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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What to do
in August 2016

If you find yourself one of the few who are not away on a tropical island sipping on a fresh coconut, here is some inspiration of some events and activities to get stuck into (some are even free!)

N.B: featuring a fair few rooftops!

Culture

 

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What: Enjoy more than just great music at the classy Wilderness Festival
Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
When: 4th-7th August
Last tickets available here. (General camping adult £177 + booking fee)

There is definitely something for everyone to love at the Wilderness from the eclectic mix of exclusive live headliners (Robert Plant and the Flaming lips) and DJs; culinary goodness by the likes of Duck and Waffle; wellbeing curated by Honestly Healthy and Deliciously Ella (imagine yoga on a paddle board and an sweating in a forest); outdoor ventures in fly fishing and wild swimming; a kids corner; space for jiving and capoeira dance; the Wilderness playhouse showcasing New York’s finest comedy and cabaret, plus much much more… Well what an extraordinary weekend in the country!

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What: Rooftop film clubs
Where: Tobacco Dock, Bussey Building, Roof East, Queen of Hoxton
When: Films running throughout August

Films ranging from recent releases such as The Big Short to classics such as The Beach, the choice is yours. Please see here for available shows.

 

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What: Open air cinema by Film4 Summer Screen
Where: Somerset House
When: 4th -17th August

All you need to bring is a picnic, some wine and a blanket! Ideal on a summer’s evening. Please see available shows here.

 

Wellbeing

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What: Voga, a hybrid of yoga and dance
Where: Kings Cross, Haggerston, Coq D’argent
When: 6th, 20th and 14th & 28th August

Try a new way to keep fit! Pop up events running throughout London. Tickets available at Yplan

 

If it’s especially sunny…

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What: Camden Beach
Where: On the roof of Roundhouse
When: Until 29th August
FREE

A patch of sand on a rooftop, what more could you want?

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What: Beach East
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
When: Until 29th August
FREE

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What: Splash Fest
Where: Battersea Park
When: August 7th
£22 booking in advance

Five water themed zones, slides and much more!

Not for the faint hearted

 

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What: Monkey around on the flying trapeze with the Gorilla circus
Where: Kensington Roof Gardens

For those who wanted to join the circus when they were a kid but never got round to. Suitable for all levels! Bookings here.

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What: ArcelorMittal Orbit
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Bringing a little bit of Thorpe Park to London; a 40 second ride down the world’s highest (178m) and longest tunnel slide!
Book tickets here 

Hungry and thirsty?

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What: Feast at Wray’s Jerk Fest Pop Up
Where: The Bussey Building, Peckham Rye
When: 6th August 2-11pm
FREE entrance!
Brought to you by Wray & Nephew Rum; experience true Jamaican culture; featuring a graffiti mural, 9 live DJs, and Jerk by Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s

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What: Wine & dine at Pergola on the Roof
Where: Television Centre, Shepherds Bush
When: Until 29th August
For bed and table bookings please see here  (also sign up for one cheeky free drink)
Featuring special menus provided by Patty & Bun, Salt Yard, Rabbit and LeCoq

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What:  An evening of cocktails
Where: The Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch
When: 5th August – 17th September

The Garden Variety Bar is hosting a series of evenings featuring cocktails inspired by the museum’s period gardens. Special creations by Background Bars, Sweetdram and Gimlet Bar.

Book tickets here. 

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What: Sip cocktails with Sipsmith
Where: Craft London, North Greenwich
When: August 3rd – September 20th

Become your own bartender with masterclasses hosted by Sipsmith for FREE! For more details please see here.

 

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What: The Foodies Festival
Where: Alexandra Palace
When: 27th-29th August

Calling all foodies! Expect to feast on sweet and savoury foods all day from BBQ food to street food to pop up restaurants. A variety of bars and drink tents will quench your thirst and there is the opportunity to get merry with the wine, champagne and craft beer masterclasses! Feeling competitive? Join in on the chilli eating competition! Plenty of fun and games for kids and live music playing throughout the day. All in all, a fun day our for all the family.

Tickets available here .

 

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What: BBC Good Food Festival
Where: Hampton Court Palace
When: 27th-29th August

The ultimate food festival where there is the chance to explore and shop a range of artisan producers, interviews with renowned chefs, live music and family entertainment all day round. Tickets on sale online here as well as on the door.

London’s Hottest
Exercise Classes

Exercise becomes more central to most people’s weekly routines as summer approaches and the thought of wearing a floaty dress or a bikini becomes a reality! Having said this, the May to September period is quite a long stretch meaning that even the biggest fitness fanatics can become demotivated. In order to avoid this problem, we’ve researched the hottest exercise classes around the city that will guarantee that you break a sweat while holding your interest so that you can stay on track to achieving an awesome summer body.

Psycle

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Everyone across London has been raving about Psycle since it first opened in 2014. The team claims they offer a high intensity, low impact, head-to-toe workout on a bike and having tried it numerous times, we totally agree. Although a normal spinning class would tend to focus more on the muscles in one’s legs, this class also incorporates movements on the bike which engage the core in addition to weighted arm exercises. The name ‘Psycle’ comes from combining the words ‘cycle’ and ‘psychology’ to lay emphasis on the brand’s focus on the mental side to powering through intense exercise. This class definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the great pumping music definitely helps you to keep going towards the last 10 minutes! View their website.

