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Berry Good Morning Smoothie

berry good morning smoothie

Recipe category: Healthy Beverages

Cuisine: Smoothies

 

Blueberries are a great addition to any matcha smoothie. Not only are they the healthiest of the berries—they contain a flavonoid called anthocyanin that has a potent antioxidant effect—they’re also a delicious addition to matcha smoothies because their sweetness counteracts the mild bitterness of green tea.

Blueberries are linked to a decreased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and they’re known to promote healthy hair and skin. Combined with the powerful energy boost you get from matcha, this Berry Good Morning Smoothie is a healthy and delicious way to start your day!  

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cold orange juice
  • 1 tsp. matcha
  • 2 tsp. warm water
  • ⅓ cup chopped strawberries
  • ⅓ cup blueberries
  • ½ banana, sliced

Instructions

  1. Mix matcha and warm water until blended.
  2. Add all ingredients into a blender and run until smooth.
  3. If needed, add more orange juice or water for a thinner smoothie.
  4. Enjoy.

Makes 1 smoothie.

Preparation Time

10 minutes

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Minty Matcha Mojito

Recipe Category: Alcoholic Beverage

Cuisine: Cuban Cocktail

 

minty matcha mojito recepie

 

A teaspoon of Kiss Me Organics Matcha gives this classic Cuban cocktail a new twist. Green tea powder pairs perfectly with lime and mint and gives a refreshing take on—and a beautiful vibrant color to—this summer favorite. If you love mojitos, you’ll love our Minty Matcha Mojito even more!

Ingredients

  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. Matcha
  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed Ice
  • 2 oz. sparkling soda water
  • 1 ½ oz. Rum

Instructions

  1. Add matcha, mint leaves, sugar and lime juice to the bottom of a glass and use a muddler to mix. Muddle until sugar is dissolved and you smell the mint.
  2. Add ice to the glass then top with soda and rum.
  3. Garnish with additional mint leaves if desired.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Preparation Time

10 minutes

What’s your favorite summer cocktail? HOw did you like our Minty Matcha Mojito? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mint Matcha Milkshake

mint matcha milkshake

Recipe Category: Milkshakes/ Dessert

Cuisine: American Diner

If you love matcha, mint, chocolate and milkshakes, you’ll love this to-die-for shake. Matcha is a great way to add a unique flavor to your sweet treats. Want to make it even more indulgent? Add some whip cream and some crushed Oreos. This Mint Matcha Milkshake has our mouths watering.

mint matcha milkshake recepie

Ingredients:

1 tsp. Matcha

½ cup vanilla ice cream

2 sprigs of mint leaves

½ cup milk

Handful of chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

Makes 1 milkshake.

Have you tried this recipe? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

 

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Matcha Orange Cocktail

Matcha Orange Cocktail

Recipe Category: Alcoholic Beverage

Cuisine: American Cocktail

Matcha isn’t only great for your pre-workout smoothies, it can also add a kick to your cocktail hour. Bartenders across America are experimenting with matcha, taking this green powder to the party zone! And not just for its health benefits, but also because matcha’s vibrant green color and unique taste make this superfood an unlikely (but appealing) ingredient for cocktail artists.

 

Ingredients

1 tsp. Matcha

2 ½ tsp. sugar

Ice cubes

¼ cup hot water

½ cup 100% orange juice (cold)

1 ounce vodka

 

Instructions

  1. Place ice cubes in a tall glass and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine matcha and sugar then add hot water (just before boiling point) and mix until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the matcha/sugar mixture and vodka to a cocktail shaker full of ice.
  4. Shake and pour into a highball glass.
  5. Top with orange juice.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Preparation Time

10 minutes

Have you tried matcha in a cocktail yet? We’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

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Full Guide to a Japanese Matcha Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

A guide to a Japanese matcha tea ceremony

If you drink matcha, you’re probably already aware of its many many health benefits. But you might not know the tradition and history behind this ancient secret for youth, beauty and energy. This green superfood isn’t just delicious and great for your health, it also has a rich and beautiful history that spans centuries. Read on to learn about where matcha originated and how (and why) it was (and still is) used in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies.

WHAT IS THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY?

