The face is full of nerves and pleasure points, so it makes sense that a facial massage is a desirable form of pampering. Give yourself a facial massage or visit a professional. Whether you are looking for a quick midday pick-me-up or a soothing escape, the luxury of massage is easily justified by some of its more practical benefits.
Get in a Better Mood
Facial massage decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood, according to a study conducted by the User Science Institute. Psychological tests administered after 45 minutes of facial massaging showed significant improvements in both mood and anxiety levels, according to the 2008 study. A relaxing facial massage may be just what you need to reduce stress.
Massaging prevent Wrinkles
Daily stress often results in tension buildup in the muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between the brows and along the lip line. Gentle, routine facial massage can help relax these tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form. Massage combined with a hydrating moisturiser can also help minimize lines and dryness.
See some examples down below that you can do on a daily basis!
The Deep-Cleansing Massage Massaging an oil cleanser into your skin — instead of just rubbing it on and immediately rinsing it off — can increase its efficacy by as much as 30%. This technique also offers the same results as using an electronic facial brush by helping dissolve oil on the skin — without the risk of breaking capillaries or exacerbating rosacea.
The Plumping/Contouring/Lifting Massage Backstage at fashion shows, you’ll often see models getting facial massages before their makeup is applied so their skin will look extra glowy under the lights. This technique can work just as well for you when you’re getting ready for a night out. It makes the skin look more plump and even-toned, and it temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Delicious Winter Inspired Hot Drinks!
We think that winter is a great time and season for creativity and new beginnings. Whether you’re wrapped in a blanket on your couch or out playing in the snow, working behind a desk, there’s wintry inspiration all around us, and there will be always something to share with our lovely readers!
These are the hot drinks we favour at this time of year: soothing chocolate for gentle evenings at home and a warm spiced almond milk for when you feel a little under the weather.
Honey And Camomile Hot Chocolate.
Something for bedtime, this is also a good way to curb a sweet tooth after dinner. (You can even ad a little shot of dark rum if it takes your fancy!)
(Makes 2 cups)
500 ml almond milk
1 camomile teabag
100g good chocolate, broken up
2 tbsp honey
Heat the milk in a saucepan with the camomile teabag. When it is just about to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes.
Take off the heat, remove the teabag and add the chocolate and honey. Ladle into cups and pop on to a little tray for bedtime.
Golden Turmeric Milk
This sunny yellow milk brightens us up when feeling under par. Try to have a little turmeric every day, usually in a tea; its healing properties have been widely celebrated. Allowing the milk to cool a little before you add the honey will stop the heat damaging the honey’s nutrients. You can also make a peppy morning version with a little grated ginger.
Bash the cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar and put them into a small saucepan with the milk, turmeric and cinnamon. Heat gently until almost boiling, no hotter – if you are using a non-dairy milk, it may split.
Pour into a mug – or strain it if the cardamom seeds bother you – and, once it has cooled a little, stir in the honey. Make sure you don’t spill any, as the lovely yellow colour can be rather persistent.
A Delicious Warm Porridge With Coconut Milk!
Brr, brr, BRRRR! Has winter finally arrived? The mornings are getting darker and colder as the autumnal weather approaches, and let’s face it. Porridge is a great winter warmer and what better way to start a cold, frosty morning than with a warming bowl of porridge? Breakfast is important to fuel your body for the day, particularly if you’re going for a morning run or a gym session before work. We’re huge fans of icy cold smoothies or granola and fruit in the summer months, but now the weather has turned colder, we’re looking for a toasty alternative.
But there are more reasons to enjoy porridge than just a delicious start to the day; oats could provide protection against heart disease and cancer, scientists say, and porridge is packed with fibre, which provides your body with sustainable energy.
If you are feeling the cold here is a recipe to heat up your mornings with…
A warming oat-free porridge topped with crunchy Giving Tree Snack Pumpkin Crisps and nutritious goji berries and a drizzle of Yacon Syrup!
Place the oats and the coconut milk or water in a large pan over a medium heat
Add a tiny pinch of salt, coconut butter and stir with a wooden spoon.
Bring to a steady simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring as often as you can to give you a smooth creamy porridge – if you like your porridge runnier, simply add a splash more coconut milk or water until you’ve got the consistency you like.
Stir the Yacon Syrup through the porridge.
After you’re satisfied with the consistency, put your oats porridge in a bowl an add your Giving Tree Pumpkin Crisps topping alongside with the Goji Berries, Brazilian Nuts, Pumpkin, chia seeds and a little bit of cinnamon!
How To Make A Healthy Green Juice Recipe!
Think of juicing as a quick way to get lots of vitamins and nutrients into your body. Do your body some real good! We don’t do healthy juice cleanses and don’t use healthy juices as a meal replacement. Instead, we love making a small veggie-packed juice and enjoying it with our (usually fiber rich) breakfast or lunch.
The benefits are so profound, in fact, that you might just get addicted to juicing.Green juices are liquid gold for boosts of energy, nutrients, and restoration. Read more to know how you make a healthy green juice recipe!
PRESS all ingredients through a juicer in batches. Stir and sprinkle some desiccated coconut on your smoothie and serve immediately.
Adjust fruit and veggie amounts to suit your personal taste. More apple equals a sweeter drink. Store any extra in the fridge for up to one day.
There are a lot of benefits of using spinach in this smoothie. Spinach contains vitamin K, fiber, phosphorus, and thiamine. Most of the calories in spinach come from protein and carbohydrates.
Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary potassium, weighing in at 839 milligrams per cup (cooked). To compare, one cup of banana has about 539 milligrams of potassium.
A lack of iron in the diet can effect how efficiently the body uses energy. Spinach is a great source of iron, along with lentils, tuna, and eggs. Make sure to combine vitamin C-rich foods with plant iron to improve absorption.
Spinach is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system, and maintaining blood pressure. Magnesium also plays a part in hundreds more biochemical reactions that occur in the body.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Chi Raw Coconut Water
A handful of blueberries
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to the blender and add the smoothie kit and the fruit. Blend until smooth.
Post Workout Smoothie
Chi Raw Coconut Water
A handful of blueberries
A teaspoon of protein powder
Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water and all of the other ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.
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.
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.
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!
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!
10 ways to use coconut oil on your body
By now, we all know the overall benefits of coconut oil. But did you know, that coconut oil can also be used on the body? It is really versatile and you will be surprised how easy it is, to use a natural product instead of commercial (and often very unhealthy) products.
Below you can find a range of how coconut oil can be used as a body treatment.
1. Body lotion
If you want to have a natural body lotion free from additives and perfume, you can simply use coconut oil. Just rub a bit of the oil in your hands to warm it up. Apply it to your body like you would do with usual body lotion. You will get smooth and moisturised skin.
2. Body Scrub
Coconut oil can be perfectly used as a body scrub. It is easily made at home by mixing together coconut oil and coconut sugar. Apply the mixture on your body to get rid of dead skin cells. After the usage you will have soft and clean skin.
3. Hand cream
Use coconut oil on your hands if they are dry and chapped. For a better result lotion your hands generously with the oil and put gloves on overnight. You will have the softest hands afterwards.
4. Make up remover
To remove eye make up put some coconut oil on a cotton pad and gently rub down the make up. It is a very soft way to remove your make up and moisturise your skin at the same time.
5. Lip balm
The lip balms available in the shops are always packed with unhealthy ingredients. To get a natural and vegan lip balm, just use a bit of coconut oil on your lips. You won’t have dry or cracked lips ever again.
6. Dental care
Coconut oil is supporting you to absorb calcium and therefore, to have strong and healthy teeth. Tooth decay will be stopped and plaque formation can be reduced.
7. Hair mask
Once in a while you should treat your hair with a mask to keep it healthy. Coconut oil is a very good helper to protect your hair-ends against spliss and drought. Massage some coconut oil into the hair and let absorb. Shampoo as usual afterwards. For shiny hair do a hair mask once or twice a week.
8. Insect repellent
If you want to have an insect repellent that does not contain chemicals or additives, use coconut oil as your natural product. Mix coconut oil and essential oil together and apply it onto your skin. This has to be done regularly throughout the day to warrant protection against insects.
9. Skin disease
If you suffer from a skin disease, apply coconut oil on the affected area to alleviate symptoms. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and therefore, it is bland to the skin. As it is a natural product it won’t hurt while applying it on the skin.
10. After sun product
Coconut oil can be a helpful product if your skin got too much sun. The reddened and irritated skin is soothed and rehydrated by the oil. You should take care of your skin and avoid to stay in the sun for too long.
It is so easy to use a healthy, plant-based product instead of all the products we can find in the shops that contain harmful ingredients. Start today and live a better life.
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!
Simply blend all the ingredients together until they are smooth. Decorate your bowl nicely and enjoy your summery breakfast!
Fruit and Coconut Ice Lollies
Ice lollies – who does not love them?!
We are all enjoying the sun and the heat these last days. Everyone is relaxing in the park or on a rooftop bar (have a look at the best ones you can find in London here).
The perfect get-together with friends is a picnic. But in this heat a picnic is only successful if you bring one special little thing – ice lollies! Everyone is happy to lick on one to cool down. We have a super easy recipe for you to see happy faces at your picnic. In no time you’ll have some healthy and hydrating ice lollies! The best thing is, that you only need two ingredients for this!
Pack the ice lollies, some snacks (for example the Giving Tree Snacks) and lots of other trifles to eat and enjoy it with your friends.
Simply slice your fruit and put them into ice moulds. Fill the moulds with CHI coconut water. Put them into the freezer for at least 6 hours, better overnight.
The ice lollies are the easiest and fastest treat to make and they are so delicious! Enjoy!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
It’s Competition time!
Hey we have good news for you! You can now win your own food box with a selection of our Chi products, The Giving Tree crisps as well as some amazing and organic cereal snacks by our friends from Raw Gorilla.
So if you want to participate in the competition, keep reading the following instructions to get to know more about the prize and the how to win it!
What can you expect?
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Pure
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Matcha
3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Coffee
2x Chi Coconut Milk 1l
4x of 18g Giving Tree crisps (Strawberry, Broccoli, Mango & Pumpkin)
6x of 36g Giving Tree crisps (Peach, Apple, Mango, Strawberries, Mixed Veg, Broccoli)
Tag a friend you would like to share the prize with under the picture
The competition will be running from the to Wednesday the 28th June at 2pm. Good luck!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
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.
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!
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.
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 weneedfats 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
We found the best fitness classes for you to keep you from getting bored. Here are the craziest workouts in London.
British Military Fitness classes take place in the great outdoors in parks throughout the UK. Every BMF class is different, caters for all fitness levels, and our military-trained instructors guarantee results. Participants will be challenged, motivated, and above all, have serious fun.
A fusion of Yoga and Voguing combining the breath synchronised moves of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class. This is for those who like the idea of yoga but want a cardio workout without losing the holistic benefits and focus.
Hooping is known to be a fantastic way to tone that troublesome tummy area, but there are many other benefits that can be gained from spinning the humble hoop, namely improved strength, coordination and calorie burning.
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Chi Winter Recipes
Chi Winter Recipe Comfort Food
This Winter, we all want to eat food that warms us up and enjoy food that make us feel toasty and warm..however, with this can often include dishes loaded with high amounts of sugar, fat and salt!
We decided to try out our own winter recipes here in Chi HQ and create some delicious recipes to keep us going, and of course impress your loved ones too!.
Here are our favourites from Naturally Sassy! (www.naturallysassy.co.uk)
Not only are pumpkins awesome for carving scary faces into, they’re also incredibly nutrient dense. A cup of pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good eye health, and helps to form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones. They’re packed full of fibre and antioxidants such as beta-carotene. What’s not to love!
These tahini caramels are perfect for party nibbles – Tahini is absolutely bursting with calcium and skin loving omegas. It’s high in protein and helps keep you feeling energised and sustained. So not only is this recipe super yummy for you tahini addicts, it’s absolutely packed with goodness too! Try using Chi coconut oil in this lovely recipe!
Whether you like it not, the end of the month always brings about excitement for children and adults alike, and not just because it is full of treats! This year Halloween has descended on us like the plague and before we jump straight in on the festivities… here is a quick update; of inspiration and ideas for 2016.
Fancy dress up
As well as your typical furry animals and zombie bride that remain a classic Halloween dress up, popular costumes this year may include…
There is no doubt you may see the odd Pokemon crawling about this Halloween; take your pick from the original 151! Apparently Pokemon mouths a.k.a Pokemouths are also a true thing… where you paint an entire Pokemon around your mouth!
And even pokeballs get their moment of fame:
The rise of snapchat filters in 2016 has been enormous and now they happen to be universally popular for all ages…
Pumpkin flavours and red and orange coloured liquids are always a go-to when treating your guests to spooky drink. Here we have:
Blood orange margaritas
This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savoury.
½ c. fresh blood orange juice
2 oz. tequila
1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
Blood orange wedges (optional)
Moisten rim of 2 margarita glasses and dip in kosher salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into glasses. Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.
Bloody Black Currant Punch
1¼ c. brandy
¼ c. sugar
4 c. black currant nectar
1½ c. cold seltzer
Stir brandy and sugar in a large bowl. Add nectar; stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Punch can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add seltzer just before serving.
Dark and Stormies
8 c. ginger beer
8 c. ginger beer
4 c. dark rum
½ c. fresh lime juice
Thinly sliced lime
To make ginger beer ice cubes: Pour 8 cups ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and freeze.
Stir ginger beer, rum and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve in tall cocktail glasses with 3 or 4 ice cubes each; garnish with lime. Try Barritt’s Ginger Beer, available at sodapopstop.com, and Gosling’s rum.
Trick or Treat?
Who knew how much you could do to a plain old apple!
“Poison” Candy Apples
12 baby Granny Smith apples
12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
1½ c. sugar
½ c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degrees F. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
12 crisp apples
1⅓ c. dark corn syrup
1⅓ c. granulated sugar
1⅓ c. light brown sugar
1⅓ c. heavy cream
¼ tsp. salt
3 tbsp. butter
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
Line a baking pan with a generously oiled sheet of parchment paper. Push a candy apple stick into the core of each apple.
Combine the syrup, sugars, heavy cream, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches 270 degrees F – about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and vanilla. Let cool for 6 to 8 minutes, until caramel thickens to a toffeelike consistency.
Dip and gently swirl the apples into the caramel and place on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely.
