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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

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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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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3 Yerba Mate Recipes You’ll Love

KissMeOrganics Yerba Mate

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.

But …

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).

Ingredients:

  • 1 Yerba Mate tea bag
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond, rice)
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (sugar, honey, maple syrup)

 

Directions:

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.

 

Terere

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.

Ingredients:

  • loose-leaf Yerba Mate
  • ice cold water
  • sweetener (sugar, honey, agave syrup) (optional)
  • 1 lemon, lime or orange
  • mint, lemongrass (optional)

 

Equipment:

  • Guampa or Yerba Mate gourd
  • Bombilla

 

Instructions:

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

Cooking with Yerba Mate

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.

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins):

  • 1 cup cold Yerba Mate
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Chocolate chips, blueberries, almonds, raisins (optional)

 

Instructions:

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?

 

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Lose 5 Pounds in 7 Days With Jillian Michaels’ Dandelion Root Tea Detox

Organic Raw Dandelion Root Tea

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.

1. Drink The Dandelion Root Detox Water

Ingredients:

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

Vegetables with the dandelion root detox

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.

3. Exercise

Exercising on the dandelion root detox

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.

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Let me know how it goes in the comments below!