What is oil pulling and
why you should do it

Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Did you ask yourself what it is and why people are doing it? No? Well, then this post will bring some clarity.

Oil pulling is a method to do mouth cleansing in a natural way. It is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice and has been used in coconut producing countries for hundreds of years.

You can do oil pulling with different kinds of oil but it is mostly done with coconut oil. We at Chi also use coconut oil for our oil pulling, which is organic, raw, virgin and cold-pressed. It has a lot of benefits and is pleasant to the taste. Moreover, coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties, which is very advantageous when doing oil pulling.

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You mainly do oil puling to receive a better oral hygiene and get rid of bacteria in your mouth. The method to do it is very simple and easy. You just have to swish the coconut oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. Do this preferably in the morning before you eat or drink anything. After that, you spit it out into the trash or toilet. Don’t swallow it! The oil should look milky and be watery now. If it isn’t, you didn’t swish it long enough. You shouldn’t spit it into the sink as it contains all the toxins from your mouth. Furthermore, you don’t want to clog your sink drain. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with warm sea salt water, as it will kill any lingering bacteria. But that is optional. What you definitely have to do is to brush your teeth afterwards!

You not only receive a better oral hygiene by doing oil pulling. There are more benefits coming with it. Some examples are a better breath and better overall hygiene in the mouth, whiter teeth, the healing of bleeding gums, better skin or the detoxification of your body. But as already said, these are just some examples out of a lot.                                                                 Furthermore, coconut oil also contains a lot of vitamins that are easily digestible. It provides you with vitamin A, D, E and K.

If you want to have visible results, you should do oil pulling for at least two weeks. The Chi Oil Pulling kit is available in a two-week course, a four-week course or a six-week course. As you should do the oil pulling every day, the courses contain one sachet for every day. After a few days you will see the first results and you will notice the benefits.

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If you have never tried oil pulling before, you should now! We have listed the benefits and it is so easy to integrate it into your daily routine. Oil pulling is the natural and healthy way compared to all the other chemical methods, which are more harmful than helping. So if you want to give your body a treat, try oil pulling.

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

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

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

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Tropical fruit bowl

Ingredients:

Method:

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

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Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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

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Post Workout Smoothie

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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

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The versatile coconut – products
you didn’t know about

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

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

 

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Coconut water

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

Coconut oil

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

Coconut butter

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

 

 

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Coconut flour

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

 

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Coconut milk

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

 

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Coconut flakes

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

Coconut sugar

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

 

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

Acai, Berry and Coconut
Summer Smoothie Bowl

Summer has finally arrived in London which we are very happy about! To celebrate this, we want to share a super delicious recipe today. We proudly present – drum roll – the Acai-Blueberry-Coconut-Mango Summer Smoothie Bowl!

This smoothie bowl tastes like summer on a spoon. It refreshes you right in the morning (but you can of course also have it as an afternoon snack). The taste of the tropics will explode in your mouth as you take the first bite! Acai is a superfood, showing a lot of antioxidants. It will protect you of free radicals, which can lead to chronic diseases. In combination with fresh berries, a juicy mango and the creamy coconut you will experience a super yummy taste adventure. Additionally, this smoothie bowl is all vegan, dairy- and gluten-free!

 

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But enough talk now – let’s get into the recipe!

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 sachet of frozen acai
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 fresh mango
  • 1 cup of CHI coconut milk
  • 2 medjool dates or liquid sweetener (optional)

Ingredients for decoration:

Simply blend all the ingredients together until they are smooth. Decorate your bowl nicely and enjoy your summery breakfast!

 

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TOP 5 Thai dishes with
coconut that you should try!

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Matcha Tea is
good for you!

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

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

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

But how?

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

 

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

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

Yummy!

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

 

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Halloween
special

Whether you like it not, the end of the month always brings about excitement for children and adults alike, and not just because it is full of treats! This year Halloween has descended on us like the plague and before we jump straight in on the festivities… here is a quick update; of inspiration and ideas for 2016.

Fancy dress up

As well as your typical furry animals and zombie bride that remain a classic Halloween dress up, popular costumes this year may include…

Stranger things

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Pokemon GO

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There is no doubt you may see the odd Pokemon crawling about this Halloween; take your pick from the original 151! Apparently Pokemon mouths a.k.a Pokemouths are also a true thing… where you paint an entire Pokemon around your mouth!

