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Back to School: What’s in your lunch box?

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06.09.16

Whether you are going back to school or university after a blissful summer or starting your first day at your new job, making your packed lunch does not need to be tedious and boring!

Snacks

Admittedly snacks are necessary to keep your day going. However before you reach to the chocolate think about the many other healthy alternatives you could go for...

Dark Chocolate 

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with dark chocolate! Known for its high mineral and antioxidant content, it is highly nutritious and can reduce levels of "bad" cholestrol. We like Green and Blacks 85% or Lindt's dark chocolate with a touch of sea salt!

Research has found that chocolate is good for the heart, circulation and brain as well as potentially beneficial for tackling today's major health issues such as autism, obesity and diabetes.

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Almonds

All nuts are full of antioxidants and healthy unsaturated fatty acids known to reduce cholesterol levels. However, almonds are especially popular due to its delicate and sweet taste. Whole almonds (with skins) provide the most heart healthy benefits and can lower the risk of weight gain as well as also helping to lose weight.

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Almonds are a source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium and high quality protein. Full of unsaturated fatty acids along with high levels of bioactive molecules (such as fiber, phytosterols, vitamins, other minerals, and antioxidants) which can help prevent cardiovascular heart diseases. Take a handful of almonds for a snack on-the-go or to nibble on to keep hunger pangs at bay before lunch time.

Nut butter is another alternative in your nut intake. Our favourite is Pip and Nut, which comes in many nut flavours!

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Spread some on toast with pieces of banana and honey

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or as a crunchy snack with celery sticks!

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Giving Tree Crisps 

Snack on our very own freeze dry crisps which are a lunch box filler. They are available in vegetable and fruit flavours to suit all tastes!

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Equipment

The water bottle

S'well water bottle 

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An incredibly aesthetically pleasing range of 100% stainless steel water bottles that holds cold and warm drinks. Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and keeps drinks hot for 12 hours!

Available in different sizes: 260ml, 500ml, 750ml

The lunch box

Sistema are infamous in the tupperware world for their quality, practical and sturdy lunch boxes. Their unique sistema clips prevent any leakage and are therefore perfect for bringing to school or to the office! They are available in a range of shapes and sizes and are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.

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This Purple Geisha Bento Box is perfect for Japanese food lovers

  • Screenshot 2016-09-05 16.36.48The top, ‘hat’ section is an inverted bowl - perfect for miso soup.
  • The second ‘face’ level has a hermetic seal for storing stews or dressed salads without leaking.
  • The bottom ‘body’ level is a perfect container for buns, sushi or rice.

 The Coffee Cup

Help the environment by buying a reusable to take with you when you buy your daily coffee. More than 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away every year in the UK! A favourite is BYO cup £9.95

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5 Steps to a negative free life!

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28.04.16

Negative free times. It can be so easy to get caught up in negativity and be negative free from all different angles in your life. From paying bills to unhealthy friendships, and work - related problems, to trouble at home, and we all know that a build up of negativity is never a good feeling. It’s also a gateway into a downward spiral of creating a bigger problem out of something which could be more easily solvable. Here is a small breakdown of how to have a negative free lifestyle!

GET RID OF TOXIC RELATIONSHIPS

At the time it may feel difficult to remove people from your life that you have grown to cherish, however subconsciously, someone who is in your immediate circle may be having a profound affect on your happiness.

When people feel bad about themselves they occasionally tend to put other people down without knowing it, which is in no way good for your overall happiness. If a relationship with a family member for example is reflecting something of this nature then it may be difficult to completely get out of, but the best approach is to explain how this person is making you feel as this could be resolved. If this doesn't work, distancing yourself for your own benefit may be the best option.

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EMBRACE POSITIVITY

Occasionally it can be easy to dwell over things in your life which aren’t going so well, however it’s not going to stand you in good stead for when you want to remove any negativity within your life. Sometimes, taking a moment each day to focus on the positive parts of your life, whether it be loving your job, having a wonderful family, or even the sun shining outside, appreciating these brilliant things around you will do wonders for subconsciously removing negativity from your life and enjoying the things that really matter in your life. Surround yourself with positive people and you’ll always be negative free!

