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.

What is organic extra
virgin coconut oil?

We all hear about coconut oil and its benefits. But there are also a lot of different types on the market,which can sometimes be really confusing. There is regular coconut oil, extra virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil, organic coconut oil… What is the difference and which product is the best?

Today we want to tinker with organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil as this is also the type of our Chi Coconut Oil. You will get a brief overview what virgin coconut oil means and you can read about some differences between this and ordinary coconut oil.

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Extraction

At first, we will look at how the coconut oil is made or rather, extracted. This is also one of the crucial differences between regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil. The latter is extracted from the coconut milk, which the coconut contains. In the process after, the coconut oil is separated from the coconut milk. Chi Coconut Oil is never heated at that point. This means, that neither any artificial filtering nor any chemicals or bleachers are used in the process of extracting.

How to distinguish?

Regular coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil look extremely similar, which makes it nearly impossible to differ them with the naked eye. But the labels will help you to find out which oil you are dealing with. Another hint for extra virgin coconut oil is the fact that it will melt in your hand due to the body heat, whereas regular coconut oil won’t melt. Another difference is that refined (regular) coconut oil has a less strong taste and smell of coconuts than extra virgin coconut oil.

Benefits

As no heat is used during the extraction process, all the nutrition and benefits are kept in the oil. Vitamins and minerals are retained and occur way more than in regular coconut oil. Moreover, extra virgin coconut oil contains good cholesterol, almost no trans fatty acids, more vitamins, antioxidants and minerals than regular and therewith refined coconut oil. Furthermore, its shelf life is extremely long – up to two and a half years!

To summarise this little overview of organic and raw extra virgin coconut oil, we want to tell you, that it is simply amazing for you and your body. We are sure that you already know about the benefits of coconut oil but if you want to refresh your knowledge, read our blog post about in which other ways you can use it. Coconut oil is very versatile and that makes it really easy for us to ingest it. So give yourself and your body a treat and put some Chi Coconut Oil in your shopping trolley next time you go to the shops.

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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!

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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7 amazing rooftop bars and
beer gardens in London

To all Londoners out there – and those who are in London over the summer -, you better listen up! Summer is (finally) getting closer and this means that you should go outside as much as possible, enjoy the sun, so basically get tanned and meeting up with your friends for a fresh drink. As London is a really big town with plenty of different places to grab a drink, we would like to present you our personal selection of 8 amazing beer gardens and rooftop bars.

 

1) Netil 360

The perfect place to be on a warm summer evening, watching the sun slowly going down over the London skyline with some electro-pop beats playing in the background. Can you wish for anything else?

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2) Earl of Essex

This beer garden is basically the back garden of a craft beer pub and besides serving of course really good beer, you can also get some high quality ciders there. You can enjoy your drink in a really cozy atmosphere with picnic tables and surrounded by some ivy tendrils climbing up the brick walls.

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3) Queen of Hoxton

This rooftop bar located in the heart of Camden is a real hippie adventure. Artistically coloured chairs and picnic tables stand next to pink and yellow flowerpots. To sum up, a happy hippie paradise and if you have a look at their events, you can even find some open-air cinema sessions organised on the rooftop.

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4) Grand Union Brixton

You should totally check out this beer garden if you feel like going on a holiday just for one evening. In this bar you can sit in a beach cabana à la Ibiza while listening to some acoustic live music.

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5) Dalston Roof Park

This rooftop bar is not only perfect to chill and drink with your fellows, but also the place to be for special events just as amazing rooftop gigs that you can check out before going there.

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6) Garden Gate

Have you already been to Hampstead Heath? If you feel like being surrounded by nature and only nature after living day by day the urban London life, this area should definitely be on your “To-Go” list. You will feel las if you were in a completely new setting, far away from London, and at the same time it’s a really good spot for an amazing view over London. AND you can grab a cold beer at The Garden Gate – we just introduced you to the perfect plan for a day trip, right?

