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New, Lower Matcha Pricing!

Green Tea for All!

Pure Premium Matcha powder 1oz

Our Mighty Matcha

As a delicious tea and adaptable ingredient, matcha has many benefits ranging from simple deliciousness to its built-in immune and wellness boosts. It can provide the perfect blend of energy and concentration for studying, enhance the flavor profile of a meal, or kick your metabolism into gear after enjoying that meal.

Is Your Tea Up to The Task?

Take advantage of matcha’s amazing benefits by working it into all the parts of your day. Blend into your green smoothie for a little morning boost; stir it into a warm latte to get you through that afternoon slump, or treat yourself to a matcha donut. The sky's the limit.

Green Tea For All

We believe so strongly in the unmatched power of matcha that we've made it the center of everything we create from lattes, mints, and immune support, to just a really good cup of tea. That's why we started the Green Tea for All initiative, to promote a greater ease of use and accessibility when it comes to matcha.  This starts with lower pricing on all our Organic Matcha powder. Now anyone can see what makes our rich green tea a well-rounded complement to any dish or drink.

News You’re Bound to Love a Latte

To make our matcha even more accessible, we're lowering its price, making it an even better value, and a must-have in any kitchen cabinet. With this new pricing comes a complete matcha makeover. Not only are we lowering our price, we're renaming our culinary matcha. This versatile grade will now be called everyday matcha, which it truly is.

A Peek into the Packaging

While the outside may look different, it's what's on the inside that matters. If you already love our everyday matcha, get ready to love it more, because while the price is being lowered, the quality certainly isn't. That means you can enjoy it just a little more, knowing that you're supporting your health and wellbeing with the same 100% organic Japanese matcha that you've always loved, just at a lower price.

For ideas on what to make with your new matcha, visit our recipe page.

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Summer of Mango

Summer of MangoSummer of Mango


A tropical getaway for your taste buds

If you love warm tropical beaches, our tropical mango flavor can transport you there! Vibrant, juicy mango brings the sandy summer beaches to you wherever you are. Maybe you’re in the office during the day? A cool, refreshing iced mango latte is just what you’ll need to fight off the afternoon slump. Or are you on your way to visit with friends? Green tea Mango Mints give your breath a tropical freshness and a great flavor to enjoy. Whatever your summer brings, you can always enjoy the refreshing taste of our Tropical Mango lattes and mints. 

Don’t limit your tropical daydreams to the pool or beach. Bring the tropical beaches with you on the go! Fight dragon breath and enjoy a good for you treat during your long summer days and busy social life. Our mints are great for after a lunch with co-workers or before a night out. Best yet, they combine the flavors of tropical mango with matcha green tea so you’re getting all the benefits of matcha with your favorite tropical flavor. Our canisters can slide easily into your beach bag or work bag so whether it’s the weekend or another Monday, you’re ready to go. If you’re traveling, keep your mints in our resealable mint packets! You get more mints for your money, plus the resealable packets help keep your mints fresh and protected from all the elements. Our resealable mint packages are our favorites for traveling and especially if you’ll be traveling to anywhere with blue waters.

Our green tea mints pack the benefits of green tea perfectly blended with the juicy mango flavor. Matcha delivers a powerful antioxidant punch. Antioxidants are important for our health because they fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are unstable and can create negative reactions in the body- including attacking the collagen in our bodies (think wrinkles!). One cause of free radicals is from the sun, which is what you want to enjoy all summer long! That’s why matcha’s antioxidant properties make it such a strong contender in adding to your daily dose of wellness. In addition to keeping your breath fresh, you can help your body ward away free radicals- it’s a win-win!

Sitting poolside in the warm summer sun pairs perfectly with an iced cold drink. Instead of reaching for sugary juices or chemical laden sodas, grab an iced matcha latte. Refreshingly cold, iced matcha lattes perfectly blend as your stir together your favorite tropical drink. With our matcha lattes, we use unrefined coconut sugar, and natural ingredients so you can enjoy a better-for-you, tastier alternative that's vegan too! If you don’t want your drink on the rocks, maybe blended is more for you. Simply mix some ice, our matcha latte mix, and water to create a refreshing blended drink. Our matcha latte powder blends smoothly so you feel like a professional barista as you’re mixing in the kitchen. Take your drink poolside and imagine you’re on the beaches of an island, sipping a refreshing latte infused with tropical mangos. It’s the perfect escape! 

