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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tips for healthy living: Matcha

What exactly is matcha? Matcha is a green tea ground up into a fine powder that you actually mix straight into your water and drink.  Unlike regular green tea, you're actually ingesting the whole leaf, and you know what, it does your body a world of good.  Everyone knows green tea is good for you, but did you know 1 cup of matcha is the equivalent of 10 cups of any other green tea?

This tea is amazing.  It's nutrition content trumps some of the trendy favorites.  It contains 60 times the antioxidants of spinach, 17 times the antioxidants of blueberries, 7 times the antioxidants of dark chocolate, and 6.2 times the antioxidants of of goji berries.  Plus, a serving of matcha only has 10 calories!

It's no surprise that there's an entire ceremony surrounding this delicious green tea. Not only is it healthy, but it's also a great source of energy. I'm not talking about that jittery energy you get from a few cups of coffee; I'm talking about a calm energy that helps you focus and actually accomplish things! Matcha contains an amino acid called L-theanine.  This amino acid is known to relax the mind.  That combined with the caffeine in this green tea creates a calm, alert energy.

Not behind matcha yet? Well you will be.  This tea has so many health benefits that will blow your mind. What are these benefits?  Well here are just a few.

  • Weight loss
    • In 1999 a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that green tea extract rich in catechins has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation.  Consuming green tea increased thermogenesis (the body's rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure. Another study demonstrated that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise.
  • Anti-aging
    • One cities where people live the longest is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people's longevity has been partly attributed to regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea. Matcha is the most popular green tea in Japan, but is rapidly gaining more popularity worldwide because of its ability to combat inflammation, oxidation and aging
  • Heart disease prevention
    • A 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that green tea significantly lowers total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol concentrations.
  • Cancer prevention
    • Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins, which scavenge for dangerous free radicals in the body. The most powerful catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen. A 2003 University of Colorado study confirmed that drinking 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea.
  • Detoxifying
    • Matcha is grown in the shade, which is why it is richer in chlorophyll than other green teas. Chlorophyll is the pigment responsible for giving leaves their green color. Chlorophyll detoxifies the body. It clears the body of toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disrupters.
Wanna know another little secret? You can put matcha in pretty much anything you want! From yogurt to cupcakes to smoothies... Get creative! Here are a few of my own recipes I use matcha in!


sources: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/8-wonders-of-matcha-green-tea.html

150 calorie vegan green tea frappé in 3 simple steps

What you'll need:


  • A blender
  • 1 1/2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tsp. matcha powder
  • 2 packets stevia







Step 1: Add soy milk to ice and blend
Step 2: Add stevia and green tea powder and blend
Step 3: Enjoy!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Album of the week: week 15

This week's album is something angsty, flirty, and full of energy.  This is an album that's fun to belt at the top of your lungs while jumping on your bed and singing into a hairbrush.  Seriously though, I'm really falling in love with this album.  The album is Fortress 'round My Heart by Ida Maria.  The song of the week is one I can relate to.  I am a good girl, so the chorus doesn't quite apply, but the inability to think or act normal when I'm around my crush REALLY applies.  The song is I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked.  This is a song is so much fun to sing when you've failed at flirting.  It helps you joke away all the angst.
Click here to listen to the album of the week.
Click here to listen to the song of the week.


If you haven't done it yet, you should make a rdio account.  It's the easiest way to keep up.  I have a playlist that's strictly devoted to my songs of the week.  For that playlist, click here.  I actually add the songs before I publish my blog, so you can use it to get a sneak peak of what I'm going to recommend.  I'm constantly making new playlists and updating them, so if you want to see what I'm listening to and enjoy what I've put together, you can follow me by clicking here.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Album of the week: week 14



Hey guys.  Sorry I haven't posted in a few weeks.  Life has just been super hectic.  This week I'm picking an album that's pretty popular, but still great.  The album is All The Little Lights by Passenger.  This album is soft and beautiful.  The lyrics are truthful yet romantic.  It's just something great to listen to for a calm and peaceful smile.  As you might have noticed, I like to pick a song of the week that applies to my life.  This week won't be any different.  The song of the week is The Wrong Direction.  It should really make you think.  I've been reevaluating my life lately, and I feel like I have been running in the wrong direction.  This song is talking about love, but I think it can apply to several aspects of life.  Check it out and you'll see what I mean.

 Click here to listen to this week's album.
Click here to listen to this week's song.

If you haven't done it yet, you should make a rdio account.  It's the easiest way to keep up.  I have a playlist that's strictly devoted to my songs of the week.  For that playlist, click here.  I actually add the songs before I publish my blog, so you can use it to get a sneak peak of what I'm going to recommend.  I'm constantly making new playlists and updating them, so if you want to see what I'm listening to and enjoy what I've put together, you can follow me by clicking here.

Have any requests? Leave a comment and let me know.  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Album of the week: week 13

This week's album is the self titled album from Walk The Moon.  For me, this album is daydreaming of new beginnings.  Seeing as this is the start of a new semester of college, I find this to be very appropriate.  Also, it's great for me because I'm dating a little bit again, and it's fun to daydream about the possibilities there.  This album is just dreamy and romantic and fun.  It's also a great album to dance around with your friends to.  The song of the week is Anna Sun.  There's something just very light-hearted and young about this song.  It's like taking on the world with optimism despite your circumstances.  It's a great way to start any new beginning. 
Click here to listen to Walk The Moon.
Click here to listen to the song of the week.

If you haven't done it yet, you should make a rdio account.  It's the easiest way to keep up.  I have a playlist that's strictly devoted to my songs of the week.  For that playlist, click here.  I actually add the songs before I publish my blog, so you can use it to get a sneak peak of what I'm going to recommend.  I'm constantly making new playlists and updating them, so if you want to see what I'm listening to and enjoy what I've put together, you can follow me by clicking here.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Album of the week: week 12

This week's album is one that I find comfort in and fall asleep to almost every night.  The album is In Defense Of The Genre by Say Anything.  When I listen to this album, I like to close my eyes and let all the things I've thought and felt that day catch up to me.  I've found that this album has a song for everything I feel.  The song of the week is About Falling.

If you haven't done it yet, you should make a rdio account.  It's the easiest way to keep up.  I have a playlist that's strictly devoted to my songs of the week.  For that playlist, click here.  I actually add the songs before I publish my blog, so you can use it to get a sneak peak of what I'm going to recommend.  I'm constantly making new playlists and updating them, so if you want to see what I'm listening to and enjoy what I've put together, you can follow me by clicking here.



Monday, January 13, 2014

Album of the week: week 11

This week's album is one that's helped me get through a number of breakups.  It's the self-titled album from Fountain Of Wayne.  It's not too happy, angry, angsty, or sad.  It's just right for that weird post-breakup phase where you're not sure what exactly you're feeling, but you know that anything too happy will make you miserable because you used to be that happy and anything too sad, angsty, or angry will drag you down.  The song of the week is Sink To The Bottom.  There's not really a good reason for this week's song other than that I really just like it.

Click here to listen to the album of the week.
Click here for this week's song.

If you haven't done it yet, you should make a rdio account.  It's the easiest way to keep up.  I have a playlist that's strictly devoted to my songs of the week.  For that playlist, click here.  I actually add the songs before I publish my blog, so you can use it to get a sneak peak of what I'm going to recommend.  I'm constantly making new playlists and updating them, so if you want to see what I'm listening to and enjoy what I've put together, you can follow me by clicking here.