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Healthy Snacks The Perfect Component To The Big Day

Its a week before my best friends wedding and everything has turned into a hectic blur. In the midst of trying to put the finishing touches on the plans for her bachelorette party, I am also trying to think of some healthy snack ideas to have around for the day of the wedding. While the aim is to provide snacks that are both healthy and energizing, they should also be simple but appear elegant.

Choosing the perfect healthy snack and appetizers for the day of the wedding forced me to be creative. I wanted to choose a healthy appetizer the groom would enjoy but allow him to feel energized long after he said I Do. The bride would need to feel fabulous even after she devoured the simple, healthy snacks. My choice would be a combination of items and ideas strewn together.

Cheese Recipes
The first place I visited was the website for John Wm. Macys CheeseSticks. Their gourmet snacks use the perfect cheese recipes combined with twice baked sour dough bread to create a snack that leaves you wanting more. Since these healthy snacks also use all natural ingredients, the connoisseur can not only enjoy the deliciousness of the snack, but also fully appreciate the value. They were the perfect solution to my healthy snack and appetizer crisis for the day of the wedding!

Healthy Appetizers
Throughout the day, I wanted different people to be delivering healthy appetizers and snacks to the bridal party. First, I thought we should start with something simple to accompany the John Wm. Macys CheeseSticks. I decided to make a simple tray of different fruits, vegetables and a dip. All of the food would be cut into bite sizes, so people will not feel stuffed but have enough nourishment to help them look their best for the big day.

Healthy Snacks
While the healthy appetizers contained a variety of items, I wanted the snacks to be simple and more precise, without having to resort to store bought chips. I decided to create some chips of my own using different types of potatoes and leafy greens. I thought it would be perfect to add some seasonal herbs and chives to the chips to give them a different color and texture. Another healthy snack option would be to pare a healthy fish with the Romano Garlic CheeseSticks.

On the day of the wedding, I decide it was the perfect idea to have healthy snacks available while we are getting ready. My best friend deserves the perfect day and the healthy appetizers help deter the Bridezilla in us all.

Matcha Green Tea Powder the New Healthy Coffee Alternative

Why has Matcha Green Tea become so popular recently and what is it? Where does it come from and why the current popularity in more and more gourmet coffee shops as a drink option? With more and more coffee drinkers switching to Matcha as their drink of choice, what is it about this new coffee alternative that has folks wondering why?

The health benefits of Matcha are extraordinary. Matcha has at least three times greater the amount of EGCG available from other commercially available green teas. In 2003, researchers from the University of Colorado found this to be true. This benefit is due to the fact that the complete leaf is consumed, as compared to steeping water and the bagged teas people are more commonly used to drinking. You will find much higher potency of antioxidants, catechins and chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea Powder.

There is scientific evidence now discovered that suggests, theanine, which is present in Matcha Green Tea Powder could help to reduce or control mental stress responses.A study by Kao et al (2000), reported the following: “We found that EGCG (found in Matcha Green Tea) significantly reduced food intake and body weight.” This shows us how Matcha Green Tea works to suppress your appetite through regulating hormones such as Leptin which will tell your brain that you are satisfied and full. Furthermore, a recent publication by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition found that frequent consumption of quality Matcha Green Tea enhances the efficiency of the human body in utilizing energy. The research showed that the daily energy expenditure rate of adults increases 35-45% with regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea.

Matcha originated in the Tang Dynasty of China in (618-907) The Chinese and the Zen Buddhists brought the powdered tea to Japan in (1191) by the monk Eisai. The same tea used to make gyokuro is made from shade-grown tea leaves to make Matcha. It can take up to one hour to grind just 30 grams of Matcha powder, this is one of the reasons it costs a little bit more than loose leaf teas.

The taste of Matcha Green Tea Powder is a compelling reason so many have made the switch, not only because of the health benefits, but the taste is delicious and can be consumed in a variety of ways from preparations like smoothies to lattes as well as being used in baking. There are so many ways to consume Matcha that it makes for an every increasing recipe collection.

You will usually find 2 grades of Matcha, the ceremonial grade, of tea, which is used in Japanese tea ceremonies, this tea is more expensive, to culinary grades, which are used in Lattes, smoothies and baking recipes, which is less expensive. Either way, this tea is good for you and tastes superb as well.