Kiss Me Organics: Matcha Green Tea Review

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Kiss Me Organics

, but all opinions are my own*

I am sure I am not alone in making one of my resolutions every year be to eat/be healthier. It is probably one of the top resolutions everyone makes every time New Years' comes around. One year its coconut water, another year it's kale and this year it seems Matcha is making a comeback as one of the 

trendiest foods of the year.

 So when I was asked to try out

Kiss Me Organics Culinary Grade Organic Matcha

, I said sure I'll join in on the fun.

Now chances are you may have heard of Matcha (it was all the craze a few years ago too). Even so, you may still be wondering what is it exactly.  In the simplest terms, it is a powdered form of green tea. It comes with the benefits of green tea, but since it is a more concentrated form, there are even more benefits to it, so they say.

Kiss Me Organics healthy foods trends of 2015

The benefits include help in boosting energy and concentration as well as boosting your metabolism to help support weight loss. It also has 137x's the antioxidant of regular brewed green tea. Because it is a powder, it makes it easy to use in lattes, baking (yes, baking!) and my personal favorite, post-workout smoothies!

 As a tea lover, I do like enjoying it as tea, but I LOVE adding it to my smoothies! I just put some almond milk, a banana, some vanilla protein powder and then a teaspoon of Matcha powder in a blender, blend and voilá, pure healthy yumminess! I like enjoying it in one of my many mason jars (cuz it makes a lot LOL) and add this cute green straw that my friend sent me.

Kiss Me Organics healthy foods trends of 2015

Now, like I mentioned before, I've had Matcha lattes before, but the thing with Matcha is that it can tend to taste bitter. I'm not sure what brand the local coffeehouses use, but I get weary of them at times because sometimes they add too much or don't blend it well, or maybe it's the kind they are using, but I end up with a really strong (read bitter) Matcha latte. Luckily,

Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder

doesn't give me this issue. In fact, I can honestly say it is one of the better ones I've tasted, even in a regular Matcha tea. 

If you want to try 

Kiss Me Organics Culinary Grade Organic Matcha

for yourself you can purchase it on Amazon if you live in the

US

, the

UK

and

Canada

. I'm curious to know if any of you have tried out this trendy food and if so what do you love about it. Please share in the comments and let's make this year a healthy one :)

Love,

Astrid

Wellness Wednesday: H2O Hydration!

Lucky you, today I decided to write two posts. I had planned the Workplace Wednesday post last week, but wanted to do a Wellness Wednesday post about the importance of water since summer officially starts this weekend and the weather is about to become HOT HOT HOT. 

I know I am guilty of not drinking enough water, but it is a goal of mine to eventually drink at least 6 cups of water a day. The rule is that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces, of water a day, more if you are working out a lot. It is especially important to stay hydrated in the summer as the heat can make you sweat more and also "dry" you out, hence dehydrating you. 

Dehydration is no fun as it can make you feel lightheaded and can also make you pass out, along with other more serious health issues that can land you in the hospital(I'm not a doctor so I can only say what I know). But I also understand that for some of us, it's easier to reach for soda or beer or other beverages that aren't water. The issue with this is that sugars can actually dehydrate you more and don't really quench your thrust the way water does. But there are some ways to make water more appealing. I want to share one of my favorite ways to do this:

I like to "infuse" or "flavor" my water by putting lemons wedges or orange slices in a jug of water overnight. I first will wash and clean the lemon or orange and then cut slices to drop into the jug of water. I occasionally will also put mint or cucumbers. This not only makes water taste better, but also makes it more energizing and refreshing. Plus, there's a benefit when drinking lemon water, which I can make a separate post on, or you can read more about it

here

. Here are also some links for recipes: 

Tone It Up Infused Water

Blogilates Detox Water

Kasia Organic Salon Fruit Infused Water

Do you have any tips for infusing your water or making it more appealing?

Share them in the comments below. Can't wait to see what you think/share.

