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Experience Matcha Madness with The Republic of Tea #SipbySip #tea

Experience Matcha Madness with The Republic of Tea #SipbySip #tea

This month I received the entire family of The Republic of Tea’s U-Matcha line as an Enlightenment TEAm blogger. Matcha powder contains fine-ground Japanese green tea leaves, which is what is used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. What’s really special about matcha tea is that you can use it in cooking as well as drinking it. I’ve used matcha powder in smoothies, drank it in lattes, and even had it in baked goods and desserts.

The Republic of Tea U-Matcha family of teas

  • U-Matcha Natural contains tender, shade-grown green tea leaves that have been ground to a fine powder creating a rich balance of flavors. This matcha tea is ideal for blending with water for sipping or for cooking.
  • U-Matcha Yuzu  this tea blends fine matcha powder with yuzu for a citrus flavor. This matcha tea makes a bright addition to mixed drinks, spice rubs and sweet desserts.
  • U-Matcha Ginger  blends fine matcha powder with ginger. This matcha tea boasts a spicy kick and wakes up the flavors of miso soups, stir-fry and other savory dishes.
  • U-Matcha Roasted Rice – blends fine matcha powder with roasted rice to create a nutty finish of flavor. This matcha tea provides warm nuances for sweet baked goods, savory dishes, shakes and lattes.

The Matcha Madness promo code – free matcha frother!

When ordering U-Matcha tea through The Republic of Tea website, use “#MATCHA6” (no quote marks, but use the #) to receive a complimentary electric matcha frother with any order of U-Matcha Tea from The Republic of Tea. This promo begins March 22, 2013 (today!) and is effective until March 29, 2013. While you’re shopping, check out all of their other matcha tools to make the perfect cup.

Cooking with U-Matcha

You can find several recipes on The Republic of Tea website for using U-Matcha in a variety of dishes and drinks. Here are a couple more:

U-Matcha Aioli

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light or no fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons U-Matcha tea
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Enjoy as a sandwich spread or as an accompaniment to fish, chicken or roasted vegetables.

U-Matcha Salt

Mix 1 part U-Matcha tea with 2 parts fine sea salt. Goes great with:

  • popcorn
  • mixed nuts
  • roasted vegetables
  • chicken, fish or stir-fry dishes
  • butter
  • mayonnaise
  • eggs

This also makes a nice homemade gift idea for friends and relatives who love to cook. Place the salt in a small canning jar and include a cute label along with a pretty ribbon.

A healthy drink for the new year: Citrus White Tea Latte

Citrus White Tea LatteI bet that one of your new year’s resolutions is to eat healthier. After a very indulgent holiday season, it certainly is one of mine! We all need to try to consume at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day to get a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep from getting sick this winter. That’s why finding ways to include them in your cooking is so important.

One classic healthy food is 100% Florida orange juice. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, and carotenoids. All help support the immune system to help the body’s natural ability to resist colds and flu.

Luckily, orange juice is fun and easy to cook with and to include in your diet. I use it in marinades, salad dressings, smoothies and sauces. But have you ever tried it in a tea latte?

Check out this recipe from Florida Citrus’ recipe database.  Between the OJ and the green tea, it makes a terrific healthy indulgence. If you can’t drink almond milk due to a food sensitivity or nut allergy, try soy or coconut milk instead. (Low or non fat cow’s milk is fine, too, of course!) To reduce calories, use stevia or Splenda to taste instead of agave nectar or honey. Finally, to froth the milk without having to get your cappuccino maker out, use a hand held milk frother. I love using mine and it works well on alternative milks (at least temporarily), too!

Citrus White Tea Latte

Citrus White Tea Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 100% Florida orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bags green or white tea
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Orange curl for garnish, optional
  • Cinnamon stick, optional

Directions

  1. In medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, heat orange juice, water and tea bags for 3 1/2 minutes on high.
  2. Stir in agave nectar, orange zest and cinnamon and let tea steep for 4 minutes, then remove tea bags; reserve and keep warm.
  3. In medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, heat milk in microwave on high for 70 seconds (to about 150˚F.)
  4. Beat hot milk with hand mixer (using just 1 beater) until frothy foam forms.
  5. Pour tea mixture into two large mugs and add frothy milk foam on top, dividing equally.
  6. Garnish with orange curl and cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve immediately.
Servings: Serves 2
  • Serving size: 1 cup

Recipe and photograph used with permission.

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5 Ways to Get More Protein in Your Diet – Try Protein Powder

5 Ways to Get More Protein in Your Diet - Try Protein Powder from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com(For more Five Things/Ways advice articles, click here.)

According to Psychology Today, if you have some protein in your meal, you'll go longer without feeling hungry. A great way to sneak more protein into your diet is to use protein drink powders. There are many varieties out there like soy or whey. I use whey protein powder because that's what Dr. Ian Smith recommended on the Extreme Fat Smash diet.

If you're like me, you have container of protein powder sitting in your cupboard only half used because you got tired of drinking protein shakes. Here are some unique ways to use up that supply of drink powder that you may not have thought of before:

1. Oatmeal. Have you ever had the creamy strawberry flavored instant oatmeal? Well if you have some strawberry-flavored protein powder, here's how you can make your own:

Berry Good Protein Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of instant oatmeal
  • 1 cup (maybe a little more) of water
  • 1/2 scoop of berry flavored protein powder (adjust to taste - you may want less)

Instructions:

  1. Put the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and stir until protein powder is dissolved.
  2. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  3. Stir and eat! (If it's too thick, add some hot water to the bowl and stir.)

Weight Watchers POINTS - The oatmeal has 2 points and depending on how much protein powder you use, add .5 or 1 more point. If you're trying to get your milk serving in, you can use milk instead of water - just remember to add another 2 points for 1 cup of skim milk.

2. Pancakes and other baked goods. Last week I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder when I was making pancakes for my children. If you have kids who don't like eating meat, this is a great way to sneak in some protein. Try adding a scoop of chocolate, vanilla or strawberry protein powder and some fresh fruit to your pancakes. Or experiment with adding protein powder to cake, brownies, and banana bread.

3. Yogurt. Nothing more boring than plain, no fat yogurt. Adding a flavored protein powder will liven it up. Putting too much powder may make the yogurt kind of gritty, so experiment to see what amount is right for you.

4. Fruit. Instead of putting sugar on your strawberries, try a little strawberry, chocolate or vanilla flavored protein powder.

5. Chai and coffee. Try replicating your favorite Starbucks coffee and chai recipes. Instead of cream and sugar, try a little no fat milk, light soy milk, protein powder and sugar free coffee syrup. Here's what I make most mornings.

High Protein Chai

These amounts fit in my favorite travel mug. Adjust accordingly to fit yours.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup non fat milk or light vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder (measure to taste)
  • 1 Celestial Seasonings Chai Tea bag
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • sugar free Torani Syrups to taste (I like using vanilla, caramel, almond or Irish cream)

Directions:

  1. Add milk and protein powder together in your microwave safe mug and mix well. (I use a small whisk.)
  2. Add tea bag and heat on high for one minute.
  3. Add hot water.
  4. Add sugar free coffee syrup to taste

Weight Watchers POINTS - 1 cup of no fat milk and half a scoop of protein powder is 3 points. If I'm using light vanilla soy milk, it's 4 points. Your points will depend on the amounts you use, so get your POINTSfinder out!

Not a chai fan? Try making a café au lait instead.

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