Matcha smoothies with Sharon and Kendall

Happy Tuesday Tea with Sharon and Kendall! Incase you’re just joining us, my daughter (the wisest and cutest dietitian I know) and I are exploring teas and health benefits every Tuesday this month. We hope to provide you with some fun inspiration for health & joy! Today, we’re exploring Matcha! Instead of sipping tea, we’re going to share our Matcha smoothie recipe we’ve developed for our cookbook we’re working on! (Yes! It’s a sneak peek recipe🤗) It’s energizing, yet calming—much like how a walk in nature can make us feel.

Matcha Energy & Calming Smoothie:
1/2 cup greek yogurt
½ cup cashew milk or milk of choice
1 cup of fresh spinach
¼ avocado
1.5 tsp of matcha
½ tsp of honey
½ cup of ice

Matcha is a very fine green powder made from green tea leaves. Since the whole leaves are consumed when drinking matcha, the antioxidant content is higher than other teas. Antioxidants help protect our body against free radicals. Matcha is also a rich source of L-theanine, which is an amino acid that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. This is why matcha is often known for being able to provide you with a relaxed energy.

Avocado is rich in fiber and potassium.

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin k, vitamin a, vitamin c, folate just to name a few.

Greek yogurt is a great source of calcium and protein.

Adding a little protein (greek yogurt) and fat (avocado) to your smoothie can help promote satiety and help you feel fuller for longer, making this smoothie a great breakfast or snack option. Adding protein and fat to your smoothie will also help to keep your blood sugar from spiking.

There you go! Tea really is magical and a friend to anyone who is making their mental and physical health a priority. Tea reminds us to take a little break and just breathe. 💚💚

Tea Time with Sharon and Kendall

If it’s Tuesday, then it must be time for Sharon and Kendall to dish the tea on some more of our favorite teas. We both love our teas and I’ve asked my daughter the dietitian to help us navigate some of the many health benefit claims made on a lot of tea boxes. It’s not to say the info isn’t true, but we should take note there just isn’t a whole lot of research yet. However, the scientific research has been growing and that’s exciting!

Today’s favorite is Chamomile with Lavender. My favorite brand for this flavor is #traditionalmedicinals. The smell and taste of this tea makes us feel like we’re at a spa. It’s kind, relaxing and delightfully aromatic to us.

Kendall’s “teasearch” shows us Chamomile has been used as an herbal medication since ancient times and contains phytochemicals that may be able to provide therapeutic effects such as improving cardiovascular conditions, stimulating the immune system, and promoting relaxation. Also, that some human studies support lavender’s effectiveness in aiding to combat different neurological and psychological disorders. No wonder we love smelling it and drinking it while we work!

Tea is definitely one of life’s simple pleasures and so is my bamboo tea bag box you can see on the counter. I always think I might hear music when I open it up to choose a daily tea. Haha It’s funny how simple things can really bring us small little joys every day.

The inspirational quote on my teabag tag today is a fun one too. “Earth laughs in flowers”-Ralph Waldo Emerson. Perfect to visualize while I smell the lavender in the tea. I hope you have time today to enjoy some tea and visualize some beautiful flowers coming soon with Spring, while you drink it. 🌸🌺🌼🌻

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The Craze of the Graze! Grazing Table, why not?

If you’re not aware of one of the latest crazes in entertaining, “The Grazing Table”, then I’m excited I get to be the one to introduce it to you! I love entertaining and I’m always looking for ways to be a relaxed hostess so I can enjoy my friends. The Grazing Table is easy, fun, festive and a delicious way to feed everyone!

For the last 22 years, my daughters and I have hosted a Mother & Daughter Cookie Exchange. It’s more like a Soirée! Sure, we all “swap” homemade cookies but it’s also a festive party and celebration of Christmas, friendships and the bond between Mothers and Daughters.

For our party food this year, we decided to take on the Grazing Table! I’ve been seeing them in wedding & event photos and everywhere on Pinterest! My daughters and I feel like appetizers are one of the most fun parts of a festive dinner anyway, so why not turn it into the meal?! We also enjoy creating beautiful charcuteries so why wouldn’t we make a giant one? It was really fun to create our party’s Grazing Table and it turned out pretty cute for being our first one. They’re awesome and you can go so many different directions with them. We had everything from Sushi to shrimp, from chicken tenders to grilled chicken, baked brie to other assorted cheeses , veggies, olives and nuts. Our party guests were all ages, so the Grazing Table allowed us to have something for everyone! Hope you get to create one or at least enjoy one soon. Come follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration!

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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is also the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.comhttps://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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