FUEL: MATCHA

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FUEL: Stuff we put in our body

MATCHA is premium green tea powder from Japan — a traditional Japanese tea ceremony staple for hundreds of years.

MATCHA TEA, a rich and creamy whole leaf green tea powder, contains 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries according to a Tufts University study and is equal to 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea.

The beverage offers sippers a sustained calm alertness, plus, because the entire leaf is used, 100 percent of it’s nutrients include L-theanine, a mood enhancer.

MATCHA is a known antioxidant that helps prevent aging and chronic diseases.

TEA

FUEL: Stuff we put in our body

FUEL: Pineapple Chocolate Almond

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Pineapple Chocolate Almond Smoothie

Pineapple Chocolate Almond Smoothie

1/2 cup fresh pineapple

1 stick celery

1 swiss chard leaf

1 cup almond milk

1 handful raw almonds

1 tablespoon cocoa nibs

2 ice cubes

Blend all together until desired consistency. Mine comes out with a little gritty feel – good because some chewing initiates our digestive system allowing us to digest easier and absorb more nutrients. 🙂

Yogurt and Berry

Greek Yogurt

Yogurt and Berry Snack

This is a favorite go-to-snack for me — greek yogurt with raw local honey, fresh berry and chocolate shards. It’s a great snack or dessert. Greek yogurt is thicker and richer than regular yogurt plus it has between 12 and 23 grams of protein depending on the brand you buy, so it’s really a good food option.

In the photo, I used plain yogurt tossed on a few raspberry’s AND some 90 percent cocoa dark chocolate before adding a drizzle of raw honey. There are so many variations you can make, be creative. I’ve used almonds and blackberry, banana and chocolate, the list goes on…

As for honey, it is best if you can find local raw honey because the bee’s feed off native flowers which is helpful in combatting allergy issues. Plus you support local products and business. And be careful to read the labels on the yogurt too — some brands sneak in added sugar along with other unnecessary ingredients.

Parsley Salad

Green Food

A Healthy Side Dish

It’s kinda like Taboule without the bulgar wheat. I purchased a couple large bunches of fresh parsley on sale, washed and chopped it up with some fresh diced tomato, onion, and cucumber. Mix well and add a few drops of olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon to taste. Salt and pepper. This is a great salad! It is also a yummy snack on crackers or bread. Try using it as a condiment. #InGreatHealth 🙂

Food Opts for the Week

Food OptionsRoasting peppers can be a good way to add to our go-to meals options for the week. Slicing them up and roasting on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven with a little olive oil and salt and pepper makes for great flavor additions to sandwiches, sides, eggs, or rice and potato dishes. And great color! So bring in whatever is left over in your garden or local farmers market and prepare for the week!

Eat well!

Namaste 🙂

You’re a Peach

fruit snackFruit is a great snack to replace chips, candy or other processed foods. Some days I cut up an apple with peanut butter for a afternoon pick-me-up or have some berries, nuts and yogurt for a night-time snack. Here is one of my favorites this time of year – fresh peaches from the local farmers market. Slice some up and drizzle with local organic honey. YUM! If you are watching your sugar, omit the honey – they are sweet enough. Enjoy!

Eggplant and Olive Oil

roast veggieEnjoy roasting eggplant with a little olive oil…I keep it in the fridge after preparing and it lasts a few days. This is a good quick addition for me to use on a salad or in sandwiches or with some brown rice. It’s easy to roast just about anything and it’s fun! Namaste – the roaster in me sees the roaster in you. 🙂

Cut up your veggies and toss in some extra virgin olive oil, a little salt and pepper or spice of your desire. On a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven until fork tender.