Ghostly Coconut Covered Apples
6 Fuji Apples
10 oz. white chocolate chips
4 c. shredded coconut
Remove stems and skewer apples (see “Tricks for Sticks,” below).
In a double boiler over low heat, melt white chocolate chips, stirring continuously.
Dip an apple into the chocolate. Immediately dip the apple into a bowl of shredded coconut, rotating to coat evenly.
Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
London Pop up screenings
You will not be stuck with what to do in London on Halloween weekend!
Watch the Little Shop of Horrors – a horror musical about a flesh eating plant than amid the flora and fauna of Farmopolis ~ October 28th, £15, North Greenwich
‘Nosferatu’ at the Royal Albert Hall
The birthplace of horror cinema. This screening includes haunting live piano . ~ October 31st £16.50
Teen Horror Pyjama Party
Six great movies, 11 hours. A room full of strangers in their jim jams.
From ‘Halloween’ to ‘The Thing’, the king of indie horror gets his own season at the BFI Southbank. For more information please see here
Win tickets to OM Yoga Show
The OM Yoga show is taking place in London this month from 21st to 23rd October. Attracting yogi’s across the country, the weekend will be jam packed with yoga workshops and open yoga classes to take part in. Non stop activities will take place all day from 11am-8pm and there will be delicious food and drink to keep you energised throughout the day!
For a chance to WIN this fantastic prize for you and two of your friends, please like our social mediapages (see our links below) and tag two of your friends who you would like to join you.
Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and winners selected at random. The winners will be contacted via social media, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Competition time! Win 2 tickets to a preview screening…
With the upcoming release of Captain Fantastic on the 9th September, Chi invites you to have a chance of winning tickets to a preview screening of the film on 7th September 2016.
“Captain Fantastic,” written and directed by “Silicon Valley”‘s Matt Ross, presents a family who have retreated from the world into the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. They are off the grid. They hunt for food. They are self-reliant. It’s “Swiss Family Robinson,” or that 1970s series of films about “The Wilderness Family.” Fresh air. No consumerism. No materialism.
Win 2 tickets to attend the exclusive screening of Captain Fantastic Wednesday 7th September at 7pm, Central London location.
HOW TO ENTER?
It’s quick and easy to enter our competition, all you need to do is:
Terms and Condition’s:
The prize is a pair of tickets to attend the celebrity screening of @CaptainFantastic on 7th September in London. This prize is non-refundable
The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents & over 18 only.
What to do in August 2016
If you find yourself one of the few who are not away on a tropical island sipping on a fresh coconut, here is some inspiration of some events and activities to get stuck into (some are even free!)
N.B: featuring a fair few rooftops!
What: Enjoy more than just great music at the classy Wilderness Festival Where: Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire When: 4th-7th August
Last tickets available here. (General camping adult £177 + booking fee)
There is definitely something for everyone to love at the Wilderness from the eclectic mix of exclusive live headliners (Robert Plant and the Flaming lips) and DJs; culinary goodness by the likes of Duck and Waffle; wellbeing curated by Honestly Healthy and Deliciously Ella (imagine yoga on a paddle board and an sweating in a forest); outdoor ventures in fly fishing and wild swimming; a kids corner; space for jiving and capoeira dance; the Wilderness playhouse showcasing New York’s finest comedy and cabaret, plus much much more… Well what an extraordinary weekend in the country!
What: Rooftop film clubs Where: Tobacco Dock, Bussey Building, Roof East, Queen of Hoxton When: Films running throughout August
Films ranging from recent releases such as The Big Short to classics such as The Beach, the choice is yours. Please see here for available shows.
What: Open air cinema by Film4 Summer Screen Where: Somerset House When: 4th -17th August
All you need to bring is a picnic, some wine and a blanket! Ideal on a summer’s evening. Please see available shows here.
What: Voga, a hybrid of yoga and dance Where: Kings Cross, Haggerston, Coq D’argent When: 6th, 20th and 14th & 28th August
Try a new way to keep fit! Pop up events running throughout London. Tickets available at Yplan
If it’s especially sunny…
What: Camden Beach Where: On the roof of Roundhouse When: Until 29th August
A patch of sand on a rooftop, what more could you want?
What: Beach East Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park When: Until 29th August
What: Splash Fest Where: Battersea Park When: August 7th
£22 booking in advance
Five water themed zones, slides and much more!
Not for the faint hearted
What: Monkey around on the flying trapeze with the Gorilla circus Where: Kensington Roof Gardens
For those who wanted to join the circus when they were a kid but never got round to. Suitable for all levels! Bookings here.
What: ArcelorMittal Orbit Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Bringing a little bit of Thorpe Park to London; a 40 second ride down the world’s highest (178m) and longest tunnel slide!
Book tickets here
Hungry and thirsty?
What: Feast at Wray’s Jerk Fest Pop Up Where: The Bussey Building, Peckham Rye When: 6th August 2-11pm
Brought to you by Wray & Nephew Rum; experience true Jamaican culture; featuring a graffiti mural, 9 live DJs, and Jerk by Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s
What: Wine & dine at Pergola on the Roof Where: Television Centre, Shepherds Bush When: Until 29th August
For bed and table bookings please see here (also sign up for one cheeky free drink)
Featuring special menus provided by Patty & Bun, Salt Yard, Rabbit and LeCoq
What: An evening of cocktails Where: The Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch When: 5th August – 17th September
The Garden Variety Bar is hosting a series of evenings featuring cocktails inspired by the museum’s period gardens. Special creations by Background Bars, Sweetdram and Gimlet Bar.
What: Sip cocktails with Sipsmith Where: Craft London, North Greenwich When: August 3rd – September 20th
Become your own bartender with masterclasses hosted by Sipsmith for FREE! For more details please see here.
What: The Foodies Festival Where: Alexandra Palace When: 27th-29th August
Calling all foodies! Expect to feast on sweet and savoury foods all day from BBQ food to street food to pop up restaurants. A variety of bars and drink tents will quench your thirst and there is the opportunity to get merry with the wine, champagne and craft beer masterclasses! Feeling competitive? Join in on the chilli eating competition! Plenty of fun and games for kids and live music playing throughout the day. All in all, a fun day our for all the family.
What: BBC Good Food Festival Where: Hampton Court Palace When: 27th-29th August
The ultimate food festival where there is the chance to explore and shop a range of artisan producers, interviews with renowned chefs, live music and family entertainment all day round. Tickets on sale online here as well as on the door.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
Brighten Your Smile With Coconut Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is a strange concept that has recently garnered fame within the 902010 neighbourhood and around town. You may be wondering why one would chose to start the morning on an empty stomach and a mouthful of oil. Oil pulling has origins in one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, Ayurveda. Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic health practice that values universal interconnectedness of the relationships of the individual and the environment amongst other factors such as body constitution. Oil pulling as a has a myriad of health benefits from preventing cavities and build up of bacteria, relieving headache pain, as well as detoxing the body. We here at Chi believe it would be of further benefit if we were to combine the benefits oil pulling with the multiple benefits of our dear coconut so you can experience the all benefits of oil pulling and more! The uses and benefits of our favourite drupe are abundant! From cooking and baking with coconut oil, rehydrating and replacing electrolytes with coconut water and as an all natural cold sore treatment. Coconut oil has also been said to balance hormones, reduce inflammation and fight Candida! With the glory of coconut oil right at our fingertips we have decided to bring out our very own Chi White oil pulling product! Additionally, coconut oil pulling has been used as an effective all natural teeth whitening treatment. Save yourself the harsh chemical treatment and bleaching of standard teeth whitening and oil pull using coconut oil! Part of what makes Coconut oil so great for oil pulling and as well health overall, is its high content of Lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to fend off Streptococcus Mutans. This is the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. Additionally, the structure of Lauric acid is very easily absorbed by the body so we can experience all the bacteria inhibiting benefits just by oil pulling! Chi White provides a 100% organic alternative to brighten day and pearly whites with a refreshing twist. Chi White is infused with organic peppermint essential oil. Essential oils have a whole host of benefits related to health and wellness. Essential oils have also been used to alleviate nausea, stress and anxiety, help with depression and as a successful sleeping aid. Studies have shown athletes that sniff peppermint oil have increased energy and alertness as well as better athletic performance. Additionally, the taste of mint can help curb appetite and provide a fresh start to the day. Refresh your day and you refresh your breath when you oil pull with Chi White’s 100% organic mint infused coconut oil!
As the temperature rises here in the UK we all want something refreshing to ease us into the summer heat. We here at Chi bring to you 5 creative and coconutty ideas to use your Chi and chill out this season.
1.) Summer Coconut Popsicles
Beat the heat with these 100% natural homemade coconut water popsicles! Add in some fresh fruit to get a serving of your five a day. Stick your popsicles in the freezer, wait 8 hours or overnight and enjoy your frozen lolly. Check out the recipe here.
Coconut Water and Mixed Berry Popsicles
2.) Coconut Raspberry Ice Cream
What better way to cool down this summer than this decadent looking Coconut raspberry ice cream! This DIY frozen treat is delicious, free from dairy, refined sugars and vegan friendly! Get the recipe here.
Use coconut milk in your next acai bowl for a coconutty spin! You could also step up your topping game with some added coconut flakes or fresh berries for an added fibre and antioxidant boost! To get the recipe click here.
Recently Chi has expanded its product range! We’ve just launched Chi White, an organic coconut oil pulling system. We’re one of the only organic ranges on the market. You can currently receive an introductory discount of 10% when you enter ‘Intro10%’ at the checkout, so head over to Chi White website to enjoy!
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling, also known as ‘gundusha’ or ‘kavala’, is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure for dental health that involves swishing oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for up to 20 minutes. This process draws out toxins from within the body to improve one’s overall health but primarily to encourage better oral hygiene.
Coconut oil is the most popular choice of oil because it has impressive antibacterial properties in addition to lots of easily digestible, fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E and K. Vitamin A is great for building a strong immune system, vitamin D strengthens bones and teeth, vitamin E has antioxidant properties for the skin and vitamin K reduces blood clotting. Also, coconut oil has a nicer taste than other vegetable-based oils. Our range has a fresh minty flavour because it contains 1% organic peppermint oil so there is no need to worry about any nasty taste!
You should swish the oil around your mouth quite gently in order to avoid getting a stiff jaw. Some people new to oil pulling find twenty minutes to be a bit of a struggle and if this is the case why not try to keep the oil in your mouth for around 10-15 minutes and build this up as you become more used to the feeling. As you are swishing the product around your mouth the oil will double in size as it draws in saliva and toxins. When time is up, empty the contents of your mouth and rinse your mouth out with some warm water before brushing as you normally would.
How does it work?
When oil pulling, the oil in your mouth binds itself to the plaque on the teeth and therefore when spitting out the oil you are removing bacteria from your mouth. Oil pulling is a particularly efficient way to reduce this kind of bacteria because the plaque on your teeth is fat-soluble as opposed to water soluble. This means that the lipids must dissolve in fats, which is why coconut oil is the perfect remedy unlike other water-based products on the market.
What are the results?
Clinical trials carried out by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have shown that the benefits of coconut oil pulling include:
Improved oral hygiene
The prevention of cavities and gingivitis
Reduced oral bacteria
Whiter teeth (Please remember that each person’s teeth will react differently to Chi White and that response times may vary)
So, what are you waiting for? Try Chi White today and remember to use the discount code for a great bargain!
Before and after using Chi White for just 2 weeks!
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Simply peel the banana then place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.
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
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.
Sally’s Baking Addiction
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
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.
Acai Berry Breakfast!
It’s been a few months that we’ve seen acai berry in our local stores. The acai berry is a small, reddish-purple drupe consisting of a cluster of seeds, with only around 15 percent or so being edible, harvested from palm trees found around the Amazon River basin of South America. These berries are packed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. There are numerous health benefits in them, such as:
– boosting your immune system
– preventing skin health
– loosing weight
– Anti-aging effects and more…
Now you know how great are acai berries, let’s see how to consume them.
When you think of sandwiches, you think of the really fatty sandwiches that are full of nasties. But sandwiches can be a great and quick lunch to grab when you are on the rush. Instead of buying one, let’s make our sandwich full of goodness to keep us full until dinner. Save time by making it the night before or even during weekends, have a look at our recipes! They are easy and healthy.
The Bonjon Gourmet
We all love a green smoothie so why not a green sandwich. Recipe here.
Californian Rainbow Sandwich
Half Baked Harvest
You know when your meal is healthy when it’s full of colours. Recipe here.
Roasted red pepper hummus, avocado and feta
Two Peas & Their pod
Hummus and avocado will make your sandwich incredible tasty. Recipe here.
Avocado and kale salad
Make your favourite salad and put everything into the bread. Recipe here.
Smoothie bowls are the new breakfast trend for a good reason. They are full of nutrients and they give you the energy needed for your morning. You might have seen on Instagram beautiful pictures of colourful smoothie bowls, so why don’t you try to make one? Smoothie bowls are thicker than a regular smoothie. All you have to do is to put less liquid and play with your favourite toppings! But be careful, you need to use healthy ingredients because your smoothie can become unhealthy quickly. Here is what you have to put in your smoothie bowls:
Simple SUPER green smoothie bowls packed with tons of greens and customizable toppings! The healthiest and easiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal. Recipe Minimalist Baker.
Vegan berry crunchy smoothie bowl
An antioxidant rich blend of mixed berries, banana, kale chia seeds and almond milk … A creamy goodness. Recipe Domesticate Me.
Chia seed Berry Coconut smoothie bowl
Berries and coconut milk make the perfect combination. The acidity in the fruit melts into the creaminess of coconut milk, resulting in a smooth, velvety smoothie bowl. Recipe Detoxdiy.
Green Tea Lime Pie
The flavour is inspired by the popular Key Lime Pie, but with a green tea twist. Recipe Oh She Glows.
Dragon fruit smoothie bowl
You’ll love scooping up a bite of smoothie with a little crunchy granola and a little bit of fresh fruit. Recipe Keep’In It Kind.
Are you thinking of starting to drink protein shakes? After your workout you see everyone reaching for a protein shake, but you wonder how and when you should drink them? Protein shakes are getting more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. When you choose the right protein powder you can get a lot benefit from it. Hair, nails, skin are mostly made of protein, your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and it’ is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood. So now you know why protein is good for you, let’s make some protein shakes with the right dose of protein.
