OMG Tea Matcha Review

As part of Thrive Magazine‘s blogger project, co-hosted with OMG Tea (Organic Matcha Green Tea), I was commissioned to create two matcha recipes accompanied with social media posts, two recipe videos (which was so exciting and new for me!) as well as a review of OMG Tea‘s matcha powder…


For those of you who don’t know much about matcha green tea and are confused about what I am talking about, matcha is a powdered green tea grown in specific regions of Japan. Matcha green tea is absolutely incredible in terms of nutrient content as it contains over 137 times the antioxidants of standard green tea, as well as a ‘feel good’ amino acid derivative called L-Theanine. It is also known to improve mental focus and awareness; boost your metabolism (i.e. you can burn fat faster and easier); detoxify the body as it contains cleansing chlorophylls; help fight diseases; and have anti-aging properties.


Now, as a healthy food blogger, of course I’ve heard the plethora of amazing health benefits of matcha powder, and tried the superfood in a variety of ways – in smoothies, sifted and drunk as a tea, sprinkled over oatmeal etc. However, to be honest with you, I was not particularly taken by the craze of matcha – it is definitely for an acquired palette as the taste of matcha is quite strong; it is the chlorophyll and amino acids that give matcha its unique rich taste. I was also not so convinced that I could notice any significant difference in my concentration levels or metabolism – that was until I tried OMG Tea Matcha.


What makes OMG Tea special is that it is the highest quality matcha powder that you can find on the market – you can even tell by the colour of their matcha which is a lighter, more vibrant green colour than other brands of matcha which have a darker, duller colour! I most certainly felt much more energised and relaxed after starting to incorporate their matcha in my meals – blended in smoothies, sprinkled over my breakfast porridge bowl, at afternoon tea time… It was the increase in concentration levels and reviving feeling that most took me by surprise, and as a student I need to be in a focused and stress-free mood, I will definitely continue drinking OMG Tea daily for an energy boost – it’s much healthier and more effective than coffee! It’s now part of my daily routine and is the perfect way to put that extra spring in your step and feel more motivated 🙂 Taken daily, OMG Tea has helped me (and my parents) to shed a few pounds and keep generally fit and healthy.


All in all, I most certainly recommend you try OMG Tea ASAP!

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Matcha Chia Pudding Parfait

MATCHA CHIA PUDDING PARFAIT (with accompanying video recipe HERE or see below for embedded video!!)


Ingredients:

For the chia pudding:


For the smoothie:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 mango, frozen
  • 200 ml Cocofina coconut water {use discount code MONIFOLLOWERS15}
  • Handful of raspberries


Method:

  1. Mix the chia seeds and matcha powder in a small bowl or glass, and pour in the plant-based milk. Stir well until all the ingredients are incorporated before adding the agave nectar, if using. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.
  2. Remove the chia pudding from the fridge. Transfer half the chia pudding into another bowl or jar (if serving two) and top with fruit and/ or Go Green Wholeplus Toppers.
  3. Add all the smoothie ingredients into your blender, except the raspberries, and blend until smooth. Pour about 2/3 of the smoothie over the chia puddings.
  4. Add the raspberries to the remaining smoothie mixture and blend well. Pour over the tropical smoothie.
  5. Top with fresh fruit & ENJOY!


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Greenyilicious Oatmeal

GREENYILICIOUS OATMEAL (with accompanying video recipe HERE or see below for an embedded video!)

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Ingredients:

Suggested Toppings:

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Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the greenyilicious oatmeal in a pan until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook the oatmeal on a medium-low heat until the milk no longer separates from the oats, when stirring with a wooden spoon, and the desired consistency is reached. (Note: Some people like to add in the mashed banana after cooking but I do this before cooking; it’s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oats from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!

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Choco-Coconut ‘Bounty’ Oatmeal

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Ingredients:

Toppings:

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Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the choco-coconut oatmeal in a pan until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook the oatmeal on a medium-low heat until the milk no longer separates from the oats, when stirring with a wooden spoon, and the desired consistency is reached. (Note: Some people like to add in the mashed banana after cooking but I do this before cooking; it’s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oats from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!

