Adventures in matcha {giveaway}

by Kim on April 18, 2014

Happy Good Friday!

I’m so grateful to be OFF WORK today for the holiday—I’ve never gotten this day off before! The timing is perfect, because Brent’s parents are visiting for the weekend and I have an Easter meal to plan, plus housecleaning, laundry, a grocery store run, and a few other errands I’ve been saving for today.

Visitors/Easter = two great excuses to freshen up the house with some of these:

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$10 for 20 tulips (my favs)! Trader Joe’s never fails me.

I felt sort of guilty sending Mason off to daycare, but he has a blast there, and let’s be real: I probably wouldn’t have a prayer of getting everything done with him around. (The Terrible Two’s are in FULL swing…)

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The cheeseball attitude is in full swing, too. (He knows exactly how to get laughs—one of his signature moves is the exaggerated eye roll. Or, when I tell him to “say cheese,” he’ll bare his teeth and squeeze his eyes shut.)

So this day might be kind of a wash as far as vacation days go, but LUCKILY…(please don’t hate me when I tell you this)…I took Monday off too! It’s my birthday, and I couldn’t think of a better birthday gift right now than a day off, toddler and chore free, to coffee-shop-hop, do some for-fun writing (because I’m the weirdo who does that), shop?!?, and tackle a few things that have been on my back burner lately.

But for now, it’s chore and meal planning time. I picked up a cranberry and apple-stuffed mini turkey at TJ’s the other night, thinking that might be a good starting point for the Easter meal. The rest is still up in the air—any suggestions??

Ok, enough yammering…on to that giveaway!

The folks at Kiss Me Organics contacted me recently to see if I’d like to try their matcha green tea powder. I’d heard of the stuff before, on other blogs and around the interwebs, and had always been curious to try it, so my decision was a no-brainer.

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You might have heard of some of the benefits of green tea, but I was surprised to learn that matcha is actually the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea as far as antioxidants and nutrients, since you’re consuming the entire leaf instead of brewed water. And matcha boasts 137x more of one particular disease-fighting antioxidant called EGCG than regular green tea.

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Matcha also offers:

Major calorie-torching, fat-burning power. The folks at Kiss Me say you can burn up to 40% more calories just by adding matcha to your diet, and you can increase fat-burning by 25% by drinking it before workouts.

Stress/anxiety reduction. Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and well-being in the brain, at levels that blow regular green tea out of the water.

Jitter-free energy boost. Matcha supposedly gives you more energy with less caffeine. Win-win.

A powder form for easy concealment in food/drinks. Not everyone loves the slightly bitter taste of green tea. I don’t love it myself. But hide it in a smoothie or latte, and I’m game.

Speaking of smoothies and lattes, I’ve tried one of each with my matcha powder so far. Kiss Me Organics sent me a giant 70-page recipe book (!) in addition to my powder, and one of the first recipes was the Kiss Me Matcha latte.

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Mine looked *almost* that cool and delicious—except minus all the coolness. But it was very green and it made feel totally earthy and healthy. So there’s that.

The latte was still a little bitter for me, even after sweetening it, but it’s a taste I could get used to. If I were a regular green tea drinker, I’m sure I’d be all over it.

My smoothie was much tastier. I cobbled together a recipe by modifying one from the book based on the ingredients I had on-hand:

Green Tea Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1-2  tsp matcha powder
  • 1-3 tsp sweetener (I used maple syrup)

Blend ingredients together in an electric blender. Adjust to taste.

Sweet green heaven.

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(Much more successful than the great green smoothie fail of 2014.)

Another cool thing about Kiss Me’s matcha powder: one ingredient. 100% matcha. No shenanigans.

Want to try some matcha for yourself? Fill out the Rafflecopter below! Giveaway ends next Thursday.

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Disclaimer: Kiss Me Organics sent me a free sample of their product in exchange for my honest review. They’re also hosting the giveaway. I’m not receiving any additional compensation.

xoxo

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Marlene Kerns April 23, 2014 at 9:32 am

I drink both coffee and tea and LOVE matcha smoothies using my home made Greek yogurt.

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manda April 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

I love coffee

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shannon April 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

I’ve been so curious about matcha. I’ve even heard of people putting it into their milk in the morning. I’ve had TJ flowers for the last 6 weeks, I needed signs of spring! Can’t go wrong with their prices!
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Alex @ Alex Runs For Food April 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

Yay for days off work!!!!!
I love green tea smoothies from Starbucks! Maybe this powder could make an at home green tea smoothie possible :)
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alisa April 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

i drink coffee and tea although i prefer to drink tea over coffee!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 19, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Yesssss, I love both coffee and tea! I have a mug of coffee every day, and tea comes and goes.
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Julie April 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I have not tried Matcha before but have always wanted to! It sounds amazing, I would love to add it to my green smoothies!

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Carrie April 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Hmmmm…..it’s green. I think I would need to get over that stat if I won! Hope you have a Happy Easter!
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jessica b April 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Matcha smoothie…yuuuuummmy

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Jamie April 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I tell ya, I need to drink more tea but it’s so hard for me since my husband bought a latte maker… it’s so good lol! I’m gonna give that green tea smoothie a try though, looks yummy!! Glad to hear you got the day off, it’s a great day to have with the family.
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Caroline @ Fighting For Wellness April 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I drink tea and coffee and am not super picky about what it is. I guess I’m easier that way?
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Kim April 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

You’re awesome that way! :)

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Jenny April 18, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Gah, I NEED to drink more tea. We got a french press recently aaaand I’m (even more) addicted to coffee now. I’ve heard matcha is the jam and having been meaning to try it, so this post is giving me another nudge ;)

Have a wonderful long weekend! If you’re looking for Easter side dishes, we made this kale and wild rice salad last night and I completely devoured it. SO good and highly recommended! http://iowagirleats.com/2014/04/16/kale-and-wild-rice-bowls-with-honey-balsamic-vinaigrette/

HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY!

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Kim April 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm

That looks OUTRAGEOUSly good. Thanks for the tip! :)

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Katie April 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

I drink 1 cup of coffee each day, but every now and then I need tea! And I love iced tea in the summer! I hope you have a wonderful birthday, good for you for taking the day off!
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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate April 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

Thats so nice you have Friday AND Monday off…Happy (early) Birthday!! I love tulips too– TJs are beautiful and cheap (bonus!)

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Kim April 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

agreed :) thanks Katie!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

I am a tea drinker through and through! Right now my favorites are Organic Vanilla Ceylon and plain old decaf Green Tea!

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