Raw Coconut water

2 bananas

2 mangos

1 cup strawberries (fresh or freeze dried)

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup Giving Tree Mango crisps

Method

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

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

Creamy Green Smoothie

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Ingredients

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

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

1/2 cup Giving Tree Broccoli crisps

1 cup lime sherbet

3/4 cup ice cubes

 

Method

1   Place a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to just below the bottom of the basket. Bring water to boiling. Add apples and courgette. Cover and reduce heat. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes or until very tender. Remove from heat; cool completely.

Transfer apple mixture to a blender. Add sherbet. Cover and blend until very smooth, stopping and scraping sides of blender as needed. Add ice cubes and the Broccoli crips. Cover and blend until smooth.

Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately

Cold
remedies

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


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

1. What to eat?

Lemon and orange

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

Soup

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

 

Hot peppers

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

Garlic and ginger

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

What to drink?

Hot tea

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

Raw coconut water

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

Instructor live
Workout!

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

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

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WHAT?

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

HOW?

Think Netflix for fitness; browse around and choose what kind of exercise class you feel like doing from day to day or let the site build a bespoke programme for you to follow over the next 6-8 weeks to reach your goal. Add a meal plan to your programme, read interesting articles for motivation and get access to their 24- hour support service.

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BESPOKE OFFER:

Go to Instructorlive.com and type in the promocode CHILONDON to get a 10-day free trial and 30 percent off on the site that usually cost £5.99 a month. The offer runs for the next month, so get exercising, hold on to your positive vibes and get into the habit of a healthy lifestyle before the festive season starts!

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

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Halloween
Competition

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

COMPETITION TIME

halloween giveaway 2015

 

What’s the prize included?

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

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

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

How to enter ?

It’s really easy, all you need to do:

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

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

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

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

Prevent Cancer with Chi
Raw coconut water!

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

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

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Sounds too good to be true?

You have to keep in mind that current research is too preliminary to confirm. But with all the benefits coconut water contains we are really optimistic.

Note:  you must use fresh “young coconuts” and extract the coconut water.

 

For cancer prevention and overall good health, there is no substitute for the three basics: an overall healthy diet, staying a healthy weight, and daily physical activity. 

What are
Superfoods?

The last few years, we’ve seen a lot of foods labeled ‘superfoods’, but what are superfoods? There is no legal or medical definition. It’s generally accepted that superfoods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Eating them may  help prevent diseases  and they make you healthier and aid weight loss too.

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Here is your 10 best superfoods:

 

1. ACAI

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The acai berry contains antioxidants, substances that fight harmful molecules, known as one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil.

2. ALMOND

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Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats; much research now links this type of fat with a reduced risk of heart disease. These nuts are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which help to protect against UV light damage and Alzheimer’s disease.

3. CACAO

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Who’d have thought?! Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:

  • Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
  • Protein
  • Fibre

4. GREEN TEA

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Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins.
5. COCONUT
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Coconut contains properties that can prevent, or even cure, a wide range of ailments from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Especially coconut oil which has so many benefits such as:
  • Protects against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol.
  • Helps treat malnutrition because it is easy to digest and absorb.
  • Kills disease-causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses because of the antimicrobial effects of its fatty acids.
  • Helps diabetics by slowing sugar release into the bloodstream.
  • Prevents strokes and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Boosts metabolism and increases energy because it is more likely to be burned as fuel than stored as body fat.

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

6. SALMON

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Salmon is a superfood because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease. 

7. KALE

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 The health benefits of kale go well beyond providing a truckload of vitamins and minerals; this superfood is packed with phytonutrients such as glucosinolates and flavonoids as well. Thanks to its broad nutritional profile, kale is thought to help fight cardiovascular disease, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis; to prevent several types of cancer and pre-mature aging of the skin; and to promote the health of the urinary tract.


8. QUINOA


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Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa is high in fibre and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium.

9. LENTIL

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Lentils are rich in complex carbohydrates, a nutrient that boosts the metabolism and helps the body to burn fat. They are an excellent source of fibre, which can help reduce cholesterol levels. Lentils are also an outstanding source of folate and magnesium.

10. GREEK YOGURT

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Yogurt is actually cultured milk that is thickened by healthy bacteria. Lactic acid is produced and this process thickens the yogurt and creates the tart flavour. It can help to maintain a healthy digestive tract, as well as reduce high blood pressure and promote a healthy heart.

 

Organic
September!

This September, the Soil Association is holding the “Organic September’. This initiative is to understand the impact of buying organic products.  The buying decisions you make are simple but powerful! Small changes can make a big difference. We also think that it’s so important to make the right choice  by buying organic. But, why should we buy organic?

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  • Avoid chemicals

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

  • Better taste

You will taste the difference between an organic product and a non-organic product.Try it!

  • Preserve your ecosystem

Organic farming supports sustainability. Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem. Insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are able to play their roles in the ecology life, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromising.

  •  Reduce pollution

Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water, and destroying the value of fertile farmland. Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity. 

  • Keep our children and our future safe

Spending money in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.

 

So what are you waiting for? Make a small change to your everyday shopping.

Quiche
party?

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

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

 

Mushroom, Spinach and Feta

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Ingredients

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

Method

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

* Optional ingredient

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

Tomato Basil  Quiche 

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INGREDIENTS

 Healthy crust

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

Filling

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

Method

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

 

Mexican Quiche 

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INGREDIENTS

Filling

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

Method

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

 

Tuna & Leek quiche 

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 Ingredients

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

 Method

 

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

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

BON APPETIT EVERYONE! 

How to
start jogging?

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

First Step 

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

Second Step 

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

 Third Step

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

Fourth Step 

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

Fifth Step

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

Sixth Step

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

The Giving
Tree snacks

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

The Giving Tree Range

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WHAT’S FREEZE DRIED?

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

WHAT’S VACUUM FRIED?

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

HEALTH BENEFITS

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

Where to find them?

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

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

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@givingtreesnack 

How do I enter the competition?

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

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

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

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

Good Luck!

Here are the links:

Facebook: Givingtree

Twitter: @Givingtreesnack

Instagram: @Givingtreesnack

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

Be Healthy.
Be Happy!

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

 

1. Set  your goals

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

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2. Exercise as much as you can

As you know exercising is so good for your mind and your body. But also it can help you to eat more healthy by helping you to resist temptation and it reduces craving for junk food. When you start exercising you don’t want to eat junk food but healthy food to see the results of your workout.

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3. Don’t get bored

Sometimes eating healthy can be boring…At CHI HQ we say NO! It’s not true now, and thanks to the internet, we can make some yummy and tasty recipes. And lucky as we are, we can find some really nice restaurants! Try new things, don’t stick on one kind of meal.  By nature, humans need changes and variety to stay motivated.

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4. Healthy  snacks

Always bring a healthy snack  with you before to go out. This will help you to stay away from the junk food and you won’t be hungry. Studies showed that if you go grocery with an empty stomach you are more tempting to buy junk food. So get  a snack before going to the supermarket!

The Giving Tree snack 

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Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges

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

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5. Enjoy eating 

First thing that you have to remember, you are not on a diet but you choose to eat healthy! So enjoy eating all kinds of food, even your favourite foods (usually not healthy). Deprivation is the worst thing you can do, you’ll just get frustrated. So if you want a treat, eat it and enjoy it but with moderation.

6. Chi Raw coconut

Chi Raw Coconut Water can help you to eat less junk food! How? After drinking coconut water you’ll feel less hungry thanks to its nutrients and vitamins, try it you’ll love it!

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Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic

 

 

EnTHAIrely RAW Supper
Club event

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

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

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

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Raw Tom Kha with Seasonal Market Vegetables
served with cauliflower rice

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

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

Summer
Prize

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

What’s included in the prize?

