Recipes

Summer Recipe: Matcha Lemonade

Matcha Lemonade Steeped TeaThis March I tried doing a 30 Days of Matcha Challenge. I meant to post this recipe a few weeks ago, but I’m still adjusting to mom life and juggling my time. We are just beginning to figure out nap time, and I try to get the laundry and dishes done every once in a while. Tips anyone?

The 30 Days of Matcha Challenge has made me experiment with different ways to enjoy matcha. This is a classic recipe that I have enjoyed for a while already. It makes the most delicious, energizing, and refreshing summer beverage.

Matcha Lemonade Steeped TeaHere I used the Perfect Matcha Scoop which is equivalent to about 1/2 teaspoon. This little scoop is handy to have stashed in my tea cupboard, and it makes it easy to quickly scoop the right amount of tea for my cup of matcha.

Perfect Matcha ScoopFor a pitcher of Matcha Lemonade I use a can of frozen lemonade concentrate and Lemonatcha Matcha.

I start by mixing up the lemonade in my pitcher (alternatively you can use fresh lemonade as well, but I find the concentrate tastes great mixed with tea and is a better bang for your buck!). Then I pour some lemonade into my shaker and add 6 scoops of matcha (about 3 teaspoons). I shake it well to mix and dissolve the matcha, and then I add it back to the pitcher. Finally, I give it all a quick stir, and it’s ready to serve!

Matcha Lemonade Steeped Tea

This recipe is simple and would be great to try with different flavours. I’m thinking Sweet Strawberry Matcha lemonade would be delicious. You could also switch out the lemonade for limeade.

You can find several different flavours of matcha on my website. What is your favourite way to enjoy matcha?

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark Recipe

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark

This Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark is delicious you guys. I concocted the recipe for a craft show I attended in November. This was definitely my top-seller, and after I had sold out my sister snatched up the rest of the samples as payment for manning my booth while I shopped. I meant to share this recipe a while back, but unfortunately I missed the window before Christmas. Either way it’s a tasty treat anytime of the year and makes a great little gift. You can omit the candy cane sprinkles and it is still beautiful and delicious.

If you don’t know much about matcha, it’s a delicious superfood that has become trendy in the last few years. Matcha is high quality green tea that is ground into a powder. It is typically mixed with hot (but not boiling) water and the whole of the leaf is consumed. This is what makes it a superfood! All the antioxidants found in green tea are concentrated in a matcha beverage as you drink the whole leaf rather than just steeping it. For this recipe I’m using Steeped Tea Peppermint Matcha and stirring it into the melted chocolate. This matcha already comes blended with natural peppermint flavour. You could almost consider this healthy… almost.

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Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark Recipe
  • 6 cups dark chocolate wafers
  • 2 cups white chocolate wafers
  • 1 1/2 tsp Peppermint Matcha
  • Crushed candy cane sprinkles (optional)
  1. Start by lining a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. This will make your bark easier to break up once it’s hardened. With this amount of chocolate I used 2 or 3 baking sheets.
  2. Melt your dark chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls over steaming water. Alternatively, you can microwave your chocolate in small increments and stir in between. Be careful not to burn or overcook your chocolate which could make it dry out and affect the texture.
  3. Whisk the matcha into the white chocolate using a sifter to remove any clumps.
  4. Pour a thin layer of dark chocolate into the baking sheet, spreading to the edges.
  5. Drizzle the peppermint matcha white chocolate over the dark chocolate in thin strips. Make sure to get as close to the edges as possible.
  6. Use a knife to draw the white chocolate into the dark chocolate. I made a chevron pattern by drawing a straight line length-wise and then drawing the next line about an inch apart in the opposite direction.
  7. Add the candy cane sprinkles now if desired.
  8. Wait overnight until the chocolate is set or place in the fridge for an hour to speed up the process. Break it into pieces using your hands or a sharp knife. The lines will also help your bark to break in straighter pieces.

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark

If you like this recipe or call yourself a matcha addict, stay tuned; I plan to do a 30 day matcha challenge in March. I’ll be sharing more recipes and tips along the way. Shop here to grab your own matcha and join me this March!

Lemon Strawberry Mint Sparkling Water

Lemon Strawberry Mint Sparkling WaterInfused waters have been all the rage lately. I like the idea as it’s sort of like herbal tea made with fresh ingredients. We all need to drink more water daily. Making water a bit different and exciting can make drinking it more enjoyable. Who doesn’t love sipping a drink with a beautiful garnish through a straw or switching up plain old tap water for some delicious sparkling water? It makes it much more fun!

Lemon Strawberry Mint Sparkling WaterIn my drink I used one lemon, some strawberries, and a handful of fresh mint. I cut up these ingredients and put them in a juice pitcher filled with sparkling water.

We have a SodaStream carbonation machine so that we can enjoy sparkling water at home. Jordan became addicted to “bubbly water” and saunas while we lived in Germany. He said he felt a lot healthier when he was drinking a lot of sparkling water daily and going to the sauna a few nights a week. The combination is incredible for getting rid of toxins and replenishing the body. Jordan will still occasionally go to the sauna now, but doesn’t always get the chance to. Luckily I was able to give him a SodaStream for his birthday so that he could continue to drink more water (it’s much more exciting than straight out of the tap).

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Lemon Strawberry Mint Sparkling WaterHow do you take care of your body and mind? Do you drink enough water on a daily basis?

Juice pitcher with built in strainer and double walled glass cup.