How To Make Your Own
Coconut Lip Scrub At Home!

Sugar may not be good for you, but when it comes to summertime exfoliating it’s a must—especially for your lips. Starting a lip care regime will keep your pout fresh and kissable as you enter the cooler months, and the good news is that it’s as easy (and sweet) as pie to do.

  • Brown Sugar = Exfoliator
  • Organic Honey = Natural Healing Properties (Antiseptic)
  • Organic Coconut Oil = Nourishing/Moisturising

By exfoliating with a natural scrub, you’ll slough off that top layer of skin often left dry from the sun, exposing a new soft lip that allows for better penetration of hydrating products (like lip balm) and makes your favourite lipsticks go on smoother and last longer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp of Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Organic Honey
  • Small glass container with lid (to store your lip scrub)
  • Bowl & spoon to mix the ingredients

Step 1: Making The Base

In your bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix until you are left with a rich, thick, and SMOOTH consistency.

Step 2: Creating The Sugar Base

Add two firmly packed tablespoons of brown sugar to your base and mix until it is completely integrated and coated, forming a paste. Adjust the sugar-to-base ratio to achieve your desired scrub consistency.

Step 3: Storing Your Natural Lip Scrub

Transfer your delicious lip scrub into your glass container with lid. Make sure to label the jar and add the date so you can keep track of how long you’ve had it. And consider making it in small batches because homemade cosmetics lack the preservatives and don’t last as long. This lip scrub should last for approximately two weeks if you keep it refrigerated.

Step 4: Using The Lip Scrub

Before each use, let the scrub sit out and adjust to room temperature to soften up before applying to your pout. Using a generous amount, apply the scrub to your lips in a circular motion. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes and then remove with a warm washcloth.  Apply Honest Organic Lip Balm or your favourite moisturising lip treatment after each use to maximise the results of your freshly scrubbed lips.

 

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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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 we need fats 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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

But how?

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!

 

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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!

Yummy!

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

 

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Coconut inspiration
from Brazil

With the excitement of the Rio Olympics now a distant dream, we now reflect and put a spotlight on Brazil’s tropical and hearty cuisine. The idea of Brazil conjures up the dreamy picture of palm trees, sandy beaches and nothing other than coconuts! And so when visiting Rio, it is difficult to ignore the abundance of fresh coconuts, whether sunbathing on Ipanema beach or being a tourist high up at Christ the Redeemer. No wonder coconuts in all its forms feature in some of Brazil’s most iconic traditional dishes and drinks!

The coconut palm in Sanskrit is known as kappa vrisksha, translated as: ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for living‘. This is somewhat true in the fact that almost all parts of the coconut can be used in one way or another; the water, milk, flesh, sugar, oil and even the husks and leaves!

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The extent of coconut’s multi use is seen in these pictures below!

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Coconut shells can be used primarily as bowls, or even for wood furniture.

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Coconuts are known for their high nutritional content; rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. The fat in coconuts are considered ‘good’ fats in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs). Focusing on one fatty acid in particular, lauric acid, it is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin – an antiviral and antibacterial compound that destroys a variety of disease causing organisms. Therefore the consumption of coconut in its many forms: coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk or even coconut flour, is therefore incredibly beneficial for ones health and in fighting infections and viruses.

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Coconut based products are especially popular with health enthusiasts, vegans and those that are lactose intolerant as coconut milk in particular is lactose free. Coconut milk is therefore a widely used as a milk substitute and diary alternative in baking.

Without further ado, we explore some Brazilian coconut recipes, some traditional and some with a modern twist!

Beijinho de Coco a.k.a Coconut Kisses 

Coconut truffles

Balls of sweet goodness!

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Ingredients:

  • Sweetened condensed milk x1 can
  • Sweetened desiccated coconut 1/4 cup
  • Butter 1 tbsp
  • Desiccated coconut for decoration
  • Whole cloves for decorating

Step 1: Bring milk and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the milk has reduced to half and thickened, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the 1/4 cup coconut, and allow to cool a bit before pouring into a buttered bowl. Chill in the refrigerator until cold, about 2 hours.

