What is oil pulling and
why you should do it

Have you ever heard of oil pulling? Did you ask yourself what it is and why people are doing it? No? Well, then this post will bring some clarity.

Oil pulling is a method to do mouth cleansing in a natural way. It is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice and has been used in coconut producing countries for hundreds of years.

You can do oil pulling with different kinds of oil but it is mostly done with coconut oil. We at Chi also use coconut oil for our oil pulling, which is organic, raw, virgin and cold-pressed. It has a lot of benefits and is pleasant to the taste. Moreover, coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties, which is very advantageous when doing oil pulling.

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You mainly do oil puling to receive a better oral hygiene and get rid of bacteria in your mouth. The method to do it is very simple and easy. You just have to swish the coconut oil in your mouth for around 20 minutes. Do this preferably in the morning before you eat or drink anything. After that, you spit it out into the trash or toilet. Don’t swallow it! The oil should look milky and be watery now. If it isn’t, you didn’t swish it long enough. You shouldn’t spit it into the sink as it contains all the toxins from your mouth. Furthermore, you don’t want to clog your sink drain. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with warm sea salt water, as it will kill any lingering bacteria. But that is optional. What you definitely have to do is to brush your teeth afterwards!

You not only receive a better oral hygiene by doing oil pulling. There are more benefits coming with it. Some examples are a better breath and better overall hygiene in the mouth, whiter teeth, the healing of bleeding gums, better skin or the detoxification of your body. But as already said, these are just some examples out of a lot.                                                                 Furthermore, coconut oil also contains a lot of vitamins that are easily digestible. It provides you with vitamin A, D, E and K.

If you want to have visible results, you should do oil pulling for at least two weeks. The Chi Oil Pulling kit is available in a two-week course, a four-week course or a six-week course. As you should do the oil pulling every day, the courses contain one sachet for every day. After a few days you will see the first results and you will notice the benefits.

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If you have never tried oil pulling before, you should now! We have listed the benefits and it is so easy to integrate it into your daily routine. Oil pulling is the natural and healthy way compared to all the other chemical methods, which are more harmful than helping. So if you want to give your body a treat, try oil pulling.

What is organic extra
virgin coconut oil?

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

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

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Extraction

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

How to distinguish?

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

Benefits

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

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

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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!

 

PRIZE

 

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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)
  • 2x Chi Raw Coconut Oil jars
  • 4x Raw Gorilla Munchies (Cacao & Lucuma, Maca & Cinnamon, Baobab, Apricot & Tigernut, Lemon, Lucuma & Coconut)
  • 1x Original Crispies with Tigernuts

 

HOW TO ENTER

As always our rules are pretty simple, all you need to do is:

 

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.

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 superfoodsIt takes less than 5 minutes to make these recipes, perfect when you are in a rush!

  Green Porridge

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barley grass

oats

chia seeds

Chi coconut milk

peanut butter

ginger

Cacao Porridge 

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oats

Chi coconut milk

cacao nibs

protein powder

 Protein Porridge

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Chi Coconut milk

protein powder

Chia Seed Porridge

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oats

Chi coconut oil

barley grass

chia seeds

 Almond Porridge

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protein powder

oats

almond milk

Chi coconut oil

chia seeds

 Peanut Butter Porridge

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oats

chia seeds

peanut butter

Chi coconut milk 

 Chocolate Porridge

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Chi chocolate coconut milk

oats

chia seeds  

 Coco Porridge

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Chi coconut milk

chia seeds

coyo yogurt 

What are
Superfoods?

The last few years, we’ve seen a lot of foods labeled ‘superfoods’, but what are superfoods? There is no legal or medical definition. It’s generally accepted that superfoods contain high levels of much-needed vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Eating them may  help prevent diseases  and they make you healthier and aid weight loss too.

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Here is your 10 best superfoods:

 

1. ACAI

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The acai berry contains antioxidants, substances that fight harmful molecules, known as one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat in olive oil.

2. ALMOND

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Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats; much research now links this type of fat with a reduced risk of heart disease. These nuts are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which help to protect against UV light damage and Alzheimer’s disease.

