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 (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
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 Tbsp. of red wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste