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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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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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.

#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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Spring is here.. what
to do in April!

April, the month of spring, blossom, Easter and hopefully lacking April showers!

Here are out favourite events for this month that cater to all ages and backgrounds and aiming  keep you as busy as a bee!

First of all, you can’t beat the best April / Easter food..

Food

  • Urban Food Fest

A Shoreditch car park is transfored into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun.

While many of us will spend the Easter weekend up to our eyes in brightly coloured foil wrappers devouring chocolate eggs like our life depended on it, those with less of a sweet tooth might prefer to celebrate with a savoury snack, and what better way than with a Scotch egg?

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Kensington Place has created a twist on a Scotch egg, which will be served throughout the Easter break featuring smoked bacon and apple.

  • Hawker House

    Following last year’s fun-packed Winter in Dalston, Street Feast’s indoor night market Hawker House is moving to a warehouse in Canada Water for two levels of street food, bars and their now-famous whisky roulette. New for this year is Neil Rankin’s Meat Hook, a three-metre whole-animal grill that’ll cook up Argentine-style meats to be served with shoestring fries and chimichurri.

    Canada Street , Rotherhithe Friday March 25 2016 – Sunday May 1 2016
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Drink

  • Easter cocktails at Duck and Waffle, meaning a trio of Easter-themed cocktails on pour at Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower for one week only from Friday 25 March. Aimed at chocoholics keen for a liquid cocoa fix, the Nutella Negroni twists on the Italian classic via Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, vermouth and a Nutella infusion.

Also in line-up are shots of coffee-washed Bacardi superior, hay-infused white chocolate and black truffle served in hollowed out duck eggs; and the Beetroot & Chocolate Royalé, a sweet-savoury twist on a Kir Royale featuring beet and cacao liqueur topped with Champagne. All three cost £14.

ABQ Pop Up

If you’ve ever watched Breaking Bad, then you’ll know exactly why this pop up bar is letting you make cocktails with a chemistry set inside an RV.

Popping up until April, ABQ will put you inside a set of Walter White’s iconic yellow overalls and a gas mask, then let you mix three insane cocktails, including the Tripping (which changes flavour as you drink it) and a smoking martini (using whatever base spirit you choose to bring with you).

Details: Now – April | Cleve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JE | £25pp, walk-ins welcome

  • London Coffee Festival

Returning for 2016, the London Coffee Festival is the UK’s largest coffee and artisan food event, a celebration of London’s vibrant coffee culture featuring gourmet coffee, speciality tea, artisan food, demonstrations from world-class baristas, live music and a comprehensive ‘lab’ seminar programme that will educate even the keenest of coffee lovers.

  • Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar

The roof of Selfridges has been transformed into an autumnal woodland for this wintry pop-up thats here until the end of April!

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday April 29 2016

Activities

Relive happy (or traumatic) memories of sports day at riverside restaurant Le Pont de La Tour this Easter, which will be hosting an egg and spoon race along Butler’s Wharf. Also taking part in the race are Cantina del Ponte, Butler’s Wharf Chop House and the Blueprint Café.

The races begin at Cantina del Ponte with a 2pm start time for children and 2.15pm time for adults. Prizes galore await for the winners. Both Le Pont de la Tour and Cantina del Ponte have created Easter-themed menus running throughout the weekend including roast spring lamb and Easter cake.

The London Marathon – 24th April

With its throngs of cheering crowds and fancy dress fundraisers, the London Marathon is our very own world-famous running race. Covering 26.2 miles and shutting down roads left, right and centre, it takes over the city for one weekend every April.

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Feast of St George

There’s a special Shakespearean theme to the Mayor of London’s party in honour of St George this year. St George’s Day started out in the thirteenth century as a national day of feasting, so look out for the live demos from leading London chefs as well as an English farmer’s market and banqueting area.

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Instructor live
Workout!

Do you know the feeling of being a little blue and wanting to just snuggle up inside when the summer ends and is exchanged with the colder and more rainy weather of fall and winter? Many of us do. With the arrival of these seasons we therefore tend to also exercise less, as the weather isn’t as inviting in terms of going for a quick run outside whilst the days are also getting shorter. Staying active is a crucial key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it is also the key to keeping the happy bright spirit of the summer.

In order for us to help you make it easier to keep on exercising and remaining positive and happy during the darker seasons we have teamed up with InstructorLive, that let’s you workout from home or wherever your snuggly corner is.

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WHAT?

InstructorLive is an online fitness platform, where you can access great workout classes anywhere, anytime.

HOW?