Step 2: With buttered or oiled hands, form milk mixture into tablespoon-sized balls, and roll in coconut flakes. Stick a clove into each beijinho as decoration.

Quindim 

Coconut flan

Baked desert made of egg yolks, sugar and ground coconut flakes

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A favourite from the region of Bahia quindim is a glossy yellow sweet made with nothing more than eggs, sugar and coconut (with butter a common addition). Baked in cupcake-sized moulds, or large if you wish, the bottom is toasted and golden, dense with grated coconut, while the top is a smooth, firm custard that sticks pleasingly to the roof of the mouth.

Ingredients:

  • White sugar x1 cup
  • Shredded coconut x1 cup
  • Softened butter 1 tbsp
  • Egg yolk x5
  • Egg white x1

Step 1: Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Step 2: Mix the sugar, coconut, and butter in a bowl. Stir in the egg yolks and the egg white; beat until well combined. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate. Place the pie plate in a large roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the bottom of the roasting pan to reach about half-way up the side of the pie plate.

Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely before turning out onto a serving dish. Refrigerate until serving.

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The Brazilan chocolate trifle 

Layers of cookies filled with chocolate or fruit, lemon, coconut

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 Ingredients 

For the chocolate layer 

  • 20 ladyfinger biscuits
  • 2-3 Tbsp Cognac
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1.5 cups cocoa powder
For the cream layer
  • 2 cans sweet condensed milk
  • 4 cups milk (or use the sweet condensed milk’s can to measure)
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 4 egg yolks (strained)
For the whipped cream layer
  • 1 small container heavy cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Step 1: In a large pot, combine the sweet condensed milk and 3 cups of the milk.

Step 2: Dissolve the corn starch in one cup of milk and add to the pot. Cook that mixture over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until it starts thickening.

Step 3: Separate a cup of the mixture and let it cool.

Step 4: Add the egg yolks to the cooled cream and return it to the pot. Cook until it thickens.

Step 5: Let it cool and pour into a 15×10 baking dish.

Step 6: Place the biscuits into a large bowl and the Cognac into another smaller bowl.

Step 7: Using your fingers, sprinkle the Cognac onto the biscuits.

Step 8: In the same pot you used for the cream, add 2 cups of milk and 1.5 cups of cocoa powder. Cook until it resembles hot chocolate. (It’s supposed to be a liquid mixture, and not a cream!)

Step 9: Dip the biscuits into the chocolate and place them on top of the cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 10: On the next day, make some whipped cream by mixing the heavy cream, the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Pour the whipped cream into the baking dish, creating a 3rd layer.

Step 11: Refrigerate for at least 1 more hour before serving.

Step 12: Grate or shave some chocolate on top of the pavê and serve cold.

Some other Brazilian delicacies…

Cachaça

Fermented sugarcane juice

Dating back to the 1500s, cachaça is made from fermented sugarcane juice, and is best known as the fiery kick in caipirinhas – Brazil’s national cocktail.

Coconut caipirinhas

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Ingredients:

  • Coconut milk 1oz.
  • Cachaca 2oz.
  • Sugar 1 tsbp

Step 1: Combine ingredients with ice in a blender and pulse until smooth. Serve immediately in a tall glass.

Açaí bowls 

Acai a.k.a superfood berry is used to make fruit bowls and smoothies

Those bright purples bowls you see on Instagram #superhealthy

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Of all the thousands of fruits from the Amazon, açaí is the best known, thanks to its super-food status. Traditionally eaten by indigenous tribes for energy, the hard purple berry is also used in Amazonian cooking, as a sauce with fish. A clever marketing campaign in the ’80s thrust it into the spotlight as the energy snack of choice for surfers in glamorous Rio de Janeiro. Served as a sweet, gloopy, frozen sorbet, sometimes topped with granola and slices of banana, or whizzed up in juices, it can found in every café, bakery, juice bar and supermarket across the country.

Tip: add some desiccated coconut on top and serve in a coconut shell for that extra coco-nutty touch!

