No match for Matcha

When I was studying at University in Japan, I would go on holiday to the typical tourist attractions throughout the country.

In Nara, I once went to a traditional green tea ceremony. I remember the girl in Kimono whisking the Matcha powder in hot water. It was served with a hard sweet cookie to offset the Matcha’s bitter after taste. A distinct flavor I have never forgotten.

Now Matcha seems to be very popular in the US as a super-antioxidant.  A powerhouse of ingredients that can aid in your over-all well being.

  • Burns calories
  • Natural detoxer
  • Rich in fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood sugar

You can add the powder to smoothies or your yogurt or even bake with it.

I buy it in a tea bag from Salada. Brew it and then put in a pitcher and keep it cool in the fridge.

Beans beans good for your heart…

Beans (Legumes) are an excellent source of protein, fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients.

Their health benefits can be attributed to colon health and helping maintain blood sugar levels.

Once the kidney bean is digested it goes through a fermentation process in your colon that create short-chain fatty acids (butyrate) which have been linked to reducing colon cancer.

This fermentation of the starch in the bean slows down the digestion and absorption of carbs in your colon (digestive tract). These starch blockers have been linked to weight loss.

Here is a tasty simple recipe I have developed to use as a side salad in my weight loss journey;

1 can kidney beans

1 can cannelli beans

1 red, 1 yellow and 1 orange sweet pepper diced into small pieces

1 medium red onion diced into small pieces

Cilantro chopped

2 Tbsp. of olive oil

1 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar

Salt & Pepper to taste

Natural Peanut Butter

Natural Peanut Butter

·         Protein

·         Potassium – for healthy heart, kidneys and other organs

·         Fiber- for digestive health

·         Healthy Fats – reduces LDL cholesterol

·         Magnesium – good for bones and muscles

·         Vitamin E – aids damaged cells

·         Antioxidants – disease prevention

I will have this snack for my breakfast and for dessert after lunch or dinner. Take a bowl and add sliced bananas and add a heaping tablespoon of natural peanut butter, a heaping tablespoon of raw/unfiltered honey and other fruits or flax seed. Mix and enjoy. This is a healthy snack that will please your sweet tooth and fill you up. Kroger sells a creamy natural for around $2 bucks.

*Healthy tip- open and stir the peanut butter and separated oil together, firmly fasten the lid and then store upside down in the fridge – you can thank me later.

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