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Midori Organic & Raw Matcha Powder Review

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Midori Matcha Powder

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Midori Matcha Company:

“Matcha is made from freshly picked green tea leaves that are stone-ground into a fine powder. With its rich flavor and creamy texture, it’s considered one of the world’s healthiest beverages. In fact, just one bottle of Midori matcha is equal to ten cups of ordinary green tea! From our perspective, it’s just about the nicest thing you can do for your body.

Energy and Focus

Matcha provides steady, crash-free energy for up to 6 hours. The secret is in its high concentration of L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that sharpens focus and lifts mood.

Detox & Rejuvenate

Matcha is packed with vibrant green chlorophyll which helps the body cleanse itself of harmful chemicals and toxins. Matcha also has dietary fiber which helps with digestion, controls appetite and stabilizes blood sugar.

Strength and Fat Loss

Matcha contains more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable on the planet. These powerful nutrients strengthen your immune system, boost metabolism and promote fat loss.”

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About the Powder:

– 100% USDA Organic Ceremonial Grade matcha
– 30 servings
– Non-GMO
– Zero sugar
– Zero artificial sweeteners or preservatives

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My Thoughts:

I’m always eager and looking to try new superfoods and supplements that I believe can help boost my health in some way. To be honest, getting me to swap out coffee for matcha tea was a bit of a struggle at first. I love my coffee ritual–everything about it. But, in my mind, I got to a point where there was no denying that green tea matcha powder potentially has a whole-heck-of-a-lot more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals when compared to coffee that has been brewed. Thus, I decided that I’d certainly give matcha its fair shot.

Midori seems to be a fantastic brand that has focused their efforts solely on products that highlight and focus on matcha powder. This is a neat idea because it’s essentially an organic, plant-based brand that has harnessed the rejuvenating effects of matcha to serve as a natural energy drink. Not only do they sell this pure matcha powder, but they’ve also created cold-brew matcha drinks that will be on sale soon. I was lucky enough to try one of their little cans of green goodness.

So, here’s where I really get “picky” about it. In my ideal world, this powder would be raw AND organic. It’s clearly labeled as organic, however it’s unclear whether this powder has been processed with heat. This is huge deal to me because there is a major difference in nutritional value when you compare a raw food to a cooked/heated food. It’s just not even close. There is such a significant health benefits from raw plants; you won’t get those same benefits with a product that’s been heat treated.

I was recently excited to hear that Midori’s matcha powder and drinks are both considered raw. They provide a great explanation of how their drinks are made using cold pressure processing on their website. That’s refreshing to know that Midori is organic & raw. Well worth the money, in that case!

In regards to preparation, the can of matcha powder suggests that the powder be mixed with hot water. I understand that tea is traditionally made with hot water, but–I try to do things as raw as I can, as often as I can. So, instead of using their method, I mix a small amount (I don’t measure, but I’d say it’s about a teaspoon) in my morning superfood drink–along with other goodies like cacao powder, turmeric, cinnamon, etc.

I find that it does indeed provide me with a noticeable energy boost (not jittery, just a good & sustained feeling). Some days, I consume the matcha instead of my morning coffee. Matcha has a naturally occurring caffeine content similar to that of which occurs in a cup of brewed coffee. The difference is that matcha provides more brain boosting power and antioxidants to your system. I like incorporating both matcha and coffee in my diet (you can also find green coffee powder!). For those who don’t drink coffee, matcha may the perfect everyday energy solution.

 

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Zing Bars Review

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Zing Bars

Overall Rating: images

About Zing:

“It all started innocently enough. As practicing nutritionists, we simply wanted to find a good nutrition bar that we could recommend to our patients. Something consistent with our professional training and experience.

We frequently recommend hummus-and-carrots, peanut-butter-and-celery or a host of similar mid-afternoon mini-meals. But these don’t address convenience, portability and the on-the-go requirements of real life. Then there’s the problem that not everyone likes these suggestions. Sometimes the pleasure of a tasty, satisfying snack just has to be factored in.

It presents a challenge for anyone in the nutrition business: our recommendations have to taste good enough to eat because people want to, not because they have to. It can’t work if they won’t eat it, and they won’t eat it if they don’t like it. That’s scientific too.