 

 

 

 

 

Yoga goes underground this June
with Good Yoga Life

Good Yoga Life is taking over one of London’s busiest tube stations for a week of classes and events with some of London’s top yoga and wellbeing experts. The week-long event in Old Street Station aims to positively interrupt the daily commute and offers commuters some much needed zen. Chi products will be available at the event all week so if you fancy nourishing your body with our products while taking part in some relaxing yoga practice, Old Street Station is the place to be!

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Shoreditch commuters will join wellbeing experts such as Annie Clarke (Mind Body Bowl), Julie Montagu (The Flexi Foodie), Jody Shield (Life Tonic), Adam Husler (Boys of Yoga), Cat Meffan (Adidas), Marcus Veda (Yotopia), Emily-Clare Hill (Lululemon), Steffy White (Soho House & instructor to Deliciously Ella), Addictive Daughter & many more as part of a week-long takeover from 20th-26th June. The event also includes London’s first ever 12 hour Yoga-Relay, which will see up to 400 people raise money for homelessness charity Shelter on Saturday 25th June.

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70,000 commuters pass through Old Street Station every day who are tired, stressed and not at all present. Research shows that we’re one of the most affected European cities when it comes to transport disruption and as a result mental wellbeing is affected severely. Last year a survey of more than 5500 commuters in London, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid and Paris found that some rate the worry and strain of the commute to work on a par with a relationship breakdown – and often worse than the job itself! This week-long takeover offers a real opportunity to alleviate the stress of daily London commuting and get more people involved in yoga.

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now for the opportunity to break up your stressful commute and rehydrate with Chi at the Good Yoga Life Old Street Takeover. The link for tickets can be found by clicking here.

 

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.

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Deliciously Ella

Serves 1

Ingredients

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)

Method

Simply peel the banana then place everything into a blender and blend until smooth.

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Madeleine Shaw

Serve 1

Ingredients:

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

Method

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.

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Sally’s Baking Addiction

Serve 1

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Acai Coconut bowl 

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Ingredients:

2 packs of acai purée

100ml Chi Raw coconut water

1 banana

Toppings

coconut

granola

strawberries

Banana

Method

1. Blend the 2 frozen acai packs in a blender with the banana and coconut water  until it’s thick and smooth like a smoothie.

2. Top with sliced strawberries, sliced banana toasted coconut and crumbled granola. Enjoy immediately.

 

Acai Berry Porridge 

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Ingredients:

30g rolled oats

20g chia seeds

2 tsp maca powder

2 tsp  Iswari acai berry powder

180g Chi coconut milk

260g hot water

TOPPINGS (optional): hemp seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, almonds, blueberries

METHOD:

1.  Add all ingredients, except for the toppings, into a bowl. Cook for 8 min, 100C, reverse speed.

2. Serve with your choice of toppings.

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Healthy Smoothie
bowl recipes

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:

Protein  Yogurt  Kefir   Protein Powder

Fat Coconut milk  Avocado  Nut butters

Superfood Blueberries Acai Goji Berries Almond Maca Powder

Fibre Flax seed Chia seed Hemp

 Super Green smoothie bowl 

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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 

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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

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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 

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The flavour is inspired by the popular Key Lime Pie, but with a green tea twist. Recipe Oh She Glows.

 Dragon fruit smoothie bowl 

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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.

 

Chia
Puddings

Bored of your porridge? Let’s try some Chia puddings to shake up your mornings! Chia seeds and coconut milk make a great combination high in omega 3, antioxidant and fibre. This breakfast will fill you up until lunch time and you’ll save time, all you need to do is to mix together the ingredients the night before and in the morning just add your favourite toppings!

Coconut Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Coconut chips or coconut flakes

Blueberries or blackberry

Goji Berries

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

Chocolate Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi Chocolate coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Banana

Chia seeds

Flax seeds

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, chocolate coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

Fruity Chia pudding

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Ingredients

250 ml Chi Raw coconut water

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

All fruits that you like

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, raw coconut water and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

Mango Chia pudding 

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Ingredients

240 ml Chi coconut milk

40 grams chia seeds

Toppings

Mango

Almond

Method

1. Mix together chia seeds, coconut milk and put it in the refrigerator overnight.

2. Add the toppings

 

 

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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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

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Try to wake up earlier and surprise her with a yummy and healthy breakfast or a brunch.

