Matcha Bomb!

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My Matcha game is strong, y’all. I used to really enjoy bulletproof coffee in the morning before practice. But now that I don’t drink coffee anymore, I kind of felt left out from the party. Not anymore! This Matcha Bomb is creamy and dreamy.

So what’s matcha you ask?!

Matcha green tea is made from young green tea leaves, and is ground into a fine powder giving it a bright and vibrant green color.

Matcha is:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Promotes concentration due to the L-Theanine. Traditionally, monks drank matcha as a means to relax and meditate while staying alert.
  • Increases energy levels and endurance without the side-effects of coffee like nervousness.
  • Supports the immune system with its high content of Vitamin A and C.

Personally, I jive better with matcha as it gives me a steady release of caffeine throughout my morning, unlike the intense surge of nervous energy that coffee gives me.

Matcha Bomb Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dairy free milk (I use coconut milk, but other nut milks work nicely, too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or Bulletproof High Octane Oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee from grass-fed cows, or unsalted butter from grass-fed cows (KerryGold is a good option)

 Optional

Directions:

  1. Put all of your ingredients in a blender and blend until frothy and smooth.
  2. Pour contents into saucepan and heat over low heat until it comes to a low boil.
  3. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

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Health Coach Jenna

Matcha Gotcha

Hey folks! My friend and fellow health coach, Andi Smith, has created this delicious smoothie recipe, and oh does it looks divine!

Enjoy 🙂

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Guest Post by Andi Smith Wellness:

Matcha is a powdered green tea with a smooth, frothy texture. It’s perfect as a warm drink on its own or a delicious ingredient in smoothies. What makes matcha stand out amongst other green teas is that the whole leaf is consumed, maximizing the amount of vital nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. A few of the amazing health benefits include lowering blood pressure, balancing blood sugar, boosting your immune system.

My Matcha Gotcha is the perfect thing for increasing your immunity in order to protect against colds this season.

 Recipe: (serves 1)

  • 3 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 3-5 leaves of romaine
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (pea protein and/or fermented protein)
  • 1-2 teaspoon matcha
  • 1-2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • handful of ice
  • top with goji berries

Directions:

Blend everything together, except goji berries, until smooth. Top with goji berries and enjoy!

About Andi Smith

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Andi Smith is a certified recreational therapist, wellness coach, certified culinary nutrition expert, and food photographer. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating new recipes, helping people meet their health goals, and spending time outdoors with her dog, Lucy. She educates people on how to implement realistic habits into their daily lives to increase their energy and overall health. Follow her on Twitter or check out her website at AndiSmithWellness.com.

 

5 Things You Can Do Now To Repair Your Brain

Did you know that Alzheimer’s starts 30 years before any symptoms appear, and that it affects 50% of people over 85? Or that depression is one of the greatest killers of our time?

Our brain is sometimes overlooked because we can’t see it, unlike our skin, hair, and body size, but it is vital to enjoying a healthy life. Our brains are involved in everything that we do: thinking, feeling, interacting, intelligence, character, planning, and decisions.

The bottom line is, when our brain works right, we work right, so it’s crucial that we take care of it to the best of our ability.

Here are 5 things you can do that will start repairing your brain right away:

1. Take probiotics

Scientists are finding out that there is a major relationship between our gut health and our minds. It turns out that if our gut is in a depressed, so is our mind. Doctor’s prescribe serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor medications (SSRIs) to treat symptoms of depression and memory loss. But did you know that you gut is responsible for making 80-90% of the serotonin available to your body? (i) When your gut bacteria is not healthy, inflammation occurs. And this inhibits the amount of serotonin available to your brain, resulting in depression. Dr. Perlmutter notes in his book “Brain Maker”:

“As a neurologist, for example, I find it intriguing to note that today’s antidepressants purportedly work by increasing the availability of the neurotransmitter serotonin, and yet the precursor for serotonin-tryptophan-is tightly regulated by the gut bacteria. In fact-a particular bacterium, Bifidobacterium infantis, does a great job of making tryptohan available”. (i)

By taking a dose of probiotics everyday, you will see huge results. Take a high grade probiotic in the morning and in the evening. Also, eat at least 2-3 servings of fermented foods everyday.

2. Exercise  

Exercise will not only release serotonin and make you happier, but it will also help maintain your weight. There have been 24 recent studies proving that as weight goes up, the size and function of your brain goes down, and cognitive scores have also been shown to improve with weight loss.

3Get 8 hours of sleep

It’s crucial you get enough sleep, as this is when the brain repairs itself. If you deprive yourself of sleep, your brain will degenerate quickly.

 4. New Learning

Your muscles aren’t the only things that need a workout! If you don’t use your brain you will lose it. New types of learning can include reading books, taking an online course, doing crossword puzzles – get creative!

5. Drink Green Tea

Green tea is amazing for a plethora of reasons, one being that it helps the brain function. Green tea has caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which when paired together help the brain work. L-theanine also has anti-anxiety effects and increases dopamine.

And don’t forget to practice gratitude!

Write five things you are grateful for everyday and you will see an increase in happiness, which will have an overall positive effect on the health of your brain.

For further reading about keeping your brain healthy, I recommend Dr. Daniel Amen’s book “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”.

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Sources

Perlmutter, David, and Kristin Loberg. Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life. Print.