Organic Matcha Green Tea

Over time, I’ve become quite the coffee lover (or dare I say, addict?) but there is a part of me that wants to be a tea addict, mainly for the health benefits…and because it doesn’t stain your teeth. ūüôā So, when I was given the opportunity to review Kiss Me Organics’ Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder, I was excited¬†to give it a try.

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Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder is 100% organic, tested for purity, and contains more than 137 times the antioxidants in regular brewed tea. Yes, 137x! ¬†This¬†Matcha powder¬†is only available on Amazon and comes with a recipe guide that they give all first time customers. ¬†You wouldn’t believe all of the recipes they came up with that can use the Matcha Green Tea Powder…everything from smoothies to salmon. No joke.

I decided to try a smoothie first (recipe below).  I have to admit, my first attempt tasted a little too strong for me and it was hard to get past the green tea taste.  I decreased the amount of powder in the next one and that helped a lot!  I paired it with eggs for some protein for breakfast and it was really refreshing!

The next recipe I decided to try was a green tea latte¬†(recipe below). You know how I love my lattes. ūüôā Some of the recipes I’ve found call for boiled water and frothed milk but I took the easy (ahem, lazy) way out and just heated up the liquids in the microwave. ¬†It was still delicious! ¬†It gave me the energy I needed, without the crazy-caffeine feeling. Don’t get be wrong, I’m not saying I’m giving up my coffee, but it’s nice to know there is a good alternative out there!

Some of the other benefits include:

  • Increased Metabolism
  • Increased Focus
  • Improved Skin Health
  • and hellloooo Antioxidants!

You can read more about the benefits of Matcha here.

I love that it comes in powder form, so you can literally add it to almost any recipe for the antioxidant benefits.  The free recipe guide was a great added bonus because it has a ton of recipes I would never think of that include this Matcha Green Tea Powder.  Also, each serving size is only about 1/2-1 tsp (depending on the recipe) so this bag will last me a while!

A big thanks to Kiss Me Organics for the opportunity to try their product! ¬†Now head¬†on over to¬†Amazon¬†to get your own matcha powder! ūüôā

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

DSC02036Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 heaping handful spinach
  • 1/2-1 tsp Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Directions

Blend and enjoy!

Matcha Green Tea Coconut Latte

DSC02153Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2-1 tsp Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 3/4 cup hot coconut milk
  • honey or sweetener (optional)

Directions

Heat water on the stove or in the microwave.  Whisk green tea powder with water then add milk and heat again, add sweetener.

Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats

I’m not sure if you would really call these recipes Valentine’s Day themed, per se, but they involve strawberries, strawberries are pink and VDay is all about pink….so Valentine’s treats it is. ūüėČ

The first is a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Smoothie. ¬†Who doesn’t love chocolate covered strawberries?! And if I can blend them up and drink them out of a straw for breakfast, I’m all for that situation.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 c frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (you can eliminate this if you use chocolate protein powder)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • handful of spinach

Directions:

Blend and enjoy!

DSC01969The next treat is a new one for me. ¬†Davida over at The Healthy Maven is hosting a linkup for health-ified Valentine’s Day baked goods. As soon as I heard the idea, I knew I had to participate. ¬†#1 I L.O.V.E. baked goods in all shapes and sizes. #2 I also love taking those baked goods and making them in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I need to eat it while simultaneously running on the treadmill. ¬†I stumbled across a recipe for strawberry/chocolate paleo bread from You Fresh Naturals¬†on Instagram and knew I had to try it. I made a couple of adjustments of my own to create Strawberry Chocolate Pecan Paleo Bread!

Strawberry Paleo BreadYes, I’m aware it looks like a dog treat. The picture really doesn’t do it justice, plus I’m not good at taking fancy food blogger pics like Davida. ūüôā ¬†It was delicious and even Matt was impressed! ¬†Wife-win. I haven’t made paleo bread before, but I’ll definitely be trying this concept again!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 c coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp canned coconut milk
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • pinch baking soda
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans
  • 1/4 c chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 c chocolate chips (for true paleo, use a brand like Enjoy Life)

Directions:

Place all ingredients except strawberries, pecans and chocolate chips in food processor.  Blend until combined.  Fold in remaining ingredients and pour into greased bread pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

 

Sending virtual hugs to everyone on this Valentine’s Day! ¬†Have a great weekend!

