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Matcha, liquid jade

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Matcha green tea is the fourth & final powder showcased in the Powerful Powders series. Matcha is the drink of samurai & zen masters. It is an appropriate powder to highlight this time of year.  Spring is a great time to detoxify your body, especially your liver and matcha is a wonderful compliment to the detox process.

What is matcha? It is a vibrant, powdered green tea, from the Camellia sinenesis evergreen plant. Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, we are talking 6 times more than gogi berries & 17 times more than blueberries!  Its chlorophyl content is super high because the whole tea leaf is ground to make this nutrient dense powder, this is where detoxification comes in. Matcha is high in caffeine (but still lower than a cup of coffee) so it encourages clean productivity without a super crash, due to its high antioxidant levels. Plenty of studies have shown that matcha can contribute to weight loss, due to its thermogenic properties. So enjoying a cup before working out can boost your energy levels & fat burning capabilities!  Matcha is a metabolism boosting, free-radical slaying, clean energy giver. This is the amazing brand that I enjoy!

Matcha is brewed a bit differently than other teas. Because it is in powdered formed, a whisk is used to transform the powder into liquid jade. Often served in a bowl, matcha has a strong flavor, very grassy and some even say it reminds them of seaweed. If you enjoy the flavor as I do (I crave it sometimes) then enjoy it straight. It compliments nut milks well for you latte lovers or for those of you who find the straight taste overwhelming.

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Going above & beyond matcha…

This expansive time of year is a great time to detox!  Since matcha has such high antioxidant & chlorophyl levels, it is a puuurfect compliment to spring cleansing. Thorough detoxification relies on hydration, since matcha does have caffeine, always remember to drink a bit more water on the days you enjoy matcha. Listen to your body and you will hear it say that it’s thirsty. Did you know that quite often hunger pangs are actually requests from your body to hydrate?!

Seed to Health has your Spring Cleanse this year!  Join a like-minded group while you enjoy delicious meals for a week, to encourage your body to detox and land in full rejuvenation mode. Cleansing is a great practice to increase vitality and enrich your cooking skills. Through the ritual of cleansing your dial in lasting healthy habits! Spring Ahead is loaded with easy recipes your will use over and over again. It also includes thorough information on how & why to cleanse. You will be fully supported day in & day out by Seed to Health AND a great group of people from all over the place!  Sign up before Wednesday the 10th and you will receive a self-care kit delivered to your front door!

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Tea & Toast

The third post in the -Tea &-  series ends here with a look at toast.

tea & toast

I might be toast’s biggest fan.  Bread & butter are a classic favorite in my family (and probably yours). I grew up on Roma and Columbus bakery bread. We ripped it, sliced it and my favorite.  toasted slathered with tons of butter.

These days I joke that toast is just a vehicle to get butter in to my body, but I really love its texture and warmness too. Last year, while I was pregnant, I made all & every excuse to eat good quality fats. This year I still am a big fan, since I am breast feeding and know better.  Good fats are a whole other post and some day I will go there because they are such an important addition to your daily diet.  Today though is about toast (and tea).

Gluten has been getting a bad wrap for the last couple of years. Especially with the release of William Davis’s ‘Wheat Belly’.  There are gluten free (GF) products all over the place. For some, this is great option. I have numerous dear friends who can cannot eat wheat without discomfort. When we go out to eat I am so glad there are GF options for them. I have noticed though there are a lot of junky GF options out there. I am skeptical of food/diet trends, they need to be researched before you hop on the train.

Some people can digest wheat and other can not. It is true that more and more people cannot these days due to the quality of gluten out there (as mentioned in Wheat Belly). It is important to know this about yourself before reaching for gluten free alternatives. These GF products often act similarly in the body, or are made of even more refined ingredients and SUGARS.  Good quality , properly stored, organic wheat, rye and barley products can be very nutritious. They provide protein, B-vitamins, various minerals and fiber to our diet.  I make my own flours in my blender and store them in the refrigerator.

I am grateful that I can digest wheat with out lethargy, bloating or discomfort. I do not eat mainstream wheat. I actually pretty much only eat fresh sour dough breads and the occasional pasta dish. The sourdough starter offers the bread a digestibility that is not found in yeast leavened breads.  Can you eat wheat or do you suspect you have an intolerance?

As for the tea part, this time around I enjoyed some Yogi detox tea in my favorite cup lined with sumo expressions.

Sumo emotions =a real smile generator.

 

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Tea & chia pudding

This morning was  leisurely, though I was not in the best of moods, I turned my attitude around by creating something delicious in the kitchen and having some delicious & warming green tea I bought in San Francisco last year. I am so thankful for being self employed, it is hard work but it allows me extra time in the morning to make delicious breakfasts and the flexibility to spend tons of time with my daughter.

So what in the world is chia pudding?

It is a wonderful protein & fiber rich breakfast, snack and dessert option. I usually have it in the morning, I usually make it at night. It offers me a ton of energy and  long lasting satiation. I have shared and improvised on this recipe nearly a million times, with wonderful results.

Here is the original recipe…

Chia pudding

1 ½ c milk (your choice almond, rice, hemp, coconut or cow)

¼ cup chia seeds

1 Tablespoon raw honey, maple syrup, palm sugar or good old fashion cane sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla (extract) or if you have a bean around scrape that!

½ teaspoon cinnamon & pinch of sea salt

Whisk all ingredient together in a bowl or jar. Make sure all chia seeds are dispersed throughout the milk, they can bond together and form a really big island. Refrigerate for 1-8 hours until it thickens.  

You can top this with shredded coconut, goji berries, sunflower seeds, almonds, blueberries, the list can go on and on.

Here is an amazing version of chia pudding, that answers all the why-to eat chia seeds questions.

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This morning I made my own rice milk (aka horchata)
This take some planning ahead.
All part of the permaculture that is my kitchen.
Soak 1/2 cup (brown) rice over night in 2 cups of water
Rinse the rice in the morning
Blend it for one minute (on high) with 3 cups of water, a pinchof salt,
2 teaspoons of palm sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and a 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg.

We like ours strained but if you are making pudding, no need to strain it, the texture will lend its self to the chia pudding.

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“There are many of us who cannot but feel dismal about the future of various cultures. Often it is hard not to agree that we are becoming culinary nitwits, dependent upon fast foods and mass kitchens and megavitamins for our basically rotten nourishment”

-MFK Fisher

tea & cookies

tea & cookies

Sometimes you just have to have a leisurely breakfast of tea & cookies. Especially when you get up at 5:30 with a wide awake baby girl.

Plump delicious oatmeal cookies
1/2 c softened unsalted (organic) butter
2/3 c coconut palm sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t vanilla
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3/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/2 t cinnamon
healthy pinch of sea salt
1 1/2 c rolled oats
3/4 c raisins
1 good quality chocolate bar chopped into chunks

Preheat to 350…

Cream the first 4 ingredients together until smooth. In another bowl whisk/combine the rest of the ingredients.  Add the wet to the dry until combined.  Roll into little balls and place on a parchment lines (or lightly greased) baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.  ENJOY

I am going to try this recipe with almond flour and coconut oil, to make them an even better source of protein and saturated fat.  I will keep you posted.

“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.” -MFK Fisher