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Why do we need antioxidants?

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04.11.15

Antioxidants play an important role in overall health. They are natural compounds found in some foods that help neutralize free radical damage in your body that comes from the environment and unhealthy foods. Eating foods high in antioxidants helps your body fight illnesses that include heart disease and cancer. But what are the common antioxidants? What foods are high in antioxidants? Let's learn more about this. Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 14.58.19 What are antioxidants? Antioxidants are part of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients present in foods. They are most common in plant foods with bright, distinctive colors, such as red cherries, orange, carrots and purple blueberries. The most common antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E, beta carotene, selenium and lycopene. What foods are high in antioxidants? Foods that are naturally high in antioxidants are mainly from the fruit, vegetable and legume families. That's because all plants produce antioxidants to fight against predators and UV rays. Top 10 foods rich in antioxidants: -Blackberries -Broccolis -Artichoke -Raw coconut water -Blueberries -Raspberries -Tomatoes -Strawberries - Green Tea -Blueberries Freeze-dried fruits contain antioxidants? Research has shown that  freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants and fibre. In freeze-drying, the water is removed in a low energy system, no additional energy is added, no additional reactions altering the nutritional contents of the fruit or the vegetable.

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 15.55.37The Giving Tree snacks don't contain any sugar and nothing taken away!

 

Freeze dried fruits vs Dried fruits

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30.10.15

Freeze dried fruit is a new category in England, we are so used to eating dried fruits for such a long time. What are  the differences? Which one is the healthiest for a snack? Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.49.22           Freeze dried  Fruits                                      VS                                                                    Dried fruits   In one hand the freeze drying is the process of removing almost all of a fruit’s water content. The benefits? Freeze dried fruit is surprisingly nutritious. Antioxidants found in fresh fruit are maintained through the freeze drying process and freeze dried fruits are  packed without added sugar. Freeze dried fruit is a convenient way to get your necessary amount of fruit on a day-to-day basis and it is often very cost effective. Freeze dried fruits do not take up a lot of space and they tend to be the fruit of choice for people who enjoy outdoor activities. On the other hand dried fruits are fruits that have had almost all of the water content removed through drying methods. The fruit shrinks during this process, leaving a small, energy-dense dried fruit. They are delicious and nutritious but fruit tends to contain significant amounts of natural sugars. The reason is because the water has been removed from dried fruit, this concentrates all the sugar and calories in a much smaller package.It’s often hard to find dried fruit that hasn’t been processed with added sugar.   GivingTree Comp 1 photo 2

Find the Giving Tree snacks at Planet Organic & Whole Foods!

HALLOWEEN COMPETITION

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15.10.15

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.  Giving Tree 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 & Twitter and follow @chicoconutwater.
  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: GivingTree Twitter: @givingtreesnack Instagram: @givingtreesnack 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.

Top Up your Soup With Giving Tree

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07.10.15

Dig out  some chestnut, pumpkin and mushrooms...Autumn is here! As the days get cooler, it's time to start making some warming soups. Don't think that soups are boring, at Giving Tree HQ we gathered some creative recipes.  You will be surprise on how you can use our snacks in your soups ;) IMG_2013 A bowl of soup for dinner, it's a great way  to stay fuller for longer as well as of course full of vitamins and minerals while taking care of your weight. Soups are easy to make and offer plenty of health benefits. So let's start!  

Pumpkin Soup

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 15.33.28 Ingredients:
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1kg pumpkins or squash (try kabocha), peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
  • 700ml vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 142ml pot double cream
  • Handful pumpkin crisps Giving Tree snacks
Method
  1.  Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan, then gently cook 2 finely chopped onions for 5 mins, until soft but not coloured. Add 1kg peeled, deseeded and chopped pumpkin or squash to the pan, then carry on cooking for 8-10 mins, stirring occasionally until it starts to soften and turn golden.
  2. Pour 700ml vegetable stock into the pan, then season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 mins until the squash is very soft. Pour the 142ml pot of double cream into the pan, bring back to the boil, then purée with a hand blender. For an extra-velvety consistency you can now push the soup through a fine sieve into another pan. The soup can now be frozen for up to 2 months.
  3. Then serve scattered the soup with some pumpkin crisps.
(recipe  from BBC Good Food)

Roasted Carrot Soup

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Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 potato, chopped
  • 450g carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2l vegetable or chicken stock
  • Handful coriander (about ½ a supermarket packet)
  • Handful Broccoli crisps Giving Tree snacks
  Method
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion, then fry for 5 mins until softened. Stir in the ground coriander and potato, then cook for 1 min. Add the carrots and stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat. Cover and cook for 20 mins until the carrots are tender.
  2. Tip into food processor with the coriander then blitz until smooth (you may need to do this in two batches).
  3. Return to pan, taste, add salt if necessary, then reheat to serve.

