Yes I'm A Little Obsessed with Matcha {Review and Giveaway}

Disclaimer just to start things off honest: I was provided with a free bag of matcha in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation, and trust me when I say I really love this stuff! I approached them, so seriously, they are amazing. They are awesomely providing me with two free bags of matcha to host a giveaway, so read all the way to the end to enter! There are also affiliate links included in this post. The cost to you is exactly the same, it just helps me support my family while doing something I love!

So I might have mentioned once or twice my semi-new found love of matcha (1, 2, 3... just to name a few). The thing is, its just so lovely! The taste, the smell, the routine in the making. I tried a few different brands, there was one I really enjoyed at the store, but it wasn't always in stock, it was a smaller container, plus frankly I'm forgetful and I wanted the ease of an automatic delivery. I tried a few kinds on Amazon (Prime plus Subscribe and Save!), and found a few that were just too bitter for my liking. Then I stumble on Jade Leaf Matcha and fell in love.

I've always been a tea drinker, and matcha has so many health benefits, that it was an easy add to my morning routine. My requirements for my matcha powder weren't anything crazy: it needed to be ceremonial grade* (that's what you need to get that dissolving power for your tea!), from Japan, and preferably organic. My biggest requirement though was the taste! I wanted a nicely smooth flavor! (A lot of that is prep too, see below...)

So want to give it a try? Here's two easy ways to start! First lets talk about a Matcha Tea Latte, my most frequent way of drinking matcha. This is just as good as the ones you find at the coffee shops, but without all the crazy amounts of sugars!

Matcha Tea Latte

1. Boil your water (I go just slightly under the amount called for on the powder directions), then - super important! - let it cool for about 5 minutes. Water too hot will turn your matcha bitter!

2. While your water cools, add your matcha powder to the blender.
You can also heat up your almond milk - about the same amount as water - until warm (I just microwave it!).

3. Add water to the blender, then a gentle squeeze of honey, and a spoonful of coconut oil (if you want it to be a little bit more filling). Add almond milk, and then blend until completely combined.

4. Sip and enjoy!!

Some mornings I only have time to drink my breakfast down, so I started playing with Matcha Smoothies! A one shot way to get my matcha fix, and my breakfast, all at the same time. Here's a super quick and easy smoothie, nutritious and satisfying.

Easy, Green Matcha Smoothie

1/2 - 3/4 of a banana, depending on size (even better if frozen!)
1 cup kale, tightly packed
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 (slightly heaped) teaspoon matcha powder
1 - 2 sprigs mint
2 cups almond milk (possibly more depending on how thickening your protein powder is)

Add all ingredients to blender, and pulse until smooth.

Now for the best part. Enter below to win your own bag of Jade Leaf Matcha and give them a try for yourself!

If you don't want to wait to see if you won, feel free to head over and grab some of their amazing Matcha now: Jade Leaf Matcha, otherwise enter below!

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* The giveaway is for culinary grade, which is perfect for both of the recipes provided here. If you want traditional tea, prepared with only a bamboo whisk and hot water, go for the ceremonial grade. That's what I buy anyway, so I'm set no matter what.

1 comment:

  1. I start my morning with an herbal tincture blend of adaptogens and a glass of water.


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