DO MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE

It’s easy to forget that life is so short sometimes, and we subsequently forget to enjoy doing more of what we love. Let’s face it, what’s the point in doing things all the time that we don’t enjoy? We spend far too long focusing our energy on parts of our lives which we don’t love that we often forget to embrace the things we do love. If painting takes your fancy or you’ve always loved going to the theatre, why do you not do them anymore? When we take away the complicated side of adult life and make it actually rather simple, as long as we are doing the fundamental things in our lives we need to do to function normally, using as much time as possible doing things we enjoy should be a priority, and is most definitely essential to be negative free!

IMG_2200CHANGE YOUR MINDSET

It’s surprising how just a simple shift in mindset can improve your positivity so dramatically. Without dipping too much into the idea of the law of attraction, unless something extremely traumatic happens in your life which undoubtedly requires down time, a swift shift in the way you view a situation can be really valuable when wanting to remove negativity from your life. Instead of thinking for example, that an interview didn’t go very well because you didn’t say everything you planned to say, shift that thought and allow yourself to accept that at the time of the interview, you did your absolute best and could not have done any more, another way to be negative free!

EAT FOODS WHICH YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU FOR

It  goes without saying that including foods in your diet that your body will thank you for is essential. Removing some more processed foods from your diet, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables will inevitably allow you to feel more positive and negative free.  Ingredients like sugar and sweeteners, along with saturated fats and too much salt, will leave you feeling lethargic and therefore more susceptible to drawing upon the negatives as opposed to the positives. Make sure you stock up on your fruit and veggie crisps with Giving Tree for a happy and healthy snacking delight!

Removing negativity from your life really can be easier than you think, with a few simple changes, your entire view can change and therefore make you happier in the long run! Here's to a negative free outlook!

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What to cook this weekend..

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07.04.16

So weekends are meant for indulging right? However, too much indulgence can lead to over indulging and consuming way too much on a weekend!

However, everything in moderation is what we believe, and these recipes are the perfect combination of what feels like a treat but in actual fact, super healthy! With thanks to our lovely nutritionist Rhiannon for the recipes!

1. Breakfast- Coconut milk, pistachio and strawberry giving tree porridge

INGREDIENTS

• 250ml water
• 40g oats
• 4 tbsp coconut milk • 1 tbsp almond butter • 1 tbsp chi coconut oil For a topping: • crushed pistachios Simply add the water, oats and coconut milk  to a saucepan and allow it to heat for about ten minutes, until the liquid has all been absorbed. Then stir in the almond butter and coconut oil and let them dissolve into mix. Once it’s all nicely mixed pour it into a bowl, add all your favourite toppings and then it’s ready to enjoy!

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2. Lunch / Dinner - Herby garlic chicken with veggie giving tree topping

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 100g quinoa
  • 600ml hot chicken stock
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 red onions, cut into thin wedges
  • Mixed herbs to season
  • Giving Tree Broccoli and pumpkin crisps for topping
  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the chicken with the garlic, herbs and arrange in a single layer in a roasting tin. Bake for 20 mins until the chicken is cooked. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa in the chicken stock for 15 mins until tender, blend the vegetables in a food processor in the mean time. Drain and place into a large bowl with the chicken, toss together with the vegetables sauce too.
  3. Top with broccoli and pumpkin crisps!

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3. Dessert - Wheyhey Chocolate ice cream topped with bee pollen, chia seed and Giving Tree Peach Crisps! Simple as that

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Spring is upon us..become a Morning person!

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17.03.16

Whether you're a morning person or you're not..lifestyle factors can pretty much change this with almost immediate effect! With everyone constantly and increasingly on-the-go all the time, there is almost an unspoken expectation to not give yourself time off, not have any time down, and constantly people measuring commitment/success by the amount of shut-eye they had the previous night. We’ve decided to come up with a few ways this can be changed, so that even the sleepiest of us can enjoy the mornings as they become lighter with a few simple lifestyle changes..

