Organic Matcha Superfood Smoothie Mix …

 

Organic Matcha Superfood Smoothie Mix

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I was recently offered a package of amoda tea Organic Matcha: Superfood Blend to review. I’m a big tea drinker already, and am very familiar with the health benefits of the many different kinds of teas. Matcha is something I first tried about two years ago, and was pleasantly surprised when I actually enjoyed not only the energy and stress relief that it gave me, but also the taste.

About Organic Matcha Superfood Blend: (borrowed directly from their website)

This blend was created with your well-being in mind. Combat stress and get things done! The ingredients were selected and balanced to give you energy in a calm and focused state so you can get more done without harming your body with stress. Organic matcha blended with mineral & nutrient rich cacao and maca. Cacao is an excellent source of magnesium, fiber and zinc. Maca root, a Peruvian superfood, is an adaptogen. It helps your body cope with stress, reduce anxiety and improve your mood.

All organic ingredients: matcha, raw cacao powder, maca powder, vanilla powder

 

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Organic Matcha Superfood Smoothie and Latte Blend is a great way to get energized, find balance, and relieve stress.

Matcha is known to have many great health benefits. Natural Living Ideas lists some of them as:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Loaded with Catechin, EGCg
  • Enhances calm
  • Boosts memory and concentration
  • Increases energy levels and endurance
  • Burns calories
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Fortifies the immune system
  • Improves cholesterol

Read more about the specifics and other health benefits of Matcha HERE!

I personally love the way that Matcha seems to pep me up.

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My favorite smoothie recipe is really basic and easy to make, and is very enjoyable. I often like to just revel in the flavor of the green tea itself, but sometimes I’ll also throw in the cocoa powder to make it a bit more of a sweeter treat. Here is the really simple recipe if you’d like to check it out:

Matcha Smoothie/ Chocolate Matcha Smoothie

You will need

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana, sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon Matcha
  • (optional) 2 teaspoons cocoa powder

Blend the banana slices and ice cubes first. Add milk, (optional: cocoa powder) and Matcha and blend until smooth. Serve. Yields 1 serving.

I have also used the Organic Matcha Superfood Blend in many other recipes, such as cookies and cakes. With the Matcha, I find that it really doesn’t take much. A little (usually 1 Tablespoon) goes a long way when it comes to the flavor and health benefits.

I’d like to share a couple more recipes that I’ve personally tried and can attest to.

I found the following Shortbread Cookie recipe on tworedbowls.com. (The photo is from their site as well.) These cookies are actually very light and melt in your mouth. You’ll definitely want to try these out yourself.

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Matcha Swirl Shortbread Cookies
makes about 36 mini-cookies (1″ diameter)

light green swirl:
1/4 cup (2 oz, about 56 g, or 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
1/2 egg yolk (optional)
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup (about 63 g) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp matcha powder
1 pinch of baking powder
1 small pinch of salt

dark green swirl:
1/4 cup (2 oz, about 56 g, or 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
1/2 egg yolk (optional)
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup (about 63 g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp matcha powder
1 pinch of baking powder
1 small pinch of salt

1. Prepare the light green dough first. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter and powdered sugar vigorously until smooth. Add half the egg yolk and the almond extract, and whisk again until smooth.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, 1/2 tsp matcha powder, baking powder and salt. (A note on judging the color — the mixture will be a little lighter green than the dough will actually turn out.) Gradually add flour mixture to butter in batches, beating after each addition, until ingredients are fully incorporated and it has formed a thick, rough dough. Form the dough into a ball and place in the refrigerator.
3. Next, prepare the dark green dough. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the dark green dough, but with 1 full teaspoon of matcha powder. You may want to play around with the amount of matcha you add — you can up the dark green dough to 1.5 tsp, for instance, or decrease the light green dough to 1/4 tsp, for greater contrast and a stronger green tea flavor.

4. Here, you can either chill the dough balls or just roll them out immediately. I found that it was fine to roll them out right away the second time I made them. I placed the dough between two layers of saran wrap in order to minimize the dough sticking to the rolling pin — alternatively, you can also place them into Ziploc bags, which was amazing for getting the size of the layers exactly the same. If you want to make mini-sized cookies, like I did, roll the dough out to about 1/8″ thickness, into squares that are about 5″x5″ (or the size of one sandwich Ziploc). There should be about four in total, two of each color. If you want to reuse the Ziplocs, chill the dough at this point until hard and then peel off the Ziplocs before layering and rolling into logs; if you don’t care, just slit the sides and peel off. Place one lighter-colored square on top of one dark-colored square, lining them up as best you can, and gently roll lengthways into a log. It should form a roll about an inch in diameter, and you should get two logs out of the dough. For regular-sized cookies, roll the dough out thicker (I’d guess about 1/6″ or thereabouts), instead, so that each ball yields one 7″x7″ square, instead of two smaller ones. Roll those up together and that should result in a log that is thicker, with larger cookies. Either way, once rolled, replace in fridge and let chill for another hour to harden again. At this point, you can also freeze it if you’d like to bake it later.

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If you like Tirimisu, you will love Matchamisu.

Check out a great step-by-step recipe for it on Oh, How Civilized, HERE!

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You can purchase your own Organic Matcha Superfood Blend HERE!

#drinkwellbewell

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way other than my personal use of the product.

Enjoy your day

<3,

steph-4

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One comment

  1. Ive been thinking about trying this stuff. My question for you is, Does it honestly taste good? Or are you just talking the product up because they sent it to you for free?

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