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And even pokeballs get their moment of fame:

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Snapchat filters

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The rise of snapchat filters in 2016 has been enormous and now they happen to be universally popular for all ages…

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Drink up

Pumpkin flavours and red and orange coloured liquids are always a go-to when treating your guests to spooky drink. Here we have:

 

Blood orange margaritas 

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This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savoury.

INGREDIENTS

  • kosher salt
  • Crushed ice
  • ½ c. fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
  • Blood orange wedges (optional)
  1. Moisten rim of 2 margarita glasses and dip in kosher salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into glasses. Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.

Bloody Black Currant Punch 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ c. brandy
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 4 c. black currant nectar
  • 1½ c. cold seltzer
  1. Stir brandy and sugar in a large bowl. Add nectar; stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Punch can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add seltzer just before serving.

Dark and Stormies 

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INGREDIENTS

ICE CUBES:
  • 8 c. ginger beer
DRINK:
  • 8 c. ginger beer
  • 4 c. dark rum
  • ½ c. fresh lime juice
  • Thinly sliced lime
  1. To make ginger beer ice cubes: Pour 8 cups ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and freeze.
  2. Stir ginger beer, rum and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve in tall cocktail glasses with 3 or 4 ice cubes each; garnish with lime. Try Barritt’s Ginger Beer, available at sodapopstop.com, and Gosling’s rum.

Trick or Treat?

Who knew how much you could do to a plain old apple!

“Poison” Candy Apples

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Ingredients

  • 12 baby Granny Smith apples
  • 12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
  1. Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degrees F. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
  3. Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.

Caramel Apples 

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Ingredients

  • 12 crisp apples
  • 1⅓ c. dark corn syrup
  • 1⅓ c. granulated sugar
  • 1⅓ c. light brown sugar
  • 1⅓ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Line a baking pan with a generously oiled sheet of parchment paper. Push a candy apple stick into the core of each apple.
  2. Combine the syrup, sugars, heavy cream, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches 270 degrees F – about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and vanilla. Let cool for 6 to 8 minutes, until caramel thickens to a toffeelike consistency.
  3. Dip and gently swirl the apples into the caramel and place on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely.

Ghostly Coconut Covered Apples 

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Ingredients

  • 6 Fuji Apples
  • 10 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 4 c. shredded coconut
  1. Remove stems and skewer apples (see “Tricks for Sticks,” below).
  2. In a double boiler over low heat, melt white chocolate chips, stirring continuously.
  3. Dip an apple into the chocolate. Immediately dip the apple into a bowl of shredded coconut, rotating to coat evenly.
  4. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

London Pop up screenings

You will not be stuck with what to do in London on Halloween weekend!

Farmopolis 

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Watch the Little Shop of Horrors – a horror musical about a flesh eating plant than amid the flora and fauna of Farmopolis ~ October 28th, £15, North Greenwich

‘Nosferatu’ at the Royal Albert Hall

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The birthplace of horror cinema. This screening includes haunting live piano . ~ October 31st £16.50

 

 

Teen Horror Pyjama Party 

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Six great movies, 11 hours. A room full of strangers in their jim jams.

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More information here

The Cult of John Carpenter at the BFI

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From ‘Halloween’ to ‘The Thing’, the king of indie horror gets his own season at the BFI Southbank. For more information please see 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.

 

Healthy Smoothie
bowl recipes

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

Protein  Yogurt  Kefir   Protein Powder

Fat Coconut milk  Avocado  Nut butters

Superfood Blueberries Acai Goji Berries Almond Maca Powder

Fibre Flax seed Chia seed Hemp

 Super Green smoothie bowl 

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

 Vegan berry crunchy smoothie bowl 

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

Chia seed Berry Coconut smoothie bowl

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

Green Tea Lime Pie 

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

 Dragon fruit smoothie bowl 

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

 

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

 

 

Mother’s Day
Gift ideas

This Sunday (6th March) is Mother’s day, it’s the day to celebrate the wonderful woman who has given you so much. Show her how much you care by finding her a lovely gift to make her happy. If you are still wondering what to give to her this Sunday, we have some great ideas for you. Here are some ideas to make this day awesome:

  Make her a breakfast

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Try to wake up earlier and surprise her with a yummy and healthy breakfast or a brunch.

Check out more recipes on our blog:

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

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/festive-breakfast-recipes/

Workout Session

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Get her a yoga or Pilates sessions to make her feel relaxed. This gift is perfect if she’s a yoga addict or it’s a good way to introduce her to a new activity.

Spa day

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What a joy to spend your time with your Mum at the spa, she will enjoy it and you as well.

