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Can Matcha contribute to weight loss? Matcha is really a superfood!

Can Matcha contribute to weight loss? Matcha is really a superfood!

Did you know Matcha has so many health benefits? Matcha contains many of nutrition that support your healthy lifestyle, such as catechin, theanine, tannin, vitamin, saponin and many others. (●´∀`)ノ

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Matcha can be the best drink in your weight loss journey! Why? Lets go through main reasons why, and explore healthy ways to consume Matcha.

 

Matcha is good for weight loss

Matcha leaves, in powdered form, are readily drinkable after dissolving into hot water, because of this, you can take in every bit of their components. Matcha leaves include an abundance of healthy substances and components that are good for losing weight.

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Matcha helps you control absorb fat and carb/sugar

Matcha is rich in catechin, which suppresses the absorption of lipids and carbohydrates ingested during meals. When eating fatty foods or sweet things, we should drink Matcha at the same time to reduce absorption of fat.

In particular, Matcha is a good combination with sweets, as you know. So if you crave for some sweets when losing weight, Matcha can be the best drink for you!

 

Matcha helps you burn fat

The tannin contained in Matcha increases the ability to burn fat. It also reduces cholesterol in the blood and boosts the ability to burn visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.

In addition, Matcha contains caffeine, which promotes fat burning effect. By drinking Matcha before doing aerobic exercise, visceral fat is preferentially used as energy, so fat becomes easier to burn than usual.

 

Matcha helps regulate bowel movements

Because Matcha is tea leaves turned into powder, it has the characteristic of being rich in fiber. Dietary fiber relieves constipation and regulates the intestines.

It doesn’t only stimulate your bowels, it also has the effect of absorbing any excessive nutrients or toxins, and works to discharge them outside of the body.

 

How to consume Matcha in a healthy way

Traditional way to enjoy Matcha is very healthy and tasty as it, however why don’t we explore other healthy ways to enjoy it? Let me introduce you 2 additional ways to consume Matcha. And of course, they are delicious and very healthy!

 

Add Matcha to your healthy smoothie

Add one teaspoon of Matcha powder to your smoothie is an easy way to intake nutrition from Matcha in addition to fruits and veggies. I will introduce you one Matcha smoothie that you can make easily!

Banana Soy Milk Matcha Smootie
– One teaspoon of Matcha powder
– One frozen banana
– ¼ cup of soymilk or milk of your choice
– Good amount of cold water or ice cubes

What you need to do is just to blend everything in a mixer. It is easy, healthy and delicious!

 

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Add ginger to a cup of Matcha

Ginger is known as a super food that can help you burn fat and have other many health benefits. How about we try to combine it with Matcha?

Ginger Matcha tea
– One teaspoon of Matcha powder
– ½ cup of hot water
– One teaspoon of ginger juice
– Good amount of honey

Honey makes this drink taste smooth. If you really like ginger, go ahead and add some slices of ginger!

 
 

Matcha is healthy and good for your weight loss. But of course, being a tea, it also contains caffeine. For that reason, try to avoid excessive intake, and drink no more than two to three 200ml cups per day for an adult. φ( ̄ー ̄ )

Matane! (in Japanese, means “see you soon!”)

What is Mochi? A beginner’s guide to Mochi

What is Mochi? A beginner’s guide to Mochi

Mochi has been very popular all over the world. And I am sure you see many sweets or dishes that use Mochi nowadays. However, what is actually Mochi? How it’s made? How you can eat…? Let’s learn together a few basic facts about Mochi! φ(・ω・ )

 

What is Mochi?

Mochi is a Japanese dish with a unique soft, squishy and chewy texture, which is made from a kind of glutinous rice.

Traditionally, mochi was served as a special dish at various celebrations (This is still a traditional that remains today). However, in recent years people in Japan have become able to enjoy Mochi as a familiar everyday commodity.

 

How is Mochi made?

There are 2 different ways to make mochi. The first is made by steaming glutinous rice, and then pounding it into a shape. Another is made by drying glutinous rice into a mochi powder (this powder called Mochiko/sweet rice flour), and then adding water to eventually steam it, which turns it into a Mochi.

However, the former is said to capture a more delectable scent of rice.

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What does Mochi taste like?

Mochi is made from water and glutinous rice, so it captures the pure and simple taste of rice. To add flavor, mochi is often topped with various sauces, and matched with other foods.