One of our favorite parts about our matcha latte mix is getting creative in the kitchen. With hot summer days, we’ve been finding creative ways to cool down our lattes. Check out one of our summer favorites:

Frozen Tropical Mango Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 packet of Tropical Mango Matcha Latte
¼ cup of frozen fruit of your choice (we like a tropical medley like mangos, pineapples, strawberries, bananas, or peaches!)
Several ice cubes  (depends on how thick you want the smoothie)
¼ cup of water, milk or dairy substitute
 
Mix it up:
Mix all of the ingredients together in a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!
 
For the month of July, enjoy 15% off all Tropical Mango flavored products so that you can feel like you’re on a tropical vacation every day.

 

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Matcha Latte Stick Packs

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May Matcha On-The-Go!

April showers have brought May flowers! Now it is the time to get outside and enjoy the longer, warmer days that come with spring. Hiking, camping, traveling, all of these activities take us out of our homes and keep us active outdoors. This May, we’re introducing our latest addition to our product line: Matcha Latte Stick packs! Our Matcha Latte Stick packs are going where Matcha has never been before. It’s ready for any spring adventure you may go on!

Have your Latte and Drink it Too

Our new Matcha Lattes have continued to be a fan favorite throughout the seasons since its initial launch. So, we’ve been thinking of new ways to reinvent the wheel! This spring, we wanted to make sure you could have your latte and drink it too, whether you’re in the car or out in nature. We kept our recipe simple by ditching all of the added preservative, artificial ingredients, and added sugars that will spike your blood sugar levels. Instead, the only sugar we use is unrefined coconut sugar. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness without any harmful side effects- in fact, unrefined coconut sugar will help to regulate your blood sugar levels!

More Adventure, Less Preparation

Just as easy to use as our Matcha Latte Mix, our Latte Stick packs come in easy to transport packages that fit in any bag for any adventure. Simply mix any Matcha Latte Stick into your water for a green tea boost any time of day. We use all natural ingredients in all our products, which makes them easy to mix into any drink. We enjoy smooth, creamy matcha lattes that blend without much effort! This is why we’ve formulated our Matcha Latte Stick packs perfectly blend- without needing a blender. Better yet, we like to eliminate the clumps that come from recipes that are loaded with artificial ingredients. Pour, shake, and be on your way!

While the weather heats up and the days grow longer, May brings more opportunity for adventure. From hiking, to camping, to even backpacking- these activities require you to pack light, but pack the essentials. Maybe one of your essential experiences is drinking a hot tea around a fire while you’re out camping with friends. Or your must-pack essentials are healthy snacks and treats while you’re traveling. Now, you can enjoy your favorite matcha latte flavor even if you’re miles away from home. Just like our Matcha Latte mix that you enjoy at home or at the office, we’ve created the best travel companion. Our Matcha Latte Sticks are small and portable enough for any adventure you go on. They fit in all your travel bags or even your pocket if you’re really traveling light!

Sometimes your spring adventure may take you to visit places you have never been before. If you’re traveling by plane, there’s lots of restrictions on what you can bring and the pressure to pack light. Slide on of our Matcha Latte Stick Packs into your carry on and enjoy a great pick me up during long flights. Just as easy as it is when you’re home or on the go, you can treat yourself to a wonderfully creamy vegan matcha latte in the sky.

Some Like it Hot, Others Like it Iced

Sometimes we like our matcha lattes hot, sometimes we like them cold. During those chilly outdoor mornings, you may be craving a warm and creamy matcha latte to kick start your day. They can also be served chilled when you’re working up a sweat out in the hot sun. Mix your favorite matcha latte stick flavor into hot water and immediately sip to enjoy. No extra preparation required! This convenience makes the Matcha Latte Sticks the perfect travel drink with all the health benefits of matcha right at your fingertips!