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7) Frank’s Cafe

Probably one of the biggest rooftop bars so far. And for all those who didn’t know: Peckham is one of the best places to go out in London! Some recent surveys even made Peckham to one of the areas in which many Londoners would like to live. So let’s start by at least grabbing a beer or a cocktail at Frank’s Café!

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12 reasons to drink
Chi coconut water

Guest blogger Stephanie from Expert Home Tips is a big fan of our Chi drinks. Being passionate about food, fashion and lifestyle, she’s here to share 12 reasons why she is totally in love with coconut water – and why you should be too!

1) Chi coconut water is low in calories

Summer is well on its way and for many of us, that means cutting down on the calories a bit. Chi can help you get trim for your holiday. It’s much lower in calories than your average, store-bought drink, containing half the calories of orange juice (19 calories/100ml).

As Chi is also 100% natural, there are no nasties such as artificial colours and flavourings for your body to deal with. Pick up a bottle instead of your full-fat coke, and watch the pounds fall off.

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2) Chi is high in fibre

The reasons to swap your soda for Chi just keep on coming.

A glass a day will help you work towards meeting your recommended fibre intake too. Fibre is essential for the digestion process, as it bulks up stools, allowing them to pass through the digestive tract more easily.

The recommended daily amount is around 30g for adults – a number Chi can help make achievable. Just 250ml will provide you with an impressive 7.5% of your RDA, compared with just 2% for the same quantity of orange juice.

As far as fibre is concerned, Chi coconut water comes out on top!

3) Chi is high in potassium

If you don’t know much about potassium, here’s a quick low-down:

Potassium is an electrolyte, required for the regulation of the body’s water level. It helps ensure you become neither dehydrated, nor retain excess water.

Chi’s high potassium content is one of the reasons people love drinking it as a sport’s drink. When we sweat whilst working out, we lose essential minerals along with water. A glass of Chi helps to replenish the fluids lost and rebalance the body.

Potassium has loads of other benefits too. It’s often used to treat migraines, cardiovascular health and constipation. With a 250ml glass containing 625mg of potassium, your 12.5% daily intake has never been easier to meet!

 

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4) Chi coconut water is gentle on the stomach

Raw, organic and 100% natural – Chi’s is an ideal drink to soothe upset stomachs.

Chi contains loads of electrolytes and antioxidants inside each glass, helping to flush out toxins and rebalance the digestive system. Coconut water also contains tannins, which are known for reducing inflammation.

Stick to water and 100% natural coconut water and you should be feeling great again in no time.

5) No refined sugar

Now, I’m not saying coconut water is sugar-free. There are naturally occurring sugars in Chi, 3.71g/100ml to be exact.

These naturally occurring sugars are, however, completely different to the refined sugars you find in a can of pop. This is because fizzy drinks contain highly processed sugar, and little else. This sugar leads to a spike in insulin levels, leaving your hormones all over the place.

Chi’s, however, has a high nutritional value, including lots of dietary fibre. Fibre help the body absorb naturally occurring sugars more slowly, releasing regular energy over time.

6) Chi is high in magnesium

Magnesium plays a key role in so many of our bodies functions. Fall short on your recommended daily intake and you could experience muscle cramps, poor sleep and even anxiety.

Unlike fizzy drinks, which contain no magnesium at all, Chi is relatively rich in magnesium – a 250ml glass contains around 15% of your recommended daily allowance.

Chi could be the key to reaching your RDA of magnesium, supporting your body in over 300, complex enzyme reactions.

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7) Chi could help lower your blood pressure

Worryingly, one in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure. It can happen to anyone, that’s why ensuring you live a lifestyle that actively prevents it is so important.

A balanced diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables (and Chi!), can help maintain a low blood pressure. Fresh, 100% natural produce contains plenty of potassium, which is key in regulating the effects on salt on the body.

Get enough potassium, and your helping your body to keep your blood pressure stable.