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Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Calling all mindful eaters, health foodies, fitness fanatics, budding food entrepreneurs and everything in between!

I’ve got a very exciting opportunity to share with you today which could change your life and turn your entrepreneurial dreams into a reality! Cotswold Fayre is offering £1,500 in funding and a year of mentoring from company Founder, Paul Hargreaves to help you progress your business.

Their annual awards aims to support young, budding businessmen and women between 16 and 25 years old who have a new fine food product that they are looking to bring to market. Whether you’re in need of a boost to materialise your ideas and dreams into a flourishing business, or a bit of extra advice to take your business to the next level be sure to check out the application page – don’t end up regretting a missed opportunity which could accelerate YOUR business plan.

My support for this scheme

As a young, ambitious person myself who is deeply passionate about the healthy food and drinks industry, I am 110% behind this scheme as I understand how difficult (and scary) it is to take a leap of faith and dedicate all your efforts to accomplishing one goal, especially if it is contingent on having the right contacts, investments, social media followers, endorsements, brand identity etc.

Starting up my blog – with the incentive to inspire others to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles which aren’t extreme in one way or the other and to look after their bodies from the inside and out – was nerve-wracking because I knew it was an already concentrated market. However, I refused to let any self-doubt prevent me from doing what I love and my desire to connect with others like me across the globe, who share my passion for wellbeing and wholesome eating. And since my first blog post, I haven’t looked back – my only regret is not setting up my blog earlier! This is why I couldn’t express strongly enough the extent to which I support Cotswold Fayre‘s start-up support scheme. I think it’s the perfect motivation and support network for young, ambitious and determined entrepreneurs-in-the-making who would otherwise struggle to secure the final boost they need to successfully get their concept, prototype, or product in its early stages on the market!

Why apply?

Now in its fourth year, the initiative aims to help food entrepreneurs aged between 16-25 years old with financial and mentoring support to make their business a success.

The winning food and drink business will be awarded £1,500 to help grow the business as well as monthly mentoring sessions with Paul Hargreaves to discuss and develop their business plan and support from Cotswold Fayre’s in-house designer to build a strong brand identity through design and take things to the next level.

Having started a business himself 17 years ago, Paul Hargreaves completely appreciates that the hurdles to starting a new business can be daunting; therefore understands the value of, not only offering a small amount of monetary support but also, mentoring the winner of the start-up support scheme throughout the first year.

The winner of Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Last year’s winner, Jerome Jacob, founder of PHROOTI, said: “Winning the Cotswold Fayre Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award has helped me achieve industry recognition, helped with my start-up costs and, most importantly, given me an invaluable mentor in Paul”.

Jerome Jacob

Don’t waste one more second of deliberation and send off your application NOW (before 30th June) to ensure that you don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity; you never know, you could surprise yourself and end up achieving all your hopes and ambitions as a result of one simple application! Don’t kick yourself later by thinking ‘what if I had applied…?’ For more information and to apply now head here… https://www.cotswold-fayre.co.uk/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year

Mindfully, Moni

Rhythm108 Review


I was very excited to be offered a chance to sample the Rhythm108 Dessert Bar range – of course I wouldn’t decline such an opportunity! And I wasn’t disappointed either; look at that amazing parcel of goodies they sent including some matcha order, coconut chips and dried strawberries to experiment around with in the kitchen 😍


– BANANA MUFFIN: From just tearing open the colourful, vibrant and attractive packaging, my senses were raised by the luscious, dense banana-y smell reminiscent of banana bread. Excited to sample this Rhythm108 bar, I eagerly chopped up a half to try it as it was and oh my was it delicious! I loved the dense texture of the bar and that it wasn’t too chewy but held together nicely.. But the taste was simply perfect: not overly sweet that the treat felt decadent and sickly, but sweet enough to curb those afternoon cravings!
The other half (which I heated up as the instructions on the back recommended) was, of course, naturally softer and chewier but also slightly more crumbly which changed the texture to resemble more of a muffin which I really enjoyed as it felt more like a dessert so satisfied my sweet tooth!
– LEMON CAKE: Mmm this was so scrumptious – zesty, lemony and so light! Loved the spring/ summery feel to this dessert bar; totally getting me into a more positive and energetic mood 🙂 Loved how the texture was dense like the other bars, but not as rich which meant that it felt more like a snack rather than a heavy, decadent dessert so is more suited to the current warmer weather👌

