Do you recall those blue round tins full of the delicious buttery treats lining the supermarket shelves around the Holiday season?
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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.
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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.
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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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Healthy matcha snacks - via @canyourdoctorcookthis, @the_paleo_shack, & @zuzigettingfit
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.
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.
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.
Matcha Kale Smoothie (@elocyninoz) & Matcha Bliss Balls (@beautyinpure)
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.
Kitty is the best workout buddy, ya know? - via @kaseyhuongdoan
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!
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.
Matcha iced latte after cleaning sounds great! - via @aumanro
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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The festive season is nearly upon us and we’ve come up with some awesome recipe ideas to help you plan those special holiday desserts.
And this week we’d love to share with you another artistic and beautiful matcha dessert from Quinn Tran, aka @maashiiee. It’s a tasty Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake!
Quinn, or Quynh, is a professional baker and photographer from Vietnam. Quinn enjoys baking and taking photos of her creations. Go here to check out her splendid baked goods.
This recipe from Quinn is super simple to follow and makes for a super smooth, creamy and delightful cheesecake with a subtle semi-sweet matcha flavour. The unsweetened yogurt adds to the healthy creaminess of the cheesecake’s texture, making it irresistibly soft and fluffy.
Note: The best way to remove the cake is by running a butter knife under hot water, or dipping it in a cup of hot water. Then run it along the edges of the cake to loosen the cake while keeping the sides smooth.
This soft, creamy, and delightfully sweet matcha cheesecake will definitely make for a gorgeous dessert for your holiday dinner table!
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We are excited to share with you a great new recipe gem for the coming holidays - Vegan Chocolate Chips Matcha Banana Bread by Tess Begg.
This vegan green tea and chocolate chip banana bread is a delicious recipe that will delight even the fussiest of eaters. The bread is soft, moist and delicious with the mild sweetness of matcha green tea and chocolate.
The banana bread is made with dairy-free and unrefined sugar-free ingredients to cut down on the fat and sugar intake within your body during the holiday indulgence.
This delectable matcha banana bread makes for a great weekend treat for you and your family. And for more insight, below is the video of Tess making this lovely breakfast treat.
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Now we’re halfway through the week, we think this recipe is a sweet and delicious one to share with your loved ones for the coming weekend. Meet Cecilia Fung and her amazing Almond Matcha Cookies.
Cecilia, or @ceceky, is a speech therapist from Hong Kong. Although she is not a professional chef or baker, she is a foodie who loves home cooking. Cecilia learnt to bake after being inspired by different recipes from the internet as well as through her own experiences of baking desserts at home for her friends and family.
Cecilia loves to track her baking journey on her social media to share with anyone who has a similar passion for special treats. You can check out Cecilia and her journey via instagram.
Cecilia’s matcha cookies are a pleasant combination of rich nutty almonds and mildly sweet matcha green tea. The recipe is as easy as cookies!
Freshly baked from the oven and so delish. Grab a glass of milk, put your feet up and enjoy your day with these toasty cookies.
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Happy November! The new month is here and we are excited to have a special guest for our monthly Kenko Chat.
Let’s meet Michelle Mark, a devoted dessert maker from a favourite online bakery, based in Vancouver Canada, Made by Michelle Mark.
Michelle is a loving mother of two little boys and an owner of the bakery and a stationery shop. She is also a DIY fanatic who loves anything pretty and creative. Michelle enjoys designing and making adorable stationery and beautiful desserts for her shop.
Michelle is here today to tell us about her insights about matcha and to introduce us to her lovely shop and delicious desserts.
P/s: All the images are credited to and owned by Michelle Mark
We are a custom order bakery and available for delivery or pick up. All our orders are baked fresh and from scratch, using only the best ingredients.
We offer a one stop shop for dessert tables including linens, plates, backdrops and custom signs, banners and toppers. Not only are our products tasty, they are also presented nicely.
I have always loved matcha desserts and drinks! Coming from an Asian background, I have frequently been exposed to many matcha products. So when I was experimenting with recipes for the bakery, matcha was one of the top flavours to include on the menu.
We use it in cupcakes, chocolates, mousses, panna cottas and cakes.
Sales have been very steady.
I love matcha bubble tea! I know it's not a dish, but it’s my favourite. Otherwise if I have to choose, I would pick green tea mochi ice-cream.
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Thank you Michelle. Your desserts, especially the matcha ones, look amazing and luscious. We wish all the best and hope to see more matcha sweets on your menu.
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Halloween is almost here and we’ve decided to celebrate the occasion at Kenko Tea.
Why not start your Halloween right with a healthy and spookalicious meal? Today we have Halloween breakfast recipe Halloween Spinach Matcha Pancakes and Blackberry Spirulina Sauce by the awesome Jo from @healthyeating_jo to help you do just that.
Jo is a mum of two and a vegan fanatic from Sydney. She recently left her corporate career to become a full time food blogger. Jo loves healthy food, fitness and photography - passions which led her onto the food blogging path.
Jo enjoys keeping herself fit and making healthy and protein packed versions of her favourite treats, living under the mantra that healthy should never be boring.
Jo’s healthy eating journey is evolving as she continues to explore and learn new things and she recently adopted plant-based lifestyle with the hope to inspire more people into healthy eating. Check out Jo’s journey at:
There is no trick with Jo’s Halloween Pancakes as they are plant-based, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. The matcha gives the recipe a nice and mildly sweet flavour, which pairs well with the delicious blackberry spirulina sauce.
These pancakes will undoubtedly bring the fun and appropriate spookiness for your Halloween!
Blackberry Spirulina Sauce
So delicious and healthy! Certainly not a trick, but definitely a treat. Happy Halloween!
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