The Japanese Tea Ceremony is an artistic, meditative experience that is native to Japan. It revolves around the ritualistic serving and sipping of Ceremonial Matcha (green tea powder). Even though matcha originated in China, it was brought to Japan by a Buddhist Monk around the 12th century and made popular among the upper class around the 14th century. One of the main ways to enjoy matcha during this time was at social gatherings, where attendees would drink matcha to clear their minds and appreciate fine paintings and crafts in a serene environment.

Traditionally in Japan, serving tea is a sort of art that requires spiritual discipline. The Japanese Tea Ceremony is an opportunity to appreciate the calm simplicity of the tearoom, the feel of the bamboo tea preparation accessories in your hand, and the quiet company of others. It’s also an opportunity to clear the mind and experience a moment of purity, free from the stresses of everyday life. Every detail of the ceremony is thought out and executed with intention. Flower arrangements, calligraphy, and ceramics are all required in these traditional ceremonies, although there are contemporary, simplified versions of the ceremony as well.

PURPOSE OF THE TEA CEREMONY

The purpose of the Japanese tea ceremony is to create a calm communication between guests and host. Partly, the ceremony is based on the act of serving tea, but it also includes the appreciation of our connection with landscape, architecture, traditional bamboo accessories, art, flower arrangements, ceramics, and Buddhism. All these elements co-exist in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the ultimate goal is to gain a deep, spiritual gratification through enjoying your tea in quiet contemplation. On a social level, the Tea Ceremony is a gift from host to guests, and bonds are strengthened through this gift of tea and pleasant environment.

RULES OF THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY

Throughout the world, this ritualistic preparation of matcha is referred to as “The Japanese Tea Ceremony,” but in Japan, it is called Chanoyu (translated literally, this word means “hot water for tea”). Although the word “ceremony” invokes images of a formal, fixed act based on strict traditions, the Japanese Tea Ceremony has quite a bit of flexibility, and each ceremony differs depending on the occasion. Different seasons and different occasions call for unique preparation, utensils, flower arrangements, and intentions. A scroll describing the purpose of the tea ceremony and the host’s objective is often displayed. Regardless of the host and the purpose of the ceremony, Japanese Tea Ceremonies do share a common mission: to commune with friends and the surrounding environment, to remove oneself from the day-to-day living and enjoy a moment of inner peace, and to enjoy a bowl of matcha.

PHILOSOPHY OF TEA

The philosophy of tea is deeply rooted in the following ideals: Harmony, respect, purity, tranquility. Or, in Japanese: Wa, Kei, Sei, Jaku

“Wa” signifies harmony. The tea host will try to replicate the harmony of nature in the tea room and the surrounding area. The tea accessories, flower arrangements, and all other aspects of the ceremony will also reflect the harmony of nature.

“Kei” signifies respect. The guests must show respect for the ceremony and also for the tea room. Regardless of their status or position in life, guests must perform all parts of the ceremony, including crawling through the entrance to get into the tea room, kneeling and bowing when appropriate, and sitting next to each other on the floor. Guests also show respect by carefully handling the tea bowl, passing it to one another with intention and purpose.

“Sei” signifies purity. The tea room (Chashitsu) is a world of its own where guests can slow down, leave the worries of everyday life behind and enjoy the company of friends in a beautiful, harmonious environment. The idea of purity is reinforced by the ritualistic cleaning of the bamboo tea accessories and the tea bowl, and by the lighting of special incense by the host.

“Jaku” signifies tranquility. Tranquility is only achieved when the first 3 concepts are revealed and embraced by guests.

THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY IN 6 STEPS

Although the Japanese Tea Ceremony might seem too complex to recreate, at its core it is simply a ritualistic, aesthetical preparation of matcha in the company of good friends surrounded by art and nature. The steps involved in all Japanese Tea Ceremonies are essentially the same (with slight variations depending on season and objective), and relatively easy to duplicate. You can hold your own version of the Japanese Tea Ceremony by following the 6 steps below.

STEP 1: PREPARE FOR THE CEREMONY (HOST)

The preparation for a Tea Ceremony can start weeks in advance before the actual event. The host needs to send formal invitations and also must mentally and spiritually prepare themselves for the event by clearing their mind of worldly problems and focusing on achieving harmony within themselves. On the practical side of preparation, there is much to be done as well. The host must choose the right tea accessories (depending on the season and time of day). They must also clean the tea room and garden and change the carpets (where the guests will sit). Sometimes the Tea Ceremony involves a meal, which will have to be prepared fresh the morning of the event.

