Matcha Frappe and Summer Love List

Posted by: on Jul 4, 2014 | 30 Comments

Greenylicious Matcha Frappes the healthy way at www.Earthsprout.com
It’s here. Summer. Hot’n gorgeous. Free and fabulous. Abundant and adventurous. How do I know? 

  • The summer costume is on - Yes, I might have turned a quarter of a century this year but when I found my old thrifted (and kinda short..) cut off jeans shorts in the back of the wardrobe I just couldn’t help myself. I mean my hips were slightly tiny-jeans shorts-unfriendly last summer due to a certain belly. One of my many oversized whites and those shorts and I’m ready. Hat, sunnies, rings, the leaf, a crystal in my bra (today it’s a clear quarts) and I’m ready for the world :)
  • We become gypsies - Even if we live just by the shore, whenever the Swedishified heatwaves enter we get super adventurous (and a bit restless) and hop between houses, family and friends a couple of times a week.
  • California baby!We’re on full Cali planning mode and super excited to dive into another part of mama earth starting September. We’ll begin our adventure by spending a few weeks in San Fransisco to land a bit in vacation mode and then we’ll hit the road (the campervan is booked! Bahaha.. ). The idea is to first and foremost follow the flow and go with our inner gps systems. That said we’re thinking we’ll head north of Sf for a while, then down south through the national parks, hot springs, hidden gems (any tips?) and nice towns. We’ll go a bit south of LA and then lastly fly back to Sweden from LA. I can’t wait to fall even more in love with the world and my two boys. My bare feet long to feel the earth beneath grand redwood trees, the deserts of Joshua Tree and get to know new trails.
  • Watermelon - need I say more? We.Can’t.Get.Enough
  • The Magical Mangalam week – The annual week with the yoga/bali family on Mangalam yoga centre (where I’ve done many a cook-athons) is behind us. After many days of sparked remembrance from all the groovy vibes, vedanta teachings, music and fun times, we’re even more filled with love and energy then we were before. Fabian and I took turns participating and playing with Caspian and all three of us had a blast. OmHallelujaAmenLove!
  • Weddings – My dear on-the-other-side-of-the-world friends Kelsey got here Shaun, Ashlae and Thom are next and Fabian and I just celebrated our first year as a married couple. Oh boy, what a year. I still remember our Greenylicious wedding as if it was yesterday. ..and we really need to hang some of the amazing pictures that Sarah took.
  • Garden abundance – Goes without saying.. Green Green Greenylicious! How about you? Are you getting your sprouting and microgreens growing on? No need for a full blown veggie garden to harvest your own greens, baby!
  • Cold beverages craze – Give me chilled drinks of all sorts (although nothing get’s me off my warm herbal teas). See below for the recipe of my most recent crush, the Matcha Frappe.

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

I don’t really know how my first meeting with Matcha tasted. Why? Well, It was this picture of a Matcha infused cake over at Golubka Kitchen. It was pale green, gorgeous and I was in love. I wanted to play with it asap but it was slightly difficult to get a hold of high quality Matcha powder here in Sweden. This search ended up taking 1 year (yes, I know I could have ordered it..). We don’t have Starbucks at every corner with over the top (and very non-vegan) Matcha Frappuchinos and there isn’t an abundance of hip and innovative tea and coffee shops unless you live in Stockholm. So if you live in the middle of nowhere and long for matcha lattes, you get yourself some matcha powder, make yourself some plant milk (or buy) and get creating!

But what’s this Matcha madness all about really? First let me just say that the process of making Matcha tea powder is the most impressive and awe-inspiring things I’ve read about in a long time. The tradition, care and love that is put into making Matcha green tea powder is just. Wow. The powder is made from only the finest tea buds of shade grown green tea bushes. Before harvest the bushes are completely covered and protected from direct sunlight to slow down growth and increases the chlorophyll levels (the leaves will turn a darker shade of green). The leaves are then flat dried, de-veined, de-stemmed and stone ground into a powder. Powdered green tea ceremonies date back to the Tang Dynasty in China and has since then spread world wide. 