CUT THE CAFFEINE!

It’s easy to get into a habit of relying on caffeine filled drinks to get you through the day, however drinking a coffee close to your bed time will most likely be a culprit to disturbing your sleep. For some people this doesn’t affect their sleep too much, however due to it being a stimulant it will undoubtedly disrupt most people’s. It can be found in more than just your daily coffee though, so avoiding chocolate with high levels of cacao is also going to help your sleep be the best quality it can be. With work schedules so demanding, it’s important to ensure, if you want to be the morning person you envisage yourself becoming, that you cut the caffeine mid afternoon each day. Instead, enjoy water infused with fresh fruit for a flavour kick and green tea to waken you up. This-Tropical-Green-Smoothie-is-one-of-my-favorite-green-smoothies-loaded-with-spinach-pineapples-orange-juice-and-bananas.-Its-only-255-calories-and-deliciously-smooth-4  

CHANGE YOUR PATTERN

Start by going to bed even half an hour earlier, an hour, or more, and increase the shift in hours as your body clock becomes more used to it.. Although getting your “beauty sleep” isn’t strictly true for beauty purposes, there is definitely something to be said about getting the zzz’s in before the clock strikes 12. Aside from the fact that many of us have to be up by 7ish in the morning, the way getting into bed a couple of hours before midnight will change your mood for the day is astounding.

EXERCISE BEFORE BREAKFAST

Going to bed at night knowing that you will be waking up with a plan to exercise will motivate you to go to bed earlier and in turn, wake up earlier to complete your work out. By setting tasks like this perhaps once or twice a week, you will not only set up a great foundation for sleeping well each night, but will also be setting up your day with lots of energy.. oh and to add to that, your exercise for the day will be done, so no carrying trainers and work out clothes with you all day anymore! Woohoo you can tick off a productive task straight away   d-300x300

EAT LIKE A KING

As the saying states, “Eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a queen..”. After your morning work out session, the best way to refuel for the day ahead is to have a truly hearty but healthy breakfast. Having something like overnight oats, a bowl of porridge, or avocado and eggs on toast sprinkled with seeds will give you the nutrients you need to power through a long day and, if you know what you’re having the night before, you will undoubtedly look forward to eating it in the morning - what better way to become a morning person?

PREP

Simple but effective, planning in advance is always going to put you in good stead whether you like it or not, and annoyingly enough, always proves right! By moving your alarm to the other side of the room, you will be forced to get up to turn it off, and let’s face it, once you’re up, well you’re up! If you are planning to get up slightly earlier than would be standard for your early morning wake ups, get your clothes ready and laid out the night before so that it doesn’t take long to change in the morning and no thought has to be put into the outfit either. Also, ensure you prepare your breakfast, as it won’t only save you time, but it will allow you to be happy in the knowledge that you will be eating something good in the morning. Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 12.06.42   Try this delicious Giving Tree breakfast of naturally flavoured fruit yogurt and strawberry crisps!

Giving Tree Easter Eton Mess

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11.03.16

Easter is nearing, meaning family time, plenty of food, bank holiday celebrations and a well deserved lie in or two!

Try out this deliciously healthy Giving Tree recipe to tantalise your taste buds!

Strawberry Giving Tree Eton Mess

A mess you'll most certaintly want to clear up!