8) 100% natural Chi is extremely low in fat

The ‘fat debate’ has been going on for many years. Should we avoid them, or embrace them? And if the latter, which ones are the best? Well, the truth is that we need fats to live.

Fats provide us with an extra source of energy when all of our carbohydrates are used up. Besides exercise, this energy is also essential for growth, brain function, healthy skin, and much more.

So fats should indeed be embraced, but it’s not an excuse to overindulge. Excess fat consumption can lead to high cholesterol and other health problems. In order to avoid this, the recommended daily saturated fat allowance of 24g should be adhered to.

In order not to exceed this, it’s best to have a balanced diet of both fatty and low-fat foods. Chi contains few (0.2g/100ml) and only naturally occurring fats, making it a healthy addition to your diet.

9) Chi is an ideal cleanser & toner for sensitive skin

So we’ve heard all about the nutritional benefits of Chi, but did you also know it can be used on skin?

When used on the skin, coconut water is extremely hydrating, leaving skin looking plumped and refreshed. Being 100% natural, raw and organic it’s a gentle cleanser for sensitive or problem-prone skin.

If you want to see what Chi is really made of, try using it to remove makeup. It’s extremely gentle and soothing – and also much cheaper than beauty brands. Use by applying to coconut wool pads and sweeping over the face.

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10) Chi coconut water contains vitamin C

Anything with the word ‘vitamin’ in front of it has got to be good. Chi contains generous amounts of Vitamin C, which has a wide array of health benefits.

Vitamin C works to boost our immune system, making the body more adept at protecting us from sickness. Externally, it’s essential for wound repair, helping our bodies to grow connective tissues that heal our cuts. Best of all, Vitamin C plays an important role in the production of mood-enhancing chemicals in our body – drinking Chi really will make you smile!

11) Chi coconut water gives back

One of the best things about Chi is that it’s 100% honest. What you see on the packaging is what you get – nothing but 100% raw, organic coconut water.

But Chi isn’t just ethical in the product it provides – it goes a step further. Working hand in hand with Drop4Drop to deliver water wells to underdeveloped communities in India and Africa, Chi like to give a little back.

By choosing Chi coconut water, you’re also helping those most in need across the world. Every carton you buy gives communities safe access to one of the most vital human needs – water.

Chi’s benefits are never ending. For your health, for your skin, for the environment and for other, less-fortunate people around the world, there’s no comparable coconut water in the UK.

12) Chi coconut water is available in different flavours

If you’re the type of person that gets bored easily, you’ll be pleased to know Chi has many different flavours to explore. From a Cold Brew Coffee & Raw Coconut Water to get you going in the morning to a 100% Pure Coconut Water & Pineapple for post-workout revitalisation, there’s a Chi coconut water perfect for every occasion.

 

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As if we needed any more reasons to drink Chi!

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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!

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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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These Celebrities are ADDICTED
to Coconut Oil

The following fact will probably not really surprise you: coconut oil is lately one of the biggest beauty trends worldwide.

And guess who is always a huge fan of everything trendy in terms of beauty?

Our dear Celebrities! No matter if hair masks, skin peelings or even Oil Pulling treatments to whiten the teeth; Gwyneth Paltrow and Co couldn’t live without the exotic fruit as beauty product and neither could we.

We could of course start listing all the amazing benefits of coconut oil but in the end the best would be to just try it yourself! Or to at least rely on the experiences of the following Celebs, who already totally fell in love with coconut oil.

 

Emma Stone

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The lovely American actress was lately mentioning in a Vogue interview, that she uses coconut oil as a natural and skin friendly make up remover. Sounds actually like a really good idea, right? Coconut oil keeps your skin smooth and hydrated for the night until you put on your make up again the next morning.

 

Miranda Kerr

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If there is anyone you can trust concerning beauty essentials, then a real supermodel! And speaking of supermodels, Miranda Kerr is definitely one of them. She loves to take coconut oil for her hair and face and as she always looks gorgeous, this habit can’t be that bad, right?

