April showers have brought May flowers! Now it is the time to get outside and enjoy the longer, warmer days that come with spring. Hiking, camping, traveling, all of these activities take us out of our homes and keep us active outdoors. This May, we’re introducing our latest addition to our product line: Matcha Latte Stick packs! Our Matcha Latte Stick packs are going where Matcha has never been before. It’s ready for any spring adventure you may go on!
Our new Matcha Lattes have continued to be a fan favorite throughout the seasons since its initial launch. So, we’ve been thinking of new ways to reinvent the wheel! This spring, we wanted to make sure you could have your latte and drink it too, whether you’re in the car or out in nature. We kept our recipe simple by ditching all of the added preservative, artificial ingredients, and added sugars that will spike your blood sugar levels. Instead, the only sugar we use is unrefined coconut sugar. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness without any harmful side effects- in fact, unrefined coconut sugar will help to regulate your blood sugar levels!
Just as easy to use as our Matcha Latte Mix, our Latte Stick packs come in easy to transport packages that fit in any bag for any adventure. Simply mix any Matcha Latte Stick into your water for a green tea boost any time of day. We use all natural ingredients in all our products, which makes them easy to mix into any drink. We enjoy smooth, creamy matcha lattes that blend without much effort! This is why we’ve formulated our Matcha Latte Stick packs perfectly blend- without needing a blender. Better yet, we like to eliminate the clumps that come from recipes that are loaded with artificial ingredients. Pour, shake, and be on your way!
While the weather heats up and the days grow longer, May brings more opportunity for adventure. From hiking, to camping, to even backpacking- these activities require you to pack light, but pack the essentials. Maybe one of your essential experiences is drinking a hot tea around a fire while you’re out camping with friends. Or your must-pack essentials are healthy snacks and treats while you’re traveling. Now, you can enjoy your favorite matcha latte flavor even if you’re miles away from home. Just like our Matcha Latte mix that you enjoy at home or at the office, we’ve created the best travel companion. Our Matcha Latte Sticks are small and portable enough for any adventure you go on. They fit in all your travel bags or even your pocket if you’re really traveling light!
Sometimes your spring adventure may take you to visit places you have never been before. If you’re traveling by plane, there’s lots of restrictions on what you can bring and the pressure to pack light. Slide on of our Matcha Latte Stick Packs into your carry on and enjoy a great pick me up during long flights. Just as easy as it is when you’re home or on the go, you can treat yourself to a wonderfully creamy vegan matcha latte in the sky.
Sometimes we like our matcha lattes hot, sometimes we like them cold. During those chilly outdoor mornings, you may be craving a warm and creamy matcha latte to kick start your day. They can also be served chilled when you’re working up a sweat out in the hot sun. Mix your favorite matcha latte stick flavor into hot water and immediately sip to enjoy. No extra preparation required! This convenience makes the Matcha Latte Sticks the perfect travel drink with all the health benefits of matcha right at your fingertips!
One of our favorite parts about spring is getting to enjoy the outdoors with beautiful weather. Outdoor activities, like hiking or climbing, can take a toll on the body so it’s important to replenish yourself with whole, natural ingredients. Our matcha latte sticks are made with high-quality Japanese matcha, which carries health benefits such as antioxidants, more energy, and delicious flavor. Benefits like these will get you from point A to Point B on all your travels feeling your best! Travel can be exhausting with jet lag, poor sleep, and dehydration. Mix all that with the challenge of trying to eat well while you’re constantly in and out of airports and hotels- travel has only become harder! Carry your Matcha Latte Sticks along with you for the perfect afternoon pick me up, or to get your daily dose of health and wellness!
Instead of being the best in the world, how about being the best for the world? In 2010, we joined a community of 900+ companies around the globe that are proudly certified as B Corporations. A new type of company that focuses on environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and corporate accountability, B Corporations are changing the modern economic landscape and encouraging others to "B the Change." The wide-ranging community consists of major corporations, one-person startups, and everything in between. Companies like Patagonia, Method, Etsy, Seventh Generation, and of course us at Sencha Naturals, are all aligned for a bigger purpose.
