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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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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!

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!

       

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.