Yerba Mate is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, and drinking it regularly provides numerous health benefits. Plus, it contains caffeine so you also get a nice little buzz.
not everyone falls in love with Mate at first sip. Its strong, earthy flavor is an acquired taste to some. I’ve personally grown to love it, but if you’re still on the fence and you’re looking for something a little lighter on the palate, here are 3 great Mate recipes that almost anyone can enjoy.
Yerba Mate Latte
Oh yes, I’m always up for a frothed milk treat. A latte is a great way to enjoy a softer, sweeter Yerba Mate experience. If you want to sip on something sweet and creamy that packs a nice little kick, this one is for you (Makes 1 latte).
1 Yerba Mate tea bag
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond, rice)
1 tbsp sweetener (sugar, honey, maple syrup)
1.Brew Mate bag in 3/4 cup of water. 2.Add 1/4 of warmed milk and 1 tbsp of sweetener. 3.Warm and froth ¼ milk (you can froth your milk by shaking it in a tightly sealed jar, or you can use a whisk, hand-held milk frother, or french press). 4.Top your mug of brewed yerba with frothed milk.
This is a common Mate drink in South American countries. It’s refreshing, sweet and cold so it makes the perfect sipping beverage for a hot summer day. You’ll need a bombilla (a traditional metal straw/filter) and loose leaf yerba in order to make your Terere. Here’s how it’s done.
loose-leaf Yerba Mate
ice cold water
sweetener (sugar, honey, agave syrup) (optional)
1 lemon, lime or orange
mint, lemongrass (optional)
Guampa or Yerba Mate gourd
1.Fill your cup (or mate gourd if you have one) half way with loose leaf yerba mate. 2.Add boiling water to your mug just until all the yerba is moist. 3.Pour freshly squeezed lime, lemon or orange juice. 4.Add cold water and ice cubes to your mug. 5.Add mint and lemongrass (if using). 6.Wait for a few minutes for the water to extract the yerba mate and enjoy!
Yerba Mate Muffins
Yes, I’m serious. You can add Mate to your muffins for a flavorful treat that packs an energy punch. Adding nutrient-filled Yerba to my muffins seems like the perfect excuse to indulge. I’m not eating these muffins because they’re delicious, I’m doing it for health reasons … I swear.
To make these muffins, 1.brew one cup of strong Yerba Mate (use 2 Yerba Mate bags or 2 scoops of loose leaf in a french press) and let it cool. 2.Preheat the oven to 180ºC. 3.Combine the cold yerba mate, chia seeds, lemon juice, and vanilla in a bowl. 4.Add minced banana. 5.Melt the coconut oil and maple syrup and add. 6.Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt (do not overmix). 7.Add Chocolate chips, blueberries, almonds, raisins (if using). 8.Spoon the batter into a muffin pan with liners, about 2/3 full. 9.Bake for about 25 minutes.
Yum! What’s your favorite way to drink your Yerba Mate?
People have been raving about the Jillian Michaels Dandelion Root Detox. The detox is pretty simple and consists of a combination of a special detox water (recipe below), eating clean, and regular exercise. The detox works by cleansing your body of toxins and helping eliminate up to 5 pounds of water weight in only 7 days! Want to try it out? Keep reading for 3 simple steps to success.
Directions: Brew the tea bag as directed on the box and let it cool (save the tea bag). Mix all ingredients together, plus the tea bag you set aside earlier. Start drinking! If you’re drinking enough of the mixture you’ll have to make a new batch every day for 7 days.
2. Eat Clean
Jillian Michaels stresses the importance of eating properly during the dandelion root detox in her video. Since you’re trying to eliminate toxins in your body, you will want to make sure you’re eating a lot of healthy, plant-based foods, including lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and a moderate intake of whole grains, and flaxseed. Here is a list of top fat-burning food recommendations from Jillian’s video:
Caffeine (in moderation): It can boost your metabolism up to 6%. When you take caffeine an hour before working out it will also boost your testosterone levels which will help you shed fat and improve fitness endurance and burn more calories.
Foods with high levels of vitamin C: Vitamin C fights off viral colds and keeps your cortisol (a fat-packing hormone) production minimal.
Brazil Nuts: They’re loaded with selenium which supports your thyroid and helps you burn fat and calories. Plus, they have zinc in them which helps your body create a hormone called leptin (responsible for making you feel more full).
Garlic: It boosts testosterone which helps maintain new muscle mass and helps shed fat.
As she also stresses in the video above, it’s important you eat organic, not only while on the dandelion root detox but as much as possible. Organic foods must comply with USDA regulations, which means it’s over 95% free of the pesticides, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones that are commonly found in non-organic foods. These pesticides, toxins, antibiotics, and hormones can mess with your metabolism and put you at risk for autoimmune disease.
While cleansing you should also avoid processed food, sodium, and sugar. Fresh fruit is the exception (although you don’t want to go overboard). The USDA daily fruit intake recommendation for adults is about 2 cups for “individuals who get less than 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise.” So if you’re working out, there’s no harm in having more. Despite the sugar content of fruit, it’s still great for you because the sugar in fruit is naturally occurring (fructose) and it’s balanced out by high levels of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and water.
While cleansing, dieting or detoxing you’ll generally get more noticeable results if you incorporate moderate exercise. Exercise is great for your body and your mind, and also a great way to get your blood pumping and cleanse your organs. It can, however, be strenuous if you’re over-exerting yourself. If you’re tired from cutting back on calories (and especially from the sudden elimination of sugar), you can follow a few easy tips to safely get the most out of your detox.
Take it easy: Don’t overdo it during your detox. If you’re an avid runner, try some brisk walking instead. Light yoga or cycling will also boost your endorphins and keep your spirits up if you find yourself crashing from sugar withdrawal.
Avoid high impact exercise: Avoid intense workouts and long training sessions. Too much exercise during a detox can be hard on your digestive tract and can leave you feeling faint.
Just remember, detoxes can be challenging and you may feel less strong than usual, so while exercise is an important part of a successful detox, slowing down a bit and having patience with yourself is equally important.
Ready to try the Jillian Michaels Dandelion Root Detox? To help you out, we’re extending you a secret 10% discount (plus we’ll pay shipping!) on our Organic Raw Dandelion Root Tea using the link below.
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
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
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
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.
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)
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
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)
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.