Matcha tea is quite impressive nutrition-wise. Only by looking at the color you’ll notice the uber-high levels of detoxing chlorophyll. The concentration of cell protecting antioxidants in Matcha powder has been found to be 137 times higher then that of regular steeped green tea. In one study, one antioxidant in specific stood out by it’s ability to regulate hormones such as Leptin. Leptin is the primary hormone telling your brain that you are satisfied and full. Meaning green Matcha tea will help your body find it’s home weight.

Matcha is sort of green tea on steroids and as fun as it may sound it should not be drunk late at night (If you’re not headed to a party that is. In that case add some Raw Love Chocolate too and get ready to dance until sunrise). No but seriously.. Yes, matcha is high in caffeine but the cool thing is that the caffeine in matcha attaches to certain amino acids in the green powder and amino acids are slowly released into the bloodstream (unlike with coffee). The result is sustained energy instead of a super high + crazy low. That said, if you are sensitive to stimulating foods you will most definitely go on a little matcha trip. Have fun;)

Greenylicious Matcha Frappes the healthy way at www.Earthsprout.com Greenylicious Matcha Frappes the healthy way at www.Earthsprout.com

Matcha Frappe

Let me introduce an iced green tea latte on steroids; The Matcha Frappe! This creamy, ice cold drink has got all components needed for a perfect summer drink. It’s creamy, it’s cooling, it gives a boost in energy and packs a whole lot of good-for-you gifts. Either you blend all ingredients for a smooth green drink or you make a layered creation. Need I say which one I prefer? So crush some ice, get ready for a green moustache and say cheers!

Makes two drinks

Green layer
1/3 cup plant milk of choice
1/2 tbsp green matcha powder
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
tiny pinch of high quality salt
1 heaping tbsp raw honey (maple syrup / coconut sugar for vegans)
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1.5 cup ice cubes, slightly crushed by hand or by using ‘pulse’ on a blender

1. Add all ingredients listed above except the ice cubes to a blender and blend until completely smooth without any matcha lumps. Using an immersion blender works great too.

Milk layer
1 cup coconut milk, (or other but coconut milk makes it creamy and fabulous).

Arrange
Divide the green milk in the two glasses, add the slightly crushed ice, pour over the coconut milk and sprinkle some additional matcha powder and freshly grated nutmeg to make it extra pretty!

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I hope you’ll love this drinkable Greenylicious summer as much as I do. If you try it, please give it a lil’ #earthsprout hashtag on Instagram and Twitter so I can lay my curious eyes on your creations:)

With all the slightly crazy love I have in my soul for you: Happy Summer!

°°Elenore°°

 

30 Comments

  1. Chelsea
    4 juli, 2014

    This is incredible!!! You are amazing. And you’ve never looked more beautiful than you do as a mother.

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  2. Marieke
    4 juli, 2014

    Hi Elenore!

    This looks delicous! I was wondering, did you whip your coconut milk before you poured it over the green layer?

    Thanks for another great recipe!

    Marieke

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  3. Sarah
    4 juli, 2014

    you MUST stop in Big Sur on your road trip. My husband and I did the same drive for our honeymoon, and Big Sur was our favorite. Check out the restaurant Nepenthe! You will love it! It’s right up your alley!

    http://www.nepenthebigsur.com/

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    • Sally-Ann
      8 juli, 2014

      Love Nepenthe and always stop there when I drive along the Big Sur…. definitely a must in my book too. Im trying the Matcha Frappe today Eleanor…. thank you for being such a beautiful inspiration to me… will show you results on instagram :)

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  4. Christine
    4 juli, 2014

    Elenore! This sounds so delicious and you are the loveliest – your pictures are so sweet with little Caspian :)