STEP 2: PREPARE FOR THE CEREMONY (GUESTS)

Guests also must spiritually and mentally prepare for the ceremony. They must also clear their minds and focus on achieving harmony within. On the day of the ceremony, guests will arrive and wait outside the tea room until the host announces they are ready to receive them. Before they enter, they must wash their hands as a symbol of cleansing themselves from the outside world. When the host invites them to enter, guests will pass through a small door which requires them to bow or crawl in order to enter. This serves as a sign of respect for the host and the preparations they have made.  

STEP 3: CLEANING THE TEA TOOLS

Once everyone is inside, the actual Tea Ceremony can begin. First, the host brings in the preparation tools and cleans them in front of the guests. This cleaning is done in a ritualistic manner, using graceful movements. The movements can differ, but the intention must be the same: to maintain graceful movements and posture and avoid unnecessary motions or words during the ceremony. All things (guest/host behavior, tea tools, surrounding environment) must remain harmonious.

STEP 4: PREPARING THE MATCHA

Once the tools are cleaned and artistically displayed, the matcha preparation can begin. For each guest, the host will add 3 scoops of Japanese matcha powder (powdered green tea) to the communal bowl. After the powder is added, the host will pour hot water into the bowl and whisk it into a thin paste. Finally, more water is added to create a smooth bowl of matcha.

STEP 5: SERVING THE MATCHA

When the matcha is prepared, the bowl is passed from host to the main guest. The guest then takes their time admiring the bowl, rotating it before taking a sip. After sipping the tea, the first guest will wipe the rim of the bowl and offer it to the next guest. The next guest repeats the actions of the first guest, and this continues until the last guest has had a drink.

STEP 6: COMPLETING THE CEREMONY

When the last guest has had a drink, the host once again cleans the bowl and the tools. After the tools are cleaned, the guests inspect them one last time (this is a sign of respect and admiration for the host). Guests carefully handle the tea tools using a cloth and when they are finished, the host gathers the tools and the guests exit the tea house the same way they arrived (bowing or crawling through the small door). This completes the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

PERFORMING YOUR OWN TEA CEREMONY

For centuries, this ancient tradition has been a way for people to enjoy the company of friends, commune with nature, appreciate art and enjoy a moment of tranquility. Although each Tea Ceremony is a little different (with varying degrees of ritual and intensity), they all represent harmony, respect, purity and tranquility, and each Tea Ceremony gives its guests and host an opportunity to leave their worldly troubles behind and feed their souls.

Whichever way you choose to perform your own matcha tea ceremony is up to you, but whatever the occasion and objective, you’ll want to impress your guests with some premium matcha (Ceremonial Grade), and some traditional bamboo accessories. The rest is up to you!

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MATCHA GREEN TEA: THE IMPORTANCE OF ORIGIN, CERTIFICATIONS & TESTING

MATCHA GREEN TEA: THE IMPORTANCE OF ORIGIN, CERTIFICATIONS & TESTING

Matcha green tea is a versatile, antioxidant-rich superfood, with over 137 times the EGCG, and 10 times the nutrients of brewed green tea. Matcha is the new “it” drink, but people have been drinking it for centuries in Japan for its numerous health benefits, including fat-burning properties, calming energy and anti-aging effects. It’s easy to see why drinking matcha has caught on like wildfire in the West, but in order to get all of these amazing health benefits, you need to drink the best matcha you can get. That means purchasing organic, high-quality matcha that is certified and lab-tested by a third party lab for quality and purity. If you’re into matcha for its wealth of health benefits, you should be paying attention to quality, origin and tests and certifications. Although there is a clear distinction between culinary grade and ceremonial grade, that’s not what this blog post is about. Ceremonial grade matcha isn’t “better” that culinary grade, they are just intended for different uses. However, some huge factors determine the quality of matcha, which I’ll explain below.

 

ORIGIN: JAPANESE OR CHINESE MATCHA?

