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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Review of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder from ENZO

Matcha Green Tea Powder.... Never heard of it before??? Neither had I! So, I researched a little.

What is Matcha?
Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and harvested green tea. The tea plants are grown in shade. Then when harvested all stems and veins are removed from the leaves. This type of product is and was used in Japanese rituals and also is used to flavor foods and dye fabrics.

What are the benefits of Green Tea?
It contains many minerals and vitamins which promote health. It improves fat burning in the body, as well as, physical and mental performance. Studies, have shown it can reduce the chance of getting cancer. It can also kill bad bacteria in the body. It can also help you de-stress and relax with it's natural antioxidants.

What do you do with it?
Great question. First of all, you can make tea!!! Apparently, you can add it to just about anything.

Matcha Tiramisu from Oh, How Civilized

Matcha Syrup
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon matcha (I also like Aiya's Cooking Grade matcha.)

Matcha Sponge Cake
4 eggs
7 tablespoons of sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons matcha
Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Matcha Cream
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon rum
2/3 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon matcha + more for dusting

Matcha Tea Smoothie from Matcha Source

This is surprisingly delicious and tastes much like a sherbet.

1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup soy or almond milk
1 tsp ingredient grade matcha

Blend ingredients together in an electric blender, a martini shaker, or using an electric hand held frother. Pour into a tall glass with or without ice. Experiment with other fruit juices like mango, apricot or pineapple.

Matcha Green Tea Pound Cake Recipe from The Vintage Mixer

Yield: 1 loaf
Time: 1 hour

1/4 cup coconut oil (you can also use butter)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (you may use regular milk)
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a loaf pan well or line with parchment paper.
Using a mixer, cream together the coconut oil and sugar.
Add almond milk and eggs, and beat until well combined.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and blend until smooth.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown on the outside and a toothpick comes out clean.

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary to test and review from Giveawayservice.com. 
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