Warmed up, this bar was even more delicious as the texture was softer and more gooey so a gorgeous warm and melty feeling in your mouth ❤️

– COCONUT MACAROON: I liked how this dessert bar had a different texture than the others: slightly more crumbly, although still dense, less fudge-like and more brownie-like! The taste was, as usual, spot on with the right balance between sweet and decadent; however, as a nutter for coconuts, I would’ve liked a stronger coconut taste but for most people it will probably be just right 🙂

When heated up, this bar simply came alive with a warm, pull-apart feel to it to perfectly accompany your afternoon tea ❤ I also think that the coconut flavour came out more strongly so I’d advise coconut lovers like me to heat this baby up 😜 And at only 175 per bar, it’s the perfect guilt-free treat!

– APPLE PIE: Omigosh this flavour was simply gorgeous! I loved the dense yet soft and chewy texture which was so easy to bite into and the melt-in-your-mouth sensation ❤️ The taste was, as ever, absolutely delicious with a strong cinnamon kick and apple flavour which reminded me of Christmas and warm apple pie on cold wintery evenings!

Perfect for the nostalgic sentiments of colder days – so is even more special when baked in the oven for a couple of minutes to get that soft and melty texture accompanied with a lovely cinnamon smell wafting around the kitchen👌

– CHOCO-WALNUT BROWNIE: Yummy is all I can say! I was actually pleasantly surprised when I bit into this bar as the texture and taste was not what I was expecting 😱 I thought the bar would be dense, rich and guilt-trippingly decadent but I was, instead, met by a light, crumbly, cake-like texture and a dark cacao taste that wasn’t overly sweet or sickening! It was love at first bite, I’m telling you ❤️ And the chopped up pieces of crunchy walnuts were a treat to complement the cake-like texture of the bar👌

For extra ooziness and cacao love, I’d definitely recommend heating this bar up as it really intensifies the cacao taste and creates a melt-in-the-mouth feeling of chocolately heaven.. Mmmm 😍

Mindfully, Moni x

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Introducing… Thrivo

 
When I discovered Thrivo through Twitter, I knew I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to collaborate with them to correspond with their brand launch! It was very exciting to hear that they were offering bloggers an exclusive launch pack so I jumped with joy at the prospect and am bursting with glee to share with y’all my great satisfaction with Thrivo 🙂 

 

Thrivo have teamed up with the UK’s leading wellness brands and retailers to secure exclusive deals and discounts for our members. Join their community today and reap the rewards. What’s more, membership is absolutely free!

Save up to 50% on health, fitness and wellness products with Thrivo.

Thrivo is the UK’s premier wellness-driven discount membership site. They partner with large retailers to bring our members exclusive discount codes for food, health and beauty products that you won’t find anywhere else. They also partner with carefully selected smaller producers who share their passion for healthy living. 

 

Thrivo is also a community of like-minded, health-conscious members. Their ‘Hub’ features delicious healthy recipes as well as health and fitness articles for you to enjoy.

We believe that a healthy and active lifestyle should be affordable to everyone. Our aim is to help our members save time and money. Spend less on the things you need and invest more time doing the things you love!

As a blogger, I received a special launch pack which included some truly amazing products from brands such as Squirrel Sisters, Aduna, Arctic Power Berries, Elderbrook, Rawr Chocolate, Green People, Superfoodio, Planet Organic and many more…! These incredible brands are all teamed up with Thrivo to offer you some great deals on their products so sign up today or lose out big time!

Mindfully, Moni x