Millennial Diaries: #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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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

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Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.

12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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