Matcha Latte

Matcha LatteI talked a lot about all the benefits in my last recipe post for my matcha chia pudding. I have to say, I really do find that matcha gives a really stable burst of energy for that 4 ocklock slump. I am a coffee drinker, but I try to limit myself to one cup in the morning. So for those days when I didn’t get a good nights sleep, I couldn’t resist but have another coffee in the afternoon. Now, with my new found love of matcha, I find I get a good boost of energy with lots of added health benefits. It is also delicious and super simple to make!

The proper way to make a matcha drink is with a special bamboo whisk to ensure your drink is silky smooth. I did not invest in the whisk yet as this is my first batch of matcha. However in my experience, both my vitamix and regular whisk did the job pretty well. So it definitely can be accomplished without the bamboo, but the result may not be AS good. For love froth, so I use a milk steamer- but whisking it will get you a nice amount of the bubbly stuff as well. Hope you love it! *matcha is quite expensive, but you don’t need a lot! I store mine in the freezer for extra freshness.

Ingredients

serves 1
• 1 tsp matcha powder
• 1/4 cup simmering water
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2-3 drops stevia (or sweetener of your choice, maple syrup works nicely!)
• 1/2 cup coconut milk (brown rice, almond or oat milk is a great alternative too)

Directions

1. If you have a milk steamer: In a medium sized bowl whisk matcha and simmering water until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add mixture into a mug with steamed milk, vanilla and stevia. Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!

2. If you don’t have a milk steamer: Add your matcha to the simmering water and whisk until smooth. Add vanilla, milk and sweetener and whisk until frothy. Pour into a mug and enjoy! Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!
Matcha Latte

Summer Iced Tea Smoothie

Iced Tea Smoothie
During these grueling hot summer days, I know how badly we all need something refreshing to rehydrate and cool us down. When making smoothies we often opt to add in milk, yogurt or juice to get things moving in our blender and of course, to add flavour and texture. Although these add ins are nutritious and add extra protein, sometimes its nice to have a lighter option if you want to have a smoothie more for a snack then a meal replacement. By using an unsweetened tea, you get a flavourful base without any heaviness you may feel from milk or juice.

For my smoothie, I used Pure Leaf Unsweetened Lemon iced tea as the liquid, but feel free to use your favourite tea. I think a cold brewed ginger tea would be amazing as well. A reminder that if you are using all frozen fruits, you most likely will need to add more iced tea. Another great idea is to make popsicles so you have a cold treat straight from the freezer all summer long! Hope you love this recipe as much as I do.
Iced Tea Smoothie

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup unsweetened lemon iced tea
• 1 ripe frozen banana
• 1/2 cup blueberries
• 1/2 cup pineapple
• 1 tbsp almond butter

Directions

1. Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Iced Tea Smoothie 1

Pineapple, Raspberry and Mint Summer Smoothie

CEG Smoothie 2
With warm weather approaching, this refreshing smoothie will hydrate and cool you down on the hottest of days! Packed with loads of fiber  and vitamins, this one will keep you full and make your skin glow. Feel free to add protein powder, avocado or nut butter to up your protein and healthy fat intake. Now, go make this and enjoy the warm weather!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

•1 cup chopped fresh pineapple (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup fresh raspberries (frozen will work well too!)
•1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (fresh makes a world of a difference!)
•½ cup chopped cucumber
•1 tsp chia seeds
•7-8 mint leaves
•1 cup of ice

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth!
CEG Smoothie 1