Check out more recipes on our blog:

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/porridge/

http://www.chilondon.com/blog/festive-breakfast-recipes/

Workout Session

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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.

Spa day

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What a joy to spend your time with your Mum at the spa, she will enjoy it and you as well.

Dinner out

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Bring her to her favourite restaurant, she will be please to share good food with her children.

Bake for her

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Make her a treat, she deserves it!

 Jewellery for your jewel

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It’s always nice to receive jewellery, we never get tired of jewellery!

Healthy Hamper

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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!

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. 

Gluten
free

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.

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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
  • Increased energy
  • Better bowel function and elimination
  • Improved mental function and better mood
  • Less cravings

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:

  • Corn in all forms
  • Plain rice in all forms
  • Amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, cassava, flax, millet, quinoa, sorghum, soy, tapioca and teff.
  • 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
  • Rye
  • 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!

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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.

5. Protein,protein…

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.

 

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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!

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1. What food to avoid?

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Milk products (except ½ cup unsweetened yoghurt with acidophilus each day)
  • Sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners
  • Coffee
  • Grains: wheat (bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta), rye, barley, oats, spelt and rice
  • Dried fruit

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.

Detox Kale smoothie

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 Ingredients:

½ pear

¼ avocado

½ cucumber

½ lemon

handful of cilantro

2 handfuls kale

1 thumb nail sized piece of ginger

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

1 tsp protein powder

pure water

Method:

Blend all ingredients.

Rainbow Granola by
Barbara Cox

Barbara Cox, the amazing cook who created over 70 healthy delicious recipes to fight cancer.

In her cookbook ‘Rainbow diet’ she describes how some nutrients can maintain the health of different body systems such as the heart, blood vessels, muscles , bone and more… To finish the year healthy Barbara gave us an excellent recipe to make our breakfast full of goodness with her ‘Rainbow Granola’. See below the yummy recipe and her clever ideas!

Rainbow Granola with Chi Coconut Oil

It’s easy to overlook this important meal when the pressure is on to get the turkey in the oven. But we all need breakfast for a good start to the day, so before you and your family delve into your presents, remember to tuck into a good breakfast too.

Try making your regular breakfast cereal more special than usual with one or more of the following ideas:

  • serving it with pieces of fresh apple and pear
  • you could throw in a few nuts, or dried festive fruits such as figs and dates
  • Or why not add a handful of brightly coloured berries to your breakfast, such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries? You can usually buy berries frozen, even when they’re out of season.
  • Frozen fruit and veg, as well as fresh, tinned and dried, all count towards the 5-a-day fruit and veg target.

If you’re a granola person, why not jazz up your daily serving with:

  • several slices of fresh tangerine and banana
  • a few grapes
  • a handful of seeds or nuts

Here’s a festive granola recipe using Chi coconut oil.

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Ingredients

150g oats

20g Chi coconut oil

60ml maple syrup or Manuka honey

50g pumpkin seeds

50g sunflower seeds

30g flaxseeds

100g Brazil nuts

50g dried gogi berries

70g dried cranberries

1 vanilla pod – de-seeded

Directions

Preheat oven to 180°C

Mix all ingredients together and toss until fully coated with coconut oil and Sweet Freedom

Spread mixture on a baking tray with grease-proof paper lining.

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Break apart after baking into bite-size chunks.

Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks

 

If you want to make more recipes from Barbara Cox, check out her cookbook here.

Crispy
smoothies

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!

Green Tea, Strawberry crispy, and Banana

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Ingredients

3 Tbsp water

1 green tea bag

2 tsp honey

1½ cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

½ med banana

¾ c calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk

Method

1. MICROWAVE water on high until steaming hot in a small bowl. Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes. Remove tea bag. Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.

2. COMBINE strawberry crisps, banana, and milk in a blender with ice crushing ability.

3. ADD tea to blender. Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth. Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve!

Power Crispy Peach

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Ingredients

1 c CHI coconut milk 

2 Tbsp low-fat vanilla yogurt

½ c Giving Tree Peach crisps

½ c  Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

⅛ tsp powdered ginger

2 tsp whey protein powder

3 ice cubes1 c oats1.