Guest Post: Smoothie Recipe from Jessie Loves 2 Run

I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and feature another one of my fellow bloggers. Today, Jessie from¬†Jessie Loves to Run¬†was nice enough to write a little somethin-somethin for ya! I stumbled across her blog a few months ago and it’s one of my favorites. First of all, she’s so adorable you just want to put her in your pocket ūüėČ but more than that, she is incredibly thoughtful and funny, and I love the positive message she sends with her blog. I always look forward to her recipes- especially her smoothies- so I thought it would be great if she could share one with you all! ¬†If you haven’t stopped by her blog yet, please do!!!
So, without further ado, take it away Jessie!
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Hello Sit-ups & Sequin readers! I’m Jessie & I blog over at Jessie Loves To Run
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Words cannot express how excited I was when Christa asked if I’d write a guest post for her. I only started following Christa’s blog a few months back, but its quickly become one of my favorites. Christa’s not only beautiful, but her sweetness & honesty shines through on a daily basis. I can only wish her the greatest success in life.
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Even though I’m sure many of you are dealing with freezing temperatures this time of the year, I see no reason why cold beverages can’t be consumed. If you happen to be a faithful reader of mine for even a month, you’ve probably figured out by now that I’m a huge smoothie fan.¬†Negative degrees – no problem, grab a blanket & turn up the heat.
A couple months back I purchased a Keurig & have quickly become obsessed. For someone who used to¬†never¬†drink coffee, I’m finding myself having 2 glasses of iced coffee with peppermint extract daily. #sorryimnotsorry.
Up until this past week, it’s never dawned upon me to swap out the milk/water in smoothies with chilled coffee. Sure I’ve seen recipes involving instant coffee packets, but never with actual brewed coffee. I figured this would be the perfect time to share a smoothie I’ve been loving.
Breakfast in Bed Smoothie
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Ingredients:
  • 1 scoop CLICK Vanilla Latte Protein Powder or Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 cup brewed & chilled Medium Roast Coffee – I use Wolfpuck¬†Breakfast in Bed¬†kcup
  • Silvered almonds & Unsweetened coconut flakes for topping
  • Xanthan gum
  • 6-8 ice cubes
Preparation:
  • Add protein powder, coffee, xanthan gum, and ice cubes to blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Put in freezer for 30-60 minutes
  • Add silvered almonds & unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Enjoy!
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¬†This smoothie is the perfect beverage to get you moving first thing in the morning. Feel free to include some spinach for added nutrients – I promise you won’t taste the greens one bit.
  • Have you ever used brewed coffee in your smoothies?
  • Any other ways you’ve used coffee?¬†I just tried brewed coffee in my oats this week – delicious!

Burpee Bonanza & Green Protein Smoothie

Yesterday, my day started like it usually does- half awake at the gym. ¬†I started out with 10 minutes of light intervals on the Stairmaster to get warmed up. ¬†Then, I got to work on the ladder workout below. ¬†Here’s how it works: Start out with 20 Burpees, 10 V-Situps, 20 Air Squats, and 10 Push-ups. ¬†Then, 18 Burpees, 9 V-Situps, 18 Air Squats, and 9 Push-ups, and so on….basically the exercises that start with 20, you go down by 2 each time and the exercises that start with 10, you go down by 1. ¬†I started out trying to do everything at 20 reps and down, but I quickly realized that, #1 I was going to run out of time before I needed to go home and get ready for work, and #2 I might not make it through the entire workout because my body wasn’t havin’ any of that. ¬†I also realized early on that when you don’t do burpees for a while, your mind/body forget how hard they are; aka, your selective memory blocks them out of your mind, for obvious reasons. ¬†I haven’t incorporated burpees into my workouts in a while because I’ve been trying to let my hamstring heal. It was starting to feel better, so I thought I would give this one a whirl. ¬†Turns out, with this workout you end up doing 110 burpees! ¬†Might have been a little aggressive, but I made it through…barely. You can always modify this by taking everything down to 10 reps and decrease by 1 each round.

Burpee Ladder Workout

After my workout, I made one of my breakfast staples- a Green Protein Smoothie. ¬†I had always heard about putting greens like spinach and kale into smoothies, but never believed anyone when they said you can’t taste it. Lettuce in a smoothie? Yeah right…well, I was wrong. ¬† I swear, you really can’t taste the spinach, and as long as it is blended thoroughly you won’t even notice it is there. ¬†By adding spinach, you get the added bonus of the antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other health benefits it provides. ¬†The recipe is below, feel free to substitute whatever fruit or nut butter you prefer!

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¬†There you have it! ¬†A delicious green- er,¬†grey- smoothie…I promise it tastes better than it looks.

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Green Protein Smoothie

(makes 2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2-1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 servings whey protein powder (I usually use chocolate, obvi)
  • 2-4 cups spinach (I don’t usually measure this, just fill the rest of the blender with spinach)

Directions:

Blend together and enjoy!

 

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