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Iced Matcha Latte


Iced Matcha Latte
Guys, I've totally jumped onto the whole Matcha bandwagon. I'm sold hook, line, and sinker. It is DELICIOUS.

Yes, matcha can be a bit of an investment. But it's totally worth it in my mind.

Iced Matcha Latte
I love a good, flavorful drink. Coffee is my favorite, but it gives me the shakes. Even decaf affects me a bit. Matcha on the other hand, even though it contains caffeine, doesn't make me jittery. At all. And I'm pretty sensitive to caffeine.

So if you're looking for an iced latte that doesn't make you want to do ten million jumping jacks and twenty million pushups (at the same time), an iced matcha latte could be just the thing for you. Plus it tastes pretty awesome.



Iced Matcha Latte
Many frappuccino drink recipes call for ice. It's what makes your drink nice and cold and thick. But I don't like to water down my drinks if I can help it.

So I came up with a way to have my cream and drink it too (so to speak): use frozen cream instead of water! Not only does it keep the fat ratio nice and high, it makes for a very smooth drink.





Iced Matcha Latte
My one caveat: Matcha is definitely an acquired taste. My husband thinks it tastes like grass. My sister thinks it tastes healthy. Me? I think it tastes fantastic. 

All of that to say: don't get mad at me if you try matcha because Erica told you to, and then hate it. But I don't think you will...it's absolutely sublime. Just make sure you get the good stuff!

If you have any questions about Matcha, don't hesitate to ask!




Iced Matcha Latte

Iced Matcha Latte


Recipe by Erica Kastner | 5 mins | Serves 1 | PRINT

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream, frozen in an ice cube tray,
1/2 cup whole milk,
1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder,
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract,
1-3 teaspoons pure maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your drinks),

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula a couple of times to make sure all of the match gets dissolved.

Serve immediately.



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Collard Greens

Collard Greens


Welcome to another addition of Eat Your Greens, where I encourage you to eat more leafy green vegetables!

Today we're going to be talking about Collard Greens.

Collard greens are a cruciferous vegetable related to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts. They are actually native to the Mediterranean.

Collard Greens - Learn how to prepare collard greens, along with recipe ideas for what do make with them!
NUTRITION:

Collard greens contain High levels of vitamin K and A, a good amount of vitamin C and folate,  moderate amounts of Vitamin B6, Riboflavin, Calcium, Manganese, and Vitamin E , plus other vitamins and minerals in lower amounts, as well as antioxidants.

SEASON:

Collard greens are available year-round, but they are at their peak in Fall, Winter, and early spring. So technically they aren't at their peak right now (late summer), but I found some local ones at our natural foods grocery store.



Collard Greens - Learn how to prepare collard greens, along with recipe ideas for what do make with them!
PREPPING YOUR COLLARD GREENS:

To prep you collard greens, begin by slicing out the stems. You can do this by sliding a knife along the stem on both sides, or just tear it off by hand.



Collard Greens - Learn how to prepare collard greens, along with recipe ideas for what do make with them!

You can then chop up the leaves.

As with spinach (and other green leafy vegetables), collard greens contain oxalic acid, which inhibits mineral absorption.

A great way to reduce the amount of oxalates and goitrogens is to steam (or boil) your collard greens for about 5-7 minutes. Make sure you throw out the water, because the oxalates and goitrogens leach out into the water.

I recently read this article saying that the fear of goitrogens in food is a myth, but I still feel that greens benefit from being cooked.

Collard Greens - Learn how to prepare collard greens, along with recipe ideas for what do make with them!
HOW TO EAT COLLARD GREENS

My personal favorite way to eat collard greens is to chop them up and sauté them in bacon grease. Mmhmm.

Here are some other ideas:


Have you ever eaten collard greens? How do you like to fix them?


Sources:
Dr. Axe
Dr. Mercola
Nutrition Data
Eat To Beat
Gnowfglins

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