 

Methods

1. BLEND together any liquid ingredients (coconut milk, yogurt) and protein powder; this will help break down the grainy powder and make sure it’s evenly distributed.

2. ADD mushy ingredients, like pre cooked oatmeal and fruit, then add ice at the end. For a thicker shake, you can toss in more freeze dried fruits

Strawberry- Kiwi Smoothie

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Ingredients

41¼ c cold apple juice

1 ripe banana, sliced

1 kiwifruit, sliced

1 cup Giving Tree Strawberry crisps

Method

COMBINE the juice, banana, kiwifruit and strawberries crisps,. Blend until smooth.

 

Apple Green

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Ingredients

2 apples

2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)

1 celery stalk (optional)

1/2 cup water

1 cup Giving Tree Apple crisps 

1 clamp Cinnamon

Method

COMBINE everything, blend until smooth.

Raw coconut water  with Mango crisps

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Ingredients

 250 ml Chi Raw Coconut water

2 bananas

2 mangos

1 cup strawberries (fresh or freeze dried)

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup Giving Tree Mango crisps

Method

1.FILL ice trays with the Chi raw coconut water and freeze until solid.

2. PLACE the fruits, honey and 12  coconut water ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Creamy Green Smoothie

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Ingredients

250 small cooking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

1/2 of a medium courgette, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup Giving Tree Broccoli crisps

1 cup lime sherbet

3/4 cup ice cubes

 

Method

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.

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

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;)

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Cold
remedies

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

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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.

Soup

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Hot soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat, creating an inhospitable environment for viruses that prefer cooler, drier climes. 

 

Hot peppers

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 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

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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?

Hot tea

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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

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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.

Instructor live
Workout!

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

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

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WHAT?

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

HOW?

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

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BESPOKE OFFER:

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

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

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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.

 

Organic
September!

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?

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  • Avoid chemicals

Eating organic is the way to avoid all the chemicals in your fruit and vegetables.

  • Better taste

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.

  •  Reduce pollution

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..

 

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“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!”

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Honestly Healthy

“We like the fact that this one has no preservatives, it’s unpasteurised, no artificial flavouring and no added sugar. As a consequence, the naturally occurring enzymes are still alive – YES!”

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Primal Eye  –

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“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.” – 

 

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Women’s fitness –

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 Elvina Khoo blog – 

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The Nutty Noodle blog –

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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, twitterinstagram 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!

First Step 

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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.

Second Step 

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.

 Third Step

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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.

Fourth Step 

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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.

Fifth Step

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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!

Sixth Step

Finally after your jogging you should stretch for 5 minutes. Stretch to avoid the aches the next day!

Be Healthy.
Be Happy!

To be healthy every day is not easy! Staying motivated to eat healthy can be even harder during this season.  You smell BBQ every where, ice-cream or fresh soft drinks. All so tempting. And the big excuse that we can hear during summer ‘Oh it’s okay we are on vacation!’ Be careful! Bad habits can come back so quickly. But it’s  a shame to quit  so close to your goals because ‘winners never quit and quitters never win.’ So let’s keep motivated, no more excuses! In this article you’ll find all the best tips to stay healthy.

 

1. Set  your goals

First you have to set realistic goals which are achievable.  Make sure that you can adapt your lifestyle around meeting your goals.  Also you have to make you goals specific with a short term goal such as running a 5K toward running  a marathon. Your goal needs to be measurable.

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2. Exercise as much as you can

As you know exercising is so good for your mind and your body. But also it can help you to eat more healthy by helping you to resist temptation and it reduces craving for junk food. When you start exercising you don’t want to eat junk food but healthy food to see the results of your workout.

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3. Don’t get bored

Sometimes eating healthy can be boring…At CHI HQ we say NO! It’s not true now, and thanks to the internet, we can make some yummy and tasty recipes. And lucky as we are, we can find some really nice restaurants! Try new things, don’t stick on one kind of meal.  By nature, humans need changes and variety to stay motivated.

