February 06, 2017

Recipe - Green Teas ›


Triple Green Tea Affogato

Triple Green Tea Affogato

There aren't many tea affogatos out there, but when I have come across them they're always made with matcha. As wonderful as matcha is, there's another variation that I find even more delicious, and that's when they're made with roasty toasty green tea, also known as Hojicha.

Triple Green Tea Affogato

Triple Green Tea Affogatos start with store-bought green tea ice cream. As green tea becomes more popular, I was surprised to find this flavor being sold in my local (non-Asian) grocery store the other day.

If you can't find it, plain old vanilla or even chocolate will also work well. And if you're feeling particularly inspired, you can even try your hand at making your own No-Churn Green Tea Ice Cream at home!

Triple Green Tea Affogato

Like espresso, Hojicha needs to be brewed strong when being used in an affogato. To do this, be fairly heavy-handed when measuring out the tea. Also steep the tea for a longer amount of time than usual, which highlights the dark, nutty character of this bancha.

Triple Green Tea Affogato

Hojicha has a lower caffeine content than other green teas do, which makes this dessert perfect for serving in the evenings or when you're trying to wind down after a long day. The exception is if you choose to finish the scoops with some sprinkles of deep-steamed Fukamushi Sencha. After this finishing touch, that standard cup of espresso can take a permanent back seat!


Triple Green Tea Affogato

Ingredients:

green tea ice cream
Hojicha
Fukamushi Sencha, for garnish

Directions:

1. Steep the tea in a ratio of 2 Tbsp loose leaf tea to 1 cup of water for 1-2 minutes longer than suggested. Strain out the tea leaves.

2. Scoop the ice cream into the bowls or teacups. To allow your ice cream to keep its shape for a few moments longer, try waiting for the tea to cool a bit before pouring it atop the scoops. When ready to serve, pour the slightly cooled Hojicha atop the ice cream.

3. Finish with a sprinkle of Fukamushi Sencha and enjoy!


February 06, 2017

Recipe - Green Teas ›


Green Apple Pie Smoothie

Green Apple Pie Smoothie

I tend to think of Apple Pie as the perfect dessert anytime of year--autumn, summer and beyond. What could be better than a big slice during the holidays or enjoying it with a scoop of ice cream at a summer picnic?

Green Apple Pie Smoothie

But what about Apple Pie when you're trying to eat healthy? Sounds impossible right? With this Green Apple Pie Smoothie, I can assure you that it's not!

Green Apple Pie Smoothie

This amazingly tasty smoothie has a secret ingredient that makes it not only more delicious but also that much better for you--Apple Sencha Green Tea! Adding tea to a smoothie is always a great idea, and this is especially true when it comes to green tea, which is full of metabolism boosting EGCG.

Green Apple Pie Smoothie

For sustained energy and extra fiber, I add some rolled oats to the blend. Freshly brewed green tea is used to hydrate and soften the oats before this oatmeal is thrown into the blender with the rest of the ingredients.

Green Apple Pie Smoothie

Whether you enjoy thi s for breakfast, as a midday snack or as a dessert swap-out, Green Apple Pie Smoothies are the solution to those year-round, nagging pie cravings. Whip one up when you want to enjoy a extra slice of good nutrition.


Green Apple Pie Smoothie

Makes 1 large smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 Apple Green Tea Bag (Apple Green Pyramid Tea Bag)
3/4 cup hot water @175 degrees F
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 green apple, core removed
1/2 banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp flax meal
1 tsp apple pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. Add the oatmeal to the hot steep, then let the mixture come to room temperature. You can also do this step the night before you plan on making the smoothie.

2. Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!


February 03, 2017

Recipe - Green Teas ›


Everyday Detox Tea

Everyday Detox Tea

Everyday Detox Tea is the elixir you need when you’re struggling to jump-start your day. This mélange of natural flavors reinvigorates and refreshes, setting the tone for making healthier choices.

Everyday Detox Tea

There are more than a few ingredients here, but they’re specific ones meant for vitality. First, there’s green tea, an effective metabolism booster. Then, there’s mint and ginger, known for being anti-inflammatory. Honey, gogi berries and lemon juice are all loaded with antioxidants and finally, there’s a kick of cayenne pepper–great for simulating circulation.

Everyday Detox Tea

This soulful steep starts with a simple green tea bag–this time, using Special Occasion Green Tea. This tea is made from Saikoukyu Sencha, finest quality tea leaves cultivated in the highlands of Japan. When I’m traveling and want rich Sencha flavor without the hassle of steeping from loose-leaf, this is the tea I bring along.

Everyday Detox Tea

After the hot tea has a chance to sit a while, all the flavors will meld to create a bright and piquant brew. The gogi berries will also have had a chance to plump up and release their mild sweetness.

Everyday Detox Tea

I like to think of this drink as a gentle nudge eat a little healthier, exercise a little longer, care a little more. This is, after all, Special Occasion Tea, and every day should be just that!


Everyday Detox Tea

1 large cup of tea.

Ingredients:

1 green tea bag (Special Occasion Green Tea)
juice of 1 lemon
3 springs fresh mint
3 slices of ginger
1 Tbsp gogi berries
1 Tbsp raw or Manuka honey
pinch of cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients in a large mug and fill with hot water. Enjoy!