INGREDIENTS

For the meringues:

  • 300g coconut sugar (if you don't have this normal sugar will be fine)
  • 5 (150 grams) egg whites
  • For the Eton mess
  • 1 batch meringues
  • 150g frozen raspberries
  • 2 large packs of Strawberry Giving Tree
  • 1 tablespoon honey, plus more if needed
  • 600g mix of fresh raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries
  • 400g Vanilla (try get vanilla pod) or natural greek yogurt

METHOD

  1. To make meringues: Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, pour in the sugar, and put the baking sheet in the oven for about 5 minutes, until the edges of the sugar are just beginning to melt. Heating the sugar will help it dissolve in the egg whites more quickly and help create a glossy, stable mixture.
  2. Meanwhile, make sure the bowl and whisk attachment of your standing mixer are free from grease. Pour the egg whites into the bowl. Whisk on low speed at first, allowing small bubbles to form, then increase the speed to high and continue whisking until the egg whites form stiff peaks and the bowl can be tipped upside down without the whites falling out. Stop whisking just before the whites take on a cotton-woolly appearance; if they do, they have been overwhisked, and the egg protein has lost some of its elasticity.
  3. By now, the sugar should be ready to take out of the oven. With the whites stiff and while whisking again at high speed, add one big tablespoonful of hot sugar after another to the bowl ensuring that the whites come back up to stiff peaks after each addition. Don’t worry about small clumps of sugar, but avoid adding large chunks of caramelized sugar from the edges of the baking sheet.
  4. Once you have added the sugar, continue to whisk on high speed for 5 to 7 minutes. Rub a bit of the mixture between your fingers, and if you can still feel gritty sugar, keep whisking at high speed until the sugar has dissolved, the mixture is smooth, and the bowl is a little cooler to the touch. The meringue will continue to thicken up during this stage. You know it is ready to use when it forms a nice, smooth, shiny peak on the tip of your upturned finger.
  5. Carefully spoon your meringue mixture into the piping bag, rolling the sides up. You need to pack the meringue mixture in tightly, ensuring there are no air bubbles. Pinch the top of the bag closed, gently pushing the mixture in. If using a disposable piping bag, with sharp scissors, cut the tip of the bag so that the opening measures 7/8 inch in diameter.
  6. To get the meringue mixture flowing, twist the top of the piping bag to push the meringue to the bottom. Pipe small dollops onto the four corners of your baking sheets. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper; the meringue dollops will act as glue and stick the paper to the sheets.You are ready to start piping!
  7. Hold the piping bag vertically with both hands, securing the twisted top with your dominant hand and placing your other hand halfway down the bag. Use the top hand to apply pressure and the lower hand to control the flow of the meringue. Squeeze the bag to form a small circular meringue with a 2-inch base, and then lift up the bag while releasing some pressure so that the meringue forms a big peak at the top. Space  them about 3/4 inch apart.
  8. To bake, position racks in the upper and lower third of the oven and preheat your oven to 95°C. Slide the baking sheets into the oven, and bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the meringues are easily lifted off the parchment paper, with their bases intact. Let cool completely on the baking sheets. Stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, these will keep for 1 week.
  9. To make the raspberry coulis: Put the frozen raspberries in a small saucepan, drizzle in the honey, and set the pan over medium heat. Once the berries are simmering, turn down the heat to maintain a gentle bubbling and cook until lightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, and let cool slightly. Taste the mixture and stir in more honey if it needs it, but you want the coulis to be quite tart as the meringues are very sweet. Using a blender, puree until smooth, and then let cool completely.
  10. To assemble: When you are ready to serve — and only then — start assembling the dessert. If you do this too early, you'll end up with a soggy mess, not Eton mess. Divide the meringues among individual bowls. Dollop the greek yogurt around the meringues, and top with the fresh berries. Spoon coulis over everything, and crumble the freeze-dried strawberries over the centers. Serve right away.
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week – Its importance to us..

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26.02.16

It's Eating Disorders Awareness Week this week, an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders.The theme this year is eating disorders in the workplace. Beat (the UK's leading eating disorder charity) will be concentrating on the impact eating disorders can have in the workplace and highlighting what individuals, colleagues and employers can do to support someone's recovery at work.