Barry’s Bootcamp

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Barry’s Bootcamp has a cult following not only at its London branches but also across in the pond in New York, Miami and Hollywood. Their signature hour-long workouts include 30 minutes of interval training on the treadmill and 25-30 minutes of strength training using free weights and resistance bands among other equipment. Barry’s is well known for being extreme, but its great reputation would suggest that the results are worth it. This workout is great for people hoping to slim down and build muscles simultaneously, as the treadmill work is great for shifting a few pounds while the strength training will help to tone the abs, glutes and arms. Check it out here.

Kobox

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Kobox, London’s first boutique boxing studio, only opened in December 2015 but it hasn’t been off the fitness radar since. Classes combine punching work on a weighted bag with strength training that focuses on the lower body meaning that no part of the body is left untouched. The instructors promise to torch calories, improve your coordination and strengthen the whole body. We love the fun factor to this class which makes it great for those feeling unmotivated; its definitely a change up from a normal gym-based cardio routine. Website here.

GymClass

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Founded by celebrity trainer Helle Hammond, GymClass promises to help you achieve a sculpted body through a focus on circuits-based exercise which ensures that both the upper and lower body are being toned. These circuits keep the class interesting by breaking it up into smaller sections, meaning that (most of the time) you’re not left wandering when you’ll be allowed to stop! The circuits are made up of weights work, cycling and even some TRX training. The class is split up into teams to work on each circuit together so if you’re a newbie to more intense exercise this might be a good class to try. See their website here.

TriYoga

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For those of you who fancy something slightly less extreme but that will still have results, try yoga, pilates or barre classes at TriYoga. These classes offer gentle toning but also focus more on mental strength and wellbeing more than the others. If you fancy this approach but want to try something that is still going to push you, why not have a go at their hot yoga which is slightly more difficult than the standard options. TriYoga has many locations in London such as Camden, Chelsea, Covent Garden and Soho meaning that it is convenient for most people across the city.Visit their website here.

Yoga goes underground this June
with Good Yoga Life

Good Yoga Life is taking over one of London’s busiest tube stations for a week of classes and events with some of London’s top yoga and wellbeing experts. The week-long event in Old Street Station aims to positively interrupt the daily commute and offers commuters some much needed zen. Chi products will be available at the event all week so if you fancy nourishing your body with our products while taking part in some relaxing yoga practice, Old Street Station is the place to be!

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Shoreditch commuters will join wellbeing experts such as Annie Clarke (Mind Body Bowl), Julie Montagu (The Flexi Foodie), Jody Shield (Life Tonic), Adam Husler (Boys of Yoga), Cat Meffan (Adidas), Marcus Veda (Yotopia), Emily-Clare Hill (Lululemon), Steffy White (Soho House & instructor to Deliciously Ella), Addictive Daughter & many more as part of a week-long takeover from 20th-26th June. The event also includes London’s first ever 12 hour Yoga-Relay, which will see up to 400 people raise money for homelessness charity Shelter on Saturday 25th June.

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70,000 commuters pass through Old Street Station every day who are tired, stressed and not at all present. Research shows that we’re one of the most affected European cities when it comes to transport disruption and as a result mental wellbeing is affected severely. Last year a survey of more than 5500 commuters in London, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid and Paris found that some rate the worry and strain of the commute to work on a par with a relationship breakdown – and often worse than the job itself! This week-long takeover offers a real opportunity to alleviate the stress of daily London commuting and get more people involved in yoga.

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now for the opportunity to break up your stressful commute and rehydrate with Chi at the Good Yoga Life Old Street Takeover. The link for tickets can be found by clicking here.

 

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.

Chia
Puddings

Bored of your porridge? Let’s try some Chia puddings to shake up your mornings! Chia seeds and coconut milk make a great combination high in omega 3, antioxidant and fibre. This breakfast will fill you up until lunch time and you’ll save time, all you need to do is to mix together the ingredients the night before and in the morning just add your favourite toppings!

Coconut Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Coconut chips or coconut flakes

Blueberries or blackberry

Goji Berries

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

Chocolate Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi Chocolate coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Banana

Chia seeds

Flax seeds

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, chocolate coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

Fruity Chia pudding

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Ingredients

250 ml Chi Raw coconut water

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

All fruits that you like

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, raw coconut water and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

Mango Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Mango

Almond

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

 

Protein
Shakes

Are you thinking of starting to drink protein shakes? After your workout you see everyone reaching for a protein shake, but you wonder how and when you should drink them? Protein shakes are getting more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. When you choose the right protein powder you can get a lot benefit from it. Hair, nails, skin are mostly made of protein, your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and it’ is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood. So now you know why protein is good for you, let’s make some protein shakes with the right dose of protein. 

Red Peanut Butter shake

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Ingredients

125g frozen raspberries

35g frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder

1tbsp ground Chia seed

250ml Chi coconut milk

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

 

Chocolate shake

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Ingredients

1 large banana

2-3 large ice cubes

280ml Chi chocolate milk

1 Tbsp Chocolate / vanilla protein powder

2 large Tbsp oats

1 handful of Almond

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Coffee Shake

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

1 tbsp ground flax seed

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

6 ice cubes

250ml Chi espresso coconut milk

1 Tbsp protein powder

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Green vegetables shake

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Ingredients

60g spinach leaves

1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped

15 green grapes

185g fat-free natural Greek yoghurt

2tbsp chopped avocado

1-2tbsp fresh lime juice

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Almond Chia shake

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Ingredients

1 large ripe banana, peeled

250ml unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1Tbsp protein powder

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Carrot Cake shake

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Ingredients

110 ml carrot juice

250ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 half tsp  cinnamon

4-5 cubes of ice

1 handful of walnut

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Cut down on
sugar for 2016!