 

How to eat Mochi?

Japanese people typically use Kiri-Mochi for Mochi dishes. Kiri-Mochi is dried Mochi that is cut in pieces. To eat this type of Mochi, you need to warm it up first until it expands and softens by grilling or steaming it. Then you can add a sauce of your choice on it (such as soy sauce, anko sauce, black & sweet black sesame sauce and many others).

Mochi is very versatile food! It is frequently used as a base ingredient in many traditional Japanese dishes and sweets.

 

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What are the popular Mochi sweets?

There are many different Japanese sweets that use Mochi as base ingredient. Dango is a dish comprised of small round pieces of Mochi served on a skewer and topped with sauce. In addition, there is a widely popular sweet called daifuku, which consists of round ball of Mochi with a type of red bean paste called anko stuffed into its core.

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Recently, ice cream that is covered with Mochi pieces, called Mochi Ice Cream, has been very popular.

 

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Is Mochi healthy?

Since Mochi itself is made of rice and water, it is a vegan food. It enables you to consume high-quality carbs easily. Some data shows that that eating Mochi for breakfast is healthy.

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Where to buy Mochi?

I think you can buy Kiri-Mochi that is dried and can be used for many dishes at Japanese/Asian grocery stores in your country.

 

Hope you like Mochi even more now! (*´∀`*)
I will post more interesting information and recipes that use Mochi in the future. Let me know if you want more about Mochi or Japanese culture!

Matane! (in Japanese, means “see you soon!”)

What is Matcha? Basics of Matcha green tea from Japanese people

What is Matcha? Basics of Matcha green tea from Japanese people

Matcha popularity has been growing at a fast pace all over the world. When I travel overseas to see my friends they often ask me to bring some real Japanese Matcha for them!But, how much do you really know about Matcha? Allow me to tell you few basic things about Matcha that you may find useful! φ(・ω・ )

 

What is Matcha?

Matcha is one of the traditional teas of Japan, made by pounding tencha leaves into a powdered green tea using a stone mortar. Tencha is a green tea cultivated without exposure to sunlight, with few astringent catechins, for a strong bodied and flavorful tea.

In Japanese homes, green tea is generally drank on a daily basis rather than Matcha. This is because, while Matcha is made from green tea, it is a high class item that can only be produced from good quality, high grade tea. Matcha is typically drank at the formal tea parties that make up Sado (茶道: tea ceremony), a traditional Japanese cultural practice.

However, in these days, you see many cafes provide Matcha and you can enjoy Matcha more easily and casually on daily basis.

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How to drink/prepare Matcha?

The way of making a cup of Matcha is different from the way of brewing tea. Here is an easy and basic way to make a cup of Matcha tea.

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You will need Matcha powder, hot water, a bowl and a whisk.
1. Put 2g of Matcha powder into a steady bowl.
2. Pour 60ml of hot (80℃/175℉ is the best) water into the bowl.
3. Whisk quickly for about 15 seconds with a bamboo whisk*, making “m” shape, until your drink gets frothy. *if you don’t have a bamboo whisk, a metal whisk also works!

In Japanese tea ceremonies (Sado), Matcha is drunk hot without sugar. However, other than Sado, you can of course add sugar. You can even add ice cubes to make it cold or add milk to make Matcha latte (Matcha drink + milk) is very good too.
Many people enjoy Matcha with delicious sweets. Nowadays some Western sweets made to complement Matcha drink well, including cookies or muffins!

However, most Japanese Enjoy Matcha with traditional Japanese sweets Wagashi. Wagashi was developed to complement Sado and Matcha drinking ceremonies, not only from taste (typical Matcha is unsweetened and bitter when you drink), but also from looks and sound perspectives.

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What are health benefits of Matcha?

Matcha uses the entirety of the tea itself, so it contains all of the tea leaves’ nutrients. It is said that one cup of Matcha contains as many nutrients as ten cups of green tea.

It contains many of the nutrients held by tea leaves, such as catechins and teanines, as well as vitamins and fiber. Furthermore, it contains almost zero calories! For this reason, it has gained attention as a superfood.

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Of course, being a tea it also contains caffeine. For that reason, try to avoid excessive intake, and drink no more than two to three 200ml cups per day for an adult.

 

What is the best brand of Matcha?