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  5. Jo
    4 juli, 2014

    Happy summer sweet-pea! I’m Loving the sound of your summer plans. You are going to love SF it’s foodie heaven! Its farmers markets are the best! I have been all about the cold beverages lately.. any way to beet the heat! I love matcha but have left it lonely at the back of the shelf lately. Time to get it out and make frappe! You are beautiful, and Caspian is the cutest! I wish we could hop on over and drink frappes in the sun with you now! Big love xx

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  6. The Vegan Cookie Fairy
    4 juli, 2014

    Yum :) Have fun on your big Cali adventure! I hope we’ll get to hear about it?

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  7. Lana
    4 juli, 2014

    Summer is here on the westcoast tooooo! Can’t wait for you to explore san fran and the surrounding areas, you will love love LOVE it. And, super keen to see photos and hear stories about all your adventures too. Now I need to get my hands on some matcha to make these beauties! Love to you and your beautiful family. xoxo

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  8. Charlotte
    5 juli, 2014

    This frappe looks amazing! I just have a question about matcha: does it prevents iron absorption like green tea? In this case I guess it’s better to take matcha between meals rather than just after your lunch? If anyone has an answer, I’m all ears :)
    Thanks!

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  9. Stephanie
    5 juli, 2014

    hi love, first off this looks drool worthy! i’d love to give it a go! i know you mentioned it does have caffeine in it. im wondering if its safe when breastfeeding?

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  10. genevieve @ gratitude & greens
    6 juli, 2014

    So much better than a Starbucks frappuccino! I never knew matcha had that much caffeine, but now that I do it’ll definitely be my preferred drink over coffee. Have an amazing time in California and congratulations on celebrating your wedding anniversary.

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  11. Metha
    6 juli, 2014

    Dear Elenore, The Matcha frappe looks really tempting – I love Matcha latte (after having lived in Japan). Which matcha brand did you end up buying (I’ve just ran out of matcha some months ago, missing it terribly)

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  12. Alexis @ Upside Down Pear
    7 juli, 2014

    This sounds really refreshing! I love matcha flavored dessret, so I really can’t wait to try this!

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  13. Lania
    7 juli, 2014

    I just made this it is so delicious. Yes it’s that good.

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  14. shilpa
    7 juli, 2014

    Just made it too and it was so yummy!!! Thank you!

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  15. Millie
    8 juli, 2014

    Thank you for such a nice and refreshing story. I really enjoyed. We have a truly nice summer here in England (interrupted by some rain,of course!) but on hot summer days I wanted some variety and….I think this May be it!
    Enjoy your trip and thanks a million for such a beautiful blog!

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  16. Joszi
    8 juli, 2014

    Dear Elenore,

    Thanks again for an amazing blog, love the recipe and your stories. On these pictures I, again, fell in love with your jewelry (besides falling in love with your cute caspian). Where can you find your amazing ring and earrings?

    Thankyou! Joszi

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  17. Astrid
    8 juli, 2014

    DearElenore,
    At this moment i am reading your blog while beiing in
    San Francisco. And i tell you it is an amazing city. Big hug

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  18. Marie
    8 juli, 2014

    I also highly recommend Big Sur. A lot of Northern California is gorgeous and a drive down the coast is worth the extra time it takes.

    If you go to LA (my hometown) connect with a local so you can get the inside scoop on where to go. It isn’t an easy tourist city. You can’t just wander and find great stuff, you really need to know the spots to go to and the tourist attractions aren’t the best part of LA!

    Have a wonderful trip!

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    • Caitlyn
      10 juli, 2014

      I agree with Marie! The difference between LA and SF is that LA is A LOT of city but it’s
      spread out and SF is A LOT of city but it is really, really condensed. So you can see a lot of it in a short amountof time, where as LA, not so much. It has so many gems but scattered about.

