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Organic Matcha Vs. Non-Organic Matcha: Everything You Need to Know

organic matcha vs non organic matcha

With the continued growth of the farming industry, there’s an increasing concern over the safety of our food. More people are demanding organic food products as a way to cut down on the intake of chemicals and potential health risks associated with ingesting pesticides and chemical fertilizers. As matcha gains popularity due to its unique taste and long list of health benefits, so does the concern over lead contamination and the use of pesticides and other chemicals. Let’s explore some of the differences between organic and non-organic matcha, the health risks associated with consuming contaminated matcha powder, and what you should look for when you’re shopping for this tasty green stuff.

Organic Matcha Vs. Non-Organic Matcha

The most obvious differences between organic and non-organic matcha powders is color and taste. High-quality matcha powder should be vibrant green (as opposed to dull and yellowish), and it should taste rich and earthy with a subtle hint of sweetness (this flavor combination is what the Japanese call “umami”). Like all produce, organic and non-organic matcha have slightly different qualities. Organic matcha tends to be less vibrant in color (but not dull or yellow) and it tends to taste a little less rich and sweet. The reason for this comes down to the fertilizer used. In a nutshell, chemical fertilizers are more potent and they work faster to pump the plant full of nutrients, while organic fertilizers take months to work their magic. The flavor and color of organic matcha is slightly altered because organic fertilizers don’t have the kind of potent “instant effect” that chemical fertilizers have, so the crop gets its nutrients over a longer period of time.  

Health Risks of Non-Organic Matcha

As you just read above, the problem with organic fertilizers is that they lack the potent “instant effect” of chemical fertilizers. Organic fertilizers don’t have the power to support the plant’s “ultimate growing potential” and this slows down the rate at which the matcha plants get their nutrients, ultimately altering the flavor and color of the finished product. But slightly altered color and flavor is a small price to pay for the purity of organic matcha powder. Chemical pesticides not only harm the environment, they also pose a myriad of health risks and research has linked exposure to chemical pesticides to increased presence of neurological disorders, Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, asthma and more. Even though Japan has strict regulations about the amount of pesticides that growers are legally allowed to use, why risk it?  

What Makes Our Matcha The Best Choice

There are tons of brands on the market that claim to be “premium top quality matcha.” But not all of these brands are organic and even if they are, there are other things to consider when you buy organic matcha online like potential lead and radiation contamination. You should always check for certifications and 3rd party lab tests. We lab test our matcha for product quality and purity. We maintain the highest standard and we ensure our product is free from heavy metals, radiation and other harmful chemicals. All our test results are available to the public because we want you to feel good about what you put in your body. Most of all we want you to be a conscious consumer when your shopping for matcha and we encourage you to check the labels, certifications, ingredients and lab tests no matter which brand you choose!

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Matcha: The Secret Weapon For Weight Loss

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Green tea has been hailed by many as “the healthiest drink on the planet.” It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that provide a long list of health benefits including better brain function, weight loss support, and cancer prevention. Perhaps this is why it’s so popular worldwide with over 160 million green tea drinkers in the USA alone.

Although people drink green tea for many different reasons (from the focused energy it provides, to the antioxidant properties that fight age-related illness), perhaps the biggest allure of this “super-beverage” is its weight loss and fat-burning capabilities. The reason green tea is so great for aiding in weight loss is that it contains flavonoids and caffeine that can help increase metabolic rate, balance blood sugar levels, and curb hunger cravings. Meaning, you’re less hungry but you’re burning more calories.

When you drink a cup of brewed green tea, you’re getting a fraction of the nutrients, antioxidants and fat-burning properties contained in the leaves but what happens when you consume the whole leaf? If you’re drinking green tea for weight loss support or considering giving it a try, here’s why you should try matcha instead …

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What Is Matcha

Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder made from specially grown tea leaves. Although people have been drinking it for centuries in Japan, it’s just recently gained popularity in the Western world over the past few years. There are two main types of matcha, ceremonial grade and culinary grade, each used for a different purpose. Ceremonial grade matcha is generally used in straight cups of tea and enjoyed by people who love the earthy, slightly bitter flavor. Culinary grade is meant to be used in recipes OR added to smoothies (or protein shakes) for an extra energy boost. If you’re planning to use matcha for weight loss support, you’ll want to get yourself a bag of Culinary grade. It’s less expensive and it’s made to be added to smoothies, shakes and lattes.