Dinner out

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Bring her to her favourite restaurant, she will be please to share good food with her children.

Bake for her

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Make her a treat, she deserves it!

 Jewellery for your jewel

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It’s always nice to receive jewellery, we never get tired of jewellery!

Healthy Hamper

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Make your own hamper with all the product that she likes, she will love it. You just need to pop up to Wholefoods to get all the healthy products!

Chi
Brownies

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

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Ingredient

2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)

2 handful of dark chocolate chips

60g Cacao powder

125g Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

90g Coconut flour

half tsp salt

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Beans Brownie

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp Chi coconut oil (melted)

2 handful of dark chocolate chips

60g Cacao powder

125g Greek yogurt

1 tsp vanilla extract

400g black beans

half tsp salt

Method

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

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

 

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The essential vitamins for
a Healthy Winter!

During winter your immune system is more sensitive and weaker than the other seasons, and that’s why you get sick more often. These common winter sicknesses (flu, colds, sore throat) are caused by vitamins or minerals deficiencies. To spend a happy healthy winter, pop to your local  store to get all the essential vitamins & minerals needed. Each vitamin plays an important role in your body, improving your energy, boosting your vitality.

Check out our guide list!

Vitamin C

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Vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds and the flu, but it can reduce the length and severity of symptoms. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This means it protects the body against disease including heart disease and cancer. It is vital for the production of collagen, used to build body tissue and bones.

Where to find it?

Fresh fruit and vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries and cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. Green vegetables (cabbage, broccoli and beans) and potatoes all contain high levels.

Iron 

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Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells which carries oxygen around the body. A good intake of iron is necessary for energy, intellectual performance and vitality. A lack of iron leads to anaemia – where the body is unable to transport oxygen around the body causing lethargy and listlessness. Excessive iron may damage organs.

Where to find it?

Red meat is a rich source of iron. Other sources include cereal products, bread, flour, eggs, beans, lentils and dried fruit. Taking Vitamin C alongside iron helps with its absorption.

Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is an essential vitamin required by the body for the absorption of calcium, bone development, immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation.

Where to find it?

This essential vitamin is only absorbed when the body is exposed to sunlight. However, if you are not able to meet this requirement by this natural source, then vitamin D can be found in  milk and cereals.

Magnesium 

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Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps regulate blood pressure, maintains bone strength, and ensures a healthy immune system.

Where to find it?

Halibut, nuts, peanut butter, spinach, oatmeal, beans, lentils.

Vitamin E 

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Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant protecting cell membranes from damage, and is thought to protect against some cancers and heart disease.

 Where to find it?

Nuts and oil are an excellent source of vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach and cabbage) and cereals are also rich in vitamin E

 

Raw coconut water 

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Also our raw coconut water is full of vitamins and minerals, to name a few our Chi raw coconut water include Chloride, Iron, as well as important electrolytes such as Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and Phosphorous. In fact, the potassium content in coconut water is close to twice the amount in a banana. 

Rhitrition’s Clean
Porridge

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

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

  Green Porridge

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barley grass

oats

chia seeds

Chi coconut milk

peanut butter

ginger

Cacao Porridge 

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oats

Chi coconut milk

cacao nibs

protein powder

 Protein Porridge

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Chi Coconut milk

protein powder

Chia Seed Porridge

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oats

Chi coconut oil

barley grass

chia seeds

 Almond Porridge

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protein powder

oats

almond milk

Chi coconut oil

chia seeds

 Peanut Butter Porridge

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oats

chia seeds

peanut butter

Chi coconut milk 

 Chocolate Porridge

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cacao

Chi chocolate coconut milk

oats

chia seeds  

 Coco Porridge

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Chi coconut milk

chia seeds

coyo yogurt 

Gluten
free

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

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Why should we go gluten free?

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

The health benefits to go gluten free are: 

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

How should we go gluten free?

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

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

Look for products labeled gluten-free

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

The food  to avoid:

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

 

Rainbow Granola by
Barbara Cox

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

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

Rainbow Granola with Chi Coconut Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ingredients

150g oats

20g Chi coconut oil

60ml maple syrup or Manuka honey

50g pumpkin seeds

50g sunflower seeds

30g flaxseeds

100g Brazil nuts

50g dried gogi berries

70g dried cranberries

1 vanilla pod – de-seeded

Directions

Preheat oven to 180°C

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

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

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Break apart after baking into bite-size chunks.

Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks

 

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

Guilt free
Christmas dessert

Christmas is nearly approaching, we are already starting to eat chocolate, cookies… The festive season is usually associated with gaining weight, but this year it won’t be the same! The food that will destroy your diet the most is dessert,  we have gathered some healthy dessert recipes that will indulge your craving for a Christmas sweet. You can tell us thank you;)

We have to start with a chocolate recipe, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate. Eating chocolate can be good for your health, it improves your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa , contains flavonoids. However the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts. Also it’s better to avoid any of milk chocolate or white chocolate (high in sugar and fat).

Fruity Chocolate bar 

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@givingtreesnack

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
  • 1 cup assorted  Giving Tree fruits, large pieces roughly chopped

Directions

Gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, be patient, keep stirring, and even with the heat on a low setting the chocolate will melt eventually.

Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be).

Sprinkle evenly with Giving Tree fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.

Because of the nature of freeze-dried fruit, this particular bar is best enjoyed within a day or two, as the fruit will begin to soften once exposed to humidity. The bar is good for up to a week, however, the fruit just might be a bit softer after a few days out in the open.

A traditional dessert that nobody can resist is the apple pie… with less sugar.

Apple Pie

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Step 1. Prepare the pastry
In a food processor, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces); pulse until large flakes form. Add 7 table-spoons trans fat-free shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cold water over the mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. Roll the pastry into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into 3/4-inch thick disks on separate sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

Step 2. Make the apple filling
Peel, core, and slice 5-6 apples, enough to make 6 1/2 cups. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss well; set aside.

Step 3. Assemble the pie
Preheat oven to 400º. Place larger half of chilled pastry on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Dust dough with flour and roll into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin, then invert over a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off plastic and gently tuck pastry into pan, letting edge drape over sides. Lightly moisten upper edge of dough with a damp pastry brush. Transfer filling to pie shell. Roll other half of pastry into an 11-inch circle on plastic wrap. Invert over filling, then peel off plastic. Pinch edge to seal; trim excess.

Step 4. Bake till golden
Create decorative edge on crust with fork. Slit top pastry for steam vents. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes on center oven rack, shield-ing edges of crust with foil. Reduce heat to 375º; continue baking until the pie is golden brown and juices bubble through at least one vent, another 30 minutes. Insert wooden skewer into pie; there should be no resistance. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.

(inspired from the www.health.com)

Cranberry Jam tart
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@coconutandberries

No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts

  • 1Cup Almonds
  • 1/2Cup Rolled Oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3/4Cup Soft Dates
  • Pinch of Salt

Quick Cranberry Jam:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Fresh OR Frozen Cranberries
  • 2T Maple Syrup
  • 2T Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4C Orange Juice
  • 1/2C (approx) Water
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 1/2t Vanilla Extract

Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and oats together to form a fairly fine flour. Add the salt and the dates and process until you have a thick mixture which holds together when pinched between finger and thumb. You may need to add a couple of extra dates if it’s too crumbly.

Divide mixture between the 12 holes of a shallow cake/tartlet tin and press firmly in the base and up the sides to form 12 neat tart shells.

Refrigerate or freeze until ready to fill.

For the jam, place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until the cranberries have all popped and the jam has thickened up. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cool. (I left mine chunky but blend with an immersion blender if you prefer yours smooth)

Run a knife around the edges of the tart shells to loosen them and pop them out of the tin. Fill each with a couple of teaspoons of the jam.

Serve at room temperature

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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@acouplecooks

Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • Turbinado sugar (for garnish)
Method
  1. In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all purpose four, and ½ cup wheat flour to the wet ingredients and stir with a large spoon until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough to around ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  5. Bake for about 8 minutes, until until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. Store covered at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer term storage.
Stuffed Pear

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@theartseefartsee

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe halved and pitted pears (I cut a little whole in mine for the pecans to fit it)    
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey
  • 1.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2  tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of candied pecans 


Directions


Preheat oven to 350°   
Fill holes with candied pecans
Sprinkle pears with spices

Drizzle with honey
Bake for 25-40 minutes (they are done when the skin begins to curl).

Enjoy!

Chi Coconut
Porridge

You can’t be a true British if you don’t eat porridge for breakfast! It is the perfect compromise while it’s simple and quick to make it, there’s now another reason to love this most healthy breakfast. According to several studies, people who eat oats and other wholegrains live longer and are less likely to die from heart disease. The cereal grain’s proven talents include helping to lower high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. Not to mention that it’s packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

In this article we will give all the best tips to make yummy porridge with Chi coconut milk.

