A traditional Japanese green tea, matcha is racing ahead of all other green teas. We explore the powers of this superfood.
For 2015, don't drink just about any green tea. Upgrade to matcha, a green-hued, powdered tea from Japan. Though it has been consumed for centuries in Japan, as part of their tea ceremony Chanoyu, the world is now taking notice because of its metabolism-enhancing, stress-reducing, immune boosting and cholesterol-lowering benefits...
MORE POWERFUL THAN OTHER TEAS
"Unlike other green teas that are steeped in bags, matcha leaves are entirely dissolved in water while consumption.Hence, you ingest all its antioxidants. One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea! Because you consume it whole, the catechins, amino acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals in it are considerably higher. Hence it has strong anti-cancer and anti-ageing properties," explains tea sommelier Dr Rupali Ambegaonkar. It also promotes a Zen state of mind, as it contains LTheanine, a rare amino acid that helps in relaxation. It helps burn fat by increasing the rate of metabolism without promoting increased heart rate and blood pressure. It also improves immunity by fighting viruses and bacteria as it is rich in potassium, vitamins A and C, iron, protein, and calcium. Some studies even suggest people who drink matcha are less likely to develop heart diseases.
YOU CAN EAT IT TOO
Chefs have realised the potential of this tea in cooking.They are using matcha to enhance the flavour of a dish naturally, as a colouring agent, in dressings or as decorative garnish. Says tea connoisseur Amit Mehta, "The tasting notes of matcha are umami, vegetal and grassy .This is not only a well-accepted flavour profile with the developing Indian palate but also considered nutritious, thus appealing to health-conscious people." While Japan uses this ingredient in savoury dishes like the matcha curry, and matcha soba noodles, in India, the tea is more popular in desserts.Mumbai-based baker Pooja Dhingra often uses it in her recipes. "The flavour of matcha complements a lot of desserts. It has a certain sweetness to it, which is enhanced with white chocolate.Personally , I love using matcha with white chocolate to make cookies, macarons or cupcakes. Matcha powder can be used in almost all desserts -cakes, eclairs, mille-feuilles, milkshake and smoothies."
While choosing matcha as an ingredient for your recipe, it is important to note that matcha powders that are lighter in colour are on the sweeter side and the darker ones are more astringent. Choose one depending on what you're baking. Read more here:black formal dresses
Round is nice, square isn't. Here's how to tone up that backside that often gets the attention first
So you may not want a voluptuous backside like Kim Kardashian's, but admittedly, most women want a shapely, sculpted, and well-defined butt. Wardrobes filled with skinny jeans, leggings and LBDs have them stay focused more than ever, on tightening, and shaping their behinds.
It's beautiful to be symmetrical. Yet, our glutes do more than just help us look good in our clothes. The butt comprises three main muscles: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. They work together to help us move our legs in all directions. Since they are connected to the hips, the lower back, and the legs, strengthening the glutes can help to stabilise the back.
But what many of us really want to know is this: Is there a workout that can actually help us get chiselled derrieres? For a wonderful booty and toned thighs, you need one simple: the squat.Try these supercharged versions:
1. THE TONER
Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes out, hands on hips.Squat until thighs are parallel to the ground, then lift both heels (refer pic). Lower heels for one rep. Repeat four times. IT TONES: Buttocks, thighs, calves
2. BACK RAISER
With feet shoulder-width apart, squat all the way down, fingertips on floor slightly in front of feet. Keeping fingertips on the ground, lift hips, extending your buttocks toward the ceiling with knees slightly bent (as seen in the pic). Return to start for one rep. Repeat four times. IT TONES: Buttocks, lower back, abs
3. SOCCER PUNCH
Imagine your favourite soccer star and stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hands on hips. Squat, then stand and forcefully bring right leg across and in front of body, leading with heel, as if kicking a ball, left arm swinging in front, right arm behind.Return to start. IT TONES: Buttocks, thighs
4. CYCLE UP
Stand with feet shoulder width apart, hands behind head. Squat, then stand, lifting left knee across body toward right elbow at centre.Return to start. Switch sides to complete one rep. Repeat twice. IT TONES: Thighs, abs, obliques
5. LEAN LIFT
Stand with feet hip-width apart. Squat, extending arms behind torso. Stand, then raise left leg and lower chest until parallel to parallel to floor, extending arms for ward. Hold for two counts, then return to start. Switch sides to complete one rep. Repeat twice. IT TONES: Buttocks, legs, shoulders, back, abs
6. WALL WHITTLER
Feet together, thighs parallel to the ground, hands on hips, squat with back to wall. Maintain back and buttocks contact with wall as you lift left knee toward chest.Return to start. Switch leg to complete 1 rep. IT TONES: Buttocks, thighs
THE RIGHT SQUAT
Go down: Drive buttocks back (as though sitting on a chair), keeping thighs parallel to floor and knees over toes.Feel rooted: Position feet shoulder-width apart and slightly turned out with your weight on heels.Stay open: Place hands behind head. Lift chest, and draw shoulders back and down.Be in line: Keep a neutral spine without arching your back; engage your stomach. Read more here:formal dresses perth