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Matcha Pineapple Smoothie

Kiss Me Organics recently contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their Organic Green Tea Matcha Powder.  According to their website, it gives you energy, increased metabolism, better skin, helps you increase your focus and has tons of anti-oxidents.  Sounds good to me.

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This matcha tea is available only on Amazon and currently sells for $25.  I have to say, I was surprised at the small size of the package when I first received it.  But then I realized that a serving is 1/2-1 tsp, so a little goes a long way.  I made mine into a smoothie.

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Matcha Pineapple Smoothie
Servies 1

1 tsp green tea matcha powder
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 container 100 calorie Chobani pineapple yogurt
1 cup frozen spinach
vanilla stevia to taste
ice

Blend, blend, blend.

This was pretty tasty.  I’m not a huge smoothie person, but I could see myself drinking this in the morning when I go back to work.  My days of having a leisurely breakfast before I go to work are pretty much over, I think.

This definitely had a green tea taste to it (umm, obviously), so you’d have to like green tea to like it.   Jason was skeptical, I guess because of the color, but then he liked it.  So, husband-approved!

I went onto Pinterest to see what else I could do with the matcha powder and found some tasty sounding recipes that I want to try:

Green Tea Macarons (Okay, who am I kidding?  I’m never going to make my own macarons, but they look good!)

Green Tea Cheesecake Bakes

Lemon Matcha Truffles

And of course, there’s always a Green Tea Latte.

I’ve only tried the powder once, so I can’t speak on it’s health benefits, but I think it’s a pretty well-known thing that green tea is good for you, so I’m looking forward to more of it in my life.  Especially that increased energy part.  Did I mention that I have to go back to work in a week?  And I’m the only one home with a 2-month old all night?  Umm, yeah, increased energy would be nice.

Disclaimer:  This product was provided to me for free to review.  All opinions are my own.

How to Be Happier

I’m kind of feeling some frustration in some areas of my life lately.  So what did I do? I went on to Pinterest and found some pretty words of inspiration to make me feel better.  How 2013 of me, right?

And now I can’t figure out how to embed a pin into my post. I swear I’ve done this before.  So, you don’t get the pretty images, I guess, but you can still see some of my favorite quotes that I found about five minutes ago.  I just didn’t know they were my favorites until then.

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails.”  - Elizabeth Edwards

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”  - Leo Buscaglia

I promise there’s nothing going on, I’m just being weird.  But I have been thinking about how I need to do more things that make me happy and what those things are.  Maybe re-reading The Happiness Project should be one of them, actually.

• Keeping the house cleaner.  This is a huge, huge struggle for me.  I’m messy by nature and Jason’s worse than I am and even though we actually sprung for a monthly cleaning service, our house is still oftentimes a wreck and it really, really stresses me out.

• Read more.  When I was a kid and teenager, you know, before I spent all my time online, I used to be a pretty big reader.  I really enjoy reading, I just need to do it more.

• Support the local farmers market.  I often complain about the suburb that I live in.  It’s not walkable, it’s not trendy, there’s nothing here, etc.  But last year we got a pretty decent farmers market on Thursday evenings which is exactly the type of thing that I want for my community, so I was thinking that I really needed to show my support.

•  Cook more.  I think I’m pretty good about this, actually.  I would like to get into a better weekend prep routine though, so I don’t find myself scrambling for frozen meals when it comes to taking lunch to work, or find myself starving by the time I get home from dinner.  But I do cook and there was proof on my camera.

Roasted green beans mushrooms

This recipe for Green Beans with Mushrooms, Balsamic and Parmesan was absolutely wonderful.  So simple but yet so tasty.  It serves six and yet I had to refrain myself from eating the entire thing.  A repeat side-dish for sure.

Balsamic tomatoes mozzarella

If it would ever stay warm here, this would be a really good summer salad. I  know that some of you north of me are probably rolling your eyes, but the high is only supposed to be 57 on Saturday.  So, this was basically this Candied Balsamic Tomatoes and Mozzarella dish, only I didn’t use any sugar, so they weren’t candied.  And apparently I’m having a love affair with balsamic vinegar lately.

Quiona stuffed pepper

This was Pizza-Style Tomato Basil Quinoa Stuffed Peppers. While I really like the stuffing (which I was able to make in my rice cooker, score!), I went overboard and used a whole pepper and wished that I had only used half, like the recipe called for.  Or really that I didn’t stuff it at all and just ate the quinoa.  I don’t like whole roasted peppers.

Miso grilled veggies

Here we are getting to the end of the week where I got lazy.  I intended to make these Miso Roasted Veggie Tacos but didn’t have any tortillas, so I just ended up scrapping the rice altogether and making Miso Roasted Veggies.   I had this idea that if it put them on a flatbread, they’d be like a pizza, but it was like roasted veggies on a flatbread.  Still, the veggies were good.  Next time I’ll taco-fy them.  (Omg, taco-fy is a word?  It’s not underlining it!)

Massage kale egg

This was something that I came up with.  I probably saw it somewhere at some point, so if I stole your recipe, you can yell at me.

Massaged Kale Salad with Tomatoes and Fried Egg
Serves 2-3

1 bag chopped kale
1  avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 
salt to taste
eggs (however many you’d like)

1.  Put the kale in a large bowl and chop up the avocado into small pieces.
2.  With your hands (that hopefully you washed), massage the avocado into the kale for about a minute.
3.  Add nutritional yeast, red pepper and salt and massage for another minute.
4.  Add tomatoes.
5.  Refrigerate overnight.  (I’m not sure if this makes a difference, but I did it and I think maybe it’d make the kale more mild tasting.)
6.  Top with fried egg.  I wanted a runny egg ideally, but my yolk broke in the pan and it cooked.

I did find out that my new boss drinks smoothies with kale in them, so that’s always a good thing and has nothing to do with anything except that I posted a kale recipe.

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The Bad and the Good

Bad: I didn’t really sleep well last night and I wasn’t feeling my best today at work.

Good:  The reason for that was that I went to a fun concert last night.   A co-worker’s boyfriend’s band was playing at The Earl and Jason and I decided to go see them.

Band

(That’s actually the band that came on afterward.)

Bad: My dinner plans with a friend got cancelled.

Good: I made a nice dinner at home.  It was gross and rainy out and I sort of wanted to lounge around in my sweatpants anyway.  At lunch, I stopped at Trader Joe’s and picked up some salmon.  I was talking to one of my co-workers and she told me that she often makes miso soup when she cooks salmon and what do you know, I actually had the ingredients to make miso soup at home!  I’m kind of shocked, really, because our fridge is pretty empty right now.

Miso soup ingredients

Miso soup

With the soup, I made Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce.

Spiced salmon with mustard

Bad: Our roof has a hole in it, possibly from a fallen tree branch.

Good:  Okay, there’s really nothing good about that, aside from the fact that it’s a small hole.  And also, it’s Friday, which is always a good thing.

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