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Almond Chia shake
1 large ripe banana, peeled
250ml unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1Tbsp protein powder
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Carrot Cake shake
110 ml carrot juice
250ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 half tsp cinnamon
4-5 cubes of ice
1 handful of walnut
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
Mother’s Day Gift ideas
This Sunday (6th March) is Mother’s day, it’s the day to celebrate the wonderful woman who has given you so much. Show her how much you care by finding her a lovely gift to make her happy. If you are still wondering what to give to her this Sunday, we have some great ideas for you. Here are some ideas to make this day awesome:
Make her a breakfast
Try to wake up earlier and surprise her with a yummy and healthy breakfast or a brunch.
Get her a yoga or Pilates sessions to make her feel relaxed. This gift is perfect if she’s a yoga addict or it’s a good way to introduce her to a new activity.
What a joy to spend your time with your Mum at the spa, she will enjoy it and you as well.
Bring her to her favourite restaurant, she will be please to share good food with her children.
Bake for her
Make her a treat, she deserves it!
Jewellery for your jewel
It’s always nice to receive jewellery, we never get tired of jewellery!
Make your own hamper with all the product that she likes, she will love it. You just need to pop up to Wholefoods to get all the healthy products!
No time to cook but I want to be healthy!
Working full time, taking care of your family and other activities, eating healthy isn’t easy everyday! When you don’t have time to cook, it’s so tempting to rush into buying junk food. So because we want you fit and lean, we have prepared for you a meal plan for your busy days. The key to make healthy and quick meals is to have all the items on hand that it will be easier and faster to make healthy choices. Also try to cook during the weekend for the week ahead, and store your meals in a fridge.
Breakfast is the meal that we have less time to eat, most of the time the breakfast we eat it on the go to work/school. So this is what you should eat to kick start your day
1 piece of fruit (at least) such as banana, orange, blueberries
During winter your immune system is more sensitive and weaker than the other seasons, and that’s why you get sick more often. These common winter sicknesses (flu, colds, sore throat) are caused by vitamins or minerals deficiencies. To spend a happy healthy winter, pop to your local store to get all the essential vitamins & minerals needed. Each vitamin plays an important role in your body, improving your energy, boosting your vitality.
Check out our guide list!
Vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds and the flu, but it can reduce the length and severity of symptoms. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. This means it protects the body against disease including heart disease and cancer. It is vital for the production of collagen, used to build body tissue and bones.
Where to find it?
Fresh fruit and vegetables, citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, strawberries and cranberries are an excellent source of vitamin C. Green vegetables (cabbage, broccoli and beans) and potatoes all contain high levels.
Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells which carries oxygen around the body. A good intake of iron is necessary for energy, intellectual performance and vitality. A lack of iron leads to anaemia – where the body is unable to transport oxygen around the body causing lethargy and listlessness. Excessive iron may damage organs.
Where to find it?
Red meat is a rich source of iron. Other sources include cereal products, bread, flour, eggs, beans, lentils and dried fruit. Taking Vitamin C alongside iron helps with its absorption.
Vitamin D is an essential vitamin required by the body for the absorption of calcium, bone development, immune functioning, and alleviation of inflammation.
Where to find it?
This essential vitamin is only absorbed when the body is exposed to sunlight. However, if you are not able to meet this requirement by this natural source, then vitamin D can be found in milk and cereals.
Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps regulate blood pressure, maintains bone strength, and ensures a healthy immune system.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant protecting cell membranes from damage, and is thought to protect against some cancers and heart disease.
Where to find it?
Nuts and oil are an excellent source of vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach and cabbage) and cereals are also rich in vitamin E
Raw coconut water
Also our raw coconut water is full of vitamins and minerals, to name a few our Chi raw coconut water include Chloride, Iron, as well as important electrolytes such as Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and Phosphorous. In fact, the potassium content in coconut water is close to twice the amount in a banana.
Rhitrition’s Clean Porridge
We are lucky to have an amazing nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert aka Rhitrition at Chi HQ. She’s offering dietary advice on how to live a healthy & happy lifestyle and how to eat well, check out her website here.
In this article we gathered the best porridges from Rhitrition to kickstart your mornings! Porridge is packed full of nutrients, especially if you mix the oats with some superfoods. It takes less than 5 minutes to make these recipes, perfect when you are in a rush!
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.
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
Better bowel function and elimination
Improved mental function and better mood
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:
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
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.
Cut down on sugar for 2016!
You know how bad it is to eat sugar but it’s hard to stop. The latest research has proved that sugar is more addictive than tobacco, more dangerous than alcohol, more fattening than fat. You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. Nowadays added sugar is everywhere even in a food that doesn’t taste sweet such as bread, sauces or crisps. In this article we will give you all the tips to eat less sweet food!
Sugar is an addiction like cocaine! It can be really hard to stop eating it! first we have to understand why? If you’re addicted to sugar, there is an emotional component. You’re craving and overindulging in sugar for a reason – you may be eating sugar to care for your emotions, to manage stress, or to care for your emotional, psychological or relational needs.
So now lower your sugar intake with these 8 easy ways:
1. Read the label
You will realise how often sugar is included to foods. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar is near the top, that’s a red flag.
2. Don’t look for just the word ‘sugar’
Sugar hides under several sneaky names, including high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose (or any word ending in “-ose”), brown rice syrup, honey, and maple syrup.
3. Buy the right products
Once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes. Buy foods labeled “no added sugar” or “unsweetened.”
4. Take your time
In cutting down on sugar takes time. As we said sugar is like a drug so the beginning will be hard but the easiest way is reduce your consumption of sugar. If you normally put two packets of sugar in your coffee, for instance, try one for a week, then half, and finally add only a splash of milk.
Studies showed that sugar doesn’t cause proper satiety but it does make you hungry. So to avoid any craving, the best things to do is:
Eating breakfast every morning
Including fat and protein in your meals
Eating regular meals
Drinking more water
6. Sugar free, no calorie…?
Be careful don’t be tempting to buy the products with sugar free or no calorie write on it. The processed food manufactures are clever instead to use normal sugar they use aspartame or other substitute but they are even worst. When you eat something sweet, your body expects calories and nutrition, but artificial sugars don’t give your body those things.
7. Add flavours to your meals
Adding flavours will help you to eat less carbohydrate foods. Skip the flavored oatmeal and add a sweet kick with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
8. Don’t drink it
Even drinks that are considered healthy can contain more of the sweet stuff than you’re supposed to have in an entire day. Case in point: “enhanced” waters (eight teaspoons per bottle), bottled iced teas (more than nine teaspoons per bottle), energy drinks (almost seven teaspoons per can), bottled coffee drinks (eight teaspoons per bottle), and store-bought smoothies (more than a dozen teaspoons—for a small).
9. Indulge yourself
It’s okay to have sometime a little treat but it needs to be occasionally.
NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – NEVER HEATED
Article from www.health.com
Detox your body
Going back to work after the Christmas break is pretty hard. Feeling tired, dont’ have enough energy? Don’t worry we are all feel like that. After few days enjoying some rich foods, sleeping late… There is no question your body is tired, we just need to get back our healthy habits. The best way to do that is to detoxify your body because detoxification helps the digestion, boost energy levels, skin cleansing… To name a few. So now let’s find out how to do it!
1. What food to avoid?
Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with acidophilus each day)
Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
2. What’s the food to enjoy?
Fruit: any and all fresh fruit
Vegetables: any and all fresh vegetables
Fish: fresh, canned in water or olive oil
Lean red meat, chicken (without the skin). Limit to two servings per week.
Legumes: dried or canned, such as kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils
Eggs: preferably organic
Olive oil (preferably extra virgin), Coconut oil (unprocessed)
Nuts: raw unsalted almonds, walnuts, macadamias and cashews
Seeds: raw unsalted sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Green tea, white tea, weak black tea (decaffeinated)
3. Lemon Water
Add lemon to your water through out the day. The acid in the lemons assist the cleansing process. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, contain a pure concentrated form of citric acid. Citric acid works like bleach on fat. Due to its acidity and high ph, citric acid is able to actually penetrate and break down fat molecules. Try to drink one to three litres of water per day!
4. Best advice to detox
Exercise: During detox aim to exercise for one hour daily. Try to do intense exercises that makes you sweat.
Raw foods: Aim to cut out the cooking process and eat mainly raw foods. Raw foods contain more nutrients and enzymes.
Chew: Aim to chew each mouthful of food 10 to 12 times before swallowing.
Christmas is nearly approaching, we are already starting to eat chocolate, cookies… The festive season is usually associated with gaining weight, but this year it won’t be the same! The food that will destroy your diet the most is dessert, we have gathered some healthy dessert recipes that will indulge your craving for a Christmas sweet. You can tell us thank you;)
We have to start with a chocolate recipe, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate. Eating chocolate can be good for your health, it improves your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa , contains flavonoids. However the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts. Also it’s better to avoid any of milk chocolate or white chocolate (high in sugar and fat).
Fruity Chocolate bar
8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
Gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, be patient, keep stirring, and even with the heat on a low setting the chocolate will melt eventually.
Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be).
Sprinkle evenly with Giving Tree fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.
Because of the nature of freeze-dried fruit, this particular bar is best enjoyed within a day or two, as the fruit will begin to soften once exposed to humidity. The bar is good for up to a week, however, the fruit just might be a bit softer after a few days out in the open.
A traditional dessert that nobody can resist is the apple pie… with less sugar.
Step 1. Prepare the pastry In a food processor, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces); pulse until large flakes form. Add 7 table-spoons trans fat-free shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cold water over the mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. Roll the pastry into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into 3/4-inch thick disks on separate sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
Step 2. Make the apple filling Peel, core, and slice 5-6 apples, enough to make 6 1/2 cups. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss well; set aside.
Step 3. Assemble the pie Preheat oven to 400º. Place larger half of chilled pastry on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Dust dough with flour and roll into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin, then invert over a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off plastic and gently tuck pastry into pan, letting edge drape over sides. Lightly moisten upper edge of dough with a damp pastry brush. Transfer filling to pie shell. Roll other half of pastry into an 11-inch circle on plastic wrap. Invert over filling, then peel off plastic. Pinch edge to seal; trim excess.
Step 4. Bake till golden Create decorative edge on crust with fork. Slit top pastry for steam vents. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes on center oven rack, shield-ing edges of crust with foil. Reduce heat to 375º; continue baking until the pie is golden brown and juices bubble through at least one vent, another 30 minutes. Insert wooden skewer into pie; there should be no resistance. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.
(inspired from the www.health.com)
Cranberry Jam tart
No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts
1/2Cup Rolled Oats (not quick-cooking)
3/4Cup Soft Dates
Pinch of Salt
Quick Cranberry Jam:
1 1/2 Cup Fresh OR Frozen Cranberries
2T Maple Syrup
2T Coconut Sugar
1/4C Orange Juice
1/2C (approx) Water
Zest of half an orange
1/2t Vanilla Extract
Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and oats together to form a fairly fine flour. Add the salt and the dates and process until you have a thick mixture which holds together when pinched between finger and thumb. You may need to add a couple of extra dates if it’s too crumbly.
Divide mixture between the 12 holes of a shallow cake/tartlet tin and press firmly in the base and up the sides to form 12 neat tart shells.
Refrigerate or freeze until ready to fill.
For the jam, place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until the cranberries have all popped and the jam has thickened up. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cool. (I left mine chunky but blend with an immersion blender if you prefer yours smooth)
Run a knife around the edges of the tart shells to loosen them and pop them out of the tin. Fill each with a couple of teaspoons of the jam.
Serve at room temperature
Soft Gingerbread Cookies
½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup almond butter
2 tablespoons butter (melted)
2 tablespoons applesauce
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
½ cup wheat flour
Turbinado sugar (for garnish)
In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.
Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all purpose four, and ½ cup wheat flour to the wet ingredients and stir with a large spoon until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough to around ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
Bake for about 8 minutes, until until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Store covered at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer term storage.
4 ripe halved and pitted pears (I cut a little whole in mine for the pecans to fit it)
1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey
1.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of candied pecans
Preheat oven to 350° Fill holes with candied pecans
Sprinkle pears with spices Drizzle with honey Bake for 25-40 minutes (they are done when the skin begins to curl).
This month Chi gives you the chance to win an amazing hamper where we included an Nutribulet for you to make some yummy juices or smoothies. One of our favorite ways to make smoothies is by adding freeze dried fruits, unusual, don’t you think? It’s fun to add a whole assortment of fruits to any smoothie. A small handful of freeze-dried fruits can really kick up the antioxidant content of your smoothie. If you are ready to make some smoothies, dig out your nutribullet and let’s do it!
1 Place a steamer basket in a saucepan. Add water to just below the bottom of the basket. Bring water to boiling. Add apples and courgette. Cover and reduce heat. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes or until very tender. Remove from heat; cool completely.
2 Transfer apple mixture to a blender. Add sherbet. Cover and blend until very smooth, stopping and scraping sides of blender as needed. Add ice cubes and the Broccoli crips. Cover and blend until smooth.
Pour into tall glasses and serve immediately
Win an AMAZING hamper!
To celebrate the christmas season, we are offering an incredible hamper worth £230.
What’s included in the Christmas hamper ?
1. Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.
2. £100 WholeFoods Gift Card
3. 6 bottles (250ml) of our Raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.
Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.
This innovative range of all-natural, preservative-free fruit and vegetable crisps undergo a combination of freeze-drying and vacuum frying to ensure maximum nutrients and superior taste. Rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre, they are a convenient way of reaching your 5-a-day.
How to enter ?
It is really easy, all you need to do:
1 Follow Chi & Giving Tree on Instagram or/and Twitter or/and Facebook
2 Repost Chi Christmas hamper on Facebook or/and Instagram or/and twitter
The competition will be running from the 20th November 2015 to the 18th December 2015 3pm, so good luck everyone!
Chi Christmas Hamper T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, or Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Clean Water for All
We are delighted to announce that we have built our 5th well in India for the C.M Palli community. The C.M Palli community now has immediate access to clean drinking water changing the lives of 1050 people.
“I have a baby which makes it extremely hard for me to fetch water especially when he is crying. Now, however, I am able to take better care of him because I have more time to spend with him. I can get clean drinking water in two minutes and I don’t have to worry about the water being unsafe.”
Mrs Munemma, 33 years old.
With every purchase of CHI you are feeding farmers and giving running water to underdeveloped communities!
