Trading coffee for matcha

Millennial Diaries: #matcha

Everybody raise your hands if you consider your early coffee runs a necessary evil

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Oh yes, people, I might cancel an Amazon transaction of $5.99, but give me a coffee for $7 and I'll make it rain.

In the many short years of life I have roamed the earth I have been here and there, but tell me anything about coffee and I win the argument. Like every millennial, I have the cringe-worthy mania of buying an inflated priced latte and making it my story on Instagram. Then I sit and get inspired to write or study, with a decreasing bank account. I could've kept on fueling my hipster facade of a coffee cultured millennial had I not come face to face with coffee's market nemesis: Matcha.

I was about 17 the first time I drank my cup of matcha, and I felt I was drinking grass. Flashforward almost three years later I found myself looking for ways to better my health, and I decided to give it another try. Who doesn't love coffee, I personally consider it an art and social concept, but I also knew it's downsides. Of course, coffee has been known to be anti-oxidant, and even a natural laxative, but it also yellows teeth, messes with your gastrointestinal health, and whatnot. This is how the tale goes... I wanted to give my health a boost, so in order to cut the self-growth b.s. every health story has I'll just say that one day, I hid my fresh coffee beans and turned my coffee kitchen corner into, boom, the matcha corner. And yes as soon as I had the first, cup, went for a workout, and ate super clean I felt like that Seth Rogen meme mimicking Kim Kardashian. But let's cut the rainbow scenery and get down to business. The first day was what I like to call the placebo effect because I had mentalized that moment so much I was in the hype of trying a new thing. However, day 2, let's just say thank god I'm proud and didn't want to break the challenge. You know the days progressed well, I figured I would be able to condition myself to stop the cravings and by the end of the week, I wasn't craving coffee anymore. What I found was that matcha does have surprising benefits, above all, I felt very energetic.

I began to research about my "shrek tea", and found many surprising facts I will touch on below:

Ceremonial Tea

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Matcha originates from Japan. Japanese consumed matcha in ceremonial rituals, making it a delicacy in the country. The Tang Dynasty brought forth the practice of consuming tea with the goal of emanating the ceremony's core principles: Harmony, tranquility, respect, and purity. They began this practice by pulverizing green tea leaves with stones, thus producing the infamous matcha powder.

Matcha? Why not green tea?

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When it comes to health benefits, the difference between matcha and green tea is that matcha is higher in concentration and antioxidants. This is because matcha is the powdered version of the leaves, while tea is the infusion of the leaves. Thus, matcha has a higher caffeine amount than the average cup of green tea.

Health Benefits

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Matcha has been found to contain Catechins, a cancer-fighting antioxidant not found in many foods. Matcha has also been linked to providing calming effects, no sugar, energy fuel, boost the immune system, and even been used as a calorie burner.

The recipe

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I have the powder.. what now? The process is easy but mindful. On a small bowl, I combine 2 tablespoons of powder with 3 tablespoons of almond milk and mix until the powder has become a thick liquid. Depending if you want it hot or cold, I heat a mug with almond milk and pour the matcha mix through a filter to avoid clumps. Agave or honey can be added for sweetness.

The verdict is that I found myself content with an early cup of matcha, and found myself with more energy than I did with coffee. I felt energetic without the jittery residues of coffee consumption, and I found myself sans stomach pain. In the course of the week, I bought a Starbucks to see if I felt a difference and I just couldn't finish it. I felt heavy and it lacked the freshness of a bright green cup. This is coming from a coffee addict, and I was surprised at myself. The difference now is that I begin my day with a cup of matcha and will treat myself to an eventual coffee throughout the week, yet the craving is gone. The thing is I found what worked for me without compromising my health. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Does it make an incredible color pop Insta story? You bet.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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10 Summer Vibes You Need To Bump To In The Car

The type of songs that will make you wish summer never had to end.

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There is truly nothing worse than being handed the AUX cord and not knowing what to do with it. In that moment, the spotlight is on you. You, the chosen one, has the opportunity to completely amp up the mood and get people in their feels.

For me, this is the moment in which I thrive the most and I am going to make sure that anyone that reads this article does to.

Now without further ado, here are 10 songs that will for sure boost your summer music cred.

1.  "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo 

If you haven't heard this one yet, I am sorry. This up and coming artist paved her way in the music world by introducing one of the most catchy girl anthems I have heard in a while. If you ever need a little reminder that you're a bad b*tch, listen to this song. The catchy beat and independent lyrics won't let you down.

2. "The London (feat. J Cole & Travis Scott)" by Young Thug 

If you want a song that pleases absolutely everyone, this is your go-to. Three of the biggest names of rap music in one song- it does not get much better. With a vibey beat and catchy chorus, you will be singing this song in no time.

3. "I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 

I'll tell you what, I do care about this song. After quite some time without music from Bieber or Sheeran, they have come back to bless us once again. Please don't go ghost on us again boys, we missed you.

4. "You Little Beauty" by Fisher 

Now this one is for my house people. Whether you like him for his insane personality or the electric beats he produces, Fisher is one of a kind. With his new single "You Little Beauty," you will be bopping your head and waving your hands the entire time.

5. "Electric Feel" by MGMT

An oldie, but a goodie. I don't know about you, but this song makes me wanna drive down the coast with my windows down, blasting the music. You can't beat alternative songs in the summer and this one is at the top of my playlist.

6. "GRoCERIES" by Chance the Rapper 

Chance. Is. Back. That's all I need to say.

7. "Whatever You Need" by Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj

Who doesn't love a good throwback to get them amped? You can't forget the Nicki/Meek era for many reasons, but one of the main ones being the unreal collaborations we got out of it. "Whatever You Need" will always be one to remember, so don't forget to keep it in your mind this summer.

8. "Jungle" by Tash Sultana

If you love the sound of guitar, this is the song for you. Being over five minutes, this song shows the musical talent within Tash Sultana. With guitar solos sprinkled so effortless throughout and the uniqueness of her voice, you are able to teleport into a musical phenomenon with this song.

9. "Baila Baila Baila (Remix)" by Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, & J Balvin

The song literally means "Dance Dance Dance," which automatically means it's going to be a crowd pleaser. And, come on, it's summer, you can't not listen to a little Spanish music.

10. "Undrunk" by Fletcher 

Representing an artist from my very own hometown, this one is constantly blasting in my car. Fletcher is the new artist to look out for, and she's making her way up the charts quickly with this banger. It is the perfect song to belt out after a night of bad decisions and calls to your ex.

I have now blessed you all with 10 songs that will make even the biggest of music snobs get in the mood. Use them wisely.

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