Matcha Health Benefits

Matcha provides all the health benefits of green tea (focused energy, weight loss support, better brain function, prevention of age-related illness) but it’s much more potent. In fact, you would have to drink over 100 cups of brewed green tea to get all the nutrients and antioxidants you get from just one teaspoon of matcha powder! This concentrated green tea is PACKED full of the powerful antioxidant EGCG, and it contains caffeine and l-theanine which work together to stimulate brain function and to provide a powerful energy boost without any of the negative side effects of coffee. Just one teaspoon of matcha will give you a sustained energy boost and increased focus without any jitters or a caffeine crash.

Matcha for Weight Loss

When it comes to using matcha for weight loss and endurance, the research has provided promising results. Researchers attribute these positive results to the high levels of EGCG (a potent antioxidant) found in matcha powder. While there is no “magic weight loss remedy,” nutritionists recommend matcha in addition to healthy diet and exercise.

Because the whole leaf is ground into a fine powder and consumed entirely (instead of steeped), matcha offers more potent weight loss support than steeped green tea. A study found that one serving of matcha has 137 times more epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the antioxidant responsible for curbing hunger and speeding up thermogenesis (your body’s rate of burning calories).

Tips For Using Matcha

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Different people react in different ways to matcha. Some people need more to stay energized, while some people can coast all day on only 1 tsp. To find what is right for you, start with 1 tsp and listen to your body. If it’s not enough, bump up the dose to 2 teaspoons. Generally, it’s not recommended (or necessary) to exceed 5 servings a day. If you’re looking for a pre-workout boost add a teaspoon of matcha to your protein shake or pre-workout smoothie. If you prefer early morning workouts, you can also add it to a breakfast bowl of oatmeal or yogurt. Most importantly, matcha can be a great support, but it’s not magic. It can help you curb your cravings, burn more calories and get you motivated for your workouts but you still need to put in the effort. Matcha won’t help you effortlessly shed pounds, but (when used in combination with a healthy diet and exercise) it will give you more results in less time. Think of it as a nutritious, antioxidant-packed fuel for your body that can help you enjoy physical activity more because it provides energy.

Ready to get better results with matcha?

With the recent explosion in matcha’s popularity, there are many brands on the market you can choose from. Here are two basic rules to follow if you want to get the very best quality:

  1. Buy organic: This will ensure your matcha is free from harmful chemical pesticides
  2. Check for lab tests: Some matcha can be contaminated by lead and other harmful chemicals, choose a brand that lab-tests their matcha (at a 3rd party lab) and shares their tests with the public.

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Where To Buy Matcha: 7 Awesome Facts You Should Know Before You Purchase (#6 Will Shock You)

caffeine + l-theanine = dream team

Table of Contents:

Fact 7. Matcha powder is made entirely from green tea leaves
Fact 6. Matcha is packed with health benefits
Fact 5. Matcha contains the perfect balance of caffeine + L-Theanine
Fact 4. Matcha has been around for centuries
Fact 3. Not all matcha is the same – table of grades
Fact 2. Caution! Some matcha has been contaminated by lead
Fact 1. You can add matcha to almost any recipe

Over the last couple of years, matcha has become one of the hottest trends amongst health nuts, foodies, celebrities and tea drinkers alike, and for good reason. This powdered green tea is packed with health benefits and known for inducing a calming caffeine kick that provides a serious energy boost without any anxiety or irritability so it’s easy to see why so many people are hopping on the matcha tea train. Although it’s been around for centuries, matcha has just recently stepped into the limelight as the new “it” ingredient and cafes are serving up signature creations from San Francisco to New YorkWhile this might seem like just another fad, there are plenty of reasons to get a daily dose of this delicious green stuff, from its subtly sweet taste to the energy and antioxidants it provides. Here are 7 awesome facts about everybody’s new favorite antioxidant-packed energy booster … 

7. It’s made entirely from green tea leaves

Whole green tea leaves

Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” A regular cup of green tea is made by steeping tea leaves in hot water but with the powdered version, you’re drinking the whole leaves which have been stone-ground into a fine powder so it dissolves in liquid. To make a traditional cup of (ceremonial), you whisk a teaspoon of matcha (using a bamboo whisk) with a cup of hot water until it froths, but there are many other ways to get your fix. More on that below!

