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Summer Strawberry Matcha Icee

Summer Strawberry Matcha Icee by Kelly Lowes, Chef at Raw Gourmet La Vie This fabulous recipe contains matcha, spirulina powder and organic fruits, plus organic essential oils from Medicine Flower. A great summer treat, easy to make, delicious to eat! Enjoy this summer matcha treat recipe from Chef Kelly! Ingredients: 32 oz. coconut beverage (unsweetened, vegan, soy free Trader Joe’s brand) 3 tsp. matcha  ½ tsp. organic spirulina powder 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract (no alcohol) 1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt 2 medium size frozen bananas 20 drops banana medicine flower extract 20 drops strawberry medicine flower extract 3 tbsp. organic maple syrup 1 16 oz. box of fresh organic strawberries Directions: Take ½ of the container or strawberries, remove the stems, and cut the berries into small pieces. Set ½ the container aside in the refrigerator. Take candy molds or ice tray molds. You will need enough molds for 99 cubes. I used small molds. If you use larger molds, you will need fewer cubes. Place a pinch of strawberry pieces into each mold. Take …

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Blueberry Matcha Smoothie

Blueberry Matcha Smoothie  by Kelly Lowes, Chef at Raw Gourmet La Vie This fabulous recipe contains Thai Organic Coconut Milk and Blueberry Extract by Medicine Flower Essential Oils. Everything is so pure and excellent with ingredients that build your health. Please enjoy this delicious recipe from Chef Kelly! Ingredients: 1 13.66 oz. can of Thai coconut milk 3 tbsp. maple syrup ¼ tsp. Himalayan sea salt ½ tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. lemon juice ½ tbsp. Foodies matcha powder 10 drops of blueberry medicine flower extract 1 cup fresh blueberries 2 cups ice Photo: Chef Kelly Lowes Directions: 1.Place coconut milk, 2 tbsp. maple syrup, salt, vanilla, and lemon into a high-speed blender. Blend until evenly distributed.  2. Pour ½ cup out of the blender into a measuring cup and set aside. 3. Take the medicine flower extract and add it into the blender and blend until even. Remove from the blender and place it into a large 4 cup measuring cup. 4. Take the ½ cup of coconut milk that you set aside and place …

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Raspberry Matcha Cream Cake

This Raspberry Matcha Cream Cake recipe using Baristas Matcha, is created especially for A Taste for Tea from creative raw food Chef Kelly Lowes, from Raw Gourmet La Vie. Kelly is a strong advocate for health and raw food. Her creations use natural ingredients and at the same time provide an amazing culinary experience. Who says raw food can’t be heavenly good? About Kelly Lowes at Raw Gourmet La Vie Kelly’s adventurous journey with food began when she decided to use her mother’s vintage ACME juicer to juice for herself and her family. Everyone’s health was improving, but Kelly found she didn’t know what to do with all the pulp from juicing. That is when she went on-line and discovered raw food. Coming from an Italian background, she knew nothing about raw food and found it all quite new and fascinating. Being Kelly, she had to learn everything there was about the subject and her first acquisition was an Excalibur 9 tray food dehydrator, then a Vitamix, and after that collecting every kitchen gadget imaginable. …

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Tea Store Owner Loves Matcha

It’s always a compliment when someone who specializes in teas  from around the world, loves your product and becomes an avid enthusiast, as is the case for Zama Tea Owner, Leanne Herrera, who absolutely loves and promotes Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha! Leanne states, “It’s the best matcha I’ve ever had!”  And we couldn’t agree more, the smooth authentic, pure matcha is a naturally sweet matcha, not bitter or acrid at all, it’s delicious to drink just the way it is. Zama Teas celebrated their grand opening during April and they are now open and located in Old Towne Tustin, 434 El Camino Real, Tustin, Ca. Gabby tried matcha at Zama Tea and loves the Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial matcha, “It has a sweet flavor and is very smooth and easy going down. I was pleasantly surprised when I first tried it.” Matcha Station on left Zama features a special ‘Matcha Station.” A perfect spot in the shop to find matcha and accessory items, plus read and learn about matcha and it’s high nutrient levels. Renovating the …