As a certified B Corporation, we believe that every company, no matter how small, can make a difference. We take the sustainable road less traveled and measure success beyond profits. We volunteer in our community, give back to various charities, work with local and sustainable suppliers, use biodegradable and recyclable packaging materials, and participate in micro-lending programs to give opportunities to those less fortunate.
Come join in! To become a B Corp yourself, or to find other B Corps that you can support, visit www.bcorporation.net
Part of being a B Corp includes striving to be the best to improve social and environmental performance. Here are some examples of how we have answered the call to "B the change" this year.
Sencha Naturals donates and supports Love146, an organization that helps end child trafficking and exploitation. Together, we can understand the realities of human trafficking and empower communities and youth across the world to stand up against it. Learn more at Love146.org
Adopt a family program with A Place Called Home (APCH) Last year we adopted a family in need for the holidays.
Volunteer at Wild-Life Waystation: which includes gardening, animal enrichment, and light construction.
In 2016-2017 Sencha Naturals hosted several events for the staff including a heritage day gathering, our yearly potluck, in which everyone brings a dish specific to their culture to share with everyone. This allows us to celebrate and appreciate our differences and connect with each other to build healthy work relationships for a great work environment.Environmental
It’s what’s on the inside that counts, and we’re proud to say we've carefully sourced all materials from our green tea, right down to our labels and glue. As a certified B Corp, we strive to care for the planet any way we can and believe our green color represents so much more than green tea, it represents our green values. We challenge ourselves to use only what we need when it comes to finite resources like natural gas, electricity, and water. We analyze our power usage on a monthly basis, run our conditioning and heat on timers, participate in recycling programs, taking extra care to recycle batteries and potentially hazardous materials in the appropriate facilities. Solar energy currently makes up about 80% of our operations.
We have an expectation that our suppliers share our values; meaning, eco-friendly, ethically produced materials, free of GMOs and suspect additives. We are committed to “buying local” as much as we can; giving priority to those nearby (75% of our suppliers are operating within our region) in a concerted effort to reduce fuel consumption, while simultaneously supporting local economies.
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Maybe you’ve seen the cherry blossoms in full bloom in Washington D.C. Cherry blossoms are a tourist draw for areas like Washington D.C. and throughout East Asia. The trees are shed of their winter slumbers and bloom beautiful white-pink colored flowers. Widely used for centuries in East Asia and especially throughout Japan for their sweet flavoring, cherry blossoms really do mark a great beginning to spring. To celebrate our days being warmer, longer, and sunnier—we’re bringing the delectable flower to your kitchen!
In Japan, cherry blossom is widely celebrated for its delicate floral fragrance and it’s lightly sweet taste. The cherry blossom is commonly used to flavor honey, tea, cookies, and much more. Our use of cherry blossom brings an extra bit of sweetness to your next latte, or mint, but without any artificial sugars. Spring is sweet, but you don’t have to sacrifice health for it! With the new spring season upon us, we’ve decided to celebrate, by infusing cherry blossom into some of our favorite products.
One of our favorite additions is to our matcha lattes. For those warmer spring days that will eventually turn into hot summer ones, our drinks progress from hot to iced ones! Making your own homemade iced tea and lattes can take more time than you want to spend during the busy mornings. That’s why our matcha lattes are created with convenience in mind! It’s the perfect way to start your morning- simply pour the mix into water with ice and your iced matcha latte is ready to go. Our original green tea matcha flavor has always been a fan favorite, but now you can also enjoy our Cherry Blossom Matcha Latte. Still formulated with the powerful health benefits of matcha, we’re simply enhancing the flavor profile! This way you can still approach your days with more energy, enhanced concentration, and less artificial ingredients.