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

How to enter ?

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

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

Here are the links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

OR

Facebook: www.facebook.com/givingtreesnacks

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

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

Protect Your Skin from the
sun with Coconut Oil

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

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

How to choose your sunscreen?

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

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How to use it?

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

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

What are the alternative of the sunscreen?

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

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

How to heal your sunburn?

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

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

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RELAX THIS SUMMER
WITH A COCONUT-COCKTAIL

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

COCONUT GIN AND TONICS

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Instructions

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

COCONUT PINEAPPLE CHILLER

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Recipe & Photo Credits: FoodfromFlossie

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Instructions

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

BLACKCURRANT COCKTAIL WITH COCONUT WATER

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Recipe & Credits: Food&Style 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

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

KINGSTON COCONUT COLADA

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Recipe & Photo Credits: Liqour.com 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Nice Crispy Snack

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

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

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

The perfect healthy
summer BBQ

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

STEP 1: VEGGIES

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

Ingredients

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

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

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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

STEP 3: BAKED SWEET POTATO

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

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Ingredients

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

Method

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

STEP 4: DRINKS – SUMMER COCONUT PUNCH

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

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Ingredients

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

Method

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

 

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

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STEP 5: DESSERT – COCONUT & CHIA SEED PUD

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

Ingredients (Serves 2)

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

Instructions

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

 

Enjoy your weekend and the promo that we have at Planet Organic & Whole Foods and on Ocado.com!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Grocer Gold
Award 2015

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

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

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

Here are some pictures of the evening:

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We had such a nice dinner!

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Drop4Drop Clean Water Project
for the Vadapada Community

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

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

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

Chi x

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Summer
#GetfitwithChi

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

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

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

Summer #GetfitwithChi Challenge 1 

Repeat 3 TIMES

30 seconds sprint

50 jumping jacks 30 sprint

20 lunges each leg

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15 Burpees

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25 Squats

25 squat

10 push ups

Option 1 (beginner)

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Option 2 (advance)

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30 seconds mountain climber

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

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

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The Secrets
of Yoga

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

What are the benefits to Yoga?

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

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

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

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A breakfast bowl
of summer

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

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

STEP 1: The Base – Choosing the Smoothie

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

Choco-Raspberry Heaven:

 Strawberry Mango Delight:

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

Berry Purple Power (Serves 2):

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

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

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

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

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

The perfect hydration
drink for Athletes

It can sometimes be a struggle to keep hydrated in general. This can end up making you feel dehydrated throughout the day and when it becomes the time to get a workout in your day, whether it’s a aerobics, a Bikram yoga class or a jog outside, it can end up making you feel dizzy, tired and low on energy. It is important to keep hydrated, especially during exercise where you are sweating it all out.

Sonia Samuels is an incredible Great British athlete passionate about health and fitness. Having put her career on hold to follow her passion and dreams of making the 2016 Olympic athletic team, her dedication, strength and power of achieving this means having daily, intense training sessions and keeping to a clean diet.

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For Sonia, it was important to keep herself hydrated before, during and after a work-out to make sure her worked out at a very high performance. So to fuel her up she shared a lovely article about why Chi worked for her. In Sonia words ‘Chi Raw Coconut Water is simply the best way to rehydrate after a run or workout’ not to mention it was ‘Chi-licious’. Check out the rest are what Athelete Sonia thought of our Chi products : http://www.soniasamuels.com/?p=1639

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 So keep yourself hydrated with Chi!

Eat less sugar! You
will see the difference.

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

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

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

How to eat less sugar?

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

What are the alternatives to sugar?

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

You have some healthy sugar such as:

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

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Date sugar (dehydrated, ground dates)

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

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

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Chi was at the
London Ethnic Event

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

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

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

Here are some nice pictures of the event!

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Chi kept everybody hydrated!

