Archive | July, 2018

Sea n Sand Vacation

29 Jul

davOh yeah I’m on vacation!!! Finally the time it’s come.. An entire week off… and off course we went to the beach, enjoy the sun, the sea, the relaxing time!

We decide to not book out time whit a precisely plan, we enjoy our time off and decide time to time want we want to do…
For example few days ago we get up early, I went for my morning run and after that banana_breadwe grab a banana toast on the go
fruit_snacksome fruits, water and we went to the beach.

The sky wasn’t clear and the sun didn’t burn like the summer sun of July and we have the chance to walking into the nature around the beach.
sandI spent my time reading and listen some podcast, at this moment my preferred podcast are Dear Sugar, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Boss Up! 
As you can see on the photo above I used vegan sun cream: Sunny Body Natural SPF30 Sunscreen by Goddess Garden Organics and Yves Rocher Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 (by the way I’m not really sure about the Yves Rocher sun cream… I heard that isn’t vegan at all on this article ). I’m thinking to try homemade sun screen. I found that most homemade sunscreen recipes include ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter or cocoa butter to make a lotion as a base and because my skin is acne prone I want to reduce minimal elements to use on my face. Probably I’ll try this recipe from Organic Authority. I’m trying to get into this world of homemade products because I want to reduce my impact on the environment.

Oh sorry I’m going off topic…

Another beach we visited it was composed principally of stones and  the advantage was that the dogs were allowed then we decided to go with Camilla (our Golden Retriever)

For lunch I prepared  a basket of fresh fruit and a vegan quiche tofu.grape
For the quiche I was inspired by this recipe but I tried a more light and simple version of that. I used:
1 puff pastry vegan (from VéGé)
3 T olive oil
1/3 c. onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 c. local organic spinach
1 pack of tofu (not silken), pressed
1/2 c. nutritional yeast
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. dried basil
Directions
vegePreheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a food processor, combine the tofu, spinach , nutritional yeast, water, salt, pepper, and basil. Blend well and pour the tofu mixture into the pie puff pastry and bake about 30 minutes.
crustRemove from oven when the center is done. Allow it to set for five minutes or so to firm up.
lunch
As you can see the quiche was delicious 🙂

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Matcha Tea

28 Jul

I never tried matcha since yesterday…. I was sit in my (soooo green) balcony, reading The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (by Stephen R. Covey) after that, I decide to watch some videos on Youtube about relaxing, chilling and stuff like that and I saw this video in particulary SUMMER MORNING ROUTINE | chill + relaxing  by Jenny (Channel Wear I live) and at minute 1:47 she prepared a simple but delicious mug of matcha – latte tea. Like I said I never tried matcha, probably because the smell: it’s smell like paper and algae..I don’t know..but that small stop me to find more about this absolutely amazing tea.
matcha_kitFist of all I discover that I had in my pantry a sampler of Japanese Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder – Premium Grade by Clearspring it was a sign of destiny.. The universe is sending me a message : try matcha!!!
I decide to do some researches about this tea and I found out that Matcha tea is unique because the process of shading and harvesting increases the content of L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps balance the caffeine. While matcha may contain the same caffeine as other types of tea, the L-Theanine is known to create calmness without drowsiness.

Another benefit to Matcha is the high concentration of antioxidants. One study found that Matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (notably, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) than regular green tea. (1) In fact, this type of green tea contains over 60x the antioxidants of spinach and 7x the antioxidants of high quality dark chocolate. There is some evidence that these polyphenols may have a protective effect against some types of cancer.

EGCG, found in high concentrations in Matcha, has been shown to increase the rate of burning stored fat as energy, as well as decreasing the formation of new fat cells. Other studies have shown that the catechins in Matcha increase the body’s rate of calorie burning each day and offered additional fat burning benefit during exercise.

A 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL cholesterol. A 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and an decreased risk of stroke.

The L-Theanine in green tea is known to help stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are known for their ability to help increase focus and concentration.

The process of shading the Matcha leaves creates an increased amount of Chlorophyll, which some preliminary research has shown may help the body eliminate heavy metals and other harmful buildup. Research is still lacking in this area, but many alternative doctors recommend Chlorophyll for this purpose.

The same antioxidants that make green tea protective, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may also help support skin health by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging.

After reading few articles I decided was the right time to drink Matcha. I found a lot of recipe (especially on Pinterest) but I didn’t have the right equipment so I decide to use
1 teaspoon Matcha Powder
1 cup (8 ounces) water at 175 degrees F.

I put the powder into the glass mugMATCHA_powderSlowly I added the hot water
MATCHA_waterBecause I don’t have the bamboo whisk ( I’m sure it violates ceremonial tea procedure) I mixed the powder with a milk frother (like in the video is just as efficient and creates a frothy drink as well).
MATCHA_COVER
I added almond rice latte and 1 tbs of agave syrup.  You can also experiment with adding almond or coconut milk, or even a liquid stevia though these were not used in traditional teas.

The taste was delicious… creamy and sweet… I didn’t smell the algae- paper (probably because the Cleanspring powder was an excellent quality of matcha). By the way today I bought on Amazon my first sack of matcha (from Mighty Matcha Winner of the Great Taste Gold Award, our premium ceremonial grade ultra-fine powder)

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