Healthy Spring in Your Step

One of our favorite parts about spring is getting to enjoy the outdoors with beautiful weather. Outdoor activities, like hiking or climbing, can take a toll on the body so it’s important to replenish yourself with whole, natural ingredients. Our matcha latte sticks are made with high-quality Japanese matcha, which carries health benefits such as antioxidants, more energy, and delicious flavor. Benefits like these will get you from point A to Point B on all your travels feeling your best! Travel can be exhausting with jet lag, poor sleep, and dehydration. Mix all that with the challenge of trying to eat well while you’re constantly in and out of airports and hotels- travel has only become harder! Carry your Matcha Latte Sticks along with you for the perfect afternoon pick me up, or to get your daily dose of health and wellness!


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New Year, Mightier Matcha

Matcha Green Tea Powder



Matcha powder is one mighty mix that you can add to a variety of kitchen creations. We’re most familiar with matcha powder mixed in with our green teas to enjoy in a warm or iced drink. Our premium grade organic Japanese matcha powder can be used in your favorite drink or our culinary grade matcha powder can be added to any cooking or baking adventure you go on. Matcha brownies? Matcha pancakes? The sky's the limit for what you can create and give a health boost too, just by mixing in some matcha powder.

So what make Matcha so powerful? Matcha is shade grown green tea. It’s then steamed and ground into a fine powder. As this is the only tea in which the whole leaf is consumed, matcha contains more antioxidants than its steeped counterpart. Green tea has antioxidants in it- matcha is simply a powerful enhancement of this antioxidant power due to the process it undergoes before it lands on your pantry shelf.

Healthy Resolutions

When we think of the New Year, a lot of times health comes up on the list of resolutions. There’s no need to stress about how you’ll find the time this new year to make health a priority. Health and convenience can go hand in hand! Matcha Powder becomes the simple solution for wondering how to start your new year on the healthy foot. Whether you prefer to take your matcha cold or warm, or in your morning waffles, you’ll indulge your body to antioxidants and an increased focus for your day. By adding the mighty powder to a variety of drinks, smoothies, cooking recipes, and baking creations, you can get your New Year started the healthy way.

It’s time to give your brain some much needed love too. With all the new goals that the New Year brings, you’ll want to be on your A game. Matcha Powder helps with improved memory and concentration, giving you that extra boost to take on any task in your day.

Matcha Sippin’

Maybe coffee isn’t your morning drink of choice. With Matcha Powder, you can add this to your favorite morning smoothie. This powder can help you start the day off right, as it helps to detoxify the body and increase energy levels. It’s like drinking coffee, but with the added benefit of boosting memory and concentration! This can help you take on the New Year in full force.

Or, perhaps, you’re craving a morning routine with simplicity. With our Matcha Powder, the well-rounded flavor holds its own to drink alone. You don’t always need a complicated beverage order to enjoy the benefits from sipping on matcha. Sometimes all you need is your favorite mug.

Cookin’ with Matcha

Cookin’ with Matcha

Sometimes our food needs a boost too. You can add this culinary grade powder to a wide variety of other creations, maybe even your Saturday morning pancakes! Start the year off with your strongest immune system yet. Matcha Powder helps to fortify your immune system so that you can ward off any cold, anytime.

A lot of the “culinary” grade matcha on the market today are typically disguised as a lower grade matcha that has a bitter taste to it. We wanted our matcha powder to be added to any recipe you can think of without a distracting flavor or taste. We use high quality matcha, which is most notably known for the rich green color. The higher quality matcha will also deliver higher quality benefits- it’s a win-win!

 

What Will You Create?

With a variety of ways to incorporate matcha powder into your daily routine in the kitchen, the creative possibility is endless. Here’s one of our favorite go-to recipes that we enjoy mixing a little matcha into:

Vegan Sugar Cookies
By Namiko Chen

What You’ll Need

  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 stick vegan butter
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered green tea (or 1 Tbsp. Matcha)
  • 4-5 tsp. applesauce

Instructions

  1. In a bowl put self raising flour, sugar, vegan butter, and powdered green tea (or Matcha).
  2. Crumb together the dry ingredients with the butter until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  3. Now add 1 tsp at a time applesauce to glue the dough together.
  4. The dough should resemble clay.
  5. Take small pieces of dough, shape them into balls and place on baking sheets.
  6. Put the baking sheets into the fridge for about 1 hour (or in the freezer for 30 minutes or more). Meanwhile heat the oven at 375F. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes.