Think Netflix for fitness; browse around and choose what kind of exercise class you feel like doing from day to day or let the site build a bespoke programme for you to follow over the next 6-8 weeks to reach your goal. Add a meal plan to your programme, read interesting articles for motivation and get access to their 24- hour support service.

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BESPOKE OFFER:

Go to Instructorlive.com and type in the promocode CHILONDON to get a 10-day free trial and 30 percent off on the site that usually cost £5.99 a month. The offer runs for the next month, so get exercising, hold on to your positive vibes and get into the habit of a healthy lifestyle before the festive season starts!

Don’t forget to stay hydrated with Chi Raw coconut water!

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Quiche
party?

Quiche is the perfect dish if you’re busy with work and other activities.  These savoury pies are  fast and easy to make, they are so convenient because you can easily customise with your favourite vegetables or meat. A lot people think that this french cuisine is unhealthy but actually if you choose healthy ingredients, your savoury pies can contain several nutritional benefits.

Quiche are essentially a custard made with milk and eggs poured into a pie crust and baked. They are paired with  vegetables or meat, nuts and herbs for added flavour. In this article we’ ll give you the healthiest recipes to make your quiche as a real French person would!

 

Mushroom, Spinach and Feta

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Ingredients

  • 100g Chi coconut oil 
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 275g frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 100g mushrooms, chopped
  • 200g feta, crumbled
  • 200g low fat Cheddar cheese, grated *
  • shop-bought shortcrust pastry for a 23cm (9in) dish
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 250ml low fat milk
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
  2. In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil  over medium heat. Saute garlic and onion in Chi coconut oil until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in spinach and mushrooms, and saute until most of the water from the vegetables has evaporated. Add feta and 1/2 of the low fat Cheddar. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into prepared pastry-lined dish.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into the pastry base, allowing egg mixture to thoroughly combine with spinach mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining Cheddar, and bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes, until set in centre. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving.

* Optional ingredient

Tips:  you can omit the crust and limit the use of cheese.

Tomato Basil  Quiche 

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INGREDIENTS

 Healthy crust

  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup Chi coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons cold water

Filling

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh corn 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • handful basil leaves

Method

  1. To prepare crust: Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add oil and water and gradually stir them in to form a soft dough. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. Roll the dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a 9-inch pie pan, preferably deep-dish, and press into the bottom and up the sides. Trim any overhanging crust. Line the dough with a piece of foil or parchment paper large enough to lift out easily; fill evenly with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil or paper and weights. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  4. To prepare filling: Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crust, then layer half the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle with corn, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Layer the remaining tomatoes on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour the egg mixture over the top and add handful basil leaves.
  5. Bake the pie until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

 

Mexican Quiche 

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INGREDIENTS

Filling

  • 2 teaspoons Chi coconut oil
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt plus 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup chopped pickled jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup shredded Jack cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. To prepare crust: Whisk whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour with salt in a medium bowl. Cut butter into small pieces; using your fingers, quickly rub the butter into the dry ingredients until smaller but still visible.
  2. Add sour cream and oil; toss with a fork to combine with the dry ingredients. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture. Toss with a fork until evenly moist; if the mixture seems dry, add up to 1 more tablespoon water. Knead the dough in the bowl a few times—the mixture may still be a little crumbly—then firmly press into a disk. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 190 C . Line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry, cutting off any excess and pinching the edges.
  4. Spread the caramelized onions in the bottom of the crust. Layer corn, tomatoes and jalapeños over the onions. Top with cheese. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk, sour cream, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the crust.
  5. Bake the quiche until puffed and firm when touched in the center, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. To serve, cut into 8 pieces.

 

Tuna & Leek quiche 

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 Ingredients

  • 1 shortcrust pastry sheet, rolled
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 100g  tuna
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons low fat creme fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon low fat milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 leeks
  • 150g grated Gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoon Chi coconut oil 

 Method

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C and bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Line a pie dish with the shortcrust pastry sheet. Prick the bottom of the pastry sheet with a fork, then spread with a thin layer of mustard and top with the tuna.
  3. In a medium frying pan, melt Chi coconut oil  over medium heat. Saute leeks and onion in coconut oil  until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. And top them over the tuna.
  4. Beat the eggs in a bowl and mix with the 3 tablespoons of creme fraiche and the milk. Add salt and pepper and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the pastry case.
  5. Add the thin slices of tomatoes over top, and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Tips: serve your quiches with a little salad on a side or a soup to warm up

BON APPETIT EVERYONE! 

Yoga vs Pilates, Which
one to choose?

