finding your perfect matcha.

check another mark for me in the “best coworker ever” column. i usually bake for my coworker friends’ birthdays and major holidays. but when i bake on a tuesday for no reason? i’m pretty great.

i recently got a pouch of kiss me organics matcha green tea powder. i love green tea lattes from starbucks but knew that i could recreate it at home for much less money and a lot less calories (no syrups, sugars, etc. here).

the bright green colour comes from using the entire tea leaf, and while the resealable pouch may look tiny, a little goes a long way. one teaspoon in your morning latte or smoothie will give you energy for hours, plus a strong flavour from the saturated powder.

we all know the benefits of green tea, and when they are amplified into an organic powder, i’ll say yes.

137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea

  • matcha green tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content
  • antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body’s natural defences against oxidation. researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases

all day energy with increased focus

  • matcha provides 4-6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant

metabolism boost

  • 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 35-43%

improved skin health

  • scientists have discovered that matcha green tea helps protect the skin from harmful uv rays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

so, i’m not sure if all these benefits hold up when you mix it with sugar and flour and butter, but i’m going to believe they do, so you can, too.

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matcha white chocolate cookies

ingredients:

  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 2½ tbsp kiss me organics matcha powder
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

sift together flour and the matcha powder. (this matcha doesn’t clump, but my flour was a pain)
in a medium bowl, cream together the butter, powder sugar, and salt until soft and light.
add the egg yolks and beat well.
gradually add the flour and matcha powder.
fold in the white chocolate chips.
shape the dough into two round logs.
wrap the logs in plastic wrap. chill in refrigerator for several hours or overnight if you can.
preheat oven to 300 degrees. remove the dough from plastic wrap and cut into 1/4 inch thick cookies. place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
bake for 20-22 minutes, then cool on a rack.

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have you tried matcha powder? don’t you wish you were my coworker?

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part and parcel: Katy.

need a little kick of motivation to get your butt into the gym? let’s go snooping in gym bags! best part? i got hot momma Katy from Fit in Heels to open up about her essentials. i miss this babe, and her little man, like crazy and every time i feel like skipping a workout i think of her, because, well…have you seen her bum? ‘nough said.

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nike plus GPS watch
It has big numbers so I don’t have to think. Also, when I go for runs it tracks how fast and far I’ve gone, and tells me I’ve done a good job. If it could clean I may consider leaving my husband.

skipping rope
Best workout ever. Anywhere. Enough said.

lady speed stick antiperspirant
Because I don’t always shower after the gym. I’m a Phys Ed teacher so I’m allowed to be sweaty. I didn’t say I have many friends.

my iPhone with my boxing timer pro interval app
I am an interval junkie and need my timer. This links to my music (Billy Ocean and Celine Dion… I’ve said too much) and it is the perfect way to get my sh*t done.

maybelline vivids lipstick
For when I do actually shower after the gym (read: spray perfume and brush my hair) and dress nicely. My current obsession is Hot Plum. I resemble 80s Barbie (minus the boobs), but I’m good with that.

lululemon astro wunder under crops
I live in these mofos. I own five pairs. They don’t dig into my lovehandles and make me feel like a supermodel at the gym. Minus the whole lovehandle part.

vega sport electrolyte hydrator in lemon lime and protein powder in chocolate
The hydrator is like Gatorade (minus the sugar), so when I’m doing a long, hard workout, it’s the perfect companion. They come in single serve packs so I can just pop it into my water bottle and get some serious energy. The protein powder is for post-workout, and I like it because it tastes like chocolate milk. I am seven years old.

popeye’s shaker cup with mix ball
Easy to drink my protein. I don’t like chunky chocolate milk.

nike vomero running shoes
These puppies are my favourite. They fit my narrow, weird foot and I run pain-free. I can’t even count how many versions of these I’ve owned! My current ones are hot pink.

under armour performance socks
These are not too thin (seriously.. I hate thin workout socks) and not too thick (seriously… I’m not going snowshoeing). These are perfect. Just like Laura.


what’s in your gym bag?

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boot scootin’ boogie.

anyone care to two step? it’s no Billy Ray Cyrus, but Brooks & Dunn will do. with Calgary Stampede just over two weeks away, this Toronto gal is still trying to break in her cowboy boots – so what if it’s my third go around?

want to know all the ins and outs of this year’s Stampede? you’ll want to check out stmpdr.com, only THE place to answer the question, “what’s up?” during Stampede. and over the course of 10 days, be happy there is now one single place to get all the info.

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did i mention they have a pretty cute gal on the team? (more like eight, but only one of them runs this blog. *hint hint*)

go check out my first article for the site - Clean Up Your Stampede Breakfast – all about healthy alternatives to the usual belly-bloat breakfast you’ll find surrounding the grandstand.


are you a country lover? ever been to Stampede? you can crash on my couch this year.

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