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Baby Kale Health

Still Gettin' Minty!

Matcha Tea glass

We received almost 5 feet of snow at my house last weekend. That’s April in Colorado for ya! I’m actually relieved because this should put us in the forest fire safety zone for a little while. When you live in the middle of national forest land, snow and rain are one of the greatest blessings. However, I need some GREEN…lots of bright, grassy green in my life!

I’ve been craving green foods since March, but NOW, I’m downright obsessed with finding more green! Enter Matcha tea – the greenest of green tea. The color is so bright and springy, and yet the taste is so mellow and earthy.

My tea cabinet is always ridiculously full and an overflowing mess. I can’t help myself. I don’t drink coffee. I drink tea, and I’m addicted to trying all different kinds of teas. Green tea is my go-to in the afternoon, black tea is usually reserved for weekends so I can keep up with my girls, and I’ve even fallen in love with teaccino, which is actually chicory, or herbal coffee! And now Matcha tea, especially ICED Matcha tea has become a quick, refreshing favorite.

I love the benefits of all tea and Matcha tea, a concentrated form of green tea, is no schlump when it comes to providing health nutrients:

· It’s good clean energy, not the twitchy, nervous kind!

· Prevents and repairs UV damage to your skin.

· Enhances metabolism and weight loss

· Improves mood, concentration and memory

· High levels of chlorophyll naturally detoxify the body of toxins and heavy metals

· Combats aging

· Builds immunity, providing many essential vitamins and minerals

· Prevents cancer

That’s quite the list of reasons to incorporate some Matcha into your life! There are a few different ways to make Matcha, but my recent favorite is an Iced Matcha with Lime and Mint.

Step 1

Add 1 teaspoon Matcha to 1 cup filtered water. Add desired amount of ice. Shake. (I use a mason jar)

Step 2

Add a handful of fresh mint leaves (I rip them up to release essential oils). Add 2 slices of lime. Add sweetener like agave, honey or maple syrup to taste.

Step 3 (optional)

Strain mixture into a chilled glass with ice.


Can’t wait to enjoy one of these on my deck surrounded by more GREEN in...hmmm only about one month to go!

Baby Kale Health

Gettin' Minty Up In Here!

Mint and Lime water

This week’s favorite for me is water with fresh mint and lime! I try to drink a ton of water every day, but I seem to go through phases where it just doesn’t taste good at all. When I’m in a water funk, I like to add different flavors with fruits, veggies and herbs. This week’s flavor of the week is Mint & Lime.

Mint has many nutritional benefits including:

    - Fresh breath and oral health

     - Clears congestion in lungs and nasal passage

     - Prevents cancer

     - Improves memory and alertness

     - Promotes digestion

Lemons and limes are some of my most important ingredients in the kitchen, and have a permanent spot on my shopping list. I know, would you believe that something so simple is one of my key ingredients! I use lemons and limes for salad dressings, dips & sauces, marinades, flavoring energy balls and protein bars, cleaning my cutting boards, aromatherapy (!), and yes, in my water and sparkling water.

Limes have special benefits, too, including:

     - Skin care

      - Relief from nausea

      - Assists with weightloss

      - Prevents heart disease

      - Eye health

Sounds like some pretty great reasons to add mint and lime to a simple glass of water. Oh, I forgot the most important reason…it tastes FANTASTIC! It’s a super simple, refreshing and rejuvenating drink that will keep you fresh and revitalized any afternoon, but especially in the coming hot months.

Mint & Lime Water

Step 1
Fill glass with water and ice, if desired

Step 2
Squeeze a couple slices of limes in the water. Throw the lime slices away or leave them in the water.

Step 3
Rip up a few mint leaves and add them to the water. Let steep or enjoy right away. 

Tip: Keep a pitcher of this in the fridge for refreshing hydration throughout the day!


Psst…next week I’ll have another mint and lime drink to share with you. You’re going to LOVE it!

Baby Kale Health

Shake It Up Shamrock Style

shamrock shake class

Who says it has to be St. Patrick’s Day to whip up a Shamrock Shake. My after school kids’ cooking class happened to fall on St. Patrick’s Day last week, so we made Shamrock Shakes. We ALL LOVED them, so I couldn’t help but share this recipe even though the magical day of shenanigans, Guinness, rainbows and Shepherd’s Pie has passed. Not only does it taste amazing, it also has a small fraction of the sugar that is in a McDonalds’ Shamrock Shake, no food dyes, and lots of vitamins and minerals! Check it out!

The star ingredients of the shake itself are spinach (for color AND power-packed nutrients), avocado (for color, Omega-3s and creaminess) and mint (the real star of the shake).

Mint is a powerful fresh herb that has many nutritional and health benefits. Here are just a few to remember:

    - Promotes digestions

    - Soothes indigestion

    - Freshens breathe

    - Soothes headaches and migraines

    - Helps with nausea and motion sickness

    - Clears up congestion of nose, throat, lungs

    - And there’s more…

If you’re looking for a way to shake up breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or even dessert, here ya go!

shamrock shake


From www.myfussyeater.com 

A healthy take on the classic McDonald's Shamrock Shake, made with spinach, avocado and mint!

Serves: 2


Shamrock Shake:

2½ cups milk (dairy or non dairy)

1 cup spinach

1 banana

½ avocado

8 mint leaves / a drop of mint extract

Optional: honey or maple syrup to taste



Whipped cream or whipped coconut cream

25g dark chocolate and 1 tsp coconut oil

Cacao nibs

Mint leaves



1.    Place the milk, spinach, banana, avocado and mint leaves / mint extract in a blender and blitz until smooth. Taste your shake and add honey or maple syrup if you prefer it to be sweeter.

2.    Add any topping you like. You can make a chocolate sauce by melting the coconut oil and dark chocolate together in a saucepan / microwave.