August 19, 2015

Matcha Kiwi Popsicles

Matcha Kiwi Popsicles

Dear Katie,

Welcome back to the world.

Sincerely,

Yourself

This post marks the end of quite a grueling year.  Graduating and trying to vehemently suppress the “OMG HEY SO WHAT’S YOUR PLAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” question followed by sprinting off in the other direction – interval training brought to a whole new level.  Needless to say it was both emotionally and physically exhausting, so I hunkered down and got to thinking.  What was my plan? I’ve always loved holistic nutrition, so I assumed dietetics was for me.  I started taking prerequisite classes, applied to grad school, accepted a position at a grad school for food science and nutrition, then cancelled acceptance, found a new program and made a new plan.  And that’s how the majority of my year went: constantly making and breaking plans.  I would be all consumed in one thing, and the next week would find myself moving in an entirely different direction. I’m someone who thrives on consistency, so I didn’t like feeling so fickle.  But (after a little, read: A LOT of, validation and support from friends, family, and former professors) I think that’s okay – to focus on being unfocused – to live in a world of upside-down opposites until you find your way up again.  After a year of upside downing though, I am confident in my new path: a masters in complementary and integrative medicine that qualifies me to be a certified nutritionist, followed by PA school.

I finally feel sweet and complete.  And this snack reflects that: packed with omega 3’s, a full serving of vegetables and fruit, and a caffeine kick – it’s the total package when it comes to snacking.  Ironically, these popsicles freeze upside down, and after a little time and patience, they’re revealed to be something really magical and cohesive when they’re turned right side up. Talk about ~melt~in-your-mouth “mMmMMMmmMMm”etaphors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So yeah as evidenced by that last statement, I’m still largely saturated in satire (…satire-ated??), just with a slightly different plan now. Recipe is below with a few words on the benefits of matcha! A real smatcha-ing success in my opinion!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 kiwis, sliced

Kiwi Matcha 2

Superfood Spotlight:

Matcha is high in antioxidants, has the amino acid L-Theanine, which induces calm and relaxation, boosts memory and concentration, increases energy level and endurance, detoxifies, fortifies the immune system, and even improves cholesterol.  

Chia seeds are a great source of fiber and omega-3s, making you happily satiated and keeps ya moving’.  Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and are high in antioxidants, which decrease inflammation.  A study in type 2 diabetics showed that chia seeds can significantly lower blood pressure and a marker for inflammation.

Maca powder – Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It also improves sexual function, mood, and energy levels.

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