September
motivation

As Autumn comes in with September, a nostalgic feeling of going back to school brings about a renewed motivational urge to ‘start afresh‘. For most, this may mean getting back into shape, becoming fit or eating more healthily (perhaps all of the above). These feelings are commonly universal to those who want to redeem themselves after a Summer binge of gelato and rose. Therefore, an Autumn detox is more or less necessary to help prevent the accumulation of extra ‘baggage’  i.e. a comfortable layer of insulation for those Winter months.

Chi explores some ways to keep motivated with health and fitness on track…

Eat clean with a designer lunchbox

Make lunches more exciting with Yumbox who are all about eating a balanced and healthy meal. A range of colourful but practical lunch boxes for adults and kids allows you to balance and portion your meal with separate compartments for your main meal, side salad and fruit. What’s more, using a lunch box reduces plastic waste and the leak proof lid means no nasty surprises in your bag!

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Go refined sugar free 

Satisfy your sweet tooth through other ways. Try recipe books such as:

Deliciously Ella 

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Sensationally Sugar Free: Delicious Sugar-Free Recipes for Healthier Eating Every Day 

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The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger

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Treat yourself to some new trainers

Did you know that you should change your work out trainers every 6 months? (on average). If you are running, trainer experts at Asics recommend that trainers should be changed every 450 – 550 miles. Although this may be difficult to calculate with other work out sports which are not as high impact,  signs of wear and tear other than looking at the underside should be noted. This may be:

  • If the midsole shows excessive horizontal creasing or wear on the areas that absorb the most load – the heel and the ball of the foot
  • Try out the ‘press test’ – where you press on the outsole of the shoe and inspect for compression. If the outsole gives very little, that means that the material is highly compressed and is not giving any support to your feet at all.

 

Running 

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For men 

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Work out

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For men

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Gym anywhere with ClassPass

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Now there is no excuse to say that your gym is too far away from your home, or your work place. Class pass allows you to go to any class that you wish around the world! Tried and tested… and highly recommended; from boxing to yoga to pilates. The range and variety of classes can maintain motivation to stay fit and healthy. As well s this, the flexibility of ClassPass means that you can book into a nearby gym class at the very last minute (provided the class is not fully booked).

Two membership options are either a base plan of 5 classes per month or an unlimited pass.

Set a goal

Having a fitness goal to work towards immediately motivates you to train hard in order to achieve the end goal. Therefore, setting yourself a challenge out of your comfort zone, and one that you would not usually consider, may inspire mental and physical motivation. Here are a couple events in the UK that may tickle your fancy:

Bath half marathon

Sunday 12th March 2017

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Sign up here 

London marathon

Sunday 23rd April 2017

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Sign up here 

Tough Mudder 

Established in 2010, with more than 200 events in the UK and attracting over 2.5 million participants, Tough Mudder is globally renowned as a challenging obstacle race for those who want a little more adrenaline and excitement than a marathon.

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Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course (20+ obstacles) taking you out of your comfort zone and challenging your physical strength, stamina and mental grit. There are no podiums, winners or clocks to race against, its not about how fast you can finish the race but rather a challenge that emphasis teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.

There are a series of various events other than the original Tough Mudder (10-12k) to suit different preferences:

  • Tough Mudder half: test your physical skills first with this shorter 5 mile obstacle course before tackling the Tough Mudder
  • Toughest Mudder: 8 hour obstacle course between midnight – 8am
  • World’s Toughest Mudder: need to have qualified through the Toughest Mudder as this is an extreme 24 hour obstacle course challenge
  • Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder: for kids!

See event locations here 

Men’s health survival of the fittest

Choose between endurance races or adventure runs! For both men and women, solo or in a team!

Enter here

 

London’s Hottest
Exercise Classes

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

Psycle

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

Barry’s Bootcamp

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

Kobox

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

GymClass

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

TriYoga

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

Yoga goes underground this June
with Good Yoga Life

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Detox your
body

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

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1. What food to avoid?