6. It’s packed with health benefits

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Research suggests plenty of health benefits to drinking matcha, including regulation of cholesterol, blood sugar, and harmful blood fats, as well as protection against kidney damage. Some studies also suggest that it may prevent age-related cognitive impairment, reduce the risk of stroke and diabetes, keep blood pressure in check, strengthen bones, and help prevent several forms of cancer. In addition to the long list of health benefits, just 1 teaspoon gives you a focused and calm energy boost that lasts longer than coffee and doesn’t produce any of the unwanted side-effects. Which brings us to #5 … 

5. It contains the perfect balance of caffeine + L-Theanine

Caffeine and L-Theanine in matcha provide a calm and focused energy boost

One of the most alluring features of matcha powder is the sustained energy boost it provides. But, despite packing a powerful energy boost, it actually contains less caffeine than coffee. One serving (1 teaspoon) contains about as much caffeine as a serving of brewed green tea. Even if you’re using 2 teaspoons, you’re still getting less caffeine than the average drip brew coffee. In addition to caffeine, it also contains an amino acid called L-Theanine. When combined, caffeine and L-Theanine work together to provide a calm and focused energy boost (like a powerful coffee buzz without the jitters or caffeine crash). In fact, the mix of L-Theanine and caffeine work so well together that they’ve been touted as the new “smart drug.”

4. It’s been around for centuries

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People are drawn to the vibrant green color, savory sweetness, health benefits and energy boost, but many are also drawn to the ritual. Preparing a traditional cup of this tea requires active participation in measuring and whisking. The preparation lends itself to a moment of focused meditation, which is the very reason Buddhist monks created meditative rituals around its preparation centuries ago. Matcha may be the newest fuel for our daily hustle, but people all over Asia have been communing with it for centuries, making it both the newest health craze and an age-old tradition. This is great news for people who are reluctant to jump on the bandwagon. While it may be the beverage of the moment, it has already proven itself to be so much more than a passing fad. 

3. Not all matcha is the same

choose a grade before you buy matcha

There are a few things to consider if you want to get the best stuff. What brand should you buy? What grade should you choose? Should you choose organic? When deciding on where to buy matcha, you should follow 2 basic rules: buy organic so you get the purest taste, and make sure you purchase it from a company that tests their product for lead (more on that in a second).

Choosing a grade comes down to how you plan to use it. For straight cups of tea, a high-quality ceremonial grade matcha powder is essential. Ceremonial grade is made from the leaves at the top of the plant, which are the youngest and contain more chlorophyll. This gives it a bright green color and sweeter smoother flavor.

If you’re going to use it as an ingredient, or you want to add it to your smoothies or protein shakes to give them an extra boost, culinary grade matcha is ideal. Culinary grade is made from more mature green tea leaves and has a stronger (slightly more bitter) flavor that works well in combination with other flavors. There is also vitamin-infused matcha available if you want the extra boost of added vitamins, as well as Matcha Capsules if you don’t like the taste of green tea but you want the health benefits.

2. Some matcha has been contaminated by lead

When buying matcha choose lab-tested

Many of the matcha powders available on the market are contaminated by lead, so you have to be extra cautious and choose your brand wisely. Lead contamination is especially dangerous when it comes to powdered green tea (as opposed to tea leaves) because you’re consuming the whole leaf. When you drink regular brewed green tea, the majority of contaminants that might be present remain in the discarded leaves after brewing, but when you drink matcha you drink the whole leaf and any contaminants it may contain. So you should always try to buy 100% organic matcha, and you should always make sure it has been tested by a 3rd-party lab to ensure it’s free of harmful chemicals.

