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How To Make A Warm Bowl Of Porridge With Pumpkin Crisps?

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Brr, brr, BRRRR! Has winter finally arrived? The mornings are getting darker and colder as the autumnal weather approaches, and let’s face it, there’s nothing more we want to do than hit snooze and roll over for another five minutes kip. But waking up to one of these beauties is another story. Porridge is a great winter warmer and what better way to start a cold, frosty morning than with a warming bowl of porridge? Breakfast is important to fuel your body for the day, particularly if you're going for a morning run or a gym session before work. We're huge fans of icy cold smoothies or granola and fruit in the summer months, but now the weather has turned colder, we're looking for a toasty alternative. But there are more reasons to enjoy porridge than just a delicious start to the day; oats could provide protection against heart disease and cancer, scientists say, and porridge is packed with fibre, which provides your body with sustainable energy. If you are feeling the cold here is a recipe to heat up your mornings with… A warming oat-free porridge topped with crunchy Giving Tree Snack Pumpkin Crisps and nutritious goji berries and a drizzle of Yacon Syrup!

Igredients:

 

Method:

  1. Place the oats and the coconut milk or water in a large pan over a medium heat
  2. Add a tiny pinch of salt, coconut butter and stir with a wooden spoon.
  3. Bring to a steady simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring as often as you can to give you a smooth creamy porridge – if you like your porridge runnier, simply add a splash more coconut milk or water until you’ve got the consistency you like.
  4. Stir the Yacon Syrup through the porridge.
  5. After you’re satisfied with the consistency, put your oats porridge in a bowl an add your Giving Tree Pumpkin topping alongside with the Goji Berries, Brazilian Nuts, Pumpkin, chia seeds and a little bit of cinnamon!
 

Checklist of fun things to do in Autumn!

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  Pumpkins and early evening sunsets illuminating the skies with bursts of turquoise and pink. It can only be autumn holidays in England; a time for food and drink festivals offering melt-in-the-mouth pies and succulent seafood; enjoying long walks in leafy parks dusted with crunchy auburn, red and gold leaves, for scaring yourself silly on a ghost walk in honour of Halloweens and watching the skies come alive with firework displays. Autumn is also the perfect time for seeing England's wildlife in all its glory, from bird watching in a National Park to puffin spotting on the coast. Autumn flies by in a flash, so take advantage of the crips weather and beautiful foliage with this list of fun things to do in the fall!   The Great Outdoors:

  • Go apple picking
  • Go leaf-peeping
  • Get lost in a corn maze
  • Take a hot-air balloon ride
  • Collect colourful fall leaves
  • Go for a hike
  • Go for a hayride
  • Rent a cabin in the mountains
  • Plant bulbs in your garden for next spring
  • Run a race
  • Take a drive in the country
  • National Park
Nostalgic:
  • Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich
  • Make a pinecone bird feeder
  • Buy something from a bake sale
  • Borrow a book from the library
  • Make rice crispy treats
  • Buy a new notebook
  • Jump in a pile of leaves
Eat and Drink:
  • Bake an apple or pumpkin pie
  • Buy winter squash and Brussels sprouts at a farmers' market
  • Eat a candy apple
  • Make butternut squash soup
  • Drink hot spiced cider
  • Roast vegetables for a tasty side dish
  • Eat a slice of warm pumpkin bread
  • Make a big batch of chili
Holiday:
  • Carve your own pumpkin
  • Make your kid's (or your own ) Halloween costume
  • Get spooked in a haunted house
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest with beer and sausages
  • Re-Watch your favourite scary movie on Halloween
  • Throw a Halloween party
  • Give out candy to trick o'treaters
  • Host a potluck Thanksgiving dinner
Just Because:
  • Breath in the cool,crips air
  • Tour a winery
  • Dig up your sweaters from storage
  • Learn to knit
  • Listen to the sound of leaves crunching under your feet
  • Start Christmas shopping
  • Build a bonfire
  • Collect pinecones and display them in a glass bowl
  • Attend a fall festival
  • Remember what you're thankful for