In the UK, around 725,000 people are affected by an eating disorder, according to the charity Beat. Anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder as the most common illnesses. While women are more likely to suffer than men, 11 per cent of males struggle with such conditions. We received this heartwarming email a few months ago from a Giving Tree fan who shared with us her love with our snacks and how they have helped her in her recovery from Anorexia Nervosa. To know we have been able to contribute to this overwhelmingly difficult battle with someones eating disorder made us so happy. "Dear whom it may concern, I guess I just wanted to say thank you so much for making your products available - I'm currently in recovery for anorexia nervosa, and things like the fruit crisps have been so helpful with the process of introducing proper food back into my diet - they're the perfect size and feel healthy which is beneficial since eating still comes with a lot of guilt. There's nowhere near me that stocks them, but I order lots and lots online! I'm sorry for this really random email, I just felt I had to thank you. Thanks for taking time to read this, I really appreciate it." EDAW-2016

A story this week from the Telegraph describes the heartbreaking moment a 10 year old girl became anorexic and battled with deeply saddening weight issues. It truly highlights the influence of messages that 'healthy eating' can give off to younger children. Influences are everywhere, with social media filled with motivational images and videos of healthy lifestyles and exercise regimes. Schools are doing the right thing in installing into children the importance of healthy eating choices which by all means is a positive, however some crucial points to take out of this.. ‘Living healthily is about moderation not exclusion.’ Children need to be reminded that yes obesity is something that should be avoided and to ensure a healthy lifestyle, however not to be scared of occasionally enjoying a 'treat' whether that be the occasional chocolate bar or slice of pizza.

Teach your child that appearance is not the most important thing. ‘Talk about kindness and compassion rather than weight and shape as key values,’ says Alexia Dempsey (dietitian at Priory hospital) If obesity is your concern, ask your child if they really are hungry when they ask for food. Often we use food to combat boredom, says Dempsey. ‘Think about fluids, too. Dehydration can often be confused with hunger.’ And don't forget parents.. as important as it is to insure your children eat heathily and well, be careful with your own language and avoid always talking about your weight or complaining about body issues as these can easily be transferred onto your child.

Alongside this, many health bloggers and food fanatics are creating artistic and deliciously healthy looking recipes all over social media. However, the issue is so many of these recipes  are lacking in essential macro nutrients such as carbohydrates and essential fats. Many of the health bloggers and wellness coaches actually have no nutritional qualifications and therefore fairly concerning when they have such large followings and such an impact on followers.

We can't say that the media causes eating disorders; however, it is evident that the limited representation of beauty has lingering effects on the way we view our bodies.  Even Barbie, who was the pinnacle of unattainable beauty for the last 50-plus years with her tiny figure, is acknowledging the range and diversity of beautiful women now with a redesign consisting of three body shapes — tall, petite, and curvy — and seven skin tones. Although someone might not “look like they have an eating disorder,” it is important to note that eating disorders do not discriminate; you cannot tell anything about a person’s relationship with food based on their age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or even weight. Moreover, eating disorders are not just a “fad” or a “phase,” they are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person’s health — emotionally, physically, and psychologically.

 The recovery statistics currently shows around 46% of anorexia patients fully recover, and 33% improving. Similar research into bulimia suggests that 45% make a full recovery and 27% improve considerably, a positive and promising figure that these disorders can be overcome with the right support, encouragement and understanding too.

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Say YES to the Slow Cooker..

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19.02.16

With all the latest health gadgets on the market, from the Spiralizer to the Nutribullet, some of the old favourites can be forgotten! The slow cooker is one of those staple pieces of equipment that can benefit you in so many ways - for the health conscious, busy mums and just those of you that love locking in flavour, everyone should invest in one (at such budget prices too!)

Why the slow cooker?

How the slow cooker can help: Cooking at home is a great first step in trying to get your health eating under control. Since slow–cooked food relies on long, moisture-rich cooking, you can use less oil than if you were cooking with dry heat in the oven or on the stove. Using your slow cooker to make dinner means that dinner is ready when you get in the door—no more hungrily snacking on other food while preparing dinner.

Using a slow cooker can save you major time preparing meals. By prepping ingredients and putting them in the pot before you leave for work in the morning, you know that when you come home dinner will be waiting. Bonus: Use the extra time you save and hit the gym after work.