 (recipe from BBC Good Food) 

Mushroom & Chestnut soup

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Ingredients:
  • 1 punnet mushrooms (closed cup or chestnut mushroom are best)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 jar chestnuts
  • 1 litre stock (veg or chicken)
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Pepper to season
Method
  1. Heat the butter in a pan and fry the mushrooms and onions for around 3 to 5 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the chestnuts long enough to warm them through.
  3. Add the stock and blitz with a hand blender until you have no large lumps (although you can take out a few slices of mushroom and re-add them after blending to add texture). Add the rosemary and simmer until heated through.
  4. Stir in the cream and season, leave to warm through. Serve.
 (recipe from BBC Good Food) 

Bon Appétit everyone!

Why should we eat raw?

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02.10.15

Everybody wants to eat raw, but why is there such excitement about raw food? Heating food which is heating to high temperatures destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, which is bad because enzymes boost digestion, and fight chronic disease. In short when you cook it, you kill it! Raw fruit, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all brimming with vitamins and minerals which can help boost our immune system, give our gums a great workout, keep us slim and leave our skin looking young and silky. So let's eat Raw! Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 14.53.18 See below all the health benefits from raw food:

  • You will have more energy
  • Your skin will have a much better appearance
  • Your digestion will improve
  • You will lose weight
  • Your risk of developing heart and cardiovascular diseases will significantly drop
    Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 15.02.09   However, a diet made up of raw food and nothing else is unhealthy because we are not getting all the protein and carbohydrates found in other groups of food such as meat and grains.   An ideal diet is composed with your daily quota of five portions of fruit & vegetables and the right amount of protein & fats.

Our Giving Tree fruits are 100% raw and perfect to help you to maintain a healthy diet.

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Wonder what Freeze dried is?

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22.09.15

The food industry is scouting out the healthiest process to get our fruit or vegetables as fresh as possible. The Giving Tree snack use a new technology called freeze drying, this process removes 98% of the food's water content whilst  retaining the flavour, colour and nutritional elements.

Here is the freeze drying technology in 3 simple steps:

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There are so many health benefits:

- Freeze dried foods are rich in antioxidants, potassium and fibre - 1 of your 5 a day - Quick and convenient way of eating plenty of fruit and vegetables - Preserve high quality of taste and nutritions content Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 15.12.11 Our Giving Tree snacks  are making a big difference in a snacking market. The usual snacks are are full of unhealthy additives such as sugar,  sodium nitrate, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fat, etc... In our fruity Giving Tree snacks, you will find your favourite fruits with the same taste as usual, with a crunchy texture.

Here are some yummy ideas to put your freeze dried fruits:

 Fruity  cereals

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Add your favourite freeze-dried fruits in your cereals or in your oatmeal.

 

Fruity Chocolate bar

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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.
(recipe from loveandoliveoil.com)  

Snack healthy!

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15.09.15

It's 11 am or 4pm and you are starving?! It's so tempting to reach for sweets, crisps or chocolate bars when you're hit by a snack attack. Your snack time tells everything about your health! Healthy snacking can improve your overall health when you get the right snack. In this article you'll find all the tips to get you on the healthy track from returning from your Jolly Holidays to work/studies! First to avoid extreme hunger, you should eat a proper breakfast and lunch full of vitamins and good sources of protein. Or some nutritionists recommend to eat small meals every 3 or 5 hours.

At Giving Tree HQ we are big fans of healthy snacks but what are the right snacks to eat?

Healthy snacks need to contain the right ratio of nutrients, with the right calories, that will help keep your body energized and help you lose weight.

Why Giving Tree snack is the perfect healthy snack?

Our snack will keep your energy levels up and gives you more opportunities to get in all your nutritional needs. Giving Tree snacks are high in: Fibre Fibre helps improve digestion and keeps you from binging on fats and sugars. Protein Protein fuels the growth of lean muscle mass, which boosts metabolic rate and increases calorie burn. Also it regulates concentration and alertness. Carbohydrate  Many of us naturally reach for carbohydrates when we're feeling down because they help lift our mood by boosting the brain chemical serotonin. But instead of eating cookies or sweets which will give you a quick energy burst, and then  followed by a crash that can leave you hungry, cranky, sleepy, and unable to concentrate.   Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 15.23.51  

Healthy snack ideas

Fruits

As you already know fruits are a great snack any time during your day. With Giving Tree you can get crispy fruit with all the nutritional content as fresh fruit.

