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Matcha and Moderation in All Things

By Girlontheriver @girlontheriver

Regular readers of Girl on the River will know that I am striving to make 2012 the year of moderation. Having done quite a lot of damage to myself trying to keep up with the Big Girls in the squad, this year I’m learning to keep a more realistic pace in everything. No more stupidly heavy weights. No more ignoring twinges. No more showing off. So far so good, but where does matcha come into it?

Matcha and moderation in all things
Well, here’s the thing. This sort of moderation isn’t easy for an extremist like me, so I need some help along the way. For a start, I’ve got a lot of recovering to do before I can even think of getting back on the river, and that requires rest and healthy living. I can’t deny that Christmas and New Year were pretty indulgent, as the extra layer of lard around my waist demonstrates. This is where the Teapigs Matcha Challenge comes in.

Matcha and moderation in all things

Mmmm - the best use of matcha?

Fans of the Hummingbird Bakery (mmmm) might have come across matcha as an ingredient in their vividly coloured green tea cupcakes. It’s a super-concentrated form of green tea in a powder which can be stirred into drinks, taken as a morning shot or even mixed into icing on top of a cupcake (OK, that’s probably not the healthiest way to take it, but maybe as a weekend treat?)

Green tea is known to be packed full of antioxidants and to have near-magical slimming properties (Sophie Dahl’s a fan), so it’s exactly what I need right now to start the year how I mean to go on. Since I’m sworn to moderation, extreme diets are also out of the question, so I’m hoping that the matcha will help to boost an uncharacteristically sensible regime of eating a bit more of the good stuff and a bit less of the bad stuff. Since Teapigs’ matcha was recently voted Slimming Product of the Year by Your Healthy Living readers, perhaps it can help me shed the last few pounds.

Matcha is also reputed to boost energy levels, and with January looking dull, wet and windy I could do with a bit of help to stay full of beans.

I’ll let you know at the end of the month how I’ve got on. Hopefully by then I’ll be bursting with energy and slim as a whippet.

In the meantime, as a special treat for all of my lovely readers, the kind people at Teapigs have given you a 20% off offer on matcha, which lasts until 12th February 2012. To take advantage of it, just buy your matcha here and enter the code MATCHABLOG12 at the checkout. Just promise me that you won’t use it all up on cupcakes.

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