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You can find a thousand ways  to make porridge but the basis is all the time the same. Porridge as we know it today, is made by mixing oats with a fluid (water and or milk) and then heating it.  Beyond that it is all down to personal preference, here are some ideas!

 

Chi Chocolate Porridge 

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 12.38.471. Mix the oats and Chi Chocolate coconut milk . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.

2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces.

Honey Coco porridge 

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1. Mix the oats, Chi coconut milk (plain) . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.

2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces plus some banana and a little bit of chocolate pieces. To finish you can drizzle with honey.

Creamy Blueberry Coconut Porridge

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1. Simply add the water, oats, Chi coconut milk to a saucepan and allow it to heat for about ten minutes, until the liquid has all been absorbed.

2. Then stir in some Chi organic coconut oil and let it dissolve into mix.

3. Once it’s all nicely mixed pour it into a bowl, add blueberries and coconut chips.

Enjoy!

Halloween
Competition

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

COMPETITION TIME

halloween giveaway 2015

 

What’s the prize included?

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

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

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

How to enter ?

It’s really easy, all you need to do:

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

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

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

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

What are
Superfoods?

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

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Here is your 10 best superfoods:

 

1. ACAI

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

2. ALMOND

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

3. CACAO

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

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

4. GREEN TEA

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

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

6. SALMON

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

7. KALE

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


8. QUINOA


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

9. LENTIL

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

10. GREEK YOGURT

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

 

People are going coco-NUTS for
our RAW coconut water!

Our CHI 100% RAW Coconut Water is the newest member of the CHI family being only 5 months new! With its exquisite thirst quenching, and mouth waveringly delicious taste, its got so many of you snapping them up from our lovely stockists at Wholefoods, Planet Organic and many more health food stores across England!

For those of you that don’t know why our Raw Coconut Water is different to the rest of the CHI family, High Pressure Processing (HPP) is used, to ensure the water is 100% coconut water with no nutritional or sensory loss whatsoever. By not tampering with nature, Chi 100% Raw Organic Coconut Water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organic. We always notice who’s been such loyal customers to us here at CHI, and so here is what a few of you have to say about our RAW  Coconut Water..

 

Your home online

“New to the coconut market is chi 100% raw organic coconut water – the UK’S first and only organic and raw product on the market using innovative technology to bring you a truly fresh product. Chi raw organic coconut water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organ – just as fresh as drinking straight from a coconut!”

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Honestly Healthy

“We like the fact that this one has no preservatives, it’s unpasteurised, no artificial flavouring and no added sugar. As a consequence, the naturally occurring enzymes are still alive – YES!”

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Primal Eye  –

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“Refreshingly sweet and easy to drink, Chi’s latest product is sure to be a best seller as not only is it 100% pure and organic but the taste transports your straight to a tropical beach somewhere far far away. Chi are a great brand who have created something truly delicious, natural and in its purest form without any unnatural processing. However, there are some unnatural products out there by other brands claiming to be natural, so always make sure to read the label and check that your coconut water isn’t from concentrate and contains no added sugars.” – 

 

Sunday Express S Magazine  –
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Women’s fitness –

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 Elvina Khoo blog – 

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The Nutty Noodle blog –

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We thank all of our super special friends that religiously buy, review and love our drinks and also encourage the first timers to grab our Raw coconut water. And tells us about your first experience through email, twitterinstagram or Facebook, we would love to know what you think!

How to
start jogging?

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

First Step 

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

Second Step 

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

 Third Step

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

Fourth Step 

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

Fifth Step

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

Sixth Step

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

The Giving
Tree snacks

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

The Giving Tree Range

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WHAT’S FREEZE DRIED?

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

WHAT’S VACUUM FRIED?

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

HEALTH BENEFITS

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

Where to find them?

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

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

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@givingtreesnack 

How do I enter the competition?

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

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

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

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

Good Luck!

Here are the links:

Facebook: Givingtree

Twitter: @Givingtreesnack

Instagram: @Givingtreesnack

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

Be Healthy.
Be Happy!

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

 

1. Set  your goals

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

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2. Exercise as much as you can

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

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3. Don’t get bored

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

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4. Healthy  snacks

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

The Giving Tree snack 

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Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges

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

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5. Enjoy eating 

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

6. Chi Raw coconut

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

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Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic

 

 

EnTHAIrely RAW Supper
Club event

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

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

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

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Raw Tom Kha with Seasonal Market Vegetables
served with cauliflower rice

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

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

Summer
Prize

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

What’s included in the prize?