 

Location, location, location. Where matcha is grown is very important in determining quality. Where your matcha comes from can severely impact quality and the presence of both healthy properties and dangerous contaminants. To the point, Japanese grown matcha is better than Chinese grown matcha (as a general rule). Even though matcha originated in China, the tradition of preparing powdered green tea flourished in Japan during the 12th century. To this day, matcha is grown in either China or Japan, and although China produces a lot of it, Japanese matcha is usually higher quality.  High-quality Matcha not only tastes better it is also better for you. Higher quality matcha has the perfect sweet and savory umami taste (naturally sweet, slightly bitter), while low-quality matcha can be quite bitter. High-quality matcha also contains more of those wonderful, health-promoting compounds like l-theanine and catechins.

 

So we know that Japanese matcha is generally higher quality than Chinese matcha, but there’s more to buying matcha than choosing the cheapest Japanese matcha available. There are other things to consider if you want to get the most out of your matcha. Matcha is grown through varying regions of Japan, under different conditions, with varying quality standards, so not all Japanese matcha is good matcha

 

GROWING AND HARVESTING MATCHA

 

The tea industry in Japan consists of both growing/harvesting, and processing. Tea farmers focus on growing the very best leaves possible, full of flavor and unique qualities that depend on the location of the farm. After harvesting, the farmers produce a crude form of tea known as “aracha,” which the tea makers use to produce all the different varieties of green tea. The best teas are born from a cooperative effort between farmers and expert tea makers.

 

We source our matcha from a select group of family-owned farms that have a passion for quality tea. Our matcha comes from the Kakegawa region of southwestern Shizuoka, where the tea farms are located on mountain slopes. Because the mountain slopes prevent the use of large machinery, our tea is grown and harvested using hand tools. This allows the farmers to have an intimate growing relationship with their plants. And, like all the best matcha, ours is 100% organic and shaded.

 

WHY IS MATCHA SHADED?

 

Shade-growing the tea leaves used to make matcha is critical to creating the most flavorful green tea powder. This is because the light restriction forces the leaves to work extra hard to grow, which causes them to produce more chlorophyll. The high level of chlorophyll found in shade-grown matcha is not only responsible for giving good quality matcha its vibrant green color, it also has several health benefits including immune system support, intestinal cleansing and increased energy.

 

Another bonus to shade-growing is that the leaves contain higher amounts of amino acids, like L-theanine. This amino acid plays a big role in giving matcha its unique, savory/sweet umami flavor. If your matcha tastes bitter or astringent, it was most likely made from low-quality leaves. In addition to having higher levels of L-theanine and chlorophyll, shade-grown matcha also has elevated levels of tryptophan, caffeine, EGCG, and many antioxidants.

 

MAKING MATCHA POWDER

 

Once the leaves are harvested, tea makers take the initial steps to processing them. With the help of the tea farmer, tea makers steam, cool and dry the leaves (without rolling them). Since the tea maker will grind the leaves, there’s no need to roll the sides like loose leaf, plus unrolled leaves make a more vibrant, tastier matcha. With matcha, every cell of the leaf will be broken and ground, so that you can consume the whole leaf. The result of flat drying the matcha leaves is called “tencha.” Tea making companies then purchase this tencha to make their matcha powder. Historically, the leaves were ground by hand in stone mills, but today they’re ground by mechanic mill. The finer the matcha powder, the higher the quality. After grinding our matcha to an average of 5 to 10 microns, it’s packaged using a nitrogen flush method and immediately refrigerated. Matcha is extremely prone to oxidation and will turn brown or bitter if it’s not protected from oxygen and heat. Through our special nitrogen flush and refrigeration method, we can preserve freshness and ensure the quality of our matcha powder.

 

CERTIFICATIONS & TESTING

 

You might wonder why you should be concerned with testing and certifications when you’re shopping around for matcha. Let’s start with lead. There is a whole lot of matcha out there that is contaminated by lead, and most of it comes from China. Chinese tea, in general, is more prone to contamination because China is one of the most polluted countries on Earth and they have lower quality control standards than other tea producing countries. Japanese matcha tea, however, is grown on the mountainside in a carefully managed environment. While not all tea from China is contaminated, studies show a variety of Chinese tea exceeds safe lead levels. Traces of lead are in everything; our food, our water, our bodies. There is no such thing as lead-free, but Japanese tea fields come pretty close. Our matcha powder is not only grown on an organic Japanese tea farm, it’s also lab-tested to ensure it is well below the safe levels for lead. So, if you’re concerned with matcha purity, which you should be if you’re drinking matcha for its health benefits, always check the label to make sure your matcha comes from Japan.