You know how bad it is to eat sugar but it’s hard to stop. The latest research has proved that sugar is more addictive than tobacco, more dangerous than alcohol, more fattening than fat. You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of  Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. Nowadays added sugar is everywhere even in a food that doesn’t  taste sweet such as bread, sauces or crisps. In this article we will give you all the tips to eat less sweet food!

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Sugar  is an addiction like cocaine! It can be really hard to stop eating it!  first we have to understand why? If you’re addicted to sugar, there is  an emotional component. You’re craving and overindulging in sugar for a reason – you may be eating sugar to care for your emotions, to manage stress, or to care for your emotional, psychological or relational needs.

So now lower your sugar intake with these 8 easy ways:

1. Read the label

You will realise how often sugar is included to foods. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar is  near the top, that’s a red flag.

2. Don’t look for just the word ‘sugar’

Sugar hides under several sneaky names, including high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose (or any word ending in “-ose”), brown rice syrup, honey, and maple syrup. 

3. Buy the right products

Once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes. Buy foods labeled “no added sugar” or “unsweetened.”

4. Take your time

In cutting down on sugar takes time. As we said sugar is like a drug so the beginning will be hard but the easiest way is reduce your consumption of sugar. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only a splash of milk.

5. Protein,protein…

Studies showed that sugar doesn’t cause proper satiety but it does make you hungry. So to avoid any craving, the best things to do is:

  • Eating breakfast every morning
  • Including fat and protein in your meals
  • Eating regular meals
  • Drinking more water

6. Sugar free, no calorie…?

Be careful don’t be tempting to buy the products with sugar free or no calorie write on it. The processed food manufactures are clever instead to use normal sugar they use aspartame or other substitute but they are even worst. When you eat something sweet, your body expects calories and nutrition, but artificial sugars don’t give your body those things.

7. Add flavours to your meals

Adding flavours will help you to eat less carbohydrate foods. Skip the flavored oatmeal and add a sweet kick with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

8. Don’t drink it

Even drinks that are considered healthy can contain more of the sweet stuff than you’re supposed to have in an entire day. Case in point: “enhanced” waters (eight teaspoons per bottle), bottled iced teas (more than nine teaspoons per bottle), energy drinks (almost seven teaspoons per can), bottled coffee drinks (eight teaspoons per bottle), and store-bought smoothies (more than a dozen teaspoons—for a small). 

9. Indulge yourself

It’s okay to have sometime a little treat but it needs to be occasionally.

 

NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – NEVER HEATED

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Detox your
body

Going back to work after the Christmas break is pretty  hard.  Feeling tired, dont’ have enough energy? Don’t worry we are all feel like that. After few days enjoying some rich foods, sleeping late… There is no question your body is tired, we just need to get back our healthy habits.  The best way to do that is to detoxify your body  because detoxification helps the digestion, boost energy levels, skin cleansing… To name a few. So now let’s find out how to do it!

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1. What food to avoid?

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with acidophilus each day)
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee
  • Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
  • Dried fruit

2. What’s the food to enjoy?

  • Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
  • Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
  • Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
  • Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two servings per week.
  • Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
  • Eggs: preferably organic
  • Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
  • Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
  • Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)

3. Lemon Water

Add lemon to your water through out the day. The acid in the lemons assist the cleansing process. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, contain a pure concentrated form of citric acid. Citric acid works like bleach on fat. Due to its acidity and high ph, citric acid is able to actually penetrate and break down fat molecules. Try to drink one to three litres of water per day!

4. Best advice to detox

Exercise: During detox aim to exercise for one hour daily. Try to do intense exercises that makes you sweat.

Raw foods:  Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes.

Chew: Aim to chew each mouthful of food 10 to 12 times before swallowing.

Detox Kale smoothie

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 Ingredients:

½ pear

¼ avocado

½ cucumber

½ lemon

handful of cilantro

2 handfuls kale

1 thumb nail sized piece of ginger

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

1 tsp protein powder

pure water

Method:

Blend all ingredients.

How to get a
flat belly quickly?

Who doesn’t dream of  having a flat belly? Most people are obsessed with their belly even at Chi HQ. To have a flat belly depends really on what you eat and how many time you workout during the week. So in this article you will find out how to get your flat belly in a short time.

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What to eat? What food to avoid?

The first piece of advice that we can give you is to avoid as much as you can sugar. This will keep insulin levels low and also keep levels of glucagon high. Glucagon plays an active role in allowing the body to regulate the utilisation of glucose and fats. This hormone, is the best friend you could ever have in the struggle for a flat belly! The closer to zero grams of sugar you consume, the lower your insulin and the higher your glucagon levels.

Salt can make your tummy bloat also so try using natural sea salt or kosher salt, which is lower in sodium. 

The best flat belly menu

Breakfast: A slice of whole-wheat bread with natural peanut butter and 1 cup of your favourite berries or a nice porridge full of vitamins.

Lunch: Spinach salad with sliced avocado, grilled firm tofu, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice. 

Dinner: Grilled salmon, a roasted sweet potato, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil and garlic. 

Snack: A cup of fat-free yogurt with 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds.

Tip 1: To prevent bloating, chewing is the best tip! Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested.

Tip 2: Eating portion-controlled meals that include whole-grain foods throughout the day is the best way to eat for a flat belly.

How many days per week should I exercise?

Exercising is the best way to have a healthy way to live.  To get your flat belly of your dream you have to focus on abs exercises.

But you should first start your workout by cardio exercises. They will heat up your core temperature and improve circulation, both of which will aid in acquiring a flat stomach. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day minimum.

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And then your can simply do the crunch abs. You will have a flat stomach in no time!

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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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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!

