There are loads of commercial sports drinks out there. But did you know you can easily make your own – and it’ll be much better than anything you can buy?
The whole point of sports drinks, or energy drinks, is to replace water and electrolytes lost during training and sweating, and to give you a boost of energy. But commercial sports drinks aren’t all they’re cracked up to be...
Isotonic drinks have salt and sugar added in concentrations similar to what’s naturally in the body. Hypertonic drinks have more salt and sugar than the body; while hypotonic have these in lower levels.
The problem with commercial energy drinks is this: how do you really know what you’re getting? How do you know what chemicals have been added? How much sugar’s in your drink?
We’re here to tell you that you can make your own, perfectly pure energy sports drink – with matcha of course.
We’ve been over the benefits many times – put simply, matcha is a functional wonder food. It’s full of all the things our bodies need to work perfectly. As an energy sports drink, Matcha:
Here is our recipe for the best sports drink you’ll ever consume:
You need a clean, empty and reusable water bottle. Simply fill the bottle almost to the top with water – cool or cold. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder for every 250mls of water and a pinch of salt, for electrolytes. If you like a sweeter taste, add a little agave or liquid stevia. Then just shake it vigorously until all the matcha is dissolved. It’s refreshing, light, largely calorie free, and oh so good for you.
Today we joined Barre Body studios and Vie Active for Barre & Brunch, celebrating the launch of Vie Active's new season. Starting with an hour-long yoga and pilates class, the crowd worked up a sweat before recouping muesli and bliss balls from Charlie's Balls and of course matcha smoothies from EcceKo!
Fast versus Cleanse: What’s the Difference?
So you want to kick-start your body for great health and vitality (and perhaps a little weight loss). Or you want to amplify your meditation. Do you do a fast or a cleanse? Is there a difference?
Both fasting and cleansing involve drinking loads of fluids, and are great for detoxing, wellbeing, and weight loss. They both really clean your body from the inside out!
There are some big differences between fasting and cleansing, though:
And if you're cleaning, matcha is the perfect detox drink!
Every cup of matcha green tea you drink is a mini-cleanse in itself!
It's time to feel healthy and and vibrant, and coming into summer seems to just make everything come back to life. Why not start eating right?
Eat fresh, light and vegan with these matcha bliss balls.
They're one of the yummiest and easiest snacks to make and enjoy. They pack a big punch and they taste amazing...
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Too easy! For a twist, roll the balls in crushed nuts or even in a nut/matcha powder mix for an extra punch.
If you feel like something a little sweeter for a special treat, try these chocolate matcha power balls...
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We all know the feeling. You wake up in the morning and the first thing your brain can compute is, “Coffee! Now!”
We’re here to tell you that there is a MUCH better alternative to drinking coffee first thing in the morning – and, in no time, you’ll even find dragging yourself out of bed to be not such a drag. Even on Monday mornings.
The better way
We consume too too much caffeine – in coffee, black tea, colas, energy drinks, and chocolate. Too much caffeine makes you jittery, angsty, and can even harm your adrenal glands – which control how you physically respond to stress.
But a moderate amount of caffeine isn’t bad at all. And the caffeine in matcha green tea is caffeine with a difference.
Matcha is a healthy energy drink. There are scientific studies which prove that having a cup of matcha gives you longer lasting energy than any cup of coffee can. The added bonus is that the energy from matcha won’t make you jittery at all – in fact, you will feel calm and focused.
Another bonus of drinking matcha instead of coffee is that it’s full of healthy goodness – vitamins and minerals by the bucketload. This little drink packs a big punch!
Replace your morning coffee with matcha. We did – so we know how much better and brighter you’ll feel. It sets you up for the day right from the start – and in no time, you’ll likely want to replace all of your coffees with matcha. Why not? Not only does it taste great – it’s great for you.
Modern life can be overwhelming, and it’s not easy to take a step back and just “Be” in the moment (especially when you’re reading this while waiting in line for the iPhone 6 plus). But the importance of doing so can’t be understated. Meditation is one way to achieve this.
The idea that a simple cup of tea could assist in meditation may sound far-fetched, yet with matcha green tea, it’s true. Matcha has been used for ages to help to be calm and alert during meditation.
Meditation isn’t necessarily about emptying the mind, but more an exercise in being present and mindful, allowing thoughts and sensations to come and be released.
The benefits of meditation are enormous. Meditation reduces stress, tension, anxiety, and high blood pressure; increases happiness and peace of mind; relieves pain, which may be physical, mental, or emotional,; and improves overall concentration.
How can matcha help in the process of meditation?
By drinking matcha before meditating, you “kick-start” the meditative process. The mind and body will be more at ease and experience less mental distraction. You can focus without falling asleep, yet not feel at all jittery (like you can so often after drinking coffee, for example). How’s this work?