Love,

Astrid

Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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Today I decided to start a new feature for Wednesday(I know this is going up late) that will be focusing on health and fitness called Wellness Wednesday. The feature will help me when I don't have Workplace Wednesdays for you or anything else planned. I'm also doing this because I love the topic of health & fitness and strive to live as healthy a lifestyle as I can. For the first post, I'd like to discuss the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, something I really should be having more of these days. 

I first learned about the numerous benefits of ACV from Katrina and Karena at ToneItUp.com. And was able to witness it myself when I had their famous Bombshell Spell, which is a metabolism boosting drink. Unfortunately, I can't give you that recipe because it is part of their Nutrition plan (that's copyrighted I believe), but I can tell you about the benefits :)

1. Helps you stay slim. 
This is because it helps regulate blood sugar levels which means that it will help stop your body from storing fat and decreasing the risk for diabetes and heart disease. It also helps to control/curb appetite and therefore helps with cravings and is great at boosting metabolism as well so have it first thing in the morning. I know it may sound gross, but mixing it in apple or pineapple juice helps mask the taste. There are plenty of recipes online. All you need to do is google ACV metabolic drink.

2. Helps with PH balance.
ACV helps your body stay alkaline. This is good news because it means a better immune system and to me that's important. I hate being sick, especially on top of allergies. Speaking of which, according to One Good Thing by Jillee, it helps sinus drainage. I know it sounds gross, but this sounds like sweet relief to me. The site also lists other benefits along those lines. 

Additionally, a balanced PH helps increase energy which as a college student is an even bigger plus. Coffee only does so much and gives me the jitters sometimes. I'm trying to curb my coffee intake by the way. Being able to get a natural boost of energy is so much better.

3. Helps with Acne
I can really attest to this one. While my acne is much more manageable as an adult, it's still there, which is annoying. Thankfully, if I go a week straight with have an ACV metabolic drink, it clears up. While there may be a lot of decent beauty products out there, getting rid of acne from within is just more satisfying and long lasting. So if you are breaking out, start chugging(not really) ACV!

While there are many more benefits, I've found those to be the top 3. They are also the one's I'm most interested in and that explain the other benefits mentioned in other articles/blog posts. For more info. click on the links above or visit Eat Bird Food blog. Also let me know what you think and if you will be trying this out in the comments below. I truly highly recommend adding this to your routine.

Love,
Astrid

Reviewing My 2012 Resolutions



I know it may seem a bit late to post my New Year's Resolutions and I actually meant to do this earlier, but it's better late than never. Now that being said, this is my list of resolutions I will try my best to accomplish by December 31, 2012, but like all things in life, this process will surely be ongoing. I made this list back in February when reviewing what I had set as my goals at the beginning of the year and it was a way to help me keep focus on what those goals were. Now for the list:

1) Be more active-i.e. go the gym and do outdoor activities such as hiking

2) Eat Healthier-not dieting, just healthier options

3) Better time management- get things done on time and BE ON TIME!

4) Plan a fun activity at least once a month

5) Be more organized- in both my schedule and my space

6) Get my finances in order- make a budget and stick to it; pay down debt.

7) Try something new- I want to learn to sew and learn to play the guitar

8) Make a better effort in my person- I would like to stop dressing frumpy and look more put together daily.

9) Volunteer or participate in a charity event such as AIDSWALK LA

10) Put my best effort in my classes so that I can raise my GPA

11) Plan a trip- either a road trip or fly out somewhere I've never been before

12) Keep up with my Youtube videos and blogs

I know that may all seem like a lot but most go hand in hand and some are things I have already started working on. So far I have begun going to the gym much more than in 2011 and have been doing well in my classes so far. I am going to be focusing a lot more on my time management and eating habits right now until those become habit. Also, in terms of trying something new, although it is neither guitar nor sewing lessons, I am going to be trying out for my school's dance team which is something that I have never been a part of before nor have attempted before. So there you go. Please feel free to share your own resolutions or review of them below and also share any tips you may have on how I can accomplish mine.