Boost Your Energy With Green Tea: Quick Brain-Enhancing Recipe You Can Make At Home

Boost Your Energy With Green Tea: Quick Brain-Enhancing Recipe You Can Make At Home
Matcha Latte made at home with no sweetener and MCT oil
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If you are looking for an alternative energy drink that is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on your brain, try this recipe!

You only need a blender and few ingredients. Gets done in less than a minute!

Theanine is an amino acid present in matcha green tea and possesses anti-anxiolytic properties, which assists in boosting alpha waves in the brain. For reference, matcha tea has only 40-50 grams of caffeine/per serving whereas a cup of regular coffee has 80-140 grams.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have a multitude of health benefits including cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, improved brain function, cholesterol-lowering effects, and more. Green tea contains polyphenols, which include flavanols, flavandiols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.

The reason I add MCT oil (I mention it in this article as well) is because it is quickly released as energy. MCT oil (derived from coconut) consists of medium-chain fatty acids that can be rapidly broken down and sent directly to the liver to be metabolized and turned into energy, making them readily available to be used as fuel and less likely to be stored as fat. Medium-chain fatty acids don’t produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream, so there’s no blood sugar roller coaster when you eat them.

Ingredients

  • A teaspoon of matcha powder
  • A teaspoon of MCT oil (I explain its benefits on the brain in this article)
  • A cup of boiled water (you can mix it with warm almond or coconut milk as well)
  • A dash of cinnamon

Blend everything together and enjoy! 

To sweeten it: you can add stevia or monk fruit (both natural sweeteners derived from plants) or blend it two dates.

homemade matcha latte recipe
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Blend everything together and enjoy!

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Yours,

Ana-Maria

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Oatmeal Fuel

Oatmeal Fuel

Oats are considered a staple breakfast for many people: they are easy to prepare, very filling, highly nutritious, and never boring!

Oatmeal and a smoothie

How Oats Help You Stay Satisfied

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Oats not only improve blood sugar but also aid in digestion because of their high soluble and insoluble fiber content. However, some brains contain traces so please check the labels if you are not sure.

Half a cup (78 grams) of dry oats contains (1).

  • Manganese: 191% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
  • Copper: 24% of the RDI
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 20% of the RDI
  • Folate: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
  • Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)


Here are a couple of different options. Let me know which one do you like best!


SWEET
1) a cup of oats (or 1/2 cup, depending on your needs), two tablespoons of chia or flax seeds, a cup of blueberries, cinnamon, coconut milk, a dropful stevia (or monk fruit, both plant-derived sweeteners that don`t spike your insulin)
2) oats, one medium mashed banana, a tablespoon of hemp seeds, a cup of almond milk, few dates, a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg
3) oats soaked in green tea, one small chopped apple, an oz of walnuts, a teaspoon of maple syrup. You can use also almond butter!


SALTY
1) oats, a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, a teaspoon of peanut butter (or pb2), chopped celery and bell pepper, mustard and cumin
2)oats, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes (or tomato puree), nutritional yeast, black pepper, Himalayan sat
3)oats, steamed broccoli, sprinkle seasoning, olives

Another great option is overnight oats: you leave them overnight in a Manson jar and add 2 ts of chia seeds, frozen berries, sweetener of choice and almond milk. Stir well with a spoon and enjoy!


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Oats are also a delicious base for cakes. Check out my desserts category.



For convenience I use this brand. You only need boiled water and they’re ready

I love this powdered peanut butter:
its fat is abstracted and you
only get the protein value, plus the flavor
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Cranberry Choco Delight

Cranberry Choco Delight

I shared this recipe with friends of mine and it was a great success! I hope you enjoy it as well.

 

Ingredients:

  • A cup of soaked almonds (have to be raw and unsalsted)
  • One medium avocado
  • Four-five pitted medjool dates (soaked overnight as well)
  • Two tablespoons of cacao
  • A half of cup of unsweetened coconut milk 
  • A cup of raw cranberries
  • Vanilla Extract
  • A pinch of cayenne (only if you want the spicy kick!)


Instructions: 

1) Place your pre-soaked almonds (for a minimum of 20 min) in your food processor and leave them to blend for about 10 min or until the almonds release their fat and start to form a buttery consistency.


2)Add the avocado, your coconut milk and the dates and blend by pulsing for about a minute.


3) Add the cranberries. You may also add a touch of stevia/monk fruit (or a handful of  few raisins/goji berries for extra sweetness). I also add a dash of cinnamon, vanilla extract, chili flakes and nutmeg.


4) Decorate with toppings of choice. I used dried mulberries and cacao nibs.

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Green Monster Lunch: Portable and Satisfying!

Green Monster Lunch: Portable and Satisfying!

If you usually are on the go and would like to bring a delicious meal with you, but don`t have time to cook, this recipe is for you!

You only need ten minutes of your time, few ingredients, a smile, and a container.

And More Specifically:

2 cups of fresh peas

1/2 banana

Two tablespoons of flax and pumpkin seeds

A scoop of protein powder*

Optional ads for nutrient enhancement:

Maca powder, goji berries, green powder

I also had few figs so I sliced them up too.:)

Mix them all very well and enjoy. To liquify the base, add half of cup of almond milk or herbal tea.

I actually used green tea and it tasted great and energizing! 

 

 

(*I will have a discount code for the products I use in those recipes in the next few days. Keep an eye for it! Very excited to team up with my favorite brand, 1st Phorm)

Hope you try and enjoy this recipe!

Share it with your friends, like this post, subscribe to my blog and say hi on my Instagram. 🙂

 

HOW TO USE CHIA SEEDS

HOW TO USE CHIA SEEDS

Hi friends,

In today`s post I will share my tips how to soak chia seeds for optimal absorption and health benefits: whether you want to lose weight or simply add more fiber and omega 3 to your meal.

First, what are chia seeds and why they are so versatile? They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, magnesium and also protein! (3 grams per tablespoon)

 

You can sprinkle them on your meals or add them to your smoothie. Ideally,  you need to soak them in water (or in a non-diary milk, if preferred) for at least ten minutes. The seeds form a gel that amplifies their size in triple which makes chia seeds very filling and beneficial for your digestion.

Easy breakfast/midday snack recipe with chia seeds:

Chia Pudding

Soak four table spoons of chia seeds in a jar for at least twenty minutes with a glass of unsweetened almond or coconut water, a dropfull of stevia (natural sweetener), a dash of cinnamon, blueberries. You can blend it or eat as a pudding.

Chia Oats

You can also mix a half of a cup of oats with the chia seeds and one small banana. I promise you this recipe will keep you full four hour because of the rich fiber content.

Chia Smoothie

An easy post-workout fuel! Chia seeds, greens, one frozen banana, strawberries, almond milk (or just water).

Enjoy!