Benefits of Matcha Tea

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As I stated in my previous post, lately I’ve been focusing on developing a healthier lifestyle, in all areas of my life. I’ve been attending yoga classes, following a consistent sleeping schedule, meditating, and detoxing my body. After dealing with many trials and tribulations over the last few years, I stopped wishing that I would one day become the woman I want to be. I simply just wake up and become her and start living the life that I imagined (corny but true).

Even if your not personally facing many challenges at this time in your life, it’s so important to take care of your mind and body, in order to continue excelling and reaching your goals.

Throughout this journey I’ve made some pretty amazing discoveries, that are extremely beneficial in supporting the body. Today I’m going to share one that has had a profound effect on my overall well-being: Matcha Tea.

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Matcha tea is a mood-enhancing, antioxidant powerhouse. It’s a natural weight loss aid, ph balancer, and detox agent. And it’s basically a sugar-free coffee alternative without the jitters. When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. It has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea, and countless health benefits.

Antioxidants are the body’s defence agent. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and disease. Put simply, the more you have, the more equipped you are to fight off infections and diseases.

Here are a few other benefits matcha tea provides:

  • boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • detoxifies naturally and effectively
  • calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • is rich in fibre, chorophyll and vitamins
  • enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • prevents disease
  • lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

You can purchase matcha tea at Davids Tea. There are a few different types of matcha, however, I always buy the “ceremonial” matcha. Although it is the most expensive, it is also the most effective. I also prefer to make a matcha latte, as oppose to a matcha tea, because I prefer the creamier texture.

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5 Minute Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

I have an undeniable sweettooth…literally. It took me years to be able to actually say no to desert after dinner. Chocolate was by far my favourite food, and there wasn’t anything more wondrous then chocolate molton lava cake. Well, there still isn’t, but I’ve learned how to control my cravings a little better.

My prime time for craving sweets is at night, after dinner, typically right before I’m about to go to bed. Yes, the worst possible time to indulge in a bunch of sugar. However, after working on my nutrition plan, and discovering new recipes that don’t only fulfill my cravings but also meet the needs of my diet, I’ve found the perfect snack to consume before bed. Without any guilty aftermath! 

Only four ingredients, and five minutes of your time, and you will have yourself a delicious, healthy snack that will satisfy that sweettooth! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1cup of frozen strawberries 
  • 1 tablespoon of agave nectar or honey
  • 2 tablespoons of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice 

Directions: 

Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or honey) , yogurt and lemon juice to a food processor or blender (I used my Vitamix). Blend until creamy. 

A food processor will create a creamier yogurt, and a blender will cause it to be slightly more runny.