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
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!
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!
Voila! Bake a batch of this beautiful green treats and share with all your loved ones!
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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.
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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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
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Do you recall those blue round tins full of the delicious buttery treats lining the supermarket shelves around the Holiday season?
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.
Photo via SavouryDays.com
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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