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

2. What’s the food to enjoy?

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

3. Lemon Water

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

4. Best advice to detox

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

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

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

Detox Kale smoothie

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 Ingredients:

½ pear

¼ avocado

½ cucumber

½ lemon

handful of cilantro

2 handfuls kale

1 thumb nail sized piece of ginger

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

1 tsp protein powder

pure water

Method:

Blend all ingredients.

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.

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.

 

How to
start jogging?

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

First Step 

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

Second Step 

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

 Third Step

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

Fourth Step 

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

Fifth Step

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

Sixth Step

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

Be Healthy.
Be Happy!

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

 

1. Set  your goals

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

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2. Exercise as much as you can

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

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3. Don’t get bored

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

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4. Healthy  snacks

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

The Giving Tree snack 

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Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges

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

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5. Enjoy eating 

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

6. Chi Raw coconut

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

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Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic

 

 

What snack should I
bring to the beach?

Spending your time at the beach playing in the water or lying on the sand can make you hungry! Snacks are a must have at the beach but what to bring? During vacation nobody wants to devote a lot effort to making snacks.  The perfect snack at the beach needs to be easy to carry and simple to eat. But you have to avoid snacks high in salt and fat.

At Chi we’ll give you all the tips to bring healthy and tasty snacks with you during your vacation.

1. Trail Mix

Benefit:

  • A trail mix very high in antioxidants and wonderful healthy oils
  • No partially hydrogenated oils or fats.
  • A high-energy snack with no added sugar or harmful preservatives.

 

2.  Fresh Fruit

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Nothing can be easier and healthier than to eat a fresh fruit.

3. Giving Tree snacks

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Want something crispy? Giving Tree snack is the perfect combination of fresh fruits and crisps.

Benefit:

  • Fruits are freeze-dried – a technology that doesn’t damage the nutritional value or the flavour
  • No sugar added
  • Vegetables are vacuum fried with a healthy oil (Rice Bran oil which is rich of antioxidants)
  • No salt added

Find them at Planet Organic and Whole Foods!

4. Granola Bar

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You can make your own energy booster granola bar, the night before to go to the beach.

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. Blend 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.

5. Stay hydrated with Chi Raw Coconut Water 

 IMG-20150405-WA0008 Chi Raw Coconut Water will be your sun soul mate for this summer!

 

Office
WorkOut!

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

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

1. First take the stairs anytime you can

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2.   Correct your posture at your desk

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

3.  Stretch as much as you can during the day

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4. Exercise while sitting

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

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

Next, push the table into the floor.

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

5. Change your chair for a ball

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A new desk for a new health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Summer
#GetfitwithChi

Summer is creeping up and for most of us it starts to get slightly daunting the thought of having to pull out the swimwear, having it been dusting away in the cupboard since last Summer!

Nothing is better than feeling confident on the beach. So at Chi HQ, we have put together some exercise tips to get you pumped up and sweating! We believe keeping an active lifestyle is not only important for your health, but it has a range of other benefits!  It makes you physically stronger, improves your skin,  happier, relaxed, it helps keep your immune system functioning, and the list goes on! To get your body moving and ready to take on this summer, here are 20 minutes exercise regime of moderate intensity. It is perfect to do 3-5 times a week!

We would love to see how you found the workout by #GetfitwithChi on your social media, share your pictures with us!

Summer #GetfitwithChi Challenge 1 

Repeat 3 TIMES

30 seconds sprint

50 jumping jacks 30 sprint

20 lunges each leg

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15 Burpees

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25 Squats

25 squat

10 push ups

Option 1 (beginner)

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Option 2 (advance)

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30 seconds mountain climber

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Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated with our delicious Chi Raw Organic Coconut Water! Packed with nutritional anti-oxidants, electrolyte minerals, this exceptional product has no nutritional or sensory taste loss.  Truly the best coconut water on the market today!

