Just Eat Right Cafe Pop
Up Sunday 5th June

The Just Eat Right Cafe is a healthy eating cafe focused on providing you with the right combination of foods to achieve that healthy balance when it comes to nutrition. All of their dishes are based around vegan and vegetarian food, but they still cater for you meat eaters with an organic range of fish and chicken to add to your dish if you want!

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The cafe’s first pop up event is on Sunday 5th June 2016. Come down and kickstart your summer at Cargo in Shoreditch for a day filled with healthy eating, music, fitness classes and much more. Imagine a relaxed BBQ vibe but with only healthy, guilt-free food. Chi products will be available all day at the popup, so if you fancy nourishing your body with our products and some healthy food then come down to the Just Eat Right Cafe this weekend!

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On the day you will be able to try the cafe’s very first menu of healthy food options. In addition, there will be 7 fitness classes on offer including yoga, tabata, boxing, HiiT training and zumba. The classes will be conducted in a fun night club style setting for you to enjoy and will be taught by qualified fitness instructors. To gain entry to the class you will need to get a ticket for each individual class of your choice. If your name is not on the class list you will not get into the session, so choose your class and get your ticket in advance to take part in the fun!

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Click here if you are interested in buying tickets for this exciting event. Please note that Cargo does not allow anyone under the age of 18 into the venue so please bring your ID to avoid disappointment on the day. The event will be held from 11am to 6pm. We can’t wait to see you all there!

#Make Baobab Famous –
Our favourite recipes!

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

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

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

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

Check these out!

 

Red Baobab Coconut smoothie.

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Ingredients:

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

2 or 3 tsp Aduna Baobab powder

A handful of Raspberries

4 tsp of Chia seeds

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together.

Health benefits:

– Hydration

– Immune function

– Skin health

Coconut Mango oatmeal.

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Ingredients:

45g oatmeal

150ml Chi Coconut Milk

1 tsp Aduna Baobab powder

40g  diced Mango

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

Method:

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

Health benefits:

– Energy

– Immune function

– Improved digestion

– Lower cholesterol levels

 

THE best foods for
the best sleep!

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

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

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

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

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

Here we reveal our favourite..

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1. SLOW-RELEASE CARBS 

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

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

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

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

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

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2. PROTEIN 

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

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

‘Melatonin in particular is needed for good sleep.’

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

 3. PUMPKIN SEEDS

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

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

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4.  COCONUT WATER

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

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

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

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5. ZINC

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

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

6. HERBAL TEAS

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

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

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Summer
#GetfitwithChi

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

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

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

Summer #GetfitwithChi Challenge 1 

Repeat 3 TIMES

30 seconds sprint

50 jumping jacks 30 sprint

20 lunges each leg

20lunges

 

15 Burpees

15Burpees

25 Squats

25 squat

10 push ups

Option 1 (beginner)

10push

Option 2 (advance)

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30 seconds mountain climber

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

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

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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

National Breakfast
Week Recipes

We think National Breakfast Week might just be our favourite week of the year! If you’ve been following us on Instagram, then you’ll know why, as this week we’ve been whipping up some healthy breakfasts that are not only delicious, but nutritious too.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we believe that it should NEVER be boring. So check out our recipes below, and wow your loved ones this weekend with a tasty breakfast. (You can thank us later!)

Raw Cacao Pops aka “Healthy Coco Pops”

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Makes 4/5 servings

Ingredients:
400g Raw Sprouted Buckweat (we used Planet Organic’s)
2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tsp baobab or lucuma (we used Aduna Baobab)

Optional:
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp cacao nibs

Method:
Mix coconut oil and buckwheat in a large bowl. Add the cacao powder and baobab, and stir to ensure the buckwheat is evenly coated. (Optional: add maple syrup to taste, and cacao nibs for extra goodness and crunch.)

Serve with chopped bananas and a generous splash of Chi 100% Dairy Free Coconut Milk

(Tip: store the remainder of your cacao pops in a clean and empty coconut oil jar, or your leftover buckwheat pouch. We love recycling!)

Chi Chocolate Porridge

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Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
500ml Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
2 bananas (mashed)
1 cup porridge oats
1 tsp baobab
1 tbsp cacao nibs
Handful goji berries

Method:
Add the porridge oats, mashed bananas and Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk to a pan, and stir over a medium heat. Once the mixture starts to bubble, add the baobab and goji berries. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Serve with a sprinkling of cacao nibs, and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Pancakes by Liftus Fitness

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Ingredients:
50g gluten free flour
1/2 banana
1 scoop protein powder (we used white choc BULK POWDERS)
10ml salted caramel Jordans skinny syrup
1 egg white
50ml Chi Coconut Milk (may need more depending how thick protein powder is)

Method:
Blend all ingredients together, and cook in Chi Coconut Oil

For the sauce:
1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil, 1 tsp peanut butter, 20ml salted caramel syrup – heat on a low heat keep stirring! Then, in 5 ml salted caramel syrup and 1/2 tsp coconut oil fry your bananas.

Serve with sauce and bananas on top, and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.

#NationalBreakfastWeek