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

How to enter ?

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

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

Here are the links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

OR

Facebook: www.facebook.com/givingtreesnacks

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

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

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.

 Desert (choose 1)

 

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A breakfast bowl
of summer

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

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

STEP 1: The Base – Choosing the Smoothie

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

Choco-Raspberry Heaven:

 Strawberry Mango Delight:

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

Berry Purple Power (Serves 2):

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

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

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

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

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

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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HEALTHY Coconut
salad dressings

Summer is on its way and we can now finally ditch the lunchtime hot soups or baguette for a nice chilled healthy salad At Chi, we love eating salads and can prove eating healthy can be easy, yet still remain exciting and delicious!

So if your wondering how we do this at Chi, here is the solution! We love to jazz up our salads with lots of fresh colour vegetables, fruit and super foods making it look like a fun, eye-catching rainbow bowl of goodness. Salads are a perfect meal for any summer diets or health kicks. There very nutritious, low in calories and makes the perfect lunch meal as they are not too heavy and will guarantee to keep you feeling full of energy. Not forgetting it helps to aid digestion, cleanse your body and will get you feeling beach body ready in no time. So you’ll feel fabulous for any summer holidays.

It sometimes may be the case that without a creamy dressing, it can taste dry and a little bit on the boring side. However, these dressings can end up making it as fattening as a burger and chips! We have put together some tantalising, mouth-watering HEALTHY salad dressings using our Chi products to get you ready for the summer!

 

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Coconut Chia Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 14 Ozs Chi Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp  Onion (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Spring Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tsp Basil Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 Clove Garlic (Grated)
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Dillweed
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Coconut and Lime Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsps Chi Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Yoghurt
  • 1/2 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Curry Sauce (Thai)

Soy Ginger Coconut Oil Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Honey
  • 1/8 Tsp Ginger (Minced or grated)
  • 1 dash Red Pepper flakes

Blood Orange Coconut Water Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Chi Coconut Water
  • 2 Blood Oranges
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Finely Minced)
  • 1/2 Tsp Whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin Olive Oil

Curry, Coconut, Ginger, Peanut Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger(grated)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps Coconut Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Oil (optional)

Thai Sweet Chilli Dressing 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chi Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Fish Sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsps Lime Juice (1 fresh lime)
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (grated)
  • 2 Tbsps Ginger (grated)

Chi Coconut Oil

100% Organic Virgin Chi Coconut Oil

Chi Coconut Milk

100% Natural Chi Coconut Milk

Coconut water

100% Pure Chi Coconut Water

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.

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  😉 

BIRCHER MUESLI

 

 

 

Your mouth will be having a party
when you try this granola bar recipe!

We are  a big fan of Chefonabike the foodie biker! He has kindly shared with us his yummy granola bar recipe. All clean, healthy  recipes and, of course, they have got chi coconut oil in them. Brilliant for that early morning metabolism kick start and energy boost! Chefonabike says:

‘A super healthy version of a very popular everyday snack / energy bar just got a lot better. A clean approach is essential here so instead of using butter and sugars, Chi Coconut Oil and Honey are the sticky/combining agents. Also the crunchy peanut butter provides texture and flavour to the bar. Enjoy as a breakfast or as a Pre workout (whatever your sport/activity is) fuel..also ideal as a Recovery/Post trinity food to replenish glycogen used by your muscles.’

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@mariopresi

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water

– 1 cup packed pitted Medjol dates

– 1 1/2 lightly toasted jumbo organic Oats

– 1 cup raw whole almonds

– 1/4 cup honey

– 1/4 cup Organic crunchy peanut butter

– 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
METHOD:

1. Process the dates in a food processor until you get a smooth paste. Use 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water to help the blending process.

2. Place oats, almonds, cranberries and dates paste in a bowl and set aside.

3. Warm honey, peanut butter and Chi Coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Stir gently and then pour over the oats mixture. Mix thoroughly.

4. Transfer the mix to a baking parchment lined baking tin/tray.

5. Press down with a spatula until smooth and uniformly flattened. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.

6. Remove from the baking tin, cut into bars 10/12 bars. You can store them in air tight container or wrapping them individually. They keep in the fridge for up to 6 days.

NOTES

Optional additions: raw cocoa nibs; goji berries; other nuts; banana chips; vanilla.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Serving size: 1 bar | Calories: 220 | Fat: 9gr | Saturated: 1,5gr | Carbohydrates: 31gr | Sugar: 20gr | Fiber: 5gr | Protein: 7gr

Recipe by Chefonabike www.chefonabike.me

For more wonderful recipes click here to visit our Pintrest!

