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New Year, Mightier Matcha



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.

Healthy Resolutions

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.

Matcha Sippin’

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.

Cookin’ with Matcha

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!

 

What Will You Create?

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

  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 stick vegan butter
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered green tea (or 1 Tbsp. Matcha)
  • 4-5 tsp. applesauce

Instructions

  1. In a bowl put self raising flour, sugar, vegan butter, and powdered green tea (or Matcha).
  2. Crumb together the dry ingredients with the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  3. Now add 1 tsp at a time applesauce to glue the dough together.
  4. The dough should resemble clay.
  5. Take small pieces of dough, shape them into balls and place on baking sheets.
  6. Put the baking sheets into the fridge for about 1 hour (or in the freezer for 30 minutes or more). Meanwhile heat the oven at 375F. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes.


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.

SHOP MATCHA POWDERS

 

 

Eat...Drink...Scrub...Coconut Sugar!

Coconut. People are drinking coconut water, cooking with coconut milk, putting coconut oil in their hair. The list goes on, and coconut sugar is no exception. As an unrefined alternative to traditional sugar cane, coconut sugar can replace overly processed white or brown sugar with an easy 1:1 conversion.

So how does coconut sugar fit into your life?

In a Drink

Does the summer heat leave you feeling like you need a cool treat? Swap out the refined sugar in lemonade with the caramel flavor of coconut sugar. Not only does your lemonade look mouthwatering, but you’ve now eliminated refined sugar! See the full recipe on Fettle Vegan’s blog and check out Amber’s plant-based journey as well!

In an Appetizer

A healthier version of a favorite snack, these baked sweet potato fries come from Natural Sweet Recipes, a website created by three sisters with sweet teeth dedicated to healthy living. This sweet potato fry recipe does that justice. Peeled and sliced sweet potatoes are drizzled with grape seed oil, sea salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar for a tasty treat to bake. We love the rich, caramel flavor coconut sugar brings to this recipe. Check out the full recipe!

In a Main Course

Big Tree Farms, the supplier of our organic coconut sugar, posted this delicious recipe to their blog during Thanksgiving, but we love it for all year round. Mary Jane’s Confetti Corn Casserole is from their foodie friend, Mary Jane Edleson of Slow Food Bali. This casserole is filled with bell peppers and celery, but can be made with seasonal vegetables like yellow squash, eggplant, or zucchini too. Coconut sugar is used to create the creamed corn, and it adds a deeper flavor than traditional sugar cane. See the full recipe of Big Tree Farms’ blog.

In a Dessert

When we saw Bakerita’s recipe for chocolate covered strawberry brownies, we knew we had to share it with you. The best part? It’s gluten free and paleo friendly! The mastermind behind Bakerita, Rachel, got rid of refined sugars used in traditional brownie recipes by subbing for coconut sugar. So if brownies filled with dark chocolate chunks and topped with strawberries and chocolate drizzle sounds amazing to you, check out the full recipe!

In a Scrub

Sugar on your skin?! At first it may sound counterintuitive to put sugar ON your skin, but the sugar granules are a soft, natural exfoliator that won’t clog your pores or leave a chemical residue like most exfoliators do. New Leaf Wellness’ Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub is the perfect recipe to cleanse your skin. Making it with coconut sugar takes it one step further by eliminating anything refined! Check it out on their blog

In Products You Buy

Coconut sugar is a simple alternative for refined sugar in many aspects of your life. Cutting out refined sugar shouldn’t only be a homemade option; food companies can be doing their part to create a healthier you. It’s why we made our vegan matcha green tea latte mix and eco-tube green tea mints with coconut sugar. Whether you’re popping a mint on the go or making a sweet latte, you won’t have to worry about refined sugar.

Enjoy 15% off our coconut sugar sweetened collection during the month of August and say goodbye to refined sugar!

 

SHOP MATCHA LATTES    SHOP GREEN TEA MINTS

Introducing Our New Matcha Powders

It’s here!!! We’ve finally introduced our very own matcha! This vibrant, easy to make green tea is chock full of amazing benefits and thought to have a positive effect on everything from moods and metabolism, to disease prevention and oral hygiene. We’ve long been enthusiasts of this powdered green superfood, starting with our green tea mints, and now, we’re excited to be venturing into the “purer” stuff.

 

For the Uninitiated

Matcha is a Japanese green tea in which shade-grown leaves are stone ground into a fine powder, making it possible to consume the whole leaf as an instant drink mix of sorts. And since you’re not throwing out any leaves post-steeping, this vegetal, vibrant tea packs in way more antioxidants than its traditionally infused counterparts. Hands down, matcha beats loose leaf every time.

 

How does Culinary Grade compare with Premium Grade?

Like leather goods, wine, chocolate, etc. there’s a definitive quality scale in place when it comes to matcha. At the lowest end, the tea can be bitter, brownish, and overall not fantastic. The other end of the spectrum boasts a smooth sweet tea with a striking bright green color. To keep things simple we’re offering a couple of options that strike a balance between taste and price.

 

Culinary Grade Matcha

This is the green stuff your favorite matcha goodies are made of; cookies, cakes, ice creams, you name it. Not to mention, a whole subsection of Pinterest thrives on this stuff. Typically bitter, with a tinge of brownness, culinary matcha works best in combination with confectionary ingredients. 

Generally speaking, culinary grade isn’t the best quality. And while we don’t exactly recommend culinary matcha as a stand alone beverage (unless you like things on the bitter side) it’s still a great way to bake some green tea benefits into your day to day routine. It’s not all about sweets either, try boosting the antioxidant factor in your favorite savories too; soups, noodles, rice, the list goes on…

 

Premium Grade Matcha

Definitely more of a “drinking matcha” this is a really GREEN green tea. Great on its own, premium matcha is a bit more expensive than its culinary counterpart, has a sweet, grassy flavor and doesn’t need to be dressed up with flour, sugar and milk products. Mix with water or your favorite type of milk for a quick and easy green tea fix.

 

How to Make Matcha

There’s an easy way and a traditional (but still relatively easy) way:

The Easy Way - Mix ½ to 1 tsp. matcha with 1 tbsp. water in a cup to make a smooth paste. Stir in 8 oz steaming hot water. Use a fork or whatever utensil you have on hand.

The Traditional Way - Sift 1 to 2 bamboo spoons in a matcha bowl. Pour in 4 oz steaming hot water. Rapidly beat with bamboo whisk in a zigzag pattern until smooth and frothy. That’s it.

For ceremonial green tea with more casual pricing, check out http://www.senchanaturals.com/collections/matcha and start adding some healthy green tea benefits to all your favorite recipes.