you didn’t know about
By now, we all know coconut water and that it is hugely healthy. But did you know that the coconut yields so many more products than only coconut water? The whole coconut fruit is used to produce different products and even parts of the coconut tree are used! Today, we want to present some things made out of the coconut fruit you might didn’t know.
Although, many of you already know coconut water, we briefly want to respond to it for those who just don’t know it yet.
Coconut water is probably the most popular coconut product people know. It is the liquid inside the coconut. One can drink it directly from the coconut (if you are lucky enough to live in a growing area) or you can buy it packaged. Coconut water is absolutely healthy (read about the benefits of coconut water here) and keeps you hydrated.
Coconut oil is made out of the coconut meat. It is extracted by cold pressing the meat until the oil is released. Coconut oil can be used in various ways, e.g. as cooking oil, in baking, as a hair mask and much more. Read about the usage of coconut oil on your body here.
Coconut butter is also extracted from the coconut meat. To gain the butter, the coconut meat is blended until it gets a smooth and creamy consistency. Coconut butter can be eaten plainly, as a spread on your toast or as a drizzle over desserts. It can be easily made at home by just blending coconut flakes until they are smooth.
To obtain coconut flour, coconut meat is dried and pulverised afterwards. Coconut flour can be used as a substitute to wheat flour and is a good alternative if you cannot stomach gluten. Coconut flour is mostly used for baking.
If you grate coconut meat, mix it with a splash of water and squeeze it afterwards, you will gain coconut milk. Coconut milk is used a lot as an alternative to cow’s milk but also for desserts, soups, in curries or simply to enrich the taste of (mostly Asian) dishes. Some other products made out of coconut milk are coconut yogurt, coconut ice-cream or coconut kefir. These products are very handy for allergy sufferers or vegans as they are completely dairy-free.
Coconut flakes are also made out of coconut meat by shredding and drying it. The flakes can be used in granola or baked goods, as a topping or just plain as a snack.
Admittedly, coconut sugar is not a product that is made directly from the coconut. It is extracted from the blossoms of the coconut tree. The blossoms contain a sap which is used to produce the coconut sugar. The sap is heated to remove the moisture. The end product is the coconut sugar which can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking and cooking.
Wow, so there are a lot of different products we can gain from the coconut! That is amazing, isn’t it? But please note, that only a variety of products is presented here. There are a lot more things that can be made out of coconuts. Many of them can also be easily made at home, so get in the kitchen and have fun trying out!
A few days ago, we received a package from our lovely friends from PACK’D. We discovered their frozen smoothie kits, which made us quite excited! Excited, because that meant we could cock the kitchen up! No but seriously, the kits were wrapped in a really nice box. They have a very lovely and appealing packaging with bright colours and a beautiful design.
PACK’D offers three different frozen smoothie kits in various flavours. All of them contain two fruit and vegetable pouches and two superfood sachets. No preservatives or sugar is added and the ingredients are all natural.
In PACK’D Energy you can find chopped strawberries, banana, blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and spinach leaves and the superfood sachet contains milled flaxseeds, maca, cacao and guarana powder. The Detox variant contains chopped pineapple, apple, kale, ginger, spinach leaves and lemon zest as well as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barleygrass powder. The flavour Defence is composed of the pouch containing chopped pineapple, mango, papaya, banana, ginger and goji berries and the sachet containing milled flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and baobab powder. Each finished smoothie provides you with different nutritions such as vitamins, potassium and fibre and shows individual benefits for your body.
It is really easy to prepare the smoothies as every pack has a little description of how to use it. You have to add a liquid to every kit. We used our Chi Coconut Water and Chi Coconut Milk. PACK’D Defence was the the frozen smoothie kit started with. In not more than two minutes we created a very delicious smoothie with a bright yellow colour. It smelled really fresh and you can taste the different fruit. The green smoothie which was the result from the Detox kit doesn’t taste like the usual “green and healthy smoothie”, which a lot of people don’t find really tasty. Detox has a very enjoyable taste and the fresh green colour makes it look nice as well. From PACK’D Energy we created a smoothie bowl but the process to do it was of course the same. After the ingredients from the pack were added to the blender we obtained a smoothie with a lovely red colour which smelled and tasted just so good!
The PACK’D frozen smoothie kits are a very handy way to create tasty smoothies which contain healthy ingredients. They are fuelling your body and provide you with important nutrients. Apropos of nothing, you consume a good amount of fruit and vegetable easily. Thumbs up for PACK’D!
Ice lollies – who does not love them?!
We are all enjoying the sun and the heat these last days. Everyone is relaxing in the park or on a rooftop bar (have a look at the best ones you can find in London here).
The perfect get-together with friends is a picnic. But in this heat a picnic is only successful if you bring one special little thing – ice lollies! Everyone is happy to lick on one to cool down. We have a super easy recipe for you to see happy faces at your picnic. In no time you’ll have some healthy and hydrating ice lollies! The best thing is, that you only need two ingredients for this!