Slow cookers lend themselves to stews and other one-pot meals that let you stretch more expensive ingredients, like meat, further.  such as Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions. Chances are a slow-cooked meal will yield leftovers ..Bring leftovers for lunch the next day and you’ll save on lunch money too! BONUS!

Recipes to Try:

1. Slow cooker Three bean & Barley soup 

Serves: 4-5

 INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon chi coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large stalk celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1.4l water
  • 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube
  • 100g pearl barley
  • 100g dried black beans
  • 100g dried great northern beans
  • 80g dried kidney beans
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Method:
  1. Heat oil in a slow cooker on a medium heat. Add onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add water, broth, barley, black beans, great northern beans, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin and oregano. Bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 hours (adding more water, 1/2 cup at a time, if necessary or desired). Season with salt.
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5 a day Vegetarian Ratatouille and cous cous - (we added a mozzarella stuffed chicken breast on the side too!)

Serves:2

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste (we used Discovery)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 pack of button mushrooms chopped roughly
  • 1  can of chickpeas
  • a few coriander leaves
  • 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube
  • splash of water
  • 150g wholegrain cos cous

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1. roughly chop both onions, garlic, courgettes, mushrooms and peppers into medium sized chunks

2. In your slow cooker add the coconut oil and all the chopped ingredients, stir once to coat all vegetables.

3. Leave for 10 minutes then add the chopped tomatoes, brown sugar, chickpeas and chicken stock cube and a splash of water

4. Leave to simmer for an hour.

5. Now add the cous cous to the pot and cover.

6. Meanwhile, make a fairly deep incision into the side of each chicken breast, but be sure not to cut through to the other side completely!

7. Stuff with mozzarella, add salt and pepper to the top of the breasts and roast for 30 mins in oven.

8. Serve with the cous cous medley and any other veg!

Coconut Milk rice pudding with Giving Tree Strawberries

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

 Combine the rice, sugar and coconut milk in a large bowl. Stir well, then transfer to the slow cooker with a teaspoon of coconut oil and add the vanilla pod. Leave on a low heat in the cooker for an hour and three-quarters, stirring three or four times during cooking, until the rice is tender. There should be no golden skin on top. To keep the pudding relatively light and also dairy-free, leave it as it is. To make it a little richer and more indulgent, stir in some more coconut milk.

Serve in glasses or bowls with Giving Tree fruit crisps and extra fresh fruit too seasoned with a squirt of lime juice.

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Pancake Day recipes to make you drool!

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08.02.16

What are you going to have on your pancakes tomorrow? The only day of the year where consuming approximately 24 pancakes is acceptable!

Historically, pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday so the last of the fat or lard was used up before Lent.

Do you go savoury or sweet? How long should you fry them for? When should you toss it?

Pancake Day is all about tossing and flipping your pancakes before topping them with some tasty treats.

Of course, there is the classic lemon and sugar combo, but if you're after something a little more adventurous, we've got some great ideas on what you can add to your Shrove Tuesday treat.

Here are our favourite recipes..We're giving you savoury ideas, and sweet ones too! (note: one may be slightly healthier than the other...)

Basic Batter Recipe (for both sweet and savoury)

Makes: 4 pancakes Ingredients:

Method:

1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, then make a hole in the middle of the flour using a spoon.

2. Break the egg into the hole. Add a little of the milk and beat with a wire whisk.

3. Beat in the flour to make a thick batter. Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk, then pour the smooth batter into a jug.

4. Lightly grease a small non-stick omelette pan with coconut oil and wipe out any excess with kitchen paper.

5. Heat the pan until very hot and then pour just enough batter in to cover the bottom thinly. As soon as the top is dry and the bottom is golden brown, flip the pancake over with a fish slice or round-ended knife – or if you’re feeling brave, toss it.

6. Cook for 1 minute or until the underside starts to brown. Slide the pancake on to a plate.

7. Grease the pan again with the kitchen paper and make more pancakes in the same way, keeping the cooked ones warm while you make the rest.