View the full recipe: http://www.justonecookbook.com/green-tea-cookie-vegan


New Year, new possibilities. In celebration of the New Year, we’re taking 15% off all Matcha Powders.

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Eat...Drink...Scrub...Coconut Sugar!

Coconut. People are drinking coconut water, cooking with coconut milk, putting coconut oil in their hair. The list goes on, and coconut sugar is no exception. As an unrefined alternative to traditional sugar cane, coconut sugar can replace overly processed white or brown sugar with an easy 1:1 conversion.

So how does coconut sugar fit into your life?

In a Drink

In a Drink

Does the summer heat leave you feeling like you need a cool treat? Swap out the refined sugar in lemonade with the caramel flavor of coconut sugar. Not only does your lemonade look mouthwatering, but you’ve now eliminated refined sugar! See the full recipe on Fettle Vegan’s blog and check out Amber’s plant-based journey as well!

In an Appetizer

In an Appetizer

A healthier version of a favorite snack, these baked sweet potato fries come from Natural Sweet Recipes, a website created by three sisters with sweet teeth dedicated to healthy living. This sweet potato fry recipe does that justice. Peeled and sliced sweet potatoes are drizzled with grape seed oil, sea salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar for a tasty treat to bake. We love the rich, caramel flavor coconut sugar brings to this recipe. Check out the full recipe!

In a Main Course

In a Main Course

Big Tree Farms, the supplier of our organic coconut sugar, posted this delicious recipe to their blog during Thanksgiving, but we love it for all year round. Mary Jane’s Confetti Corn Casserole is from their foodie friend, Mary Jane Edleson of Slow Food Bali. This casserole is filled with bell peppers and celery, but can be made with seasonal vegetables like yellow squash, eggplant, or zucchini too. Coconut sugar is used to create the creamed corn, and it adds a deeper flavor than traditional sugar cane. See the full recipe of Big Tree Farms’ blog.

In a Dessert

In a Dessert

When we saw Bakerita’s recipe for chocolate covered strawberry brownies, we knew we had to share it with you. The best part? It’s gluten free and paleo friendly! The mastermind behind Bakerita, Rachel, got rid of refined sugars used in traditional brownie recipes by subbing for coconut sugar. So if brownies filled with dark chocolate chunks and topped with strawberries and chocolate drizzle sounds amazing to you, check out the full recipe!

In a Scrub

In a Scrub

Sugar on your skin?! At first it may sound counterintuitive to put sugar ON your skin, but the sugar granules are a soft, natural exfoliator that won’t clog your pores or leave a chemical residue like most exfoliators do. New Leaf Wellness’ Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub is the perfect recipe to cleanse your skin. Making it with coconut sugar takes it one step further by eliminating anything refined! Check it out on their blog

In Products You Buy

In Products You Buy

Coconut sugar is a simple alternative for refined sugar in many aspects of your life. Cutting out refined sugar shouldn’t only be a homemade option; food companies can be doing their part to create a healthier you. It’s why we made our vegan matcha green tea latte mix and eco-tube green tea mints with coconut sugar. Whether you’re popping a mint on the go or making a sweet latte, you won’t have to worry about refined sugar.

Enjoy 15% off our coconut sugar sweetened collection during the month of August and say goodbye to refined sugar!

 

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4 Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer

As summer starts and the temperature rises, staying hydrated becomes more important than ever. Besides just drinking water, there are more things you can do to keep yourself hydrated and healthy in the heat.

 

Avoid Sugary Sports Drinks

Avoid Sugary Drinks

Most sports drinks boast they hydrate better than water and replace the electrolytes you lose during exercise. What they fail to mention is that a 20 oz bottle has 34 grams of sugar! You’re most likely already aware sugar is bad for your health, but did you know drinks with high sugar content can also contribute to water loss? Instead try drinking coconut water. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes like potassium, calcium, sodium, manganese and magnesium. These minerals will hydrate you efficiently and provide you with the nutrients your body needs.