Thank you to all our loyal customers;)
As the day are getting colder, you don’t know how to dress with the temperature changing . One day it’s warm another day it’s cold… The perfect season to get a cold! At Chi HQ we all had a cold, sneezing a hundred times per day, blowing your nose until it becomes red. Want to know how to get through your cold quickly? Your doctor can’t do much to cure it. However, some foods and drinks can cut a cold short!
If you want to know what you should eat or drink during a cold, this article is for you;)
1. What to eat?
Lemon and orange
Lemon and orange are full of vitamin C, which may help shorten a cold and work as a natural decongestant. Aim for 500 mg of vitamin C four times a day. Other good sources of vitamin C include strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli.
Hot soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat, creating an inhospitable environment for viruses that prefer cooler, drier climes.
Hot chili peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that gives them their kick and acts as a decongestant to help relieve a stuffy nose. Can’t stand the heat? Mild bell peppers can help, too. They don’t have capsaicin, but they’re full of vitamin C.
Garlic and ginger
During cold and flu season, one popular folk remedy is to eat a spoonful of raw, chopped garlic cloves – or even to gnaw right on a fresh clove! Not excited to eat raw garlic? You can try to put some in your vegetable smoothie or just make some toast with it and add some olive oil.
What to drink?
Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated during a cold, and make sure they’re hot. Black tea helps soothe a sore throat and chase away the chills with a good dose of virus-fighting interferon. Add some honey and a squeeze of lemon for vitamin C.
Raw coconut water
Hydration is so important especially when you have a cold. To achieve proper hydration, your body needs electrolytes to help maintain a state of fluid balance. Coconut water is a perfect source of electrolytes, you can find even more electrolytes in the Chi Raw coconut water, because it’s 100% Raw, not heated! It’s the freshest coconut water that you can find.
Trick or treat? TREATTTTT! Halloween night is coming in a few weeks! Are you going to a party or watch a scary movie with your friends? Either way you need YUMMY snacks. Chi and its favourite brands are here to provide you with all you need 😉
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
This September, the Soil Association is holding the “Organic September’. This initiative is to understand the impact of buying organic products. The buying decisions you make are simple but powerful! Small changes can make a big difference. We also think that it’s so important to make the right choice by buying organic. But, why should we buy organic?
Eating organic is the way to avoid all the chemicals in your fruit and vegetables.
You will taste the difference between an organic product and a non-organic product.Try it!
Preserve your ecosystem
Organic farming supports sustainability. Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem. Insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are able to play their roles in the ecology life, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromising.
Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water, and destroying the value of fertile farmland. Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.
Keep our children and our future safe
Spending money in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.
So what are you waiting for? Make a small change to your everyday shopping.
People are going coco-NUTS for our RAW coconut water!
Our CHI 100% RAW Coconut Water is the newest member of the CHI family being only 5 months new! With its exquisite thirst quenching, and mouth waveringly delicious taste, its got so many of you snapping them up from our lovely stockists at Wholefoods, Planet Organic and many more health food stores across England!
For those of you that don’t know why our Raw Coconut Water is different to the rest of the CHI family, High Pressure Processing (HPP) is used, to ensure the water is 100% coconut water with no nutritional or sensory loss whatsoever. By not tampering with nature, Chi 100% Raw Organic Coconut Water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organic. We always notice who’s been such loyal customers to us here at CHI, and so here is what a few of you have to say about our RAW Coconut Water..
Your home online –
“New to the coconut market is chi 100% raw organic coconut water – the UK’S first and only organic and raw product on the market using innovative technology to bring you a truly fresh product. Chi raw organic coconut water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organ – just as fresh as drinking straight from a coconut!”
“Refreshingly sweet and easy to drink, Chi’s latest product is sure to be a best seller as not only is it 100% pure and organic but the taste transports your straight to a tropical beach somewhere far far away. Chi are a great brand who have created something truly delicious, natural and in its purest form without any unnatural processing. However, there are some unnatural products out there by other brands claiming to be natural, so always make sure to read the label and check that your coconut water isn’t from concentrate and contains no added sugars.” –
We thank all of our super special friends that religiously buy, review and love our drinks and also encourage the first timers to grab our Raw coconut water. And tells us about your first experience through email, twitter, instagram or Facebook, we would love to know what you think!
How to start jogging?
Did you know that jogging can change your life? Jogging for 30-40 minutes three times a week can be a fantastic way to start your new healthy life. Jogging is an appealing exercise because it doesn’t cost a lot to take part, and you can run at any time that suits you. Regular jogging can help you to build muscle and maintain a healthy weight. But before to get started, you have to know why you want to jog? Most of the time it’s to loose weight! So for that you have also to adjust your diet to include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, wholegrain cereals and low-fat dairy products. In this article you’ll find all the tips to start jogging without quitting!
Your sneakers are so important so don’t use your old shoes, it will cause you potential injuries. You have to invest in a proper pair of running shoes. Make sure that your shoes have a wedge of shock-absorbing material in the heel. And about the clothes, just wear a comfortable, light weight outfit.
Don’t try to set high goals, your goals need to be realistic. Start to run one or two times a week for 10 or 20 minutes if you are a beginner, and then add more minutes. Don’t put pressure on yourself, if you run 20 minutes, it’s great! If you run 30 min it’s also great! You have to set goals that will keep you motivated.
This step is crucial to your health, don’t forget to stay hydrated! You have to be hydrated to maintain your performance and to avoid any injuries. Chi Raw coconut water is the best drink to have during a workout, no sugar added, not heated. You’ll get all the benefits from coconut water.
As you know a healthy diet is the basis of your physical and mental health. Eat vegetables and fruits as much as you can, you will see the difference. And click here to know what to eat before and after a workout.
To stay motivated, the music is a must-have, it will give you the energy to achieve your goals. And running with music acts as a sort of meditation class. So get your iPod ready!
Finally after your jogging you should stretch for 5 minutes. Stretch to avoid the aches the next day!
The Giving Tree snacks
Have you ever tried the Giving Tree snacks? The Giving Tree offers a range of freeze dried fruits and Vacuum fried vegetables. The fruit are 100% pure with no added ingredients (sugar, preservatives or flavourings). And the vegetable range (Broccolis & Pumpkin) is 100% natural, using only 2% of rice bran oil per pack. Rice bran oil is free from trans fat and low saturated fats, also this oil is rich of antioxidant. The Giving Tree snacks are both nutritious and delicious. They retain many of the natural nutritional qualities and flavour of the fruit and vegetables.
The Giving Tree Range
WHAT’S FREEZE DRIED?
Freeze drying foods is a process that removes 98% of the food’s water content, giving it a longer shelf life whilst retaining the flavour, colour and nutritional elements. Freeze dried foods are rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre.
WHAT’S VACUUM FRIED?
Vacuum frying is a process of putting food into a machine that pressurises and cooks it with the use of hot oil, but at much lower temperatures than traditional frying methods. Putting the process in a vacuum lowers water’s evaporation point. Food can fry at lower temperatures, absorbing less oil.
1 of your 5 a day
Low in calories
Full of vitamins
High in fiber
Full of antioxidants
Where to find them?
Giving tree snacks are available at Whole Foods London & Planet Organic and some other stores. Check out here to find the closest store to you.
WIN the full range of Giving tree snacks and a yoga session!
How do I enter the competition?
For a chance to win, it’s very simple, all you need to do is:
The GivingTree’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
EnTHAIrely RAW Supper Club event
Bain Marie restaurant invited Chi to the enTHAIrely Raw Supper Club to celebrate the summer by enjoying the fresh and vibrant flavours of Thailand with a Raw Thai menu. The evening featured an entirely raw Thai-inspired 3-course menu. We tasted some delicious Thai dishes recreated with a raw and healthy twist. We also enjoyed a refreshing Lemongrass Kefir Fizz Mocktail on arrival.
The Goldfinger Factory hosted the Supper Club event on the 30th July & 6th August. This factory has a furniture showroom, a sustainable workshop, an upcycling school and a café space. It’s in this cool place, located in the heart of Portobello where we had a lovely evening sun with our refreshing Chi Raw Coconut Water. The enTHAIrely RAW menu was 100% raw, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and was suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Raw Pad Thai
courgette, cucumber and carrot noodles with a spicy almond sauce
Raw Tom Kha with Seasonal Market Vegetables
served with cauliflower rice
Raw Mango & Coconut Cheesecake
fresh mango and coconut milk mousse on a crunchy date and coconut crust
Your mouth is watering? Bain-Marie restaurant has some amazing events coming up, check this out here. And you can also get all the recipes from the Bain-Marie’s blog!
Summer makes you happy and at Chi we want you to be happier! This week you will have the chance to win an amazing Prize.
What’s included in the prize?
2 packs of Giving Tree snack: 1 Strawberry (18g) + 1 Mixed Veg (22g)
2 Bottles of Chi Organic Raw coconut water (250ml)
An UBER promo code for first time riders
How to enter ?
Repost our Summer Prize on Chi or Giving Tree social media (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook)
Add the hashtags #chicoconutwater & #givingtreesnack
The competition will be running from the 22nd July to the 29th July 4pm. Good luck everyone!
Summer prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
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.
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:
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
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
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!
What snack should I bring to the beach?
Spending your time at the beach playing in the water or lying on the sand can make you hungry! Snacks are a must have at the beach but what to bring? During vacation nobody wants to devote a lot effort to making snacks. The perfect snack at the beach needs to be easy to carry and simple to eat. But you have to avoid snacks high in salt and fat.
At Chi we’ll give you all the tips to bring healthy and tasty snacks with you during your vacation.
1. Trail Mix
A trail mix very high in antioxidants and wonderful healthy oils
No partially hydrogenated oils or fats.
A high-energy snack with no added sugar or harmful preservatives.
2. Fresh Fruit
Nothing can be easier and healthier than to eat a fresh fruit.
3. Giving Tree snacks
Want something crispy? Giving Tree snack is the perfect combination of fresh fruits and crisps.
Fruits are freeze-dried – a technology that doesn’t damage the nutritional value or the flavour
No sugar added
Vegetables are vacuum fried with a healthy oil (Rice Bran oil which is rich of antioxidants)
If you have an office, you already know how hard is to exercise at your work place. Office spaces are set up to require little movement, you are in front of your computer, sitting all day. This has a huge impact on your health, it can increase your weight, also increase the strain on your back, wrists, eyes and neck. Now it’s time to fix that!
Today Chi team will give you all the keys to improve your health at your work. You won’t need gym clothes, or even a shower. We’ll give you some easy exercises to do anywhere in the office.
1. First take the stairs anytime you can
2. Correct your posture at your desk
Your back needs to be straight, your shoulders back, and the top of your monitor should be level with your eyes. If you have to look down or up, then you need to adjust the height of your screen. Also keep your legs bent at the knees so that the knees are only slightly higher than your hips. Your feet should be flat on the floor or on a step stool of some sort.
3. Stretch as much as you can during the day
4. Exercise while sitting
Start with feet flat on floor.
Sit tall at your desk.
Hold your abdominal muscles tight.
Extend one leg until it is level with your hip.
Hold for ten seconds
First try to lift the table.
Put your hand under the table.
Press up against the table.
Continue until your muscles are tired.
Do this one hand at a time or both together.
Next, push the table into the floor.
Put hand on table, palm down.
Press down as strongly as you can.
Stop when your muscles are tired.
You can do this one hand at a time or both together if it looks more natural.
5. Change your chair for a ball
This ball will force you to use your abs and to improve your balance.
A new desk for a new health
We also want to introduce you to a new revolutionary desk… The treadmill!
This desk is phenomenal. You can burn calories while you getting your work done. Isn’t it perfect?!
They are so many benefits from the treadmill. Here are some:
Boost your productivity
Reduce back pain
We are so excited to have our Treadmill in our office!
The sun is shining! What you want to do is to go out and tan. Especially in summer – you want to get a sun-kissed glow but without the sun damage! There’s no denying that most people look healthier when they are tan. However, as we all know, UV radiation is dangerous for our skin. Skin can develop freckles, rashes and, over time, UV radiation can accelerate skin ageing and cause pigment changes commonly known as ‘age spots’. It can also cause changes in the skin cells, which may lead to skin cancer.
At Chi HQ we have all the best tips that you need to know before going on vacation. First, let’s talk about the must have during summer: sunscreen.
How to choose your sunscreen?
Selecting a sunscreen depends on many factors such as how sensitive your skin is to burning, how dry or oily your skin is. If you have fair skin that burns easily you should choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF 50+. If you have a skin that tans readily you could choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with intermediate SPF 15-20+. And If you have darkly pigmented skin and do not suffer heavily from sunburn, you need a sunscreen with low SPF 8-15+.
How to use it?
It is extremely important to use sunscreens correctly to achieve the best protection.
Apply sunscreen liberally to all sun-exposed areas so that it forms a film when initially applied.
It takes 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin and it can be rubbed off very easily, so apply it at least half an hour before going out in the sun.
Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours if staying out in the sun for more than an hour during the day.
Re-apply immediately after swimming, excessive sweating, or if rubbed off by clothing or toweling. This should be the case even if the product claims to be “water resistant”.
What are the alternative of the sunscreen?
You won’t believe it, but Chi Coconut Oil can be used as a sunscreen. Native pacific islanders have been using coconut oil sunscreen for thousands of years. It is the best way to get a healthy tan and Vitamin D. It’s a natural sunscreen – it blocks about 20% of UV rays when applied.
But you have to keep in mind that as dermatologists will tell you ‘no tan is a healthy tan’ (hard as it is to resist!)
How to heal your sunburn?
Sunburn often leads to dehydration, which can cause headaches. So skip the margarita and opt for a massive glass of Chi Raw coconut water, super-hydrating.
Also you should hydrate your skin, be sure to apply lotion to your body including the sunburned area. You can use Chi Coconut Oil as well!
The perfect healthy summer BBQ
When it comes to summer, it is all about spending time outside in the gorgeous sunshine, with a few drinks, and yummy BBQ food. At Chi HQ we absolutely love a BBQ and believe this food festive time does not need to be unhealthy. We believe you can still indulge in delicious foods, but the healthy way, which won’t leave you feeling guilty the next day! Instead of the sticky sugary marinades or the unhealthy creamy dressings used to cake your meats and salads, why not try these healthy alternatives that will help you keep up your healthy momentum, but still keeping a d-e-licious tastes and flavours in your BBQ. Here is a small guide on how to create a healthy BBQ this summer.
