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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.

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)

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What is a ‘good’ fat?

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18.11.15

'Good fats' are a term widely used now on food packaging, social media and also encouraged by health professionals that we need to be eating more of them and less of the 'bad' fats. But what makes a certain type of fat better than another? And what are the differences between the many oils, spreads, fats and sprays used on different food products on the market? Fat, despite much negative press and discussion is essential to the diet. We need fat to protect our vital organs, they can contain essential fatty acids (essential because the body can't make them itself) such as omega-3. Fat helps the body absorb Vitamins A, D and E. These vitamins are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be absorbed with the help of fats. The main types of fat found in food are saturated fats and unsaturated fats. Most fats and oils contain both saturated and unsaturated fats in different proportions. As part of a healthy diet, we should try to cut down on foods and drinks high in saturated fats and trans fats and replace some of them with unsaturated fats. Of course, too much fat like many nutrients can lead to health problems such as high cholesterol which can lead to atherosclerosis (thickening of the arteries walls), heart disease and also obesity. Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 14.24.13First up, is rice bran oil. This is used to ever so slightly cook our broccoli and pumpkin vegetable crisps at low temperatures (2% of it). However.. there is good reasoning behind why we use this wonderful oil which we think our lovely consumers ought to know! rice bran oil This oil is super high in Vitamin E which is key for strong immunity, healthy skin and eyes. Rice bran oil contains both the tocopherol and tocotrienol forms of the vitamin, whereas olive oil contains only the tocopherol form -- and less of that than rice bran oil. It's also low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fats. Additionally, rice bran oil contains significant amounts of the antioxidant oryzanol, whereas olive oil has none. Rice bran oil is also not as readily absorbed into foods during the cooking process therefore ensuring our lovely crisps aren't absorbing to much oil and are left with a light, non-greasy product. A team of scientists in 2012 presented findings to the American Heart Associations High Blood Pressure Research thats showed a drop in blood pressure and a fall in LDL (low density lipo proteins - the bad type of cholesterol) after consumption of rice bran oil! With all those brilliant benefits and not forgetting their AMAZING, unique taste..there's no excuse to not pick up a bag of our vegetable crisps today.. we promise you won't regret it! Try us on Holland and Barrett, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and many more.. Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 14.28.50 Coconut oil is another great fat source, it contains an unusually high amount of medium-chain fatty acids which are harder for our bodies to convert into stored fat and easier for them to burn off than long-chain fatty acids or triglycerides. Many coconut oils aren't Virgin coconut oil.. unlike CHI which is extracted from the  fresh mature coconuts without using high temperatures or chemicals and considered unrefined according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, virgin coconut oil has potential antioxidant properties due to certain plant nutrients it contains called phenolic compounds. It is also a fantastic fat source for cooking, frying and even cosmetic benefits such as clearing up dry skin, using as a hair masque and for chapped lips too! Why not try CHI coconut oil?! Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 14.28.23  

Eat your Broccoli!

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10.11.15

We are going to be like your mother 'EAT YOUR BROCCOLI!'  We are sorry but your Mum is right ;) Broccoli is full of potassium and folate which helps prevent anemia and it also gives you solid doses of vitamin A. Our crispy broccoli will help you to eat more broccoli. How many people that we met told us they hate broccoli and after trying crispy Broccoli they become a Broccoli Lover!  Not convinced? See below all the benefits that you can get from broccoli. Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.37.07 8 Health Benefits: 1. Cancer Prevention Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body of H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function. 2. Cholesterol Reduction Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fibre that draws cholesterol out of your body. 3. Reducing Allergy Reaction and Inflammation Broccoli is a particularly rich source of kaempferol and isothiocyanates, both anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients. Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. This vegetable even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well know as an anti-inflammatory. 4. Powerful Antioxidant Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants. 5. Bone Health This green vegetable contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. 6. Heart Health The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates  in broccoli, may be able to prevent  some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems. 7. Detoxification Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiin and glucobrassicin are special phytonutrients that support all steps in the body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization and elimination of unwanted contaminants. These three are in the perfect combination in broccoli. 8. Diet Aid Broccoli is a smart carb and is high in fibre, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.      

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!

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!

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.

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.