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Matcha & Blueberry Porridge… Yum!

My favourite weekend blueberry & matcha porridge. During the week I like to have my matcha early as a drink to set me up for a busy day in the office or out with clients but at the weekend I like to experiment a little more with other ways to have matcha for breakfast… this blueberry porridge is one of my all time favourites! Fresh blueberries, milk, organic honey, half a teaspoon of matcha, porridge oats, flax seed, chai & linseed. I like to blend it and then pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Serve with some blueberries on top a tiny drizzle of honey and a splash of cold milk… porridge perfection ???? and the honey and oats are great for digestion!

 

 

 

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Matcha & Forest Fruit Smoothie Lean & Green

One of our all time favourite ways to start each day is with a fruity Matcha Smoothie! Throw in a banana, a handful of blueberries and strawberries, a teaspoon of organic honey and a dribble of vanilla extract. This recipe is delicious and keeps you full until lunch! This smoothie is packed with antioxidant properties, the vanilla and strawberries are great for your skin and the honey is brilliant for your digestive system (TMI I know!) P.S If you feel like an extra creamy smoothie put in a spoonful of yoghurt (I like the Yeo Valley Blueberry one!) Enjoy….

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The Best Matcha Latte!

So this is one of my favourite ways to drink Matcha. It’s extra tasty, has that awesome matcha health kick and is super easy to make.

Ingredients

  • Milk of your choice almond/coconut/cows milk – 1 cup
  • honey – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Lean & Green Organic Matcha Tea – 1/2 teaspoon
  • vanilla extract – 1/2 teaspoon

Put the milk in a pan add the honey and vanilla extract ( be sparing or it will be too sweet ) heat it up but don’t boil it or the milk will burn.

Boil the kettle and make a “shot” of matcha by whisking it up in your latte mug.

Once your milk is ready you can froth it up by putting it in a cafetiere and pumping the handle up and down. It’s a neat trick and it totally works a charm!

pour the hot frothy milk to the shot of matcha using a spoon to stop the froth coming out until the end.

Enjoy!

 

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Matcha Tea health benefits & weight loss.

Lean & Green organic Matcha green tea powder can help you with your weight loss goals.Yes! It's scientifically proven and yes! - it's still only one ingredient: 100% green tea powder.

You won’t find any supplements are laboratory made ingredients in matcha, its an ancient technique that has been shown to speed up metabolism and aid thermogenic fat burning without any side affects! A recent study found that when you consume matcha daily or before working out/exercising, matcha will help you burn 4x more calories than you would normally. This means that matcha tea powder can effect how fast your body naturally burns fat by giving it a little boost.
 
So how does it work!? Well the three magic ingredients are Caffeine, L-theanine and EGCg  
 

Caffeine 

A recent study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure. This means that even when you're not exercising (rest days are a MUST) Matcha tea is still working for you by increasing the speed your body naturally metabolizes calories. Of Course you can get your caffeine from anywhere but Matcha has a secret.  
 
You see, matcha contains around half the amount of caffeine than a typical coffee contains but the way the caffeine from matcha is released into the body is completely different from coffee. It's a slow release meaning that you get a sustained energy boost for 4-6 hours without the typical coffee crash you get when the caffeine from coffee hits your body in a matter of minutes.
 
Ever noticed that when you drink too much coffee you are going to the bathroom every five minutes? Thats a result of a heavy caffeine dump on your system. You can often become dehydrated because of this which leads to bloating, water retention and afternoon headaches.
 

 L-Theanine 

This glutamate amino acid has been shown to increase focus, a state of calm and also creates alpha brain waves pumping the reactors. Alpha waves in the brain creates a state of alertness. They’re only around when we feel awake and fresh. L-theanine triggers alpha waves. It’s why we feel focused and alert when we drink matcha. In contrast, we might feel alert when we drink coffee or take caffeine pills, but that alertness is often accompanied by unpleasant side effects, including jitteriness and is often followed by a “crash.” This simply doesn’t happen with Matcha. 
 

EGCg

Lean & Green matcha nutrient rich and contains a huge amount of antioxidants. EGCg is an antioxidant found in plant based products which has been proven to speed up your metabolism which ultimately leads to more calories burned per day!
 
So if you want to include a 100% natural, ancient health drink in fitness routine that increases your metabolism, has thermogenic fat burning properties and also keeps you feeling focused and chilled out choose Lean & Green organic Matcha tea.
 

Lean & Green Tips

Want an all natural pre workout that will make you feel focused and ready to burn through a workout without feeling like you are about to have a heart attack? Not only does matcha help you burn more calories, it tastes INCREDIBLE! make an ice cold matcha with a squeeze of lemon in your shaker bottle.