1. You can add it to almost anything

Make sure you're buying matcha that's 100% organic

Chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its unique taste: an initial vegetal, astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness. When added as an ingredient, the taste becomes subtler and adds the flavor and color of green tea to your creation. It’s seriously yummy. So yummy, in fact, that you can find a matcha recipe for almost anything from cornbread to curry to cupcakes. Health nuts may swear by matcha for its long list of benefits, but foodies are passionate about its flavor. As an ingredient, culinary grade matcha can add a unique savoriness to a range of recipes as it compliments almost any dish. With over 2 million posts on Instagram, #matcha is a testament to its growing popularity, highlighting the hundreds of ways foodies are enjoying, and experimenting with, their new favorite ingredient. Those who love it are not only using it as a coffee replacement, they’re throwing it in everything from desserts to soups to salad dressings and sauces. 

 

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6 Delicious Ways to Use Matcha

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Table of Contents:

Matcha Cakes
Matcha Cookies
Matcha Bread
Matcha Ice Cream & Yogurt
Matcha Salad Dressing
Matcha Smoothies

Matcha is the game-changing ingredient that is versatile enough to add to virtually any recipe. It adds a unique umami flavor to both sweet and savory dishes, plus it also adds a vibrant green color that looks gorgeous on your plate. It’s packed with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants so it’s extremely healthy for you. Plus, matcha powder contains the dream combination of caffeine and l-theanine, a combination that provides a long-lasting energy boost without any jitters or caffeine crashes. Interested in experimenting with this ancient Japanese ingredient? Try some of the ideas below.

Cakes

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You know what goes great with matcha? White chocolate. Matcha adds a unique flavor to all your sweet treats but is especially decadent when you add it to a sponge cake base. The sweet umami flavor it ads is truly one-of-a-kind so get ready for a lip-smacking treat that will have you craving more!

Cookies

Ooey gooey white chocolate matcha cookies? Yes please! I repeat, white chocolate and matcha is a heavenly combination that will have you grabbing for more. Try this recipe for the perfect marriage of white chocolate chips and green tea powder.

Bread

Matcha is so versatile it can be added to all your baking recipes (not just the sugary ones). In fact, something magical happens when you add a little of this green stuff to a baked bread recipe. You can try your hand at a traditional Japanese milk bread recipe, or you can add about 15 grams of matcha powder to your basic bread loaf recipe (mix the matcha powder with the flour). Can you use it for sandwiches? Heck yes! This sassy addition gives your basic sandwich a delicious umami flavor that will kick it up a notch.

Ice Cream & Yogurt

If you’re particularly crafty in the kitchen, you can try your hand at a homemade matcha ice cream recipe. But, if you don’t have the time or the will to whip up a batch of homemade ice cream, you can simply add matcha to a bowl of your favorite store-bought vanilla.

Skipping the ice cream? If you want something a little lighter, you can get creative with  breakfast bowl recipes. There are a ton of matcha breakfast bowl recipes out there that are jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients and super easy to throw together. You can add almost anything to a green tea-yogurt base to get a healthy, energy-packed breakfast that will keep you going all morning.

Salad dressing

Green tea salad dressing is the perfect way to add a tangy savory kick to your salads. As an ingredient, matcha tea works great for bringing out both sweet and savory flavors in all kinds of recipes. This Bento Box recipe is the perfect canvas for a flavorful matcha salad dressing. The best part? It’s not only delicious, but the combination of lemon juice and matcha will actually increase your body’s antioxidant absorption. Delicious and healthy!

Smoothies

Matcha smoothies might be the winner for the easiest way to get some of that sweet matcha caffeine that will keep you going all day. You can add 1 tsp of matcha to almost any smoothie recipe to get a delicious, fruit-filled energy boost. Frozen blueberries work exceptionally well in a matcha smoothie but you can experiment to your heart’s desire. You can also kick the health factor up a notch by adding a probiotic, protein powder, or even leafy greens like kale or spinach.

So there you have it, 6 ways you can start your love affair with matcha tea. Which one will you try first?
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5 Reasons You Should Never Count Another Calorie

We use the word calorie to measure the amount of energy provided by each food and drink we consume. Many diets are based on balancing the number of calories consumed with the number of calories burned through physical activity.

Historically, we’ve based our diets on calorie intake, taking careful note of the calories we consume, and organizing our diets and “cheat meals” around the idea that calories, regardless of where they come from, have the ability to “make or break” fitness results.

Anyone who is or has ever been a calorie-counter knows the effort and time it takes to be vigilant, the pain of carefully portioning out 3 cashews or 2 m&ms when we want to reward ourselves.

The trouble is, often times these calorie deprivation diets don’t work, because they’re just not sustainable. Even though you’ll probably see some results when you obsess over your calorie intake, these results are usually temporary.

Here are 5 reasons why you should never count calories again:

5. Low in calories does not equal healthy:

The idea behind counting calories is that you’ll get the same amount of energy from a cookie or a carrot, provided they both have the same caloric content. While an unhealthy food and a healthy one can have the exact same amount of calories, that’s not the only thing your body takes into account during metabolism: bad quality calories do not provide the same nutrients or energy.

While a small portion of unhealthy foods (like potato chips) can have as many calories as a healthy snack (like baby carrots), they don’t provide nearly the same nutritional value. You might be staying well within your caloric allowance, but you’re also feeding your body with low-quality calories that won’t give you the necessary energy, and also will not keep you satisfied for very long. You’ll find yourself hungry again in no time.

4. Caloric absorption is not universal:

The body does not absorb every single calorie it consumes, and there are some foods that offer very little nutrients that your body can absorb. The amount of calories your body absorbs also depends greatly on your individual gut bacteria, and varies from person to person. Individual people have individual caloric needs and there is no universal “magic number” of calories one should consume.

3. You’re probably eating more calories than you think:

Food companies take a lot of liberties when it comes to estimating calorie content in their packages. Due to the fact that there are five different methods to do this calculation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually allows up to 20% inaccuracy when it comes to caloric count in products. In other words, if something is marked as having 150 calories, the true caloric content can be anywhere between 130 and 180 calories.

Calories vary when you cook foods, so that’s another change to take into account when obsessively looking at food labels. It’s always better to eat whole foods that have not been processed so you know the quantity and quality of calories you’re putting into your body.

2. Starving yourself won’t make you lose weight:

A lot of people looking to lose weight quickly end up going on crash diets with drastic calorie deprivation of as little as 1,000 calories a day. Not only will that leave you feeling hungry and without energy all day long, it will also send the wrong message to your body: needing sustenance, your body will look for it elsewhere, and burn muscle instead of fat. It will also slow down your metabolism and take up every last ounce of fat it can find in every bit of food you do eat, all while you’re feeling cranky and miserable. It’s just not worth it.

1. Your body is wiser than your calculator:

When you fill up with the right foods, such as leafy greens, grains, and even grass-fed beef, your body will feel full no matter the number of calories you consumed. The safest bet is listening to what your body is telling you instead of trying to maintain a rigid diet based on misguided assumptions about calorie intake. The healthiest approach to fitness is eating moderate portions of high-quality calories often, that way your blood sugar levels are steady and you don’t end up depriving yourself and then binging.

 

There’s more to calories than the number, and merely counting them won’t help you reach your long-term fitness goals. The best approach is to choose whole foods containing high-quality calories that will nourish you.

 

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The Secret to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hot Body

Gwyneth Paltrow is the queen of healthy eating and organic cooking. She’s constantly praising healthy living in her weekly lifestyle publication, Goop, and she loves a good cleanse. You might say she’s at the forefront of everything trendy in the world of healthy living. She’s up for trying new cleanses and warning against them, if necessary.

One thing she’s not shooting down, though, is matcha, a green tea powder that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This coffee replacement is brimming with health benefits, and Gwyneth Paltrow swears by it. Could this be the secret to her rockin’ bod? It’s probably a factor …

“The woman who made “conscious uncoupling” a thing while the rest of us were drowning our breakup sorrows with a bottle of wine and a Mariah Carey playlist is, evidently, never breaking up with matcha.”

 

Hailed as the “ancient secret to youth and beauty,” matcha has been around for centuries and there are all kinds of delicious ways to add it to your diet. It contains 137x the concentration of antioxidants which support healthy skin and bones and prevent age-related disease. It’s also a powerful calorie-burning booster that increases thermogenesis (your body’s rate of burning calories) by up to 50%. Plus, with every cup of matcha, you get to enjoy the perfect marriage of caffeine and L-Theanine, which makes for a powerful energy boost without any coffee jitters or caffeine crashes.