We looked. We looked hard. But there just weren’t any convenient snacks that fit our requirements. If a bar was nutritionally balanced, it came up short on taste (often really short). If a bar tasted good, it was low in protein and fiber, or full of artificial ingredients, unhealthy fats and empty calories. We were not after a candy bar. There were plenty of those, even among the so-called ”energy” bars.

 

So we decided to create our own nutrition bar. A real nutrition bar. Our take on the perfect snack.

A bar that included everything we wanted, and excluded everything we didn’t. All natural. Only food ingredients. A healthy balance—and the right types—of carbohydrates, protein and beneficial fats. No artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. No trans fats. No synthetic vitamins. No allergy-aggravating gluten, wheat or soy protein. And while we were at it, no corn or corn sweeteners, fast becoming another widespread allergen and metabolism wrecker.

But at the same time, and just as important, it had to taste not just good, but surprisingly good. Amazingly good. Good enough to not only eat, but enjoy.

In short, a nutrition bar that moves forward to the basics. A bar that everyone—nutritionists, healthcare professionals, parents and kids—would actually love to eat, even before thinking about nutrition. But it would have that, too, right from nutritionists.”

Double Nut Brownie

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Nut Blend (Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts), ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, Rice Protein Concentrate, Cocoa Powder (Dutch Alkalized), Rice Bran, Chicory Root Fiber, Coconut, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Maple Flavor, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Dark Chocolate Mint

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Cane Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, Sunflower Seed Butter, ORGANIC Quinoa Crisps (ORGANIC Quinoa), Chicory Root Fiber, Pea Protein Isolate, Natural Peppermint Extract, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt), ORGANIC Sunflower Oil, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Natural Flavors, Arabic Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Dark Chocolate Hazelnut

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, Hazelnuts, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, Almonds, Chicory Root Fiber, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), Unsweetened Coconut, Rice Bran, Vanilla Extract, Sunflower Lecithin, Natural Maple Flavor, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E).”

Coconut Cashew Crisp

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice Flour, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, ORGANIC Raisin Juice Concentrate, Salt), Roasted Cashew Butter, Unsweetened Coconut, ORGANIC Quinoa Crisps (ORGANIC Quinoa), Arabic Gum, Chicory Root Fiber, Roasted Cashews, ORGANIC Almond Butter, Pea Protein Crisps (Pea Protein, Pea Starch, Rice Flour, Calcium Carbonate), ORGANIC Coconut Flavor, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Sea Salt.”

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

100% NATURAL INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC Peanuts, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Whey Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Hydrolysate), Chicory Root Fiber, Whey Protein Crisps (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Tapioca Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Sunflower Lecithin), Natural Peanut Extract, Vanilla Extract, Sea Salt.”

Dark Chocolate Coconut

“100% Natural Ingredients: Roasted Almonds, ORGANIC Dark Chocolate (ORGANIC Sugar, ORGANIC Cocoa Liquor, ORGANIC Cocoa Butter, ORGANIC Vanilla, Sunflower Lecithin), Rice Protein Concentrate, ORGANIC Agave Syrup, ORGANIC Tapioca Syrup, ORGANIC Brown Rice Crisps (ORGANIC Brown Rice, ORGANIC Brown Rice Syrup, Sea Salt) Chicory Root Fiber, Unsweetened Coconut, Rice Bran, ORGANIC Coconut Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Vitamin E), Sea Salt.”

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My Thoughts:

These bars are just plain DELICIOUS. They taste like a dessert made with the best ingredients. I see Zing Bars really being a favorite to those that have never been a fan of nutrition bars before. I truly could not get enough of these bars and was very eager to try each new flavor–which is not always the case. Some bars are chalky and not appealing. Zing Bars are moist, decadent, rich with flavor, and they taste like they contain real food ingredients–because they do.

These bars boast so many ingredients that I love and aim to incorporate into my daily diet, like almonds, dark chocolate, whey protein and agave syrup. A few of the bars I tried contain whey protein and a few of them contain rice protein concentrate. Ingredient-preference-wise, I would rather have the whey protein in the bar I’m eating, as I typically steer away from grains and protein derived from them. I could also do without the brown rice syrup and flour in a few of the bars. Other than that, I love what I see in these ingredient lists.

I would recommend these bars to anyone–especially those who are normally skeptical of health food bars. They will suit so many different diets and satisfy so many taste buds.