What is oil pulling and
why you should do it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is organic extra
virgin coconut oil?

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

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

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Extraction

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

How to distinguish?

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

Benefits

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

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

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Recipes with PACK’D frozen smoothie kits
and Chi Raw Coconut Water

When you read our blog on a regular basis, you know that we had the pleasure to try the frozen smoothie kits from PACK’D. They are absolutely delicious and that’s why we decided to create some recipes with the PACK’D kits in combination with our Chi Raw Coconut Water.

Below, you can find the recipes for a tropical breakfast smoothie bowl, a delicate berry smoothie and an energising post workout smoothie. All of the recipes are super easy to make, take no time at all and the taste of them is just scrumptious! Have fun trying them out!

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Tropical fruit bowl

Ingredients:

Method:

Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to a blender and add the PACK’D smoothie kit. Peel the mango and add it together with the banana, the coconut flakes and the yoghurt to the blender and blend until smooth. Decorate your bowl with some more yoghurt, granola and the freeze-dried fruit and enjoy a tropical breakfast.

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Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • PACK’D Energy
  • Chi Raw Coconut Water
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 1 Banana

Method:

Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water to the blender and add the smoothie kit and the fruit. Blend until smooth.

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Post Workout Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • PACK’D Energy
  • Chi Raw Coconut Water
  • Frozen Acai
  • A handful of blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • A teaspoon of protein powder

Method:

Add 250ml of Chi Raw Coconut Water and all of the other ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.

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The versatile coconut – products
you didn’t know about

By now, we all know coconut water and that it is hugely healthy. But did you know that the coconut yields so many more products than only coconut water? The whole coconut fruit is used to produce different products and even parts of the coconut tree are used! Today, we want to present some things made out of the coconut fruit you might didn’t know.

Although, many of you already know coconut water, we briefly want to respond to it for those who just don’t know it yet.

 

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Coconut water

Coconut water is probably the most popular coconut product people know. It is the liquid inside the coconut. One can drink it directly from the coconut (if you are lucky enough to live in a growing area) or you can buy it packaged. Coconut water is absolutely healthy (read about the benefits of coconut water here) and keeps you hydrated.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is made out of the coconut meat. It is extracted by cold pressing the meat until the oil is released. Coconut oil can be used in various ways, e.g. as cooking oil, in baking, as a hair mask and much more. Read about the usage of coconut oil on your body here.

Coconut butter

Coconut butter is also extracted from the coconut meat. To gain the butter, the coconut meat is blended until it gets a smooth and creamy consistency. Coconut butter can be eaten plainly, as a spread on your toast or as a drizzle over desserts. It can be easily made at home by just blending coconut flakes until they are smooth.

 

 

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Coconut flour

To obtain coconut flour, coconut meat is dried and pulverised afterwards. Coconut flour can be used as a substitute to wheat flour and is a good alternative if you cannot stomach gluten. Coconut flour is mostly used for baking.

 

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Coconut milk

If you grate coconut meat, mix it with a splash of water and squeeze it afterwards, you will gain coconut milk. Coconut milk is used a lot as an alternative to cow’s milk but also for desserts, soups, in curries or simply to enrich the taste of (mostly Asian) dishes. Some other products made out of coconut milk are coconut yogurt, coconut ice-cream or coconut kefir. These products are very handy for allergy sufferers or vegans as they are completely dairy-free.

 

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Coconut flakes

Coconut flakes are also made out of coconut meat by shredding and drying it. The flakes can be used in granola or baked goods, as a topping or just plain as a snack.

Coconut sugar

Admittedly, coconut sugar is not a product that is made directly from the coconut. It is extracted from the blossoms of the coconut tree. The blossoms contain a sap which is used to produce the coconut sugar. The sap is heated to remove the moisture. The end product is the coconut sugar which can be used as a substitute for white sugar in baking and cooking.

 

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Wow, so there are a lot of different products we can gain from the coconut! That is amazing, isn’t it? But please note, that only a variety of products is presented here. There are a lot more things that can be made out of coconuts. Many of them can also be easily made at home, so get in the kitchen and have fun trying out!

PACK’D frozen
smoothies

A few days ago, we received a package from our lovely friends from PACK’D. We discovered their frozen smoothie kits, which made us quite excited! Excited, because that meant we could cock the kitchen up! No but seriously, the kits were wrapped in a really nice box. They have a very lovely and appealing packaging with bright colours and a beautiful design.

PACK’D offers three different frozen smoothie kits in various flavours. All of them contain two fruit and vegetable pouches and two superfood sachets. No preservatives or sugar is added and the ingredients are all natural.

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In PACK’D Energy you can find chopped strawberries, banana, blueberries, raspberries, blackcurrants and spinach leaves and the superfood sachet contains milled flaxseeds, maca, cacao and guarana powder. The Detox variant contains chopped pineapple, apple, kale, ginger, spinach leaves and lemon zest as well as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barleygrass powder. The flavour Defence is composed of the pouch containing chopped pineapple, mango, papaya, banana, ginger and goji berries and the sachet containing milled flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and baobab powder. Each finished smoothie provides you with different nutritions such as vitamins, potassium and fibre and shows individual benefits for your body.

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It is really easy to prepare the smoothies as every pack has a little description of how to use it. You have to add a liquid to every kit. We used our Chi Coconut Water and Chi Coconut Milk. PACK’D Defence was the the frozen smoothie kit started with. In not more than two minutes we created a very delicious smoothie with a bright yellow colour. It smelled really fresh and you can taste the different fruit. The green smoothie which was the result from the Detox kit doesn’t taste like the usual “green and healthy smoothie”, which a lot of people don’t find really tasty. Detox has a very enjoyable taste and the fresh green colour makes it look nice as well. From PACK’D Energy we created a smoothie bowl but the process to do it was of course the same. After the ingredients from the pack were added to the blender we obtained a smoothie with a lovely red colour which smelled and tasted just so good!

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The PACK’D frozen smoothie kits are a very handy way to create tasty smoothies which contain healthy ingredients. They are fuelling your body and provide you with important nutrients. Apropos of nothing, you consume a good amount of fruit and vegetable easily. Thumbs up for PACK’D!

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10 ways to use coconut
oil on your body

By now, we all know the overall benefits of coconut oil. But did you know, that coconut oil can also be used on the body? It is really versatile and you will be surprised how easy it is, to use a natural product instead of commercial (and often very unhealthy) products.

Below you can find a range of how coconut oil can be used as a body treatment.

 

 

 

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1. Body lotion

If you want to have a natural body lotion free from additives and perfume, you can simply use coconut oil. Just rub a bit of the oil in your hands to warm it up. Apply it to your body like you would do with usual body lotion. You will get smooth and moisturised skin.

2. Body Scrub

Coconut oil can be perfectly used as a body scrub. It is easily made at home by mixing together coconut oil and coconut sugar. Apply the mixture on your body to get rid of dead skin cells. After the usage you will have soft and clean skin.

 

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3. Hand cream

Use coconut oil on your hands if they are dry and chapped. For a better result lotion your hands generously with the oil and put gloves on overnight. You will have the softest hands afterwards.

4. Make up remover

To remove eye make up put some coconut oil on a cotton pad and gently rub down the make up. It is a very soft way to remove your make up and moisturise your skin at the same time.

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5. Lip balm

The lip balms available in the shops are always packed with unhealthy ingredients. To get a natural and vegan lip balm, just use a bit of coconut oil on your lips. You won’t have dry or cracked lips ever again.

6. Dental care

Coconut oil is supporting you to absorb calcium and therefore, to have strong and healthy teeth. Tooth decay will be stopped and plaque formation can be reduced.

7. Hair mask

Once in a while you should treat your hair with a mask to keep it healthy. Coconut oil is a very good helper to protect your hair-ends against spliss and drought. Massage some coconut oil into the hair and let absorb. Shampoo as usual afterwards. For shiny hair do a hair mask once or twice a week.

 

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8. Insect repellent

If you want to have an insect repellent that does not contain chemicals or additives, use coconut oil as your natural product. Mix coconut oil and essential oil together and apply it onto your skin. This has to be done regularly throughout the day to warrant protection against insects.

9. Skin disease

If you suffer from a skin disease, apply coconut oil on the affected area to alleviate symptoms. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and therefore, it is bland to the skin. As it is a natural product it won’t hurt while applying it on the skin.

10. After sun product

Coconut oil can be a helpful product if your skin got too much sun. The reddened and irritated skin is soothed and rehydrated by the oil. You should take care of your skin and avoid to stay in the sun for too long.

 

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It is so easy to use a healthy, plant-based product instead of all the products we can find in the shops that contain harmful ingredients. Start today and live a better life.

Acai, Berry and Coconut
Summer Smoothie Bowl

Summer has finally arrived in London which we are very happy about! To celebrate this, we want to share a super delicious recipe today. We proudly present – drum roll – the Acai-Blueberry-Coconut-Mango Summer Smoothie Bowl!

This smoothie bowl tastes like summer on a spoon. It refreshes you right in the morning (but you can of course also have it as an afternoon snack). The taste of the tropics will explode in your mouth as you take the first bite! Acai is a superfood, showing a lot of antioxidants. It will protect you of free radicals, which can lead to chronic diseases. In combination with fresh berries, a juicy mango and the creamy coconut you will experience a super yummy taste adventure. Additionally, this smoothie bowl is all vegan, dairy- and gluten-free!

 

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But enough talk now – let’s get into the recipe!

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 sachet of frozen acai
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 fresh mango
  • 1 cup of CHI coconut milk
  • 2 medjool dates or liquid sweetener (optional)

Ingredients for decoration:

Simply blend all the ingredients together until they are smooth. Decorate your bowl nicely and enjoy your summery breakfast!

 

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Fruit and Coconut
Ice Lollies

Ice lollies – who does not love them?!

We are all enjoying the sun and the heat these last days. Everyone is relaxing in the park or on a rooftop bar (have a look at the best ones you can find in London here).