So while I always suspected that the 44-year-old beauty took a page out of Madeline Ashton’s book, her actual secret is more likely healthy diet and exercise with the help of routine cleanses and, of course, her daily dose of matcha. Yes, the woman who made “conscious uncoupling” a thing while the rest of us were drowning our breakup sorrows with a bottle of wine and a Mariah Carey playlist is, evidently, never breaking up with matcha.  

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Matcha Lattes and Smoothies Keep it Exciting

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Switch it up with matcha lattes and smoothies, for the win! My day is not the same without my morning matcha. I crave it like I once craved my 8 am Starbucks triple cappuccino. Matcha switches me on, I’m instantly sharper, more focused, and super motivated for my morning workout. I am a matcha addict! But, despite my unwavering allegiance to matcha, I sometimes get bored and need to shake things up a little.

I personally love the distinct taste of matcha but sometimes, I’m just not feeling it. This poses a problem because I still want all of the benefits. In fact, I need them to be the most productive version of myself.

If you’re looking for ways to spice up your everyday routine, read on for some tips on how to switch it up with matcha lattes and smoothies and rekindle your matcha romance.

Matcha Lattes

Matcha Latte

Mixing matcha with milk or a nondairy alternative will add a delicious creaminess to your matcha. You can use soy or almond milk, or my personal favorite, coconut milk. Matcha has a tendency to clump if not properly mixed, so I like to blend my lattes (hot or cold) with my little handheld mixer.

Delicious additions

Try adding a little sweetness to your latte with honey, stevia, agave, or maple syrup. The sweet notes taste delicious combined with the distinct “umami” of matcha.

Add a hint of vanilla to your latte for a lovely pairing. You can use vanilla powder or a couple of drops of vanilla extract. This combination is truly a match made in heaven.

Make it fancy with some whipped cream. You can use regular whipped cream or a whipped cream alternative (matcha whipped cream on my espresso? Yes please!). I opt for coconut because I love coconut flavored anything, but you can experiment to find your favorite flavor.

Tasty Matcha Smoothies

Add berries

I prefer my morning matcha hot, but in the afternoon, a smoothie hits the spot perfectly, like this Kiwi Matcha Tea Smoothie Recipe by GreenBlender. The best thing about matcha smoothies is that you can pretty much throw anything into the mix. Frozen fruit is great because it works like ice and makes your smoothie really cold. I like to throw in something that will give it a creamy texture, like a banana, coconut milk, or plain unsweetened yogurt. If you have a juicer you can also experiment by adding cold pressed juices.

Delicious additions

Vanilla powder is my secret weapon for my very greenest smoothies. If you don’t have vanilla powder a couple of drops of vanilla extract will also do the trick (although the powder is tastier).

I find the fruit will do the sweetening in a smoothie so I don’t add a sweetener to my fruit smoothies. I do like a drop of raw honey in my super green smoothies (the ones containing juiced veggies and no fruit).

Make it fancy with some green tea coconut ice cream. This recipe by Minimalist Baker is the absolute bomb. You can make a batch and add a scoop to the top of your smoothie for a weekend treat. You can also opt for regular or nondairy whipped cream.

The Right Tools For The Job

Matcha Ice Cream

For matcha lattes, I like using my hand blender or magic bullet, and for smoothies, I use my magic bullet or a regular sized blender. It’s easiest to use a regular blender if you’re adding a lot of ingredients to your smoothies, but for simple smoothies the magic bullet is extremely convenient.

It’s important to remember that matcha is an amazingly versatile ingredient, you can use it for far more than matcha lattes and smoothies. You can find a way to add it to virtually anything, so don’t fret if you’re getting bored of your straight up matcha and water beverage. There is a whole world of matcha goodness explore.

