The essential vitamins for
a Healthy Winter!

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

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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 

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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

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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 

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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.

Where to find it?

Halibut, nuts, peanut butter, spinach, oatmeal, beans, lentils.

Vitamin E 

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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 

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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. 

Eat your fruit –
juice your veggies!

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

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

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

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

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

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How to enter ?

It is really easy, all you need to do:

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

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

Here are our links:

Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

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

 

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.

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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.

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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

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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
5/6 raspberries

Optional ingredients:
blueberries / kiwis / acai berry powder / chia seeds

Method:
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 🙂

 

For more information, follow Mario: @chefonabike