Tag: Whole Foods

The best Spinach & Artichoke Dip you can make! (go w/ the vegan option!)

Organic Matcha: Start the New year on a healthy note.

New Year-New Habits? Or maybe just restart those habits that may of subsided around the Holidays — Kick start the New Year with healthy options!

Like this Organic Matcha! I always get a Green-Tea-Soy-Latte from Starbucks and after it racking up my weekly coffee-run limit, I decided to try and make it at home — Well, I have had no luck finding  green Matcha powder (Starbucks uses it in the drink!) My sister was able to find me a tiny amount in a small store in Chinatown (Boston), but it was pretty bitter(& pricey) and I couldn’t master making the GTSL I love from the bucks!

Recently, stores like Whole Foods have caught on and began filling their bulk sections with Matcha powder – However, my favorite thus far is the one from kissmeorganics.com. 

Did you know having just 1/2 tsp a day provides you with loads of health benefits? I drink tons of green tea, but this Matcha gives me about 137x more the amount of antioxidants.

You can only get it on Amazon.

photoHere is the Green Tea Latte I can make myself now! (using Starbucks reusable go-green cups)

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Green Tea Latte
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon of green tea powder
  2. 1/3 cup of warm-hot, but not boiling, water
  3. 8 ounces warm-hot milk, soy milk or almond milk—don’t
  4. boil the milk, either
  5. Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey, agave or sugar substitute
  6. (I prefer the drink unsweetened
  7. Optional: milk foam for garnish
  8. Small whisk
  9. Optional: Milk frother
Instructions
  1. Whisk green tea powder and water in a small bowl until the tea is dissolved and top slightly
  2. foams.
  3. Stir in sweetener.
  4. Add warm milk to the top of the drink, filling the cup.
  5. For a frothier drink, pulse in a blender or use a frothing wand.
  6. If you have a milk frother, froth the warm milk first, then pour.
Notes
  1. *For an iced drink, prepare recipe to step 3; then add 2-3 ice cubes and mix in a blender.
  2. ** Make sure to mix the green tea powder in hot water first (not boiling) to dissolve powder
  3. completely
  4. *** Almond milk only has 80 calories and delivers a
  5. sweet taste.
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Matcha Nut Ice Cream
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. ½ can condensed milk
  3. 1 tbsp. Matcha powder
  4. ½ tbsp. bitter almond or rum extract
  5. ½ cup chopped pecans or hazelnuts
Instructions
  1. Make sure you start with a cold mixing bowl.
  2. Add heavy cream and extract then whip until stiff peaks form.
  3. Meanwhile mix chopped nuts and Matcha in to condensed milk.
  4. Fold condensed milk mixture into whipped cream until blended.
  5. Transfer your ice cream-to-be to a freezer safe container and freeze for at
  6. least 6 hours.
  7. Enjoy by the scoop.
  8. Garnish with mint if desired.
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Book Review: Me Before You

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vegan blueberry muffin from Whole Foods

I just got back from our second book club meeting to discuss Me Before You. I met a few girls at the Whole Foods in Bedford, where we got some lunch and dished out our thoughts about the read.

Honestly, this was a great book – It was warm, emotional, cinematic and heartbreaking. Reading it felt like you were watching these people live their daily lives, it made you think about your own aspirations, your own struggles, your own relationship – the what if’s, the unknowns…

It may sound crazy, but it inspired me to travel more, to take up a job that I actually enjoy, to take chances, to love myself more, to volunteer more, to appreciate what I have in my life.

A lot of times, we get so caught up in our daily lives – get frustrated with the small things like traffic, or not having clean laundry,  or spilling some coffee on your shirt, or not making enough money as the person next to you. Look. life is not fair, life is a challenge, life is a journey, life is short and life is unpredictable. There is always someone out there that has a fancier car, a bigger house, more expensive clothes, a life that may seem so desirable. There are also people out there just like in this book, just like Will, who have all of those things but become a quadriplegic and cannot enjoy any of them, without the help of a caretaker. A grown man who cannot dress himself or cook a meal or drive a car…

Just remember, the next time you want to scream at someone who cuts you off in traffic or the server makes your coffee the wrong way, that your life really isn’t that bad. TRY and enjoy it everyday – realize there are people out there who have it a lot worse than you – people who can’t afford to get a car, or buy themselves fancy clothes – people who can’t even feed themselves food ….the saddest thing,however, is the people who feel their life is not worth living anymore.

Love your life. because you never know when it can all change.

Highly recommend this book -big tear jerker – make sure you have a box of tissues for the last 3 chapters!