Matcha

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In addition to my new lemon water ritual, I’ve started drinking matcha tea, which has some pretty amazing health benefits. I was apprehensive to to try it, because when I drink regular green tea, I prefer it to be flavored with something else, like ginger and honey. But because it’s so good for you, I really wanted to try matcha.

The proper tea-to-water ratio is about 1 teaspoon of matcha to 2 1/2 ounces of hot water. I started with the recommended amount for newbies: 1/4 teaspoon of tea, and I used a full 3 ounces of water. I was surprised by how much I liked it, and within a few days I increased the tea to 1/2 teaspoon to 3 ounces of water. I like that ratio, and I’m not sure when or if I’ll increase to the full teaspoon.

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There are several grades of matcha, from the finest of ceremonial grades, which can cost more than $60 for 20 grams (yikes), to much more affordable grades that can be used for making smoothies and lattes. I’ve been drinking a “teahouse” grade, which costs around $17 for 20 grams at Whole Foods. Twenty grams will normally yield 10 bowls of matcha, but I get 20 bowls out of it.

The health benefits are the same for all grades.

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I’ve been enjoying the very Zen ritual of making matcha, and I’m looking forward to exploring more kinds of tea, especially loose teas. If you have any recommendations (preferably organic), please leave a comment or drop me a line.

Whey to Go! smoothie

20140527-072819-26899832.jpgLast month I bought a copy of Best Green Drinks Ever. I had a feeling it was going to be a great book when the woman behind me in line at Target told me how much she loved it.

One of my favorite recipes so far is this cocoa-blueberry-kale number. It sounds weird, I knowbut it grows on you.

Whey to Go!
Slightly adapted from Best Green Drinks Ever

1 cup nut milk of your choice
1/2 cup frozen berries (blueberries or mixed berries)
1 cup kale
1 scoop chocolate-flavored whey
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 scoop (45 mg) stevia extract (I use Trader Joe’s)
3 ice cubes

Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend well.

 

A new ritual

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Nutrition plays a huge role in fighting cancer and in reducing the chances of it recurring, and I’m taking steps to dramatically change the way I eat. Some changes are pretty big and a bit challenging. Others are small and easy, like drinking warm lemon water every morning, before eating or drinking anything else.

Here are a few interesting articles about the health benefits of lemon water:

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