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January 18, 2017

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Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Muffins

The day cannot get a better start than enjoying a soft delicious muffin with a cup of earthy matcha latte. Don’t you agree?

As it’s halfway to the weekend - and yes… it’s not too early to start planning for it, we have a new perfect  matcha recipe for you to plan a relaxing start for the coming weekend.

Let’s welcome these irresistible Chocolate Chip Matcha Green Tea Muffins from the super talented Zahidah Mah aka @zahidahmah

Homemade fluffy soft Chocolate Chip Muffins with the earthy twist of Matcha Green Tea is your new favorite breakfast choice

Zahidah is from Malaysia and a passionate home cook. She loves cooking different delicious authentic dishes all over Southeast Asia for her family and friends.

She is also a matcha fan herself so she always integrates matcha in lots of her delicious baking. Visit her and all the yummy dishes here!

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These Chocolate Chip Matcha Tea Muffins can be baked just like a walk in the park! The recipe is quick and simple yet results amazing taste. The green muffins have the soft and moist texture with the earthy and mild sweetness of matcha green tea, make them the best muffins you ever had.

The vibrant green color of the muffin perfectly pairs with the dark chocolate, making the pretty batch of treats for your first weekend of new year!

Green Matcha Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients

Dry ingredients
  • 1¾ cup Plain Flour
  • ½ cups castor sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tbsp Matcha Powder
Wet ingredients 
  • 1 cup fresh milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • Favourite chocolate chips

Method

  1. Mix well together the DRY ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix the WET ingredients together well in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine both dry and wet ingredients until incorporated.
  4. Fold in ¾ chocolate chips into the mixture.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased muffin tray or lined with baking paper.
  6. Distribute the leftover chocolate chips on top of the batter.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 200'c for 18-20 mins.
  8. Allow to cool before serving. ENJOY!

These bakery-style Chocolate chip matcha muffins are fluffy and soft inside with the lightly crispy top making the best breakfast choice to start a day.

Voila! Bake a batch of this beautiful green treats and share with all your loved ones!

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January 04, 2017

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Chocolate Matcha Green Tea Vegan Cake

Soft dense vegan cake with the great combination of earthly matcha and bittersweet chocolate, makes a perfect dessert for tonight dinner

So all the big mouth-watering feasts had gone. The year 2017 is finally here. And to celebrate this new year we have a new excitement to share with you at Kenko Tea!

Let’s start out this awesome year with one of our fabulous recipe contributor - Tess Begg. She is here to share with us her new delicious Matcha treat - Vegan Chocolate Matcha Tea Cake.

Tess has been the awesome vegan matcha recipe maker for Kenko Tea. She has comprised and published her own 110+ recipe book called “Vegan Made Simple” since last year. You can get her book or check out her gorgeous masterpieces at @tessbegg.

Tess’ Matcha Chocolate Vegan Cake is super easy and takes less than 30 mins to make. She uses no refined sugar or dairy in her recipe, makes this matcha-chocolatey treat healthier than the normal chocolate cake. This Chocolate Matcha Tea Cake is the perfect transition from the season of indulgence back to our healthy track.

Vegan Choco Green Tea Matcha Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 + ⅓ cup spelt flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • ½ cup unrefined cane sugar
  • ¼ cup brown rice malt syrup
  • 2 flax eggs (3 tbsp flax meal + 5-6 tbsp water - set aside to thicken)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut paste
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 bag of dairy free chocolate chips

Method

  1. Mix flour, almond meal, baking powder and matcha till uniformly mixed.
  2. Mix sugar with the wet ingredients until incorporated.
  3. Combine 2 mixtures until well combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips into the mixture.
  5. Transfer to a cake tin lined with parchment paper, smooth out the top.
  6. Pop in the oven for 25 mins at 190 C.
  7. Dust matcha powder and drizzle melted chocolate on top
  8. Cut into small squares and Enjoy!

Healthy vegan Matcha Chocolate Cake made with natural unrefined sugar, dairy-free milk, antioxidant-rich matcha and nutritious chocolate. It's the perfect treat to get back on your healthy track!

What a great way to begin the year! Bring these cake squares to share the love at work or school. Below is Tess’ video showing how she makes this delectable matcha chocolate cake.