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

 

 

Yoga vs Pilates, Which
one to choose?

Yoga or Pilates, don’t know which one to choose?  In the last few years the number of Yoga and Pilates classes available has increased so much. But why? These activities have so many health benefits and it helps you to keep you active.  But are you still confused about the difference between these two? Don’t worry we are here to clarify that!

Let’s have a closer look at these two practises to help decide which one is right for you.

1. Do they have the same origin?

Firstly, we have to know from where they are form.

Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the years and cultures into many types of yoga such as Bikram, Ishta, Purna & Ashtanga.

Pilates was created by an athlete, Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century. He created several exercises to improve his strength. Then dancers started to practicing theses exercises to help them to become more performance.

2. What is the main difference?

Both Yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and the moody are connected.

Pilates requires concentration and focus to find a centre point to control your body through movement. While Yoga is built on the connection between the mind, body and the sprit. It is designed to increase your body’s efficiency and your overall health and wellbeing.

3. Challenging your body

Both exercises will help you to gain strength and flexibility.

Pilates puts you in to unstable positions by moving your limbs. Some classes use machines to gain strength and some others classes make you use your body’s resistance. Whereas Yoga is made up of a series of static postures and you will work out all your muscles in your body equally.

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4. What are the health benefits?

Both are a great workout. Here is a list of all of the benefits that you can expect to get from Yoga & Pilates:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

5. Which one is for you?

If you are looking more to manage your stress and to be more spiritual, yoga is for you.  If you want to focus more on your back and your core body, Pilates will be the better option. If you still don’t know what to choose why not to try both and see which one you prefer.

So now book your classes!

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Office
WorkOut!

If you have an office, you already know how hard is to exercise at your work place. Office spaces are set up to require little movement, you are in front of your computer, sitting all day. This has a huge impact on your health, it can increase your weight, also increase the strain on your back, wrists, eyes and neck. Now it’s time to fix that!

Today Chi team will give you all the keys to improve your health at your work. You won’t need gym clothes, or even a shower. We’ll give you some easy exercises to do anywhere in the office.

1. First take the stairs anytime you can

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2.   Correct your posture at your desk

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Your back needs to be straight, your shoulders back, and the top of your monitor should be level with your eyes. If you have to look down or up, then you need to adjust the height of your screen. Also keep your legs bent at the knees so that the knees are only slightly higher than your hips. Your feet should be flat on the floor or on a step stool of some sort.

3.  Stretch as much as you can during the day

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4. Exercise while sitting

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  • Start with feet flat on floor.
  • Sit tall at your desk.
  • Hold your abdominal muscles tight.
  • Extend one leg until it is level with your hip.
  • Hold for ten seconds

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  • First try to lift the table.
  • Put your hand under the table.
  • Press up against the table.
  • Continue until your muscles are tired.
  • Do this one hand at a time or both together.

Next, push the table into the floor.

  • Put hand on table, palm down.
  • Press down as strongly as you can.
  • Stop when your muscles are tired.
  • You can do this one hand at a time or both together if it looks more natural.

5. Change your chair for a ball

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A new desk for a new health

We also want to introduce you to a new revolutionary desk… The treadmill!

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This desk is phenomenal. You can burn calories while you getting your work done. Isn’t it perfect?!

They are so many benefits from the treadmill. Here are some:

  • Boost your productivity
  • Improve metabolism
  • Healthier heart
  • Reduce back pain
  • Brain booster
  • Feel happier

 We are so excited to have our Treadmill in our office!

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And don’t forget to stay  hydrated at your  work with Chi Raw Coconut Water.

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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

 

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Healthy meal
plan #GetFitWithChi

We all know when it comes to our diet it can be a crazy rollercoaster. You go through a phase of eating super healthy and restricting your calories for a week, which then leads to a downfall spiral in overindulging in all the naughty foods that make our waistlines grow. We’ve all been there, when it comes to summer, this is usually the case, and as the summer holidays are creeping up, the fad diets start to come into play.

At Chi HQ, we believe we can keep up a healthy momentum, not just for the summer, but also as a lifestyle change. This starts by making sure you have the right balance of foods in your diet. Not only is a healthy diet the main driver to weightloss or maintaining weight, it provides us with all the nutrition our body needs, and is the magic medicine to keeping us look radiant, happy and full of energy!

As part of the summer running #GetFitWithChi we have put together a healthy 1 week- meal plan to keep you on track to maintaining a healthy diet, and that  means no skipping meals or crazy calorie restrictions. So now you can say goodbye to yo-yoing and see the change in fuelling your body the healthy and right way! If you have a busy schedule and feel this may be difficult to follow, a  Chi tip is also to pre-prepare everything in advance for the week 😉  

We would love to know how this meal plan works for you, so post your photos or comments with #GetFitWithChi.

Meal 1 – Breakfast

Option 1:  50g Porridge Oats + 50ml Chi Coconut Milk or Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk +Topping

Option 2:  50g Porridge Oats  + Greek yoghurt + topping

Option 3:  1 slice of Whole meal bread toasted + spread some Chi coconut oil on the toast+ egg 

*See more Breakfast recipes here *

 

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Toppings (optional)

  • Handful of blueberries
  • Half a chopped banana
  • Sprinkle of chopped nuts or granola
  • A small packet of The Giving Tree snacks
  • 1 Tblspn Peanut Butter

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Meal 2 – Lunch

Option 1: Salad + a little broth soup (avoid creamy salad dressings or creamy soups)

  • Salad dressing (optional): Balsamic Vinegar or 1 Tbspn Olive oil, garlic, sea salt and see more here.

