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:
$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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.