The perfect get-together with friends is a picnic. But in this heat a picnic is only successful if you bring one special little thing – ice lollies! Everyone is happy to lick on one to cool down. We have a super easy recipe for you to see happy faces at your picnic. In no time you’ll have some healthy and hydrating ice lollies! The best thing is, that you only need two ingredients for this!

Pack the ice lollies, some snacks (for example the Giving Tree Snacks) and lots of other trifles to eat and enjoy it with your friends.

Ingredients:

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Method:

Simply slice your fruit and put them into ice moulds. Fill the moulds with CHI coconut water. Put them into the freezer for at least 6 hours, better overnight.

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The ice lollies are the easiest and fastest treat to make and they are so delicious! Enjoy!

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It’s Competition
time!

Hey we have good news for you! You can now win your own food box with a selection of our Chi products, The Giving Tree crisps as well as some amazing and organic cereal snacks by our friends from Raw Gorilla.

So if you want to participate in the competition, keep reading the following instructions to get to know more about the prize and the how to win it!

 

PRIZE

 

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What can you expect?

  • 3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Pure
  • 3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Matcha
  • 3x Chi Raw Coconut Water Coffee
  • 2x Chi Coconut Milk 1l
  • 4x of 18g Giving Tree crisps (Strawberry, Broccoli, Mango & Pumpkin)
  • 6x of 36g Giving Tree crisps (Peach, Apple, Mango, Strawberries, Mixed Veg, Broccoli)
  • 2x Chi Raw Coconut Oil jars
  • 4x Raw Gorilla Munchies (Cacao & Lucuma, Maca & Cinnamon, Baobab, Apricot & Tigernut, Lemon, Lucuma & Coconut)
  • 1x Original Crispies with Tigernuts

 

HOW TO ENTER

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

 

The competition will be running from the to Wednesday the 28th June at 2pm.  Good luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

5 coconut recipes for
a refreshing summer

Believe it or not – summer is finally knocking on London’s door! And in celebration of this good news we would like you be to perfectly prepared for the hottest season of the year with some refreshing recipes for coconut inspired drinks. Smoothies, Cocktails and Co are definitely indispensable for summer and as we don’t want you to get bored by sucking at the straw of your usual pina colada cocktail, watch out for these amazing and original coconut drinks:

 

1) Spice it up!

Let’s begin with a slightly spicy cocktail, combining coconut and pineapple:

 

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2) Spicy but creamy

If you are however quite sensitive and don’t really know yet weather you really like spicy drinks, you should first of all try this Coconut and Turmeric Smoothie. The creamy texture will moderate the turmeric’s spicy touch and all in all you can enjoy a fresh and healthy drink.

 

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3) Modern Mojito

The third recipe is actually one of the bestsellers in terms of cocktails – but you surely haven’t tried it in the following version yet! Say hello to an amazing Frozen Coconut Mojito:

 

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4) Chocolate Shock

And in case you are waking up in the morning on a hot summer day, just craving for a refreshing drink instead of a sumptuous, this amazing Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Smoothie will be perfect for you!

 

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5) Blue Surprise

Last but not least we have a really special one for you: get ready for a little bit of colour! This Blue Coconut Cocktail looks quite fancy and will refresh you for sure:

 

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We hope that we could help you out for those hot summer days! And soon we will also provide with some amazing recipes for some coconut desserts – yummy!

 

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!

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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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Halloween
special

Whether you like it not, the end of the month always brings about excitement for children and adults alike, and not just because it is full of treats! This year Halloween has descended on us like the plague and before we jump straight in on the festivities… here is a quick update; of inspiration and ideas for 2016.

Fancy dress up

As well as your typical furry animals and zombie bride that remain a classic Halloween dress up, popular costumes this year may include…

Stranger things

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Pokemon GO

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There is no doubt you may see the odd Pokemon crawling about this Halloween; take your pick from the original 151! Apparently Pokemon mouths a.k.a Pokemouths are also a true thing… where you paint an entire Pokemon around your mouth!

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And even pokeballs get their moment of fame:

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Snapchat filters

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The rise of snapchat filters in 2016 has been enormous and now they happen to be universally popular for all ages…

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Drink up

Pumpkin flavours and red and orange coloured liquids are always a go-to when treating your guests to spooky drink. Here we have:

 

Blood orange margaritas 

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This flavorful citrus fruit adds a dramatic ruby red color to recipes both sweet and savoury.

INGREDIENTS

  • kosher salt
  • Crushed ice
  • ½ c. fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
  • Blood orange wedges (optional)
  1. Moisten rim of 2 margarita glasses and dip in kosher salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add orange juice, tequila, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into glasses. Garnish with orange wedges, if desired.

Bloody Black Currant Punch 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ c. brandy
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • 4 c. black currant nectar
  • 1½ c. cold seltzer
  1. Stir brandy and sugar in a large bowl. Add nectar; stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Punch can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days. Add seltzer just before serving.

Dark and Stormies 

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INGREDIENTS

ICE CUBES:
  • 8 c. ginger beer
DRINK:
  • 8 c. ginger beer
  • 4 c. dark rum
  • ½ c. fresh lime juice
  • Thinly sliced lime
  1. To make ginger beer ice cubes: Pour 8 cups ginger beer into 4 ice cube trays and freeze.
  2. Stir ginger beer, rum and lime juice in a pitcher. Serve in tall cocktail glasses with 3 or 4 ice cubes each; garnish with lime. Try Barritt’s Ginger Beer, available at sodapopstop.com, and Gosling’s rum.

Trick or Treat?

Who knew how much you could do to a plain old apple!

“Poison” Candy Apples

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Ingredients

  • 12 baby Granny Smith apples
  • 12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
  1. Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degrees F. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
  3. Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.

Caramel Apples 

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Ingredients

  • 12 crisp apples
  • 1⅓ c. dark corn syrup
  • 1⅓ c. granulated sugar
  • 1⅓ c. light brown sugar
  • 1⅓ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Line a baking pan with a generously oiled sheet of parchment paper. Push a candy apple stick into the core of each apple.
  2. Combine the syrup, sugars, heavy cream, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the mixture reaches 270 degrees F – about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the butter and vanilla. Let cool for 6 to 8 minutes, until caramel thickens to a toffeelike consistency.
  3. Dip and gently swirl the apples into the caramel and place on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely.

Ghostly Coconut Covered Apples 

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Ingredients

  • 6 Fuji Apples
  • 10 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 4 c. shredded coconut
  1. Remove stems and skewer apples (see “Tricks for Sticks,” below).
  2. In a double boiler over low heat, melt white chocolate chips, stirring continuously.
  3. Dip an apple into the chocolate. Immediately dip the apple into a bowl of shredded coconut, rotating to coat evenly.
  4. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

London Pop up screenings

You will not be stuck with what to do in London on Halloween weekend!

Farmopolis 

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Watch the Little Shop of Horrors – a horror musical about a flesh eating plant than amid the flora and fauna of Farmopolis ~ October 28th, £15, North Greenwich

‘Nosferatu’ at the Royal Albert Hall

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The birthplace of horror cinema. This screening includes haunting live piano . ~ October 31st £16.50

 

 

Teen Horror Pyjama Party 

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Six great movies, 11 hours. A room full of strangers in their jim jams.

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More information here

The Cult of John Carpenter at the BFI

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From ‘Halloween’ to ‘The Thing’, the king of indie horror gets his own season at the BFI Southbank. For more information please see here

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.

Pave

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Just Eat Right Cafe Pop
Up Sunday 5th June

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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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My Healthy
sandwich!

When you think of sandwiches, you think of the really fatty sandwiches that are full of nasties. But sandwiches can be a great and quick lunch to grab when you are on the rush. Instead of buying one, let’s make our sandwich full of goodness to keep us full until dinner. Save time by making it the night before or even during weekends, have a look at our recipes! They are easy and healthy.

Green Sandwich

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The Bonjon Gourmet

 We all love a green smoothie so why not a green sandwich. Recipe here.

Californian Rainbow Sandwich 

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Half Baked Harvest

You know when your meal is healthy when it’s full of colours. Recipe here.

Roasted red pepper hummus, avocado and feta

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Two Peas & Their pod

Hummus and avocado will make your sandwich incredible tasty. Recipe here.

Avocado and kale salad 

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Make your favourite salad and put everything into the bread. Recipe here.

 

Spicy carrot 

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The simple Veganista

Crunchy sandwich! Recipe here.

Chickpea & Sunflower 

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Minimalist Baker

Energy bite on the go, recipe here.

What’s better than drinking Chi raw coconut water along a side with these yummy sandwiches…

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

 

 

Protein
Shakes

Are you thinking of starting to drink protein shakes? After your workout you see everyone reaching for a protein shake, but you wonder how and when you should drink them? Protein shakes are getting more and more popular as a nutritional supplement. When you choose the right protein powder you can get a lot benefit from it. Hair, nails, skin are mostly made of protein, your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and it’ is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood. So now you know why protein is good for you, let’s make some protein shakes with the right dose of protein. 

Red Peanut Butter shake

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Ingredients

125g frozen raspberries

35g frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder

1tbsp ground Chia seed

250ml Chi coconut milk

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

 

Chocolate shake

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Ingredients

1 large banana

2-3 large ice cubes

280ml Chi chocolate milk

1 Tbsp Chocolate / vanilla protein powder

2 large Tbsp oats

1 handful of Almond

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Coffee Shake

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt

1 tbsp ground flax seed

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp grated nutmeg

6 ice cubes

250ml Chi espresso coconut milk

1 Tbsp protein powder

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Green vegetables shake

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Ingredients

60g spinach leaves

1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped

15 green grapes

185g fat-free natural Greek yoghurt

2tbsp chopped avocado

1-2tbsp fresh lime juice

250ml Chi Raw coconut water

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Almond Chia shake

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Ingredients

1 large ripe banana, peeled

250ml unsweetened almond milk

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1Tbsp protein powder

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Carrot Cake shake

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Ingredients

110 ml carrot juice

250ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 half tsp  cinnamon

4-5 cubes of ice

1 handful of walnut

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Mother’s Day
Gift ideas

This Sunday (6th March) is Mother’s day, it’s the day to celebrate the wonderful woman who has given you so much. Show her how much you care by finding her a lovely gift to make her happy. If you are still wondering what to give to her this Sunday, we have some great ideas for you. Here are some ideas to make this day awesome:

  Make her a breakfast

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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!

