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 Healthy food happy people - Chantal Voets

Hello, nice of you to come and take glance at my recipe review. Here, I have made a fine selection of recipes and chefs. Amanprana and/or I has/have a special bond with each of them. We, for example, have cooked together and have the same vision of eating. Healthy, tasty and refreshing meals without fuss. Tasty meals to be healthy and happy. Ayurvedic cuisine, macrobiotics, raw food, vegan cooking and proper food combinations have inspired my recipes.

In the meantime, I have put together quite a few recipes. From appetizers to pancakes and from delicious snacks to smoothies. The emphasis is on pure and natural, without refined nutrients. Nutrition is your best medicine!

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Tea & Matcha

Green tea & matcha, superfoods for recipes rich in antioxidants

'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food' said Hippocrates, the pioneer of western medicine from ancient times. Amanprana couldn't agree more! All of our products and recipes are designed with this concept in mind, including Kotobuki  and Gula Java Matcha.

We also like to think that if Hippocrates was alive today, he would probably take green tea and matcha tea as the perfect examples to confirm his famous quote, since green tea - and especially matcha tea - offer so many health benefits that they more than deserve the name "superfoods".

True "superfoods" are not only good for you, but can also easily be added to a variety of dishes. Kotobuki Matcha and Gula Java Matcha are exactly that kind of superfood. You can add them to sauces, cakes, biscuits, ice cream, and drinks such as matcha latte. The more you add, the more pronounced the matcha flavour will be. If you just add a little bit of matcha, you won't even notice the flavour, but you'll still get the important antioxidants in your food.

When cooking with matcha, it's important to note that matcha releases a bitter substance with prolonged heating. So if you don't like bitter flavours, add the matcha near the end of the cooking time.


Matcha adds even more antioxidants to your food than green tea

For those who have been immersed in healthy nutrition for some time, it will come as no surprise to learn that green tea is a super antioxidant! Green tea contains anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory polyphenols, specifically the catechin EGCG, which is one of the best substances for fighting free radicals.

Green tea also stimulates the metabolism. Our basal metabolism, which is active even when we're resting, is encouraged to work even harder by green tea. This means you can lose weight and be healthy, because not only is fat being burned off, but the dangerous, harmful substances stored in fat are being digested and ultimately expelled from the body.

These are only some of the properties of green tea. Matcha tea, however, contains even more EGCG than green tea. Think of it like this: green tea is a superfood, but matcha is an ultra-superfood. Why? Because of its unique method of preparation, matcha is one of the best sources of EGCG.

The antioxidants in green tea and matcha will make you more focused and Zen

Here's a simple explanation of the unique method of preparation: several weeks before harvest, matcha plants are covered with bamboo mats or other protective materials so that less sunlight reaches the plants. As a result the plants make more chlorophyll, turning a deep green - so you can also use matcha as a natural food colouring - and the final matcha product has an extremely high concentration of antioxidants.

Another important difference between the preparation methods of green tea and matcha: matcha tea leaves are steamed, not roasted like green tea leaves. Because of this, matcha contains considerably higher levels of EGCG and other beneficial substances than green tea.

Furthermore, using Matcha in your recipes will enhance your ability to focus. Matcha is particularly rich in L-theanine. T-theanine is an amino acid which neutralises the caffeine/theine in matcha: so drinking matcha makes you feel alert (like when you drink coffee) but not so wired, thanks to the L-theanine amino acid. Focused but Zen.

And last but not least, it's good to know that when you drink matcha tea, you absorb the entire tea leaf and all of its therapeutic properties. You absorb more than just the water-soluble parts which you get from green tea. Matcha is a particularly finely-ground green tea, but a green tea grown in the matcha way.

And now that you're a matcha expert, you can start getting creative - you can add a little taste of matcha to practically any recipe.