STEP 1: VEGGIES
Chi Coconut Oil acts as the perfect glaze to BBQ Veggies to give them some extra mouth-watering flavours!
Chop up a range of assorted vegetables – peppers, courgette, mushroom, carrots etc
In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine all ingredients except for chicken. Mix well and add chicken, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours, turning occasionally. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on hot grill. Grill 5 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once. Garnish with lemon and lime wedges and coriander.
STEP 3: BAKED SWEET POTATO
This is the perfect extra side to have with your vegetables, meats or salad. It is filling, healthy and a great substitute for a regular potato!
Simply chop up a sweet potato into chunky chips shapes or into 2 halves, coat with melted Chi Coconut Oil onto the potato and sprinkle rock salt, pepper and chili flakes. The sweet and spicy combo is yummy!
STEP 4: DRINKS – SUMMER COCONUT PUNCH
What is a BBQ without a fruity drink to flush it all down? We love to add our Chi Coconut Waters into our fruit punch to fill it up with flavours, and keep it super quench-thirsting!
We cannot have a BBQ without a sweet pudding to finish it off. A cold, light dessert is always the best way to end the food fiesta! Here is a easy-to make, healthyISH dessert to try! Sweet and simple always does the job!
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.
Have you always wanted to have perfect white teeth? You’ve tried all the whitening toothpastes and strips out there in the shops, in hopes for your teeth to whiten but they have been no use. You’ve still remained disappointed with the results and may have even damaged your teeth as a result. There are loads of expensive teeth whitening products, but what you are missing is that many of these that are ‘natural’ are Coconut Oil based. At Chi HQ we believe the solution is simple. Everything natural has amazing benefits, and that starts with our Chi Coconut Oil. Instead of buying teeth whitening products, you can simply use our Chi, it’s a pure genius!
How does Chi Coconut Oil do this?
Coconut oil is a natural remedy used to clean and detoxify your teeth and gums. This is called ‘oil pulling’ which the lauric acid found in the coconut oil removes the naughty plaque that makes our teeth go yellow. This doesn’t give you instant whitening but gradually over time you will see a difference.
All you have to do is spoon out 1 tbsp of Chi Coconut Oil (or less) and push, swish and ‘pull’ the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes so it is coated. After this time, rinse all the chi coconut oil out with water and brush your teeth with mint toothpaste.
***Repeat this process every morning and you will start to notice the difference. Those natural pearly whites you’ve always dreams of, will now become a reality! That means you’ll have to keep smile wherever you are!
Summer is creeping up and for most of us it starts to get slightly daunting the thought of having to pull out the swimwear, having it been dusting away in the cupboard since last Summer!
Nothing is better than feeling confident on the beach. So at Chi HQ, we have put together some exercise tips to get you pumped up and sweating! We believe keeping an active lifestyle is not only important for your health, but it has a range of other benefits! It makes you physically stronger, improves your skin, happier, relaxed, it helps keep your immune system functioning, and the list goes on! To get your body moving and ready to take on this summer, here are 20 minutes exercise regime of moderate intensity. It is perfect to do 3-5 times a week!
We would love to see how you found the workout by #GetfitwithChi on your social media, share your pictures with us!
Summer #GetfitwithChi Challenge 1
Repeat 3 TIMES
30 seconds sprint
50 jumping jacks
20 lunges each leg
10 push ups
Option 1 (beginner)
Option 2 (advance)
30 seconds mountain climber
Don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated with our delicious Chi Raw Organic Coconut Water! Packed with nutritional anti-oxidants, electrolyte minerals, this exceptional product has no nutritional or sensory taste loss. Truly the best coconut water on the market today!
Go try them at Whole Foods, Planet Organic and on Ocado.com.
The Secrets of Yoga
Do you wish you were meditating on warm, exfoliating sand, with the salted sea crisp breeze combing your hair and the smell of nature right at your feet? At ChiHQ we would definitely love a taste of this dreamy tropical paradise, and what better way to feel this moment than with the spirit of yoga. It is the perfect workout to take your mind to a calm, mindful place. Not only is yoga a fantastic exercise to get you feeling fit and toned, it can drift you off into a magical/wonderful place! #Namaste
What are the benefits to Yoga?
It helps to reduce stress
Increase your flexibility
And has many other hidden benefits that may surprise you – in the office, bedroom or kitchen!
If you’re struggling to eat healthily and your first goal this summer is to feel fit and fabulous on the beach, regular Yoga may just be the solution! It has been known to help mindful eating habits, awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating, and can help to fight certain cravings through many yoga breathing exercises, which will result to you choosing the healthy options! Whether you are doing it in the living room, in the park, office or at a class here are 3 essentials to get you geared up for it, take with you:
Coconut Water – Hydration is key to optimise performance. A bottle of our 100% Raw Organic Chi Coconut Water is the perfect thirst quencher and will restore energy levels TWICE as fast as water and sport drinks without any fat or sugar.
Yoga Mat – A nice and comfortable mat is always needed to make you feel more relaxed to help you get to that happy place aswell as releasing pressure on your body from hard surfaces.
Foam Roller – Before and after your Yoga workout, use a foam roller to self-massage any tight areas of the body. It is used to lengthen the muscle in order to break up adhesion and scar tissue. This will allow an increase bloody circulation, which will help muscle performance. On top of this it flushes any muscle toxins that have been building up.
A breakfast bowl of summer
Summer is coming and what better way to wake up to it, than with a juicy breakfast to make you feel refreshed, shining and will give you a big burst of energy!
Adding lots of fresh summer fruits and juicy flavours into your breakfast is the perfect way to give you a taste of the tropics. So Instead of the usual cereal and milk why not swap it with some of these quick and easy ideas.
STEP 1: The Base – Choosing the Smoothie
Smoothies are a great alternative to milk, with a sorbet taste, natural sugars and an awesome cleanser to the body; you can use this as a base. Here are some summer bursting smoothie tips using some of our Chi products:
Now it’s time to pick some toppings you could add to your smoothie bowl!
Adding a creamy fruit like a chopped banana is perfect to compliment the tangy taste of the berries, as it will add more sweetness to it.
Honey Granola sprinkle
Museli/ Toasted Buckwheat
Or adding even more fruit is another option!
Step 3: Any Extras?
If you want to add anymore toppings to more flavour, these are highly recommended!
Crushed Almonds (any nuts)/seeds
A blob of Whole earth peanut butter
You can mix and match any of the smoothies with the toppings for your own desired taste!
Coconut Ice lollies to keep you cool this summer
We all know when it gets to summer, it is time for a quick last minute health kick before a holiday! That means cutting down on all the tasty treats, which in the summer, it tends to be very difficult. Especially when you’re out and about in the hot sun, and all you are thinking about is a refreshing ice cream or chocolate sundae would be nice to cool you down and sort out those naughty sugar cravings. Do not worry, we have the solution for you! There’s no need to completely ditch these treats. Instead we have put together a mixture of healthier and guilt-free versions of ice-lollies and ice-cream recipes you can give a try. All of these recipes have a coconut flavour to them, giving you an exotic taste!
In a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Evenly pour into your Ice-lolly moulds. Freeze for 30 minutes, then insert popsicle sticks. Freeze for a further 2-3 hours, until fully frozen. To enjoy, run the mould under a little hot water to loosen the Ice-lollies.
Vegan, sugar-free magnum choco-blocks
What you need:
8 Ice cream moulds
Ingredients (makes 8):
For the ice cream:
2 ripe bananas, frozen
1 400mL can full fat coconut milk, chilled if possible
For the ice cream: Pop the ice cream ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cream moulds, add your sticks and pop into the freezer to set overnight.
For the chocolate: Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat on a very low heat until you create a smooth consistency. Be careful not to burn/overcook.
When you get the ice creams out, allow to defrost for a few minutes so they come out of the moulds easily. Alternatively run the moulds under hot water to loosen the edges.
To make the magnum…
Classic: Dip the ice cream into a bowl of chocolate. Use a icing knife to smooth out any edges but be quick because it should set almost immediately. Repeat to create a nice thick layer of chocolate. Pop back into the freezer for a few minutes to completely freeze. Enjoy!
Almond: As per Magnum Classic, but add a handful of slithered almonds to sandwich between chocolate layers.
Peppermint: As per Magnum Classic, but add 1 tablespoon of mint extract (or to taste), a handful of fresh mint and a few drops of green food colouring/spirulina to the ice cream mixture.
Storage: in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 5 days.
The perfect hydration drink for Athletes
It can sometimes be a struggle to keep hydrated in general. This can end up making you feel dehydrated throughout the day and when it becomes the time to get a workout in your day, whether it’s a aerobics, a Bikram yoga class or a jog outside, it can end up making you feel dizzy, tired and low on energy. It is important to keep hydrated, especially during exercise where you are sweating it all out.
Sonia Samuels is an incredible Great British athlete passionate about health and fitness. Having put her career on hold to follow her passion and dreams of making the 2016 Olympic athletic team, her dedication, strength and power of achieving this means having daily, intense training sessions and keeping to a clean diet.
For Sonia, it was important to keep herself hydrated before, during and after a work-out to make sure her worked out at a very high performance. So to fuel her up she shared a lovely article about why Chi worked for her. In Sonia words ‘Chi Raw Coconut Water is simply the best way to rehydrate after a run or workout’ not to mention it was ‘Chi-licious’. Check out the rest are what Athelete Sonia thought of our Chi products : http://www.soniasamuels.com/?p=1639
So keep yourself hydrated with Chi!
HEALTHY Coconut salad dressings
Summer is on its way and we can now finally ditch the lunchtime hot soups or baguette for a nice chilled healthy salad At Chi, we love eating salads and can prove eating healthy can be easy, yet still remain exciting and delicious!
So if your wondering how we do this at Chi, here is the solution! We love to jazz up our salads with lots of fresh colour vegetables, fruit and super foods making it look like a fun, eye-catching rainbow bowl of goodness. Salads are a perfect meal for any summer diets or health kicks. There very nutritious, low in calories and makes the perfect lunch meal as they are not too heavy and will guarantee to keep you feeling full of energy. Not forgetting it helps to aid digestion, cleanse your body and will get you feeling beach body ready in no time. So you’ll feel fabulous for any summer holidays.
It sometimes may be the case that without a creamy dressing, it can taste dry and a little bit on the boring side. However, these dressings can end up making it as fattening as a burger and chips! We have put together some tantalising, mouth-watering HEALTHY salad dressings using our Chi products to get you ready for the summer!
As we all know it’s so important to drink water, particularly during a workout. But what should we drink during intense exercise? Its hard to find a drink that will keep you hydrated and give you the energy needed. In this article you will find a few suggestions of drinks that you could drink during your workout.
First we have to understand what our body needs.
When we sweat we loose a lot electrolytes. Here are the common electrolytes that we loose during working out:
– Sodium & Calcium
You must replace them by drinking a fluid that contains electrolytes. Water does not contain electrolytes.
Also we need carbs to refuel & give you energy and proteins helps to repair any damage.
What is the right amount to drink?
Doctors recommend to drink 8 ounces every 15 minutes during workout and to ‘drink to thirst’. But don’t drink too much because consuming a lot of fluid but not enough sodium can develop an hyponatremia condition. However this case is really rare most people don’t drink enough!
So what to drink?
For sure water is the easiest solution, it’s fine to consume it when it’s not an intense workout.But water doesn’t contain electrolytes.
Chi Raw Coconut Water suits an intense workout perfectly as it contains a high level of electrolytes and also it gives you the energy needed from its natural sugars.
Doctors recommend to have protein & carbs after workout. As we saw previously, protein repairs any muscle damage and carbs give you energy. So it’s time to make some delicious smoothies with Chi Coconut Milk!
Everywhere you can hear ‘eat less sugar, sugar is bad for you’. Of course, you would like to eat less sugar, but it’s hard and you don’t know how. Don’t worry. I am here to help you figure out how to reduce sugar to become healthier.
So first let’s try to understand why we love sugar so much?
All humans have loved sugar for years and years. Sweet is associated with the notion of pleasure and reward in our brain. When we eat sugar we secrete dopamine (the neurotransmitter of pleasure) so obviously, as it’s joyful to eat sugar, you just want to repeat this behaviour. That’s why all the junk food is full of sugar even in salty foods.
How to eat less sugar?
You have to change your bad habits and relearn how to eat healthy without being on crazy diets. Just choose healthy food with good quality, fruits & vegetables and eat less processed foods as possible. Changing habits will take time but you will see the difference in the long term and you will also change your taste. Time to try new things!
What are the alternatives to sugar?
The best alternative to sugar is fruits such as bananas, grapes, strawberries… they are full of vitamins and they contain a lot nutritional content. However, beware of pure fruit juice, as you are just drinking pure fructose which will turn to fat.
You have some healthy sugar such as:
Coconut palm sugar (extracted sap of the coconut palm, boiled and dehydrated)
Date sugar (dehydrated, ground dates)
Brown rice syrup (brown rice, which is cooked and then exposed to enzymes which breaks it down into sugar)
Why not try our Raw Coconut Water – no added sugar! As nature intended!
Lovely Brunch Recipes
The weekend is coming! Woohoo!
During the weekend you just want to enjoy your lazy morning with a nice brunch to share with your family or your friends. But you don’t know what to make? At Chi we have some tasty recipes to illuminate your morning.
For these brunch recipes we focused on egg omelette because there are so many benefits to eating eggs in the morning. A lot of studies showed that eating eggs help you to maintain a calorie deficit and lose weight. Not to mention they are really easy to make!
Add Chi coconut oil to a non-stick pan and heat over medium-high heat.
Add eggs, orange zest, salt, pepper and coconut milk to a small mixing bowl and give this a good whisk, until slightly frothy.
Pour that mixture into the preheated pan and swirl it around to spread your omelette evenly over the entire surface of the pan.
Let the omelette settle for a few seconds then run a heat resistant rubber spatula around the edge to sort of break it down a little bit, then start swirling again.
You want some of the uncooked eggs from the top to get under the omelette. Don’t be afraid to break it up a little bit.
Repeat that process 2 or 3 times until the top really starts to set. Remove from heat and let your omelette sit for a few minutes until the top is completely (or almost completely) set. You can cover it if you want to speed things up a bit…
Delicately slide your omelette onto serving plate, (fold it in half while doing so if desired) and garnish with fresh (or dry, or toasted) unsweetened coconut shavings.