3. CACAO

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Who’d have thought?! Raw chocolate contains many important vitamins and minerals including:

  • Magnesium, and other essential minerals including calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese
  • Polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties
  • Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E
  • Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
  • Protein
  • Fibre

4. GREEN TEA

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Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants, notably catechins.
5. COCONUT
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Coconut contains properties that can prevent, or even cure, a wide range of ailments from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Especially coconut oil which has so many benefits such as:
  • Protects against heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and lowering the ratio of bad and good cholesterol.
  • Helps treat malnutrition because it is easy to digest and absorb.
  • Kills disease-causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts and viruses because of the antimicrobial effects of its fatty acids.
  • Helps diabetics by slowing sugar release into the bloodstream.
  • Prevents strokes and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  • Boosts metabolism and increases energy because it is more likely to be burned as fuel than stored as body fat.

Our raw coconut water  is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients too.

6. SALMON

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Salmon is a superfood because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that seems to decrease the risk of heart disease. 

7. KALE

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 The health benefits of kale go well beyond providing a truckload of vitamins and minerals; this superfood is packed with phytonutrients such as glucosinolates and flavonoids as well. Thanks to its broad nutritional profile, kale is thought to help fight cardiovascular disease, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis; to prevent several types of cancer and pre-mature aging of the skin; and to promote the health of the urinary tract.


8. QUINOA


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Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa is high in fibre and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium.

9. LENTIL

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Lentils are rich in complex carbohydrates, a nutrient that boosts the metabolism and helps the body to burn fat. They are an excellent source of fibre, which can help reduce cholesterol levels. Lentils are also an outstanding source of folate and magnesium.

10. GREEK YOGURT

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Yogurt is actually cultured milk that is thickened by healthy bacteria. Lactic acid is produced and this process thickens the yogurt and creates the tart flavour. It can help to maintain a healthy digestive tract, as well as reduce high blood pressure and promote a healthy heart.

 

Healthy meal
plan #GetFitWithChi

We all know when it comes to our diet it can be a crazy rollercoaster. You go through a phase of eating super healthy and restricting your calories for a week, which then leads to a downfall spiral in overindulging in all the naughty foods that make our waistlines grow. We’ve all been there, when it comes to summer, this is usually the case, and as the summer holidays are creeping up, the fad diets start to come into play.

At Chi HQ, we believe we can keep up a healthy momentum, not just for the summer, but also as a lifestyle change. This starts by making sure you have the right balance of foods in your diet. Not only is a healthy diet the main driver to weightloss or maintaining weight, it provides us with all the nutrition our body needs, and is the magic medicine to keeping us look radiant, happy and full of energy!

As part of the summer running #GetFitWithChi we have put together a healthy 1 week- meal plan to keep you on track to maintaining a healthy diet, and that  means no skipping meals or crazy calorie restrictions. So now you can say goodbye to yo-yoing and see the change in fuelling your body the healthy and right way! If you have a busy schedule and feel this may be difficult to follow, a  Chi tip is also to pre-prepare everything in advance for the week 😉  

We would love to know how this meal plan works for you, so post your photos or comments with #GetFitWithChi.

Meal 1 – Breakfast

Option 1:  50g Porridge Oats + 50ml Chi Coconut Milk or Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk +Topping

Option 2:  50g Porridge Oats  + Greek yoghurt + topping

Option 3:  1 slice of Whole meal bread toasted + spread some Chi coconut oil on the toast+ egg 

*See more Breakfast recipes here *

 

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Toppings (optional)

  • Handful of blueberries
  • Half a chopped banana
  • Sprinkle of chopped nuts or granola
  • A small packet of The Giving Tree snacks
  • 1 Tblspn Peanut Butter

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Meal 2 – Lunch

Option 1: Salad + a little broth soup (avoid creamy salad dressings or creamy soups)

  • Salad dressing (optional): Balsamic Vinegar or 1 Tbspn Olive oil, garlic, sea salt and see more here.

