Hi all! I know I've not done a post in well over a month, I've been crazy busy, but now I think I actually am freeing up time, I'll be able to catch up on my blogging once again, huzzah! So as the title suggests, another tea post from me, what else? This time is a little different though, I'm talking about the mother of all teas here, teapigs Matcha Green Tea!
So we've well and truly established that I'm a self confessed tea addict, so you can imagine my delight when teapigs said they were going to send over some of their award winning organic Matcha green tea for me to try, just in time for Matcha May!
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If you're wondering what matcha tea is, it is a fine ground powder made from organic and natural tea leaves, and it's sort of creating a bit of a craze in the UK and US, one of which I'm definitely joining in with. It's huge within the clean eating diet too, because of the crazy amount of antioxidants that it packs, in fact, matcha's antioxidant levels are higher than Goji berries, Acai berries, Pomegranates, Spinach, you name it! It actually has 137 times the amount of antioxidants than your usual cup of green tea, and that's still pretty darn good for you. Matcha's also known to aid weight loss, (hallelujah!) green tea aids fat burning, so imagine what super concentrated matcha will do.This really appeals to me, I'm forever trying to shift the stubborn weight, knowing that teapigs matcha tea won a best slimming product award, is quite reassuring! Not to mention it's a great little energy boost, so well worth having a cheeky little matcha shot before a work out! (If this hasn't filled you in, there is a handy little matcha guide on the teapigs site!)
teapigs are currently launching their Matcha May campaign (#matchamay hashtag hiya!) so they're so lovingly offering my readers a nice little 15% off their entire site (not including their already super generous offers), which means, cheap matcha green tea for all! Just have to pop in the code 'BLOGGERS12' at the checkout on the teapigs website, and et viola, cheap healthy, clean goodness on its way to you!
So for Matcha May, I've created a few little drink ideas to create with teapigs matcha tea, super simple recipes, pretty darn yum and guilt free, what more could you want?! Let me know if you give these a go, or have any other little matcha recipes!
Handful of diced strawberries
1 small banana
1 tsp of teapigs matcha green tea
1 tsp of chia seeds
1 cup of apple juice (I use coldpress Pink Lady apple juice!)
Pop all of the above in a blender, and give it a whizz, super healthy, eat clean smoothie!
Matcha Green Tea
So self explanatory pop 1 tsp of teapigs matcha green tea into a mug, add hot water and stir! (Don't add boiling water, you can burn the antioxidants out of the tea! Boil the kettle and leave it to sit for 2 minutes before using), then drink! Alternatively, don't drink, leave to cool, add some ice cubes, then you have a teapigs matcha iced tea!
Matcha Tea Breakfast Juice
Another self explanitary one, mix in 1 tsp of teapigs matcha green tea, with a glass of fresh juice, for this one I used Coldpress Tropical juice, and whisk with a little latte whisk, and et viola, the perfect morning pick me up! This would be perfect pre-workout!
For you're almost healthy cocktail ;) you will need:
1 standard measure of gin (or more, if it's been a long day!)
1 standard measure of apple juice (coldpress pink lady works a treat!)
1 standard measure of slimline tonic water, or soda water
1 standard measure of simple syrup (sub for agave if you're really watching your sugar intake)
The juice of half a lime
1 tsp of teapigs matcha green tea
Mix the matcha powder with the fresh lime juice and apple juice in a shaker, then add your simple syrup and shake again. Add your gin, and throw in some ice, shake once more, then strain over a martini glass. Top up with your tonic or soda water, and et viola, matcha martini ;)
So decieving, this is just half a tsp of teapigs matcha powder, with the tiniest squeeze of lime juice and water. Down this half an hour before your work out for a little energy booster and something to get the fat burning!