Go try them at Whole Foods, Planet Organic and on Ocado.com.

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The Secrets
of Yoga

Do you wish you were meditating on warm, exfoliating sand, with the salted sea crisp breeze combing your hair and the smell of nature right at your feet? At ChiHQ we would definitely love a  taste of this dreamy tropical paradise, and what better way to feel this moment than with the spirit of yoga. It is the perfect workout to take your mind to a calm, mindful place. Not only is yoga a fantastic exercise to get you feeling fit and toned, it can drift you off into a magical/wonderful place! #Namaste

What are the benefits to Yoga?

  1. It helps to reduce stress
  2. Increase your flexibility
  3. And has many other hidden benefits that may surprise you – in the office, bedroom or kitchen!

If you’re struggling to eat healthily  and your first goal this summer is to feel fit and fabulous on the beach, regular Yoga may just be the solution! It has been known to help mindful eating habits, awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating, and can help to fight certain cravings through many yoga breathing exercises, which will result to you choosing the healthy options! Whether you are doing it in the living room, in the park, office or at a class here are 3 essentials to get you geared up for it, take with you:

  1. Coconut Water – Hydration is key to optimise performance. A bottle of our 100% Raw Organic Chi Coconut Water is the perfect thirst quencher and will restore energy levels TWICE as fast as water and sport drinks without any fat or sugar.
  1. Yoga Mat – A nice and comfortable mat is always needed to make you feel more relaxed to help you get to that happy place aswell as releasing pressure on your body from hard surfaces.
  1. Foam Roller – Before and after your Yoga workout, use a foam roller to self-massage any tight areas of the body. It is used to lengthen the muscle in order to break up adhesion and scar tissue. This will allow an increase bloody circulation, which will help muscle performance. On top of this it flushes any muscle toxins that have been building up.

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The perfect hydration
drink for Athletes

It can sometimes be a struggle to keep hydrated in general. This can end up making you feel dehydrated throughout the day and when it becomes the time to get a workout in your day, whether it’s a aerobics, a Bikram yoga class or a jog outside, it can end up making you feel dizzy, tired and low on energy. It is important to keep hydrated, especially during exercise where you are sweating it all out.

Sonia Samuels is an incredible Great British athlete passionate about health and fitness. Having put her career on hold to follow her passion and dreams of making the 2016 Olympic athletic team, her dedication, strength and power of achieving this means having daily, intense training sessions and keeping to a clean diet.

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For Sonia, it was important to keep herself hydrated before, during and after a work-out to make sure her worked out at a very high performance. So to fuel her up she shared a lovely article about why Chi worked for her. In Sonia words ‘Chi Raw Coconut Water is simply the best way to rehydrate after a run or workout’ not to mention it was ‘Chi-licious’. Check out the rest are what Athelete Sonia thought of our Chi products : http://www.soniasamuels.com/?p=1639

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 So keep yourself hydrated with Chi!

Why Drink Chi during
A Workout?

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

First we have to understand what our body needs.

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

– Sodium & Calcium

– Potassium

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

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

What is the right amount to drink?

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

So what to drink?

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

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

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

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After working out what to get?

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

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What you need:

2 Bananas

2 large handfuls of spinach roughly chopped

2 handfuls of blueberries

7 large strawberries chopped

1 cup of Chi coconut milk

Chi coconut water to thin if needed

1/2 cup Flax seed

 

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

 

Eat less sugar! You
will see the difference.

Everywhere you can hear ‘eat less sugar, sugar is bad for you’. Of course, you would like to eat less sugar, but it’s hard and you don’t know how. Don’t worry. I am here to help you figure out how to reduce sugar to become healthier.

So first let’s try to understand why we love sugar so much?

All humans have loved sugar for years and years.  Sweet is associated with the notion of pleasure and reward in our brain. When we eat sugar we secrete dopamine (the neurotransmitter of pleasure) so obviously, as it’s joyful to eat sugar, you just want to repeat this behaviour. That’s why all the junk food is full of sugar even in salty foods.