Pack the ice lollies, some snacks (for example the Giving Tree Snacks) and lots of other trifles to eat and enjoy it with your friends.
- CHI coconut water
- fruit of your choice
Simply slice your fruit and put them into ice moulds. Fill the moulds with CHI coconut water. Put them into the freezer for at least 6 hours, better overnight.
The ice lollies are the easiest and fastest treat to make and they are so delicious! Enjoy!
coconuts with Chi this summer
As the temperature rises here in the UK we all want something refreshing to ease us into the summer heat. We here at Chi bring to you 5 creative and coconutty ideas to use your Chi and chill out this season.
1.) Summer Coconut Popsicles
Beat the heat with these 100% natural homemade coconut water popsicles! Add in some fresh fruit to get a serving of your five a day. Stick your popsicles in the freezer, wait 8 hours or overnight and enjoy your frozen lolly. Check out the recipe here.
2.) Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream
What better way to cool down this summer than this decadent looking Coconut raspberry ice cream! This DIY frozen treat is delicious, free from dairy, refined sugars and vegan friendly! Get the recipe here.
3.) Watermelon Coconut Summer Slushie
Skip the artificial colours and flavours and added sugars and chill out with this healthy DIY Watermelon Coconut slushie cooler. Full recipe here.
4.) Coconut Acai Bowl
Use coconut milk in your next acai bowl for a coconutty spin! You could also step up your topping game with some added coconut flakes or fresh berries for an added fibre and antioxidant boost! To get the recipe click here.
5.) Maple Iced Coconut Coffee
Kick start your morning and get your daily caffeine fix with this chilled Maple Coconut Coffee. The maple twist in your morning coffee will surely be a sweet start to your morning. Full recipe here.
Smoothie bowls are the new breakfast trend for a good reason. They are full of nutrients and they give you the energy needed for your morning. You might have seen on Instagram beautiful pictures of colourful smoothie bowls, so why don’t you try to make one? Smoothie bowls are thicker than a regular smoothie. All you have to do is to put less liquid and play with your favourite toppings! But be careful, you need to use healthy ingredients because your smoothie can become unhealthy quickly. Here is what you have to put in your smoothie bowls:
Protein Yogurt Kefir Protein Powder
Fat Coconut milk Avocado Nut butters
Superfood Blueberries Acai Goji Berries Almond Maca Powder
Fibre Flax seed Chia seed Hemp
Super Green smoothie bowl
Simple SUPER green smoothie bowls packed with tons of greens and customizable toppings! The healthiest and easiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal. Recipe Minimalist Baker.
Vegan berry crunchy smoothie bowl
An antioxidant rich blend of mixed berries, banana, kale chia seeds and almond milk … A creamy goodness. Recipe Domesticate Me.
Chia seed Berry Coconut smoothie bowl
Berries and coconut milk make the perfect combination. The acidity in the fruit melts into the creaminess of coconut milk, resulting in a smooth, velvety smoothie bowl. Recipe Detoxdiy.
Green Tea Lime Pie
The flavour is inspired by the popular Key Lime Pie, but with a green tea twist. Recipe Oh She Glows.
Dragon fruit smoothie bowl
You’ll love scooping up a bite of smoothie with a little crunchy granola and a little bit of fresh fruit. Recipe Keep’In It Kind.
We all know that it can be tough to get children to eat their “five a day” without a fuss. It is also tricky to find nutritious, fun and tasty snacks/drinks, that aren’t loaded with sugar. Luckily, our flavoured coconut waters could be just what you and your children need.
With no added sugar, and a recent increase in the amount of natural fruit added, our fruity coconut waters are 100% child-friendly and taste better than ever.
They’re pretty versatile too! Here’s just a few simple coconut water-based recipes that you can try at home with your kids. They’re colourful, cost effective and bound to put the fun back into fruits…
Fruity Coconut Water Ice Lollies
Note: This recipe requires ice pop moulds. These are usually fairly cheap and can be purchased from most large supermarkets, or online on eBay or Amazon. Alternatively, you can make your own using plastic cups and lolly sticks.
For simple, fruity ice lollies, pour Chi Coconut Water & Pineapple, Chi Coconut Water & Mango or Chi Coconut Water & TropicalFruits into your molds and leave to set in the freezer over night. Serve and enjoy!
For more colourful ice lollies (with extra goodness!) use any of the above Coconut Waters or Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water, and add sliced fruits. It is useful to use smaller fruits like kiwis, strawberries or blueberries so that they fit nicely in the molds. Leave to set in the freezer over night.
Fruity Ice Cubes
This recipe is perfect for encouraging your children to drink more water. Pour Chi Coconut Water into ice cube molds and add small, sliced fruits. Leave to set in the freezer overnight.
Add to water for a nutritious pop of colour!
Coconut Water Slush
Blend 330ml of your chosen Chi Coconut Water together with a handful of ice and a handful of fruit (the sweeter the better!)
Serve to your children in their favourite cup, add a colorful straw, and put your feet up for five minutes. 🙂