coconuts with Chi this summer
As the temperature rises here in the UK we all want something refreshing to ease us into the summer heat. We here at Chi bring to you 5 creative and coconutty ideas to use your Chi and chill out this season.
1.) Summer Coconut Popsicles
Beat the heat with these 100% natural homemade coconut water popsicles! Add in some fresh fruit to get a serving of your five a day. Stick your popsicles in the freezer, wait 8 hours or overnight and enjoy your frozen lolly. Check out the recipe here.
2.) Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream
What better way to cool down this summer than this decadent looking Coconut raspberry ice cream! This DIY frozen treat is delicious, free from dairy, refined sugars and vegan friendly! Get the recipe here.
3.) Watermelon Coconut Summer Slushie
Skip the artificial colours and flavours and added sugars and chill out with this healthy DIY Watermelon Coconut slushie cooler. Full recipe here.
4.) Coconut Acai Bowl
Use coconut milk in your next acai bowl for a coconutty spin! You could also step up your topping game with some added coconut flakes or fresh berries for an added fibre and antioxidant boost! To get the recipe click here.
5.) Maple Iced Coconut Coffee
Kick start your morning and get your daily caffeine fix with this chilled Maple Coconut Coffee. The maple twist in your morning coffee will surely be a sweet start to your morning. Full recipe here.
the best sleep!
Meditation, picking up a good book, even counting sheep. We’ve all tried them and they all claim to help you switch off and drift off to the land of nod.
As well as sparking an irritable mood and general feelings of misery, a lack of sleep is detrimental to a person’s health.
Countless studies have warned of the dangers of not getting between six to eight hours sleep a night – generally accepted as the gold standard in sleep terms.
As well as relaxation techniques and ditching your blue-light emitting smartphone and tablet, there is another way to maximise the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
A healthy diet, including key food groups packed with snooze-inducing nutrients and vitamins.
Here we reveal our favourite..
1. SLOW-RELEASE CARBS
Carbohydrates that slowly release energy into the body, such as oats or oatcakes, and brown rice, can help transform a person’s sleep pattern.
Whole grains help to keep the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood stable, and so provide your body with sustained energy. Your brain and body still need glucose to keep working.
If levels fall too low, this can cause the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which can wake you up.
If you have your last meal a long time before going to bed, try eating a half-size bowl of porridge or a couple of oatcakes with nut butter later in the evening
Sugary foods and refined white carbohydrates can have the opposite effect, as they quickly enter and leave the bloodstream, leaving your blood low in glucose again after only a short period of time.
High protein foods, such as meat, fish, beans and lentils, seeds and nuts are also vital in helping promote a better night’s sleep.
Protein foods provide the amino acid, tryptophan, which converts into the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which melatonin is needed for a good sleep.
‘Melatonin in particular is needed for good sleep.’
However, avoid too much high-protein food in the last few hours before bed however, as they can be hard to digest – especially red meat and nuts,’ Ms Wilkinson warned.
3. PUMPKIN SEEDS
Pumpkin seeds are high in natural magnesium, making them beneficial to those people who struggle to drift off each night.
One of the roles of magnesium is allowing the muscle fibres in our body to relax, it counteracts calcium, which causes muscles to contract. It is also thought that magnesium has a role in the normal function of the pineal gland, which produces melatonin – a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and helps us to fall asleep.
4. COCONUT WATER
A glass of pure, raw, Chi coconut water in the evening could help you to have a restful night’s sleep, coconut water is an excellent source of electrolyte minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium.
Balanced levels of these minerals are necessary to maintain normal muscle action, nerve function and hydration in our body.
Deficiencies or imbalances can cause cramping and restless legs at night, and therefore disturbed sleep.
Zinc-rich foods such as oysters and other seafood, whole grains and nuts, especially pecans and brazil nuts, will help send you off to the land of nod, Dr Glenville said.
‘Zinc is also needed for conversion of tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin,’ she added.
6. HERBAL TEAS
For many, nothing soothes them into a dreamy state better than a warm cuppa. But, it is vital you avoid regular builders tea, which is high in caffeine.
Calming herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower or valerian, or specific sleep blends can be helpful to drink before bedtime.
a top stand up paddle boarder
For the last 3 years, Chi has sponsored one of the UK’s top stand up paddle boarders, Pete Holliday. Pete competes nationally and internationally in both long distance endurance races on SUP and Outrigger Canoes, as well as surfing for fun as much as possible.
We caught up with Pete to find out about his active lifestyle, and how coconuts and Chi fit into his daily routine.
So, you’re a big fan of coconuts, right?