 

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Being a known and stylish British actress, Gwyneth is definitely a reliable person when it comes to beauty hacks. She was talking about her coconut love in an interview with Glamour recently by saying that she loves to use coconut oil as an Oil Pulling treatment. And she is totally right to do it! Because Oil Pulling is not only whitening your teeth, but also cleaning your mouth and even your skin by having thereby a medical benefit. If you would like to have a smile as beautiful as Gwyneth’s, you should definitely check out our Chi White Oil Pulling treatment!

 

Lucy Hale

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The Pretty Little Liars Star once confessed her Coconut Oil addiction by wearing a printed T-shirt saying Salty Hair Coconut Oil Big Waves Hot Sun. Lucy likes to put some coconut oil on the tips of her hair to assure they are curling in the right way. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

 

Mindy Kalin

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Lovely Mindy is another good Coconut Lover to trust. After having more or less earned the coconut obsession from her mother – as the actress says herself – she couldn’t go without Coconut Oil as it is the best hair product for her amazing curls.

So if you haven’t started enjoying the benefits of coconuts yet, why don’t you just have a look at our product range, including Coconut Oil, Coconut Oil Pulling treatment and delicious Raw Coconut Water and Milk as fresh and nutritious drinks. We are sure you will fall in love with coconuts very soon and look forward to welcoming you in our Coconut Lover Family!

Coconut inspiration
from Brazil

With the excitement of the Rio Olympics now a distant dream, we now reflect and put a spotlight on Brazil’s tropical and hearty cuisine. The idea of Brazil conjures up the dreamy picture of palm trees, sandy beaches and nothing other than coconuts! And so when visiting Rio, it is difficult to ignore the abundance of fresh coconuts, whether sunbathing on Ipanema beach or being a tourist high up at Christ the Redeemer. No wonder coconuts in all its forms feature in some of Brazil’s most iconic traditional dishes and drinks!

The coconut palm in Sanskrit is known as kappa vrisksha, translated as: ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living‘. This is somewhat true in the fact that almost all parts of the coconut can be used in one way or another; the water, milk, flesh, sugar, oil and even the husks and leaves!

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The extent of coconut’s multi use is seen in these pictures below!

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Coconut shells can be used primarily as bowls, or even for wood furniture.

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Coconuts are known for their high nutritional content; rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. The fat in coconuts are considered ‘good’ fats in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Focusing on one fatty acid in particular, lauric acid, it is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin – an antiviral and antibacterial compound that destroys a variety of disease causing organisms. Therefore the consumption of coconut in its many forms: coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk or even coconut flour, is therefore incredibly beneficial for ones health and in fighting infections and viruses.

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Coconut based products are especially popular with health enthusiasts, vegans and those that are lactose intolerant as coconut milk in particular is lactose free. Coconut milk is therefore a widely used as a milk substitute and diary alternative in baking.

Without further ado, we explore some Brazilian coconut recipes, some traditional and some with a modern twist!

Beijinho de Coco a.k.a Coconut Kisses 

Coconut truffles

Balls of sweet goodness!

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Ingredients:

  • Sweetened condensed milk x1 can
  • Sweetened desiccated coconut 1/4 cup
  • Butter 1 tbsp
  • Desiccated coconut for decoration
  • Whole cloves for decorating

Step 1: Bring milk and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the milk has reduced to half and thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the 1/4 cup coconut, and allow to cool a bit before pouring into a buttered bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until cold, about 2 hours.

Step 2: With buttered or oiled hands, form milk mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, and roll in coconut flakes. Stick a clove into each beijinho as decoration.

Quindim 

Coconut flan

Baked desert made of egg yolks, sugar and ground coconut flakes

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A favourite from the region of Bahia quindim is a glossy yellow sweet made with nothing more than eggs, sugar and coconut (with butter a common addition). Baked in cupcake-sized moulds, or large if you wish, the bottom is toasted and golden, dense with grated coconut, while the top is a smooth, firm custard that sticks pleasingly to the roof of the mouth.