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Nancy & Harris, an elegant and casual lifestyle

Nancy Feldman and her husband, Harris, emulate an active yet casual, comfy and classy lifestyle. Matcha fits in perfectly with their daily routine and activities. Both are active seniors, trim and in shape. They enjoy gardening and thoughtfully xeriscaped their lawn with drought tolerant plants and fragrant naturals such as lavender and roses. Folks in the neighborhood love to stop and enjoy their beautiful yard, admiring the many California native plants. Although Nancy is retired, friends still ask for her help and advice decorating their homes. Nancy is an interior decorator as you will see in these lovely pictures in her own stylish home. Nancy and Harris enjoy travel often visiting their daughter, son-in-law and baby grandson in Las Vegas. And of course, Annie, their lovable golden retriever is not far from their sides- at home, on the road, and taking walks with Harris in the neighborhood. They found Annie at a rescue center and it’s nice to know that the quality of Annie’s life is now filled with gentle care and kindness. We like …

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Iced Matcha with Lemon

Iced Matcha with Lemon Just like other teas, matcha is delicious over ice with lemon! Matcha is the raw form of the camelia senensis tea plant. Matcha may be sweetened with honey or sugar just like regular black teas. However, if you are using ceremonial matcha, you will find that it is naturally sweet and smooth and that it is sweet enough all on its own! To fill an 8oz glass, use 1/2 teaspoon of matcha. Heat your water, add matcha and mix well. If you whisk the matcha longer than 30 seconds this will help to cool down the matcha. Cut some lemon wedges and squeeze 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into the matcha. Add your sweetener of choice. Once you feel the matcha is cool enough, pour the matcha over the ice and fill your glass. Add a lemon wedge and enjoy this healthy and energizing, delicious glass of iced matcha, a wonderful refreshment on a summer’s day. Guests enjoy this beverage and are often surprised and pleased to see the appealing …

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Coconut Green Tea Ice Cream

Green tea ice cream made with matcha, has a bold and delicious flavor!  It’s bright green color makes it eye appealing and you can almost taste that wonderful matcha flavor just by looking at it! Once you’ve tried it, it will move to the top of the list of your favorite green tea ice creams. A regular bowl of matcha is often served with a sweet treat, called wagashi, a confectionery treat in Japan.  There is just something perfect about matcha’s distinct earthy flavor that combines well with something sweet. It is so enjoyable in ice cream you will find yourself wanting it more and more. Some natural food stores are carrying brands of green tea ice cream, but if you want to make a batch at home here is a delicious recipe to try. Ingredients: 2 cans full fat coconut milk, pre-chilled (this is very important as it makes the ice cream creamy, like ice cream should be!) 4 T of matcha (we use Foodies culinary grade for it’s great taste and beautiful bright green …

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Almond Matcha Latte- Vegan

 Almond Matcha Latte-Vegan from California’s Almond Board Naturally sweet without adding sugar, this delicious Almond Matcha Latte serves up a whole lot of nutrition in one drink. For those who do not drink dairy or soy, it’s a wonderful alternative recipe with almond milk. The recipe includes kale, considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables around. Add matcha, loaded with even more chlorophyll, vitamin C and anti-oxidants; then some additional almond butter, and you end up with a very healthful power-punching green protein drink. Let’s not forget the chia seeds- loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micro-nutrients. Add a touch of vanilla and this yummy, delicious latte becomes a great way to start the day! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 1 cup baby kale, packed 3/4 cup frozen pineapple 1/2 cup frozen mango pieces 1 medium frozen banana 2 tablespoons freshly ground almonds (we use a Krups electric grinder to grind fresh almond butter) 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder (we use Barista’s Matcha) 2 teaspoons chia seeds 1/2 …