 

Chi mother’s
day giveaway!

We all love our mums, so when we actually remember mothers day is soon/sooner than we thought it was, purchasing a present that reflects how amazing your mum is can be a bit of a mad rush! (wee’ve all been there!) So to make it slightly easier for you lovely lot we are giving away some fabulous products, perfect to treat your mum (the healthy way, don’t worry we have included Ombar chocolate that is good for you. No really it is!)

The giveaway includes:

a 1 litre carton of chi 100% natural chocolate coconut milk.

1 coconut 60% dark chocolate ombar and 1 coco mylk ombar.

1 chi 500ml jar of raw,virgin coconut oil.

1 cartoon of chi 100% natural coconut water.

To enter:

Follow us and tag three friends on this post on instagram or share this post on Facebook.

Describe your mum in three words and tell us what you would make her using any of our chi products.

Please email us your awnsers to mail@chilondon.com with the subject header ‘Mothers day giveaway’ by 4pm on Thursday 12th March 2015. T&C’s apply *. Good Luck!

 

 

 

*Mothers day Giveaway T&Cs: Entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via email, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

make your monday marvellous with
a coconut matcha latte!

We love a good matcha latte and especially when there is chi coconut milk involved, even more so on a monday morning when you need an energy boost. (Or hangover remedy) So to brighten up your monday morning here’s some information on matcha and how a coconut matcha latte can make your Monday marvellous. Oh yes and we’ve thrown in a quick recipe for your convenience, (we’re so kind!).

Although matcha powder comes with a hefty price tag it also comes with a hefty amount of nutrients, perfect justification to pop to your nearest health food store and grab a pot! Unlike green tea which is the brewed tea leaves of many varieties of tea leaf from China and Japan, matcha powder is specificaly ground from tencha leaves in Japan.

The tea bushes are grown and taken great care of during the winter and just before harvesting in May the bushes are covered from sunlight. This stimulates an increase in chlorophyl levels resulting in the leaves to be a darker shade of green. This, my fellow green gods and goddesses, is how matcha powder gets its nutrient potency. This darker shade of green causes a production of amino acids like L-thiamine.  This makes matcha perfect for repair and growth as it gives us a supply of ready available amino acids (think hair, skin, nails, muscles). Basically everything we need repairing to be feeling (and looking) amazing.

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When we consume Matcha we consume the whole leaf as it is in powdered form. This means we get a fair share of amazing antioxidants like ECGg. Antioxidants are important as they can help prevent damage to our cells from oxidative stress and toxins we consume and produce in our body. Even better for cell repair, skin repair and long term beautifulness!

This combination of matcha, electrolyte and mineral filled coconut milk is brilliant. Drinking one of these babies regularly is a sure fire way to become the envy of your colleagues with your new annoyingly large amount of energy, just what everyone wants to see on a monday!

Chi’s marvellous monday coconut matcha latte. ♥

ingredients: 

  • 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder of your choice
  • sweetener of choice  – for example Manuka honey, natural organic honey ( no chemicals here please!)  or rice malt syrup/ another plant based natural sweetener if you are a vegan.
  • Chi 100% natural coconut milk

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Directions:

  • Gently heat up a mug full of coconut milk.
  • stir in about a teaspoon of matcha powder in to your heated coconut milk.
  • Add the sweetener of your choice until it is as sweet as you would like it.
  • Pour in to your mug and there you have it! Drink up and boss your day (now that you are superman/superwoman)
  • For more amazingly good recipes with chi head over to our pint rest. 

 

Chi at BBC Good
Food Eat Well show

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

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

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

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

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Here are a few pictures from the show:

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@ThisisDavina

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@CharlieandIvys

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@merchantgourmet

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@hemsleyhemsley

See you next year BBC Good Food Eat Well Show!

 

Healthy Winter
Breakfast

Next week, Chi will be supporting the launch of  Lisa Roukin‘s amazing new cookbook My Relationship with Food. Lisa is a passionate, cordon bleu chef who enjoys creating healthy, gluten-free free recipes, that often contain little to no refined sugars or dairy products.

Lisa uses plenty of coconut products in her cookbook, and has been kind enough to share her Coconut Porridge recipe with us. This warming bowl of coconutty goodness makes for the perfect, healthy winter breakfast. Lisa says, “this is a must try porridge. It’s healthy, nutritious, and a good source of potassium, not just from the banana but also from the coconut water. The oats in porridge help to lower cholesterol levels if eaten regularly over a sustained period of time, and are a good source of fibre and protein.” Lisa also suggests experimenting with different toppings like chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries or cashew butter. Yum!

