Good morning! What’s up people?!
I was contacted by KissMe Organics to try out their matcha green tea powder and agreed! Initially I thought what the heck is matcha? The second – I don’t like tea but I knew I liked the citrus green tea from gas stations (long story, related to ag trips – another time, I promise). More importantly though I know you guys love healthy alternatives and FOOD! Y’all are readers after my own heart!
When I looked through the cookbook and saw I could bake, cook, and smoothie with it I was sure I could find another way to love green tea.
PS matcha green tea is “the ancient secret to health, beauty, and longevity”!! I’m a little skeptical about it’s powers but hey, what do I know?!
It also claims to:
- All day energy with increased focus
- Increased metabolism
- 137 times the antioxidants than brewed green tea
- Improved skin health
I can say I did notice a little pep in my step when I added it into my smoothies and my skin was a little clearer. I know the energy wasn’t a fluke!!
When it came in the mail I was a little surprised about the quantity but knew that quality tea (and matcha) could have a huge price tag so I wasn’t too concerned. Quick note: Kiss Me Organics sells 4oz bags for $25. Onto the fun stuff!!
I looked through the recipes again and decided to make a smoothie first thing the next morning. My usual smoothie includes fruit, juice, applesauce and ENERGYbits so I just subbed ENERGYbits for matcha, blended, and voila!
Let’s step back – this is what when in it:
- Kiss Me Organics match green tea powder
- frozen friut (mango, strawberries, peaches)
- Paradise Blend (a little high in sugar but my favorite)
- Not pictured: applesauce!
NOTE: When I opened the bag I took a whiff of the powder because, you know, that’s what normal people do – don’t do that, I beg you don’t be normal!
Sounds delicious doesn’t it? It had a slight pond scum appearance with 1 tbsp (the recommended daily allowance) and a stronger taste than I prefer so I scaled back the powder to 1 tsp and tried again – much better still with the energy boosting effects.
The recipes had more than just smoothies though, it had everything from sorbet to biscuits and everything in between. True to form here’s a sweet! This recipe was already vegan but, as always, things can be modified fairly easily!
Lime juice -> strawberry hulls -> strawberry perfection
Guys I so wish there was ismell technology (really hope Apple doesn’t sue me over that one -ha)! Oh my goodness did those strawberries smell SO STINKING GOOD!
Here’s the recipe:
Strawberry Matcha Sorbet
- 4 pints strawberries, sliced & hulled 2 limes, juiced
- 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsp. matcha green tea
- 2 tbsp. pureed ginger
- Bring sugar and water to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer until sugar is fully dissolved. It should take about 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat to cool completely.
- In a food processor, combine lime juice and strawberries to puree. Strain to remove seeds.
- When syrup has cooled, add to strawberry puree along with corn syrup and stir well.
- Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Place in air tight container and freeze for at least an hour prior to serving.
- If you don’t have an ice cream maker, place mixture in air right, freezer safe container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours then place in freezer overnight.
Makes 8 cups of sorbet.
12 hours later…
“Pinterest Fail” minus the Pinterest: I butchered it. On purpose though – I swear!! After work the Mr. and I put it in punch and had a few drinks! Nonalcoholic in our case but this stuff would be killer as a chiller! Ha, I rhymed 😉
I do think it’s a little ridiculous to need a billion different machines to make this but it was really really good! We used out Ninja with the shred attachment to puree, our juicer to juice the limes but that could be done manually, and we don’t have (or need) an ice cream maker. Can you imagine? We’d be fat all day and by fat I mean eating ice cream. All day! Ha! That sounds rad actually! Take note folk – ice cream maker on The List! Regardless! We did not use the food processor but I did over fill the Ninja and made a HUGE mess of the kitchen. Luckily the Mr. was out by this point and I cleaned it all up before he got back! The lesson learned is the 72oz fill line on the Ninja is no joke!!
My last thoughts: I can appreciate the thought behind the product and I like how it’s so readily available on Amazon, I’m a sucker for online shopping, but if I were shopping and stumbled upon it would I buy it? Eh, probably not. The quality was not premier (i.e. drinkability was low) but was still quality enough for baking and additions. And the recipes, are great! Seriously!!
Disclaimer: While I received this item free for review, all opinions expressed within are my own.