No time to cook but
I want to be healthy!

Working full time, taking care of your family and other activities, eating healthy isn’t easy everyday! When you don’t have time to cook, it’s so tempting to rush into buying junk food. So because we want you fit and  lean, we have prepared for you a meal plan for your busy days. The key to make healthy and quick meals is to have all the items on hand that it will be easier and faster to make healthy choices. Also try to cook during the weekend for the week ahead, and store your meals in a fridge.

Breakfast

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Breakfast is the meal that we have less time to eat, most of the time the breakfast we eat it on the go to work/school. So this is what you should eat to kick start your day

1 piece of fruit (at least) such as banana, orange, blueberries

1 handful of nuts such as walnuts, almonds

1 piece of Toast with some peanut butter

1  Chi Caffe Latte  or Chi Raw coconut water 

Lunch

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When you eat the right kind of food at lunch, it’ll help you stay full and alert throughout the afternoon.

Quick and easy salad, combine all this ingredients on a plate

1/2 Avocado

2 handful of rocket or spinach

2 slices of smoked salmon

pepper and salt

Snack

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Snacking can satiate hunger between meals to prevent overeating, here is the best snack to eat

Toast snack

 1 Toasted whole grain bread slice

 Spread of cottage cheese

Toppings

Fruit slices such as strawberry, blackberry or pineapple

Nuts

Dinner

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Eating  dinner earlier will help your digestion

Super healthy smoothie

200ml  CHI coconut milk  or almond milk

2 Tbsp low-fat plain yogurt

1 handful of blueberries or  strawberries

1 Tbsp hemp powder

2 tsp whey protein powder

3 ice cubes

2 Tbsp oats.

 Blend all these ingredients in a food processor and drink it!

 

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

THE ESSENTIAL VITAMINS FOR A HEALTHY WINTER!

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

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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. 

Rhitrition’s Clean
Porridge

We are  lucky to have an amazing nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert aka Rhitrition at Chi HQ. She’s  offering  dietary advice on how to live a healthy & happy lifestyle and how to eat well, check out her website here

In this article we gathered the best porridges from Rhitrition to kickstart your mornings! Porridge is packed full of nutrients, especially if you mix the oats with some superfoodsIt takes less than 5 minutes to make these recipes, perfect when you are in a rush!

  Green Porridge

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barley grass

oats

chia seeds

Chi coconut milk

peanut butter

ginger

Cacao Porridge 

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oats

Chi coconut milk

cacao nibs

protein powder

 Protein Porridge

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Chi Coconut milk

protein powder

Chia Seed Porridge

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oats

Chi coconut oil

barley grass

chia seeds

 Almond Porridge

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protein powder

oats

almond milk

Chi coconut oil

chia seeds

 Peanut Butter Porridge

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oats

chia seeds

peanut butter

Chi coconut milk 

 Chocolate Porridge

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cacao

Chi chocolate coconut milk

oats

chia seeds  

 Coco Porridge

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Chi coconut milk

chia seeds

coyo yogurt 

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.

Guilt free
Christmas dessert

Christmas is nearly approaching, we are already starting to eat chocolate, cookies… The festive season is usually associated with gaining weight, but this year it won’t be the same! The food that will destroy your diet the most is dessert,  we have gathered some healthy dessert recipes that will indulge your craving for a Christmas sweet. You can tell us thank you;)

We have to start with a chocolate recipe, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without chocolate. Eating chocolate can be good for your health, it improves your cardiovascular health. This is because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate with 70% or more cocoa , contains flavonoids. However the high fat and caloric content of chocolate can counteract these benefits by causing weight gain if regularly eaten in large amounts. Also it’s better to avoid any of milk chocolate or white chocolate (high in sugar and fat).

Fruity Chocolate bar 

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@givingtreesnack

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces good quality, dark chocolate (70-80%), very finely chopped
  • 1 cup assorted  Giving Tree fruits, large pieces roughly chopped

Directions

Gently melt chocolate on the lowest possible heat setting. Stir regularly, removing from heat as needed. The goal here is to keep the temperature under 90 degrees, be patient, keep stirring, and even with the heat on a low setting the chocolate will melt eventually.

Once melted and smooth, pour chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread into an even layer (it will not cover the entire pan, just spread it until it’s as thick as you want your final bark to be).

Sprinkle evenly with Giving Tree fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.

Because of the nature of freeze-dried fruit, this particular bar is best enjoyed within a day or two, as the fruit will begin to soften once exposed to humidity. The bar is good for up to a week, however, the fruit just might be a bit softer after a few days out in the open.

A traditional dessert that nobody can resist is the apple pie… with less sugar.

Apple Pie

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Step 1. Prepare the pastry
In a food processor, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut palm sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (cut into 1/4-inch pieces); pulse until large flakes form. Add 7 table-spoons trans fat-free shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cold water over the mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, tossing with a fork to mix. Roll the pastry into 2 balls, one slightly larger than the other. Flatten into 3/4-inch thick disks on separate sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

Step 2. Make the apple filling
Peel, core, and slice 5-6 apples, enough to make 6 1/2 cups. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Toss well; set aside.

Step 3. Assemble the pie
Preheat oven to 400º. Place larger half of chilled pastry on a 12-inch sheet of plastic wrap. Dust dough with flour and roll into a 12-inch circle with a floured rolling pin, then invert over a 9-inch pie pan. Peel off plastic and gently tuck pastry into pan, letting edge drape over sides. Lightly moisten upper edge of dough with a damp pastry brush. Transfer filling to pie shell. Roll other half of pastry into an 11-inch circle on plastic wrap. Invert over filling, then peel off plastic. Pinch edge to seal; trim excess.

Step 4. Bake till golden
Create decorative edge on crust with fork. Slit top pastry for steam vents. Brush top of pie with milk and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake for 20 minutes on center oven rack, shield-ing edges of crust with foil. Reduce heat to 375º; continue baking until the pie is golden brown and juices bubble through at least one vent, another 30 minutes. Insert wooden skewer into pie; there should be no resistance. Transfer pie to cooling rack and cool at least 1 hour before serving.

(inspired from the www.health.com)

Cranberry Jam tart
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@coconutandberries

No-Bake Cranberry Jam Tarts

  • 1Cup Almonds
  • 1/2Cup Rolled Oats (not quick-cooking)
  • 3/4Cup Soft Dates
  • Pinch of Salt

Quick Cranberry Jam:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Fresh OR Frozen Cranberries
  • 2T Maple Syrup
  • 2T Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4C Orange Juice
  • 1/2C (approx) Water
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 1/2t Vanilla Extract

Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and oats together to form a fairly fine flour. Add the salt and the dates and process until you have a thick mixture which holds together when pinched between finger and thumb. You may need to add a couple of extra dates if it’s too crumbly.

Divide mixture between the 12 holes of a shallow cake/tartlet tin and press firmly in the base and up the sides to form 12 neat tart shells.

Refrigerate or freeze until ready to fill.

For the jam, place all ingredients except vanilla in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer gently for 10-15 minutes, stirring, until the cranberries have all popped and the jam has thickened up. Pour into a jar and refrigerate until cool. (I left mine chunky but blend with an immersion blender if you prefer yours smooth)

Run a knife around the edges of the tart shells to loosen them and pop them out of the tin. Fill each with a couple of teaspoons of the jam.

Serve at room temperature

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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@acouplecooks

Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup wheat flour
  • Turbinado sugar (for garnish)
Method
  1. In a medium bowl, add 1 egg, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup molasses, ¼ cup almond butter, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 2 tablespoons applesauce; vigorously whisk to thoroughly combine.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons allspice, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 ¼ cup all purpose four, and ½ cup wheat flour to the wet ingredients and stir with a large spoon until well combined. Turn out onto plastic wrap and form into a rough ball; cover with plastic and chill at least 1 hour, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Flour a flat surface and a rolling pin, then roll out the dough to around ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread men, about 25-35 total. Place gingerbread men on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  5. Bake for about 8 minutes, until until puffed and slightly firmed. Let rest on the pan for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  6. Store covered at room temperature for several days; freeze for longer term storage.
Stuffed Pear

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@theartseefartsee

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe halved and pitted pears (I cut a little whole in mine for the pecans to fit it)    
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup of honey
  • 1.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2  tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of candied pecans 


Directions


Preheat oven to 350°   
Fill holes with candied pecans
Sprinkle pears with spices

Drizzle with honey
Bake for 25-40 minutes (they are done when the skin begins to curl).

Enjoy!

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

How to get a
flat belly quickly?

Who doesn’t dream of  having a flat belly? Most people are obsessed with their belly even at Chi HQ. To have a flat belly depends really on what you eat and how many time you workout during the week. So in this article you will find out how to get your flat belly in a short time.

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What to eat? What food to avoid?

The first piece of advice that we can give you is to avoid as much as you can sugar. This will keep insulin levels low and also keep levels of glucagon high. Glucagon plays an active role in allowing the body to regulate the utilisation of glucose and fats. This hormone, is the best friend you could ever have in the struggle for a flat belly! The closer to zero grams of sugar you consume, the lower your insulin and the higher your glucagon levels.

Salt can make your tummy bloat also so try using natural sea salt or kosher salt, which is lower in sodium. 

The best flat belly menu

Breakfast: A slice of whole-wheat bread with natural peanut butter and 1 cup of your favourite berries or a nice porridge full of vitamins.

Lunch: Spinach salad with sliced avocado, grilled firm tofu, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice. 

Dinner: Grilled salmon, a roasted sweet potato, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil and garlic. 

Snack: A cup of fat-free yogurt with 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds.