Here’s what you should know about Freeze Drying

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  In case you haven’t noticed it yet; our Giving Tree fruit crisps are really special as they are freeze dried. Sounds pretty fancy, doesn’t it? And as most of you might ask yourselves what vacuum drying exactly is, we would like to explain this method to you a little but further today and make also clear why we chose to dry our fruits this way. By freeze drying fruits, these are dehydrated at a low temperature, which freezes the water inside and makes it as a result evaporate into gas. Thereby around 80 to 90 % of water are removed from of the fruit. To give you a more precisely idea of the immense evaporation process, listen up: after drying 7 to 10kg of fruits, there is only 1kg left. That’s when you actually notice how much water fruits contain!     While they contain up to 87% of water, vegetables can be even composed of 95%! So if you know that you are definitely not drinking enough water, you should at least try to eat more fruits and vegetables to get your body hydrated. Anyway, not only the water is an important benefit of fresh food, but also the high number of nutrients, especially vitamins! And while most of the dried fruits unfortunately lose many nutrients and are instead prepared with lots of sugar once they are dried, our Giving Tree fruit snacks still got all the nutrients and NO added sugar! Remember also that you should eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, while the Giving Tree crisps are covering indeed one of these 5. So don’t hesitate to integrate a little pack of our Giving Tree Peach, Strawberry or Mango crisps in your daily diet and your body will be more than well provided.  

Fruits and vegetables versus asthma

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22.06.16

Asthma is the most common chronic illness amongst children today and prevalence rates are quickly on the rise worldwide. We cannot let constant coughing and wheezing cripple our nation! To remedy this issue we should look to our diet and turn the table to more fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that there is a link between low consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and increased prevalence of asthma amongst children. This helps to make sense of the finding that populations that eat a traditional diet, where the majority of their caloric intake comes from plant sources have lower rates of asthma.   An apple a day keeps the asthma away? Recently British researchers have found that individuals who ate between 2 to 5 apples a week have lower rates of asthma. They speculate that it may be due to the flavonoid components involved, in particular, khellin which has been shown to open up airways. At The Giving Tree our fruit crisps make an excellent snack with all the nutrition preserved by our freeze drying process and vacuum packaging.Apples   A call for the 'C'? We have all heard of the wonders of vitamin C. Pirates out at sea that lacked vitamin C got scurvy. Whilst nowadays scurvy is not so common, asthma however is. One study of preschool children conducted in Japan found a link between vitamin C intake and lower rates of asthma. Some fruits with the highest antioxidant vitamin C content include papayas, strawberries and kiwis. Additionally, research has shown that there is increased risk of airway hypersensitivity in those with the lowest vitamin C intake. citrus 2 Veggies to the rescue? Another study on a sample of children has shown that high dietary vegetable intake to be protective against asthma, reducing the risk up to 50%. This may be due to the high antioxidant content of many vegetables which serve a protective effect on our overall health. To test this theory researchers conducted an intervention study where they experimented adding and then removing antioxidant rich foods from the diets of their experimental sample. The results showed that  when the antioxidant rich foods were removed from the participants' diets they experienced "significant worsening of lung issues and asthma control". This suggests that antioxidants play a key role in the functioning of our lungs and breathing and can be considered as a treatment option for asthma in adults and children alike. Our vegetable crisps are a great to eat your veggies when you're on the go! Grab a pack of our broccoli crisps for your next snack! Even if we don't have asthma we should all eat an abundance and variety of fruits and vegetables to better our health! For more information on how asthma can be treated using fruits and vegetables click here or here!

Healthy January Resolutions!

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07.01.16

January, the month of those revolutionary resolutions that we often can’t seem to truly keep! We all know how hard it can be to maintain resolutions and keep up the motivation and encouragement to continue.

Here at Giving Tree HQ we’ve all been discussing ours, and the same topic is brought up post Christmas..healthy eating and getting rid of those pesky Christmas pounds!