 

Exercise Wisely

Exercise Wisely

Have you been working out to get in shape for summer? As it warms up you will need to exercise extra caution during your workouts. Don’t just drink water during exercise, but be sure to drink before and after as well. When it comes to alcohol, avoid drinking the day of and day before exercise as the combination of the alcohol and exercise can leave you dangerously dehydrated.

 

Watch the Salt Hot Dogs

Watch the Salt

Summer can seem like a great time to enjoy salty things like hot dogs, popcorn, and fried food. They are okay in moderation, but it’s especially important to watch your salt intake in the heat since sodium contributes to fluid loss in your body. Also, keep a close eye out for pre-packaged, canned, and frozen meals because they tend to have more salt in them than you would expect!

 

Eat your water watermelon

Eat Your Water

Drinking isn’t the only way to stay hydrated! Try filling your plate with water based foods like watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, lettuce, and coconut. You will not only increase hydration, but get the added nutritional benefits of these fruits and vegetables.

 

Need an extra boost of hydration? Try our Green Tea +C! This effervescent drink mix gets its nutrients from real foods like acerola cherry, coconut water, ginger and turmeric–not synthetic vitamins.

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Introducing Our New Matcha Powders

Introducing Our New Matcha Powders

It’s here!!! We’ve finally introduced our very own matcha! This vibrant, easy to make green tea is chock full of amazing benefits and thought to have a positive effect on everything from moods and metabolism, to disease prevention and oral hygiene. We’ve long been enthusiasts of this powdered green superfood, starting with our green tea mints, and now, we’re excited to be venturing into the “purer” stuff.

 

For the Uninitiated

Matcha is a Japanese green tea in which shade-grown leaves are stone ground into a fine powder, making it possible to consume the whole leaf as an instant drink mix of sorts. And since you’re not throwing out any leaves post-steeping, this vegetal, vibrant tea packs in way more antioxidants than its traditionally infused counterparts. Hands down, matcha beats loose leaf every time.

 

How does Culinary Grade compare with Premium Grade?

Like leather goods, wine, chocolate, etc. there’s a definitive quality scale in place when it comes to matcha. At the lowest end, the tea can be bitter, brownish, and overall not fantastic. The other end of the spectrum boasts a smooth sweet tea with a striking bright green color. To keep things simple we’re offering a couple of options that strike a balance between taste and price.

 

Culinary Grade Matcha

Culinary Grade Matcha

This is the green stuff your favorite matcha goodies are made of; cookies, cakes, ice creams, you name it. Not to mention, a whole subsection of Pinterest thrives on this stuff. Typically bitter, with a tinge of brownness, culinary matcha works best in combination with confectionary ingredients. 

Generally speaking, culinary grade isn’t the best quality. And while we don’t exactly recommend culinary matcha as a stand alone beverage (unless you like things on the bitter side) it’s still a great way to bake some green tea benefits into your day to day routine. It’s not all about sweets either, try boosting the antioxidant factor in your favorite savories too; soups, noodles, rice, the list goes on…

 

Premium Grade Matcha

Premium Grade Matcha

Definitely more of a “drinking matcha” this is a really GREEN green tea. Great on its own, premium matcha is a bit more expensive than its culinary counterpart, has a sweet, grassy flavor and doesn’t need to be dressed up with flour, sugar and milk products. Mix with water or your favorite type of milk for a quick and easy green tea fix.

 

How to Make Matcha

There’s an easy way and a traditional (but still relatively easy) way:

The Easy Way - Mix ½ to 1 tsp. matcha with 1 tbsp. water in a cup to make a smooth paste. Stir in 8 oz steaming hot water. Use a fork or whatever utensil you have on hand.

The Traditional Way - Sift 1 to 2 bamboo spoons in a matcha bowl. Pour in 4 oz steaming hot water. Rapidly beat with bamboo whisk in a zigzag pattern until smooth and frothy. That’s it.

For ceremonial green tea with more casual pricing, check out http://www.senchanaturals.com/collections/matcha and start adding some healthy green tea benefits to all your favorite recipes.