Tip 1: To prevent bloating, chewing is the best tip! Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested.

Tip 2: Eating portion-controlled meals that include whole-grain foods throughout the day is the best way to eat for a flat belly.

How many days per week should I exercise?

Exercising is the best way to have a healthy way to live.  To get your flat belly of your dream you have to focus on abs exercises.

But you should first start your workout by cardio exercises. They will heat up your core temperature and improve circulation, both of which will aid in acquiring a flat stomach. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day minimum.

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And then your can simply do the crunch abs. You will have a flat stomach in no time!

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Chi Coconut
Porridge

You can’t be a true British if you don’t eat porridge for breakfast! It is the perfect compromise while it’s simple and quick to make it, there’s now another reason to love this most healthy breakfast. According to several studies, people who eat oats and other wholegrains live longer and are less likely to die from heart disease. The cereal grain’s proven talents include helping to lower high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. Not to mention that it’s packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals and fibre.

In this article we will give all the best tips to make yummy porridge with Chi coconut milk.

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You can find a thousand ways  to make porridge but the basis is all the time the same. Porridge as we know it today, is made by mixing oats with a fluid (water and or milk) and then heating it.  Beyond that it is all down to personal preference, here are some ideas!

 

Chi Chocolate Porridge 

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 12.38.471. Mix the oats and Chi Chocolate coconut milk . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.

2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces.

Honey Coco porridge 

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1. Mix the oats, Chi coconut milk (plain) . Set over a low heat and cook for about 20 mins, stirring every now and then to prevent the porridge from sticking, until it’s thick and creamy – add a splash more Chi milk if you like it thinner.

2. To serve, spoon the porridge into bowls, top with some almond pieces plus some banana and a little bit of chocolate pieces. To finish you can drizzle with honey.

Creamy Blueberry Coconut Porridge

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1. Simply add the water, oats, Chi coconut milk to a saucepan and allow it to heat for about ten minutes, until the liquid has all been absorbed.

2. Then stir in some Chi organic coconut oil and let it dissolve into mix.

3. Once it’s all nicely mixed pour it into a bowl, add blueberries and coconut chips.

Enjoy!

Halloween
Competition

Trick or treat?  TREATTTTT! Halloween night is coming in a few weeks! Are you going to a party or watch a scary movie with your friends? Either way you need YUMMY snacks.  Chi and its favourite brands are here to provide you with all you need 😉

COMPETITION TIME

halloween giveaway 2015

 

What’s the prize included?

Handmade popcorn in London that use natural ingredients. Their range contain over 40 innovative flavours (sweet or savoury).

Healthy and delicious range that the whole family can enjoy. Preservative free, all natural, guilt free!

 100% Raw organic coconut water, unheated, with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged.

How to enter ?

It’s really easy, all you need to do:

  1.  Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and follow us on twitter
  2.  Share the Halloween  competition with the hashtag #joeandseph and #givingtreesnack 

The competition will be running from the 13th October to the 27th October 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.

Prevent Cancer with Chi
Raw coconut water!

Nowadays more and more people are fighting cancer than ever before. Hundreds of  thousand people are diagnosed  with cancer every year in the UK. There are over 200 different types, each with its own symptoms, methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Several researchers claim the health properties of coconuts are numerous,  including its ability to prevent cancer, how wonderful is that?! Coconut water is amazing at getting rid of the symptoms and damage done by chemotherapy. It is an electrolyte, it oxygenates the blood, it restores the ANC count, white blood count, haemoglobin, platelets, etc. As if that weren’t enough, because it is an anti-microbial, it can also help to reduce microbes inside cancer cells and aim to revert them into normal cells. In other words, it can be a fighting force of cancer treatment!

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Sounds too good to be true?

You have to keep in mind that current research is too preliminary to confirm. But with all the benefits coconut water contains we are really optimistic.

Note:  you must use fresh “young coconuts” and extract the coconut water.

 

For cancer prevention and overall good health, there is no substitute for the three basics: an overall healthy diet, staying a healthy weight, and daily physical activity. 

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..

 

Your home online

“New to the coconut market is chi 100% raw organic coconut water – the UK’S first and only organic and raw product on the market using innovative technology to bring you a truly fresh product. Chi raw organic coconut water is a healthier coconut water as the product is unprocessed, unheated and organ – just as fresh as drinking straight from a coconut!”

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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.” – 

 

Sunday Express S Magazine  –
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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!

The Giving
Tree snacks

Have you ever tried the Giving Tree snacks? The Giving Tree offers a range of  freeze dried fruits and Vacuum fried vegetables. The fruit are 100% pure with no added ingredients (sugar, preservatives or flavourings). And the vegetable range (Broccolis & Pumpkin) is 100% natural, using only 2% of rice bran oil per pack. Rice bran oil is free from trans fat and low saturated fats, also this oil is rich of antioxidant. The Giving Tree snacks are both nutritious and delicious. They retain many of the natural nutritional qualities and flavour of the fruit and vegetables.

The Giving Tree Range

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WHAT’S FREEZE DRIED?

Freeze drying foods is a process that removes 98% of the food’s water content, giving it a longer shelf life whilst retaining the flavour, colour and nutritional elements. Freeze dried foods are rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre.

WHAT’S VACUUM FRIED?

Vacuum frying is a process of putting food into a machine that pressurises and cooks it with the use of hot oil, but at much lower temperatures than traditional frying methods. Putting the process in a vacuum lowers water’s evaporation point. Food can fry at lower temperatures, absorbing less oil.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • 1 of your 5 a day
  • Low in calories
  • Full of vitamins
  • High in fiber
  • Full of antioxidants

Where to find them?

Giving tree snacks are available at Whole Foods London & Planet Organic and some  other stores. Check out here to find the closest store to you.

 WIN the full range of Giving tree snacks and a yoga session!

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@givingtreesnack 

How do I enter the competition?

For a chance to win, it’s very simple, all you need to do is:

  1. Like Giving Tree Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.
  2.  Share and tag a friend in the competition photo on one of the pages.
  3. And add the hashtag #yogasphere.

The winner and the friend tagged  will all win The GivingTree prize!

The competition will be running from the 11th August 2015 – 25th August 2015 till 4pm.

Good Luck!

Here are the links:

Facebook: Givingtree

Twitter: @Givingtreesnack

Instagram: @Givingtreesnack

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

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.

Yoga vs Pilates, Which
one to choose?

Yoga or Pilates, don’t know which one to choose?  In the last few years the number of Yoga and Pilates classes available has increased so much. But why? These activities have so many health benefits and it helps you to keep you active.  But are you still confused about the difference between these two? Don’t worry we are here to clarify that!

Let’s have a closer look at these two practises to help decide which one is right for you.

1. Do they have the same origin?

Firstly, we have to know from where they are form.

Yoga originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It has evolved over the years and cultures into many types of yoga such as Bikram, Ishta, Purna & Ashtanga.

Pilates was created by an athlete, Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century. He created several exercises to improve his strength. Then dancers started to practicing theses exercises to help them to become more performance.

2. What is the main difference?

Both Yoga and Pilates bring an understanding that the mind and the moody are connected.

Pilates requires concentration and focus to find a centre point to control your body through movement. While Yoga is built on the connection between the mind, body and the sprit. It is designed to increase your body’s efficiency and your overall health and wellbeing.

3. Challenging your body

Both exercises will help you to gain strength and flexibility.

Pilates puts you in to unstable positions by moving your limbs. Some classes use machines to gain strength and some others classes make you use your body’s resistance. Whereas Yoga is made up of a series of static postures and you will work out all your muscles in your body equally.

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4. What are the health benefits?

Both are a great workout. Here is a list of all of the benefits that you can expect to get from Yoga & Pilates:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilisation of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Stress management and relaxation.

5. Which one is for you?

If you are looking more to manage your stress and to be more spiritual, yoga is for you.  If you want to focus more on your back and your core body, Pilates will be the better option. If you still don’t know what to choose why not to try both and see which one you prefer.

So now book your classes!

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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 

 IMG-20150405-WA0008 Chi Raw Coconut Water will be your sun soul mate for this summer!

 

RELAX THIS SUMMER
WITH A COCONUT-COCKTAIL

Nothing gets you more in the mood for Summer than lying on the beach with the sunshine hitting your face, feet in the sand, and a refreshing cocktail by your side. When it comes to Summer time, its all about the mixology of fruity, fresh and exotic drinks to give you a tastes of the tropics. Cocktails are fun and the perfect drink to keep you hydrated, cool and relaxed. Not to  mention that they of course will bring all sorts of mouth-watering flavours to tantalise your taste buds! Instead of sticking to the signature cocktails such as the infamous Sex on the beach or Tequila sunrise, let’s add a coconut twist into the mix! Our Chi products may just be the magic seed to your drink. Not only will is taste amazing, it will bring a tropical taste to the cocktail making that one drop to the mouth will send you off to a exotic, dreamful place!. These cocktails are 100% guaranteed of pure deliciousness and are very quick and easy to make! Summer cannot get any better than this!

COCONUT GIN AND TONICS

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Instructions

  1. Add ice to a serving glass and top with lime juice, gin, tonic water, and coconut water.
  2. Stir and garnish with fresh mint or basil (optional).

COCONUT PINEAPPLE CHILLER

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Recipe & Photo Credits: FoodfromFlossie

Ingredients (Serves 4)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pineapple by removing the core and the skin and add to your high speed blender.
  2. Add the vodka, ice, Chi coconut water, juice of one of the limes, 2 mint leaves and blend until super smooth.
  3. Pour into the glasses and squeeze in a lime wedge and serve with a sprig of mint.