Weight loss isn't the most important factor though, we just all want to be a better version of ourselves inside, and out!

Over the festive period it is so easy to over indulge, with selection boxes up to our eyeballs, mounds of cheese and heaped bowls of crisps lying around the prezzies, it’s difficult to eat well and avoid the junk when you’re quite literally surrounded by it!

Not to worry though our lovely friends, as it’s not too late to swap that handful of naughty left over treats for a handful of Giving Tree fruit and veg crisps instead.

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We don’t want to be pushy but our snacks are really very yummy! We aim to provide the tastiest snacks for every age. Children love ‘em and they're the perfect size for lunch boxes or for the busy on the go health conscious consumer or even your granddad who may quite not believe you can now buy fruit AND veg crisps!

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And to help you along the way, our lovely stockists – Wholefoods and Ocado have Giving Tree on sale this month..so now there really is no excuse!

To set you going for the New Year here are two easy recipes to follow for the perfect snack for any time of the day!

Fruity Faces: (this one is great for the kids!)

Ingredients:

1 apple or pear (melon is also great too!)

1 bag of strawberry Giving Tree crisps

Method:

Simply grab your favourite fruit, we like to use apples or pears, carefully cut into even similar shaped pieces. Save the pips!

Now arrange into your favourite faces, perfect for children as a fun and easy way to get 2 of your portions of 5 a day!

Another favourite recipe of ours is one that is ideal for a snack at any time of the day..

Apple, Peanut butter and Yogurt swirl

Ingredients;

1 bag of Giving Tree apple crisps

Small bowl of low-fat natural, plain, unsweetened yogurt

Sprinkling of coconut sugar  or honey (optional)

1 teaspoon of crunchy, natural peanut butter

Method;

Take a bowl and pour a small portion of yogurt (150g approx)

Ensuring the peanut butter has been at room temperature take a teaspoon full (you can add a little more if you like!) and gently swirl into the yogurt evenly.

Add the apple crisps on top and sprinkle with coconut sugar..and hey presto - A filling, fruity and fun recipe for all ages and any time of the day!

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Grab yours now, and let us know what you think of them – we love hearing from you :)

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Crisp lovers!

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11.12.15

We consume, in Britain, around 6 billion packets of crisps  annually - that's more than everyone else in Europe put together. Crisps are just part of our  diet. There is nothing wrong with eating crisps but  you must read the back of the pack to know what they put in your favourite crisps. Most of the well-known crisps include a huge percentage of oil and salt.

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 14.45.20Eating one pack of potato crisps every day for a year, is like drinking 5L of cooking oil a year, scary,no? Don't worry Giving Tree snacks are the best combination of crisps and fruit & veggies without nasties.

Mixed Veggies Lifestyle

Our veggie crisps are not fried as the other crips in a market with a lot of oil. We use a new technology to fry them to allow the vegetables to absorb less oil. Vacuum-frying techniques retained more nutrients than their conventionally fried counterparts. The vacuum-fried food keeps 95 % of their vitamins; fried potato crisps typically only retain about 50 % of their vitamins.

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'Most of the benefits of vacuum frying from the low temperatures used and the minimal exposure to oxygen, which reduces the adverse effects on the oil quality, preserves the natural colour and flavour , decreases the acrylamide content and preserves nutritional compounds, such as vitamins and minerals. Vacuum frying is a good option to achieve high quality dried products with better colours and flavours due to the reduced oxidation, lower frying temperatures and much shorter processing times compared with other techniques' Source : International Food Research Journal (2015)

Give them a go, you can order them on OCADO.com

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Christmas cooking!

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30.11.15

The festive season is finally here, it's time to make some christmas sweets with your family or your friends. At Giving Tree, we want healthy sweets for Christmas. You wonder how freeze dried fruits can be used in baking? They can be baked in to the dough and batter or you can incorporated in to a biscuit filling. Sounds yummy?! See all the recipes below.  