Ideas for Savoury;

- Spinach, cheese, mushroom and cured ham

- roasted vegetables, grilled tomato and creme fraiche

- smoked salmon, dill, avocado, chilli and ricotta

- grilled bacon and maple syrup

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Ideas for Sweet;

- coconut sugar and freshly squeezed lemon

- sliced peaches, natural yogurt and honey

- fresh strawberries, Giving Tree strawberry crisps, mascarpone, blueberries and lemon juice

- nutella, nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew) and banana

- Rhubarb compote and vanilla creme fraiche

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Two ingredient Banana Pancakes

Makes: 8 small pancakes

Ingredients;

1 medium ripe banana 2 large eggs

Optional extras (choose a few!):

  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, for fluffier pancakes
  • 1 spoon of protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • chopped nuts, chocolate chips, or a mix
  • granola
  •  fresh fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, or chopped apples
  • Giving Tree fruit crisps ( we like strawberry on ours)
  • Maple syrup, jam, chocolate spread
  • Natural yogurt

Method; Mash the banana: Peel the banana and break it up into several big chunks in a bowl. Use a fork to thoroughly mash the banana. Add any extra ingredients: These pancakes are pretty great on their own, but a few extras never hurt. Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder for fluffier, lighter pancakes, and whisk in salt, vanilla, cocoa powder, or honey to flavour the pancakes. Save any chunky, heavy ingredients — like nuts or chocolate chips — for when the pancakes are in the pan! Stir in the eggs: Whisk the eggs together until the yolks and whites are completely combined. Pour the eggs over the banana and stir until the eggs are completely combined. Heat a frying pan over medium heat: Melt a little coconut oil in the pan to prevent sticking, if you like. Drop roughly 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot pan. It should sizzle immediately — if not, turn up the heat slightly.

Cook for about 1 minute: Cook the pancakes until the bottoms look browned and golden when you lift a corner. The edges should also be starting to look set, sprinkle with toppings

Sprinkle any loose toppings, like nuts or chocolate chips, over the top of the pancakes as the first side cooks.

Flip the pancakes: Best to do this very gently and fairly slowly — the opposite of regular pancakes. Gently work a spatula about halfway under the pancake, then lift until the unsupported half of the pancake is just barely lifted off the pan. Lay the pancake back down on its other side. Some of the loose batter will probably spill onto the skillet as you do this; just be sure to lay the pancake on top of the spill and nudge any excess back under the pancake. Cook for another minute or so: Cook the pancake for another minute or so, until the other side is also golden-brown. You can flip the pancakes a few times if you need to in order to get them evenly browned. (Flipping is much easier once the second side is set!) Continue cooking the pancakes: Transfer the cooked pancakes to a serving plate and continue cooking the rest of the batter.

Add your toppings!

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February is heart month, show it some love!

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02.02.16

There’s Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, of course — but this is also Heart Month and on February 5th its the British Heart Foundation National Heart day, dedicated to raising awareness of heart health.

Heart and circulatory disease takes the lives of more than 400 people in the UK each day. So let’s get red everywhere and help raise money for the British Heart Foundation’s life saving research.

We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.

Some simple ways to ensure keeping your heart healthy come from the following;

- A healthy diet rich in heart healthy foods (oily fish, avocado, grains, legumes, tomatoes and berries)

Try making some fantastic heart healthy recipes using our Giving Tree snacks - our strawberry crisps make the perfect addition to yogurt, porridge, smoothies, juices and even a substitute to fresh strawberries in baking! With all the same nutrition as fresh and 1 of your 5 a day you can't go wrong.

- Limiting alcohol in the diet

- Exercising -  Physical activity can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health – helping you to look and feel great.

- Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke.

  • Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.
  • The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
  • The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates your body to produce adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, making your heart work harder.
Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 12.06.42 Why not try some great fundraising activities to promote Heart Health. Invite your friends, neighbours or whole community to do somethingred and join you for a breakfast, afternoon tea, pamper evening, quiz night or even an auction to raise those pennies!

