Matcha power... and a GIVEAWAY!
Wohoo... I have a giveaway for you today! Exciting times!
See this teapigs 'Modern Matcha Kit'?
Yup, this could be all yours!
For this last month of #matchamay I have been testing teapigs Matcha for this review and now have a pack to give away for you to try too!
I had been wanted to try Matcha tea powder for a long time and so when I saw the opportunity to try out a teapigs kit (since I already love their others teas- particularly peppermint!) I literally jumped at the chance.
Matcha tea is soooooo versatile. Whisk it into a tea or a smoothie or why not bake with it or add it to a dressing, sauce or spread. Go matcha power!
Here are a few things I've made with my matcha kit... hot drinks, baked oatmeal, matcha avocado spread, smoothie bowl and juice blends. Plus I have a quick recipe for you below ( another two recipes coming next week).
So, what's the deal with Matcha?
Matcha is 100% natural, organic green tea leaves which have been carefully ground down to form a fine powder. The main difference in how matcha tea differs from green tea in that it is the whole leaf that is used, as opposed to an infusion, so contains the whole food in a much more concentrated and potent form. Sounds good to me!
I'll be honest, one of the reasons i'd been put off trying matcha before is the price. It is expensive BUT I will say that you get what you pay for. Coincidentally, a month or so prior to receiving my teapigs matcha kit I had ordered some matcha powder from ebay (ok, don't roll your eyes at me) I did a lot of research and ordered a small pack from a Chinese company that looked reputable. The taste... well it simply doesn't compare to teapigs silky smooth powder. The 'alternative' green tea was much harsher tasting and I needed to add a fair amount of sweetness (more than I was happy to do) to make it appeal to my tatstebuds. Not so with teapigs matcha, the quality is in the smoothness of taste and quality of the powder with no grittiness or residue at all.
Here is some extra info clipped from teapigs website:
What are the health benefits of matcha tea?
Matcha tea is packed full of antioxidants, and is also claimed to help with weight, be calming as well as energising. (more info here) As part if my review it was recommended I take the 'two week matcha challenge' and consume a serving of matcha (1/2 tsp) every day for two weeks. I will admit I failed s bit at this task as I went on holiday right in the middle of may and didn't take it with me. But I did note that in terms of energy and stamina, twice I consumed a matcha smoothie just before a heavy work out and those were the two workouts this month I got my best results- on one of those sessions I smashed my PB's in 3 different exercises! Coincidence? who's knows... but I would recommend adding it to a pre-workout blend. Also since i'm not a coffee lover and don't have caffeine as a energy boost, matcha tea is a great alternative for me and I can see myself using this as well as or a change from maca powder which has always been my go-to superfood.
Ok, now I hear you say 'but how do I win a pack?'
Ok, I'm getting to that part. But first a very quick recipe. My favourite way to drink matcha for an ultra boost!
Recipe: Hot coconut milk matcha tea
- 1 mug worth coconut milk (I made my own)
- 1/2 tsp teapigs matcha tea powder
- 1/2 tsp maca powder
- 2 drops vanilla stevia (I use Nunaturals)
- a sprinkle of cinnamon on top (optional)
Heat coconut milk and then add remaining ingredients. Use whisk supplied in kit (or other small whisk or blender) to mix ingredients through until fully blended with no lumps. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.
How to Win!
teapigs kindly supplied me with two kits (as pictured at the top of the post) one for me to test and one to give away as a prize!
In addition to the prize teapigs are also offering a unique discount code for my readers to use. It is valid for 10% off their products until the end of June (excludes cheeky, bulk buys, pick & mix and matcha kits), The code you will need to enter is cake.
This giveaway will run until midnight next Thursday 5th June when the winner will be drawn at random via Rafflecopter.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS FOR UK ENTRIES ONLY (simply because the cost of postage is too much for me to cover further afield) :-(
You can enter below- it's really simple and only takes a few seconds!
Tell me, are you a teapigs lover?
Do you love matcha or have you been inspired to give it a try?
Extra note: I was supplied with a teapigs kit to test and review, but all comments and views are entirely my own.
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