Strawberry Banana Bread

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup coconut palm sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup mashed banana (approx 2 large) 1/2 cup plain greek-style yogurt 1 cup  Giving Tree freeze dried strawberries

Method

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, coconut palm sugar, egg and vanilla extract until well-combined. Stir in the mashed banana, followed by half of the dry ingredient mixture. Stir in yogurt, followed by remaining dry ingredient mixture. Mix just until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Fold in strawberries and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the batter comes out clean and the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Allow loaf to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Strawberry chocolate Chip cookies

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Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup coconut palm sugar 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups Giving Tree freeze dried strawberries or Mango or Apple or Peach 1 cup Raw chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add eggs in one at a time and beat until fully incorporated. Stir in vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients, followed by freeze dried fruits and chocolate chips (don’t worry about breaking up freeze dried fruits; stir them vigorously!). Drop tablespoonfuls (1-inch balls) of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 10-11 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown and are set. Bake an extra minute or two for a crisper cookie. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Mango cupcakes

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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp CardamomPowder
Sift all the ingredients into a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, beat together until well-mixed:
  • 1½ cups Mango Pulp or Puree
  • ⅓ cup Canola Oil
  • ⅔ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
FROSTING:
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) Vegan Butter like Earth Balance
  • 8 tbsp Vegetable Shortening
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ cup Mango Pulp or Puree
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Giving Tree Freeze dried mango
Method MAKE MANGO CUPCAKES:
  1. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a whisk just until you have a smooth batter. Do not overmix or overbeat.
  2. Divide the batter equally among 12 cups of a standard-sized muffin pan lined with cupcake liners. Smooth down the tops with the back of a spoon or spatula or you will have a lumpy top.
  3. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven about 27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
MAKE MANGO BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
  1. Cream together the butter and shortening until they are fluffy, about 1 minute.
  2. Now add the mango puree and vanilla and half the sugar. Beat until mixed, then add the remaining sugar and beat until mixed. This should take no more than 2 minutes altogether.
  3. Frost the cupcakes after they’ve cooled completely.
  4. Sprinkle some Giving Tree mango crisps.

Low fat Ginger bread cookies

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Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

For the Icing

  • 1 1/2 tbsp egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of cream of tartar
Sprinkles Method  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add the egg and molasses, mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well. Divide the dough into two flat balls; cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously dust the surface of your working area with flour before rolling out the dough. Work with one ball of dough at a time, keep the other refrigerated while you do so. Roll the dough out to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it's a little sticky. Cut the gingerbread with a cookie cutter shape of your choice. Place cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. For the icing: Mix the egg whites with lemon juice. Combine with powdered sugar, mixing well. If the icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, if it's too thick add a drop of lemon juice.Add to a piping bag to decorate cookies when cookies are cooled.And then add some freeze dried fruits instead of sugar. (Recipe from http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/12/low-fat-gingerbread-cookies.html)

Homemade Chocolate bars

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Ingredients

Method

In a microwave, double boiler, or chocolate melter, 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, above which the chocolate will lose its temper. Be patient, keep stirring, and even with on and off low heat 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 freeze-dried fruits. Let dry, uncovered at room temperature, for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into serving size pieces.

Christmas Hamper!

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26.11.15

WIN AN AMAZING HAMPER!
 To celebrate the christmas season, we collaborated with our sister brand Chi to offer you an incredible hamper worth £230. What’s included in the Christmas hamper ?

1.  NURTRIBULLET, THE SUPER FOOD NUTRITION EXTRACTOR WITH ALL THE ACCESSORIES.

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2. £100 WHOLEFOODS GIFT CARD

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3. 6 BOTTLES (250ML) OF CHI 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. Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 15.37.51    

4. FULL RANGE OF GIVING TREE

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. Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 15.12.11

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 Facebook:https: www.facebook.com/chibrands Twitter: @chicocowater  Instagram: @chicoconutwater Giving Tree Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GivingTreeSnacks/ Twitter: @givingtreesnack Instagram: @givingtreesnack Chi & Giving Tree 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.