This weekend Chi was at the London Ethnic event for ‘Fashion Revolution Day’ which was launched after the horrific Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh the 24 April 2013.The factory collapse led to 1133 victims dead and thousands more injured, casting a dark shadow over the history of fashion.
The event took place at the Lollipop Gallery in London on the 24th of April 2015 for the fashion workers who lost their lives that terrible day. London Ethnic event was there to raise money for their families and increase awareness of the human work exploitation in fashion. And also the importance of ethical & sustainable principles in the fashion industry.
The fashion presentation was run by a brand new designs from the London Ethnic House produced in collaboration with in-house designers Eleanor Johnson and Nuria Carvajal Garcia with designer Reece Walywn Curtis. The London Ethnic AW15 collection was inspired by the London Skyline and street colouring transformed into simplistic shapes in the hues of blue and grey.
Here are some nice pictures of the event!
Chi kept everybody hydrated!
Reach for Raw
Have you ever tried Chi raw coconut water? Not yet?! You’re missing something special! After reading this article you will be running to the store to try some.
What makes Chi raw coconut water different to other coconut waters?
Firstly, with Chi raw coconut wateryou will get real coconut water. Noting added. Nothing taken away. So it means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. How we do that? Unlike other coconut waters that are heat pasteurised, our raw coconut is unheated. We use HPP ( High pressure processing) technology – a process that keeps the fresh attributes of the coconut water.
What are the benefits of drinking raw coconut water?
Many researchers have shown raw coconut water to be healthy for you.
Here are some benefits:
-Aids in weight loss
-Reduce blood pressure
-Rich in nutrients
And you can consume coconut water as much as you want.
What does it taste like?
We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – the tastiest variety of coconut in the world. What is remarkable about this variety of exotic coconut? They produce sweeter water.
Is yours pink?
Don’t worry, it is just a natural occurrance and is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is even a good sign that means that the level of antioxidants is high. As you know, antioxidants help to maintain good health and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
So what are you waiting for? Go start drinking Chi raw coconut water…
And don’t forget you have just few days left to WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER.
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Eat your fruit – juice your veggies!
Being healthy every day is not easy. Extracted vegetable juices can be the solution for you. But how can veggie juices be so healthy? That’s because all the nutrient contents from the vegetables remain intact and gives you only the concentrated liquid which is full of the vitamins. Beware of pure fruit juices, however, as the fructose content, minus the fibre, can be very high (as much as fizzy drinks!).
Here are just some of the benefits that you will get from veggie juices:
Instant energy due to the better absorption of the fresh vitamins and the vital minerals. It is specialy good after workout!
Weight loss – most nutritionists advise to drink vegetable juices for a healthy diet.
It helps your digestion by cleansing your stomach and your intestines.
Regulate your blood pressure.
Help maintain your cholesterol level.
Help your immune system thanks to the vitamins and minerals required to make your immune system stronger.
Juices will also help to have a smooth, clear and hydrated skin.
For those who don’t consume a lot of fresh vegetables, it is a convenient alternative to your 5 a day.
And this month you have the chance to enjoy all of these benefits thanks to our amazing Prize giveway.
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Juice with Chi raw coconut water
Don’t forget you can WIN A NUTRIBULLET AND A CASE OF CHI RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER WORTH OVER £150! If you win our amazing prize, what juice will you make? We have some excellent recipes to make healthy and refreshing juices with Chi raw coconut water that will give you a boost for your day. Perfect to be in shape before summer!Tempting?
Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
Win a Nutribullet and a case of CHI Raw Organic Coconut Water worth over £150!
To celebrate the launch of our new RAW ORGANIC COCONUT WATER, we are offering this amazing price worth over £150.
What’s included in the prize?
1. Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.
2. A case of 12 bottles (250ml) of our raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.
Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.
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We are proud to announce that you can now buy 100% RAW coconut water from Chi! We are so excited for you to taste this delicious product: totally untampered with – Left as nature intended it to be left (perfect!). Available at OCADO, Whole Foods, Planet Organic with more stockists being added monthly.
FRESH – NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – COLD-EXTRACTION – ORGANIC – NEVER HEATED – 100% PURE – RAW – NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
So how do we get it?
The coconut water found within young green coconuts in Thailand is very easily altered when heated. That is why when you drink coconut water which is not raw, it does’t quite bring back that same memory of sipping coconuts on holiday – however refreshing and lovely it may be. However, Chi has found a way to keep the fresh coconut water in Thailand in its natural RAW form! We use high pressure processing to do this – keeping the coconut water cold at all times: from when the coconut is cracked open by our farmers to the moment you pick it up from the shelves in your closest store. High pressure processing allows the coconut water to have a longer refrigerated shelf life while also allowing all the natural flavours to remain exactly the same. We do not add any preservatives or heating to the product – it is simply simple! This means that the nutritional content is also unchanged.
Watch this video on how we make our coconut water:
Our coconuts come from a region called ‘Ratchaburi’ in Western Thailand where the rich soil and tropical climate offer the perfect environment for producing uniquely great tasting coconuts. The word Ratchaburi means “The land of the king” and the provence is located 80km west of Bangkok, bordering Burma. The soil is perfect for coconuts to grow here – with the Mae Klong River flowing through the centre of Ratchaburi town. Hence why Thailand is renowned for producing the world’s best tasting coconut water.
Why go RAW?
The main reason to go RAW is for the taste – incredibly fresh and unique! However, other reasons may be that Chi RAW coconut water is packed with naturally occurring electrolyte minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – always harvested at the perfect moment for peak nutrition! We never mix the ages or varieties of our coconuts – giving a consistently fresh and pure taste.
Our RAW coconut water is also sustainable – as Chi trades fairly. We are contributing to the environmental impact of production: creating a sustainable balance between farming and wild ecosystems. Chi RAW coconut also works hand in hand with ‘Drop4Drop.org’ in order to deliver water wells to communities that need it most.
Why does RAW coconut water go pink?
This is a natural occurrence and it is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is nature’s way of blushing!
The colour doesn’t change the taste, it is still so good.
Where you can find our Raw Coconut Water?
Chi’s iced espresso
With Spring finally here we thought we’d be the first to get going on those ice cold drinks to get us in the mood for some sun. And what better iced drink is there than a chocolate coconut milk iced espresso to keep you going throughout the day? Chi have found the perfect recipe to refresh you and it’s dairy free!
Chi’s iced espresso
Our Chi espresso coconut milk is dairy free, low in fat, isotonic and 100% natural! It is packed with added fibre and naturally occurring electrolytes – keeping you hydrated, vibrant and healthy. The product is also gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians – a great drink to recommend to friends with intolerances.
Anyway, we think this recipe is fabulous, let’s try it!
4. If you want an extra health kick, stir in 1 teaspoon of our delicious Chi coconut oil. Enjoy!
Chi Espresso Coconut Milk & Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
chi coconut oil in my breakfast
Do you skip breakfast in the morning? Or find your breakfast habits tend to be slightly repetitive? We all know it can sometimes be difficult to find new and exciting ideas to make your breakfast that extra bit special; especially for those early wake ups where you’re still half asleep! At Chi, we believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and should not be skipped. It kick-starts your metabolism, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and will stop you fighting against those cheeky cravings through the day.
Chi Coconut Oil is the perfect ingredient to spruce up your morning meals. It adds a subtle sweetness and a healthy dose of fat to help fuel your body, aid digestion and help to burn fat along the way. Winner!
So ditch the toast with butter or cereal and milk, and give these tasty, healthy Chi breakfasts a go.
Want to get fit this spring in time for that lovely summer season? Chi can help you out and keep you motivated when trying to achieve your ideal summer body and state of mind!
Here is why:
1. Chi drinks are low calorie.
Switch that fizzy drink or juice for one of our delicious drinks this spring. Worried you’ll miss that sweet taste? Why not try our new RAW coconut water – bursting with a sweet but natural flavour yet only 70 Calories per 250ml per bottle.
*Available in April at Whole foods and Planet Organic.
2. Chi drinks are hydrating.
When working out it is very important to keep your body hydrated in order for your metabolism to stay as high as possible. However, it is best to stay hydrated throughout the day – before and after exercise – rather than just drinking straight before you start working out. Here at Chi we would recommend our 1L of Chi coconut water for this all-day hydration. This way you can keep us in your fridge and reach for us whenever you feel de-hydrated.
3. Chi products can encourage you to make healthier meals!
Breakfast is key to a healthy lifestyle. Why not try our Chi coconut milk in porridge? Porridge releases energy slowly throughout the day – meaning you’re less likely to snack before lunch. By using Chi coconut milk in your porridge it will also taste much creamier – meaning you might be able to resist that temptation of a maple syrup topping!
Our coconut oil is also perfect for making you lunch or supper lighter. Coconut oil can be used as a substitute in cooking just like olive oil or butter, but it is much healthier! The coconut oil also gives vegetables a great taste when used for frying or cooking… hopefully encouraging you to make more of them!
4. Chi drinks can be healthy and indulgent at the same time – making the switch to a healthy lifestyle all the more bearable!
Our Chi chocolate coconut milk sounds pretty tempting right?! Why not try it – it has that strong chocolatey taste yet has so many health benefits that you can feel indulged and revived all at once! Chi chocolate coconut milk 330ml is only 155 calories per serving and is sweetened naturally by coconut sugar. Our chocolate coconut milk is rich in vitamins & minerals. This is great for a healthy snack – key to speeding up your metabolism for weight loss!
5. Chi drinks can keep you energetic even when cutting down on sugar.
Although our products are low in sugar (containing no added preservatives or unnatural sweeteners) they can keep you awake and active when focusing on a new healthy lifestyle. Chi would recommend its espresso coconut milk – giving you a natural kick from the protein, good fats, fibre, vitamins B & C, potassium, calcium and iron within it! If that isn’t the perfect drink to power you through an afternoon we don’t know what is!
Chi coconut water was proud to support Work Well Being on the 13th of March for their first ever event!
WHAT IS WORK – WELL – BEING?
Louise and Abby are passionate & experienced practitioners and advocates of everything wellbeing! Both having many years experience within these practices has resulted in them establishing a network of the very best Wellbeing Warriors (teachers!) in London today.
Their belief is that there is a better way to work, we are working longer and harder than ever before, with time for our own personal wellbeing being pushed to the bottom of our to-do-list. It is time for employers to provide their staff something far more meaningful, wellbeing.
Work-Well-Being are on a mission to change the way we work, with the belief that wellbeing should be a core part of the working day, not something that individuals are forced to try and cram in during their few spare hours of an evening, or an often already full-packed weekend. Not only are the benefits of this huge to the individual, wellbeing is also a real business tool. There is no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance; performance is actually improved when our lives include time for reflection, restoration and renewal. An environment where people are happy in their jobs and given the respect and freedom to be themselves will enable the best work and ideas to flourish.
The services that Work-Well-Being offer make it a whole lot easier for the workplace to offer wellbeing to their employees! They program the full day using their network of the very best teachers, manage all of the internal promotion of the event, manage all class sign-ups, provision of equipment & insurance and importantly evaluate the success & impact of the event to the workplace.
During Work-Well-Being’s event there where 2 yoga classes,2 meditation sessions an inspirational talk on How to Manage Work Stress and individual Health Coaching consultations. Chi happily sent over a load of coconut water to keep everyone hydrated and energized – the perfect drink to have at hand for these activities! Here are a few photos from the event – a total success with some great feedback to both Chi and Work-Well-Being.
We hope you enjoyed the event if you went and if not really recommend attending the next one! To find out how, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes: At the bottom of your smoothie glass place the chia seeds, lime and berries & mush with a spoon before leaving to sit for 10 mins. Stir ever few minutes until a gel like texture is formed. In a blender blitz the banana, Chi coconut milk, peanut butter and vanilla for a few minutes. Pour over the raspberry jelly. Enjoy!
2 Tbsp. chocolate or vanilla protein powder (optional)
1Tbsp. nut butter (optional)
Notes: If you want to make your smoothie even thicker, freeze your Chi chocolate milk in an use cube tray prior to making.
… We hope you enjoy making all of these delicious smoothies! For any ingredients you need from us just head over to our website to stock up. http://www.chilondon.com 🙂
Bircher muesli with chocolate coconut milk
The key to the perfect Bircher museli is to soak the oats overnight to achieve a chewier consistency. This improves the digestion and the absorption of this nutrient dense muesli. We wanted to try this super power breakfast using our own products – and doesn’t chocolate flavoured Bircher muesli sound a great idea?!
Our chocolate coconut milk gives you that taste without the guilt – dairy free and rich in vitamins and minerals. We made our Bircher muesli at Chi HQ using the following recipe… go on, give it a try!
Chocolate/coconut Bircher muesli.
WHAT YOU NEED
1 cup of rolled oats.
1/2 coarsely grated apple.
2 tbsp sultanas.
2 tbsp cashews. (other nuts can be used if you prefer. Almonds and walnuts also work well!)
Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to be served cold the next morning. This works perfectly with a coffee to kick start your day! …Or a Chi espresso dairy free coconut milk 😉
Your mouth will be having a party when you try this granola bar recipe!
We are a big fan of Chefonabike the foodie biker! He has kindly shared with us his yummy granola bar recipe. All clean, healthy recipes and, of course, they have got chi coconut oil in them. Brilliant for that early morning metabolism kick start and energy boost! Chefonabike says:
‘A super healthy version of a very popular everyday snack / energy bar just got a lot better. A clean approach is essential here so instead of using butter and sugars, Chi Coconut Oil and Honey are the sticky/combining agents. Also the crunchy peanut butter provides texture and flavour to the bar. Enjoy as a breakfast or as a Pre workout (whatever your sport/activity is) fuel..also ideal as a Recovery/Post trinity food to replenish glycogen used by your muscles.’
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make your monday marvellous with a coconut matcha latte!
We love a good matcha latte and especially when there is chi coconut milk involved, even more so on a monday morning when you need an energy boost. (Or hangover remedy) So to brighten up your monday morning here’s some information on matcha and how a coconut matcha latte can make your Monday marvellous. Oh yes and we’ve thrown in a quick recipe for your convenience, (we’re so kind!).
Although matcha powder comes with a hefty price tag it also comes with a hefty amount of nutrients, perfect justification to pop to your nearest health food store and grab a pot! Unlike green tea which is the brewed tea leaves of many varieties of tea leaf from China and Japan, matcha powder is specificaly ground from tencha leaves in Japan.