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Reach for
Raw

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

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

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

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

What are the benefits of drinking raw coconut water?

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

Here are some benefits:

-Aids in weight loss

-Facilitate digestion

-Boost hydration

-Reduce blood pressure

-Rich in nutrients

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

What does it taste like?

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

Is yours pink?

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

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

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

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How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

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

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

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

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

Juice with Chi
raw coconut water

Don’t forget you can WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER WORTH OVER £150! If you win our amazing prize, what juice will you make? We have some excellent recipes to make healthy and refreshing juices with Chi raw coconut water that will give you a boost for your day. Perfect to be in shape before summer!Tempting?

GREEN COCO DETOX JUICE

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Health benefits of drinking juices with coconut water:

-Weight loss

-Help your immune system

– Increase your energy

-Help you to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables

-Support you brain health

Improve your hydration, thanks to our raw coconut water

So if you want to start making  juices, today you have the chance to win a Nutribullet and a case of Chi raw coconut water. But enter today as competition closes 29th of April at 4pm!

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How to enter the competition ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

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

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

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

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

 

 

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

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

What’s included in the prize?

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

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

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

 

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

How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

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

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

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

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

 

Going
RAW

We are proud to announce that you can now buy 100% RAW coconut water from Chi! We are so excited for you to taste this delicious product: totally untampered with –  Left as nature intended it to be left (perfect!). Available at OCADO, Whole Foods, Planet Organic with more stockists being added monthly.

FRESH – NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – COLD-EXTRACTION – ORGANIC – NEVER HEATED – 100% PURE – RAW – NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.

So how do we get it?

The coconut water found within young green coconuts in Thailand is very easily altered when heated. That is why when you drink coconut water which is not raw, it does’t quite bring back that same memory of sipping coconuts on holiday – however refreshing and lovely it may be. However, Chi has found a way to keep the fresh coconut water in Thailand in its natural RAW form! We use high pressure processing to do this – keeping the coconut water cold at all times: from when the coconut is cracked open by our farmers to the moment you pick it up from the shelves in your closest store. High pressure processing allows the coconut water to have a longer refrigerated shelf life while also allowing all the natural flavours to remain exactly the same. We do not add any preservatives or heating to the product – it is simply simple! This means that the nutritional content is also unchanged.

Watch this video on how we make our coconut water:

Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water – No Gimmicks. No Celebrity Lifestyle to sell. from Serendipity Films on Vimeo.

Where does RAW coconut water come from?

Our coconuts come from a region called ‘Ratchaburi’ in Western Thailand where the rich soil and tropical climate offer the perfect environment for producing uniquely great tasting coconuts. The word Ratchaburi means “The land of the king” and the provence is located 80km west of Bangkok, bordering Burma. The soil is perfect for coconuts to grow here – with the Mae Klong River flowing through the centre of Ratchaburi town.  Hence why Thailand is renowned for producing the world’s best tasting coconut water.

Why go RAW?

The main reason to go RAW is for the taste – incredibly fresh and unique!  However, other reasons may be that Chi RAW coconut water is packed with naturally occurring electrolyte minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – always harvested at the perfect moment for peak nutrition! We never mix the ages or varieties of our coconuts – giving a consistently fresh and pure taste.

Our RAW coconut water is also sustainable – as Chi trades fairly. We are contributing to the environmental impact of production: creating a sustainable balance between farming and wild ecosystems. Chi RAW coconut also works hand in hand with ‘Drop4Drop.org’ in order to deliver water wells to communities that need it most. 

Why does RAW coconut water go pink?

This is a natural occurrence and it is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is nature’s way of blushing! 

The colour doesn’t change the taste, it is still so good.

Where you can find our Raw Coconut Water?

Planet Organic

Whole Foods 

Ocado

 

 

5 best blends! Our favourite
smoothie recipes here at Chi.