Option 2:  salad + a piece of white meat or fish 

Option 3: Sushi + a little broth soup

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 Snack options (choose 1)

  • 1 raw fruit
  • 1 packet of The GivingTree snacks
  • 1 boiled egg
  • handful of nuts
  • Hummus or peanut butter & carrot/celery/cucumber sticks
  • Half Avacado on 1 slice of whole meal bread topped with sea salt, pepper and smoked paprika/chilli flakes (optional)
  • Chi Iced Lollies, see the recipe here  

 

Meal 3 – Dinner

Option1: Jacket Potato

  •  1 skinless chicken breast/beef or tuna steak/salmon
  • Seasoned to taste (avoid cheese and cream)
  • Mixed roasted vegetables coated with 1tbsp Chi Coconut Oil 
  •  1 small baked sweet potato

*Vegetarian – substitute meat with tofu, lentils, quorn or a large sweet potato*

 

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Option 2: Savoury eggs 

Ingredients

• 2 egg whites and 3 yolks from free range eggs

• A handful of chopped cherry tomatoes

• 1⁄2 chopped white onion

• 1 clove of garlic crushed

• 1 tbsp of Chi coconut oil

• A handful of spinach

Method

  • Sautee onion and coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat until translucent.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add the tomatoes, spinach and garlic, stir around with the onions.
  • Add the egg mixture on top.
  • Cook until the bottom of the omelette is bronzed, flip in half, cook for another 30 seconds and serve.

 Desert (choose 1)

 

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The natural way to
whiten your teeth

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.

Directions

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.

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***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!

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!

 

Rainbow Salad

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Coconut Chia Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 14 Ozs Chi Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp  Onion (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Spring Onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tsp Basil Leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 Clove Garlic (Grated)
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Dillweed
  • 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Coconut and Lime Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsps Chi Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Yoghurt
  • 1/2 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Curry Sauce (Thai)

Soy Ginger Coconut Oil Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Honey
  • 1/8 Tsp Ginger (Minced or grated)
  • 1 dash Red Pepper flakes

Blood Orange Coconut Water Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Chi Coconut Water
  • 2 Blood Oranges
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Finely Minced)
  • 1/2 Tsp Whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup extra-virgin Olive Oil

Curry, Coconut, Ginger, Peanut Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Chi Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger(grated)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsps Coconut Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Oil (optional)

Thai Sweet Chilli Dressing 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chi Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tbsps Fish Sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbsps Lime Juice (1 fresh lime)
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (grated)
  • 2 Tbsps Ginger (grated)

Chi Coconut Oil

100% Organic Virgin Chi Coconut Oil

Chi Coconut Milk

100% Natural Chi Coconut Milk

Coconut water

100% Pure Chi Coconut Water

Get fit
with Chi!

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.

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*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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

Try our products you will see the result;)

 

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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INGREDIENTS:

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water

– 1 cup packed pitted Medjol dates

– 1 1/2 lightly toasted jumbo organic Oats

– 1 cup raw whole almonds

– 1/4 cup honey

– 1/4 cup Organic crunchy peanut butter

– 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
METHOD:

1. Process the dates in a food processor until you get a smooth paste. Use 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water to help the blending process.

2. Place oats, almonds, cranberries and dates paste in a bowl and set aside.

3. Warm honey, peanut butter and Chi Coconut oil in a small sauce pan. Stir gently and then pour over the oats mixture. Mix thoroughly.

4. Transfer the mix to a baking parchment lined baking tin/tray.

5. Press down with a spatula until smooth and uniformly flattened. Cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.

6. Remove from the baking tin, cut into bars 10/12 bars. You can store them in air tight container or wrapping them individually. They keep in the fridge for up to 6 days.

NOTES

Optional additions: raw cocoa nibs; goji berries; other nuts; banana chips; vanilla.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Serving size: 1 bar | Calories: 220 | Fat: 9gr | Saturated: 1,5gr | Carbohydrates: 31gr | Sugar: 20gr | Fiber: 5gr | Protein: 7gr

Recipe by Chefonabike www.chefonabike.me

For more wonderful recipes click here to visit our Pintrest!

 

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. Sarah Hawley fitness pic

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. chi and rice sarah hawley

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! chi bullet proof coffee sarah hawley

 

Follow Sarah here, and find more great uses for coconut oil and recipes on our blog or pinterest. Happy coconut oil cooking!

Coconut oil
during pregnancy

With the news that Prince William and Kate are expecting their second child all over the news today it got us thinking about how important pregnancy health is and how many other expectant mums there must be out there!

We often talk about how good coconut oil is for everyone in all walks of life, but what you might not know is how many uses there are for coconut oil during pregnancy.

Fat intake during pregnancy is a hot topic but it is important to recognise that there are different types of fat. Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is made up of medium-chain triglycerides, which are essential in helping to preserve a healthy immune system.