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    December 28, 2016

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    Sugar-free Mango Matcha Tropical Smoothie

    So Christmas is finally over and the last day of 2016 is just around the corner.

    If you over-indulged during the Holidays, we have a new right recipe to set our body back to the healthy track before the New Year comes.

    The after-Christmas recipe of this week is the simple yet tasty Tropical Mango Matcha Smoothie shared by the lovely Cherie Tu from @thrivingonplants

    Tropical Green Tea Smoothie blend of mango, banana, and pineapple making the refreshing drink for the wintery heat

    Cherie is a passionate vegan enthusiast who has been featuring lots of marvelous vegan recipes with matcha for Kenko Tea. She loves to create and innovate different vegan recipes to share the inspiration to others.

    Check out Cherie and her inspiring creations here!

    This tropical matcha smoothie is made from the yummy and refreshing tropical fruits - mango, pineapples, bananas and coconut. They give you tons of vitamins and antioxidants for your beauty and health.

    The recipe is sugar-free, dairy-free, raw, and refreshing, makes the perfect natural remedy for after-Christmas overindulgence.

    Vegan Tropical Matcha Mango Smoothie

    Dairy-free and sugar-free matcha smoothie with your favourite tropical fruits, mango, banana and pineapple

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups baby spinach
    • Small handful of mint
    • 1 cup frozen mangoes
    • 1 cup fresh pineapple
    • 3-4 ripe bananas
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup (sub with 3 dates)
    • ½ tbsp Kenko matcha powder
    • 1.5 cups coconut milk

    Method

    1. Blend everything in a blender until smooth and combined.
    2. Pour the smoothie into Mason jars or glass.
    3. Top with passionfruit juice or your favourite fresh fruits and toppings

    Refreshing healthy matcha tropical fruit smoothie to end your 2016 right!

    What a quick, yummy, and super nutritious treat to enjoy for the year to end! This is the best smoothie for you to start a healthy new year!

    Following is the video of how this delicious smoothie is made. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

     

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    December 21, 2016

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    Matcha Pine Lime Coconut Vegan Cheesecake

    Refreshing and healthy matcha lime cheesecake for the Holidays, with the blend of tangy pineapples and lime, the sweet creamy coconut, and the earthy matcha.

    If you need a last minute idea for your Holiday dessert, we have the right one here for you!

    It’s among the popular desserts at Kenko Tea that definitely will brighten up your feast table this year Holiday.

    Let's welcome Jen and her luscious Vegan Matcha Lime Cheesecake from @positivelyjen!

    Jen is a vegan food enthusiast from Australia and currently lives in London. She has a great passion for food and healthy lifestyle. With a great creative and artistic sense for food, she enjoys making delicious recipes with her style and shares them with others on her own social media.

    Jen is currently a Nutrition and Health coach in training to fulfill her own passion. You can check out Jen and her works at:

    Jen's vegan cheesecake is the perfect combination of refreshing pineapple and lime with the bittersweet matcha green tea and a subtle sweetness of coconut and cashews. The dessert is free of gluten, sugar, dairy and completely raw. 

    It's so fresh, delicious, and super healthy. It will be the perfect treats for everyone at your family dinner this winter. 

      Vegan Raw Matcha Pine Lime Cheesecake

      A slice of deliciousness from raw coconut pine lime cheesecake with the subtle hint of matcha green tea

      • Time to make: 15 mins for each layer 
      • Time to freeze: 2 hours 
      • Total: 2 hours 45 mins

      Ingredients

      Base layer
      • 1 cup desiccated coconut
      • 1 cup almonds (you can sub for any other nut – hazelnuts or pecans)
      • 6 medjool dates
      Middle layer
      • 1 cup cashews soaked for at least 4 hours (best overnight if possible)
      • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
      • 1/2 cup pineapple pieces, fresh or from a tin
      • 1/2 cup agave or brown rice syrup
      Top layer
      • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight
      • 1/3 cup coconut milk
      • 2 Tbsp agave or brown rice syrup
      • Juice of 2 limes
      • 1 Tbsp matcha powder

