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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

Choose the best matcha

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

Where to buy matcha below!

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

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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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5 Ways to Warm up With Matcha This Fall

There’s no shortage of delicious summer matcha recipes, from smoothies to ice cream to salad dressing, matcha is a great addition to your summer menu. But this delicious green tea powder can also add a much-needed energy boost to your favorite winter drinks.

Check out our 5 favorite ways to warm up with matcha below … don’t forget to bookmark this page for when you need some extra motivation on a frosty winter morning!

5. Warm Matcha Porridge

Source: Hungry Healthy Happy
Nothing says winter like a bowl of porridge: it’s warm, it’s nutritious, and it is famous for providing a potent energy boost. Why not spice up a classic by adding your favorite new superfood? This chia-based version of matcha porridge by Hungry Healthy Happy is a sweet treat loaded with tasty and natural ingredients like honey, pomegranate and desiccated coconut. This green dream porridge is perfect for powering up before a busy day!

4. Matcha Broccoli Pesto

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Winter’s cold temperatures mean your body uses up more calories so that you can stay warm, so you can afford to be a bit more relaxed about your calorie consumption. There are few things more comforting on a cold winter day than a bowl of warm pasta. You can enjoy this delicious matcha pesto by Curried Cantaloupe on pasta, rice, or tossed with grilled vegetables!

3. Matcha Shortbread Cookies

The holidays would not be the same without the sugary, buttery bits of goodness known as shortbread cookies. Traditionally made with sugar, butter and flour these cookies should be consumed in moderation. Although The Cookie Writer’s matcha shortbread cookie recipe is can’t be considered “healthy” it does contain matcha, an antioxidant-packed ingredient that adds health benefits, as well as a truly unique taste!

2. Green Tea Coconut Rice

Source: The Food Poet
Feast your senses with this truly inspired, simple dish. Created by The Food Poet, this recipe mixes the flavors of Southeast Asia with one of the Japan’s main exports: green tea! You can change up the recipe to your liking, whether you’re looking for a more coconut-y flavor or you want to focus your taste buds on the distinct taste of matcha, you’re definitely in for a slightly sweet, slightly savory, all around delicious treat.

1.White Hot Matchocolate

Source: Curried Cantaloupe

Another jewel from Curried Cantaloupe, this recipe has the potential to become your new go-to drink during the holidays. Combining matcha with white chocolate, this drink mixes sweetness with that iconic umami flavor that’s unique to matcha. Plus, it will give you a great energy boost while keeping you warm, all while you’re drinking something delicious and Christmas-colored!

We hope you have fun experimenting with some of our favorite matcha creations.

What’s your go-to matcha recipe for a cold day? Tell us in the comments below!

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7 Foods Healthy People Avoid

Cold weather is just around the corner again, and that means two things: longer nights cozied up by the fireplace, and heartier cooking to keep your body warm. With the cold weather and the holidays coming up, you might find yourself indulging more than usual. Read on for 7 foods you’ll want to avoid.

7. Foods marked as fat-free

Foods marked as “fat-free” usually contain significant amounts of sugar which is far worse. Generally speaking, fat gets an unnecessarily bad rep—while saturated fats are definitely something to be aware of, not all fat is bad and some fats are actually healthy.

6. Boxed meals

Boxed Mac and Cheese is still one of the ultimate comfort foods and one that should be consumed very rarely. Boxed pasta contain insane amounts of sodium and saturated fat, often more than a healthy adult should take in a full day.

5. Frozen meals

Frozen meals are over processed which means they often contain harmful, fat-causing chemicals. In addition, these meals are not very well balanced, and often contain more carbs than protein, which means you’ll end up hungry not long after consuming them.

4. Fiber bars

Clever marketing would have you believe that fiber bars are healthy but they’re actually heavily processed and loaded with sugar. While they do contain fiber and some other nutritious ingredients, living off these is about as bad as going on a candy bar diet. Which leads us to…

3. Candy bars

You probably knew this already, but it’s hard to fight that Snickers craving, isn’t it? A regular bar has about 35 grams of added sugar, which is the equivalent of 8 teaspoons of sugar, above the recommended daily amount. Not to mention the fact that one candy bar contains over 260 calories.

