Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

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For the sweltering summer months we need a cold treat, and this is it! It combines two powerhouse foods – chia & green tea!

I love chia seeds & find them really tasty in recipes because they bulk up quickly to form a gelatinous texture (previous recipe here , here & here)! Plus, these seeds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber & antioxidants to just name a few of the benefits.

Matcha green tea powder has endless health benefits as well (read here), plus adding it to any recipe will give you a bit of pep in your step with the caffeine!

So lets get to making this summer treat…

  1. Add the following into a blender: 2C almond milk, 2T maple syrup, 2t matcha powder & 1t vanilla extract – blend until mixed well
  2. Grab a medium sized bowl & add 6T chia seeds
  3. Pour liquid mixture over chia seeds  – stir thoroughly

Let the chia pudding sit out & stir every few minutes for 15minutes. Then let the mixture chill in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight (I did overnight & it was amazing).

Top with fresh berries & a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut.

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 4): 140 calories – 6 grams of fat – 16 carbs (9 fiber) – 5.5 protein

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High Tea for All!

_MG_1455I am an addict. A tea addict. I love any kind – oddly enough I just went to 2 bridal showers that were both tea party themed. First, how fun is that theme and second, yippie for me! I was able to drink myself silly with tea & leave with goodies that involve my unspeakable habit.

Although I will dabble into any kind of tea I tend to stick to a few basics in my everyday.

Tazo Zen Green Tea – I have been swigging this back for years. I drink it hot or stick a bag in a bottle of cold water & let the water soak up the goodness. Swap out your morning caffeine fix for this tasty treat.

Sleepytime Herbal Tea – Goodnight ya’ll. This tea will knock you out. On nights that you need a hardy sleep I would suggest this – drink an hour before bed & you will zonk out but wake up fresh. It is also a great tea to sip on when sick – sleep off your sniffles with some shut eye.

Loose Tea or Tea Flowers – Any of it. I guess I kind of  feel like a grown up when drinking this (uh I am pretty sure I am a grownup but I’m going with it). I like it & it is fancy looking. Either grab a mug that has an infuser or a tea clamp. The specific tea I am drinking in the picture above is a tea flower: a butterfly floret green tea with fresh jasmine. Sounds fancy, right?

Cinnamon Honey Tea – I recently tried this one for the first time – there has been lots of Pinterest hype over it, sip on it & shed pounds. I started it up a few weeks ago & now I am hooked. I personally don’t even care about the weight loss part, it just straight up tastes yummy. In mug mix: 1t cinnamon, 1t honey, boiling water & stir. Click here to read about the benefits & which cinnamon you should purchase. Yes there is more then one type!

Now, put down that soda, coffee or sugar charged drink & sip on some natural goodness one cup at a time while reading April book club!

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