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SVOATS.. Porridge like you’ve never tried before

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12.02.16

SVOATS? Sounds a bit like an up and coming bar or restaurant..but in actual fact these are porridge oats like you've never tried before.

Move over the avo toast, smoothie bowls and poached eggs, please make way for Savoury Porridge!

Now we're not talking just adding a pinch of salt Goldilocks style..

SVOATS are bowls of ridiculously tasty, warming, healthy and filling goodness. Don't get us wrong we love our Giving Tree topped porridge with all the trimmings. But with the Winter months still very much upon us, and it can get repetitive having the same breakfast every morning we thought it was time for a little bit of change.

Now, you probably have alarm bells ringing and thinking, I can't possibly confuse my tastebuds this much. However, just trust us when we say you won't regret it with these wondrous recipes.

Not only are oats tasty, studies have shown that eating oats may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. They are a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates, iron and full of both soluble and insoluble fibre helping keep you full and also to keep things moving.

Go on, be a rebel and try these SVOATALICIOUS recipes..

1. Poached Egg, Avocado and Hollandaise SVOATS (serves 2/3)

90g oats 500ml water salt and pepper 1 tbsp green pesto shredded cheese like parmesan or cheddar avocado cured good quality ham 2 eggs hollandaise sauce cayenne pepper

Method;

In a pot place oats and water, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes on a medium heat. When it’s thick and cooked, it means it’s done. Mix in a tablespoon of pesto into it.

Making a poached egg is not the simplest thing in the world, but it’s not as difficult as we think. It helps to add 1 tablespoon of vinegar and ½ tablespoon of salt to the boiling water and then, just before adding the egg, you need to stir the water (you can always replace it with a soft boiled or fried one).

Hollandaise sauce:

200 g butter 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ tablespoon salt pinch cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons cream First you need to melt the butter (don’t heat it too much), meantime mix all the other ingredients in a bowl until the colour lighten. Very slowly add the butter and blend it until everything nicely connects. Your hollandaise sauce is ready!

Make a little portion of porridge with salt and pepper (you can add whole egg while you cook it) and a poached egg. Serve it with some good ham, pour a hollandaise sauce on a top, avocado and sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

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(recipe with thanks to 'whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday')

2. For those of you that are still a bit wary of the SVOATS this recipe incorporates sweet too.. Maple Syrup, Bacon and Egg

Ingredients:

90g oats

500ml water (follow same cooking method of oats as above)

4 eggs

Streaky bacon

Maple syrup

Fill oven proof dishes with the cooked porridge (a little butter inside doesn't hurt too) ramekins would work well. Make a little well for the egg and crack it right in. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for approx 15-20 mins. your cooking time depends on the temp of your cooked porridge (your porridge should be warm), the type of dish, and how you like your egg. We know everybody likes their eggs different so just keep checking the middle 'till it is to your liking.. remember it will keep cooking a little bit after you take it out, so if your not serving right away take that into consideration. While they're in the oven, crisp up your bacon get it ready ( we fried ours with a little coconut oil in a frying pan).

If your not into bacon or don't want to fuss with it some toasted pecans or almonds would be yummy...you just need something that will add a little crunch and texture.

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 Serve with bacon, maple syrup and enjoy! :)

3. Mushroom, Thyme, Spelt SVOATS

Ingredients 75g  spelt flakes 75g  oats 1 tablespoon coconut oil 3 fresh thyme sprigs Pinch of salt

Toppings: 2 poached eggs Sautéed mushrooms (we sauteer ours in a little coconut oil) Small handful chopped spinach or kale leaves Chilli Flakes Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or truffled oil (optional)

Instructions Boil the kettle with 250 ml of water or bring to a boil in a pan. In a separate pan melt your coconut oil on a medium-high heat. Add the spelt and the oats and stir to coat. Reduce to a more medium heat and stir occasionally, making sure all the flakes are getting nice and toasty evenly. Toast for about 5 minutes, and once it’s lovely and fragrant (I think it starts smelling like popcorn!) carefully add in your boiling water - and be careful, as it’ll splutter! Turn down the heat to low, until it’s just barely a simmer, throw in the thyme sprigs and salt, give it a quick stir and cover. Leave undisturbed for at least 5 minutes. Once it’s reached your desired consistency, take off the heat, remove the thyme sprigs, and place into bowls. Add any and all toppings that you want, and enjoy straight away.