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4. Healthy  snacks

Always bring a healthy snack  with you before to go out. This will help you to stay away from the junk food and you won’t be hungry. Studies showed that if you go grocery with an empty stomach you are more tempting to buy junk food. So get  a snack before going to the supermarket!

The Giving Tree snack 

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Available at Planet Organic/ Whole Foods/ Selfridges

Here you will find all the healthy snacks to bring with you:

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5. Enjoy eating 

First thing that you have to remember, you are not on a diet but you choose to eat healthy! So enjoy eating all kinds of food, even your favourite foods (usually not healthy). Deprivation is the worst thing you can do, you’ll just get frustrated. So if you want a treat, eat it and enjoy it but with moderation.

6. Chi Raw coconut

Chi Raw Coconut Water can help you to eat less junk food! How? After drinking coconut water you’ll feel less hungry thanks to its nutrients and vitamins, try it you’ll love it!

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Available on ocado.com/ Whole Foods/ Planet Organic

 

 

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.

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Raw Pad Thai
courgette, cucumber and carrot noodles with a spicy almond sauce

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Raw Tom Kha with Seasonal Market Vegetables
served with cauliflower rice

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Raw Mango & Coconut Cheesecake 
fresh mango and coconut milk mousse on a crunchy date and coconut crust

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 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
Prize

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!

Here are the links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chibrands

Twitter: @chicocowater 

Instagram: @chicoconutwater

OR

Facebook: www.facebook.com/givingtreesnacks

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

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.

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

Benefit:

  • 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

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Nothing can be easier and healthier than to eat a fresh fruit.

3. Giving Tree snacks

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Want something crispy? Giving Tree snack is the perfect combination of fresh fruits and crisps.

Benefit:

  • 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)
  • No salt added

Find them at Planet Organic and Whole Foods!

4. Granola Bar

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You can make your own energy booster granola bar, the night before to go to the beach.

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. Blend 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.

5. Stay hydrated with Chi Raw Coconut Water 

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Office
WorkOut!

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

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2.   Correct your posture at your desk

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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

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4. Exercise while sitting

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  • 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

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  • 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

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A new desk for a new health

We also want to introduce you to a new revolutionary desk… The treadmill!

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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
  • Improve metabolism
  • Healthier heart
  • Reduce back pain
  • Brain booster
  • Feel happier

 We are so excited to have our Treadmill in our office!

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And don’t forget to stay  hydrated at your  work with Chi Raw Coconut Water.

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Protect Your Skin from the
sun with Coconut Oil

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+.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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 Grocer Gold
Award 2015

The British market leading magazine, the Grocer,  recognises every year  the best company in Grocery retail for service, initiative and commitment. We were over the moon to be shortlisted as one of the finalists for the prestigious Grocer Gold Award 2015 for “SME Drinks Brand of the Year”. The event took place at the amazing Guildhall in London on Tuesday 9th of June. It was a lovely evening hosted by Adam Leyland and Sanjeev Bhaskar (known for his comedy series Goodness Gracious Me) who announced the winners of the evening.

The SME Drinks Brand of the Year Award rewards the up and coming drinks brands enjoying success in the UK. The four finalists brands were split equally between coconut water and craft beer. In our category,  there were 4 brands shortlisted such as Brewdog, Sharp’s Brewery and Vita Coco.

We want to congratulate again Brewdog who won the SME Drinks Brand of the year award!

Here are some pictures of the evening:

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We had such a nice dinner!

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Drop4Drop Clean Water Project
for the Vadapada Community

We are delighted with the update from the charity we support, Drop4Drop, on the news that the clean drinking water project for the community in Vadapada, has now officially been completed.

Vadapada is an area in Umarpada Taluk in Surat District of Gujurat, home to 450 people. We are over the moon that with our collaboration, we were able to change the lives for many of these people in the community. In rural areas of India, water resource is a major crisis and for the large population of people living in these areas, planned water resources tends to get left out. This is a major concern and results to poor and difficult accessibility to clean water supply. With our support, we have made this dream of having clean and easy access to water, a reality to this community.

