Chi Winter Recipe Comfort Food
This Winter, we all want to eat food that warms us up and enjoy food that make us feel toasty and warm..however, with this can often include dishes loaded with high amounts of sugar, fat and salt!
We decided to try out our own winter recipes here in Chi HQ and create some delicious recipes to keep us going, and of course impress your loved ones too!.
Here are our favourites from Naturally Sassy! (www.naturallysassy.co.uk)
Not only are pumpkins awesome for carving scary faces into, they’re also incredibly nutrient dense. A cup of pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good eye health, and helps to form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones. They’re packed full of fibre and antioxidants such as beta-carotene. What’s not to love!
Gooey Chai Spiced Pumpkin Brownies
These are so easy to make, completely vegan and refined sugar free but honestly do taste naughty! Try using Chi Coconut Oil as
These tahini caramels are perfect for party nibbles – Tahini is absolutely bursting with calcium and skin loving omegas. It’s high in protein and helps keep you feeling energised and sustained. So not only is this recipe super yummy for you tahini addicts, it’s absolutely packed with goodness too! Try using Chi coconut oil in this lovely recipe!
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 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 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 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 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 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
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.
To celebrate the christmas season, we are offering an incredible hamper worth £230.
What’s included in the Christmas hamper ?
1. Nurtribullet, the super food nutrition extractor with all the accessories.
2. £100 WholeFoods Gift Card
3. 6 bottles (250ml) of our Raw coconut water to mix in your smoothies or just to enjoy one by one.
Our raw coconut water is the most pure coconut water that you can find in the market. It is unheated with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged. This product is also 100% organic, fairtrade and sustainable.
This innovative range of all-natural, preservative-free fruit and vegetable crisps undergo a combination of freeze-drying and vacuum frying to ensure maximum nutrients and superior taste. Rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre, they are a convenient way of reaching your 5-a-day.
How to enter ?
It is really easy, all you need to do:
1 Follow Chi & Giving Tree on Instagram or/and Twitter or/and Facebook
2 Repost Chi Christmas hamper on Facebook or/and Instagram or/and twitter
The competition will be running from the 20th November 2015 to the 18th December 2015 3pm, so good luck everyone!
Here are the links :
Chi Christmas Hamper 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, or Instagram and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.
As the day are getting colder, you don’t know how to dress with the temperature changing . One day it’s warm another day it’s cold… The perfect season to get a cold! At Chi HQ we all had a cold, sneezing a hundred times per day, blowing your nose until it becomes red. Want to know how to get through your cold quickly? Your doctor can’t do much to cure it. However, some foods and drinks can cut a cold short!
If you want to know what you should eat or drink during a cold, this article is for you;)
1. What to eat?
Lemon and orange
Lemon and orange are full of vitamin C, which may help shorten a cold and work as a natural decongestant. Aim for 500 mg of vitamin C four times a day. Other good sources of vitamin C include strawberries, tomatoes, and broccoli.
Hot soup raises the temperature in your nose and throat, creating an inhospitable environment for viruses that prefer cooler, drier climes.
Hot chili peppers contain capsaicin, the compound that gives them their kick and acts as a decongestant to help relieve a stuffy nose. Can’t stand the heat? Mild bell peppers can help, too. They don’t have capsaicin, but they’re full of vitamin C.
Garlic and ginger
During cold and flu season, one popular folk remedy is to eat a spoonful of raw, chopped garlic cloves – or even to gnaw right on a fresh clove! Not excited to eat raw garlic? You can try to put some in your vegetable smoothie or just make some toast with it and add some olive oil.
What to drink?
Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated during a cold, and make sure they’re hot. Black tea helps soothe a sore throat and chase away the chills with a good dose of virus-fighting interferon. Add some honey and a squeeze of lemon for vitamin C.
Raw coconut water
Hydration is so important especially when you have a cold. To achieve proper hydration, your body needs electrolytes to help maintain a state of fluid balance. Coconut water is a perfect source of electrolytes, you can find even more electrolytes in the Chi Raw coconut water, because it’s 100% Raw, not heated! It’s the freshest coconut water that you can find.
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
A healthy alternative to cranberry sauce, with no refined sugar added.
Author: Knead to Cook
8 cups of fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 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
Crisp apples, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and hearty walnuts
come together in a fresh Autumn salad.
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
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
- 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
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
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
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.
