In my previous post, I mentioned my distaste for purposefully dyed green items for the sake of St. Patrick’s Day. Just as I did last year with naturally vibrant & green vegetables, I present to you some recipes that are green because of their ingredients rather than glowing green because you walked down the “baking” aisle to grab dye. No dyed green beer here, folks, just deliciously healthy green recipes featuring, you guessed it from the title, matcha!
Never heard of it before? Let’s get y’all educated then! Matcha is a type of green tea from Japan & is one of the healthiest teas you can consume because you’re drinking the entire tea leaf. It was first made in China & brought over to Japan by a Chinese Buddhist monk named Eisai. After a hundred years of its introduction, matcha tea ceremonies became a pretty big deal in Japan. So, how is it made? After the tea leaf is plucked, the leaves are steamed & dried. It is sorted meticulously to yield all the best parts of the tea leaf called tencha. The tencha is then pulverized–with care of course–to become matcha, an ultra-fine powdered green tea, naturally green! So, instead of dying your cookies, pasta, or eggs green with propylene glycol, FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Blue 1, & propylparaben, just add a little bit of matcha, baby!
Popeye’s Eye Popper
YOU GUYS, I bought a Hurom masticating juicer & now all I want to do is “juice.” So, since I had a serious, “TREAT YOSELF” moment on Amazon, it’d be selfish of me not to share one of my new juice recipes, right?? I love my vegetables & spices, but you know who else loved his vegetables? Popeye the Sailor Man! Who could ever forget the lovable Popeye & his dependency on a can of spinach–which helped him grow biceps–to protect his beloved Olive? This juice will surely make Popeye’s eyes pop with the addition of ginger & cayenne. The added heat spices up this otherwise simple juice. Ginger is just what Popeye needs when he bulks up because it’s known to help reduce exercise-induced muscle pain & high blood pressure. We all know Popeye needs to settle down his hypertension! Additionally, ginger can benefit Olive too because it can aid in dysmenorrhea, more commonly known as painful cramps due to menstruation. Ladies, safe to say we all know this too well, yes? The solution is a nice hot bath, relaxing chamomile & lavender, & more ginger! Both ginger & cayenne help fight inflammation & respiratory problems, but cayenne is also linked to boosting your immunity, weight loss, & reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Combine all of this with oranges (vitamin C), lemon (vitamin C), spinach (vitamin A & C, niacin, zinc), cucumber (vitamin K, weight loss), & matcha (catechins, burns fat, soothing, detox, energy, etc) to make one ridiculously amazing-for-you juice!
Don’t have a juicer because they’re too expensive? No problem: toss it in a blender & make a smoothie. Add a banana for extra creaminess.
Matcha Pulp Bread
Sad about the obnoxious amount of money you spent on your juicer only to spend even more money on produce that’s wasted via pulp? Should’ve bought a masticating juicer, my friends! Regardless, every juicer creates an edible pulp byproduct. Don’t toss it out, add it to your food! I used the pulp from the Popeye’s Eye Popper juice to make this lovely loaf of Matcha Pulp Bread. It pairs well with some jam or jelly & a nice piping hot cup of coffee or tea. This St. Patty’s day, get green with matcha & your body will thank you later. Say no to strange dyes & yes to matcha!
Wait, There’s More: Weekly Planner Product Review from Roommate Harmony
Chad of Roommate Harmony was kind enough to send me this magnetized weekly planner! It’s a simple paper pad with all 7 days of the week to help you & your roommate (or just yourself) get your life in check. Whether you use it as a meal planner or a weekly reminder, it’s a straight forward product.
Pros » Simple weekly planner with magnet to keep you in check! Nice color scheme too. Definitely like it. Sometimes iCal & my other weekly planner book aren’t enough. It’s nice to be reminded that I’m supposed to be doing something other than eating when I look at the fridge with this planner in front of my eyeballs.
Cons » I’m a typography elitist, so I am not a fan of the fonts used. Reminds me too much of school chalkboards & I’d rather my weekly planners look modern (sans-serif) for a clean cut look. Text area could be bigger & there should be room for us to write down the actual month + day so as to avoid confusion.
Check out Roommate Harmony for more neat products to maintain the peace between roomies! Their chore chart would’ve been pretty darn helpful back when I lived with 3 other people. RH also donates a portion of their profits to Project HOME, “a Philadelphia non-profit organization empowering individuals to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through affordable housing, employment, health care, and education.” Get organized & inadvertently help reduce homelessness simultaneously.
Let’s Get Green!
Lastly, I now work for my new favorite tea company, DAVIDsTEA! The matcha I used in my recipes were from DAVIDsTEA & I love that part of my job requires me to drink all 150+ teas. So, if any of you are interested in expanding your loose leaf tea collection, I’m creating a list of my thoughts on all the teas I’ve had. Heck, since I love the company so much, I’ll even list my new jam (aka favorite new tea or what I’m drinking) in each post.
Latest Jam » Iced matcha latte with almond milk & a touch of agave.