The best brand of Matcha is Uji Matcha, which is Matcha made in Uji region in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of famous regions where Matcha is made. It is often said that Uji Matcha has vivid green color, strong rich aroma and lots of umami flavor. But there are lots of good Matcha that are made in other regions too, and of course, the taste and flavor is different depending on farms and makers as well. So please try different brands of Matcha and find your favorite Matcha!

 

 

Where to buy Matcha powder?

Probably you can find Matcha powder at your local organic grocery stores or Japanese/Asian grocery stores. As for high-quality Uji Matcha powder, you can buy it from online or AMAZON.

 

Hope you know why people are obsessed with Matcha now! Matcha is delicious, healthy and easy to make! ◝(・ω・)◟
Please let me know if you want more about Matcha or Japanese culture!

Matane! (in Japanese, means “see you soon!”)

Eat MOCHI for breakfast and be healthy! How to eat MOCHI as a meal

Eat MOCHI for breakfast and be healthy! How to eat MOCHI as a meal

MOCHI (餅), Japanese rice cake, is getting more and more popular in the world. In Japan, Mochi can be used in traditional sweets (Wagashi, 和菓子), as well as in delicious savory meal with soy sauce. According to one recent survey conducted in Japan, having MOCHI for breakfast may be good for your health. I wonder, how come?!

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Mochi is perfect for your breakfast

In Japan, about 60% of females in their 20s and 30s have neither experienced low-carb nor non-carb diet. In addition, majority mentioned “increased impatience”, “lower concentration ability” and “increased skin breakouts” as side effects from the diet.

At the same time, if you ask nutritionists, they would say that “well balanced” diet is important, meaning; carbs, fats and proteins.

And here comes MOCHI, your diet hero! MOCHI is made of special rice called “Mochi-Gome” (short-grain japonica glutinous rice) and water, with no artificial ingredients. With MOCHI, you can take healthy and high quality carbs. In addition, MOCHI is sticky and stretchy so you have to chew it for some time to consume, which makes you to exercise muscles around your chin. In addition, MOCHI is very easy to cook and very filling. It is a perfect food for your breakfast in the busy days!

In fact, nearly half of Japanese females who eat MOCHI on a daily basis think that it helps them to maintain their health and beauty. Why don’t you try MOCHI as well?

 

Where to buy Mochi for breakfast?

You can find MOCHI at a Japanese grocery stores in your country. MOCHI that you can quickly cook for breakfast is called “Kiri-Mochi”, dried, very hard and packed individually in most of cases. How you can eat it?

 

 

How to eat Mochi as a meal?

To eat MOCHI, first warm it up. You can grill it in a toaster or fry it on a non-stick frying pan without oil. Once it gets swollen/inflates, ready to eat! If you like very soft Mochi, you can put it in a bowl, add a little of water and microwave it on 600W for 50-60 seconds.

After MOCHI is warm add a sauce of your choice, for example soy sauce. That is all! It is very simple but very delicious. You can add some red pepper flakes if you like it spicy. Oh yea… my mouth is drooling (*´﹃`*)

 

 

In addition, you can put MOCHI in a soup or stir fry it with veggies. However, if you are making a soup, do not simmer Mochi too long otherwise it will all melt. If you want to know more recipes of Mochi, please let us know in a comment!

 

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Japanese Matcha and Wagashi are very healthy

Japanese Matcha and Wagashi are very healthy

Compared to western style sweets Wagashi are low in fat, because they are mostly made of plant ingredients, making them a great option for vegetarians or those on a low calorie free diet. On the other hand this is achieve at an expense of sweetness. Wagashi typically have noble-like subtle sweetness and relies on the natural flavors of its ingredients. Wagashi are made to match bitter taste of healthy Matcha, thus we recommend you trying both together.

 

Typical ingredients that are used in Wagashi making include Matcha (green tea powder), glutinous rice flour (mocha), red bean paste (anko), white bean paste (shiroan), sweet potatoes ( and others. Some of these ingredients have nice health benefits and contain superfoods. For example, Matcha is a very well-known superfood containing many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals; red and white bean paste are rich in protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin B and many other minerals; sweet potatoes are very low in fat, a good source of fiber, and vitamin C.

 
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In addition to above, Wagashi are healthy desserts because they contain less preservatives (less processed ingredients). This makes them last relatively short period of time. Many Japanese sweets last from 1 day to few weeks. However, there are some that are made to last several months.