Option 2:  salad + a piece of white meat or fish 

Option 3: Sushi + a little broth soup

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 Snack options (choose 1)

  • 1 raw fruit
  • 1 packet of The GivingTree snacks
  • 1 boiled egg
  • handful of nuts
  • Hummus or peanut butter & carrot/celery/cucumber sticks
  • Half Avacado on 1 slice of whole meal bread topped with sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika/chilli flakes (optional)
  • Chi Iced Lollies, see the recipe here  

 

Meal 3 – Dinner

Option1: Jacket Potato

  •  1 skinless chicken breast/beef or tuna steak/salmon
  • Seasoned to taste (avoid cheese and cream)
  • Mixed roasted vegetables coated with 1tbsp Chi Coconut Oil 
  •  1 small baked sweet potato

*Vegetarian – substitute meat with tofu, lentils, quorn or a large sweet potato*

 

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Option 2: Savoury eggs 

Ingredients

• 2 egg whites and 3 yolks from free range eggs

• A handful of chopped cherry tomatoes

• 1⁄2 chopped white onion

• 1 clove of garlic crushed

• 1 tbsp of Chi coconut oil

• A handful of spinach

Method

  • Sautee onion and coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat until translucent.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, spinach and garlic, stir around with the onions.
  • Add the egg mixture on top.
  • Cook until the bottom of the omelette is bronzed, flip in half, cook for another 30 seconds and serve.

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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

15Burpees

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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Coconut Ice lollies to keep
you cool this summer

We all know when it gets to summer, it is time for a quick last minute health kick before a holiday! That means cutting down on all the tasty treats, which in the summer, it tends to be very difficult. Especially when you’re out and about in the hot sun, and all you are thinking about is a refreshing ice cream or chocolate sundae would be nice to cool you down and sort out those naughty sugar cravings. Do not worry, we have the solution for you! There’s no need to completely ditch these treats.  Instead we have put together a mixture of healthier and guilt-free versions of ice-lollies and ice-cream recipes you can give a try. All of these recipes have a coconut flavour to them, giving you an exotic taste!

Mango and Coconut Ice-lollies (makes 10)

Recipe Note:

  • Ice-lolly moulds take 1/3 cup of mixture
  • 10 ice-lolly sticks needed
  • Use vanilla beans rather than extracts

Ingredients:

  • 450 g mango flesh (2 large mangos)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1/4 lime, juiced
  • 1 can (270 ml) Chi Coconut Milk

Method

In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Evenly pour into your Ice-lolly moulds. Freeze for 30 minutes, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for a further 2-3 hours, until fully frozen. To enjoy, run the mould under a little hot water to loosen the Ice-lollies.

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Vegan, sugar-free magnum choco-blocks 

What you need:

  •  Blender
  • Saucepan
  • 8 Ice cream moulds

Ingredients (makes 8):

For the ice cream:

  • 2 ripe bananas, frozen
  • 1 400mL can full fat coconut milk, chilled if possible
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • t teaspoon vanilla bean paste

For the chocolate:

Method

For the ice cream: Pop the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cream moulds, add your sticks and pop into the freezer to set overnight.

For the chocolate: Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat on a very low heat until you create a smooth consistency. Be careful not to burn/overcook.

When you get the ice creams out, allow to defrost for a few minutes so they come out of the moulds easily. Alternatively run the moulds under hot water to loosen the edges.

To make the magnum…

Classic: Dip the ice cream into a bowl of chocolate. Use a icing knife to smooth out any edges but be quick because it should set almost immediately. Repeat to create a nice thick layer of chocolate. Pop back into the freezer for a few minutes to completely freeze. Enjoy!

Almond: As per Magnum Classic, but add a handful of slithered almonds to sandwich between chocolate layers.

Peppermint: As per Magnum Classic, but add 1 tablespoon of mint extract (or to taste), a handful of fresh mint and a few drops of green food colouring/spirulina  to the ice cream mixture.

Storage: in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 5 days.

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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!

Why Drink Chi during
A Workout?

As we all know it’s so important to drink water, particularly during a workout. But what should we drink during intense exercise? Its hard to find a drink that will keep you hydrated and give you the energy needed. In this article you will find a few suggestions of drinks that you could drink during your workout.

First we have to understand what our body needs.

When we sweat we loose a lot electrolytes. Here are the common electrolytes that we loose during working out:

– Sodium & Calcium

– Potassium

You must replace them by drinking a fluid that contains electrolytes. Water does not contain electrolytes.

Also we need carbs to refuel & give you energy and proteins helps to repair any damage.

What is the right amount to drink?

Doctors recommend to drink 8 ounces every 15 minutes during workout and to ‘drink to thirst’. But don’t drink too much because consuming a lot of fluid but not enough sodium can develop an hyponatremia condition. However this case is really rare most people don’t drink enough!

So what to drink?

For sure water is the easiest solution, it’s fine to consume it when it’s not an intense workout.But water doesn’t contain electrolytes.

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 Chi Raw Coconut Water suits an intense workout perfectly as it contains a high level of electrolytes and also it gives you the energy needed from its natural sugars.

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If  you prefer milk-type drinks, why not try our Dairy Free Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk.

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After working out what to get?

Doctors recommend to have protein & carbs after workout. As we saw previously, protein repairs any muscle damage and carbs give you energy. So it’s time to make some delicious smoothies with Chi Coconut Milk!

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What you need:

2 Bananas

2 large handfuls of spinach roughly chopped

2 handfuls of blueberries

7 large strawberries chopped

1 cup of Chi coconut milk

Chi coconut water to thin if needed

1/2 cup Flax seed

 

Now you know what you have to drink,  go workout!

