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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Have trouble controlling your sweet tooth? When trying to eat healthier, sugar is usually the first thing on the chopping block - but, that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to sweets all together! We use coconut sugar to sweeten our Vegan Matcha Lattes and our new line of Green Tea Mints. We are loving coconut sugar as a healthier alternative to refined sugar, and think you’ll love it too!
When it comes to food, being unrefined is a good thing! The majority of sugar you buy is refined to become the small white granules that typically comes to mind. In this refining process, the sugar is stripped of its nutrients, providing you with nothing but empty calories. Coconut sugar, on the other hand, is made in a simple process where the coconut flower bud is cut, and the sap is drained and boiled to evaporate the water. That’s it! This keeps the nutritional value in tact, so with each spoonful of coconut sugar you’re getting insulin, a fiber that helps slow sucrose absorption, plus iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium.
One of the many downsides of refined sugar is the spike it causes in your blood sugar levels, which can ultimately lead to serious health problems. We use the glycemic index to measure the effect of foods on our blood sugar–a scale of 0 to 100, where the higher the numbers, the more rapid the rise. Coconut sugar has a glycemic index of about 35, where in comparison, table sugar ranges from about 65-70. So next time you’re craving something sweet, pick up coconut sugar–the healthier option.
Starting to come around to coconut sugar? It’s so easy to make the switch! Coconut sugar can be substituted 1:1 in recipes, so you don’t have worry about complicated conversions, syrups, or droppers. It also has a rich caramel flavor which compliments booth baked goods and savory dishes. Need some inspiration? Check out some delightful ways to use coconut sugar.
As if you needed another reason to love coconut sugar, it’s better for the planet as well! Not only do coconut trees yield 50-75% more sugar per acre than sugar cane, they require much less resources to grow, plus tapping for sap causes the trees no harm. Coconut trees can even go on to produce for up to 20 years! We’re proud to say we get our coconut sugar from Big Tree Farms, which is Certified Fair Trade, Organic, and non-GMO.
So go ahead and indulge in a perfectly sweet and creamy Matcha Latte or freshen your breath naturally with a Green Tea Mint. But remember, coconut sugar is still sugar and must be enjoyed in moderation, but switching to coconut sugar is a healthier option and a step in the right direction. To help you make the switch, we’re giving 15% off our organic coconut sugar collection – try them out today!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Come by, say hello and see what’s new at Sencha Naturals from June 26th through June 28th at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Stop at booth #4213 and enjoy 15% off all our products!
The matcha craze is growing, and we couldn’t be happier. Green tea for all! We love showing our customers the health benefits they can reap from adding it to their daily routine. Try our organic matcha powder in a wide range of products from green tea mints to green tea lattes.
We’re especially excited about our new eco-tube green tea mints, made with coconut sugar. Packaged in compostable tubes, our coconut sugar mints come in original, ginger lemongrass, sage peppermint and cardamom cinnamon. As with our original sugar-free green tea mints, you can still fight dragon breath, this time with coconut sugar!
Try our Sencha Naturals drinks for a cool summer treat.
The summer solstice marks the longest day in the northern hemisphere, and this year’s summer solstice is particularly special because it is joined by a full moon.
This hasn’t happened since 1967, and it won’t happen again until 2062. To celebrate this rare occurrence and first day of summer, we’re making our favorite Sencha Naturals drinks iced!
If you’re curious why we love green tea so much, learn about its health benefits here.
Made using any flavor of our green tea latte mix:
To celebrate the first day of summer, we chose our Tropical Mango flavor. We kept our latte mix recipe simple and vegan.
Made using our green tea+c mix:
For our drink, we picked the Dragonfruit flavor.
No matter the season, green tea is always part of our daily routine. With these three recipes, it’s easy to incorporate green tea into your day as well. Enjoy your green tea, and happy first day of summer.
We've officially launched our newest line of green tea mints sweetened with organic coconut sugar at Fancy Food San Francisco. Packaged in attractive, eco-friendly cardboard tubes, the new mints feature a softer texture and exotic herb, tea and spice notes. Our signature line of natural sugar-free mints will still be available in our green window canisters.
Like our other products, the new mint line is made with “better for you” ingredients. Unrefined coconut sugar boasts a low glycemic index and trace minerals, while matcha is high in antioxidants and freshens breath naturally with its antibacterial properties. We’re really excited to be working with Big Tree Farms, our coconut sugar supplier for both the new mints and our vegan green tea lattes. We admire their commitment to promoting fair trade wages, sustainable living and an organic lifestyle.
Check out the new flavor lineup:
Original: Vegetal green tea with rich, sweet coconut, truly the perfect matcha in mint form.
Ginger Lemongrass: A mint with a spicy kick (and anti-inflammatory properties too!). Zesty ginger heats up the senses while it’s lemongrass counterpart provides a citrusy, sweet finish.
Cardamom Cinnamon: Warm, spicy cinnamon and pungent, aromatic notes of cardamom- a cinnamint with an herbal twist. If we had to choose a Sencha favorite, this would be the one.
Sage Peppermint: Our unique twist on the ‘curiously strong’ mint. Fresh peppermint and earthy sage form the strongest alliance to fight dragon breath.
With matcha tea becoming super hot with both tea and non-tea drinkers alike, we wanted to give you a quick overview of the varieties offered to cut through the muddle on this subject.
You might go online or to your local health food stores and see tiny tins selling ‘Ceremonial’ 1oz tins for $30 plus or see big bags for the same price with the word ‘Café/Culinary’ on the label. What’s the difference and is it worth paying a huge premium for the good stuff so to speak?
The quick answer: Like wine, stay away from the super cheap or from the uber expensive, both will leave you disappointed (your palate or wallet will tell you so).
Ceremonial: Traditionally used in elaborate Japanese tea ceremonies, it is the premium tea and can cost 3 to 5 times the cost of premium (see below). Our take? If you’re not dressing in a Kimono to undertake a tea ceremony, it isn’t worth the cost. A premium grade will taste nearly as good and provide the same health benefits. It’s like a fine bottle of wine, only a very small percentage can tell the difference and most of the time, there is no real difference.
Premium: We think this is the perfect matcha for 99% to drink. It’s relatively inexpensive and provides vegetal notes with some slight bitterness and a nice green hue. If you find a ‘premium’ grade matcha that is more yellow than green… run for Mt. Fuji! Since there’s no legal definitions on how to grade matcha, a beginner can simply look at color and make sure the bitter notes aren’t overriding the vegetal notes. Also, the mesh should be more silky vs. clumpy. If you rub the matcha between your fingers, it shouldn’t feel coarse.
Culinary/Café: The misnomer is that this is the cheap matcha and therefore not as healthy or lower quality. Not the case! This grade is perfect for adding to your smoothies or mixing with foods since this grade has more bitter, astringent flavor notes that help the bold flavor compete with its food/drink counterpart. You can drink this grade, but the bitterness will probably be a turn-off for most.
Matcha is an amazing super-food that has the benefits of consuming the whole tea leaf (it’s ground up tea leaves) vs. just drinking an infusion of the leaf. If you’re not a tea drinker, start with the culinary and mix in your smoothie or drink of choice. If you love tea, buy a good premium grade (hint: quality seems more consistent with matcha sourced from Japan).
Next: To whisk or not to whisk (your matcha)… that is the question?