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 β€˜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 πŸ™‚ 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

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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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Choco-Cherry ‘Black Forest Gateau’ Nana Ice Cream

CHOCO-CHERRY ‘BLACK FOREST GATEAU’ NANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients:

For the chocolate nana ice cream:

2 frozen bananas

1tbsp Aduna Super Cacao Powder

Splash of plant-based mylk e.g. coconut, unsweetened almond, hazelnut

1tsp plant-based syrup e.g. agave nectar, maple syrup, date syrup


For the cherry nana ice cream:

2 frozen bananas

Handful of fresh cherries

1tsp Arctic Berries lingonberry powder

1tsp Arctic Berries cranberry powder

1tsp plant-based syrup e.g. agave nectar, maple syrup, date syrup


Method:

  1. Add the ingredients for the chocolate nice cream in a high-speed blender; then blend until desired consistency. (You can add more liquid if you would like soft-serve ice cream).
  2. Place chocolate banana ice cream in the freezer whilst you make the cherry nana ice cream.
  3. Add the ingredients for the cherry nice cream in a high-speed blender; then blend until desired consistency. (You can add more liquid if you would like soft-serve ice cream).
  4. Remove the chocolate nice cream from the freezer and transfer the cherry nice cream from your blender to your bowl.
  5. Top with fresh fruit, raw chocolate and small nibbles for an additional crunchy texture.

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‘Chocolate Brownie’ Cacao Waffles

‘CHOCOLATE BROWNIE’ CACAO WAFFLES


Ingredients:

2 tbsp amaranth flour (Can be substituted for buckwheat or any other fine-grained flour)

1 tbsp coconut flour

2-3 tbsp Aduna Super Cacao powder

2-3 tbsp coconut sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs (Vegan substitute: flax eggs)

150 ml unsweetened almond milk (Or any other plant-based milk)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: 2 tbsp (powdered, chocolate) peanut buttter

Directions:


1. Preheat your waffle iron and coat it with coconut oil.

2. Sift the flours, cacao powder, coconut sugar and baking powder into a mixing bowl, then whisk to combine.

3. Add in the flax eggs, milk, vanilla extract and peanut butter (if using), then whisk until the batter is smooth.

4. How many waffles you get will depend on your waffle iron. Mine has two square wells, so I pour 3-4tbsp of the batter onto the centre of each. Use your judgement with how your own waffle iron cooks.

5. Let the waffle iron do it’s magic and repeat with the rest of the batter until it’s gone!

6. Then top with whatever you want – melted peanut butter, chopped fruit, banana ice cream… You name it πŸ˜ƒ

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Choco-Orange ‘Jaffa’ Oatmeal

CHOCO-ORANGE ‘JAFFA’ OATMEAL

Get both chocolately and zesty with this delicious breakfast bowl of oatmeal! So quick and easy to make – there’s no excuse not to cook up a storm.


Ingredients

40g jumbo rolled oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 sachet STRIPPD Vegan Chocolate Protein Blend

2-3tbsp Aduna Super Cacao Powder

Juice of 2 large organic oranges

250ml plant-based milk e.g. unsweetened almond, coconut, soya (I use Alpro Unsweetened Almond milk)

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the oatmeal in a cooking pots 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 oatmeal from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the chocolate 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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