BLACKCURRANT COCKTAIL WITH COCONUT WATER

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Recipe & Credits: Food&Style 

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 237 ml Chi Organic Raw Coconut water
  • 85 g silver tequila
  • 43 g  blackcurrant liqueur)
  • 41 ml lemon juice
  • 4 dashes bitters (lemon)
  • 2 strips lemon peel (use a vegetable hand-peeler)

KINGSTON COCONUT COLADA

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

Nice Crispy Snack

With all these cocktails you need a little snack but a healthy one! Why not to try the Giving Tree snack? This is a special freeze dried and vacuum fried snack , that means 100% of the nutrition remains intact, without any sugar or salt added. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GivingTreeSnacks

Instagram: @givingtreesnack

Twitter: @givingtreesnack

The natural way to
whiten your teeth

Have you always wanted to have perfect white teeth? You’ve tried all the whitening toothpastes and strips out there in the shops, in hopes for your teeth to whiten but they have been no use. You’ve still remained disappointed with the results and may have even damaged your teeth as a result. There are loads of expensive teeth whitening products, but what you are missing is that many of these that are ‘natural’ are Coconut Oil based. At Chi HQ we believe the solution is simple. Everything natural has amazing benefits, and that starts with our Chi Coconut Oil. Instead of buying teeth whitening products, you can simply use our Chi, it’s a pure genius!

How does Chi Coconut Oil do this?

Coconut oil is a natural remedy used to clean and detoxify your teeth and gums. This is called ‘oil pulling’ which the lauric acid found in the coconut oil removes the naughty plaque that makes our teeth go yellow. This doesn’t give you instant whitening but gradually over time you will see a difference.

Directions

All you have to do is spoon out 1 tbsp of Chi Coconut Oil (or less) and push, swish and ‘pull’ the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes so it is coated. After this time, rinse all the chi coconut oil out with water and brush your teeth with mint toothpaste.

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***Repeat this process every morning and you will start to notice the difference. Those natural pearly whites you’ve always dreams of, will now become a reality! That means you’ll have to keep smile wherever you are!

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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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.

Going
RAW

We are proud to announce that you can now buy 100% RAW coconut water from Chi! We are so excited for you to taste this delicious product: totally untampered with –  Left as nature intended it to be left (perfect!). Available at OCADO, Whole Foods, Planet Organic with more stockists being added monthly.

FRESH – NO ADDED SUGAR – NO PRESERVATIVES – COLD-EXTRACTION – ORGANIC – NEVER HEATED – 100% PURE – RAW – NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.

So how do we get it?

The coconut water found within young green coconuts in Thailand is very easily altered when heated. That is why when you drink coconut water which is not raw, it does’t quite bring back that same memory of sipping coconuts on holiday – however refreshing and lovely it may be. However, Chi has found a way to keep the fresh coconut water in Thailand in its natural RAW form! We use high pressure processing to do this – keeping the coconut water cold at all times: from when the coconut is cracked open by our farmers to the moment you pick it up from the shelves in your closest store. High pressure processing allows the coconut water to have a longer refrigerated shelf life while also allowing all the natural flavours to remain exactly the same. We do not add any preservatives or heating to the product – it is simply simple! This means that the nutritional content is also unchanged.

Watch this video on how we make our coconut water:

Chi Organic Raw Coconut Water – No Gimmicks. No Celebrity Lifestyle to sell. from Serendipity Films on Vimeo.

Where does RAW coconut water come from?

Our coconuts come from a region called ‘Ratchaburi’ in Western Thailand where the rich soil and tropical climate offer the perfect environment for producing uniquely great tasting coconuts. The word Ratchaburi means “The land of the king” and the provence is located 80km west of Bangkok, bordering Burma. The soil is perfect for coconuts to grow here – with the Mae Klong River flowing through the centre of Ratchaburi town.  Hence why Thailand is renowned for producing the world’s best tasting coconut water.

Why go RAW?

The main reason to go RAW is for the taste – incredibly fresh and unique!  However, other reasons may be that Chi RAW coconut water is packed with naturally occurring electrolyte minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium. We only use hand-picked young Nam-Hom coconuts – always harvested at the perfect moment for peak nutrition! We never mix the ages or varieties of our coconuts – giving a consistently fresh and pure taste.

Our RAW coconut water is also sustainable – as Chi trades fairly. We are contributing to the environmental impact of production: creating a sustainable balance between farming and wild ecosystems. Chi RAW coconut also works hand in hand with ‘Drop4Drop.org’ in order to deliver water wells to communities that need it most. 

Why does RAW coconut water go pink?

This is a natural occurrence and it is due to active anti-oxidants found within coconut water. It is nature’s way of blushing! 

The colour doesn’t change the taste, it is still so good.

Where you can find our Raw Coconut Water?

Planet Organic

Whole Foods 

Ocado

 

 

Chi’s iced
espresso

With Spring finally here we thought we’d be the first to get going on those ice cold drinks to get us in the mood for some sun. And what better iced drink is there than a chocolate coconut milk iced espresso to keep you going throughout the day? Chi have found the perfect recipe to refresh you and it’s dairy free!

Chi’s iced espresso

Our Chi espresso coconut milk is dairy free, low in fat, isotonic and 100% natural! It is packed with added fibre and naturally occurring electrolytes – keeping you hydrated, vibrant and healthy. The product is also gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians – a great drink to recommend to friends with intolerances.

Anyway, we think this recipe is fabulous, let’s try it!

Steps to follow:

1. Place one 330ml bottle of Chi espresso coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours to cool it.

2. Meanwhile, pour our  Chi chocolate coconut milk into ice cube trays and place it in the freezer until set.

3. When the ice has set and the Chi espresso coconut milk drink is cold enough enjoy the two as a delicious iced drink – with a kick from the coffee and a bit of a hint of chocolate from the ice cubes!

4. If you want an extra health kick, stir in 1 teaspoon of our delicious Chi coconut oil. Enjoy!

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Chi Espresso Coconut Milk & Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk

 

Chi’s collaboration with Work
– Well – Being

OUR COLLABORATION WITH WORK -WELL-BEING.

Chi coconut water was proud to support Work Well Being on the 13th of March for their first ever event!

WHAT IS WORK – WELL – BEING?

Louise and Abby are passionate & experienced practitioners and advocates of everything wellbeing! Both having many years experience within these practices has resulted in them establishing a network of the very best Wellbeing Warriors (teachers!) in London today.

Their belief is that there is a better way to work, we are working longer and harder than ever before, with time for our own personal wellbeing being pushed to the bottom of our to-do-list. It is time for employers to provide their staff something far more meaningful, wellbeing.

Work-Well-Being are on a mission to change the way we work, with the belief that wellbeing should be a core part of the working day, not something that individuals are forced to try and cram in during their few spare hours of an evening, or an often already full-packed weekend. Not only are the benefits of this huge to the individual, wellbeing is also a real business tool. There is no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance; performance is actually improved when our lives include time for reflection, restoration and renewal. An environment where people are happy in their jobs and given the respect and freedom to be themselves will enable the best work and ideas to flourish.

The services that Work-Well-Being offer make it a whole lot easier for the workplace to offer wellbeing to their employees! They program the full day using their network of the very best teachers, manage all of the internal promotion of the event, manage all class sign-ups, provision of equipment & insurance and importantly evaluate the success & impact of the event to the workplace.

How Chi helped Work-Well-Being event

During Work-Well-Being’s event there where 2 yoga classes,2 meditation sessions an inspirational talk on How to Manage Work Stress and individual Health Coaching consultations. Chi happily sent over a load of coconut water to keep everyone hydrated and energized – the perfect drink to have at hand for these activities! Here are a few photos from the event – a total success with some great feedback to both Chi and Work-Well-Being.

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We hope you enjoyed the event if you went and if not really recommend attending the next one! To find out how, you can contact louise@work-well-being.com.

Many thanks again to Work-Well-Being for having us there.

5 best blends! Our favourite
smoothie recipes here at Chi.

Here at Chi we have collected our 5 favourite smoothie recipes! Love drinking smoothies with a hint of coconut to them?! You have come to the right place. 

1. Deliciously Ella’s Mango and cashew smoothie. 

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 mango.
  • 2 ripe bananas.
  • 2 cups of spinach.
  • 1/2 a cup of spinach.
  • 2 cups of Chi coconut water.
  • 1 lime
  • Optional: A tablespoon of chai seeds.

Notes: Soak cashews overnight to soften them. Add all the ingredients to a strong blender when fresh for the best results!

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2. Madeleine Shaw’s peanut butter and raspberry chai jelly smoothie. 

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1 frozen banana (peeled & frozen overnight).
  • 200ml Chi coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp of peanut butter.
  • Pinch of vanilla bean powder or extract.
  • 50g of raspberries.
  • 1/2 lime.
  • 1 Tbsp of chai seeds.

Notes: At the bottom of your smoothie glass place the chia seeds, lime and berries & mush with a spoon before leaving to sit for 10 mins. Stir ever few minutes until a gel like texture is formed. In a blender blitz the banana, Chi coconut milk, peanut butter and vanilla for a few minutes. Pour over the raspberry jelly. Enjoy!

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3. The smoothie lover’s natural protein smoothie.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • Half a banana.
  • 1 cup of berries (frozen for the perfect texture).
  • 1/3 cup chickpeas (cooked or canned).
  • 120ml of Chi coconut milk.

Notes: Use frozen berries for perfect consistency. Blend all the ingredients together using a strong blender and enjoy! 

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4. Hemsley Hemsley’s ‘thanksgiving’ smoothie.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 80g cold or hot roasted, baked, or steamed squash (remove any burnt or tough skin—otherwise we keep it in there).
  • 50g fresh cranberries (40g fresh plus 10g dried cranberries is a little sweeter) or 50g green apple.
  • 12 whole pecans (ideally, soaked for at least 7 hours in filtered water with a pinch of sea salt, rinsed and drained—this makes them easier to digest).
  • 250ml Chi coconut water.
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon.
  • Optional: ½ tsp ground turmeric, raw pasture reared organic egg yolk and some chia.

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5. Running with spoon’s chocolate smoothie.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • ¾ cup Chi chocolate coconut milk.
  • 1 small/medium banana, frozen
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate or vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1Tbsp. nut butter (optional)

Notes: If you want to make your smoothie even thicker, freeze your Chi chocolate milk in an use cube tray prior to making.