2. Flavored gelatin

While neutral gelatin can actually improve digestion and overall gut health, the popular Jell-O varieties are basically sugar bombs with color flavoring. Flavored gelatin is okay for an energy boost when you’re under the weather—Jell-O is, after all, the ultimate hospital food—but you should generally stay away from it.

1. Margarine

Recent research has shown margarine is just as bad or even worse than butter. Full of trans fat, this so-called healthy product increases “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and decreases “good” cholesterol (HDL).

Cutting the major “bad” foods from your diet can have drastic effects on your overall health and energy levels. When it comes to food choices, the simpler the better. It’s always best to stay away from processed foods which contain a long list of ingredients and instead opt for fresh veggies and fruits, and healthy grains.

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Bento-Style Matcha Salad

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

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  • 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.

*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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8 Small Changes That Will Make a Huge Difference in Your Health

With so much information available to us at the click of a mouse, deciding which health advice to follow can seem overwhelming. But you don’t need to overhaul your whole life to make some positive changes towards overall better health.

Here are a few small changes you can make in your daily routine that will greatly impact your well-being!

Keep a Schedule

A hectic life is one of the main reasons people can’t seem to keep their health habits straight, and the best way to avoid this is by planning ahead. Once a week, set up a schedule including exercise times and meals, and allow as much leeway as possible so your schedule is something that helps you instead of something that just adds to your frustration. If you can, do your meal and snack prep ahead of time to avoid that last-minute making unhealthy choices in order to save time.

 

Make a Shopping List

How often do you go to the supermarket and end up buying a bunch of stuff you don’t need? Do you often buy sweets that end up calling your name at 10 pm long after you’ve finished dinner? To avoid this be mindful about grocery shopping. Make a list before you go to the market and stick with it: this will help you keep unhealthy foods out of your home and out of reach in moments of weakness. Pro tip: eat a healthy meal before you go shopping or you’ll most likely come home the proud owner of the snack aisle!

 

Don’t Skip Breakfast

For years, experts (and your mom) have insisted that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it really does determine the amount of energy you’ll be packing for the first half of the day. The best way to go about breakfast is to start your day with a lot of fiber, including foods like Greek yogurt, oatmeal or eggs with greens (such as spinach or broccoli).

 

Eat Often

It might seem counterintuitive, but a quick way to lose a few pounds is, in fact, eating more often. Instead of starving, try surrounding yourself with healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit, and cut veggies. Don’t eat your meals so far apart that you’re starving by the time you eat something; when you’re not desperate to eat you’re less likely to binge. Eating constantly can also help keep your blood sugar levels stable.

 

 

Mind Your Portions

Once you’ve embraced healthy snacking as part of your daily routine, it’s also important to keep in mind that part of the idea of snacking constantly is keeping portions to a minimum: the trick is to eat smaller portions, more often. A good rule to go by is the handful rule. Your portions should be roughly a handful.

 

Drink More Green Tea

Green tea (or better yet, matcha) is filled with antioxidants and also helps burn fat, which is great when you’re trying to lose a few pounds. It can also provide a healthier alternative to afternoon coffee, helping you stay alert during those long working hours and also providing a more natural and stable caffeine high that won’t experience the awful caffeine crash and crave another cup in a few hours.

 

Keep Moving

It might seem impossible to fit in gym time in your busy work life, but even the smallest bits of extra physical activity can make a huge difference in your health. When you’re at work, set your timer to every 20 minutes, and take it upon yourself to walk outside or even just walk around the office for 2 minutes. This way, you’re helping your body stay active!

 

Rest Up!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sleep is extremely important if you want to be at your best. Seven or eight hours of sleep each night can do wonders for your body, from increasing your energy and mood throughout the day to even accelerating your metabolism. Be careful not to oversleep, like everything else in life you balance is key.

You don’t need to make drastic changes to improve your health. The journey towards your health can start right now with a few small changes. You have the power to take control and build new habits that your body will thank you for!

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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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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

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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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Lemin Matcha Balls

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.

We hope you have fun experimenting with our favorite healthy recipes. What are some of your go-to favorites when you’re craving a healthy meal? Tell us in the comments below.