 

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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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.

Eat your fruit –
juice your veggies!

Being healthy every day is not easy. Extracted vegetable  juices can be the solution for you. But how can veggie juices be so healthy? That’s because all the nutrient contents from the vegetables remain intact and  gives you only the concentrated liquid which is full of the vitamins. Beware of pure fruit juices, however, as the fructose content, minus the fibre, can be very high (as much as fizzy drinks!).

Here are just some of the benefits that you will get from veggie juices:

  1. Instant energy due to the better absorption of the fresh vitamins and the vital minerals. It is specialy  good after workout!
  2. Weight loss – most nutritionists advise to drink vegetable juices for a healthy diet.
  3. It helps your digestion by cleansing your stomach and your intestines.
  4. Regulate your blood pressure.
  5. Help maintain your cholesterol level.
  6. Help your immune system thanks to the vitamins and minerals required to make your immune system stronger.
  7. Juices will also help to have a smooth, clear and hydrated skin.
  8. For those who don’t consume a lot of fresh vegetables, it is a convenient alternative to your 5 a day.

And this month you have the chance to enjoy all of these benefits thanks to our amazing  Prize giveway.

You can WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER WORTH OVER £150!

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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.

 

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

 

 

Chi’s iced
espresso

With Spring finally here we thought we’d be the first to get going on those ice cold drinks to get us in the mood for some sun. And what better iced drink is there than a chocolate coconut milk iced espresso to keep you going throughout the day? Chi have found the perfect recipe to refresh you and it’s dairy free!

Chi’s iced espresso

Our Chi espresso coconut milk is dairy free, low in fat, isotonic and 100% natural! It is packed with added fibre and naturally occurring electrolytes – keeping you hydrated, vibrant and healthy. The product is also gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians – a great drink to recommend to friends with intolerances.

Anyway, we think this recipe is fabulous, let’s try it!

Steps to follow:

1. Place one 330ml bottle of Chi espresso coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours to cool it.

2. Meanwhile, pour our  Chi chocolate coconut milk into ice cube trays and place it in the freezer until set.

3. When the ice has set and the Chi espresso coconut milk drink is cold enough enjoy the two as a delicious iced drink – with a kick from the coffee and a bit of a hint of chocolate from the ice cubes!

4. If you want an extra health kick, stir in 1 teaspoon of our delicious Chi coconut oil. Enjoy!

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Chi Espresso Coconut Milk & Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk

 

Chi’s collaboration with Work
– Well – Being

OUR COLLABORATION WITH WORK -WELL-BEING.

Chi coconut water was proud to support Work Well Being on the 13th of March for their first ever event!

WHAT IS WORK – WELL – BEING?

Louise and Abby are passionate & experienced practitioners and advocates of everything wellbeing! Both having many years experience within these practices has resulted in them establishing a network of the very best Wellbeing Warriors (teachers!) in London today.

Their belief is that there is a better way to work, we are working longer and harder than ever before, with time for our own personal wellbeing being pushed to the bottom of our to-do-list. It is time for employers to provide their staff something far more meaningful, wellbeing.

Work-Well-Being are on a mission to change the way we work, with the belief that wellbeing should be a core part of the working day, not something that individuals are forced to try and cram in during their few spare hours of an evening, or an often already full-packed weekend. Not only are the benefits of this huge to the individual, wellbeing is also a real business tool. There is no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance; performance is actually improved when our lives include time for reflection, restoration and renewal. An environment where people are happy in their jobs and given the respect and freedom to be themselves will enable the best work and ideas to flourish.

The services that Work-Well-Being offer make it a whole lot easier for the workplace to offer wellbeing to their employees! They program the full day using their network of the very best teachers, manage all of the internal promotion of the event, manage all class sign-ups, provision of equipment & insurance and importantly evaluate the success & impact of the event to the workplace.

How Chi helped Work-Well-Being event

During Work-Well-Being’s event there where 2 yoga classes,2 meditation sessions an inspirational talk on How to Manage Work Stress and individual Health Coaching consultations. Chi happily sent over a load of coconut water to keep everyone hydrated and energized – the perfect drink to have at hand for these activities! Here are a few photos from the event – a total success with some great feedback to both Chi and Work-Well-Being.

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We hope you enjoyed the event if you went and if not really recommend attending the next one! To find out how, you can contact louise@work-well-being.com.

Many thanks again to Work-Well-Being for having us there.

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  🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bircher muesli with
chocolate coconut milk

The key to the perfect Bircher museli is to soak the oats overnight to achieve a chewier consistency. This improves the digestion and the absorption of this nutrient dense muesli. We wanted to try this super power breakfast using our own products – and doesn’t chocolate flavoured Bircher muesli sound a great idea?! 

Our chocolate coconut milk gives you that taste without the guilt – dairy free and rich in vitamins and minerals. We made our Bircher muesli at Chi HQ using the following recipe… go on, give it a try! 

 

Chocolate/coconut Bircher muesli.  

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 cup of rolled oats.
  • 1/2 coarsely grated apple.
  • 2 tbsp sultanas.
  • 2 tbsp cashews. (other nuts can be used if you prefer. Almonds and walnuts also work well!)
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave. (optional)
  • 250ml of Chi chocolate coconut milk.