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… We hope you enjoy making all of these delicious smoothies! For any ingredients you need from us just head over to our website to stock up. http://www.chilondon.com  🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bircher muesli with
chocolate coconut milk

The key to the perfect Bircher museli is to soak the oats overnight to achieve a chewier consistency. This improves the digestion and the absorption of this nutrient dense muesli. We wanted to try this super power breakfast using our own products – and doesn’t chocolate flavoured Bircher muesli sound a great idea?! 

Our chocolate coconut milk gives you that taste without the guilt – dairy free and rich in vitamins and minerals. We made our Bircher muesli at Chi HQ using the following recipe… go on, give it a try! 

 

Chocolate/coconut Bircher muesli.  

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 cup of rolled oats.
  • 1/2 coarsely grated apple.
  • 2 tbsp sultanas.
  • 2 tbsp cashews. (other nuts can be used if you prefer. Almonds and walnuts also work well!)
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave. (optional)
  • 250ml of Chi chocolate coconut milk.

 

RECIPE

  • Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix them up.
  • If you have a sweet tooth add honey or agave. We recommend 1tbsp.
  • Pour Chi chocolate coconut milk over the mixture.
  • Leave the mixture in the fridge overnight to be served cold the next morning. This works perfectly with a coffee to kick start your day! …Or a Chi espresso dairy free coconut milk  😉 

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Your mouth will be having a party
when you try this granola bar recipe!

We are  a big fan of Chefonabike the foodie biker! He has kindly shared with us his yummy granola bar recipe. All clean, healthy  recipes and, of course, they have got chi coconut oil in them. Brilliant for that early morning metabolism kick start and energy boost! Chefonabike says:

‘A super healthy version of a very popular everyday snack / energy bar just got a lot better. A clean approach is essential here so instead of using butter and sugars, Chi Coconut Oil and Honey are the sticky/combining agents. Also the crunchy peanut butter provides texture and flavour to the bar. Enjoy as a breakfast or as a Pre workout (whatever your sport/activity is) fuel..also ideal as a Recovery/Post trinity food to replenish glycogen used by your muscles.’

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INGREDIENTS:

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil

– 2 tbsp Chi Coconut water

– 1 cup packed pitted Medjol dates

– 1 1/2 lightly toasted jumbo organic Oats

– 1 cup raw whole almonds

– 1/4 cup honey

– 1/4 cup Organic crunchy peanut butter

– 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
METHOD:

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTES

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

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

Recipe by Chefonabike www.chefonabike.me

For more wonderful recipes click here to visit our Pintrest!

 

Chi mother’s
day giveaway!

We all love our mums, so when we actually remember mothers day is soon/sooner than we thought it was, purchasing a present that reflects how amazing your mum is can be a bit of a mad rush! (wee’ve all been there!) So to make it slightly easier for you lovely lot we are giving away some fabulous products, perfect to treat your mum (the healthy way, don’t worry we have included Ombar chocolate that is good for you. No really it is!)

The giveaway includes:

a 1 litre carton of chi 100% natural chocolate coconut milk.

1 coconut 60% dark chocolate ombar and 1 coco mylk ombar.

1 chi 500ml jar of raw,virgin coconut oil.

1 cartoon of chi 100% natural coconut water.

To enter:

Follow us and tag three friends on this post on instagram or share this post on Facebook.

Describe your mum in three words and tell us what you would make her using any of our chi products.

Please email us your awnsers to mail@chilondon.com with the subject header ‘Mothers day giveaway’ by 4pm on Thursday 12th March 2015. T&C’s apply *. Good Luck!

 

 

 

*Mothers day Giveaway T&Cs: Entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via email, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.

make your monday marvellous with
a coconut matcha latte!

We love a good matcha latte and especially when there is chi coconut milk involved, even more so on a monday morning when you need an energy boost. (Or hangover remedy) So to brighten up your monday morning here’s some information on matcha and how a coconut matcha latte can make your Monday marvellous. Oh yes and we’ve thrown in a quick recipe for your convenience, (we’re so kind!).

Although matcha powder comes with a hefty price tag it also comes with a hefty amount of nutrients, perfect justification to pop to your nearest health food store and grab a pot! Unlike green tea which is the brewed tea leaves of many varieties of tea leaf from China and Japan, matcha powder is specificaly ground from tencha leaves in Japan.

The tea bushes are grown and taken great care of during the winter and just before harvesting in May the bushes are covered from sunlight. This stimulates an increase in chlorophyl levels resulting in the leaves to be a darker shade of green. This, my fellow green gods and goddesses, is how matcha powder gets its nutrient potency. This darker shade of green causes a production of amino acids like L-thiamine.  This makes matcha perfect for repair and growth as it gives us a supply of ready available amino acids (think hair, skin, nails, muscles). Basically everything we need repairing to be feeling (and looking) amazing.

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When we consume Matcha we consume the whole leaf as it is in powdered form. This means we get a fair share of amazing antioxidants like ECGg. Antioxidants are important as they can help prevent damage to our cells from oxidative stress and toxins we consume and produce in our body. Even better for cell repair, skin repair and long term beautifulness!

This combination of matcha, electrolyte and mineral filled coconut milk is brilliant. Drinking one of these babies regularly is a sure fire way to become the envy of your colleagues with your new annoyingly large amount of energy, just what everyone wants to see on a monday!

Chi’s marvellous monday coconut matcha latte. ♥

ingredients: 

  • 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder of your choice
  • sweetener of choice  – for example Manuka honey, natural organic honey ( no chemicals here please!)  or rice malt syrup/ another plant based natural sweetener if you are a vegan.
  • Chi 100% natural coconut milk

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Directions:

  • Gently heat up a mug full of coconut milk.
  • stir in about a teaspoon of matcha powder in to your heated coconut milk.
  • Add the sweetener of your choice until it is as sweet as you would like it.
  • Pour in to your mug and there you have it! Drink up and boss your day (now that you are superman/superwoman)
  • For more amazingly good recipes with chi head over to our pint rest. 

 

Christmas Gift
Guide 2014

Stuck on what to buy your health & fitness focused loved one for Christmas? Looking for more thoughtful and earth-friendly gifts? Tearing your hair out over what to buy for your Vegan cousin? Chi is here to help with our Christmas Gift Guide 2014 that hopes to cater for everyone.

Under £20

The Jar of Plenty – Coconut Oil
If there’s one thing that every healthy foodie should have in his or her cupboard, it’s Coconut Oil. Not only is it a staple “superfood” in the kitchen, used for cooking, baking and spreading, but it also doubles up as a natural beauty product. Coconut Oil can be applied to the hair as a leave-in deep conditioner, or to the skin as a nourishing moisturiser. It’s perfect for dry and sensitive skin, and can be used by all the family. At £9.44, this multi-purpose gift is a steal. Buy now

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Natural and Organic Beauty – Neal’s Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard offers a wide range of organic and natural beauty products, which cater to all skin types. Their products are available across a wide range of Neal’s Yard stores, as well as online and at Wholefoods and Planet Organic. We love their latest selection of Christmas gift collections, starting from just £14. Buy now.

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Fitness Focus – Yogasphere Vouchers
Amazon has really wowed us with their latest offer: 5 yoga sessions at the prestigious Yogasphere, for just £19! That’s 75% off the original price of £75. Bargain! Sessions take place across three stunning London venues, and usually last 60 to 75 minutes each. To claim your voucher, follow this link.

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Under £50


Vegan-Friendly Fashion & Accessories – Reversible Tote Bag by Urban Outfitters
Good news for Vegan fashionistas, high street chain Urban Outfitters has launched a range of vegan-friendly items, including this faux leather reversible tote bag.  If the lady in your life prefers her fashion cruelty-free and stylish, then this bag is for her. Buy now  £38, Urban Outfitters

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Men’s Vegan Wallet – Rubben Black by Matt & Nat
For the Vegan gent in your life, we love this black wallet from Vegan friendly fashion brand, Matt and Nat. Although they are based in Montreal, Canada, they ship worldwide. Buy now. £43.00, Matt and Nat

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Healthy Thanksgiving
Day Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American followers! Here are some of our favourite healthy thanksgiving day recipes which will come in handy this Christmas too.

Vegan Cranberry & Orange Relish

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A healthy alternative to cranberry sauce, with no refined sugar added.
Author: Knead to Cook

Ingredients:
8 cups of fresh cranberries
2 oranges
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup

Directions:

  • Wash the cranberries and let dry.  Place 4 cups of cranberries into a saucepan with the orange juice and maple syrup.  Cover and turn up the heat to high.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Then uncover and let cool.
  • In the meantime, take the remaining 4 cups of cranberries and place in the food processor along with two peeled oranges and the zest (from both oranges).  Pulse until chopped nicely.
  • Once the hot mixture is cooled, blend with the cool mixture and serve or refrigerate.  Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts
come together in a fresh Autumn salad.
Author: Tiffany

Ingredients:
6 cups salad (Tiffany uses a combination of arugula and baby spinach, but any spring green mix will do)
1 red apple
1 green apple
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
⅓ cup dried cranberries

Dressing:
1 cup apple juice
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar in a pinch)
2 tablespoons honey
scant ½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup coconut oil

Instructions:

  • Core and chop apples (thin slices or 1 inch chunks). Toss lettuce, apples, walnuts, feta, and cranberries together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together all dressing ingredients. Toss with salad immediately before serving. Enjoy!

Vegan Sweet Potato Pie With
Whipped Coconut Cream Frosting

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Slightly less indulgent than most Thanskgiving desserts, this recipe uses sweet potato,
coconut oil, coconut milk  and maple syrup to replace those naughtier pie ingredients.
Author: Leta Shy

Ingredients:

For the crust
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the filling
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 sweet potatoes, cooked
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the coconut whipped cream
1 can chilled full-fat coconut milk (fat solids only)
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Notes: Cook, cool, and peel the sweet potato before proceeding. Bake and cool the crust before you make the pie filling, and make the coconut cream after your pie has had time to cool; you’ll need to refrigerate a can of full-fat coconut milk overnight. It helps to also chill the bowl you’ll be whipping the cream in for a few minutes before you’re ready to whip.