As the temperature drops, and the days grow shorter, we all start to notice a change in our mood and our motivation. Not only do the cold mornings make it harder to get out of bed, but the thought of dragging ourselves to the gym on a dark, wintery evening is almost unbearable. We begin to crave warm, hearty meals and steaming hot chocolate by the fire, giving those summery salads and smoothies the cold shoulder. Subsequently, this overload of carbs and sweet treats makes us feel even more sluggish. So, the question is, how do we get ourselves out of this winter slump?
This week, we’re taking inspiration from Emily Curson-Baker from FoodAtOne. Emily shows us that the key to adding sunshine and nourishment to our day during winter lies in experimenting with ingredients that provide warmth, as well as, nourishment. “A Cup of Sunshine” is Emily’s latest experiment, and we love it!
Using only 4 ingredients; coconut oil, turmeric, ginger and almond (or coconut) milk, “A Cup of Sunshine” provides hydration, nutrition, warmth and a touch of “glow.” Emily admits that it sounds a little crazy at first, but says “there’s a real sweetness from the coconut which brings out a mildness from the turmeric” making it a great tasting and healthy winter treat.
What are the benefits of turmeric and ginger?
Tumeric and ginger belong to the same Zingiberaceae botanical family, and are both said to contain many medicinal properties.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin, and is said to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Ginger is said to remedy nausea and sickness, as well as preventing colds and flu. Together, they make a powerful combination during the colder months, when our immune systems start to lower.
What are the benefits of coconut oil and coconut milk?
Coconut products are renowned for their health benefits, and have seen a recent surge in popularity across the health industry. In general, coconut products are great for strengthening the immune system, as coconuts contain lauric acid and antimicrobial lipids, which have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Both coconut oil and coconut milk are pressed from the same part of the mature coconut, and therefore contain similar health benefits. Read more.
Winter Warmer Recipe
“A Cup of Sunshine”
Created by Emily Curson-Baker, FoodAtOne
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon tumeric
- 0.5 teaspoon ginger
- 200ml almond milk (or coconut milk)
- In a small saucepan on a low heat add the coconut oil
- Once the coconut oil has melted add the turmeric & ginger, gently mix for a minute
- Add the almond milk, continually mix and slowly bring to a warm temperature
- Serve your Cup of Sunshine and enjoy! 🙂
Buy Chi Coconut Oil and Chi 100% Natural Coconut Milk here.
Coconut Oil for Dry
Skin and Hair
As we move towards October, it is important to start protecting ourselves from the damaging effects of the cold, winter weather. During these colder months, dryness in the air forces our hair, skin and nails to behave very differently.
Compensating for this loss of natural moisture in the air can be challenging, but here at Chi, we have an all-in-one solution for you…
Labelled as “nature’s wonder oil,” Coconut Oil is packed with nutrients that can help to nourish dry hair skin and hair. Organic, Virgin, Coconut Oil is also a natural and effective way to lessen your exposure to the toxins and chemicals found in many everyday beauty products. Many moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners contain alcohols and petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin and damage hair. Commercial beauty brands often contain a lot of water too, which makes you feel like your skin/hair are being moisturised, but as soon as the water dries, your skin dries. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps to strengthen underlying tissues and remove excessive dead cells on the skin’s surface, as well as strengthen hair follicles and add shine for gorgeous, silky locks.
Grab yourself a jar of Chi Organic Virgin Coconut Oil here, and follow these 3 easy steps for hydrated hair, skin and nails this Winter…
1. Wash your hair using a natural and organic shampoo. We recommend Green People’s range. Rinse with lukewarm water.
2. Apply a generous amount of Coconut Oil to your hair, and comb through to the ends. (Tip: leave about 1 inch of the roots un-oiled to avoid the greasy-look!)
3. Leave for 10 – 30 minutes. Rinse once or twice and leave the hair to dry naturally.
4. Repeat once a week.
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1. Cleanse face as per your usual routine.
2. Apply a small amount of coconut oil around the delicate eye area, and any dry patches. (Tip: coconut oil also makes a great lip balm!)
3. Allow 10 minutes to soak into the skin before applying make-up.
1. Remove any existing nail polish and soak your hands in warm water.
2. Massage coconut oil into your hands, concentrating on the cuticle and nail area.
3. Sit back, relax and allow 10 minutes to soak into the skin.
4. Apply your favourite nail polish. (We recommend Zoya – free from harsh chemicals and toxins.)
Beautiful skin also comes from within. Remember to drink plenty of water and coconut water during winter.