QU'EST-CE QUE LE MATCHA?
Le matcha (抹茶, japonais) est une poudre finement moulue de feuilles de thé vert spécialement cultivées et transformées.
Il est unique sur deux aspects : l'agriculture et la transformation. Les plants de thé vert utilisés pour le matcha sont cultivés à l'ombre pendant trois à quatre semaines avant la récolte, et les tiges et les veines sont enlevées pendant la transformation. Durant la phase de croissance ombragée, la plante Camellia sinensis produit plus de théanine et de caféine. Cela ralentit également sa croissance, stimule une augmentation des niveaux de chlorophylle, donne aux feuilles une teinte verte plus foncée et permet d’enrichir la complexité aromatique du thé et d’obtenir une forte concentration en théanine, un acide aminé à l’effet relaxant et calmant.
Après la récolte, les feuilles sont dépliées pour le séchage, elles vont s'émietter et produire du tencha. Le tencha peut ensuite être moulu en une poudre très fine, d'un vert clair, il sera alors appelé matcha. Le broyage des feuilles est un processus lent car les pierres du moulin ne doivent pas chauffer et altérer l’arôme. La saveur du matcha est dominée par ses acides aminés. Les meilleurs matchas ont généralement un arôme plus profond et plus doux que les thés récoltés plus tardivement.
Le matcha utilisé dans les cérémonies est appelé «ceremonial grade», ce qui signifie que la poudre est d'une qualité suffisamment élevée pour être utilisée dans la cérémonie traditionnelle du thé.
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Aide à réduire le taux de cholestérol
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Riche en antioxydants
y compris le très puissant EGCg
Élimine les toxines et
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et détend le corps (bouddhisme zen)
Pourrait aider à
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100% cacao paste, coconut sugar, cacao powder,
red maca, chaga, reishi, spice blend (cinnamon,
cardamom, ginger, black pepper, nutmeg,
star anise, clove), ashwaganda, salt
Manufactured in a facility that uses nuts
Weight: 250g / 8.82oz
Store dry, cool and away from light
Produced in France
HOW TO PREPARE
HOW TO PREPARE
Put 1 - 2 Tbsp of the elixir into a cup and pour 50 ml hot water over it. Let the chocolate “melt" for a few seconds and stir to dissolve or use an (electric) whisk to froth it.
Heat up 100-150 ml plant milk (try a blend of almond & oat) and pour over the chocolate mixture.
Enjoy this drink with all your senses!
The elixir contains coarse chocolate pieces that need to be dissolved in hot water and / or warm plant milk, in order to ensure a smooth and creamy experience.
MATCHA vs CAFÉ
MATCHA vs CAFÉ
I originally created this drink 6 years ago when I had my own restaurant in collaboration with the Adidas Runbase Berlin. I worked closely with women who were either starting to train for the (half-) marathon, their personal health & well-being, or as professional athletes. Over time and many conversations later, I discovered that a lot of women had issues with their menstrual cycle - painful, irregular, or missing periods, or no menstruation at all.
Many of them were not even fully aware of it or the impact this had on their overall health (apart from their fertility). Something that really shocked and surprised me which needed a lot more attention and education!
I started to study and investigate more on this topic, reading books, articles, and scientific studies - which unfortunately still aren't that many of - and tried to make sense of all of this.
At this time there were no books or magazines specialised and dedicated to “Nutrition for women” and I realized that I wanted to be part of that change.
Educating women on their monthly cycle and their individual needs but also providing the right meals/drinks and pre-/post workout snacks so they can truly experience the effect of - not just “healthy” food - but nutrition that aligns with their hormones.
First, I started to motivate women during their luteal and critical “PMS” Phase to swap out coffee for my elixir. At this point, the elixir was only a drink on the menu in my restaurant that I created and mixed weekly as a little magic potion for my regular customers. Little did I know that it would become symbolic for them as a self-care ritual that they celebrated the days before their menstruation - alongside other tools and rituals to help the body and mind go through this challenging phase.
At this point, I think it's important to mention that my own personal story around this topic has been rocky and definitely not linear either.
I had anorexia at 14, spent 6 months in hospital, and didn't have my period for around 8 years as a result of malnutrition and a complete horrendous hormonal imbalance.
I was also a dancer, training up to 8 hours a day and definitely not eating enough / sufficient nutrients during that time - also due to a lack of information from our dance teachers and even worse - encouragement to stay lean and "fragile" for pure aesthetic reasons...
Long story short - I got diagnosed with PCOS and as a result of my eating disorder, my gynecologist didn't give me much hope to get my period back again “naturally”.
Although I never wanted children, this diagnoses hit me and got me into investigation mode as I was still highly motivated and curious to see if I can get my menstruation and therefore also my ovulation back without external drugs like high-dose estradiol creams which I took during and after my time in hospital.
With a mother who had breast cancer when she was in her late 20ies, this was an alarming factor that I needed to take into consideration.
I decided to go “my own way” and try different ways, supplements, herbs and foods that were known by ancient cultures and traditions as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine to help stabilise and rebalance your hormones.
I also realised that I needed to work on my mental health and continue therapy as well as other meditation / breath work practices that help me understand the core issue of my still irregular cycle and not taking care of myself properly.
Many years and experiences later - I can proudly say that I have found a home and safe place inside my body and a deeper understanding of its needs and requirements not only to “function” well but also to thrive as a woman.
I have been teaching my “Female Balance Workshop Series” over the past years and focused on an online platform in 2020 which opened a whole new door to so many more women worldwide who participated and shared their stories. I gained a lot of insights and knowledge around this topic through these conversations and my own experience therefore I wanted to create a product and tool that can help and support you individually as well as connect other women who struggle with the same/similar issues to exchange, educate and help/support each other.
This is just the beginning of a way bigger topic that I will personally and also collectively support in any way I can: help with funding on science-based studies around nutrition, training, fasting, recovery, and mental health specialized on women, workshops/events with specialists, 1:1 nutrition coaching, easily accessible information, and recipes and sooner or later also more chocolatey products :-)
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