Matcha-cha-cha-cha

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

As I sip on my matcha tea, I wanted to share the goodness that relieved my coffee dependence. Because I love it that much. My stomach refuses to digest coffee more than once a week so I had to find a drink that would rid my coffee cravings but still compensate for the caffeine high and bitterness.  Although it only serves 35mg of caffeine per teaspoon of powder, it does a great job keeping me up while keeping the jittery bugs on the calm. As for the bitterness, it's only apparent if not dissolved completely. Uses range from drink concoctions to baking and cooking. I've even seen it used in homemade scrubs and face masks!

If you're new to this powerfood, matcha green tea is produced from the outer tips of young green tea trees and leaves, pulverized to a powder consistency, similar to baking soda. Because it's the whole leaf, the benefits normally found in traditional green tea are greatly concentrated and intensified when consumed as matcha.

1. Has more antioxidants (free radical fighters!) than berries: Goji, blueberries, and Acai. Including pomegranates. Therefore has more powerful effect towards fighting viruses & diseases, slows down aging, and protects against cancer (specifically an antioxidant polyphenol flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG)
2. Cleanses the blood by way of the chlorophyll. Being that it's highly alkaline, it keeps blood pH levels balanced.  A more stable blood pH improves oxygenation to cells.  
3. Has detoxifying and anti-bacterial properties similar to wheatgrass. *Matcha is much tolerable in taste* ;) 
4. Helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol) preventing heart disease & hypertension 
5. Increases immunity with its high levels of antioxidants and vitamins 
6. Great for weight loss by speeding up metabolism and EGCG promotes fat oxidation. 
7. Suitable for diabetics (and prevention of diabetes) as its shown to stabilize blood sugar.  
8. Being that it's anti-inflammatory, it alleviates digestive discomfort caused by bloating, gas, and inflammation. 
9. Improves mental alertness and boosts energy while providing calmness. Catechins bind with the caffeine in tea and slows its release. L-theanine (natural amino acids) promotes relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and provides mental clarity.  
10. EGCG  contains anti-inflammatory properties, which helps prevent swelling and hinders plaque build-up in the arteries (medically known as "atherosclerosis") and helps in cardiovascular health as a whole 

 These are just a few of the myriad of nutritional benefits matcha green tea has to offer! Drink recipe & soup recipe soon to follow! 

be gentle, always.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Three years of struggle later, I'm making an attempt to strap down and actually do some of the things I left behind that I enjoy. From designing websites, coding, sewing, reading, dancing, cooking & baking, crafts, crocheting, to learning new skills and becoming good at them.  With zero patience and a world of things I want to accomplish,  I'm constantly accompanied with a heavy load of anxiety and frustration. Sometimes migraines. Sometimes nausea. So excuse me while I nap it all off.

...And that's how my excuse of "i don't/didn't have enough time" favors every attempt I ever try/have tried to make. I get too busy sleeping, ya know?

A yoga teacher once told me (while I frantically brave a headstand) "be gentle, always. Most especially with yourself. It will come to you." I'm known to be one who finds it difficult to maintain gentleness with myself due to high expectations. I'm in and out with this practice, but always aiming to be *in*.

 I'm giving myself a gentle push to get back into the groove of blogging and sharing the inner workings of my wandering mind, ideas, adventures, and everything else in between. I see this as a therapeutic platform. An outlet for the days my creative juices are overflowing. For times I need something to get my mind off unpleasant situations and moments of "blah."

Being that it's January, I'd like to cheers to (consistent) gentleness and tackling things one at a time, to keeping my sanity flowing and the crazies at bay, and most of all to finding enjoyment each day!

Light, warmth, namasate!

shabu-shabu

Monday, November 16, 2015

Start with a base that consists of spices, herbs (fresh, dried, or a combination of both), and sauces. Try to make it simple and start small. The broth will gradually become flavorful as different ingredients are placed to cook. Only add more spices/sauces at the very end, if you feel it's necessary.

You can replace the chicken bouillon powder with a 1:1 ratio of low sodium chicken stock/broth and filtered water. Expand on the fresh herbs (onions, garlic, lemongrass, turmeric, etc.) and add sea or himalayan salt to taste.


Choose a good variety of vegetables and proteins. This is a great time to use up any vegetables that may be losing freshness. My go-to ingredients are: salmon fillets, fish/shrimp balls, thin slices of beef, fried tofu, baby bok-choy, Chinese broccoli, enoki mushrooms, and fresh rice noodles.

Shabu-shabu (or hotpot) ingredients varies around asian regions, but there's not a wrong or right way of doing it. The only tradition behind it is using a portable stove, setting it in the middle of the table, along with the ingredients so everyone has access to creating their own bowl of soup. That's what makes this an easy and enjoyable dish to serve to a large crowd. 

Stay warm!

Quick and simple tomato-basil Bruchetta

Thursday, August 20, 2015



GATHER

  • 1 french baguette
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes or 4 campari tomatoes
  • Mozzarella balls (cut in half) or slices 
  • 10 large basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic reduction 
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
CREATE

  1. pre-heat oven to 400
  2. slice baguette diagonally to about 1/4-1/2 in. thick, brush one side with melted butter using a pastry brush, toast in the oven for 4 minutes
  3. in a medium-sized bowl, combine Mozzarella, basil leaves, and tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic reduction. Toss to coat well
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. spoon the mixture on top of each toasts and enjoy!