Cooking with Matcha [Infographic]

Matcha is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to make all green and black teas. To create matcha, farmers grow tea plants in special shaded conditions, pick the finest young buds, and use a slow-turning granite grinder to rub them into an ultra-fine, vivid jade-hued powder. Matcha powder is whisked into warm water to make traditional matcha tea, frothed with milk to make green-tea lattes, and used to flavor and color various foods.

Green tea is sometimes called the healthiest beverage on the planet. Matcha tea boasts even more nutrients than brewed green tea because it contains the actual tea leaves (rather than just liquid flavored by steeping leaves). In fact, tea made from matcha powder has 137 times more of the potent antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than brewed green tea, according to one study. Intrigued? Dig into more of the health benefits of matcha and discover 10 delicious and healthy recipes with matcha in the starring role.

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Acaí Bowls 101 [Infographic]

Bowls? They’re a big deal in the food world, and the reasons are varied. Sometimes, just one ingredient on its own doesn’t have much appeal but toss some together and suddenly you’ve got a vibrant, varied potpourri that looks (and tastes) delicious.

While many bowls that you might see focus on lunch or dinner type of entrees—noodles plus protein, for example—there are plenty of options to start your day and to have a filling midday meal or snack, too, that don’t involve a starch or a meat. Take, for example, a crazy-good-for-you acai bowl.

Acai is a fruit that’s native to South America; while it’s intense in its dose of antioxidants and other vitamins, it doesn’t store well on shelves, which is why you won’t find it fresh. Instead acai is powdered or pureed, and then added to smoothies, drinks, and, of course, bowls. How can you max out your acai bowl’s healthfulness? This graphic offers some ideas.

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Here’s what you need to know about Poké [Infographic]

When you think of dishes from Hawaii, what do you think of? You might think of a luau, of course, which is a classic notion of what a big, fun meal from Hawaiian culture looks like. You probably also think about fish—that’s a natural, given the islands’ accessibility to the sea. But have you ever heard of poké?

Poké is gaining popularity in more places than the Hawaiian islands, as foodies (and everyday people) continue to look for interesting food and ways of cooking. And poke fits the bill on both counts.

The typical poké uses raw fish, but you don’t have to. You can basically use whatever you want—make it vegetarian, for example. The great thing about this dish is that it’s generally packed with good-for-you ingredients, and it’s filling, too. So how can you make your own poké at home, and what might you like to try in it? This graphic gives you some insights.

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DIY: Homemade Face Paint [Recipe]

Homemade face paint is an affordable, easy way to celebrate Halloween, without the toxins of store-bought face paint. Because this paint is made from household items, it is easy to wash out with soap and water, which makes it great for younger kids or kids with sensitive skin. That being said, it’s also easier to rub off, so it isn’t the paint you want to use if you want the design to last for an extended period of time.

You’ll love how easy it is to whip up this homemade face paint, and they’ll be excited to try out fun patterns and designs! To find out how you can create your own homemade face paint, follow this step-by-step guide below.

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Waste Nothing [Recipes]

Today we are sharing two recipes by the Chef Anna Jones published by the Guardian in which there is no waste of food. Everything is utilized.

Hope we can get inspired and become (more) aware of all the food waste produced to prevent it.

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