Here’s how coconut oil might help:

  • It is a great source of lauric acid, in fact it is the second best after breast milk. Lauric acid helps to strengthen your and your baby’s body during pregnancy. Once the baby is born try drinking a small amount each day to keep on passing it through your breast milk
  • You can use it instead of butter. If you are worried about your dairy in take during pregnancy then simply use coconut oil as a replacement by spreading it in toast or add it to baking
  • It’s great at soothing a sore tummy, so if you are struggling with morning sickness try stirring a tea spoon full into hot water with some fresh ginger
  • It doesn’t just have to be used internally, try rubbing it into your stomach to avoid stretch marks or into sore feet to help soothe the aches
  • If you have noticed dry hair and a dry scalp during pregnancy then try rubbing a small amount of oil into your hair and scalp
  • Coconut oil during pregnancy can also help with flagging energy levels due to the medium-chain fatty acids

For more information on Chi Coconut Oil check out our recent blog post all about the Lowdown on Coconut Oil.

If you would like to read more on coconut oil during pregnancy check out this blog post from American blogger Modern Mom .

The Lowdown on
Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil may as well be renamed “Nature’s Wonder Oil.” With over one hundred different uses, it is one of the most versatile health products you can get your hands on. For anyone who is unsure of where to start, here are just 5 of the most popular ways you can use it:

–       Cook with it – perfect for frying, baking and high temperature cooking
–       Eat it – add to porridge, coffee, smoothies or toast
–       Apply it – for luscious locks and smooth skin
–       Pull it – ideal for oil pulling which boosts oral hygiene
–       Spread it – add to crackers/rice cakes for a healthy, dairy free alternative

As a staple food item in some of the healthiest countries in the world, it is no wonder that new research suggests high quality coconut oil can aid fat loss, maintain a healthy heart and even push athletic performance.

GOOD FATS & MCT’s
The best way to understand Coconut Oil is to compare it to the Avocado, a similar plant-based food, with a high fat content that is considered highly nutritious. Come to think of it, coconuts and avocados could be related. Distant cousins, maybe!?

Good fat

Like the Avocado, Coconut Oil falls under the category “good fats,” which play an essential role in a well-balanced, healthy diet. We get our “good fats” from fish, nuts, seeds and oils.

Coconut Oil also contains Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and reportedly has more than any other food in existence. MCTs, or medium-chain fatty acids as they are also known, are metabolized differently to longer-chain fatty acids that are found in foods like steak and cheese. MCTs are easily digestible and absorbed directly into the liver, increasing your energy expenditure and helping the body to burn other fats. Pretty nifty, huh?

A COCONUT A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Coconut Oil contains around 50 percent Lauric Acid, a type of medium chain fatty acid. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound that exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them. Many people who regularly consume coconut oil experience less sickness.

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BODY BUILDERS & ATHLETES
All over the world personal trainers and nutritionists are recommending Coconut Oil to their clients.  It is popular with athletes due to the increase in energy expenditure provided by the medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil can also blunt appetite and stave sugar cravings making it a perfect addition to any athlete’s diet. Similarly, body builders can take advantage of the same benefits. It is also claimed that coconut oil can be used by body builders to boost testosterone levels, helping to maintain hard-earned muscle when getting “shredded” for a show. Additionally, the lower the carb intake in any athlete or body builder’s diet, the more important it becomes to NOT limit fat intake, in particular saturated fat.

ORGANIC. RAW. VIRGIN. COLD-PRESSED.
It is really important to buy unrefined, unprocessed coconut oil. Chi Coconut Oil is raw, unrefined, organic, cold-pressed and virgin. This means that it is never heated, never treated and never processed. What reaches you in the jar is pure coconut goodness.

Chi Coconut Oil

Now to let you in on a little secret… Did you know that there is absolutely no difference between “extra virgin” coconut oil and “virgin” coconut oil? “Extra virgin” is actually just a marketing term. The only place you’ll find a difference is in your Olive Oil, but you should probably replace that with Chi Coconut Oil anyway!


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So, now that you know just how awesome coconut oil is, why not head over to Amazon and grab yourself a jar?  You can then stop by our Pinterest page for some recipe inspiration.

Enjoy! 🙂