 

RECIPE

  • Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix them up.
  • If you have a sweet tooth add honey or agave. We recommend 1tbsp.
  • Pour Chi chocolate coconut milk over the mixture.
  • Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to be served cold the next morning. This works perfectly with a coffee to kick start your day! …Or a Chi espresso dairy free coconut milk  😉 

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#ThisGirlCan – inspiring women everywhere
to be more active

This week we have been seriously inspired by #ThisGirlCan, a national campaign created by Sport England to celebrate active women everywhere. Their aim is to encourage other women to get involved in fitness, “no matter how well they do it or how red their face gets.

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen the TV ad, tweets or billboards, then check out some of the great slogans they’ve been using:

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You can also check out the TV advert here: #ThisGirlCan

Sport England has said that no models were used in the campaign, just women of all shapes, sizes and ages getting stuck into sport and exercise.

We think their approach has been spot on, so we decided to ask what our Instagram followers thought of the campaign and find out which sports and fitness bloggers inspire them to be fit, healthy and active.

 Meet Cantara…

 

@gymbagsandgladrags
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 Recommended by @lisa_s_goodman who thinks #ThisGirlCan is “mega inspiring!”

“It all began when I started sharing my food diaries and workouts on Instagram. My friends would often ask me for meal ideas and tips, and I realised I loved talking about health and fitness. I found it so motivating that I decided to start my blog, Gymbags & Gladrags.”

“Sharing my journey to a healthier, fitter body helps to keep me on track and inspires my readers to achieve their goal body. Together we work to better ourselves and I love that sense of community.”

“The #ThisGirlCan campaign mirrors what I believe perfectly. I love it!”

 

 Meet Polly…

 

@runningforaugust “Two things I've learned are to never give up and to always smile!“
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“Two things I’ve learned: never give up and always smile!“

“I’m Polly and I’m a former PE-dodger! I was inspired to create runningforaugust when I signed up to run the London Marathon in honour of my friend August who had completed it in 2012.  August was brave, hard working and outstandingly generous, and I was devastated when she had a fatal accident in 2014. I aspire to be like her every day, and I’ve found running to be the best therapy, as well as a community of support that is inspiring beyond words.”

 Polly thinks that #ThisGirlCan “is an awesome campaign!”

Meet Eloise…

 

@fit_is_fun "My favourite quote is 'A goal is a dream with a deadline."
@fit_is_fun
“My favourite quote is ‘A goal is a dream with a deadline.”

Recommended by @louisa_troughton

I’m a 21 year old student at the University of Warwick who is training to be an elite triathlete. Since I was young I have always been obsessed with sport and anything to do with it – whatever the challenge, I was there and I loved how sport brought people from all backgrounds together.” 

I started my blog last year to chat about my sporting endeavours, share my passion for healthy living, and to inspire and motivate others to think they “can do it too.”

“I think the #ThisGirlCan campaign is long overdue. Girls everywhere worry about image, body and judgement. The gym is supposed to leave you sweaty, not glamorous and we should all embrace it! Be proud of what you do, and who you are.”

 

Well said, girls! Join the conversation on Twitter and let everyone know that #ThisGirlCan

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Best fitness classes
in London

Finding it hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions? Bored of the gym already? Then check out this list of the best fitness classes in London, all of which are guaranteed to put some fun into your January sweat fest.

Photo credit: Frame

Photo credit: Frame

Frame on the Move

Frame are offering another series of fantastic “Frame on the Move” classes this January, held at various locations across Shoreditch. At the stylish Lyst HQ, you can work on your downward dog and flexibility with some Power Yoga, or get your sweat on with a Frame Signature class. At the Ace Hotel, you can work off those Christmas carbs with some Cardio Conditioning or Boxfit. All classes are £15 and promise to get you into shape for the new year. You’ll also receive free goodies from the likes of Chi and Popchips. Bonus!

 

Hula Hooping

Hula Fit

If, like us, you’ve seen the latest performance of cirque de soleil at the Royal Albert Hall, and now want to look as good as their multi-talented, hula hoop-er, then we’ve got just the thing for you; “Hula Fit!London Fields Fitness Studio offer drop-in classes on a Thursday and Friday, describing Hula Fit as “hula-hooping-based fitness for killer abs, tight bums, and general gorgeousness. “ Sounds perfect!

 

Photo credit: bootybloggeruk

Photo credit: bootybloggeruk

Boomcycle

According to their website, Boomcycle = “Bike. Beats. BOOM!” Their classes are dynamic, high-energy and suitable for all. Their lights are turned down low, and the music up high, in this immersive experience that promises to help you reach your fitness goals. Sessions can be booked online.

 

 

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Photo credit: Frame

Dance – Beyoncé Workshop

Frame’s famous Beyonce Workshop is back! This is your chance to learn how to dance like the Queen of Pop herself, whilst working up a killer body. Workshops run for two hours at both of Frame’s locations in Shoreditch and Queen’s Park. More information can be found here: Beyonce Workshop

“Detox” – The
Chi Way

It’s that time of year again, when most of us try to regain some normality in our lives following the festive season. This often involves one little word, and that’s ‘detox.’ Luckily for us, our bodies detox naturally every day. Our livers, kidneys and gut do a fabulous job of ridding unwanted toxins from our bodies. So when we talk about detoxing here at Chi, it is important to know what we mean…

Detoxing “the Chi way” is all about cleansing the mind, body and soul to help us ease back into our routines, and get us back in tip-top shape for the New Year.

At Chi, we don’t believe in living on juice diets, or restricting ourselves from foods that give us pleasure. Instead, we believe in balance. Balance is the key to health and happiness!

We all find our own balance, in our own way, and everyone is different. What works for some, may not work for others, but we think that starting with these steps might just help you on your path to finding your balance, and a healthier, happier lifestyle.


Detox your mind

“Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.”