Yoga or Pilates, don’t know which one to choose?  In the last few years the number of Yoga and Pilates classes available has increased so much. But why? These activities have so many health benefits and it helps you to keep you active.  But are you still confused about the difference between these two? Don’t worry we are here to clarify that!

Let’s have a closer look at these two practises to help decide which one is right for you.

1. Do they have the same origin?

Firstly, we have to know from where they are form.

Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the years and cultures into many types of yoga such as Bikram, Ishta, Purna & Ashtanga.

Pilates was created by an athlete, Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century. He created several exercises to improve his strength. Then dancers started to practicing theses exercises to help them to become more performance.

2. What is the main difference?

Both Yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and the moody are connected.

Pilates requires concentration and focus to find a centre point to control your body through movement. While Yoga is built on the connection between the mind, body and the sprit. It is designed to increase your body’s efficiency and your overall health and wellbeing.

3. Challenging your body

Both exercises will help you to gain strength and flexibility.

Pilates puts you in to unstable positions by moving your limbs. Some classes use machines to gain strength and some others classes make you use your body’s resistance. Whereas Yoga is made up of a series of static postures and you will work out all your muscles in your body equally.

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4. What are the health benefits?

Both are a great workout. Here is a list of all of the benefits that you can expect to get from Yoga & Pilates:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

5. Which one is for you?

If you are looking more to manage your stress and to be more spiritual, yoga is for you.  If you want to focus more on your back and your core body, Pilates will be the better option. If you still don’t know what to choose why not to try both and see which one you prefer.

So now book your classes!

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Healthy Thanksgiving
Day Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American followers! Here are some of our favourite healthy thanksgiving day recipes which will come in handy this Christmas too.

Vegan Cranberry & Orange Relish

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A healthy alternative to cranberry sauce, with no refined sugar added.
Author: Knead to Cook

Ingredients:
8 cups of fresh cranberries
2 oranges
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup

Directions:

  • Wash the cranberries and let dry.  Place 4 cups of cranberries into a saucepan with the orange juice and maple syrup.  Cover and turn up the heat to high.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Then uncover and let cool.
  • In the meantime, take the remaining 4 cups of cranberries and place in the food processor along with two peeled oranges and the zest (from both oranges).  Pulse until chopped nicely.
  • Once the hot mixture is cooled, blend with the cool mixture and serve or refrigerate.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts
come together in a fresh Autumn salad.
Author: Tiffany

Ingredients:
6 cups salad (Tiffany uses a combination of arugula and baby spinach, but any spring green mix will do)
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
⅓ cup dried cranberries

Dressing:
1 cup apple juice
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)
2 tablespoons honey
scant ½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup coconut oil

Instructions:

  • Core and chop apples (thin slices or 1 inch chunks). Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie With
Whipped Coconut Cream Frosting

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Slightly less indulgent than most Thanskgiving desserts, this recipe uses sweet potato,
coconut oil, coconut milk  and maple syrup to replace those naughtier pie ingredients.
Author: Leta Shy

Ingredients:

For the crust
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the filling
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 sweet potatoes, cooked
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the coconut whipped cream
1 can chilled full-fat coconut milk (fat solids only)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Notes: Cook, cool, and peel the sweet potato before proceeding. Bake and cool the crust before you make the pie filling, and make the coconut cream after your pie has had time to cool; you’ll need to refrigerate a can of full-fat coconut milk overnight. It helps to also chill the bowl you’ll be whipping the cream in for a few minutes before you’re ready to whip.

  • Add pecans and rolled oats to a blender and grind to a powder. Make sure you don’t overblend — you may end up making a paste. Place flour in a medium-sized bowl and add pecan and oat mixture. Mix well.
  • Add the coconut oil and mix with a fork until it is thoroughly incorporated into the flour mixture.
  • Stir in the maple syrup; mix just enough to blend well and form a dough that will hold together when pressed.
  • Transfer mixture to a 9-inch pie pan and spread into an even thickness on the sides and bottom of the pan.
  • Poke holes in bottom and sides of the crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let the crust cool before filling.
  • While crust is baking, make the pie filling: in a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and cornstarch until combined. Add sweet potato, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt and whisk until blended. Pour mixture into pre-baked pie crust.
  • Bake 1 hour or until edges are set and centre slightly jiggles. Let cool on a wire rack at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Once pie has cooled, open the can of chilled coconut milk, turn upside down, and open. Pour out the liquid at the top; you’ll use the cream part, not the liquid.
  • Gently pour the coconut fat into your chilled mixing bowl and whisk with a hand blender or standing mixer until whipped. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla or maple syrup and whip again until fully incorporated. Spread evenly onto pie and refrigerate.
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. ☺