How to eat less sugar?

You have to change your bad  habits and relearn how to eat healthy without being on crazy diets. Just choose healthy food with good quality, fruits & vegetables and eat less processed foods as possible. Changing habits will take time but you will see the difference in the long term and you will also change your taste. Time to try new things!

What are the alternatives to sugar?

The best alternative to sugar is fruits such as bananas, grapes, strawberries… they are full of vitamins and they contain a lot nutritional content. However, beware of pure fruit juice, as you are just drinking pure fructose which will turn to fat.

You have some healthy sugar such as:

Coconut palm sugar (extracted sap of the coconut palm, boiled and dehydrated)

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Date sugar (dehydrated, ground dates)

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Brown rice syrup (brown rice, which is cooked and then exposed to enzymes which breaks it down into sugar)

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Why not try our Raw Coconut Water – no added sugar!  As nature intended!

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Eat your fruit –
juice your veggies!

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

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

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

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

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

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How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

  1.  Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and follow us on twitter
  2.  Repost Chi’s prize  on Facebook, Instagram and twitter

The competition will be running from the 1st of April to the 29th of April  4pm , so good luck everyone!

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

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

 

Going
RAW

We are proud to announce that you can now buy 100% RAW coconut water from Chi! We are so excited for you to taste this delicious product: totally untampered with –  Left as nature intended it to be left (perfect!). Available at OCADO, Whole Foods, Planet Organic with more stockists being added monthly.

FRESH – NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – COLD-EXTRACTION – ORGANIC – NEVER HEATED – 100% PURE – RAW – NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.

So how do we get it?

The coconut water found within young green coconuts in Thailand is very easily altered when heated. That is why when you drink coconut water which is not raw, it does’t quite bring back that same memory of sipping coconuts on holiday – however refreshing and lovely it may be. However, Chi has found a way to keep the fresh coconut water in Thailand in its natural RAW form! We use high pressure processing to do this – keeping the coconut water cold at all times: from when the coconut is cracked open by our farmers to the moment you pick it up from the shelves in your closest store. High pressure processing allows the coconut water to have a longer refrigerated shelf life while also allowing all the natural flavours to remain exactly the same. We do not add any preservatives or heating to the product – it is simply simple! This means that the nutritional content is also unchanged.

Watch this video on how we make our coconut water:

Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water – No Gimmicks. No Celebrity Lifestyle to sell. from Serendipity Films on Vimeo.

Where does RAW coconut water come from?

Our coconuts come from a region called ‘Ratchaburi’ in Western Thailand where the rich soil and tropical climate offer the perfect environment for producing uniquely great tasting coconuts. The word Ratchaburi means “The land of the king” and the provence is located 80km west of Bangkok, bordering Burma. The soil is perfect for coconuts to grow here – with the Mae Klong River flowing through the centre of Ratchaburi town.  Hence why Thailand is renowned for producing the world’s best tasting coconut water.

Why go RAW?

The main reason to go RAW is for the taste – incredibly fresh and unique!  However, other reasons may be that Chi RAW coconut water is packed with naturally occurring electrolyte minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – always harvested at the perfect moment for peak nutrition! We never mix the ages or varieties of our coconuts – giving a consistently fresh and pure taste.

Our RAW coconut water is also sustainable – as Chi trades fairly. We are contributing to the environmental impact of production: creating a sustainable balance between farming and wild ecosystems. Chi RAW coconut also works hand in hand with ‘Drop4Drop.org’ in order to deliver water wells to communities that need it most. 

Why does RAW coconut water go pink?

This is a natural occurrence and it is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is nature’s way of blushing! 

The colour doesn’t change the taste, it is still so good.

Where you can find our Raw Coconut Water?