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(picture with thanks to sprinkleofgreen)

The great debate.. to snack or not to snack?

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27.01.16

There seems to be a big divide between those who think snacking is a good thing and those who think snacking is bad.

Here at Giving Tree HQ, we've always been solidly in the pro-snacking camp (for reasons which we will get on to..)

Some of you will often be the ones to be totally avoid snacking and stick to a strict three daily meals, or others will admit to snacking two or three times throughout the day.

'Snacking', to some means 'eating when you're not truly hungry' and has bad connotations. Others, may see it as 'snacks' are generally unhealthy, empty calorie foods and explain the defensive side!

But here we are loud and proud that snacking is OK! When it’s done right, snacking can be a healthy habit that may help you manage your weight and balance your diet.

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Six Reasons Why Snacking Can Be a Healthy Habit

1. Smart snacking may prevent you from overeating at meal time. Most of us get hungry every 3-4 hours. So, if there’s a long stretch between meals, you’re likely to get hungry – which is why a snack would be appropriate. But if you resist the urge to snack and try to “tough it out”, there’s a good chance you’ll just make up for it by overeating at your next meal.

2. Smart snacking can help you reduce your overall calorie intake for the day. Healthy snacking can help certain people control their total calorie intake for the day – rather than thinking that you're going to add calories right on top of everything you're already eating. But if a well-planned, healthy snack helps you eat less at mealtimes, then you’ll cut your daily calories overall.

3. Smart snacking can help you to work more healthy foods into your day.  The more often you eat, the easier it will be to work in your daily servings of healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, and calcium-rich dairy products.

4. Snacks can help you maintain your physical and mental energy. When you eat regular meals and snacks, it can help keep your blood sugar more stable throughout the day – a good defense against between-meal dips in blood sugar that can sap your mental and physical energy.

5. A substantial afternoon snack can help control portions at dinner – which tends to be the largest meal of the day. Lots of people manage to control their eating pretty well during the day, but really cut loose at night and eat a huge dinner. For those, a larger afternoon snack – almost a small “second lunch” – makes it much easier to cut back at the evening meal.

6. Encourage children to associate snacking with healthy foods and veg from a young age, and when serving children with treats such as chocolate, make a point of this not being a 'snack' but something that shouldn't be eaten regularly.

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(picture courtesy of @rachel_hosie)

When Is The Snacking Habit Not Healthy?

You might want to take a closer look at your snacking habits if:

– You’re eating unhealthy, high calorie foods like sweets, crisps, and fizzy drinks. Not only can these high calorie snack foods contribute to weight gain, they offer little nutritional value. – You’re eating for reasons other than hunger. Snacking wisely means that you choose healthy foods to eat in between meals to help control your appetite and meet your nutritional needs. But if you tend to snack when you’re not hungry – maybe you’re bored, stressed, angry or tired – it’s a habit you might want to think about breaking.

What Makes a Snack Healthy?

One reason snacking has gotten such a bad reputation is because so many common ‘snack foods’ are high in fat, sugar, salt and calories. You’ll want to steer clear of those, and instead put together a snack that will provide a mix of low fat protein and healthy carbohydrates.

Healthy Snack Ideas

– Protein shake made with nonfat or lowfat milk, protein powder and fruit. You can scale the size down a bit for a ‘snack-size’ shake and try adding Giving Tree strawberry crisps.

– Plain nonfat yogurt, sweetened with a little honey and cinnamon, topped with fruit. – Giving Tree pumpkin and broccoli crisps dipped in hommous

–  Cottage cheese topped with diced veg or fresh fruit

– Small handful of nuts – almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans or soy nuts

– Sliced hard-boiled egg on tomato slices with a twist of fresh ground pepper

– Edamame soybeans – heated up, drizzle with a little low-sodium soy sauce

– Canned tuna mashed with avocado and spread on a few whole grain crackers – Few slices of turkey or smoked salmon wrapped around Giving Tree broccoli crisps

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Let us know what you think of our snack ideas, we love to hear from you!

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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.

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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!

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!

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  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.