Rid yourself of negative thoughts, and adopt a positive attitude for the new year. Stop putting yourself down, challenge yourself, learn new things and above all, TRY new things.

The best way to find inner peace and channel good, positive energy is to take up yoga, meditation or tai chi. Luckily, they’re all on-trend, so classes shouldn’t be too hard to find. Why not try Yoga with a breathtaking view at the top of The Shard? Click here for more info.


Detox your body

Rid yourself of the unhealthy habits you’ve picked up over the holidays:

  • Drink plenty of water (at least 2 litres a day)
  • Replace unhealthy snacks and drinks with healthier alternatives that you enjoy
  • Take up a new sport, or join the gym. (Even if you don’t fancy using the machinery, most gyms have really great classes which can really motivate you. Try FRAME) And above all,
  • Most importantly, REST. Rest is just as important as the exercise itself.


Detox your soul

Find something that makes you happy, and schedule it in to your weekly routine. Whether it be painting, dancing or eating a pile of chocolate brownies, if it makes you happy, then you should probably do it. (Of course, if you’re going to go for the chocolate brownie option, limit yourself to once a week!)


Detox your skin

Treat your skin, the same way you would treat your gut this January. Try to buy chemical free skincare products, and perfume free make-up. Neal’s Yard have a great range.


Add a little colour to your plate

Greens are great, really great, but like we said, balance is the key to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Make your plates more colourful by adding beetroots, tomatoes, sweet potato or colourful fruits to your salads. You will find that the colour of your fruit or veg will often tell you a lot about its benefits and properties. For example, blue and purple foods are often rich in anti-oxidants and contain anti-ageing benefits.


SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS

Just because we’re all taking part in Dry January, it doesn’t mean we have to give up shots… not the green ones anyway! Just like you’d splash out 50p for an extra dollop of Guacamole on your Burrito, try adding a shot of Wheatgrass, Spirulina or Chlorella next time you’re ordering/making your green smoothie. We promise that you’ll feel the difference! Buy here.

Remember: A balanced lifestyle is for life, not just for January.

Best Fitness Studios
in London

Bored of your same old gym routine? Losing the motivation to go to yet another yoga class? Why not try something new!?

Switching up your workout routine is really important, especially if you want to see results. Your body can often become comfortable and content, which can also result in boredom and lack of motivation. Exercise should not only keep you fit and healthy, but also, happy!

Luckily, thanks to a recent surge in popularity, fitness hot-spots are popping up all over the place. Each of them has something unique to offer, and they may just give you the motivation you need to stay healthy this winter. Here are just a few of our favourite fitness studios in London:

Frame
We love Frame! Not only do they offer awesome classes and workshops at their two sites in Shoreditch and Queen’s Park, but Frame also have their very own little store. They sell everything from workout/yoga clothing, to the best health food brands around, including Chi Coconut Oil! ☺

Frame’s range of classes includes “Frame Signature Classes” which are unique studio based classes, designed to give you “incredible results without having to spend your life at the gym.” They also offer regular weekend/holiday dance workshops, which give you the chance to dance like Beyonce, shake your booty like Nicki Minaj, or to learn the iconic moves of Michael Jackson.

To check out the full range of what Frame has to offer, head over to: http://www.moveyourframe.com

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Gymbox
Gymbox’s open-plan layout, multi-coloured tube lighting, touch screen timetables and DJ booth, make it pretty much the coolest gym we’ve ever seen! They also sell a few, essential gym products behind reception, including Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water. Perfect for some post-workout hydration.

Gymbox currently have 5 gyms around London, with a new one opening in Old Street. They offer an extensive range of classes including Pole Dancing, Tone ‘n’ Twerk, Ragga Dancehall and Yoga Rave… that’s right, a yoga class in rave gear, with glowsticks and laser lightning. Amazing!

Gymbox also have boxing rings and frame equipment where a lot of classes take place, including Muay Thai and TRX (Navy Seal style workout), which are suitable for everyone!

For more information, check out: http://www.gymbox.com/

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Tip: If you’re looking for something a little more spiritual, why not try Tai Chi? We hear Soho Gyms offer a great one! (http://www.sohogyms.com/)

Stay healthy, stay happy and have a great weekend. ☺

Dairy Free Chocolate &
Banana Workout Smoothie

A pre-or-post workout smoothie is the quickest and easiest way to pack in essential nutrients that your body needs before and after a workout. A liquid snack before hitting the gym can provide the body the fuel it needs to gain muscle and burn fat, and won’t be too heavy on your stomach.

After a workout, a protein drink can help build stronger muscles and speed up muscle recovery time. Protein can also help to rebuild the body throughout the day.

Whey Protein is probably the most popular form of protein powder, however it contains dairy, and not everyone can stomach dairy.  Luckily, there are plenty of Vegan and dairy free options on the market now. We recommend trying protein substitutes like hemp, rice, or pea, and milk substitutes like coconut, rice, oats or almond.

Our Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie is made using Pulsin Rice Protein which is raw and contains 8g of Protein per serving. Drink this 60-90 minutes before or after a workout for a tasty, nutritious and energising boost.

Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie 

Ingredients:
1 x 330ml Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
1-2 servings (10-20g) Pulsin Rice Protein (or protein powder of your choice – please check recommended serving on back of pack)
1 x Banana
Chia Seeds (optional)

Method:
Chop your banana into small chunks and pop into a blender. Add your protein powder, and pour over a carton of Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk. Blend until smooth.

Serve over ice, or pop into your favourite shaker. Finish with a sprinkle of Chia Seeds.

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ENJOY! 🙂