Energy Boosting Matcha Tea Latte

If you need an energy boost and mental focus and are constantly grabbing a coffee in the afternoon so you’re not drooling on your desk at work or locking the kids in their room so you can have a nap on the couch…. (no…I’ve never ever thought of doing that…swear)…..try a Matcha Tea Latte instead!

What is Matcha Tea you ask?  Matcha is basically a form of whole green tea leaves ground into a powder.  It is a vibrant green colour that comes from the antioxidants, amino acids and chlorophyll it contains.  One of the amino acids called L-theanine is known to have a relaxing effect on mind and body and also improve focus/mental clarity,  while the caffeine content creates an energy boost without the jitters or crash that often comes with consuming coffee.

Because you are essentially drinking the whole Matcha tea leaf (and not just the water) you are consuming a warm mug of nutrient dense goodness.

Now to go from coffee to Matcha Green Tea may be a bit of a leap for some taste wise.  (Including my husband who just called this “Grass Tea).” But if you are used to drinking green tea, this Matcha Tea Latte has a similar taste, and if you’re not, well maybe you could give it a try, it might grow on you.  I find that the coconut milk really balances out the stronger taste of the tea.

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Match Tea Latte:

1/2 Tsp Matcha Tea Powder

1/2 cup hot water (it shouldn’t be boiling directly from kettle, let it sit for a bit)

1/2 cup warm coconut milk

*You can add honey to sweeten if needed

Add the Matcha Tea to the bottom of a mug, then add a small amount of the hot water and whisk briskly with a tiny whisk to create a paste.  Then add remaining hot water to the mug while whisking.  Add the warm coconut milk and enjoy!

You can experiment a little if you have a milk frother (you can use it on top of the latte)  to give it that pretty foam on top.  Since I only had my tiny whisk and wanted to make this quick, that’s all I used  😉  Different whisks (such as bamboo, etc.) may also have a different effect.  Get creative !

Enjoy!

Bacteria Buster – Carpet Freshener

For those of us who still have carpeted areas in our house (including myself) we tend to use perfumed products to freshen it up; they are not the best option since  all of their functions can be  replaced by natural products that you can enhance with essential oils.

You can make a carpet freshener powder by adding essential oils to Baking Soda or Borax Powder.  For each tablespoon of powder, add 1 drop of your choice of essential oil to the powder and mix well.  How much you make depends on your requirements.  Store in a tightly sealed jar overnight and then sprinkle on your carpet and leave for a few minutes before vacuuming.

Good Bacteria Buster essential oils are:

Cinnamon, Pine, , Thyme, Grapefruit, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lime and Clove.  Take your pick!

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Your Gut Health

Autumn has officially arrived! I have to say that I am liking the break from intense heat and the cool crisp air that comes with September. But as the summer dies down, my thoughts lean toward cold and flu season….booooo! Last year our whole family was hit hard with sickness. The role that stress can play on your immune system is great, so I think considering our life last year that probably played a part of why we all kept getting sick.

That’s why this year I am planning on boosting our immune systems in a number of ways to get ready for old man winter!  So I wanted to share my tips with you 🙂

The first way is by adding fermented foods into my diet. Pasteurization strips foods of live bacteria that your gut needs to stay healthy. So by adding fermented foods into your diet you are essentially adding the “good guys” or good bacteria back into your gut. Good digestion affects your entire body including immunity.

Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kefir and yogurt have been around for thousands of years. Fermentation with lactic acid bacteria increases the nutrition value of foods and can enhance the absorption of protein and minerals. Fermented foods also lower the pH of the intestinal tract slightly creating an environment that is more hospitable to good bacteria and less hospitable to yeast and bad bacteria.

So toss some fermented veggies like sauerkraut or beets on your salads or have them as a side! Try incorporating them in some of your meals to get those “good guys” defending you against disease.

For inspiration check out the salad I made today….I tossed some Arame & Ginger Sauerkraut on top of this spinach salad with orange segments, avocado, wild salmon and a Sesame & Tamari dressing.

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Not all fermented foods are equal in the taste/texture department so for picky kids who may not enjoy a side of sauerkraut (bahahaha) try adding Kefir to their smoothes!!

Keep that tummy happy and stay tuned for some more tips on staying healthy  🙂

Banana Mango Sorbet

Food processor?

Frozen Mango?

Banana?

Almond Milk?

You’re good to go!  This is what we had for a little treat after dinner tonight.  SUPER easy to make, healthy and refreshing.  You’re little ones will slurp it up and so will you! (Make sure to eat it fast because it melts quickly….which shouldn’t be a problem ….trust me).  Just beware, if you have really little people in your home that eat this, they may SCREAM at the top of their lungs when there isn’t any more left.  Just saying…..

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Ingredients: (Makes about 3-4 servings)

1 Cup Frozen Mango

Half a Banana

1/4 – 1/2 cup of Almond Milk

Add the frozen mango, banana and 1/4 cup of almond milk to the food processor.  Pulse a few times to everything moving.  Process until smooth and creamy.  Add remaining almond milk if needed to desired consistency.

Scoop into bowls and enjoy !