Ingredients:

  • White sugar x1 cup
  • Shredded coconut x1 cup
  • Softened butter 1 tbsp
  • Egg yolk x5
  • Egg white x1

Step 1: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Step 2: Mix the sugar, coconut, and butter in a bowl. Stir in the egg yolks and the egg white; beat until well combined. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate. Place the pie plate in a large roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan to reach about half-way up the side of the pie plate.

Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before turning out onto a serving dish. Refrigerate until serving.

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The Brazilan chocolate trifle 

Layers of cookies filled with chocolate or fruit, lemon, coconut

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 Ingredients 

For the chocolate layer 

  • 20 ladyfinger biscuits
  • 2-3 Tbsp Cognac
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1.5 cups cocoa powder
For the cream layer
  • 2 cans sweet condensed milk
  • 4 cups milk (or use the sweet condensed milk’s can to measure)
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 4 egg yolks (strained)
For the whipped cream layer
  • 1 small container heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Step 1: In a large pot, combine the sweet condensed milk and 3 cups of the milk.

Step 2: Dissolve the corn starch in one cup of milk and add to the pot. Cook that mixture over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until it starts thickening.

Step 3: Separate a cup of the mixture and let it cool.

Step 4: Add the egg yolks to the cooled cream and return it to the pot. Cook until it thickens.

Step 5: Let it cool and pour into a 15×10 baking dish.

Step 6: Place the biscuits into a large bowl and the Cognac into another smaller bowl.

Step 7: Using your fingers, sprinkle the Cognac onto the biscuits.

Step 8: In the same pot you used for the cream, add 2 cups of milk and 1.5 cups of cocoa powder. Cook until it resembles hot chocolate. (It’s supposed to be a liquid mixture, and not a cream!)

Step 9: Dip the biscuits into the chocolate and place them on top of the cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 10: On the next day, make some whipped cream by mixing the heavy cream, the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the whipped cream into the baking dish, creating a 3rd layer.

Step 11: Refrigerate for at least 1 more hour before serving.

Step 12: Grate or shave some chocolate on top of the pavê and serve cold.

Some other Brazilian delicacies…

Cachaça

Fermented sugarcane juice

Dating back to the 1500s, cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice, and is best known as the fiery kick in caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail.

Coconut caipirinhas

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Ingredients:

  • Coconut milk 1oz.
  • Cachaca 2oz.
  • Sugar 1 tsbp

Step 1: Combine ingredients with ice in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately in a tall glass.

Açaí bowls 

Acai a.k.a superfood berry is used to make fruit bowls and smoothies

Those bright purples bowls you see on Instagram #superhealthy

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Of all the thousands of fruits from the Amazon, açaí is the best known, thanks to its super-food status. Traditionally eaten by indigenous tribes for energy, the hard purple berry is also used in Amazonian cooking, as a sauce with fish. A clever marketing campaign in the ’80s thrust it into the spotlight as the energy snack of choice for surfers in glamorous Rio de Janeiro. Served as a sweet, gloopy, frozen sorbet, sometimes topped with granola and slices of banana, or whizzed up in juices, it can found in every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country.

Tip: add some desiccated coconut on top and serve in a coconut shell for that extra coco-nutty touch!

 

 

 

 

 

‘Low fat’ products could be the
cause of Britain’s obesity crisis

A headline aired on LBC Radio Station this morning has suggested that the cause of Britain’s obesity problem could be that we have received incorrect dietary advice for decades. The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration have produced a report stating that the nation’s beliefs concerning what makes a healthy diet are false. Although it has been assumed that low-fat diets are the key to good health, now commentators claim that fats are essential to a balanced lifestyle and do not encourage weight gain. High fat foods such as avocados are in fact beneficial, while the real culprits are processed foods labeled as ‘low fat’ that often contain hidden sugars to compensate in taste for removed fat.