      Method

      Base layer
      1. Blend all ingredients until well combined for 60 secs. Scrape down the side as necessary.
      2. Transfer to a small springform cake tin lined with baking parchment. Press down evenly.
      3. Refrigerate the tin while working on the second layer.
      Middle layer
      1. Blend the cashews until almost smooth.  Scrape down the sides as necessary.
      2. Blend remaining ingredients with cashews until smooth.
      3. Add the mixture over the top of base evenly.
      4. Allow to freeze for at least 1 hour.
      Top layer
      1. Blend the cashews first then the remaining ingredients until smooth.  
      2. Add more matcha if the mixture’s too pale and blend.
      3. Transfer the top layer onto the middle layer in a cake tin.
      4. Smooth with the back of a spatula evenly.
      5. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
      6. Leave out of the freezer for 5-10 mins before cutting and serving.

      vegan raw matcha pine lime cheesecake is made with coconut-almond base held together with mejool dates and layered with 2 cheesecake layers - pineapple coconut and matcha lime.

      What a beautiful and delectable cake to enjoy at Christmas! Enjoy your lovely night with all the loved ones. Merry Christmas~

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      December 14, 2016

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      Matcha Green Tea Classic Souffle Cake

      To continue with Kenko Tea’s sequel of holiday-themed recipes, this week we have a matcha dessert recipe well suited for the festive night of Christmas Eve.

      It’s the classic, all-time favourite French dessert from the early 18th century… but with a delightful Asian twist. Let’s meet  Nikki from @miss_lvr and her luscious Matcha Green Tea Soufflé.  

      Classic green tea matcha souffle cake is soft and fluffy with a beautiful vibrant green color.

      Nikki is a Chinese student who recently graduated with a US degree in apparel and textiles. Now Nikki mostly works from home so she can have a flexible time for her passion - baking!

      Although Nikki has never been to any pastry or baking classes, she self-taught from watching different recipe videos and innovating with new flavors. As Nikki’s passion for baking grows, she dreams to one day become an excellent pastry chef.

      Visit Nikki on instagram to learn more about her awesome baking goods.

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      Nikki’s gorgeous vibrant green Matcha Souffle is inspired and adapted from a recipe from the famous Just One Cookbook. Nikki made a little change to make the recipe less sweet, but it still yields a delicious and fluffy souffle that is lightly whipped to perfection.

      The colour in the green tea souffle is created from the matcha, and contrasts spectacularly with the white sugar powder on top. The texture is so soft and light that it will immediately melt in your mouth… while simultaneously melting your heart!

      Matcha Green Tea Soufflé

      This matcha tea souffle is so light and soft which makes the perfect dessert for the Christmas dinner

      • Prep time: 45 mins
      • Bake time: 15 mins
      • Total time: 1 hour

      Ingredients

      - Coating ramekins -

      This gives the soufflés something to grip onto and makes the mix climb up the sides of the ramekins as the batter rises during the baking.

      • ½ tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
      • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
      - Matcha soufflé -
      • 150ml milk
      • 100ml heavy whipping cream
      • 3 large eggs, separated
      • 1 tbsp (11g / 0.4 oz) granulated sugar (for egg yolks)
      • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp (25g / 0.9 oz) all-purpose flour
      • 1-2 tbsp (6 g / 0.2 oz) matcha powder
      • 2 tbsp (22g / 0.8 oz) granulated sugar (for egg whites)

      Instructions

      classic souffle recipe is twisted with a delightful hint of earthy matcha

      1. Preheat the oven to 390F (200C).
      2. Brush the ramekins with butter on all sides, with upward strokes.
      3. Coat each ramekin with sugar, rotating to dust evenly.
      4. Remove the excess sugar, letting them chill in the fridge to set.
      5. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together.
      6. Sift the flour into the egg mixture, mixing well.
      7. In a saucepan, bring the milk and heavy cream almost to a boil.
      8. Add a splash of hot milk mixture into the egg mix, whisking well until smooth.
      9. Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk mixture, before pouring everything back into the saucepan.
      10. Whisk constantly over a medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes until thick and smooth. (Keep whisking throughout this process so the custard doesn’t become overcooked and clumpy!)
      11. Immediately transfer the custard to a bowl so it doesn’t overcook from the heat generated by the saucepan.
      12. Cover with a plastic wrap, and let it cool to room temperature (Refrigerating it can cool it faster).
      13. Sift the matcha into the cooled custard, and set aside.
      14. In a stand mixer, beat the egg whites till foamy and bubbly (With a Kitchenaid mixer, turn to level 3 for 2 minutes).
      15. Gradually add all the sugar, a spoonful at a time to make the meringue.
      16. Speed up to level 8 (with a Kitchenaid mixer), whisking for about three to four minutes until stiff peaks form.
      17. Mix one third of the meringue into the custard until blended.
      18. Carefully fold in the remaining meringue using a rubber spatula to combine, being careful not to overmix. Ramekins of matcha green tea souffle batter before baking time
      19. Divide the batter evenly among the ramekins.
      20. Tap the batter on the work surface so it is level, gently removing the air bubbles.
      21. Run your thumb around the edge to get a neat top.
      22. Bake on a baking tray on the bottom rack for 12-15 minutes until well risen and slightly golden on top.
      23. Dust with powdered sugar or matcha powder, and serve immediately.

