Recently I was contacted by KissMe Organics and offered the chance to review their Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. Until the promotion, I really hadn’t heard of this product before, so I was really excited to give it a try.
Matcha is 100% natural, organic green tea leaves which have been carefully ground down to form a fine powder. It has been drunk in Japan as part of the tea ceremony for almost 900 years, and is used by Buddhist monks to keep them alert, awake and focused during long days of meditation.
We all know that green tea is healthy. Think of Matcha as the ultra-concentrated version of your steaming cup of tea, and you’ll see why it’s even better for you. It professes a wide range of health benefits, from increased energy and metabolism boost, to burning calories and improving memory and skin. Best of all, Matcha boasts an impressive 137x the amount of antioxidants of brewed tea.
Here’s a look at the back of the package:
I especially loved the fact that this Matcha is USDA certified organic, completely free from chemicals and preservatives, so you don’t have to worry about what you are putting into your body. I also noted the 1 item ingredient list (awesome!).
When I opened the pouch, I was met with the fresh aroma of high-quality green tea and a bright green powder. The first question I had was, how to prepare the Matcha? I had a few ideas, but thankfully this stuff comes with a free 70 page recipe guide full of really great recipes, both savory and sweet. The tea powder is extremely versatile, and can be used a wide variety of recipes to add flavor along with a boost in health benefits.
One of the first recipes I tried was the Matcha Frosting. To me, this basically combines the best of two worlds -who doesn’t love a nice cup of tea with their cake, anyway? Here’s a picture of the finished product (recipes below):
The frosting added a very bright, green tea flavor. What a great way to add a gourmet touch to an otherwise boring vanilla cupcake! Another added bonus was the wonderful color it achieved without adding in artificial food colorings.
Part of my daily routine is a wonderful smoothie made from fresh greens and berries. I added some Matcha to this as well for a wonderful boost in antioxidants. The berries ruined an otherwise wonderful green color, but it tasted great!
Here’s a look at what I’m calling my Berry Healthy Matcha Smoothie (recipes below):
If you like green tea, this is an excellent product to add to your daily routine. The 4oz pouch lasts a very long time considering the 1/2 to 1 Tsp serving, and it’s a super easy way to boost the amount of antioxidants in your diet. I can’t recommend this stuff enough, and I’m looking forward to trying more recipes!
Basic Matcha Frosting:
- 1 ½ tsp. matcha
- 16 oz. cream cheese (use low fat or fat free to reduce fat & calories)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and butter on a medium speed until whipped smooth.
- Sprinkle in matcha and ¼ cup sugar and mix until combined.
- Add vanilla and remaining sugar gradually until fully whipped.
- Add more sugar to taste.
Berry Healthy Matcha Smoothie:
- 12oz Orange juice
- 1 tsp bee pollen
- 1 tsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp ground flax seeds
- 2 tsp organic unsulfured molasses
- 3 large leaves of kale
- 1/2 c blueberries
- 1/2 c raspberries, red or black
- juice from 1/4 lemon
- 1/2 T matcha
- 2 c crushed ice
- 1 c water
Place all ingredients in a large, high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
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