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Dr. Aseem Malhotra, founding member of the Public Health Collaboration, claimed that guidelines promoting low fat products are ‘perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history resulting in devastating consequences for public health’. Instead, he promotes the consumption of fats ‘to get slim’. Indeed, the BBC documentary aired in 2015 titled ‘The Truth About Sugar’ explored the great extent to which sugar is hidden in processed foods such as low fat ready meals. The show followed the journey of four volunteers who slashed their sugar intake in a bid to lose weight. The results were impressive: 3 of the volunteers lost almost a stone each.

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Fiona Phillips, presenter of BBC Documentary ‘The Truth About Sugar’, highlights hidden sugar in ‘low fat’ products

Similarly, recently celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launched his ‘war on sugar’ through his campaign aiming to underline sugar as the leading contributor to health problems in the UK owing to its persistent presence in supposedly healthy options in supermarkets. He has shown great support for George Osborne’s agenda to introduce a tax on sugar to reduce obesity that is to be implemented in 2018.

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Instead of choosing products branded as ‘low fat’ or ’low cholesterol’, it seems that the way forward is a balanced diet free of added sugars and enriched with whole foods including those high in healthy fats.

Monday smoothie
recipe

Monday is the hardest day of the week, everybody feels tired and lazy. Don’t worry, it’s the Monday illness!  All you need is to refuel  your body with a refreshing smoothie full of vitamins. We have great recipes from our most talented bloggers.

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Deliciously Ella

Serves 1

Ingredients

2/3 of a mug of coconut water (200ml)

1 tablespoon of coconut yoghurt (I use a brand called Coyo)

A big handful of spinach

1 ripe banana

1 tablespoon of bee pollen (optional)

Method

Simply peel the banana then place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.

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Madeleine Shaw

Serve 1

Ingredients:

1 whole Thai coconut

200g of blueberries or other berry

1 tsp of honey (optional)

1 tbsp of desiccated coconut

¼ tsp of cinnamon

½ tsp of fresh grated ginger

Method

Crack open your coconut and pour the water into your blender, then scrape out the flesh. I use a cleaver knife to whack it open but there are also more sensible (and safe) methods and tools to get it open.

Place the flesh, honey (if using), cinnamon, ginger and almost all of the berries (reserving a few for decoration) blend until smooth then top with the desiccated coconut and leftover berries.

This will keep on the fridge for a day or so. It’s kinda fun it turns into a jelly ☺ but best to drink it fresh.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

Serve 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup plain coconut water

2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced

1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)

1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)

2 cups spinach or kale

1/2 avocado, sliced

optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax or flaxseed oil

Directions:

Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.

Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it’s too thick.

#Make Baobab Famous –
Our favourite recipes!

Have you ever heard of Baobab? It’s an African superfruit that dries on the branch.

It contains a rich source of Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. Aduna is the brand that is introducing this yummy fruit to us, we have completely fallen in love with it!

If you need a fruity kick in your smoothie or porridge, Baobab is the perfect fruit.

At Chi HQ we have made some easy recipes for you to try, you can’t go wrong with this new fruity powder that has a delicious sweet, citrus flavour.

Check these out!

 

Red Baobab Coconut smoothie.

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Ingredients:

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

2 or 3 tsp Aduna Baobab powder

A handful of Raspberries

4 tsp of Chia seeds

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together.

Health benefits:

– Hydration

– Immune function

– Skin health

Coconut Mango oatmeal.

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Ingredients:

45g oatmeal

150ml Chi Coconut Milk

1 tsp Aduna Baobab powder

40g  diced Mango

Handful of Giving Tree freeze dried Mango (cut in little pieces) and some coconut chips- topping.

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and at the end sprinkle freeze-dried mango and coconut chips on top of the porridge.