 

WHEN LEAD IS DANGEROUS

 

Lead becomes dangerous, even fatal when you’re exposed to excessive amounts. Excessive exposure can lead to reduced brain function and loss of motor skills. Lead is often found in the soil of urban areas largely due to the previous use of gasoline, pipes and paint but high levels of lead are dangerous, especially to children who tend to absorb more of it. We have all our matcha routinely tested for lead to ensure it remains well below the safe limits.

 

JAPANESE MATCHA AND RADIATION CONTAMINATION

 

During the Fukushima tsunami in 2011, one of Japan’s nuclear power plants was damaged, leaking radiation into the water and air. However, the radiation leak did not make its way to Japan’s tea fields, which are upwind from the nuclear plant and more than 1000 miles from the site of the disaster. Since the nuclear plant was located on the East coast, the wind and water current swept most of the radiation out to sea.

 

OUR TESTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

 

Matcha quality control is a priority for us. We know that radiation contamination, lead, and chemical pesticides are serious concerns for our customers, that is why our matcha is is lab-tested by a third-party, American lab to ensure it’s free from radiation and other harmful chemicals. We also have tests to prove the quality and purity of our matcha and all our tests are available to the public. Providing safe, quality, organic matcha to our customers is our top priority, so we work hard to ensure we only produce USDA certified matcha, and that all our matcha is FDA approved. Our tea is only sourced from tea farms that agree to practice safe farming, follow all government regulations and keep detailed records of the farming process. We vow to produce only the best matcha made from clean leaves that are free of chemical pesticides, radiation and other harmful contaminants.

 

Our lab-tested matcha is 100% USDA certified organic, which means our farmers have strict regulations regarding fertilizers and pesticides. In addition, our organic certification means that all our tea is non-GMO and requires detailed record-keeping and labeling. We meticulously comply with the international standard for food safety, which requires clean facilities and frequent third-party audits.

 

OUR TESTS AND CERTIFICATIONS

 

When it comes to matcha quality control and matcha purity, we value full transparency. That is why we have all our tests available to the public. We’re proud of our commitment to quality, and we want our customers to feel confident about what they are putting in their bodies. You can find all our lab tests and certifications linked below.

 

HEAVY METALS [1]

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION [1] [2]

RADIATION TESTING [1]

GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVE (GFSI) CERTIFICATE [1]

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION [1] [2]

CATECHINS AND PHENOLS [1]

 

We believe in the quality and purity of our matcha, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure it. From the farms that grow our organic matcha to the tea makers who carefully process it, we ensure matcha quality control every step of the way, that’s why we offer a money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied, for any reason, you can return your matcha for a full refund. If you decide to go with another brand, make sure they are organic and that they have all their tests and certifications available. Our priority is your health and safety.  

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Morning Matcha Green Tea Latte

Morning Matcha Green Tea Latte

Recipe category: Healthy Beverages / Lattes

Cuisine: American Green Tea Latte

There are plenty of health benefits to drinking matcha, including regulation of cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as prevention of age-related illness. Matcha is also great for weight loss support as it curbs hunger and increases thermogenesis (your body’s rate of burning calories), plus it provides a long-lasting energy boost (and focus) without any jitters or caffeine crash. Give this matcha latte recipe a try!

Ingredients

1 tsp. Matcha powder

1 cup skim 

1 tablespoon light agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Place matcha in the bottom of a coffee mug or other heat-proof cup.
  2. Bring milk to a simmer in a small pot.
  3. Whisk a little of the heated milk with your matcha until there are no clumps.
  4. Add the rest of the milk and continue whisking.
  5. Tip the cup to while whisking to get more froth.
  6. Sweeten with agave syrup if desired.

Makes 1 latte.

Preparation Time 

10 minutes

Nutritional info (using skim milk):

3.55 Ounces (100 grams)

Nutrition Facts

CALORIES 152

FAT 1g

CARBS 28g

PROTEIN 8g

Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories152
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g1%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 129 mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 28g10%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 26g
Includes 14g Added Sugars28%
Protein 8g
Vitamin D 3mcg15%
Calcium 504mg39%
Iron 0mg0%
Potassium 411mg9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. This is based on a 2000 calorie per day diet.

Let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below!

