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Matcha Lemonade

It’s July! For me, that means time off, less time in front of a computer (oh the irony as I type this), and more time outdoors. 

Our favourite summer activity in the summer is to ride our bikes to our local public pool. We’re lucky enough, and grateful to live just a short bike ride from all this: 

 

That means we get up in the morning, pack up food and sunscreen, and head off to the pool for the day. Michael spends his time in the water, while I mostly read or listen to podcasts. 

It’s pretty freakin great. 

This time of the year, I also tend to switch to drinking iced coffee (at least for my second coffee of the day), but I’m basically always looking for something cold and refreshing to take with us in the Corkcicle (which is even better this year, since I bought a strawcap for it). 

I recently got a delivery of tea from Four O’Clock and was super impressed with their flavours. First of all, they’re organic and Canadian, so that always gets the thumbs up from me. I brought the Spicy Orange Rooibos to a gal’s meeting recently and it was so good that I was loathe to leave the package. 

Sometimes you just want something beyond lemonade, or beyond iced tea, so I decided to mash them up together and make a Matcha Lemonade. 

For this, I’m using the Organic Japanese Sencha Matcha, which I love. There’s a nuttiness to this tea that makes it one of my favourites. 

Matcha Lemonade

 

It’s really simple to do; just brew up some tea, make it strong, and then shake it all together with lemonade ingredients. To make a big batch of this, just mix it all up beforehand in a pitcher so that it can get nice and cold in the fridge. 

Here, I’m making a single serving. 

Matcha Lemonade

Ingredients

Method

 

 

Vanilla Green Tea Kefir Shake

Green tea and vanilla. These are two flavours that I love together.

There’s a macaron joint in my neighbourhood that serves a vanilla green tea, and it’s just my favourite thing.

As the weather gets warmer, though, a young girl’s thoughts turn to Frappucinos. Milkshakes. Smoothies. Cold, creamy, and refreshing, there are unlimited ways to make these frosty drinks.

vanilla green tea kefir shake

The base of this one is matcha and a delicious new vanilla kefir that ended up on my doorstep a week ago.

Now, I’m a fan of kefir. In fact, I’m a fan of anything with probiotics. I take a supplement and I also make sure I eat yogurt or kefir every day.

I should say, for the record, that I there’s yogurt (or kefir) and then there’s yogurt. I think a lot of people buy yogurt thinking it’s good for them, but the kind they are buying actually is packed with sugar and has little nutritional value or probiotics. I usually buy the stuff that’s plain, no sugar, no additives. Or I make my own.

Because I’m buying the plain stuff, I don’t usually eat (or drink) it straight. I usually throw it in a smoothie, which helps to make it less tart and more palatable.

But this stuff! I could drink it straight from the jug! It’s so tasty! And it gives anything you add it to a tart vanilla kick. Oh–and it passed the kid test; Michael loved it and kept asking for it.

This creamy, green “shake” is super healthy and packed with antioxidants and all kinds of other things that are good for you, and it takes about 30 seconds to make.

Vanilla Green Tea Kefir Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Kefir (I used Olympic Dairies Organic Vanilla Kefir)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional–if you are using plain kefir add it, otherwise the vanilla in the flavoured kefir will do it)
  • 2 tsp Vega’s Protein & Greens Vanilla flavour (optional–this just adds more nutrition)

Method:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well until smooth. Serve.

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