      I definitely would say that the Farmers Market on 3rd street next to The Grove is NOT our farmers market, it is called that because that was the original FM. But
      a lot of people that visit here go there thinking it is an actual farmers market and then are disspointed. It really isn’t. For LA, one of the really good ones is the Hollywood one on Sunday (and if you are wanting to try goat cheese Soledad goat farms is AMAZING. They rescue all sorts of animals and really do love their goats. They have a blind one they saved that sleeps in their house. He explained to me that their cheese can’t be raw (rules) but that it is pasteruized at the lowest degree possible (to not be a raw product) so it is less pasteurized than any on the market. That one in Hollywood is on Ivar and then there is my love – the one in Santa Monica on Wednesdays on Arizona st. (many chefs shop at this one). There are juice shops all around and organic amazing food (vegan/vegetarian/raw etc.). For more of an upscale awesome experience I would recommend Crossroads on Melrose. That is more in the heart of LA. Santa Monica is more of the ocean and is awesome but I love Topanga and their shops and gems inside and the national park there where everytime I go I see deer.

      I hope that helps in some way. If you want to know more, need some more help etc. I would be happy to email with you. I send an email to you a little bit ago aboout my chocolates I wanted to send you, so feel free to contact me there :).

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      • Caitlyn
        10 juli, 2014

        Also, I forgot to add, wow about Matcha, I did not realize how it was processed. And your drink sounds fantastic. I am going to try it.

        Beautiful photos too. Your son is so darling.

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  19. julia
    8 juli, 2014

    Eleanore – thank you for yet another beautiful love filled post! i’m a new mama with a little one just a bit younger than caspian. this post reconnected me to my celebration self, the one that longs to celebrate the gorgeousness of summer. on a morning i am feeling less than gorgeous and less than awake:) sending you and your family much love and support – here’s to our beautiful world and the summertime!!

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  20. Hannah
    8 juli, 2014

    Hi Eleonore, these look DELISH (is it tinned coconut milk or homemade?).
    Just wanted to thank you for your tips for Malmö! I had the best 3 days ever. In fact I’m now planning to move there. So thanks :)
    I’m in Oslo now then heading to Stockholm and not looking forward to returning to London but I’m energised knowing I’ll return VERY soon.
    Thanks again :) h xxxxx
    P.s. Caspian is GORGEOUS, but you know that :)

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  21. em | the pig & quill
    9 juli, 2014

    These…you…are beyond gorgeous! So glad I stumbled across you. And I mean really — there’s no match for matcha. <3 <3 <3

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  22. Karin
    9 juli, 2014

    Så himla fin ring! var kommer den ifrån? =)

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  23. Emilie
    9 juli, 2014

    Hej! Jag undrar var du till slut hittade pulvret och om du vet något om huruvida det rekommenderas/inte rekommenderas till gravida? Även gällande chlorella, flera av dina recept i frukostappen har ju det men jag vågar mig inte riktigt på dom nu när jag är gravid, svårt att hitta något riktigt matnyttigt när jag söker. Tack på förhand! /Emilie

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  24. Maria Balcazar
    10 juli, 2014

    Beautiful gal!

    You would LOVE the Harbin Hot Springs in Cali. They have all amazing vegetarian-vegan beautiful food, but also a community kitchen to get creative and make your yummy nutritious LOVE happen! Amazing massages, ACUPUNCTURE and a free yoga class happening everyday:)
    Excited for YOU, your family and the vacation time ahead! <3
    http://www.harbin.org/

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  25. Anna Mc
    14 juli, 2014

    This sounds delicious. Do you use canned coconut milk or coconut ”milk” from the cooler?

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  26. Carmen
    7 augusti, 2014

    Thank u! It was delicious! Too bad it didn’t come out exactly like yours (the presentation) but it was still amazing! :-)

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    • ElenoreEarth
      23 augusti, 2014

      Awww.. Carmen you are to sweet! Try blending up some coconut milk until it turns foamy for next time! Hugs”

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