Pete: “Absolutely! Coconuts, in one form or another, play a huge part in my healthy lifestyle. They literally are the most magical fruit on the planet.”
We totally agree! So, how do coconuts and Chi fit into your routine?
Pete: “I’m a morning person for sure, especially in the summer – I like to rise with the sun. From Spring until Autumn, when the light is with us, I rise to the sound of my alarm at 5am. I’ll grab my training gear, and a carton of Chi Coconut Water, and be out on the water by around 5.30am for hard intervals or a long distance training session lasting around 1 to 1.5hrs. “
Wow! That’s pretty early…
Pete: “Well, I’m lucky enough to live just 2 minutes from the beautiful sandy beach of Boscombe near Bournemouth where I do most of my training. A stunning part of the world right on my doorstep.”
We’re jealous! Tell us more…
Pete: “After training and hitting the shower, I moisturise with my home made recipe, Chi Coconut Oil scented with some organic cedar & sandalwood oil to make it masculine & fresh. Then it’s time to grab a quick breakfast. If I have time, there’s no beating a good solid cooked breakfast. If I’m in a rush, it’s a smoothie, typically a mix of Chi Coconut milk, a spoon of Chi Coconut Oil, half an avocado, a good glug of organic raw double cream, a couple of raw egg yolks and a sprinkle of organic raw cacao powder. Bang it through the blender & hey presto!”
Sounds delicious. How else do you use Chi products in your recipes?
Pete: “One thing I can’t leave the house without is coffee. I’m officially a coffee geek with a rather fine collection of modern and antique espresso machines and paraphernalia. Many years ago I used to have sugar in every coffee, but as part of a major change in my diet and lifestyle, I more or less dropped sugar of any form from my diet. Coconut oil was my saviour in espresso. It might sound a little strange but it really smoothes out the taste & provides a nice hit of medium chain fatty acids too. Try it & see, I’ve converted a lot of people over the years!”
Ah yes, the wondrous bulletproof coffee. It’s pretty popular here in London! So, what about lunch?
Pete: “Lunch for me is usually left overs from dinner, all real food (not processed), locally sourced, home cooked and never microwaved! I’m a big meat eater, which isn’t for everyone, but I source carefully and have a fantastic independent, local butcher who sells organic meat raised and slaughtered within my home county of Dorset.”
“If I need a snack during the day then coconuts often come to hand again, they are an excellent source of energy. I buy them whole, drain the water (which of course I drink) and then break them open to get the white ‘meat’. Diced up, it keeps hunger at bay for hours. “
We’re starting to think you like coconuts even more than we do! Where does your love come from?
Pete: “I’m blessed to have travelled a lot of the world, particularly across Asia where coconuts are a great little meal and taste so good when still green and freshly cut from the tree right there and then. You pay pennies for them. I always try and get a local kid to get me one to give them some pocket money.”
Tell us more about your rigorous training routine.
Pete: “I train typically 6 days a week and a few of those are two sessions a day. If I have a hard morning session then I might switch it up and so some yoga in the evening to keep good mobility, strength and balance. I definitely don’t just paddle, mixing up training is so important to me to maintain motivation so I throw in swimming sessions, hill sprints, bike rides, weights circuits and balance sessions to keep things interesting. Most importantly, if there are waves I’m surfing!”
That’s impressive! What about your other hobby, outrigger canoe paddling?
Pete: “Outrigger canoe paddling is an ancient sport which originated in Polynesia thousands of years ago. You sit in a small lightweight canoe, with a smaller ‘float’ on one side like a stabiliser. Used for paddling open ocean, they are an amazing craft for escaping from everyone! I’ll often head several kilometres out to sea- a chance to catch some peace and really appreciate the nature around me. We get dolphins and seals regularly coming to say hi in Bournemouth and this summer thousands of huge jellyfish. You just don’t get to experience that kind of thing running on a treadmill in a gym.”
Sounds like heaven…
Pete: “It mostly is, but funnily enough, coconut oil has played a rather embarrassing (but valuable) part in my canoe paddling. Sometimes, after really long paddles, you get tender skin sores in delicate places (let’s leave that there)… coconut oil, with its antibacterial qualities, really helps heal sore skin as well as protecting against future rash. Coconut’s healing properties are so good I even used it to heal my tattoos instead of chemical based substitutes.”
Great tip! So, lastly, how do you like to end your day?
Pete: “After evening training, it’s time to cook a good feast at home and settle down on the sofa to catch my breath. If I fancy a bit of desert then I whip up a quick bowl of organic natural yogurt and Chi coconut milk, sprinkled with organic desiccated coconut.”
That sounds incredible. Thanks for catching up with us Pete! We wish you all the best for 2015.