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7 Reasons Why You Should Drink Dandelion Root Tea Daily

top 7 benefits of raw dandelion root tea

Although many people consider dandelions to be merely a weed they must laboriously eliminate from their landscape, these pesky plants are actually so much more! Dandelions are packed with vitamins and nutrients, and they offer a wealth of health benefits. Recently, there’s been a lot of focus on the anti-cancer properties of dandelion root, but there are tons of reasons why everyone should drink this health tonic daily. Some of the biggest health benefits of this vitamin-rich tea include blood and liver detox, kidney support, prevention of chronic illness, better blood circulation, balancing blood sugar levels, improving digestion, urinary tract infection prevention and treatment, and reducing inflammation.

Dandelion root may seem like the newest health craze but it has been around as a source of food and medicine for centuries. What many people in modern times have considered a nuisance has been used to heal a variety of maladies from heartburn to kidney disease. Used for centuries in India, China, Europe and even by the Native Americans, dandelion root has a rich history of healing and nourishing people. Read on for the 7 reasons you should be drinking raw dandelion root tea every day!

Dandelion Root Tea Benefits

7. Prevents & Treats Urinary Tract Infections

Studies show that dandelion root tea can help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. This is because dandelion root tea works as a diuretic, helping increase urination flow to eliminate infection-causing bacteria. This immune-boosting tea also contains antimicrobial properties which work to fight infection. In addition, studies show dandelion root helps eliminate toxins in the kidneys, and its anti-inflammatory properties can help calm an irritated bladder.

6. Contains Anti-Cancer Properties

Recently dandelion root has been getting media attention for its cancer-fighting properties. While these studies are fairly new, dandelion root is showing promise as a potential cure and preventative measure for certain types of cancer.  A study from 2011 showed that dandelion root can kill melanoma cells without harming healthy cells in the process. Another study showed these same results with pancreatic cancer cells. Currently, a Canadian Doctor is overseeing cancer treatment trials using dandelion root.  While there is still a lot of testing to be done, dandelion root shows great promise as an all-natural potential treatment and prevention of certain types of cancer.

5. Contains Anti-inflammatory Properties

Dandelion root tea is a potent anti-inflammatory tea, but why is that important? When harmful bacteria and viruses attack your tissues and cells, your body responds with inflammation. Prolonged inflammation from chronic diseases can cause damage to your tissues. The tissue damage caused by inflammation can be lasting (potentially lifelong), but a recent study conducted on guinea pigs suggests that dandelion root has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body (especially the lungs and intestines). This is promising news for those who suffer chronic inflammation as it can offer relief and also prevent further damage to tissues and organs.

4. Fights Diabetes

Dandelion Root stimulates the production of insulin which can help keep your blood sugar levels stabilized. Dandelion root also improves cholesterol levels which can improve diabetic symptoms. A study from 2001 reported that dandelion root lowered blood sugar in mice with diabetes. In addition, this sugar-stabilizing tea is a natural diuretic, so it helps cleanse the excess sugar stored in your body through elimination caused by increased urination.

3. Cleanses Liver & Kidneys

Your liver is your body’s detoxing machine. It filters your blood, removing harmful toxins and it’s also responsible for producing bile, which helps your enzymes break down fat. But your liver does more than cleanse your blood, it also breaks down and stores amino acids, metabolizes fat and cholesterol, stores glucose and regulates your body’s internal activity.

When your liver is taxed due to excess alcohol or protein intake it can get sluggish and remove fewer toxins. This means those toxins can eventually make their way into the bloodstream and cause serious illness. Dandelion root has been shown effective in aiding hepatic disorder treatments by helping to cleanse the liver of those built up toxins. It also contains key nutrients and vitamins that help your liver work optimally. A 2013 study revealed that dandelion is a very effective liver detox. The study showed a dramatic increase in detoxifying enzymes and increased protective effects on the liver of test subjects given dandelion root.

raw dandeliot root and losing weight

2. Supports digestion and weight loss

Not only does raw dandelion tea help reduce water retention that can make you feel bloated and heavy, it also cleanses the liver which is important if you are trying to shed pounds. In addition, it helps support healthy digestion which is very important in maintaining a healthy body weight.

As an added bonus, dandelion root contains a high concentration of the amino acid kynurenic acid, which supports bile production. Stimulated bile production allows your body to be more efficient at eliminating toxins. Which goes back to the detox benefits of drinking organic dandelion root tea. Why is healthy digestion so important? Healthy digestion keeps you in tip-top shape because it doesn’t allow food to sit and ferment in your body. This can lead to long-term illnesses as the bad bacteria begin to outweigh the good.