  • Add pecans and rolled oats to a blender and grind to a powder. Make sure you don’t overblend — you may end up making a paste. Place flour in a medium-sized bowl and add pecan and oat mixture. Mix well.
  • Add the coconut oil and mix with a fork until it is thoroughly incorporated into the flour mixture.
  • Stir in the maple syrup; mix just enough to blend well and form a dough that will hold together when pressed.
  • Transfer mixture to a 9-inch pie pan and spread into an even thickness on the sides and bottom of the pan.
  • Poke holes in bottom and sides of the crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let the crust cool before filling.
  • While crust is baking, make the pie filling: in a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and cornstarch until combined. Add sweet potato, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt and whisk until blended. Pour mixture into pre-baked pie crust.
  • Bake 1 hour or until edges are set and centre slightly jiggles. Let cool on a wire rack at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Once pie has cooled, open the can of chilled coconut milk, turn upside down, and open. Pour out the liquid at the top; you’ll use the cream part, not the liquid.
  • Gently pour the coconut fat into your chilled mixing bowl and whisk with a hand blender or standing mixer until whipped. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla or maple syrup and whip again until fully incorporated. Spread evenly onto pie and refrigerate.
Healthy Winter
Breakfast

Next week, Chi will be supporting the launch of  Lisa Roukin‘s amazing new cookbook My Relationship with Food. Lisa is a passionate, cordon bleu chef who enjoys creating healthy, gluten-free free recipes, that often contain little to no refined sugars or dairy products.

Lisa uses plenty of coconut products in her cookbook, and has been kind enough to share her Coconut Porridge recipe with us. This warming bowl of coconutty goodness makes for the perfect, healthy winter breakfast. Lisa says, “this is a must try porridge. It’s healthy, nutritious, and a good source of potassium, not just from the banana but also from the coconut water. The oats in porridge help to lower cholesterol levels if eaten regularly over a sustained period of time, and are a good source of fibre and protein.” Lisa also suggests experimenting with different toppings like chia seeds, blueberries, strawberries or cashew butter. Yum!

Benefits of porridge oats:

Slow release energy – Porridge oats have a very low Glycaemic Index, which means they are slowly absorbed into the body’s blood stream.  This not only gives a long gradual release of energy and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable but it also keeps you full much longer than other breakfasts.

Packed full of goodness – Porridge oats contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre and calcium.

High in protein – Porridge has the highest protein content of any cereal. It’s oats contain around 10g of protein for each 100g serving.

 

Coconut Porridge Recipe

(Serves 2)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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Ingredients

1-pint Chi Coconut Water
80g porridge oats fine or rolled

Topping

1 large handful toasted coconut chips
1 banana
Cinnamon
Agave syrup

Method

  • Place the coconut water and oats in a non-stick saucepan bring to boil, stirring often, then simmer for 3 minutes, occasionally stirring, leave to sit for 1 minute of the heat
  • Toast your coconut chips, in a dry frying pan
  • Serve with toasted coconut chips, sliced banana and cinnamon and touch of agave syrup if required
  • Enjoy

 

In a rush? We also love…

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Don’t have time to whip up a hot, healthy brekky? Introducing Oats + Chia. This tiny, tasty packet is full of goodness and contains wholegrain oats, sun ripened chia seeds, high quality fruit and virgin coconut oil (yay!).  Just add hot water!

 

 

CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER
BANANA BREAD RECIPE

We absolutely love this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Bread recipe from the Minimalist Baker… In fact, we just LOVE the Minimalist Baker! Husband and wife team, John and Dana, created The Minimalist Baker as “a space for simple, delicious food” which often uses 7 ingredients or less. Their site features a wide range of recipes, which cater for everyone. They also have a section called “one bowl” which is where we found this mouthwatering, Vegan and Gluten Free, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bread recipe… Not only can you make this wonderful recipe using just one bowl, but you can also use TWO dairy free, Chi ingredients; Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk and Chi Coconut Oil. Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 16.51.24

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BREAD

Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 1 hour

Author: Minimalist Baker Recipe type: Snack, Breakfast Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS Please note: these measurements are according to US guidelines. For UK measurement conversions, use Good to Know Cups to Grams Converter or similar.

  • 1 flax egg ( 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2.5 Tbsp water | or sub 1 egg)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (~1.5 cups)
  • 3.5 tsp baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/3 cup salted natural peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 2.5 Tbsp rape seed or coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup Peanut Butter Chips
 
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Preheat oven to 350 (PLEASE NOTE: this is according to US oven temperature settings) and line a loaf pan with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray.
  • Prepare flax egg in a large mixing bowl and let rest for 5 minutes to activate.
  • Add banana and mash thoroughly.
  • Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine.
  • Add cocoa powder, almond meal, gluten free flour blend, oats and stir.
  • Last, stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips (if using).
  • Pour into loaf pan and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. When ready, it should feel firm and be crackly on top. My sweet spot was about 1 hour 5 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before cutting or it will be too tender to hold form (preferably overnight).

Store completely cooled leftovers in a covered container for up to several days, though best when fresh. Slice and freeze for longer term storage.

 
NOTES
*Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 of 10 slices of bread including both chocolate and peanut butter chips.
*USA Measurements
 
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
Serving size: 1 of 10 slices Calories: 377 Fat: 18.5g Saturated fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 51gSugar: 22.4g Sodium: 90mg Fiber: 8g Protein: 8g

CREDIT: John and Dana, The Minimalist Baker | http://minimalistbaker.com/ @minimalistbaker

 

Ingredient suggestions from Chi…

Chi Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Chi Coconut Oil

Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk

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Plant based
Calcium

Why is Calcium important?

“Calcium is an essential nutrient as all living cells require calcium to remain viable; calcium is also required for a number of specific roles in the body.” (British Nutrition Foundation, 2005)

Not only is Calcium important for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth, but it also plays a role in muscle and nerve function, clotting blood and keeping your heart beating regularly. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, with the majority of it being found in the bone.

The RDA of calcium for adults in the UK is 700 mg/day, and the NHS suggests that “you should be able to get all the calcium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.”


Sources of calcium

Many of us have been brought up in a world where milk and dairy products have been marketed as the best source of calcium. Whilst this could be true, there are a number of other foods which provide a sufficient amount of calcium.

We love this chart from Mind Body Green outlining some of the best sources of plant based calcium, check it out!

We particularly like these meal inspirations…

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Why not try a bowl of Nairn’s Gluten Free Muesli with Chi Coconut Milk for a calcium packed breakfast?

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Or this awesome Kale Salad with Edamame Beans and Tahini for a nutritional lunch or dinner? (Recipe below)

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Ingredients:

3 -4 cups raw kale, finely chopped
1/2-1 apple, chopped
1/4 cup craisins (or more to taste)
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup carrot, grated (I chopped mine in the food processor)
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped (or sliced thin)
1/2 cup edamame beans (can also use garbanzo beans-optional)
1/4 cup mixed sprouts (of choice-optional-I used clover)

Tahini Dressing
1/3 cup tahini (well stirred)
1/3 cup water (more or less depending on how thin you want your dressing)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (may add a little more to taste)
garlic cloves, minced
1/2-3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon honey (more or less to taste, may use other sweeteners)

Directions:

1 Place all the chopped and grated veggies, nuts, and sprouts in a large bowl. Add the edamame beans and/or garbanzo beans, if using.

2 Place tahini, water(start with less water and add more to get to desired consistency), lemon juice, garlic, salt and honey in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. This makes about 1 cup.

3 Add desired amount of dressing to salad and toss to mix.

4 Enjoy!

 

National Chocolate Week:
Healthy Chocolate Recipes

It’s the nations favourite week, and we’re here to make you feel a little less guilty about indulging! National Chocolate Week (Oct 13th-19th 2014) is the UK’s biggest Chocolate celebration, culminating with The Chocolate Show, at Olympia London between the 17th and 19th Oct. Hundreds of events are expected to take place with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants, all taking part. Although chocolate is generally considered unhealthy, many of you will know that chocolate in its rawest form, Cacao, is actually thought to be a superfood. Cacao has one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavanols and contains many vital vitamins and minerals. When combined with cacao butter and coconut oil, Cacao becomes raw chocolate. It is these ingredients that are used by many healthy chocolate brands, like Conscious Chocolate and Ombar , to create dairy-free, gluten-free and guilt-free chocolate. Another great thing about raw chocolate, is that it is SO easy to make at home! Why not give it a go with two of our favourite guilt-free chocolate recipes: Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles, and Healthy Homemade Nutella!? Enjoy! 🙂

Raw Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles

Made using raw chocolate, these Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles are crunchy on the outside, and perfectly creamy and salty-sweet on the inside. Author: Minimalist Baker (Please note: we have altered the recipe to include raw cacao) Vegan, Gluten Free Serves: 20 Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 13.45.00 Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 13.45.21Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 13.48.14INGREDIENTS

  • 240g Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2.5 Tbsp melted coconut oil – divided
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 60g natural salted peanut butter (creamy is best, but crunchy works, too)
  • 80g raw cacao butter
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or agave syrup

METHOD 1. If your dates aren’t sticky and super moist when squeezed, soak in hot water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Then drain thoroughly and pit. Otherwise, just pit and add to food processor. 2. Add 1 TBSP melted coconut oil and mix. If it’s not quite combining, drizzle in warm water a little at a time – 1 tsp – scraping down sides as needed, and mix until a rough paste or ball forms. If you add too much water it will be difficult to handle them later as they won’t freeze up well. 3. Lastly, add 3/4 tsp sea salt and mix once more to incorporate. Taste and adjust saltiness level if desired. 4. Freeze for 30 minutes or until no longer warm and pliable enough to scoop into balls. 5. Using a small melon baller or a Tablespoon and finger, scoop out small balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for another 20-30 minutes to set. 6. Add peanut butter and 1/2 TBSP coconut oil to a small mixing bowl and microwave to melt (or heat in a small saucepan). 7. Remove truffles from freezer and drizzle with warmed peanut butter. Freeze again for another 30 minutes, or until the peanut butter has formed a semi-firm “shell.” 8. Prepare the raw chocolate by melting 80g cacao butter in a bowl over a pan of water on a low heat. Once melted add 4 tbsp cacao powder and the sweetener (maple syrup or agave) to taste and mix well with a metal whisk. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1 tbsp coconut oil. 9. Remove truffles from freezer and, using a fork, scoop truffles up and quickly immerse in chocolate, using a small spoon to drizzle chocolate evenly on top. Then gently shake off excess chocolate and place back on parchment-lined baking sheet. 10. Top with a small sprinkle of sea salt (optional), and repeat until all truffles are coated. 11. Place back in freezer or fridge to set – about 30 minutes. Serve straight from the freezer or fridge. Let set out for 15-20 minutes to soften. Store in a freezer-safe container in the fridge or freezer to keep fresh. Makes about 20 truffles.