      This wobbly soft green tea souffles are the great addiction to your Holidays

      When ready, your matcha souffles should wobble gently if shaken. The super soft, light and beautiful souffles will undoubtedly make a great addition to your Christmas dinner table.

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      December 07, 2016

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      Matcha Green Tea Dansk Butter Biscuits

      Do you recall those blue round tins full of the delicious buttery treats lining the supermarket shelves around the Holiday season?

      Royal Dansk Butter Cookies Tin is the all-time favourite Christmas treat around the world

      Photo via Depositphotos.com

      Yes! We are talking about the famous Danish Butter Biscuits. Named Vaniljekranse in Danish, which means Vanilla wreaths, these special biscuits are traditional Christmas treats in Denmark and have become popular around the world over recent years.

      And so, with the holidays nearly upon us, we at Kenko Tea have found you the perfect Danish Matcha Butter Biscuits recipe for you, created by Loan Nguyen aka @lily.dolly92.

      Loan is a matcha fan from Vietnam. Although not a professional baker, Loan has taught herself how to bake from the internet, adapting the recipes with her own added flair.

      Loan’s Matcha Butter Cookies recipe is inspired by fellow well-known Vietnamese baker, Linh Trang from @savourydays, who also has been featured on Kenko Tea previously.

      Matcha Green Tea Butter Cookies Recipe by Linh via @savourydays

      Photo via SavouryDays.com

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      These Danish cookies are easy to make and only require simple ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry. They are divinely delicious, featuring a buttery and earthy matcha flavour which complements the aromatic vanilla.

      The cookies are the perfect Christmas treats to share with your guests and also make for a delicious holiday gift.

      Matcha Danish Butter Cookies

      Butter Cookies topped with assorted chocolate chips or your favorite toppings

      Ingredients

      140g all-purpose flour
      30g corn starch
      10-15g matcha powder (adjust to your preference)
      160g unsalted butter, room temperature
      A pinch of salt
      100g caster sugar
      1 egg white (35-38g), room temperature
      ½ tsp (3 ml) vanilla extract (optional)

        Method

        1. Sift and well mix flour, cornstarch and matcha in a bowl.
        2. Cream butter, sugar and salt with hand mixer until pale & fluffy.
        3. Add in egg white and vanilla extract, mix to incorporate.
        4. Add flour mixture in 2-3 times, well mix with a spatula.
        5. Transfer the batter to the piping bag fitted with 1M Wilton tip.
        6. Pipe the batter on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
        7. Refrigerate for at least 1h to maintain the shape.
        8. Top with matcha chocolate chips, almond flakes, raisin, or your favourite toppings
        9. Bake for 25-30 mins in a preheated oven at 150-155 Celsius.
        10. Allow them to cool and store in an airtight container up to 2-3 weeks.

          You can easily wrap up these delicious cookies in a Christmas tin for a present, or simply devour the buttery treats with your family after a special night’s dinner!

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          November 30, 2016

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          Staying Healthy and Fit for This Year Holiday

          Staying healthy during the Holidays will help you enjoy this best time of the year without guilt for the new coming year.

          Christmas spirit is in town! - via @jenna_yttar (L) & @amyleeactive (R)

          It’s that time of a year again; the time for sweet treats, gourmet feasts, and family bonding. Yes! We’re talking about Christmastime.

