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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!

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.

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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)

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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.      

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!

 

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)  

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!