Benefits of porridge oats:

Slow release energy – Porridge oats have a very low Glycaemic Index, which means they are slowly absorbed into the body’s blood stream.  This not only gives a long gradual release of energy and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable but it also keeps you full much longer than other breakfasts.

Packed full of goodness – Porridge oats contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre and calcium.

High in protein – Porridge has the highest protein content of any cereal. It’s oats contain around 10g of protein for each 100g serving.

 

Coconut Porridge Recipe

(Serves 2)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients

1-pint Chi Coconut Water
80g porridge oats fine or rolled

Topping

1 large handful toasted coconut chips
1 banana
Cinnamon
Agave syrup

Method

  • Place the coconut water and oats in a non-stick saucepan bring to boil, stirring often, then simmer for 3 minutes, occasionally stirring, leave to sit for 1 minute of the heat
  • Toast your coconut chips, in a dry frying pan
  • Serve with toasted coconut chips, sliced banana and cinnamon and touch of agave syrup if required
  • Enjoy

 

In a rush? We also love…

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Don’t have time to whip up a hot, healthy brekky? Introducing Oats + Chia. This tiny, tasty packet is full of goodness and contains wholegrain oats, sun ripened chia seeds, high quality fruit and virgin coconut oil (yay!).  Just add hot water!

 

 

CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER
BANANA BREAD RECIPE

We absolutely love this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe from the Minimalist Baker… In fact, we just LOVE the Minimalist Baker! Husband and wife team, John and Dana, created The Minimalist Baker as “a space for simple, delicious food” which often uses 7 ingredients or less. Their site features a wide range of recipes, which cater for everyone. They also have a section called “one bowl” which is where we found this mouthwatering, Vegan and Gluten Free, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bread recipe… Not only can you make this wonderful recipe using just one bowl, but you can also use TWO dairy free, Chi ingredients; Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk and Chi Coconut Oil. Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 16.51.24

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BREAD

Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 1 hour

Author: Minimalist Baker Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS Please note: these measurements are according to US guidelines. For UK measurement conversions, use Good to Know Cups to Grams Converter or similar.

  • 1 flax egg ( 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water | or sub 1 egg)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (~1.5 cups)
  • 3.5 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup salted natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 2.5 Tbsp rape seed or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Chips
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 350 (PLEASE NOTE: this is according to US oven temperature settings) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
  • Prepare flax egg in a large mixing bowl and let rest for 5 minutes to activate.
  • Add banana and mash thoroughly.
  • Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine.
  • Add cocoa powder, almond meal, gluten free flour blend, oats and stir.
  • Last, stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips (if using).
  • Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. When ready, it should feel firm and be crackly on top. My sweet spot was about 1 hour 5 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before cutting or it will be too tender to hold form (preferably overnight).

Store completely cooled leftovers in a covered container for up to several days, though best when fresh. Slice and freeze for longer term storage.

 
NOTES
*Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 of 10 slices of bread including both chocolate and peanut butter chips.
*USA Measurements
 
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Serving size: 1 of 10 slices Calories: 377 Fat: 18.5g Saturated fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 51gSugar: 22.4g Sodium: 90mg Fiber: 8g Protein: 8g

CREDIT: John and Dana, The Minimalist Baker | http://minimalistbaker.com/ @minimalistbaker

 

Ingredient suggestions from Chi…

Chi Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Chi Coconut Oil

Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk

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Chi Coconut Milk and
Nairn’s Muesli Competition

To celebrate the launch of our 100% Natural Coconut Milk we have partnered with Nairn’s to bring you a delicious and nourishing breakfast. For your chance to get your hands on some brand new Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk and Nairn’s Gluten Free Oat Muesli simply follow @Chicocowater on twitter and RT the competition post.

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Terms and conditions:

To enter, you must follow @Chicocowater on Twitter and RT the competition post

The prize package consists of: 1 x Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk and 1 x Nairn’s Gluten Free Oat Muesli

The competition is only open to UK residents

One winner will be selected at random

If the winner hasn’t responded within 48 hours another winner will be selected

Chi and Nairn’s take no responsibility for lost, delayed or damaged prizes

In events outside of the promoters (Chi and Nairn’s) control, they reserve the right to offer alternative prizes

The competition closes at 4pm on 23.10.14