There is a chemical in matcha called L-theanine, an amino acid almost exclusively found in the tea plant. It’s been scientifically proven to reduce stress, both physical and psychological, whilst at the same time improving mood and cognition. It even stimulates alpha-wave activity within the brain, which is the state which people who meditate seek to achieve.
Why is a glass of matcha green tea so much better than fruit juice?
Even the freshest squeezed fruit juices in their purest form, without any added sugar, are full of natural sugars. While these are undoubtedly better than the highly processed sugars found in soft drinks, the actual sugar content within fruit juice is comparable to that in a soft drink. For example, a glass of pure orange juice contains just one gram less of sugar than does a glass of coca-cola. Grape juice actually contains MORE sugar than its equivalent amount of coke.
Matcha, on the other hand, is pure green tea leaves in powdered form. Mixed with water and no added sugar, it has NO sugar content – it is the perfect guilt-free, sugar-free beverage.
Just one glass of matcha gives its drinker the equivalent of ten glasses of green tea in terms of antioxidant content, making it one of the most potent antioxidants known – and not only promotes weight loss, but contains compounds that offer protection to the body from ageing, cholesterol, inflammation, and even cancer.
Even better than a cup of coffee, matcha is high in caffeine – yet it does't bring with it the unpleasant effects of caffeine such as jitters that are so common with coffee intake. Thanks to its L-Theanine, it is actually very calming while promoting alertness and a physical boost. There is no better wake-up drink for the morning, or way to combat the mid-afternoon slump, than a glass of matcha.
Antioxidants are just the tip of the nutritional iceberg when it comes to matcha tea. This superfood is also abundant in its levels of various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and proteins. These chemicals offer calming qualities and are also great for the metabolism of protein. Additionally, matcha contains no calories, fats, sodium, or cholesterol. It is one hundred percent vegan, and improved brain and digestive functions, controls blood sugar, and enhances energy levels. Even better, this drink is the perfect detox beverage – eliminating toxins such as chemicals and heavy metals which can build up in the body.
Convinced? Get a free matcha sample here.
There are heaps of ways to enjoy the health benefits of matcha green tea: as a hot drink, as a latte, or in desserts and even savoury dishes. One of the most beneficial and enjoyable ways to enjoy matcha is as a cold brew.
Cold brew matcha is simply matcha green tea prepared entirely with cold water. Unlike iced matcha, the water used for preparation of cold brew matcha is not heated at all; instead it's icy cold. (Iced matcha is made with hot water then cooled and ice is added). Preparation of cold brew matcha is fast, uncomplicated, and, before you know it, the beverage is ready to enjoy.
Making cold brew matcha is as easy as adding matcha powder to your water bottle, blender, or even a cocktail shaker, adding icy cold water, and thoroughly shaking or blending it. Drink it immediately, or take it with you; just remember that over time, the matcha will settle at the bottom, so re-shaking regularly will be necessary.
The matcha powder to water ratio is entirely dependent upon personal taste; however as a guide, we recommend one teaspoon of matcha powder to five hundred millilitres of cold water. Alter proportions accordingly to taste; less matcha powder will give a thinner beverage; more matcha will make the drink thicker.
For a slow-brewed ice cold matcha, spoon a couple of teaspoons of matcha powder into a pitcher, then fill with ice. Allow it to rest for several hours; the ice will melt and slowly brew the matcha. Pour over ice to enjoy.
For a taste twist, try adding a little ginger, lime, or agave.
Cold brew matcha is the perfect summer drink. It looks amazing in a cold glass, with its rich verdant colouring; it tastes amazingly refreshing; and you know you’re not just enjoying a tasty treat; you are filling your body with nutrient-rich goodness. Drink up!
The warm months are upon us and it's time to get serious about planning your travel, but packing your bags to be light as a feather is a challenge.
Traveling isn't about taking all the comforts of home. Traveling minimally lets us focus on the present, in turn allowing us to connect better with the world around us.
Here's your guide for packing minimally.
Leave your suitcase, love your backpack
Start here. Buy a 40 litre super lightweight pack. The adaptability of a backpack along with its flexibility will accommodate itself to any scenario the presents itself. Having limited space will also force you to get serious about your packing.
Skip the what-ifs
Embrace the uncertainty of the unknown. If you think to yourself, I may need this, leave it at home.
Minimise your clothing
Depending on where you're going, three or four tops, two pairs of shorts, one pair of pants, and a lightweight jacket covers the essentials for a week away. If you plan on nights out, pack one outfit that can handle all nightlife scenarios, but each piece should also be able to be worn during the day as well. Leave the blazer, dress and heels at home.
Care not for your hair
Hair products are notorious for adding dead weight to your bag. Straighteners, blow dryers, conditioners and brushes are a great way to fill up your bag. Leave it at home. Same goes for excess toiletries. if you get really desperate, just go buy it.
Take one gadget (your phone)
Your laptop will be the biggest "what if" in your bag. Trust in your phone; you can answer emails without getting too deep into work, it takes great quality photos, and serves as the ultimate reference guide.