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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PACK’D frozen
smoothies

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

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

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

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

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

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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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My Healthy
sandwich!

When you think of sandwiches, you think of the really fatty sandwiches that are full of nasties. But sandwiches can be a great and quick lunch to grab when you are on the rush. Instead of buying one, let’s make our sandwich full of goodness to keep us full until dinner. Save time by making it the night before or even during weekends, have a look at our recipes! They are easy and healthy.

Green Sandwich

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The Bonjon Gourmet

 We all love a green smoothie so why not a green sandwich. Recipe here.

Californian Rainbow Sandwich 

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Half Baked Harvest

You know when your meal is healthy when it’s full of colours. Recipe here.

Roasted red pepper hummus, avocado and feta

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Two Peas & Their pod

Hummus and avocado will make your sandwich incredible tasty. Recipe here.

Avocado and kale salad 

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Food52

Make your favourite salad and put everything into the bread. Recipe here.

 

Spicy carrot 

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The simple Veganista

Crunchy sandwich! Recipe here.

Chickpea & Sunflower 

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Minimalist Baker

Energy bite on the go, recipe here.

What’s better than drinking Chi raw coconut water along a side with these yummy sandwiches…

Crispy
smoothies

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

Green Tea, Strawberry crispy, and Banana

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Ingredients

3 Tbsp water

1 green tea bag

2 tsp honey

1½ cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

½ med banana

¾ c calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk

Method

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

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

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

Power Crispy Peach

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Ingredients

1 c CHI coconut milk 

2 Tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt

½ c Giving Tree Peach crisps

½ c  Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

⅛ tsp powdered ginger

2 tsp whey protein powder

3 ice cubes1 c oats1.

 

Methods

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

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

Strawberry- Kiwi Smoothie

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Ingredients

41¼ c cold apple juice

1 ripe banana, sliced

1 kiwifruit, sliced

1 cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

Method

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

 

Apple Green

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Ingredients

2 apples

2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)

1 celery stalk (optional)

1/2 cup water

1 cup Giving Tree Apple crisps 

1 clamp Cinnamon

Method

COMBINE everything, blend until smooth.

Raw coconut water  with Mango crisps

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Ingredients

 250 ml Chi Raw Coconut water

2 bananas

2 mangos

1 cup strawberries (fresh or freeze dried)

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup Giving Tree Mango crisps

Method

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

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

Creamy Green Smoothie

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Ingredients

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

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

1/2 cup Giving Tree Broccoli crisps

1 cup lime sherbet

3/4 cup ice cubes

 

Method

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

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

Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately

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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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.

National Chocolate Week:
Healthy Chocolate Recipes

It’s the nations favourite week, and we’re here to make you feel a little less guilty about indulging! National Chocolate Week (Oct 13th-19th 2014) is the UK’s biggest Chocolate celebration, culminating with The Chocolate Show, at Olympia London between the 17th and 19th Oct. Hundreds of events are expected to take place with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants, all taking part. Although chocolate is generally considered unhealthy, many of you will know that chocolate in its rawest form, Cacao, is actually thought to be a superfood. Cacao has one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavanols and contains many vital vitamins and minerals. When combined with cacao butter and coconut oil, Cacao becomes raw chocolate. It is these ingredients that are used by many healthy chocolate brands, like Conscious Chocolate and Ombar , to create dairy-free, gluten-free and guilt-free chocolate. Another great thing about raw chocolate, is that it is SO easy to make at home! Why not give it a go with two of our favourite guilt-free chocolate recipes: Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles, and Healthy Homemade Nutella!? Enjoy! 🙂

Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles

Made using raw chocolate, these Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles are crunchy on the outside, and perfectly creamy and salty-sweet on the inside. Author: Minimalist Baker (Please note: we have altered the recipe to include raw cacao) Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 20 Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 13.45.00 Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 13.45.21Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 13.48.14INGREDIENTS

  • 240g Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2.5 Tbsp melted coconut oil – divided
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 60g natural salted peanut butter (creamy is best, but crunchy works, too)
  • 80g raw cacao butter
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup

METHOD 1. If your dates aren’t sticky and super moist when squeezed, soak in hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Then drain thoroughly and pit. Otherwise, just pit and add to food processor. 2. Add 1 TBSP melted coconut oil and mix. If it’s not quite combining, drizzle in warm water a little at a time – 1 tsp – scraping down sides as needed, and mix until a rough paste or ball forms. If you add too much water it will be difficult to handle them later as they won’t freeze up well. 3. Lastly, add 3/4 tsp sea salt and mix once more to incorporate. Taste and adjust saltiness level if desired. 4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until no longer warm and pliable enough to scoop into balls. 5. Using a small melon baller or a Tablespoon and finger, scoop out small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for another 20-30 minutes to set. 6. Add peanut butter and 1/2 TBSP coconut oil to a small mixing bowl and microwave to melt (or heat in a small saucepan). 7. Remove truffles from freezer and drizzle with warmed peanut butter. Freeze again for another 30 minutes, or until the peanut butter has formed a semi-firm “shell.” 8. Prepare the raw chocolate by melting 80g cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of water on a low heat. Once melted add 4 tbsp cacao powder and the sweetener (maple syrup or agave) to taste and mix well with a metal whisk. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1 tbsp coconut oil. 9. Remove truffles from freezer and, using a fork, scoop truffles up and quickly immerse in chocolate, using a small spoon to drizzle chocolate evenly on top. Then gently shake off excess chocolate and place back on parchment-lined baking sheet. 10. Top with a small sprinkle of sea salt (optional), and repeat until all truffles are coated. 11. Place back in freezer or fridge to set – about 30 minutes. Serve straight from the freezer or fridge. Let set out for 15-20 minutes to soften. Store in a freezer-safe container in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. Makes about 20 truffles.

Healthy Homemade Nutella

Nutella is one of the most popular spreads in the world. It’s gorgeously smooth texture, and chocolatey/nutty flavour make it almost addictive! Sadly, the ingredients are somewhat less desirable however. With the first ingredient being sugar, and the second palm oil, there is plenty to feel guilty about when consuming Nutella. Luckily, we found plenty of healthy alternatives! Now you can create your own, without feeling the guilt: Author: Anne Marie Vegan, Gluten Free Makes: Approx. 340g Untitled INGREDIENTS

  • 135g hazelnuts
  • 30g cocoa/raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • 75ml pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1-4 tsp. water

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°/Gas Mark 4 2. Roast the hazelnuts for 10 minutes. Cool the hazelnuts and remove the skins. You can do this by pressing on them with your hand, using a rolling motion. If the skins are stubborn, submerge the nuts in water and then peel them. As the skins come off, place each hazelnut in a food processor 3. Process the hazelnuts in a food processor for about a minute, until it has a fine crumb texture 4. Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and one teaspoon of water. Process to combine the ingredients. If it’s too thick, add water one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached 5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for several weeks.

Happy National Chocolate Week!