Here at Chi we have collected our 5 favourite smoothie recipes! Love drinking smoothies with a hint of coconut to them?! You have come to the right place. 

1. Deliciously Ella’s Mango and cashew smoothie. 

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 mango.
  • 2 ripe bananas.
  • 2 cups of spinach.
  • 1/2 a cup of spinach.
  • 2 cups of Chi coconut water.
  • 1 lime
  • Optional: A tablespoon of chai seeds.

Notes: Soak cashews overnight to soften them. Add all the ingredients to a strong blender when fresh for the best results!

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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!

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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… 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  🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chi at BBC Good
Food Eat Well show

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

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

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

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

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Here are a few pictures from the show:

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See you next year BBC Good Food Eat Well Show!

 

Chef on a bike tells
us why he loves Chi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chef on a bike’s Clean and Super Nutritious Porridge

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

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

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

 

For more information, follow Mario: @chefonabike

“I Accidentally Ate
the Whole Thing”

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

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And this…

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Oh, and this…

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

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

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

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

Coconut Water Smoothie Bowl
by I Accidentally Ate the Whole Thing

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

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

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

Follow @anisakazemi and @chicoconutwater

 

BBC Good Food Eat
Well Show Tickets Giveaway

Fancy winning two complimentary tickets to the BBC Good Food Eat Well Show, PLUS a load of Chi goodies!? Head over to our Twitter page and enter! It takes two seconds. (T&Cs apply.)

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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

 

Good Luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Chi x Byron & Bronte
– January Survival Kit Giveaway

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

Terms and Conditions are as follows:

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

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

The competition is only open to UK residents.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Good Luck!

January smoothie
inspiration

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients

1 glass of Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water

1 handful of kale

1 handful of spinach

2 sticks of celery, sliced

Juice of 1 lemon

Method

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

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

 

Flu-fighting
Foods

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

1. Raw garlic & onion

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

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

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

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2. Spices

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

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

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3. Ginger

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

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4. Berries and citrus fruits

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

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

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5. Honey

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

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6. Liquids

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

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7. Coconut Oil

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

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

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

Coconut Oil for Dry
Skin and Hair

As we move towards October, it is important to start protecting ourselves from the damaging effects of the cold, winter weather. During these colder months, dryness in the air forces our hair, skin and nails to behave very differently. 
 Compensating for this loss of natural moisture in the air can be challenging, but here at Chi, we have an all-in-one solution for you… 

COCONUT OIL

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…

 

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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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For Skin…

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.

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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.

 

 

Coconut Water Recipes
for Kids

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

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

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

Fruity Coconut Water Ice Lollies

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

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

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

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

Add to water for a nutritious pop of colour!

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

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

THE ART OF
THE PACKED LUNCH

The start of school term has got us thinking about the art of the packed lunch.  With such a larger focus now on children being sent off to school with a nutritious lunch we got thinking about healthy packed lunches adults can take to the office too.  Eating a healthy and balanced diet can take some planning as a lot of convenience foods can be full of hidden preservatives, sugars and other unwelcome ingredients

Preparing your lunch the night before is a good solution to the lunchtime healthy eating conundrum.  It is important to make something that is going to fill you up, there’s no point having a light lunch only to find yourself reaching for a chocolate bar at 3 o’clock!

Why not try a healthy pitta filled with mixed vegetables, chicken, turkey or tuna for your packed lunch?  Or what about a Scandinavian inspired open sandwich served on rye bread?  This recipe from BBC Good Food for an avocado and smoked salmon version is making our mouths water!

Salads and soups can be an extremely versatile lunchtime option.  Mix up your salads by trying different greens – mixed leafs, spinach, kale, watercress – and add a range of other vegetables like avocado, tomatoes and cucumber.  For a heartier salad add pulses or grains such as quinoa, lentils and beans.  We like the look of this tuna and bean salad from Delicious magazine.