Planet Organic

Whole Foods 

Ocado

 

 

Chi’s collaboration with Work
– Well – Being

OUR COLLABORATION WITH WORK -WELL-BEING.

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

WHAT IS WORK – WELL – BEING?

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

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

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

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

How Chi helped Work-Well-Being event

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

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

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

5 best blends! Our favourite
smoothie recipes here at Chi.

Here at Chi we have collected our 5 favourite smoothie recipes! Love drinking smoothies with a hint of coconut to them?! You have come to the right place. 

1. Deliciously Ella’s Mango and cashew smoothie. 

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 mango.
  • 2 ripe bananas.
  • 2 cups of spinach.
  • 1/2 a cup of spinach.
  • 2 cups of Chi coconut water.
  • 1 lime
  • Optional: A tablespoon of chai seeds.

Notes: Soak cashews overnight to soften them. Add all the ingredients to a strong blender when fresh for the best results!

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2. Madeleine Shaw’s peanut butter and raspberry chai jelly smoothie. 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled & frozen overnight).
  • 200ml Chi coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp of peanut butter.
  • Pinch of vanilla bean powder or extract.
  • 50g of raspberries.
  • 1/2 lime.
  • 1 Tbsp of chai seeds.

Notes: At the bottom of your smoothie glass place the chia seeds, lime and berries & mush with a spoon before leaving to sit for 10 mins. Stir ever few minutes until a gel like texture is formed. In a blender blitz the banana, Chi coconut milk, peanut butter and vanilla for a few minutes. Pour over the raspberry jelly. Enjoy!

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3. The smoothie lover’s natural protein smoothie.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • Half a banana.
  • 1 cup of berries (frozen for the perfect texture).
  • 1/3 cup chickpeas (cooked or canned).
  • 120ml of Chi coconut milk.

Notes: Use frozen berries for perfect consistency. Blend all the ingredients together using a strong blender and enjoy! 

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4. Hemsley Hemsley’s ‘thanksgiving’ smoothie.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 80g cold or hot roasted, baked, or steamed squash (remove any burnt or tough skin—otherwise we keep it in there).
  • 50g fresh cranberries (40g fresh plus 10g dried cranberries is a little sweeter) or 50g green apple.
  • 12 whole pecans (ideally, soaked for at least 7 hours in filtered water with a pinch of sea salt, rinsed and drained—this makes them easier to digest).
  • 250ml Chi coconut water.
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon.
  • Optional: ½ tsp ground turmeric, raw pasture reared organic egg yolk and some chia.

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5. Running with spoon’s chocolate smoothie.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • ¾ cup Chi chocolate coconut milk.
  • 1 small/medium banana, frozen
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate or vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1Tbsp. nut butter (optional)

Notes: If you want to make your smoothie even thicker, freeze your Chi chocolate milk in an use cube tray prior to making.

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… We hope you enjoy making all of these delicious smoothies! For any ingredients you need from us just head over to our website to stock up. http://www.chilondon.com  🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bircher muesli with
chocolate coconut milk

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

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

 

Chocolate/coconut Bircher muesli.  

WHAT YOU NEED

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

 

RECIPE

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

BIRCHER MUESLI

 

 

 

#ThisGirlCan – inspiring women everywhere
to be more active

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

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

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

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

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

 Meet Cantara…

 

@gymbagsandgladrags
@gymbagsandgladrags

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

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

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

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

 

 Meet Polly…

 

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

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

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

Meet Eloise…

 

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

Recommended by @louisa_troughton

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

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

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

 

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

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Best fitness classes
in London

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

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Photo credit: Frame

Frame on the Move

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

 

Hula Hooping

Hula Fit

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

 

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Photo credit: bootybloggeruk

Boomcycle

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

 

 

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Dance – Beyoncé Workshop

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

Best Fitness Studios
in London

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dairy Free Chocolate &
Banana Workout Smoothie

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

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

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

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

Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie 

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

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

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

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ENJOY! 🙂