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No sugar added/Nothing added/Freeze dried fruit

Vegetables 

Usually  vegetables aren't necessarily eaten during snack time, now with Giving Tree  you can eat broccoli & pumpkin crisps anytime during the day!

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You can combine these crisps with a yogurt, a glass of milk or a fresh juice, enjoy!

Liven up your snack time!

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26.08.15

It hits 11am and you're feeling peckish, but surely it's way too early for lunch yet? Or maybe you need an afternoon pick me up, something to get your teeth into and REALLY enjoy. As you may already be aware, its essential that the body is kept nourished and energised with healthy, nutritious foods throughout the day and when you're feeling hungry, it's ok to grab a snack..just as long as it's the right kind! Here at The Giving Tree we've come up with some simple, tasty and fun ideas to create the perfect snacks for every day, for all ages. Packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre which helps to make you feel fuller for longer. You can either snack sweet or savoury with our range so there's something for everyone. Here are a few of our favourites.. Broccoli/Pumpkin crisps 1. Crudités - Dunk your veggie crisps in your favourite dipping condiment. We like a roasted red pepper hummus, low sugar/salt sweet chilli dipping sauce, low fat sour cream and chive dip, or homemade guacamole! Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 12.45.39 2. Swap your lunchtime packet of crisps for a bag of Giving Tree veggie crisps! They are MUCH tastier, crunchier and will fill you up a lot more. Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 16.20.05 3. If you're feeling adventurous, try melting some reduced fat cheddar cheese and try dunking some broccoli into the gooey, deliciousness for a delightful snack or canapé style serving suggestion.   4. Add our veggie crisps as a topping to your favourite salad, crackers, or canapés too! Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 12.51.54 Fruit Crisps 1. Add your favourite fruit flavour crisp into some natural yoghurt, drizzle with honey and any other toppings such as granola, un-salted nuts, chopped apple, dried apricots or fig! Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 12.06.42 2. For a naughty but nice treat, why not try melting some raw cacao or dark chocolate and dunking strawberry crisps into them, let them set and cool if you fancy a delicious snack that you won't feel guilty for!   Freeze_Dried_Strawberries_in_Dark_Chocolate__10416.1397695068.1280.1280 3. Add fruit crisps to you're favourite smoothie/smoothie bowl for an alternative crunchy texture and added fibre, not forgetting 1 of your 5 a day! Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 13.34.02 4. Use our Giving Tree fruit flavour crisps for the perfect energy burst after or before exercising loaded with slow release carbohydrates 5. Add them to cereal bars / cakes/ buns for added flavour, nutrients and crunch cereal Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 13.37.04  

You can find our Giving Tree snacks at Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Holland & Barrett.

ENJOY!

       

What to eat before or after a workout?

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18.08.15

We all know once the sun comes out, it's that time of the year where the health kicks swing into full force, and the workouts get much longer and probably more regular than in those chilly winter months! At Giving Tree HQ, we believe when working out, it's important to make sure you have enough energy to achieve a high performance. Our bodies are like a car; they need fuelling up! So when it comes to picking out a snack to keep you going, this can sometimes be a downfall for many of us. d-300x300   It can be easy to slip up and go straight to the energy bars & drinks that will give you that quick and easy burst of energy. However, surprisingly, many of them have a lot of hidden, nasty ingredients in them that will end up making your workout a waste of time. SONY DSC At Giving Tree HQ we prefer to keep you snacking as healthy as possible! That means no more high-sugar and fatty snacks, and Hello Giving Tree snacks! FullSizeRender Our mission is to show work-out snacking can be guilt-free and still amazingly tasty. Also our snacks will keep up your health momentum and get you beach body ready in no time! So, next time you are thinking about what snack to have before or after a workout? Why not give our Giving Tree snacks a go! We have a delicious selection of freeze-dried fruits and vacuum fried veggies for you to take your pick. They are super light, crunchy and bursting with  flavours making it an easy snack to keep your energy sky high!

This month you have the opportunity to WIN the whole range of The Giving Tree snacks and a yoga session!

IMG_0994 How do I enter the competition? For a chance to win, it’s very simple, all you need to do is:
  1. Like our 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 our links: Facebook: Givingtree Twitter: @Givingtreesnack Instagram: @Givingtreesnack TheGivingTree’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.

Yummy Giving Tree Snacks

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31.07.15

Have you ever tried our Giving Tree snacks? After reading this article you'll run to the store. 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.

OUR RANGE

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 -Strawberry crisp -Mango crisp-Peach crisp-Apple crisp-Broccoli crisp-Pumpkin crisp-Mixed Veg crisps

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?

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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.