The tea bushes are grown and taken great care of during the winter and just before harvesting in May the bushes are covered from sunlight. This stimulates an increase in chlorophyl levels resulting in the leaves to be a darker shade of green. This, my fellow green gods and goddesses, is how matcha powder gets its nutrient potency. This darker shade of green causes a production of amino acids like L-thiamine. This makes matcha perfect for repair and growth as it gives us a supply of ready available amino acids (think hair, skin, nails, muscles). Basically everything we need repairing to be feeling (and looking) amazing.
When we consume Matcha we consume the whole leaf as it is in powdered form. This means we get a fair share of amazing antioxidants like ECGg. Antioxidants are important as they can help prevent damage to our cells from oxidative stress and toxins we consume and produce in our body. Even better for cell repair, skin repair and long term beautifulness!
This combination of matcha, electrolyte and mineral filled coconut milk is brilliant. Drinking one of these babies regularly is a sure fire way to become the envy of your colleagues with your new annoyingly large amount of energy, just what everyone wants to see on a monday!
Chi’s marvellous monday coconut matcha latte. ♥
1 teaspoon of Matcha powder of your choice
sweetener of choice – for example Manuka honey, natural organic honey ( no chemicals here please!) or rice malt syrup/ another plant based natural sweetener if you are a vegan.
Add 2 drops of almond oil (only for extra dry skin)
Gently rub the mixture smoothing into the dry patch
Leave it to moisture in the pores for 10-20 minutes
Rinse off with a cold wet flannel
Repeat this 3-4 times a week
Fourth step enjoy your silky and soft skin.
Why use coconut oil; by Sarah Hawley.
As we have found out here at Chi, there are many uses for coconut oil. Sarah Hawley is a fitness competitor and aspiring fitness model, she definitely has the body to show for it! Like many of you out there, she swears by coconut oil. Here she tells us about her coconut oil uses and why it’s so important in her training and diet routine.
My coconut oil of choice is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s raw, unrefined and unbleached, and the coconuts are cold-pressed, which retains both the depth of flavour, and also the high nutritional content. It was also the winner of a Great Taste Award (2014).
I mostly use coconut oil to cook with. Like all saturated fats, coconut oil is heat-stable, meaning that it’s far better for you than any other processed vegetable oil that’s manufactured specifically for cooking. Most importantly it’s natural, easy to digest, and makes food feel more satisfying while adding flavour.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding coconut oil these days. So much so, that people are calling it a “superfood”. Its benefits include everything from reducing your appetite and increasing energy expenditure (which in turn helps you lose weight), to improving cholesterol levels and brain function (due to its make-up of medium chain triglycerides or MCTs). Health benefits aside though, it actually tastes great too!
Now, there’s a common misunderstanding that all saturated fats are bad for us, when in fact, we actually need a certain amount of saturated fats in our diet. They help calcium absorption, protect the liver, and helps keep our brain function and immune systems running properly.
I especially like to add a teaspoon of coconut oil into my morning coffee. I do this because it tastes amazing, but the combination of caffeine and saturated fat also gives the body a great and lasting energy boost.
More recently, I’ve found that adding it to my rice just before it’s finished cooking gives it a lovely flavour, and a hint of the exotic!
Follow Sarah here, and find more great uses for coconut oil and recipes on our blog or pinterest. Happy coconut oil cooking!
Chi at BBC Good Food Eat Well show
We had such a great weekend exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Eat Well; the show brought together healthy food brands and producers, alongside an inspirational line-up of healthy chefs and celebrities. It was an interesting 3 days to learn about new innovations in healthy food, free from products and to taste some incredible food and drinks. Customers, chefs, celebrities and exhibitors had so much fun at the show. We cannot wait for next year!
The successful bestseller of ‘Honestly Healthy Cleanse’, Natasha Corrett, came to see us on the Chi stand, to rehydrate after a busy day of demos, talks and book signings. She’s a huge fan of Chi, and we’re a huge fan of her!
Here, self-taught chef, Marcus Bean and Davina’s Team enjoying Chi Drinks.
Our amazing Chi team who stayed hydrated during the weekend with our coconut water!
Here are a few pictures from the show:
See you next year BBC Good Food Eat Well Show!
Chef on a bike tells us why he loves Chi
Who are you? My name is Mario Presi, 39 years of age, Italian by birth. I come from the Veneto region (from Padova, near Venice) in north-east Italy. I grew up in Italy, and went to Catering College where I graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Management in 1995. I moved to London in 2001 and I haven’t looked back since.
What is Chef on a bike? Chef on a bike is me. It represents who I am via my profession (chef), and my passion for cycling around the world (on a bike).
Why did you set up Chef on a bike?
I wanted to help people improve their eating habits by educating them in what to eat, and why. This is great for athletes who want to improve their performance by enhancing their nutrition, but also good for the average person who doesn’t compete in sport’s but likes to keep fit, healthy and would like to improve their way of eating.
Why Do You Love Chi’s products? One of the products I came to love almost to the point to be obsessed about it is Chi 100% Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I have tried and tested many coconut oils in the last 2 ½ years but Chi Coconut Oil has become my favourite. In fact, not only do I use and consume a 500g jar per month, but I also recommended to my clients and friends. You can use Chi Coconut Oil in your coffee, frying eggs or as a spread over toast.
Chi Coconut Water is also an item on my weekly shopping list, and it is by far my first choice.
You are an advocate of “clean eating”, can you tell us more? Clean eating means avoiding foods that are processed, artificial foods, or foods that have been genetically modified. These cause stress on your body, which can ultimately cause illnesses. Whole and unprocessed plant-based foods are full of vitamins, minerals, quality macronutrients, and antioxidants that the body needs for cellular regeneration. I prefer to eat these.
What’s the story behind your cooking? I worked for what was known at the time as Conran Restaurants, established by Sir Terence Conran and associates. I had the pleasure to work with talented individuals and amazing head chefs. I always had a soft spot for the alps and winter/snow in general. So in 2005 I decided to do my first ever ski season. I worked for Chalet Ski Companies in the best ski resorts in the Alps.
What happened after that? On my return to London I decided I wanted to be my own boss, so I became self employed and started to work for private clients, families and corporates creating bespoke catering events. Dinner parties and cooking lessons were the main services I offered.
How did you get introduced to cycling? My cycling career started back in 1985 when I participated at the FIAC BMX World Championships making the A Final. From there on I raced all over Italy winning 6 Italian National Titles in both BMX 20″ and Cruiser 24″, 4th place in the 1989 World Cup, Podium finishes at European Races and in 1992 a prestigious European Title. I raced BMX in Italy, until 1999.
In 2008 I joined a BMX club in London and got into shape by training hard. I started competing again and after a few seasons I won the British Championships in 2011, British National title in 2012 and a 4th place at the World Championships 2012 in Birmingham.
How did you bring your passion of food and cycling together? My interest in food and the knowledge I gained in all my years as a professional chef, triggered an ever growing need to understand the importance of a balanced diet for athletes. In 2012, I started to read food / nutrition articles on the web and that kick started the need to know more about nutrition and WHY specific ingredients are a boost for athletes performance. I understood the importance to eat a more natural, organic (mostly plant based) whole food diet rather than a conventional omnivorous diet.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Mario! Now to share this amazing recipe with our followers…
Chef on a bike’s Clean and Super Nutritious Porridge
Ingredients: 1 cup of unsweetened Chi Coconut Milk
1/2 organic GF porridge oats
1 pinch cinnamon
2 tsp Chi Coconut Oil
2 tsp smooth (or crunchy) almond butter
1 tsp ground flax seeds
1/2 banana sliced
Pour the milk in a small non stick sauce pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Tuned the heat down, add the oats and the cinnamon and stir gently. Put the lid on and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a medium to large bowl of your choice, place the almond butter and the Chi coconut oil at the bottom then pour over the porridge. Top with fresh fruit and flax seeds and enjoy this super healthy, warming, nutrient dense breakfast that will keep your body fuelled for a few hours 🙂
We may believe that “health is wealth” here at Chi, but we also believe that treating yourself is just as important too…
Pancake Day is the perfect excuse to indulge, and honestly, you can have so much fun with it. Steer clear of chocolate spread, lemon and sugar, and get inventive in the kitchen instead.
This glorious Chocolate Chia Pancake recipe is a great place to start. It’s loaded with chocolate, but also has a healthy, wholesome kick to it. It’s both naughty, and nice, and we promise you’ll be the envy of all your friends!
Chocolate Chia Pancakes with Spiced Plums
Makes 8 medium-sized pancakes.
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp chocolate, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup gluten free flour
1 tbsp corn meal
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 large egg
3/4 cup Chi Coconut Milk (add more if the batter is too thick)
1 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
10-15 small plums, peeled, pitted and quartered
1 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt
Half a cinnamon stick
In a pan, combine 1 tbsp sugar with about 2 tbsp water. Add the quartered plums and cook on medium-low heat.
While the plums are cooking, in a large bowl, whisk together the cacao powder, cocoa powder, brown sugar, chia seeds, gluten free flour, salt, and corn meal.
Whisk in the egg and almond milk. If the batter is still too thick, add some more almond milk (should run easily off of the spoon).
Finally, stir in the melted chocolate.
Add the coconut oil to a large frying pan and heat on a medium-high heat. Pour small amounts of the batter onto the pan (maybe 2-3 spoonfuls at a time) to form the pancakes. Cook on each side for about 2mins.
By the time you are done making the pancakes, the plums will have cooked down nicely.
Top your pancakes with the spiced plums and serve with honey or maple syrup. Dig in!
A day in the life of a top stand up paddle boarder
For the last 3 years, Chi has sponsored one of the UK’s top stand up paddle boarders, Pete Holliday. Pete competes nationally and internationally in both long distance endurance races on SUP and Outrigger Canoes, as well as surfing for fun as much as possible.
We caught up with Pete to find out about his active lifestyle, and how coconuts and Chi fit into his daily routine.
So, you’re a big fan of coconuts, right? Pete: “Absolutely! Coconuts, in one form or another, play a huge part in my healthy lifestyle. They literally are the most magical fruit on the planet.”
We totally agree! So, how do coconuts and Chi fit into your routine? Pete: “I’m a morning person for sure, especially in the summer – I like to rise with the sun. From Spring until Autumn, when the light is with us, I rise to the sound of my alarm at 5am. I’ll grab my training gear, and a carton of Chi Coconut Water, and be out on the water by around 5.30am for hard intervals or a long distance training session lasting around 1 to 1.5hrs. “
Wow! That’s pretty early… Pete: “Well, I’m lucky enough to live just 2 minutes from the beautiful sandy beach of Boscombe near Bournemouth where I do most of my training. A stunning part of the world right on my doorstep.”
We’re jealous! Tell us more… Pete: “After training and hitting the shower, I moisturise with my home made recipe, Chi Coconut Oil scented with some organic cedar & sandalwood oil to make it masculine & fresh. Then it’s time to grab a quick breakfast. If I have time, there’s no beating a good solid cooked breakfast. If I’m in a rush, it’s a smoothie, typically a mix of Chi Coconut milk, a spoon of Chi Coconut Oil, half an avocado, a good glug of organic raw double cream, a couple of raw egg yolks and a sprinkle of organic raw cacao powder. Bang it through the blender & hey presto!”
Sounds delicious. How else do you use Chi products in your recipes? Pete: “One thing I can’t leave the house without is coffee. I’m officially a coffee geek with a rather fine collection of modern and antique espresso machines and paraphernalia. Many years ago I used to have sugar in every coffee, but as part of a major change in my diet and lifestyle, I more or less dropped sugar of any form from my diet. Coconut oil was my saviour in espresso. It might sound a little strange but it really smoothes out the taste & provides a nice hit of medium chain fatty acids too. Try it & see, I’ve converted a lot of people over the years!”
Ah yes, the wondrous bulletproof coffee. It’s pretty popular here in London! So, what about lunch? Pete: “Lunch for me is usually left overs from dinner, all real food (not processed), locally sourced, home cooked and never microwaved! I’m a big meat eater, which isn’t for everyone, but I source carefully and have a fantastic independent, local butcher who sells organic meat raised and slaughtered within my home county of Dorset.”
“If I need a snack during the day then coconuts often come to hand again, they are an excellent source of energy. I buy them whole, drain the water (which of course I drink) and then break them open to get the white ‘meat’. Diced up, it keeps hunger at bay for hours. “
We’re starting to think you like coconuts even more than we do! Where does your love come from? Pete: “I’m blessed to have travelled a lot of the world, particularly across Asia where coconuts are a great little meal and taste so good when still green and freshly cut from the tree right there and then. You pay pennies for them. I always try and get a local kid to get me one to give them some pocket money.”
Tell us more about your rigorous training routine. Pete: “I train typically 6 days a week and a few of those are two sessions a day. If I have a hard morning session then I might switch it up and so some yoga in the evening to keep good mobility, strength and balance. I definitely don’t just paddle, mixing up training is so important to me to maintain motivation so I throw in swimming sessions, hill sprints, bike rides, weights circuits and balance sessions to keep things interesting. Most importantly, if there are waves I’m surfing!”
That’s impressive! What about your other hobby, outrigger canoe paddling? Pete: “Outrigger canoe paddling is an ancient sport which originated in Polynesia thousands of years ago. You sit in a small lightweight canoe, with a smaller ‘float’ on one side like a stabiliser. Used for paddling open ocean, they are an amazing craft for escaping from everyone! I’ll often head several kilometres out to sea- a chance to catch some peace and really appreciate the nature around me. We get dolphins and seals regularly coming to say hi in Bournemouth and this summer thousands of huge jellyfish. You just don’t get to experience that kind of thing running on a treadmill in a gym.”
Sounds like heaven… Pete: “It mostly is, but funnily enough, coconut oil has played a rather embarrassing (but valuable) part in my canoe paddling. Sometimes, after really long paddles, you get tender skin sores in delicate places (let’s leave that there)… coconut oil, with its antibacterial qualities, really helps heal sore skin as well as protecting against future rash. Coconut’s healing properties are so good I even used it to heal my tattoos instead of chemical based substitutes.”
Great tip! So, lastly, how do you like to end your day? Pete: “After evening training, it’s time to cook a good feast at home and settle down on the sofa to catch my breath. If I fancy a bit of desert then I whip up a quick bowl of organic natural yogurt and Chi coconut milk, sprinkled with organic desiccated coconut.”
That sounds incredible. Thanks for catching up with us Pete! We wish you all the best for 2015.
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
A healthy alternative to cranberry sauce, with no refined sugar added.
Author: Knead to Cook
Ingredients: 8 cups of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup
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
Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts
come together in a fresh Autumn salad.
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
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
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
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
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.
Healthy Winter Breakfast
Next week, Chi will be supporting the launch of Lisa Roukin‘s amazing new cookbook My Relationship with Food. Lisa is a passionate, cordon bleu chef who enjoys creating healthy, gluten-free free recipes, that often contain little to no refined sugars or dairy products.
Lisa uses plenty of coconut products in her cookbook, and has been kind enough to share her Coconut Porridge recipe with us. This warming bowl of coconutty goodness makes for the perfect, healthy winter breakfast. Lisa says, “this is a must try porridge. It’s healthy, nutritious, and a good source of potassium, not just from the banana but also from the coconut water. The oats in porridge help to lower cholesterol levels if eaten regularly over a sustained period of time, and are a good source of fibre and protein.” Lisa also suggests experimenting with different toppings like chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries or cashew butter. Yum!
Benefits of porridge oats:
Slow release energy – Porridge oats have a very low Glycaemic Index, which means they are slowly absorbed into the body’s blood stream. This not only gives a long gradual release of energy and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable but it also keeps you full much longer than other breakfasts.
Packed full of goodness – Porridge oats contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre and calcium.
High in protein – Porridge has the highest protein content of any cereal. It’s oats contain around 10g of protein for each 100g serving.
Don’t have time to whip up a hot, healthy brekky? Introducing Oats + Chia. This tiny, tasty packet is full of goodness and contains wholegrain oats, sun ripened chia seeds, high quality fruit and virgin coconut oil (yay!). Just add hot water!
CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BREAD RECIPE
We absolutely love this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe from the Minimalist Baker… In fact, we just LOVE the Minimalist Baker! Husband and wife team, John and Dana, created The Minimalist Baker as “a space for simple, delicious food” which often uses 7 ingredients or less. Their site features a wide range of recipes, which cater for everyone. They also have a section called “one bowl” which is where we found this mouthwatering, Vegan and Gluten Free, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bread recipe…Not only can you make this wonderful recipe using just one bowl, but you can also use TWO dairy free, Chi ingredients; Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk and Chi Coconut Oil.
CREDIT: John and Dana, The Minimalist Baker | http://minimalistbaker.com/ @minimalistbaker
Ingredient suggestions from Chi…
Chi Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk
National Chocolate Week: Healthy Chocolate Recipes
It’s the nations favourite week, and we’re here to make you feel a little less guilty about indulging! National Chocolate Week (Oct 13th-19th 2014) is the UK’s biggest Chocolate celebration, culminating with The Chocolate Show, at Olympia London between the 17th and 19th Oct. Hundreds of events are expected to take place with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants, all taking part. Although chocolate is generally considered unhealthy, many of you will know that chocolate in its rawest form, Cacao, is actually thought to be a superfood. Cacao has one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavanols and contains many vital vitamins and minerals. When combined with cacao butter and coconut oil, Cacao becomes raw chocolate. It is these ingredients that are used by many healthy chocolate brands, like Conscious Chocolate and Ombar , to create dairy-free, gluten-free and guilt-free chocolate. Another great thing about raw chocolate, is that it is SO easy to make at home! Why not give it a go with two of our favourite guilt-free chocolate recipes: Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles, and Healthy Homemade Nutella!? Enjoy! 🙂
Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles
Made using raw chocolate, these Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles are crunchy on the outside, and perfectly creamy and salty-sweet on the inside. Author: Minimalist Baker (Please note: we have altered the recipe to include raw cacao) Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 20 INGREDIENTS
240g Medjool dates, pitted
2.5 Tbsp melted coconut oil – divided
3/4 tsp sea salt
60g natural salted peanut butter (creamy is best, but crunchy works, too)
80g raw cacao butter
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup
METHOD 1. If your dates aren’t sticky and super moist when squeezed, soak in hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Then drain thoroughly and pit. Otherwise, just pit and add to food processor. 2. Add 1 TBSP melted coconut oil and mix. If it’s not quite combining, drizzle in warm water a little at a time – 1 tsp – scraping down sides as needed, and mix until a rough paste or ball forms. If you add too much water it will be difficult to handle them later as they won’t freeze up well. 3. Lastly, add 3/4 tsp sea salt and mix once more to incorporate. Taste and adjust saltiness level if desired. 4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until no longer warm and pliable enough to scoop into balls. 5. Using a small melon baller or a Tablespoon and finger, scoop out small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for another 20-30 minutes to set. 6. Add peanut butter and 1/2 TBSP coconut oil to a small mixing bowl and microwave to melt (or heat in a small saucepan). 7. Remove truffles from freezer and drizzle with warmed peanut butter. Freeze again for another 30 minutes, or until the peanut butter has formed a semi-firm “shell.” 8. Prepare the raw chocolate by melting 80g cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of water on a low heat. Once melted add 4 tbsp cacao powder and the sweetener (maple syrup or agave) to taste and mix well with a metal whisk. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1 tbsp coconut oil. 9. Remove truffles from freezer and, using a fork, scoop truffles up and quickly immerse in chocolate, using a small spoon to drizzle chocolate evenly on top. Then gently shake off excess chocolate and place back on parchment-lined baking sheet. 10. Top with a small sprinkle of sea salt (optional), and repeat until all truffles are coated. 11. Place back in freezer or fridge to set – about 30 minutes. Serve straight from the freezer or fridge. Let set out for 15-20 minutes to soften. Store in a freezer-safe container in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. Makes about 20 truffles.
Healthy Homemade Nutella
Nutella is one of the most popular spreads in the world. It’s gorgeously smooth texture, and chocolatey/nutty flavour make it almost addictive! Sadly, the ingredients are somewhat less desirable however. With the first ingredient being sugar, and the second palm oil, there is plenty to feel guilty about when consuming Nutella. Luckily, we found plenty of healthy alternatives! Now you can create your own, without feeling the guilt: Author: Anne MarieVegan, Gluten Free Makes: Approx. 340g INGREDIENTS
30g cocoa/raw cacao powder
2 tbs. melted coconut oil
75ml pure maple syrup
2 tsp. real vanilla extract
1-4 tsp. water
METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°/Gas Mark 4 2. Roast the hazelnuts for 10 minutes. Cool the hazelnuts and remove the skins. You can do this by pressing on them with your hand, using a rolling motion. If the skins are stubborn, submerge the nuts in water and then peel them. As the skins come off, place each hazelnut in a food processor 3. Process the hazelnuts in a food processor for about a minute, until it has a fine crumb texture 4. Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and one teaspoon of water. Process to combine the ingredients. If it’s too thick, add water one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached 5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for several weeks.
Happy National Chocolate Week!
Autumn Sweet Potato and Coconut Oil Recipes
Today marks the 1st October, one of our favourite months. Not only do we get all the excitement of Halloween, we get all those beautiful Autumn colours and foods too! Namely, autumn/winter vegetables! Amongst our favourites of these seasonal autumnal vegetables, is the sweet potato; an extremely bright, delicious and versatile veg, packed with vitamins and minerals.
The sweet potato can be boiled, baked, roasted and fried, just like a normal potato, and tastes particularly good when cooked in Coconut Oil. The health benefits of Coconut Oil are plenty, and it’s a much healthier alternative to most other cooking oils. See: The Lowdown on Coconut Oil to find out more.
To celebrate the beginning of Autumn, here’s some of our favourite Sweet Potato and Coconut Oil recipes to keep you healthy and warm this October…
Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with lime zest.
Ingredients: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 red onions, diced 2 gloves garlic, crushed 1 green chilli, diced 1″ fresh ginger, grated 1 large sweet potato, chopped 5 large carrots, peeled and chopped 1Tbsp vegan vegetable and gluten free stock Salt and pepper A fresh boiled kettle of water Optional basil leaf for decoration
Method: Set a large pan over a low heat add the coconut oil, once melted add onions, garlic and chilli and cook for 3-5 minutes until softened. Add the potato and carrots and grated ginger to the pan, stir for a minute or so then pop in the stock and stir for a further minute. Pour over a kettle full of boiled water (roughly about 1.6L) and season with a little salt and pepper, I never go over board with the seasoning and let who ever is eating the soup add more to their preference.Turn up the heat and bring the soup to the boil, once it’s bubbling lower the heat back down and simmer for 40 minutes. Check the veg is soft then take soup off the heat and let it cool for 30 minutes or so before blending. Enjoy with some crusty bread or some buttered rice cakes.
Coconut Water Recipes for Kids
We all know that it can be tough to get children to eat their “five a day” without a fuss. It is also tricky to find nutritious, fun and tasty snacks/drinks, that aren’t loaded with sugar. Luckily, our flavoured coconut waters could be just what you and your children need.
With no added sugar, and a recent increase in the amount of natural fruit added, our fruity coconut waters are 100% child-friendly and taste better than ever.
They’re pretty versatile too! Here’s just a few simple coconut water-based recipes that you can try at home with your kids. They’re colourful, cost effective and bound to put the fun back into fruits…
Fruity Coconut Water Ice Lollies
Note: This recipe requires ice pop moulds. These are usually fairly cheap and can be purchased from most large supermarkets, or online on eBay or Amazon. Alternatively, you can make your own using plastic cups and lolly sticks.
For simple, fruity ice lollies, pour Chi Coconut Water & Pineapple, Chi Coconut Water & Mango or Chi Coconut Water & TropicalFruits into your molds and leave to set in the freezer over night. Serve and enjoy!
For more colourful ice lollies (with extra goodness!) use any of the above Coconut Waters or Chi 100% Pure Coconut Water, and add sliced fruits. It is useful to use smaller fruits like kiwis, strawberries or blueberries so that they fit nicely in the molds. Leave to set in the freezer over night.
Fruity Ice Cubes
This recipe is perfect for encouraging your children to drink more water. Pour Chi Coconut Water into ice cube molds and add small, sliced fruits. Leave to set in the freezer overnight.
Add to water for a nutritious pop of colour!
Coconut Water Slush
Blend 330ml of your chosen Chi Coconut Water together with a handful of ice and a handful of fruit (the sweeter the better!)
Serve to your children in their favourite cup, add a colorful straw, and put your feet up for five minutes. 🙂
Coconut Oil Recipes for Fitness
Allow us to introduce you to our favourite fitness couple…
Who are they? Ashy & Sophia, from Manchester. A couple that train together, lift together, and most importantly, eat together.
Why do we love them?
Sophia’s interest in nutrition, combined with Ashy’s strong (excuse the pun) background in fitness means that we regularly receive incredible new recipes to try! They absolutely love Chi, and always incorporate our products into their healthy, fitness food. In turn, we love following them on social media and seeing what they’re up to. They definitely give us motivation to get down to the gym after work!
What do they do?
Other than posting workout videos, and cute fitness couple pics, Ashy & Sophia also post a number of gorgeous looking recipes to aid your fitness and training workouts. They’re always packed with nutrients, and NEVER boring! We’ve included a few of our favourites below using our very own Chi Coconut Oil, but make sure you head to their website: http://www.liftusfitness.com/the-lifters/ and follow them on social media to discover many more.
Hemp Scottish Rudeberry Pancakes
Pancakes: 1 drop vanilla essence
1 scoop vanilla soya protein (My Protein)
4 tsp hemp seeds
90g buck wheat
1 egg white
Large handful chopped blueberries
175ml Rude health brown rice drink
Topping: ½ tsp Stevia
1 tsp agave honey
Large handful blueberries
Cook in Chi Coconut Oil
Recipe: Place buckwheat and 50ml brown rice drink into pan. Simmer pan and keep adding the rice drink until the buckwheat is soft (around 7-10minutes). If you have some rice drink left over or not used all of it that is fine! Just add to mixture! Let cool for 5 minutes and then blend with hemp seeds, egg white, vanilla essence and protein powder. The mixture should be smooth but thick! (The pancakes are Scottish themed nice and thick)
Heat pan and add 1 tsp of chi coconut oil. The pan needs to be heated for 1-2 minutes before you start so its nice and hot! Once you have added the mixture smooth to a circle shape and then sprinkle a few chopped frozen blueberries on top. Be careful for flying blueberries when you flip!
Topping: heat blueberries, honey and stevia all in a pan with 20ml boiling water and 1 tsp of chi coconut oil. Simmer until smooth. Pour over pancakes and add a few extra hemp seeds and serve! 🙂
Garlic Paprika Prawn Dish
Ingredients: 1 tsp paprika
Handful chopped parsley or coriander
2 garlic cloves
1-2 tsp of Chi Coconut Oil
8-10 king prawns – de-shelled
Add 2 tsp of coconut oil to pan, and add garlic let this simmer to garlic reduces. Add the prawns, paprika and chopped herbs. Then place under the grill for 3-4 minutes for extra crunch.
Serve and enjoy with home-made gluten free crusty bread.
Thanks for your continued support Liftus Fitness! Keep liftin’. 🙂
Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie
A pre-or-post workout smoothie is the quickest and easiest way to pack in essential nutrients that your body needs before and after a workout. A liquid snack before hitting the gym can provide the body the fuel it needs to gain muscle and burn fat, and won’t be too heavy on your stomach.
After a workout, a protein drink can help build stronger muscles and speed up muscle recovery time. Protein can also help to rebuild the body throughout the day.
Whey Protein is probably the most popular form of protein powder, however it contains dairy, and not everyone can stomach dairy. Luckily, there are plenty of Vegan and dairy free options on the market now. We recommend trying protein substitutes like hemp, rice, or pea, and milk substitutes like coconut, rice, oats or almond.
Our Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie is made using Pulsin Rice Protein which is raw and contains 8g of Protein per serving. Drink this 60-90 minutes before or after a workout for a tasty, nutritious and energising boost.
Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie
1 x 330ml Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
1-2 servings (10-20g) Pulsin Rice Protein (or protein powder of your choice – please check recommended serving on back of pack)
1 x Banana
Chia Seeds (optional)
Chop your banana into small chunks and pop into a blender. Add your protein powder, and pour over a carton of Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk. Blend until smooth.
Serve over ice, or pop into your favourite shaker. Finish with a sprinkle of Chia Seeds.