How do you keep your relationship with matcha fresh and exciting? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Try These DIY Green Tea Face Masks

DIY green tea face masks

Anyone who knows me can vouch for my obsession with green tea. Since discovering matcha, I never miss an opportunity to sprinkle it over whatever I’m whipping up, savory or sweet. I consider tea one of nature’s most awesome gifts and I’m always up for trying new ways to consume it! When it comes to green tea, I am a lover, a user, and a pusher. Therefore, I’ve expanded my horizons beyond drinking it and I’ve started using it as part of my skin cleansing regime. I’ve been experimenting with DIY green tea face masks and cleansers, and I want to share some of my favorite finds with you.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that are not only good for your insides, they’re also great for your skin. As one of the most natural remedies for brighter, clearer skin, DIY green tea face masks are a great chemical free option for unclogging pores, calming redness, reducing puffiness, and improving elasticity. 

DIY Green Tea Face Masks

Hydrate, soothe and cleanse your face with this Matcha Yogurt Mask

Ingredients
3 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha powder
5 teaspoons plain unsweetened yogurt
2 teaspoons 100% honey

Directions
Mix all the ingredients together and spread over your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse. Pat dry and take a few minutes to admire your glowing skin.

Deep clean and exfoliate with this Matcha Exfoliating Mask

Ingredients
3 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha powder
1 teaspoon filtered water
1 teaspoon 100% honey

Directions
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix them into a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wet your fingertips with warm water and gently massage the paste on your face. Rinse, pat dry and snap a selfie of that fresh face.

Rehydrate super dry skin with this Matcha Coconut Oil Mask

Ingredients
2 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha
½ teaspoon organic coconut oil
3 drops filtered water

Directions
Add matcha and coconut oil to a bowl and mix until matcha forms a thick paste. Add enough water to make the paste spreadable (one drop at a time). Spread over your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off with cotton to reveal your glowing face.

Try this Honey Green Tea Leaf Mask instead of throwing out your used tea bags

Ingredients
2 Green Tea bags
2 teaspoons 100% honey

Directions
Empty the contents of your used green tea bags into a bowl. Add honey and mix into a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wet fingertips with warm water and gently massage the mask into your skin. Rinse, pat dry, and make sure there aren’t any tea leaves stuck to your face!

Rejuvenate and wake up with this Green Tea Facial Splash

Ingredients
1 Green Tea Bag
2 cups filtered water

Directions
Boil water and add to a medium-sized bowl. Add green tea bag to the bowl of boiling water and leave it to steep. Once the bowl has cooled, stand over the sink and splash your face with the green tea repeatedly until it’s gone. Rinse, pat dry, and glow get ‘em!

Open up with this Green Tea Steam

Ingredients
2 green tea bags
A liter of filtered water

Directions
Boil water in a large pot and transfer to a large bowl. Add the tea bags to the boiling water and allow to cool enough so you won’t scald your face. Lean over the bowl of tea, draping a towel over the back of your head to trap the steam. Breathe, relax, and enjoy!

Applying green tea directly to your skin can help clear up acne, reduce rosacea, and improve elasticity, plus it’s all natural and the catechins offer some UV protection. Will you be trying one of these DIY green tea face masks? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be sipping on a matcha latte and trying to figure out how to steep a green tea bag in my humidifier, while slathering matcha paste all over my skin.

 

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5 of Our Favorite Healthy Recipes

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We’re all about a healthy lifestyle here at KissMeOrganics, which is why we’re always updating our Facebook fan page with delicious recipes for you to try. Here are 5 of our favorite healthy recipes from the last month:

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Guacamole Deviled Eggs

guacamole

Ingredients
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and cut lengthwise
1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Gourmet Garden Garlic (or 1 tsp minced garlic)
2 tsp Gourmet Garden Cilantro (or 2 tsp finely chopped cilantro)
Smoked Paprika

Instructions
Remove egg yolks from the halved eggs and place in a small bowl. Add the ripe avocado, lime juice, salt, onion powder, garlic, and cilantro.
Use a fork to mash the guacamole mixture until smooth.
Spoon (or use a frosting bag to pipe) the mixture into the halved eggs. Sprinkle with a dash of smoked paprika.
Keep stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

 

Caprese Stack Salad

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Ingredients
1 large, fresh mozzarella ball
1 large tomato
Basil to taste
Balsamic vinaigrette to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
Cut the mozzarella ball and the tomato into thick slices
Stack tomatoes, some mozzarella cheese, basil and drizzle with some balsamic vinaigrette.
Enjoy!

