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Is Matcha Good for You?

Why Matcha is good for your health? What is so magical about the weird smelly green powder? Let’s find out.

Matcha may not be a superfood but it definitely has super health benefits!

Matcha is a Japanese green tea which is ground into a fine powder. Matcha is known for over 900 years and it has a long tradition in Buddhism, but it gained popularity in the West just recently. Often compared to green tea which health benefits we are well aware of (cancer protection, cardiovascular health protection, weight loss, and so on), but for some reason, it’s picking up real traction. What’s the big deal? The study from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs determined that Matcha has higher catechin concentration than the usual green tea leaves. Matcha also has more caffeine than green tea. That may be interesting to those of you coffee junkies!

Hold on – what is a Catechin?

We all know the overused word antioxidant. Catechins are antioxidants from the group of polifenoles, they are the ones which are the strongest!

It’s good to include matcha in your diet, but as always, don’t overdose! It has a high content of caffeine, one cup a day is enough for you to be content the health benefits it has.

Note: Remember that the source you get your powder is very important, as matcha became extremely popular, companies started producing tons of it, but not every one of them is honest. Just be mindful and do your research before buying. 

I have tested Matcha Tea from The Matcha Reserve and I can recommend it, but as mentioned, do not overdose! Also, this tea is quite good!

P.S Peach flavour is heaven!

Hope the post was informative 🙂

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Sources:

Journal of Chromatography. Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography

Environmental Nutrition, Matcha Tea Brews Benefits. January 2017. 

Coconut Bowls & 100% rye pastries. 

When I first saw coconut bowls I absolutely loved them, love at the first sight for sure. I was also hyped by all those smoothie bowls everywhere!

Of course is nothing wrong with a smoothie bowl but I think I started following a Social Media trend completely forgetting what I really like and what my true style is. Don’t get me wrong, smoothie bowls are brilliant and I do enjoy a lot of them, especially the green one with spinach! It’s just, they’re everywhere!

I live vegan lifestyle 80% of the day I think. Sometimes I enjoy pastries (wheat free of course) or cheese and eggs. So why not to share with you my non-vegan recipes! All my ingredients are organic, eggs from farms I know chickens have a normal life, same with cheese, only from locals!

Coconut bowls are not for a sole use for smoothie bowls in my opinion. They’re amazing for everything you want. Sustainable tableware which looks great, and is out of ordinary.

I decided to take some pictures featuring coconut bowl in a bit different way, in a style which I love the most. Majority call it a mystery light food photography. Call it any way you want, I call it rustic  😊

People may wonder why everyone is so hyped about coconut bowls? Some are hyped because these bowls are just adorable, aren’t they? But behind the cute coconut shell bowl is a bigger mission, sustainability. Every year millions of coconut shells are burned as waste, Coconut Bowls reclaim them and turn them into the food safe environmentally friendly products you can eat from!

I used my coconut bowl to put the cherries which I later used for my pastries. I think it looks as cool as a smoothie bowl ☺️

Recipe for pastries:

– 3,5 glasses of white rye flour

-200ml milk (I used almond milk)

-14g instant yeast

-2 eggs

-120g melted butter

-vanilla extract

-2/3 glass of sugar. I normally don’t use sugar but xylitol kills yeast so is not appropriate. Here I used Demerara and 65g of vanilla white sugar.

– cherries. I used preserved cherries, you can use fresh or frozen. Remember to unfreeze first, and get rid of the excess of water.


 

 

Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event

I think my blog is becoming too focused on food. Don’t blame me please, I love food. But… we all do? My lovely friend Meyrovich surely agrees with me on this, right?

So, we had an amazing opportunity to attend Farmdrop Christmas Tasting Event. Thank you Farmdrop for inviting us, we had such a great time.

We were given an opportunity to prepare some Christmas stuffing by ourselves, but under Masterchef finalist instructions – Beth’ Thomas and it was a brilliant experience as I have never made any stuffing in my life.  Meyrovich and I were given a veggie option with bread crumbs and then we could add whatever we wanted: I went for cranberries, sauerkraut, walnuts, mushrooms, fresh parsley, and some spices. As you know I don’t eat meat so, I didn’t really have anything to stuff haha, but I just fried it a little bit in a dry pan and my significant other at home said it was delicious, so … thanks, Beth! (I surely recommend to check Beth’s blog, and try making that mulled wine cheesecake!)

We also had a chance to try some new products, and if you are not vegan but vegetarian I recommend their cheese, Cornish Yarg, absolutely amazing and grass-fed, so no suffering here on the moo side of things! I am not vegan but I do care where are my products from, I wouldn’t buy eggs which are not really free-range and I know that Farmdrop eggs are free from suffering!

And good news guys! You can try delicious products by yourself, shop at Farmdrop and use a special discount code ‘ANNMARIQ’ to get £20 discount on your first order! (Minimum spend £50). Isn’t it amazing?

Wrapping it up, take a look at some of the pics from the event. Looks cosy, right? So hyggeligt! (The Little Book of Hygge, I strongly recommend)

 

 

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So cosy and homey
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Decorations
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Meyrovich’s stuffing
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A glass of organic red wine. Someone is addicted to lip balms…

 

Catch you next time, guys.

BBC Good Food Show Winners + Foggy London.

Hello!

First things first. Time to announce the Winners of The BBC Good Food Show Giveaway!

The Winners are:

  • JACK
  • RONALD BRUIN
  • K. SHAH
  • MAXIME
  • NICK

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry, you might be lucky in the next round 🙂

Winners, please email me on marianna@annmariq.com with your address details, so I can send the tickets.

Thank you for taking part in my first giveaway!

Foggy London? Have a look what I captured last Sunday!

 

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My favourite tree in Gladstone Park.
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Autumn is just so magical ❤
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Colours.
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Leafy Season.
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Pigeons.
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Favourite Tree number 2.
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Golden Tree.