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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.  

Fast, Freeze dried Smoothies.

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25.01.16

Fast, Freeze dried smoothies.

It seems this January everyone is trying to pack in their nutrients in smoothies, namely NutriBullets! We all know some recipes can take far too long to make and ultimately are too much hassle. Here are a few fresh ideas incorporating freeze dried fruits, simply add straight from the pack, no cutting, peeling or juicing. All with no nutrients lost! Perfect.

   

Modern Mango - Indonesian Jamu.

Indonesian Jamu is a traditional Indonesian ‘herbal medicine’ that has been made for centuries, traditionally used to heal and enhance beauty and strength. With its high concentration of antioxidants it’s fantastic to keep the mind and body feeling healthy whilst tasting delicious.

MangoKumquatSmoothie Ingredients. Method. Add all ingredients into NutriBullet/Blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy, keeping one delicious mango crisp out to crumble over the top. Enjoy immediately.  

Flu- Fighter

These vibrant ingredients combine to create the ultimate cold-crusher, the fresh citrus and ginger mixed with the freeze dried fruit create an antioxidant master class, so if your feeling a little under the weather then this ones certainly for you.

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Cleansing Greens and Coconut blast.

This fresh easy to make blend is packed with goodness sure to leave you feeling revitalized and renewed.

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Recover - Post workout.

This refuel and rehydrate shake is a post workout essential. The whey protein is a fantastic fast acting protein designed to maximize protein synthesis after exercise this mixed with the hydrating properties from the coconut water is ideal for recovery.

  strawberry-vanilla-smoothie_Taupo-853x1280 Ingredients.    Method. Blend all ingredients and immediately consume after a tough workout; to maximize recovery and effects, consume within 20minutes of finishing exercise.    

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.

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

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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.

The Giving Tree Competition!

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11.08.15

Win the full range of The Giving Tree snacks and a yoga session! To celebrate the launch of our Giving Tree snacks, we are giving away an amazing prize. The  Giving Tree prize includes: 1. The full range of Giving Tree snacks GivingTree competition 1 photo GivingTree Comp 1 photo 2   2. A yoga session at Yogasphere  deal_1421173947 Yogasphere provides the highest weekly Yoga Classes and Private Yoga Sessions in the world at the top of The View from The Shard, London Bridge. How do I enter? 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.