Health benefits:

– Energy

– Immune function

– Improved digestion

– Lower cholesterol levels

 

THE best foods for
the best sleep!

Meditation, picking up a good book, even counting sheep. We’ve all tried them and they all claim to help you switch off and drift off to the land of nod.

As well as sparking an irritable mood and general feelings of misery, a lack of sleep is detrimental to a person’s health.

Countless studies have warned of the dangers of not getting between six to eight hours sleep a night – generally accepted as the gold standard in sleep terms.

As well as relaxation techniques and ditching your blue-light emitting smartphone and tablet, there is another way to maximise the chances of getting a good night’s sleep.

A healthy diet, including key food groups packed with snooze-inducing nutrients and vitamins.

Here we reveal our favourite..

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1. SLOW-RELEASE CARBS 

Carbohydrates that slowly release energy into the body, such as oats or oatcakes, and brown rice, can help transform a person’s sleep pattern.

Whole grains help to keep the levels of sugar (glucose) in your blood stable, and so provide your body with sustained energy. Your brain and body still need glucose to keep working.

If levels fall too low, this can cause the release of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which can wake you up.

If you have your last meal a long time before going to bed, try eating a half-size bowl of porridge or a couple of oatcakes with nut butter later in the evening

Sugary foods and refined white carbohydrates can have the opposite effect, as they quickly enter and leave the bloodstream, leaving your blood low in glucose again after only a short period of time.

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2. PROTEIN 

High protein foods, such as meat, fish, beans and lentils, seeds and nuts are also vital in helping promote a better night’s sleep.

Protein foods provide the amino acid, tryptophan, which converts into the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which melatonin is needed for a good sleep.

‘Melatonin in particular is needed for good sleep.’

However, avoid too much high-protein food in the last few hours before bed however, as they can be hard to digest – especially red meat and nuts,’ Ms Wilkinson warned.

 3. PUMPKIN SEEDS

Pumpkin seeds are high in natural magnesium, making them beneficial to those people who struggle to drift off each night.

One of the roles of magnesium is allowing the muscle fibres in our body to relax, it counteracts calcium, which causes muscles to contract. It is also thought that magnesium has a role in the normal function of the pineal gland, which produces melatonin – a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and helps us to fall asleep.

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4.  COCONUT WATER

A glass of pure, raw, Chi coconut water in the evening could help you to have a restful night’s sleep, coconut water is an excellent source of electrolyte minerals: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and sodium.

Balanced levels of these minerals are necessary to maintain normal muscle action, nerve function and hydration in our body.

Deficiencies or imbalances can cause cramping and restless legs at night, and therefore disturbed sleep.

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5. ZINC

Zinc-rich foods such as oysters and other seafood, whole grains and nuts, especially pecans and brazil nuts, will help send you off to the land of nod, Dr Glenville said.

‘Zinc is also needed for conversion of tryptophan into serotonin and melatonin,’ she added.

6. HERBAL TEAS

For many, nothing soothes them into a dreamy state better than a warm cuppa. But, it is vital you avoid regular builders tea, which is high in caffeine.

Calming herbal teas such as chamomile, passionflower or valerian, or specific sleep blends can be helpful to drink before bedtime.

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Treat yourself with
Chi Spring Desserts

Spring is finally here, so what better way to celebrate than ‘indulging’ in some of your all time favourite Spring desserts with Chi.

Here are our top 3 favourite CHI Spring dessert recipes – treat yourself, they’re pretty much guilt free!

1. Coconut Lemon Pancakes

Ingredients
200g plain flour
60g sweetened coconut flakes
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
360ml chi coconut milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice from one lemon
2 tablespoons chi coconut oil, melted
1 large egg
1 teaspoon lemon zest
⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts for serving, fresh strawberries/blueberries (optional)

Coconut syrup or maple syrup for serving

Method

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, coconut flakes, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Stir and make a well in the center of flour mixture.  Add in milk, lemon juice, butter, egg and lemon zest.