As the weather gets cooler soup becomes an increasingly more appealing lunch option.  Making your own soup at the beginning of the week can mean you have lunch for most of the week.  Making soup is so easy; try whizzing up a selection of your favourite vegetables or add stock to cut vegetables and simmer.  Serve with Ryvita’s, rye bread or a wholemeal bread roll.

Try packing some healthy snacks in with your lunch.  Pack plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, like chopped carrots or cucumber to snack on.  We love the raw bars from our friends at Purple Balance for a mid-afternoon pick me up.   Last but certainly not least, ensure that you pick your favourite Chi to keep you happy and hydrated.   Haven’t tried all of our flavours yet?  Then have a look here for more information

 

Chi @ Notting
Hill Carnival 2014

We were lucky enough to have Notting Hill Carnival happen right on our doorstep this year, and thought it only fitting to give away lots of Chi to the lovely performers, spectators and party seekers.

As you may know, Coconut Water is a huge carnival tradition, usually served straight from the young green coconut, with a straw stuck straight in the top. Chi is the next best thing (and certainly easier to carry!) so of course, we got bombarded. Anyone would have thought we were giving away free money, it was great!

The miserable weather didn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits either. The atmosphere was as lively and vibrant as ever. The streets were filled with music and laughter, and more colours than Chi’s product range! Yet another fabulous year here in West London. Here’s some pictures:

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Top Tips for Notting
Hill Carnival 2014

August Bank Holiday Weekend is finally here, which means one thing… CARNIVAL TIME!

For those of you heading West this weekend, you’re in for a truly colourful treat. Notting Hill Carnival’s famous extravaganza of Afro-Carribean culture brings heavenly street food, an eclectic mix of music, and an incredible display of wild and exotic costumes. So here’s our top 5 tips for enjoying London’s biggest party:

1. Bring the Family
Sunday is Family Day. There’s even a children’s parade! It’s a much quieter and more relaxed than Monday, and will be enjoyable for all the family. We recommend bringing earplugs/protectors, as the soundsystems can be very loud.

2. Eat Caribbean
At carnival, you’re never too far from a smoking barbecue, jerk chicken, goat curry, or ackee and salt fish. We highly recommend that you ditch the diet for the day and dig in! If you’re a veggie, look out for vegetarian patties, curries and chips.

3. Find a good spot
If you get there early enough, you’ll be able to grab yourself front row seats (on the floor) along the main route. If not, you can get great photos of the parade and feel part of the action by standing by the judges’ platform.

4. Stay Safe
Notting Hill Carnival is a lively, fun and welcoming festival, but like any huge event staying aware and alert is important. Avoid pickpockets by keeping your valuables out of sight and out of reach. There will be hundreds of police officers on duty, so if you have any worries, let them know.

5. Drink plenty of (Coconut) Water
It’s really important that you stay hydrated during carnival, especially if you’re consuming alcohol. Pack plenty of water, and don’t forget to take advantage of all the fresh coconuts on offer! Who knows, you may even find Chi giving out some free Coconut Water on Sunday… 😉

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What inspires
us…

Here are a few things that will make us happy this weekend.

Have the most wonderful weekend and make sure you enjoy a Chi.

Summer Coconut
Water Smoothie

Good morning everyone,

Start your day the healthy way with a Summer Coconut Water Smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 cup Chi Coconut Water
1 banana
1/2 mango
1 tbsp quinoa flakes
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp goji berries

Blend everything and save some of the goji berries to sprinkle on top.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Green Juice Recipe
with Coconut Water

Happy Monday everyone!

Let’s all have a green week?

Smoothies are definitely the perfect way to get enough vitamins and minerals through out the day.

Here is the recipe for one of our favourite green smoothies.

Ingredients:

1 cup Chi Coconut Water

1 handful spinach

1 kiwi

1 banana

1/2 lemon juice

1 tbsp ginger

1 tbsp chia seeds

Blend everything together and enjoy for a boost of energy!

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