a coconut matcha latte!
We love a good matcha latte and especially when there is chi coconut milk involved, even more so on a monday morning when you need an energy boost. (Or hangover remedy) So to brighten up your monday morning here’s some information on matcha and how a coconut matcha latte can make your Monday marvellous. Oh yes and we’ve thrown in a quick recipe for your convenience, (we’re so kind!).
Although matcha powder comes with a hefty price tag it also comes with a hefty amount of nutrients, perfect justification to pop to your nearest health food store and grab a pot! Unlike green tea which is the brewed tea leaves of many varieties of tea leaf from China and Japan, matcha powder is specificaly ground from tencha leaves in Japan.
The tea bushes are grown and taken great care of during the winter and just before harvesting in May the bushes are covered from sunlight. This stimulates an increase in chlorophyl levels resulting in the leaves to be a darker shade of green. This, my fellow green gods and goddesses, is how matcha powder gets its nutrient potency. This darker shade of green causes a production of amino acids like L-thiamine. This makes matcha perfect for repair and growth as it gives us a supply of ready available amino acids (think hair, skin, nails, muscles). Basically everything we need repairing to be feeling (and looking) amazing.
When we consume Matcha we consume the whole leaf as it is in powdered form. This means we get a fair share of amazing antioxidants like ECGg. Antioxidants are important as they can help prevent damage to our cells from oxidative stress and toxins we consume and produce in our body. Even better for cell repair, skin repair and long term beautifulness!
This combination of matcha, electrolyte and mineral filled coconut milk is brilliant. Drinking one of these babies regularly is a sure fire way to become the envy of your colleagues with your new annoyingly large amount of energy, just what everyone wants to see on a monday!
Chi’s marvellous monday coconut matcha latte. ♥
- 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder of your choice
- sweetener of choice – for example Manuka honey, natural organic honey ( no chemicals here please!) or rice malt syrup/ another plant based natural sweetener if you are a vegan.
- Chi 100% natural coconut milk
- Gently heat up a mug full of coconut milk.
- stir in about a teaspoon of matcha powder in to your heated coconut milk.
- Add the sweetener of your choice until it is as sweet as you would like it.
- Pour in to your mug and there you have it! Drink up and boss your day (now that you are superman/superwoman)
- For more amazingly good recipes with chi head over to our pint rest.
Skin and Hair
As we move towards October, it is important to start protecting ourselves from the damaging effects of the cold, winter weather. During these colder months, dryness in the air forces our hair, skin and nails to behave very differently. Compensating for this loss of natural moisture in the air can be challenging, but here at Chi, we have an all-in-one solution for you…
Labelled as “nature’s wonder oil,” Coconut Oil is packed with nutrients that can help to nourish dry hair skin and hair. Organic, Virgin, Coconut Oil is also a natural and effective way to lessen your exposure to the toxins and chemicals found in many everyday beauty products. Many moisturisers, shampoos and conditioners contain alcohols and petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin and damage hair. Commercial beauty brands often contain a lot of water too, which makes you feel like your skin/hair are being moisturised, but as soon as the water dries, your skin dries. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps to strengthen underlying tissues and remove excessive dead cells on the skin’s surface, as well as strengthen hair follicles and add shine for gorgeous, silky locks.
Grab yourself a jar of Chi Organic Virgin Coconut Oil here, and follow these 3 easy steps for hydrated hair, skin and nails this Winter…
1. Wash your hair using a natural and organic shampoo. We recommend Green People’s range. Rinse with lukewarm water.
2. Apply a generous amount of Coconut Oil to your hair, and comb through to the ends. (Tip: leave about 1 inch of the roots un-oiled to avoid the greasy-look!)
3. Leave for 10 – 30 minutes. Rinse once or twice and leave the hair to dry naturally.
4. Repeat once a week.
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1. Cleanse face as per your usual routine.
2. Apply a small amount of coconut oil around the delicate eye area, and any dry patches. (Tip: coconut oil also makes a great lip balm!)
3. Allow 10 minutes to soak into the skin before applying make-up.
1. Remove any existing nail polish and soak your hands in warm water.
2. Massage coconut oil into your hands, concentrating on the cuticle and nail area.
3. Sit back, relax and allow 10 minutes to soak into the skin.
4. Apply your favourite nail polish. (We recommend Zoya – free from harsh chemicals and toxins.)
Beautiful skin also comes from within. Remember to drink plenty of water and coconut water during winter.