Stir together until blended. Next, add coconut oil to frying pan and pour 4 large tablespoons of mixture when hot, cook until golden on each side turning once.

Serve with coconut syrup/maple syrup and your favourite berries and nuts!

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2. Creamy Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

200ml full fat coconut milk
80ml chi coconut water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, using a hand whisk mix until combined.

Cover with plastic wrap or a cover of some sort and let sit overnight.
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3.  Raw, Oil Free, Coconut-Lime Tartlet

 Makes 2 medium tarts

Crust

100g shredded coconut, dried & unsweetened, double sifted (or use a mixture of both coconut and almond flour)

2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or date syrup

2 Tbsp of water (or more if needed, to make it stick together)

1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp chi coconut oil

Filling

Coconut meat from 1 brown coconut

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp maple or date syrup

1 tbsp coconut sugar  / stevia

1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Zest from 1 lime

Chi Coconut water as needed

Coconut cream and dehydrated lime wedges for decorating

Method

Prepare the crusts one day before. Simply mix all the ingredients in a big bowl, starting with the flour and then add all the wet ingredients. We used coconut water, but if you want you can also use chi coconut oil. Until your dough is sticky. Put in tartlet molds covered with plastic and bake in oven at 100C for 25-30 minutes until crisp and firm

For the filling simply blend all the ingredients until very smooth. Add coconut water as needed, essentially keep adding until desired, smooth consistency is achieved.

Put filling over tartlets and chill for 3-4 hours before serving. You can serve with dehydrated lime wedges.

Enjoy!

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Hello
February!

Finally..January is officially over! The dreaded month after the festive period of dieting, detoxing and exercising combined with cold days and dark nights. But this month we think that even though January is over, its important to still keep up with a healthy lifestyle. With an extra 2 minutes more of sunlight every day and an extra day of fun too this month, we are that one month closer to Spring..YAY!

In with February means many of you may finished Dry January..however here at CHI HQ we believe it’s still important to take care of your health all year round and not just January. Therefore, try some of our delicious CHI coconut water cocktail recipes (you won’t feel bad about these ones!)

Gin and tonic with a twist.

60ml gin

60ml CHI coconut water

60ml tonic water

1-2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice.

Fresh mint (for garnish)

Add the gin, coconut water, tonic water and fresh lime juice to a glass with ice. Give the mint a bash to release the flavor, stir, garnish and Enjoy.

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Coconut mojito.

50ml white rum

50ml coconut water

1-2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon honey

10 mint leaves

coconut sugar for decoration (if you have it!)

 Add some crushed ice to a tall glass. Give the mint leaves a bash to release the flavour and add them into the glass with the lime juice. Give it a quick stir. Add the rum, coconut water and honey stir and garnish with a few mint leaves. If you’e feeling fancy too, dip your glass in some cold water and add then dunk it into a bowl of coconut sugar for added flavour and impress your guests!

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Skinny coconut cocktail.

60ml vodka

150ml CHI RAW coconut water

Top with pink lemonade

Half a lemon.

Cut a slice out the lemon and save for garnish. Combine the vodka, RAW coconut water, pink lemonade and the juice from the lemon in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Stir and pour into a glass over ice, finish off with the slice of lemon or lime.

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CHA CHA CHI Mocktail

Ingredients;

250ml chi raw coconut water

50ml chi pineapple coconut water

splash of tropical juice

Combine all ingredients together in a long glass with a few ice cubes and freshly sliced lemon.. enjoy!

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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.

 

How to get a
flat belly quickly?

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

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What to eat? What food to avoid?

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

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

The best flat belly menu

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many days per week should I exercise?

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

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

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

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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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“Detox” – The
Chi Way

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

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

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

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


Detox your mind

“Positive mind, positive vibes, positive life.”

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

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


Detox your body

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

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


Detox your soul

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


Detox your skin

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


Add a little colour to your plate

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


SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS

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

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