To get the pounds piling in, you can ask people to give a donation on the door, or pay to enjoy food and drinks as they go along.

If your feeling slightly more adventurous.. Bring an exercise bike into work and keep it spinning for an hour, a morning or even a whole day. Colleagues chip in to sponsor those who are cycling and wearing red.   Shop_banner760x339 Turn PE at school into a fundraising event with a laps-round-the-playground ‘marathon’ or red baton relay. Children (and teachers) can bring in £1 to take part on the day.

Not feeling so energetic? No problem. Here are some easy other ways to make fundraising a team effort at work, school, college, your toddler’s playgroup, your workout class or wherever you’ll be on Friday 5 February:

Have a dress-down day, where everyone gives a donation to participate - while wearing something red of course.

Or, donate to dress up, perhaps with a prize for the best red outfit or fancy dress. Being a tomato, Red Queen, strawberry, Spiderman or lobster could be your winning ticket.

Organise a bake sale, showcasing everyone’s talents. Watch the money roll in!

Of course, Giving Tree snacks will be brought into the help of the special Red Day..

Here is a fantastic Strawberry Giving Tree and berry recipe to keep you going before all of the activities you're going to get involved in...

Ingredients.

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Blend all ingredients and immediately consume for a deliciously heart healthy smoothie :)

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Giving Tree Granola

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13.01.16

Granola. A breakfast staple to so many of you, with granola sales up by 20% last year (Grocer uk) and so many brands to choose from its a fantastic, energy fuelling 'go to' breakfast or snack.

However, be warned.. many 'healthy' granolas are jam packed with refined sugar and dried fruit coated in sugar which in reality does not make a healthy mornings breakfast. Along with the high sugar content, many brands add fats such as palm oil to their granola which raises saturated fat levels and overall makes a pretty unhealthy breakfast, that will leave you feeling hungry faster too.

This doesn't mean to say all granolas should be tarred with the same sticky brush!

We are loving Raw Gorrilla Strawberry Crispies at the moment, a completely Raw, Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo cereal! With no additives or preservatives and blended with amazing superfoods like raw cacao, lucuma & macs it goes perfectly with Chi Coconut Milk too!

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We also LOVE making our own!

The most important bulk ingredient to the granola should be the whole oats. They are full of fibre, high in protein, and contain vitamins and minerals like folate, iron, and magnesium.  Make sure when you buy your oats, they are labelled as 100% pure whole rolled oats, nothing that says “instant” or “quick cooking or any added sugar or sweeteners!

Nuts and seeds make a fantastic addition of protein, texture, flavour and Vitamin E.  A small amount of unsweetened dried fruit is ok too, just make sure it’s unsweetened to keep the sugar content down.

Here at Giving Tree, we realised it's easier than you think to make your own delicious granola, which we found topped with Giving Tree fruit crisps makes a bowl of pure, healthy goodness!

Here's our favourite recipe, but remember you can add your own favourite additions too - just remember to check the back of ingredients and aim to avoid sweetened nuts and fruit. You can reach your own desired sweetness with the addition of coconut sugar (low GI) or a small amount of extra honey.

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Giving Tree Granola Recipe;

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp chi coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp raw, organic honey
  • 300g rolled oats
  • 50g sunflower seed
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g flaked almond
  • 100g dried berries (find them in the baking aisle - make sure they are unsweetened)
  • 50g unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Method:
    1. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Mix the oil and honey together in a large bowl. Tip in all the remaining ingredients, except the dried fruit and coconut, and mix well.
    2. Tip the granola onto two baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake for 15 mins, then mix in the coconut and dried fruit, and bake for 10-15 mins more. Remove and scrape onto a flat tray to cool. Serve with cold milk (chi coconut milk tastes delicious on the granola),  yogurt and or as a snack to go! Don't forget to add your Giving Tree fruit crisps on top for a delicious and nutritious crunch!
    3. The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.

    Happy munching :)

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