With longer days, comes a naturally busier schedule. Our mints come in canisters that easily fit in your bag so that while you’re on the go, you’re ready for any social situation. Or, sometimes you need a little sweetness in your afternoon without reaching for the candy. Our Green Tea mints are infused with the flavor of spring- cherry blossoms! Deliciously sweet, our Green Tea Cherry Blossom mints pack the power of our original green tea with the added sweetness of cherry blossom. Our eco-tubes are environmentally friendly, made from recycled materials so no elements are the environment are harmed! The eco-tubes are slim and can fit in any bag so that your breath can be fresh any time of day on the go.
Our mints are formulated without the artificial sweeteners. We like to keep our recipes simple and healthy. Plus, with our cherry blossom flavor, you get the perfect amount of sweetness- there’s no need to add any more! Artificial sweeteners can cause an array of health problems, but most notably it can increase your blood sugar levels. That’s the main reason why we like to keep our mints sugar-free. This way you can enjoy them anytime, anywhere, without worrying about what you’re putting into your body. With cherry blossom mints, you’ll even find yourself right in the springtime mood!
We’re excited that spring is officially here. Stop and smell the flowers by enjoying 15% off cherry blossom green tea mints and our cherry blossom matcha lattes.
It's St. Patricks Day! You know what that means, all green everything! At Sencha Naturals we love the color green, after all, it is the color of our matcha. This morning as a St. Patricks Day treat we decided to whip up some matcha coconut pancakes with some homemade whipped cream.
It's super easy to do at home for any occasion and all you need are a few ingredients. You can make your own pancake batter, but we used a pre-mixed one with toasted coconut for a special twist.
Use any pancake mix, we recommend coconut or vanilla and add a tablespoon of matcha into the water you mix in, to sneak some antioxidants into your pancakes. Make pancakes and top with homemade whipped cream, your favorite syrup, and a sprinkle of matcha to make this fun-colored breakfast. These sweet pancakes pair great with a cup of matcha tea to balance out the sweetness.
Save 15% on all our products this month, including our culinary grade matcha during March Matcha Madness. Try some matcha in your next culinary adventure, we’d love to see what you come up with. Tag @SenchaNaturals in your green tea experiments!
This month we're having our March Matcha Madness promotion that's 15% off all our products. Since everything's made with organic Japanese matcha as our key ingredient we wanted to write about how everything got started and how matcha inspired everything we do at Sencha Naturals.
Matcha hasn’t always been on the top of the health food craze list. Over the years, it has gained more prominence as its incredible health benefits have become more well known.
Our love for matcha was inspired by the travels and goals of our founder, David Kerdoon. Throughout his travels through Asia, David immersed himself in the culture. Inspired by the extensive use of matcha, David began to think of different ways this could be integrated into unique products. Firsthand, he saw the benefits that matcha had. Upon returning to America, he noticed people were really only drinking green tea. They were missing out on so many more potential benefits!
Matcha is shade grown green tea where the bright green leaves are steamed, dried and then ground into a fine powder. This results in matcha retaining all its nutrients and, due to its powdered state, being incredibly versatile as well. This led to the inspiration that getting your green tea fix could now be easy and convenient.
Our mission is “Green tea for all”, which for us means taking tea out of the traditional ceremony and instead going for convenience so it’s easy for everyone to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
When David returned from Asia, ways to incorporate matcha were on the brain. Having a friend who made mints, they collaborated and the matcha mints were born. As the vision for matcha has grown, so has the flavor profiles for our mints! We offer mints that are sugar free, while our other mints have unrefined coconut sugar.
Fresh breath is important. Whether you’re in a meeting, hanging out with friends, or on a first date, you’ll want to have fresh breath. When mints have too much added sugar, it outweighs the benefit of fresh breath. Our matcha green tea mints were formulated to ditch the sugar that doesn’t help- and add in sugar that make it sweet but is still a good treat for you! Unrefined coconut sugar has a low glycemic index which means they won't spike your blood sugar but help to add a sweet finish to our mints.
It’s always been popular to give your immune system the boost when you’re feeling a little under the weather. Throughout his travels, David had noticed the healing powers that reside in green tea and matcha, but everyone reached for a packet of Emergen-C or took Airborne to ward off illness. Those were mostly sugar and synthetic vitamins so it was time to make our own vitamin C drink mix with a matcha boost! Our Green Tea +C drink mix was born.