What is a ‘good’ fat?

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18.11.15

'Good fats' are a term widely used now on food packaging, social media and also encouraged by health professionals that we need to be eating more of them and less of the 'bad' fats. But what makes a certain type of fat better than another? And what are the differences between the many oils, spreads, fats and sprays used on different food products on the market? Fat, despite much negative press and discussion is essential to the diet. We need fat to protect our vital organs, they can contain essential fatty acids (essential because the body can't make them itself) such as omega-3. Fat helps the body absorb Vitamins A, D and E. These vitamins are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be absorbed with the help of fats. The main types of fat found in food are saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Most fats and oils contain both saturated and unsaturated fats in different proportions. As part of a healthy diet, we should try to cut down on foods and drinks high in saturated fats and trans fats and replace some of them with unsaturated fats. Of course, too much fat like many nutrients can lead to health problems such as high cholesterol which can lead to atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries walls), heart disease and also obesity. Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 14.24.13First up, is rice bran oil. This is used to ever so slightly cook our broccoli and pumpkin vegetable crisps at low temperatures (2% of it). However.. there is good reasoning behind why we use this wonderful oil which we think our lovely consumers ought to know! rice bran oil This oil is super high in Vitamin E which is key for strong immunity, healthy skin and eyes. Rice bran oil contains both the tocopherol and tocotrienol forms of the vitamin, whereas olive oil contains only the tocopherol form -- and less of that than rice bran oil. It's also low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fats. Additionally, rice bran oil contains significant amounts of the antioxidant oryzanol, whereas olive oil has none. Rice bran oil is also not as readily absorbed into foods during the cooking process therefore ensuring our lovely crisps aren't absorbing to much oil and are left with a light, non-greasy product. A team of scientists in 2012 presented findings to the American Heart Associations High Blood Pressure Research thats showed a drop in blood pressure and a fall in LDL (low density lipo proteins - the bad type of cholesterol) after consumption of rice bran oil! With all those brilliant benefits and not forgetting their AMAZING, unique taste..there's no excuse to not pick up a bag of our vegetable crisps today.. we promise you won't regret it! Try us on Holland and Barrett, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and many more.. Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 14.28.50 Coconut oil is another great fat source, it contains an unusually high amount of medium-chain fatty acids which are harder for our bodies to convert into stored fat and easier for them to burn off than long-chain fatty acids or triglycerides. Many coconut oils aren't Virgin coconut oil.. unlike CHI which is extracted from the  fresh mature coconuts without using high temperatures or chemicals and considered unrefined according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, virgin coconut oil has potential antioxidant properties due to certain plant nutrients it contains called phenolic compounds. It is also a fantastic fat source for cooking, frying and even cosmetic benefits such as clearing up dry skin, using as a hair masque and for chapped lips too! Why not try CHI coconut oil?! Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 14.28.23  

Eat your Broccoli!

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10.11.15

We are going to be like your mother 'EAT YOUR BROCCOLI!'  We are sorry but your Mum is right ;) Broccoli is full of potassium and folate which helps prevent anemia and it also gives you solid doses of vitamin A. Our crispy broccoli will help you to eat more broccoli. How many people that we met told us they hate broccoli and after trying crispy Broccoli they become a Broccoli Lover!  Not convinced? See below all the benefits that you can get from broccoli. Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.37.07 8 Health Benefits: 1. Cancer Prevention Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function. 2. Cholesterol Reduction Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fibre that draws cholesterol out of your body. 3. Reducing Allergy Reaction and Inflammation Broccoli is a particularly rich source of kaempferol and isothiocyanates, both anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. This vegetable even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory. 4. Powerful Antioxidant Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants. 5. Bone Health This green vegetable contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. 6. Heart Health The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates  in broccoli, may be able to prevent  some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems. 7. Detoxification Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin are special phytonutrients that support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants. These three are in the perfect combination in broccoli. 8. Diet Aid Broccoli is a smart carb and is high in fibre, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.