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Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Matcha Mint Smoothie

August 26, 2017
Matcha Smoothie Ingredients

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We Love This Green Smoothie So Matcha!

What do you drink to keep your body fueled and ready to go when your life is full of work, long commutes, staying active. motherhood and everything in between? Our new go to drink is this this Matcha Mint Smoothie. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s contains the superfood Matcha tea.

Why is Matcha Green Tea so Good for You?

ENERGY BOOST

Matcha tea has twice as much caffeine as regular green tea. However, that’s not the only reason that Matcha tea provides energy. There is the naturally occurring amino acid L-theanine, which relieves stress, promotes relaxation without drowsiness, and improves cognition and attention.

MOOD & MIND ENHANCER

As mentioned above, Matcha contains L-theanine, which helps improve our mood, enhance memory and increase our ability to concentrate. The presence of L-theanine ensures that our mind stays sharp when we need to, and helps us unwind when we don’t.

DETOXIFY

Matcha tea has an intense green color due to Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier, which helps flush heavy metals and other toxins from the body.

STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY

The catechins in matcha tea contain antibiotic properties that boost the immune system. In addition, matcha also contains a number of essential vitamins including calcium, iron, potassium, protein and vitamins A and C.

COMBATS AGING

Catechins are also known to help slow down the aging process by combating oxidation and inflammation. Plus the potent antioxidants contained in matcha may also protect the brain from the progressive deterioration accompanying dementia.

FIGHTS CANCER

The most potent catechin found in matcha is epigallocatechin (EGCg), which makes up 60% of all catechins in matcha tea. This powerful anti-carcinogen is well known for its cancer-fighting properties and has been associated with reducing the risk of skin, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreatic, lung, bladder, prostate and breast cancer.

BOOSTS METABOLISM

Drinking matcha tea before a workout has been shown to boost thermogenesis and our body’s metabolism, increasing fat burning potential by 25%.

LOWERS CHOLESTROL

Studies have shown that populations who consume matcha green tea regularly have found a significant decrease in cholesterol-induced problems. This is believed to be a result of matcha tea containing lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

 

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Matcha Mint Smoothie Blander

Matcha Mint Smoothies

Mint Matcha Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons Matcha Green Powder
  • 5 mint leaves

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass, serve immediately, and enjoy!

Yield 1 serving

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Food & Drink Friday Recipe

Recipe Friday – Velvet Green Smoothie with Beets

January 28, 2017
Velvet Green Smoothie

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While growing up, my mom always told me that eating beets would make my cheeks rosy. I would eat a bunch of beets and my mom would remark how rosy my cheeks looked! I would then run to the mirror, only to find that my cheeks looked pretty much the same to me, but I always pretended to believe it. Overall, it didn’t matter because I really liked beets anyway.

Fast forward many years later…and I learned that my mom wasn’t too far off from beets giving me rosy cheeks either! Beets have so many benefits! They purifying the blood, cleanse the liver, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow and deliver oxygen to areas of your body that need it. Tada! They possibly could help to make rosier cheeks! In addition to all of that, they help to boost your energy, replenish iron, are rich in anti-oxidants that help to fight cancer and reduce inflammation and contain betaine and trytophan, which helps fight depression and relaxes that mind.

Today’s smoothie not only features beets, but it also has a hint of chocolate as is found in red velvet cake. We got the recipe from rootandrevel.com and it was so smooth and delicious, we wanted to share it with you.

 

VELVET GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH BEETS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large beet, quartered and peeled
  • 1 banana, frozen (room temp is fine if you don’t have one pre-frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • Optional: Add 1-3 dates or one tablespoon or maple syrup depending on your preferred level of sweetness

METHOD:

Add beets, dates, spinach and milk first and blend to a smooth consistency. Then add the banana and cacao powder and blend again.

Makes 2 servings.

Cheers!

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Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Katelyn Guerrero

 

 

Food & Drink Well-Being

Try This Calcium-Rich, Dairy Free Smoothie

October 5, 2016
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BONE UP GREEN SMOOTHIE

 

Getting enough calcium into your diet can be a challenge, especially for women. Women generally require anywhere between 1000 mg to 1300 mg per day, as we age. For years, most of us believed that milk and other dairy products was the best way to get calcium. However, we now know that this is a myth. The high protein levels in dairy products create an acidic environment that make the calcium difficult to absorb.

Green smoothies are alkalizing and a great way to help absorb minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. All of these minerals are important for healthy bones.

This Bone Up Green Smoothie will give you over half your required daily intake of calcium! It is also great for post workout since it also helps to stave off hunger and restore energy, electrolytes and glycogen stores. 

Ingredients

  • 2 C kale or spinach
  • 1 C almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana chopped into 1” pieces and
  • ½ cucumber chopped
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 2 T flax seeds

Method

  • Blend kale and almond milk until smooth.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until creamy.
  • Add more milk or filtered water if you prefer a thinner smoothie.

Enjoy!

Food & Drink Well-Being

Alkaline Green Grapefruit Smoothie

May 2, 2016

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So Fresh and So Clean

Clean Eating has been our theme this year and now that our Spring Detox is over, we have more tips to guide you and help you feed your body with fresh, sustainable, plant based foods. Our belief is that beauty starts from within and nourishing and protecting your skin begins with the foods that you put in your body.

That said, we don’t expect you to lead a life without indulgences. Life is about balance and while we encourage you to choose whole, organic, foods as much as possible, we expect that you will treat yourself on occasion too.

Here are some tips to follow after your detox:

  1. Continue to eat organic, whole foods and avoid processed food. – Try to set a goal for yourself, such as eating 80% whole foods. We think of it as making 8 out of the 10 items on your plate whole food based.
  1. Keep drinking water to keep toxins flushing out of your system. – We love adding lemon for the many benefits not to mention yummy flavor!
  1. Stimulate your natural detoxification system with daily exercise. – Even if you just make time in your day for 15-30 minutes, your body will thank you!
  1. Drink an alkalizing smoothie everyday! – We love to start our days with an alkalizing smoothie. All those veggies and fruits you’ve been eating have changed your body to have a healthy alkaline environment that is less susceptible to disease and aging! A double whammy!!

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This tart and tangy green alkalizing smoothie is so yummy! The grapefruit makes it perfect to drink in the morning. You can add some protein powder and almond milk to make it a little heartier too!

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 piece of celery
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of spinach or kale
  • 1/4 of a cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • small section of ginger (optional, but we love the kick!)
  • ½ banana (frozen)
  • 1/2 of a grapefruit, peeled
  • 1 cup of water or milk alternative of choice

Directions:

Place all of the ingredients through your blender and enjoy!

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