1. Regulates Blood Pressure

Whether you currently suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) or you fall into on of the risk categories for it, dandelion root can help regulate your blood pressure. That’s because it’s a mild diuretic which helps your kidneys get rid of waste more efficiently. It also helps eliminate excess water which can help lower blood pressure. In addition, it contains high amounts of fiber and potassium that work to regulate blood pressure as well.

The antioxidants in dandelion root also support cardiac health. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences looked at the impact of oxidative stress on heart problems. Using dandelion root and leaf on rabbits, the study divided the subjects into four groups. The first group was put on a normal diet, the second a high cholesterol diet. The last two groups were both on a high cholesterol diet but with dandelion root or leaf added. The results showed the two groups with an intake of dandelion root or leaf had experienced a positive change in lipid profiles. In fact, certain key enzymes experienced as much as a 40% increase when dandelion root was taken, compared to the control group. This is just a hint at the power of the dandelion root to fight atherosclerosis. In fact, several different studies have found dandelion root effective against oxidative stress that can lead to circulatory problems.

Why Raw Organic Dandelion Root Tea Provides The Best Health Benefits

If you aim to eliminate toxins from your body, it’s important you’re not ingesting harmful chemicals in the process. This is why it’s essential that you choose an organic dandelion root tea or supplement, preferably a brand that has their products lab-tested for harmful chemicals (and makes those tests available to the public).

To get the very best results you will also want to consume raw dandelion root tea (not roasted). The beneficial enzymes in dandelion root tea are destroyed when the root undergoes the roasting process. Choosing a raw organic dandelion root tea or supplement will ensure those beneficial enzymes remain intact, giving you the very best results.

organic dandelion root tea

Dandelion Root Tea Recipes

Kiss Me Organics Raw Organic Dandelion Root Tea not only provides numerous health benefits, it’s also delicious. The delightful hibiscus and ceylon cinnamon flavor makes it ideal to drink hot or cold and you can even add it to your smoothies or other recipes in place of water. Here are a couple of ways you can get your daily dose of dandelion root.

Dandelion Root Tea Oatmeal

Prepare oatmeal as usual, but use hot, fresh dandelion root tea in place of water!

Dandelion Root Tea & Matcha Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup Kiss Me Organics Raw Dandelion Root Tea
  • 1 Banana, chopped
  • ½ cup Spinach
  • 1 tsp. Kiss Me Organics Culinary Matcha
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 pinch Cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon
  • ¼-inch Ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Mint leaves chopped
  • ½ tbsp. Honey (optional)

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth.

Dandelion Root Tea Immune Boosting Elixir

Ingredients

1 tsp. Kiss Me Organics Culinary Matcha

1 cup Organic dandelion root tea

Directions

Add 1 tsp of Culinary Matcha to 1 cup of brewed Dandelion Root Tea.

Pour over ice with a sweetener of your choice if desired.

Whether your drinking dandelion root tea for weight loss, using organic dandelion root tea to improve digestion or simply drinking it as a bloating reduction tea, this immune-boosting super weed will keep your guts feeling great and your body free from toxins. So try the recipes above, or just drink a straight cup of this miracle weed tea daily for best results.

Have you tried organic dandelion root tea yet? Why do you drink it? How do you get your daily dose? What’s your favorite recipe? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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These 5 Summer Recipes Taste Too Good To Be Healthy (But They Are!)

At last, summer is here! After months of living of heavy meals, hot soups and huge cups of tea, it’s finally time to switch up your diet with some recipes that shine during the hottest time of the year. ‘Tis the season of sweet and delicious berries, tomatoes, and leafy greens like kale and basil.

Even though it’s the season of barbecues, cold beers, and summer cocktails, it’s also a good time to experiment with recipes that will keep you energized and feeling good so you can enjoy every one of those long hot summer days.

To celebrate the arrival of warm weather, here are a few fresh recipes that are perfect for entertaining and will keep you and your guests well-fed, healthy, and, feeling great!

Santa Fe Summer BBQ Pizza

Pizza is the ultimate temptation to anyone trying to follow a diet. The rich sauce and gooey cheese, the wide variety of toppings that will satisfy almost any craving. It’s impossible to smell it and not want a slice! If you’re a pizza lover, try your hand at this amazing-looking Santa Fe Summer BBQ Pizza by Iowa Girl Eats and get some veggies with that melted cheese and baked crust!