          From now until New Year’s Day, you will probably be planning and scheduling family visits, gift shopping, and preparing food. Amongst all this busyness, there’s no surprise staying healthy and fit during the holiday season will move further down the to do list.

          However, we believe that although the holiday season is about indulging, it can be done in moderation. So we’ve come up with a list of tips to help you stay on track with your health and fitness routine during the holidays, so you can celebrate a season of indulgences without the New Year guilt.

          A. Eat wisely

          Eating plays a big part in staying fit and healthy during the holidays. You are often invited to numerous dinners over the Christmas period. It can be hard to control what you eat, as there is often so much delicious food and tempting desserts on offer.

          However, there are a few simple tricks that can help prevent us from overeating:

          1. Don’t skip breakfast

          Having a good breakfast gives you enough energy for the whole productive morning

          A great morning begins with great breakfast - and matcha! - via @cestbonn_e

          Skipping breakfast is never a good tactic for staying healthy and managing your weight. Not eating breakfast can mess up your overall health. In the long run, your body turns to starvation mode, leading to the slowing down of your metabolic rate. So when you do go back to eating, the body thinks it should store up all the energy it can (aka calories) to prepare for its next starvation period -  even if you end up eating less than normal.

          In the short term, not eating until lunch or dinnertime can cause you to overeat. So instead, have a healthy breakfast to kick start the mornings throughout the holiday season. The nourishment will keep you fuelled for the whole day too.

          Mixing matcha to your favorite breakfast can make your breakfast more healthy and delicious!

          Matcha Adzuki Bread (@alterjiwo) & Matcha Avo Smoothie (@thrivingonplants)

          So get yourself a healthy matcha smoothie bowl or freshly baked matcha muffins to munch on for your first meal of the day. You can also check out more of our healthy breakfast ideas at Kenko Tea here.

          2. Healthy snacking

          Similarly, before a big feast in the evening, have a healthy snack to help you temper the urge to overeat too much at those Christmas parties.

          Eating healthy snacks can help to activate your metabolism, allowing you to maintain your blood sugar in between meals. A bowl of vegan matcha granola, a few pieces of dark chocolate filled with matcha or a couple of matcha pistachio cups are just some examples of delicious, yet healthy snacks.

          Having healthy snacks before feast time can help you eat less, control your portion and weight management during the Holidays.

          Healthy matcha snacks - via @canyourdoctorcookthis, @the_paleo_shack, & @zuzigettingfit

          3. Fuel your body with fibre, protein & small portions

          Protein and fibre are your friends over the holiday season. Protein is a healthy source of energy for weight management, as it takes more time to digest than other foods, making you feel fuller for longer.

          Similarly, fibre simply makes you feel full without adding extra calories to your body, reducing your appetite while allowing you to eat less. Soluble fibre can slow down the absorption of sugars into your bloodstream, lowering your blood sugar and insulin levels, meaning your body is less likely to store fat.

          So make sure you serve yourself some turkey or plant-based proteins like legumes, quinoa or veggies. It helps to serve your food on a small plate too, to ‘trick’ your brain into thinking you’re having a larger portion than you are.

          4. Don’t forget to stay hydrated

          Always drink plenty of water before, during and after big holiday meals. Not only does staying hydrated help you feel full, but it also keeps you away from sugar-filled drinks like soda or juices. Water is the best way to beat the heat at this time of year, keeping you from feeling fatigued.

          B. Get moving!

          1. Plan your workout routine

          Matcha green tea helps your workout performance by increase your endurance and energy for a long time.

          Working out with Kenko Tea's matcha - via @tttesselate (L) & @kylraggio (R)

          It’s hard to stay active during the holidays as this is often the best time for sleeping in and being lazy. Nevertheless, try to plan a holiday workout routine, setting yourself achievable goals.

          You should plan to go to the gym or do some exercise at home early in the morning before you get distracted with parties and visiting friends and family. You don’t have to spend too much time, 15 minutes will do, but it’s a simple way to stay on top of your fitness regime.

          Staying healthy with protein-packed and antioxidant-packed matcha snacks after a long workout

          Matcha Kale Smoothie (@elocyninoz) & Matcha Bliss Balls (@beautyinpure)

          And did you know matcha can actually benefit your workout performance? So pack some healthy matcha protein bars or a nutritious matcha protein shake to take to the gym with you!

