A few weeks ago I was asked to review this product by Jessica at Kiss Me Organics, their product is only available via amazon.com $25 gets you 4oz. of matcha green tea as well as a copy of their recipe book sent to you electronically. So I ordered my matcha with their voucher and it turned up in 2-3 days (as I used my free Prime shipping). I then promptly got another cold. Which put off my testing for a few days. I will also admit that I have tried matcha in the past and I never liked it. I even tried flavored matcha which I found even more gross. I basically felt like I would be the I do not like it Sam I Am of matcha. But then I tried it in a few things as you’ll read below.S
Over the last two weeks I’ve tried it in a variety of different things to get an extra boost of antioxidants and all that other good stuff that comes with green tea/matcha. Now I haven’t baked or cooked anything with it yet. Simply because I would have to cook it for myself as my husband is not a tea person. So I may try to add some matcha to the cream cheese frosting I plan to use for cupcakes tomorrow. Heck I may even had matcha to half of the batter and see what people at work think.
Anyway, you may be wondering WHAT I did use the matcha in? I used it in several smoothies. I LOVE one particular smoothie…I’ll even give you the recipe:
What you’ll need:
- 1 banana (sliced)
- 1-2 cups of regular silk milk or chocolate silk milk (I prefer the chocolate)
- 1-2 tsps of PB2 powder (easier to clean up after unlike regular pb)
- 1-2 tsps of matcha powder
- 1/4 cup of boiling water
- 1 cup of yogurt (any flavor – I use strawberry or vanilla)
First you’ll want to prepare your matcha. Trust me I tried just sprinkling it into the blender and just ended up with a few clumps of matcha at the bottom of my glass. So add 1/4 cup of boiling water to the matcha and either whisk with a fork or one of those battery operated frothers to mix it up well. Add all other ingredients to the blender and pour the matcha in last. Now blend, blend, blend! Pour into a large glass and enjoy. Seriously yummy. I couldn’t really taste the matcha. But I will say there was an extra pep to my step that day.
Another thing I like to add matcha to is iced green tea. Which I know sounds silly and yes redundant. BUT it was so good! I had pre-made a pitcher of Gojiberry Blueberry Pomegranate Green Tea from The Whistling Kettle chilling in the fridge. So I figured why not UP the antioxidant factor and add in some matcha? Yes this probably like adding bacon to a ham sandwich, but whatever! I did it and you know what? It was delicious! It was also VERY green.
Green is GOOD!
This it the spot and yep gave me a little extra boost to get me through a very rainy/drab Friday. Plus everyone who wandered past my desk was wondering WHAT I was drinking and some people responded “I HAVE TO TRY THAT!” Others had no idea what matcha was…so I educated them and said I’d share IF I had anything left after this weekend.
In case you were wondering at home….
Matcha is green tea from the Camellia sinensis, but it a very fine powder version of the healthy
drink. Unlike other teas derived from Camellia sinensis, matcha has not been fermented. Matcha, like other varieties of green tea, can be harvested from anywhere in the world. But more than simply ground up green tea leaves, matcha is derived from tea leaves grown in the
shade so that the leaves achieve a dark green color, which gives matcha its magnificent amino
acids. - from the Kiss Me Organic electronic recipe guide
Now for the last recipe I tried direct from their handy dandy recipe guide – Matcha Latte.
What you’ll need:
- 1 tsp. Matcha powder
- ¾ cup almond milk (or soy or cow or goat milk)
- ¼ cup boiling water
- 1 tsp. agave syrup (optional)
Place matcha in the bottom of a coffee mug or other heat-proof cup. Now I didn’t have any silk milk in the house. I also had very little regular milk. But what I did have was chocolate silk milk…so I used that instead. Bring chocolate silk milk to a simmer in a small pot. Whisk boiling water slowly with the matcha powder in the mug, then pour in almond milk. Tip the cup to up the foam factor. Sweeten with agave syrup if desired. I did not use the agave as the chocolate silk milk covered sweetening up the drink perfectly. I also wasn’t sure if adding the chocolate silk milk would be a poor idea or a delicious one. I’m happy to say it was a success!
Yummy matcha in my tummy.
So after trying matcha in various drinks over the course of two weeks. I must confess, I do like matcha, I do, I do. So thank you, thank you Kiss Me Organics for contacting me to review your product.