Tomatillo Gazpacho

It’s the ultimate Mediterranean summer soup … gazpacho! For thousands of years in Spain, people have been eating this during the hottest days of summer, and this Tomatillo Gazpacho by Eating Well will definitely hit the spot. Eat it with shrimp, or with cheese for a meatless version!

Buddha Bowls!

Buddha Bowls are a great way to get a nutrient-packed meal that’s perfect for those hot summer months! the best part of these bowls is the versatility of the recipes. You can add, remove or substitute the ingredients plus you can experiment with different dressings depending on your mood. If you’re new to the Buddha Bowl game, try your hand at this lovely Summer Glow Buddha Bowl by Oh she Glows.

Green Pea Falafel Bowl

Okay okay enough with the bowls! But, you’re going to want to try this awesome Mediterranean-inspired creation.  The falafel bowl by Green Kitchen is made with green pea falafel and is a baked instead of fried. It’s also topped with homemade hummus, roasted carrots, quinoa and mint yogurt. Yes please!

Weeknight Vegetable Curry

Curry lovers will love this Weeknight Vegetable Curry by Sprouted Kitchen. The sauce is rich, creamy and flavorful and the recipe is vegetarian and packed with plant-based nutrients and vitamins for the non-meat eating folks! you can adjust the level of spice by using either hot or mild curry powder. Although it’s a hot dish, curry makes a great summer evening dinner once the sun has gone down.

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7 Ways to Eliminate Stress

There’s an expression that I repeat to myself during times of trouble: “Worrying is like wishing for something bad to happen.” When everyday problems become overwhelming they can often lead to chronic worrying. Our worrying then manifests into feelings of anxiousness and hasty decisions which only make matters worse. If we have the right tools though, we can manage our worrying and avoid panic mode, which will ultimately lead us to better, more creative solutions to whatever is weighing on us.

If you’re looking for a way to put some distance between you and our worries, here are 7 great tips to find some inner peace and calm:

7. Breathe

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It’s basic advice, but the fact is that breathing deeply can help oxygenate your blood, and it has shown to lower cortisol levels, chemically helping your body deal with stress and anxiety.

 

6.Cuddle

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There’s scientific evidence to show that hugging has some great health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, boosting oxytocin, and increasing serotonin and endorphin levels. In fact, hugs can even strengthen your immune system. Plus a warm embrace can have positive psychological effects such as helping you feel safe and improving your self-esteem.

5. Let it out

Part of the reason we let ourselves be consumed by feelings of shame or not wanting to burden others with our problems. Confiding in others can do wonders to alleviate stress. If you’re not crazy about sharing, another way to let your feelings out, and ultimately organize your thoughts, is by writing them down. Journaling is a very effective way to emotionally unload without sacrificing your privacy.

4. Jam away your troubles

Music can have soothing effects on your body and brain. It can also improve your immune system, and help you get motivated for the gym or other activities. While slow serene music can be great for quiet meditation, blasting your favorite tunes of any genre can also help you blow off some steam and release tension. Dance around your house, or sing your heart out in the shower!

3. Trade coffee for tea

When you’re particularly stressed, swap your coffee for tea. While coffee can actually spike your blood pressure leading to more stress and anxiety, green tea will energize you without making you anxious and irritable. Try brewed green tea or matcha for a steadier and more relaxed boost.

2. Shake it, baby

Sometimes we’re so used to sitting for hours in front of the computer that we fail to realize the negative effects a sedentary lifestyle can have on us. Getting up and exercising, even if it’s just walking a couple of blocks to buy a salad, can release endorphins. Some fresh air will also do wonders for a bad mood.

1. Eat and sleep right

Eating and sleeping are two of the best ways you can care for yourself. Eating when you’re hungry, and keeping a regular sleeping schedule will allow your body to recharge so you can tackle problems with a level head. Proper self-care begins with basics and if you’re nourished and well-rested, you’ll be able to handle whatever life throws at you.

When you feel like stress is getting the best of you, make time for yourself with these different techniques. There are things you won’t be able to control, but you can shift the focus on what you can do to best cope with the things that make life feel overwhelming. Namaste!