Matcha mania

Many months ago, before I completely fell off the weight-loss grid, the folks at Kiss Me Organics contacted me about reviewing their Organic Green Tea Matcha Powder.

I said “yes.” With benefits like these, how could I resist?

  • ALL DAY ENERGY & FOCUS: Lift your vitality and concentration with the slow release natural energy from Organic Matcha
  • CALORIE BURNING BOOSTER: Support your weight loss goals with an all-natural way to increase your body’s metabolism

Who wouldn’t want improved focus, all-day energy and boosted metabolism?

Kiss Me Organics MatchaI eagerly awaited my shipment. The matcha powder arrived, while I was on vacation…so as soon as I got back to my kitchen, I started trying it in various recipes. I’d received a booklet containing recipes for smoothies, lattes and even baked goods (which I wasn’t brave enough to attempt. High-altitude baking is troublesome anyway, without adding exotic ingredients into the mix.).

…And then I tumbled off the weight-loss wagon and into the abyss of “I don’t care”-itis. That’s why I’m only now getting around to writing about the experience.

First up?

Recipe | KissMe Matcha Green Tea Latte Green Tea Latte

It wasn’t bad, but the flavor was a little overpowering for my taste. It’s hard to describe—earthy, perhaps? Maybe grassy is a better word.

Undaunted by my lack of love, I moved on to another combination.

Mint Milkshake Recipe | Mint Matcha Milkshake

Better. Then again, what’s not to like when mint chocolate chip ice cream is involved?

I think calling it a “milkshake” helps, too. Milkshakes go down easier than “health drinks.”

Of course, milkshakes—no matter how “healthy” they pretend to be—also are less helpful for losing weight.

Back to the drawing board.

Green Smoothie Recipe | Powerhouse Breakfast Smoothie

Much healthier. And dare I say I didn’t even taste the broccoli?

I know, people say that all the time and I don’t believe them. But in this case, it’s true. The sweet fruits completely disguise the flavor of the broccoli.

I would, however, love to know how their recipe turned out pink. Mine, as you can see, was green as grass.

I still wasn’t absolutely in love with the flavor of the matcha powder…so I tried putting it in a pancake.

1 egg, 1 banana, 1/2 tsp matcha

1 egg, 1 banana, 1/2 tsp matcha

That’s right—it’s a trusty two-ingredient pancake (egg and banana) with something extra: 1/2 teaspoon matcha. Not much to look at, but I topped it with fresh strawberries and it tasted pretty good.

My favorite combination, however, was another of my own creations:

Smoothie Makin'sI added 1/2 teaspoon of matcha to 8 ounces of unsweetened almond-coconut milk, a Weight Watchers coconut smoothie packet and blended it with ice.

Quite a bit of matcha powder remains in my bag, partly because I’ve been out of the weight-loss game for months…and because despite my many, many attempts to convince myself otherwise, my favorite green tea drink is still made by Starbucks. (Iced green tea, unsweetened but with Splenda. I also wouldn’t object to a green tea Frappuccino…)

Do I still get the benefits from a 1/2-teaspoon daily dose? I hope so.

The best part about using the matcha powder was its effect on me. Placebo or not, drinking it made me feel virtuous. And (at least when I’m on track) feeling good about my choices leads to MORE good choices. It’s that “one good decision leads to another” principle touted by bloggers like Heather (Then Heather Said).

(Full disclosure: Kiss Me Organics provided the matcha powder to me free of charge, in exchange for a review. All opinions—and aversion to things that are green—are my own. The link to the powder on Amazon is an affiliate link, so if you purchase through it, a few pennies go to me.)

 

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