Mrs Bhagyashri Sandesh Taral, 27 years old from Vadapada:
‘“Before this, I used to wake up early in the morning to walk 1 km to collect water. So, every day I start my farm work late and so return home in the evening late too. Now I am relaxed, I can access enough water near my home and this saves me so much time.”
It is a pleasure that we can make a change to so many people’s lives and this makes the team at Chi very happy! Our goal is to continue working on these projects to help improve more peoples lives living in these rural communities.

Chi x

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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

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15 Burpees

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25 Squats

25 squat

10 push ups

Option 1 (beginner)

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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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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?

  1. It helps to reduce stress
  2. Increase your flexibility
  3. 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:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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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:

Choco-Raspberry Heaven:

 Strawberry Mango Delight:

  • 5-6 strawberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1.5 cup mangoes, frozen or fresh (about 2 medium yellow mangoes)
  • (1/2) cup Chi Coconut Milk 
  • up to (1/2) cup water

Berry Purple Power (Serves 2):

  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or fresh)
  • 6 strawberries (large, fresh preferred; frozen is OK)
  • 1/2 cup Chi Raw Coconut Water
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (vanilla)
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Step 2: Choosing the MAIN topping

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
  • Crushed Weetabix
  • Museli/ Toasted Buckwheat
  • Chia pudding
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Step 3: Any Extras?

If you want to add anymore toppings to more flavour, these are highly recommended!

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Crushed Almonds (any nuts)/seeds
  • Dried fruit
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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!

Mango and Coconut Ice-lollies (makes 10)

Recipe Note:

  • Ice-lolly moulds take 1/3 cup of mixture
  • 10 ice-lolly sticks needed
  • Use vanilla beans rather than extracts

Ingredients:

  • 450 g mango flesh (2 large mangos)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1/4 lime, juiced
  • 1 can (270 ml) Chi Coconut Milk

Method

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.

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Vegan, sugar-free magnum choco-blocks 

What you need:

  •  Blender
  • Saucepan
  • 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
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • t teaspoon vanilla bean paste

For the chocolate:

Method

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.

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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.

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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

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 So keep yourself hydrated with Chi!

Why Drink Chi during
A Workout?

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

– Potassium

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.

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 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.

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If  you prefer milk-type drinks, why not try our Dairy Free Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk.

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After working out what to get?

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!

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What you need:

2 Bananas

2 large handfuls of spinach roughly chopped

2 handfuls of blueberries

7 large strawberries chopped

1 cup of Chi coconut milk

Chi coconut water to thin if needed

1/2 cup Flax seed

 

Now you know what you have to drink,  go workout!

 

Eat less sugar! You
will see the difference.

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)

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Date sugar (dehydrated, ground dates)

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Brown rice syrup (brown rice, which is cooked and then exposed to enzymes which breaks it down into sugar)

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Why not try our Raw Coconut Water – no added sugar!  As nature intended!

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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!

Sweet – Orange Coconut Omelette

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Ingredients – Serves 1

3 large eggs

¼ cup Chi coconut milk

½ tsp orange zest

Pinch salt and black pepper

1 tbsp Chi coconut oil

Method

  • 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.

Savoury – Vegetable Omelette

 

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Madeline Shaw

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.

And to have all the energy needed for your day, drink our organic raw coconut water!

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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.

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What makes Chi raw coconut water different to other coconut waters?

Firstly, with Chi raw coconut water you 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.

In addition, Chi raw coconut water is organic. Perfect, isn’t it?!

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

-Facilitate digestion

-Boost hydration

-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.

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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.

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.

 

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?

GREEN COCO DETOX JUICE

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SWEET COCO PINEAPPLE JUICE

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Health benefits of drinking juices with coconut water:

-Weight loss

-Help your immune system

– Increase your energy

-Help you to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables

-Support you brain health

Improve your hydration, thanks to our raw coconut water

So if you want to start making  juices, today you have the chance to win a Nutribullet and a case of Chi raw coconut water. But enter today as competition closes 29th of April at 4pm!

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How to enter the competition ?

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.

 

 

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.

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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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*You can find this product at Whole foods and Planet Organic from Friday 3rd of April

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.

 

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;)