 

Black Bean Burgers With Sweet Corn Salsa

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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted
2/3 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup snipped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons ground cumin
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
2 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup canned diced green chile peppers, drained
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 fresh ears corn (with husks)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 fresh jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 English muffins, split

Instructions
In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine walnuts, the 2/3 cup onion, the 2/3 cup cilantro, the cumin, garlic, oregano, and basil.
Cover and process with several on-off turns just until combined.
Add black beans and green chile peppers. Cover and process with several on-off turns just until combined.
Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in eggs, bread crumbs, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Using damp hands, shape mixture into six 3/4-inch-thick patties.
Place patties on a baking sheet, cover, and chill until ready to grill.
Carefully peel back corn husks, but do not remove.
Using a stiff brush or your fingers, remove corn silks, and fold husks back around corn.
If necessary, tie husk tops with 100-percent-cotton kitchen string.
Soak corn in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour.
While corn soaks, start preparing salsa.
In a medium bowl, combine tomato, the 1/4 cup onion, the 1/4 cup cilantro, the lime peel, lime juice, 1 tablespoon of the oil, the jalapeno pepper, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Cover and chill until needed.
Drain corn; shake to remove excess water, and brush corn with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
For a charcoal grill, place corn (with husks) on the rack of a grill with a cover directly over medium coals.
Cover and grill for 25 to 30 minutes or until corn kernels are tender, turning corn several times.
For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place corn (with husks) on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.
Carefully remove string and husks. Cut the corn kernels off cobs. Stir corn into salsa.
For a charcoal grill, place patties on the grill rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, for 12 to 14 minutes or until done (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling.
Toast English muffins on the grill.
For a gas grill, place patties, then English muffins on grill rack over medium heat. Cover and grill as above.
Serve burgers between English muffin halves with salsa.
Makes 6 servings.

Recipe courtesy of:
Better Homes and Gardens

 

Lemon Matcha Balls

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Ingredients
1 ½ cups unsweetened flaked coconut
1 cup ground almonds
4 tbsp. melted coconut oil
4 tbsp. honey (or preferred sweetener)
Zest of 1 ½ lemons
Juice of 1 – 2 lemons (depending on taste)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt (fine)

For Coating
½ cup unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)
¼ cup lemon/lime zest (optional)
2-4 tbsp. KissMeOrganics Culinary Matcha

Instructions
Add all the ingredients to a food processor
Blend everything for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture starts to mix together like a dough.
Remove mixture from the food processor and form small balls, using clean hands.
In a separate bowl, add the extra coconut, matcha and zest.  
Roll the balls until well-coated then transfer to a lined baking tray, or plate.
Place in the fridge for at least half an hour to set.
The truffles can be kept at room temperature, but you may find that they are best kept in the fridge.

Yields about 20 – 24 balls.
Recipe courtesy a matcha-loving customer.

 

Bento-Style Matcha Salad

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The Japanese Bento Box is traditionally a single-portion lunch box comprised of protein vegetables and carbs, all of which are separated by dividers. Preparation ranges from simple to elaborate and the final result is intended to be both healthy and pleasing to the eye.

For the salad
½ cup Red Cabbage, chiffonade   
A few Romaine lettuce leaves, chiffonade
3 medium radishes, grated
Half an Avocado, thinly sliced
½ cup extra firm tofu (drained and pressed with paper towel, cubed, placed in a single layer on a baking sheet and baked at 350 F for 25-45 minutes–tossing every 10 mins)
1 cup butternut squash, cubed and “healthy sautéed”* (so that they are cooked but firm–About 5-7 minutes, depending on the size of the cubes)

For the dressing
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
11/2 tsp Kiss Me Organic Culinary Matcha
11/2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions
Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, matcha and lemon juice.
Arrange the cabbage, romaine leaves, radishes, avocado, butternut squash and baked tofu in sections on a plate.
Serve the dressing on the side.

*To “healthy sauté” your squash: add about ¼ cup of water and the chopped butternut squash to a large saucepan, place covered on high heat for 5-7 minutes, until you can easily put your fork through one of the cubes but they remain firm.

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