Synthetic vitamins play a big role in the wellness drinks on the market. With our commitment to whole foods and clean drinks, we turned to whole foods to create our wellness formula. Our main ingredient in fighting any cold, anytime, is matcha powder. From there we added in ginger, acerola cherry, and immune boosting herbs to help give your immune system the support it needs. We didn’t include any sugar or any artificial additives- this one is one lean, mean, cold fighting machine without it!
Lattes are a delicious way to start your mornings. Unfortunately, too many lattes provide that morning jolt with lots of added sugar and other artificial and processed ingredients. We couldn’t find lattes that ditched all of the unnecessary diglycerides and hydrogenated extras. So it was time to develop our own version with all the good stuff and none of the bad.
We wanted to create a latte that could be enjoyed at any time of day and provide all the health benefits that matcha has to offer! Our goal led to the creation of our Matcha Lattes. Enjoyed hot, our vegan matcha lattes provide a wonderful morning wake up call. Even on a warm day, you can pour your matcha latte over ice for the perfect afternoon pick me up.
Expanding the matcha flavor profile makes the choices more fun. You can always opt for original, which was our first kitchen creation, or venture with our other flavors - Tropical Mango and Bombay Chai.
Lattes are traditionally made with milk. With more people cutting dairy out of their day to day lives, we wanted to come up with a recipe that still had the same smooth and creamy finish of a latte but without the dairy. That’s why our matcha lattes are completely vegan. This way, everyone can enjoy!
Different ways to create with matcha has always been the cornerstone of our company and the fun that we have in the kitchen. We wanted to give you the chance to bring matcha into your kitchen and create new ways to incorporate matcha into your culinary adventures!
Our culinary grade matcha powder makes the perfect addition to any kitchen creation you can think of. You can add matcha powder to waffle batter to add a little boost of green tea antioxidants to Saturday morning waffles. It’ll also make a great addition to your next baking creation. You get all the benefits matcha has to offer without worrying about any bitter taste - our matcha blends perfectly with every flavor.
Not sure where to start? Try this super simple cookie recipe below! Then visit our page with other matcha recipe ideas. Let us know what you create, by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram @senchanaturals.
Green Tea Cookies
For detailed step-by-step instructions view the full recipe here: http://www.justonecookbook.com/green-tea-white-chocolate-cookies/
We’re putting creation in your hands! Enjoy 15% off sitewide this month!
February is known for more than just Valentine’s Day. It also marks the peak of flu season. Whether you’ve been healthy since last year, or you’ve already battled your first cold of the year, it’s time to get prepared to take on the flu.
If you’ve just been taking fizzy drinks with sugar and synthetic vitamins, you may be in for a sleepless night when the flu hits! You’re going to want to be your strongest on the inside to combat any virus that’s headed your way. Whole food nutrition packs the punch you need to battle against any sickness this winter. Our first ingredient on the list? Matcha green tea.
When you’re starting to feel a little under the weather you’ll want something to quickly boost your immune system. With easily absorbed vitamin C, your body will be able to process and reap the benefits of the power of vitamin C in our Green Tea +C. This way, you’ll be on the road to feeling your best in no time. Whole nutrition helps play a large role too, which is why it’s so important to include that in your go-to cold remedy drink. Other immune boosting drinks you’ll find ascorbic acid- which is listed as Vitamin C. Extracted and isolated from a sugar molecule found in corn, it’s missing important micronutrients that help for maximum absorption in your system.
Immune support shouldn’t be complicated. With our traditional herbal blend of ginger, turmeric and orange peel, your immune system will be fully functioning. Adding sugar or fructose to your drinks may make you feel sweeter, but it doesn’t do much to help support a healthy immune system. Sugar can’t deliver the way that vitamin C can. It won’t help provide that extra edge you need to overcome whatever February brings your way, whether it’s new love or a new flu. There’s no need to add any more sugars!