Healthy Homemade Nutella

Nutella is one of the most popular spreads in the world. It’s gorgeously smooth texture, and chocolatey/nutty flavour make it almost addictive! Sadly, the ingredients are somewhat less desirable however. With the first ingredient being sugar, and the second palm oil, there is plenty to feel guilty about when consuming Nutella. Luckily, we found plenty of healthy alternatives! Now you can create your own, without feeling the guilt: Author: Anne Marie Vegan, Gluten Free Makes: Approx. 340g Untitled INGREDIENTS

  • 135g hazelnuts
  • 30g cocoa/raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • 75ml pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. real vanilla extract
  • 1-4 tsp. water

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°/Gas Mark 4 2. Roast the hazelnuts for 10 minutes. Cool the hazelnuts and remove the skins. You can do this by pressing on them with your hand, using a rolling motion. If the skins are stubborn, submerge the nuts in water and then peel them. As the skins come off, place each hazelnut in a food processor 3. Process the hazelnuts in a food processor for about a minute, until it has a fine crumb texture 4. Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and one teaspoon of water. Process to combine the ingredients. If it’s too thick, add water one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached 5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will keep for several weeks.

Happy National Chocolate Week!

Autumn Sweet Potato and
Coconut Oil Recipes

Today marks the 1st October, one of our favourite months. Not only do we get all the excitement of Halloween, we get all those beautiful Autumn colours and foods too! Namely, autumn/winter vegetables! Amongst our favourites of these seasonal autumnal vegetables, is the sweet potato; an extremely bright, delicious and versatile veg, packed with vitamins and minerals.

The sweet potato can be boiled, baked, roasted and fried, just like a normal potato, and tastes particularly good when cooked in Coconut Oil. The health benefits of Coconut Oil are plenty, and it’s a much healthier alternative to most other cooking oils. See: The Lowdown on Coconut Oil to find out more. 

To celebrate the beginning of Autumn, here’s some of our favourite Sweet Potato and Coconut Oil recipes to keep you healthy and warm this October…

Wholefoods Market Coconut Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest

Method: 

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Toss potatoes with oil, salt and pepper together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with lime zest.

 

Lobster & Swan’s Vegan Sweet Potato, Carrot and Ginger Soup

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Ingredients:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 red onions, diced
2 gloves garlic, crushed
1 green chilli, diced
1″ fresh ginger, grated
1 large sweet potato, chopped
5 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1Tbsp vegan vegetable and gluten free stock
Salt and pepper
A fresh boiled kettle of water
Optional basil leaf for decoration

Method:
Set a large pan over a low heat add the coconut oil, once melted add onions, garlic and chilli and cook for 3-5 minutes until softened.
Add the potato and carrots and grated ginger to the pan, stir for a minute or so then pop in the stock and stir for a further minute. Pour over a kettle full of boiled water (roughly about 1.6L) and season with a little salt and pepper, I never go over board with the seasoning and let who ever is eating the soup add more to their preference.Turn up the heat and bring the soup to the boil, once it’s bubbling lower the heat back down and simmer for 40 minutes.
Check the veg is soft then take soup off the heat and let it cool for 30 minutes or so before blending.
Enjoy with some crusty bread or some buttered rice cakes.

Mushroom salad with
Coconut Oil

We love packed lunches here at the Chi office. We are always looking for new healthy recipes to bring for work and today we just tried this delicious Mushroom salad with Coconut Oil. If you are looking for an easy and healthy lunch recipe to pack for work, you must try this one.

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredientes:

1 tbsp Chi Coconut Oil

1 punnet mushrooms

4 hanfull spinash

1 cup of sprouts

10 cherry tomatos

1/2 avocado

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tsp tamari

Sea salt & pepper

Instructions:

1. Heat the Chi Coconut Oil on a medium-high heat in the pan for 5 minutos;

2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and season with tamari, sea salt & pepper. Cook for 10 minutes;

3. In the meantime make a salad with the spinash, avocado, sprouts, tomatos and lemon juice;

4. Mix the mashrooms with the salad and enjoy!

 

Coconut oil is an amazing food to incorporate into your diet. Check out here 10 proven health benefits of Coconut Oil.

Healthy desserts using
Coconut Oil

We all need a sweet treat sometimes, right? 🙂 Coconut oil has great health benefits and it is a wonderful substitute for other oils in cooking and baking, plus it’s slightly sweet fragrance is unique and makes any dessert taste amazing. To inspire you to use our 100% raw, organic and virgin coconut oil, we decided to share some healthy desserts using coconut oil.

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Raw Chocolate Mousse:

This chocolate mousse is 100% raw, sugar, dairy, gluten and egg free. To make it you only need a blender and five simple ingredients:

1 avocado

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp Chi Coconut Oil

1 tsp raw honey

Dash of homemade almond milk

You just need to blend everything together, serve and decorate with your favorite toppings.

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Vegan Pancakes:

Who doesn’t love pancakes? 🙂 These ones are so healthy that you can have them both for dessert or breakfast. They are 100% vegan and free from all nasties.

For the base you just need to mix 1 banana, 1 tbsp coconut flour and a dash of almond milk. Whisk or blend all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat Chi Coconut Oil in a frying pan and ladle in one portion at a time. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side or until golden brown and serve with your favourite topping.

 

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Healthy ‘Reese’ Chocolate-Nut Butter

We love this recipe from one of our favourite bloggers, Naturally Sassy. If you are a chocoholic you definitely need to give it a try.

Recipe:

120ml melted Chi Coconut Oil

3 tbsp agave/maple syrup

60g raw cacao powder

1 tsp of nut-butter of choice, per ‘Reese’ cup.

Method:

Add the melted coconut oil, agave and cacao powder to a bowl and mix until completely smooth.

Line a cupcake tray with mini cupcake moulds/ cases. Divide the mixture in half. With one half start by pouring 1 tbsp of the chocolate mix into the bottom of the cupcake moulds. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.

Remove from fridge, and put one tsp of nut-butter spread in the middle of the chocolate, top with another tablespoon of chocolate/enough to cover.

Put back in the fridge and leave to set for another 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy with a glass of hot almond milk, for maximum pleasure!

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You can find more healthy recipes from Naturally Sassy, here.

To make these, and many other healthy recipes, you can purchase our 100% organic, virgin coconut oil here now.

Hope you enjoy our recipes and good luck in the kitchen! 🙂

The Lowdown on
Coconut Oil

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

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

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

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

Good fat

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

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

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

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

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

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


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PALEO FRIENDLY √

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

Enjoy! 🙂

Blueberry Quinoa
Muffins

Can I eat muffins and still keep healthy? Yes, you can! Check out this delicious and super healthy recipe for Blueberry Quinoa Muffins using Chi Coconut Oil and lots of amazing ingredients.

Ingredients:

1-2 tsp of Chi Coconut Oil

2 cups quinoa

75-100 ml almond milk

1 cup almond or coconut flour

1/2 cup oats

1/2 tbsp stevia

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 banana (optional)

1 tbsp almond flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Soak two cups of quinoa overnight or cook in boiled water for 10 minutes until soft;
  2. Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and blend – hand blender recommended;
  3. Then combine wet ingredients and blend again – make sure to melt coconut oil first for 20 seconds in microwave
  4. Then fold in the blueberries
  5. Sprinkle some almond flakes on top (optional)
  6. Bake the muffins for approximately 25-30 minutes on around 170-200c

Serve either hot or cold.

Recipe created by Liftus Fitness.

Dairy Free Chocolate &
Banana Workout Smoothie

A pre-or-post workout smoothie is the quickest and easiest way to pack in essential nutrients that your body needs before and after a workout. A liquid snack before hitting the gym can provide the body the fuel it needs to gain muscle and burn fat, and won’t be too heavy on your stomach.

After a workout, a protein drink can help build stronger muscles and speed up muscle recovery time. Protein can also help to rebuild the body throughout the day.

Whey Protein is probably the most popular form of protein powder, however it contains dairy, and not everyone can stomach dairy.  Luckily, there are plenty of Vegan and dairy free options on the market now. We recommend trying protein substitutes like hemp, rice, or pea, and milk substitutes like coconut, rice, oats or almond.

Our Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie is made using Pulsin Rice Protein which is raw and contains 8g of Protein per serving. Drink this 60-90 minutes before or after a workout for a tasty, nutritious and energising boost.

Dairy Free Chocolate & Banana Workout Smoothie 

Ingredients:
1 x 330ml Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk
1-2 servings (10-20g) Pulsin Rice Protein (or protein powder of your choice – please check recommended serving on back of pack)
1 x Banana
Chia Seeds (optional)

Method:
Chop your banana into small chunks and pop into a blender. Add your protein powder, and pour over a carton of Chi Chocolate Coconut Milk. Blend until smooth.

Serve over ice, or pop into your favourite shaker. Finish with a sprinkle of Chia Seeds.

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ENJOY! 🙂