          2. Find a workout buddy

          Holidays are all about bonding and togetherness, so it’s not a bad idea to find yourself a workout buddy (or buddies) to encourage you to keep fit during the festive season.

          Working out needn’t be a solitary activity, so encourage each other to get moving during pre-dinner workouts. This way you can be sure to stay on top of your workout routine, while feeling great too.

          Having a workout buddy can encourage you to be on track of your fitness routine during the Holidays season.

          Kitty is the best workout buddy, ya know? - via @kaseyhuongdoan

          3. Move as much as you can

          If you really don’t have the time, or aren’t in the mood for exercise, try and build activity into your everyday tasks. Don’t sit in a room for whole day, get up and take a walk for 15 minutes around your neighbourhood. You might even discover something new or encounter people you haven’t seen for awhile.

          Instead of parking close to the supermarket doorway, park further away and take a walk to increase your movements. If you are holidaying to someplace new, stroll around the new area on foot or bike instead of taking a taxi or public transportation.

          Walking is not only easy but good for your physical and mental health, as it gives you an opportunity to slow down from the busy pace of life. So get moving!

          4. Do some gardening or housework

          Another way to keep yourself fit and active during the holidays is to keep get on top of household chores. If you have been busy with school, exams or work during the year, the holidays can be a good time out to get some household chores done.

          Whether it’s raking the leaves or deep cleaning your kitchen, pottering around the house is sometimes the best way to get your heart rate up while fitting in some exercise in a practical way. Take a break and replenish your energy with a refreshing matcha smoothie or matcha iced latte in between scrubbing those tiles.

          A glass of refreshing iced matcha latte can replenish your energy for any physical activities, including cleaning.

          Matcha iced latte after cleaning sounds great! - via @aumanro

          C. Improve your mind and emotional well being

          For some people, the holiday period can be stressful, depressing and overwhelming. Your to do list can become long and it can be difficult trying to keep all family members happy.

          But don’t let it get to you. It’s important to stay on top of your emotional and mental well-being… and here are some tips to help you do it.

          1. Spend at least five minutes meditating each day

          Meditation in the morning helps sharpen your mind, encourage mindfulness and mental relaxation

          Morning meditation can imrpove your well-being - via popweightloss.com

          Meditation helps you to relax your muscles and breathe deeply. Meditation is also a good way to practise mindfulness, which encourages emotional relaxation, improves self-esteem and optimism, and lessens stress and anxiety.

          Instead of turning to food or alcohol to cope with stress, meditation can help prevent emotional over-eating and drinking, which is great for both your mind and body. So take at least five minutes after waking up and before going to bed to free your mind while in a meditative state.

          2. Switch to matcha green tea or herbal drinks

          Since ancient times, people have been drinking teas and herbal drinks in spiritual and holistic rituals, to help improve and relax their minds and bodies.

          Herbal teas and matcha green tea are known to be a drink for improve your mental well-being and physical health

          Start your day right with matcha tea - via @ carlylancasterblog

          Matcha consists of both caffeine and l-theanine - a synergy that strengthens cognitive focus while enhancing mind relaxation. Matcha is the perfect drink to help you stay on top of your holiday to do list without feeling stressed.

          3. Get enough sleep

          Feeling drowsy and heavy-eyed is not how you want to start the holiday season. The amount of sleep you get defines your energy levels and productivity for your day.

          Having enough sleep is a good way to stay healthy during the Holidays. A cup of matcha after waking up helps refill your energy for a brand new day!

          Time for some beauty sleep - via @ebony_walton

          Moreover, lack of sleep is linked to weight gain as you are more tempted to eat in the anticipation of a sugar rush.

          So no matter how fun the party is or how much more work you need to complete, wrap it up at a reasonable hour and try to get a good night's sleep!

          4. Stay positive and stress-free

          Matcha green tea can increases the level of dopamine which helps your mind relax, stay positive and happy!

          Green, Bright, Positive, & Stress-free! - via @michelleharsworld

          Keeping yourself positive and stress-free is a difficult task when it can cause financial or interpersonal stress.

          It is ok to take a break from these pressures, forget the schedule and just do what you want to do. Set realistic Christmas goals and don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t go to plan.

          Remember to treat yourself - it is the festive period after all! You’ll feel better for it, and ready to rock the best time of year.

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