The C in our Green Tea +C stands for vitamin C as well as its natural source, the powerful acerola cherry. This tiny fruit contains more vitamin C by weight than an orange! Not only do you get powerful antioxidants from this small but mighty cherry, you’ll also get an immune boost. This way, you can keep up with all your other new year’s resolutions- including staying active!
Getting ample exercise this winter is crucial to being strong inside and out to combat any colds. Mix your Green Tea +C into your coconut water, pre or post workout for an extra boost of electrolytes. It’ll add some great flavor and keep you hydrated longer. During the winter when the weather is sometimes frightful and a bit dry, staying on top of your hydration is important. Plus, with our green tea +C you’ll also be on top of keeping your immune system in top shape.
Ditch the fructose, artificial sweeteners and ascorbic acid for something a little more whole to keep you feeling your best this winter. Our Green Tea +C is always vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, and sugar free. We think you’re sweet enough.
Even sweeter, save 15% off Green Tea +C now through February 28th.
Matcha powder is one mighty mix that you can add to a variety of kitchen creations. We’re most familiar with matcha powder mixed in with our green teas to enjoy in a warm or iced drink. Our premium grade organic Japanese matcha powder can be used in your favorite drink or our culinary grade matcha powder can be added to any cooking or baking adventure you go on. Matcha brownies? Matcha pancakes? The sky's the limit for what you can create and give a health boost too, just by mixing in some matcha powder.
So what make Matcha so powerful? Matcha is shade grown green tea. It’s then steamed and ground into a fine powder. As this is the only tea in which the whole leaf is consumed, matcha contains more antioxidants than its steeped counterpart. Green tea has antioxidants in it- matcha is simply a powerful enhancement of this antioxidant power due to the process it undergoes before it lands on your pantry shelf.
When we think of the New Year, a lot of times health comes up on the list of resolutions. There’s no need to stress about how you’ll find the time this new year to make health a priority. Health and convenience can go hand in hand! Matcha Powder becomes the simple solution for wondering how to start your new year on the healthy foot. Whether you prefer to take your matcha cold or warm, or in your morning waffles, you’ll indulge your body to antioxidants and an increased focus for your day. By adding the mighty powder to a variety of drinks, smoothies, cooking recipes, and baking creations, you can get your New Year started the healthy way.
It’s time to give your brain some much needed love too. With all the new goals that the New Year brings, you’ll want to be on your A game. Matcha Powder helps with improved memory and concentration, giving you that extra boost to take on any task in your day.
Maybe coffee isn’t your morning drink of choice. With Matcha Powder, you can add this to your favorite morning smoothie. This powder can help you start the day off right, as it helps to detoxify the body and increase energy levels. It’s like drinking coffee, but with the added benefit of boosting memory and concentration! This can help you take on the New Year in full force.
Or, perhaps, you’re craving a morning routine with simplicity. With our Matcha Powder, the well-rounded flavor holds its own to drink alone. You don’t always need a complicated beverage order to enjoy the benefits from sipping on matcha. Sometimes all you need is your favorite mug.
Sometimes our food needs a boost too. You can add this culinary grade powder to a wide variety of other creations, maybe even your Saturday morning pancakes! Start the year off with your strongest immune system yet. Matcha Powder helps to fortify your immune system so that you can ward off any cold, anytime.
A lot of the “culinary” grade matcha on the market today are typically disguised as a lower grade matcha that has a bitter taste to it. We wanted our matcha powder to be added to any recipe you can think of without a distracting flavor or taste. We use high quality matcha, which is most notably known for the rich green color. The higher quality matcha will also deliver higher quality benefits- it’s a win-win!
With a variety of ways to incorporate matcha powder into your daily routine in the kitchen, the creative possibility is endless. Here’s one of our favorite go-to recipes that we enjoy mixing a little matcha into:
Vegan Sugar Cookies
By Namiko Chen
What You’ll Need
View the full recipe: http://www.justonecookbook.com/green-tea-cookie-vegan
New Year, new possibilities. In celebration of the New Year, we’re taking 15% off all Matcha Powders.