Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Fresh Sage Gravy<br>Photography by James Tse Credits: Herb-Rubbed Roast Turkey with Fresh Sage Gravy<br>Photography by James Tse
Here is everything you should know about this green tea powerhouse: What is matcha? Traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, matcha is made from ground green tea leaves, says Louise Roberge, president and spokesperson from the Tea Association of Canada. Rather than just steeping the green tea leaf, you consume the whole thing in a powder form. How is matcha traditionally prepared? Roberge says because it’s powdered, you prepare matcha by whisking it with warm water (80°C is the ideal temperature for green tea). Kim Watson, a consultant for Steeped Tea, a Canadian tea company, says to start out by using ¼ to ½ a tsp of matcha as to not overwhelm your body and work your way up to 1 tsp after about a week. What are the benefits of drinking matcha? Matcha is becoming best known for aiding in weight loss and speeding up your metabolism but it has other positive effects as well, says Watson. This includes fighting cancer, enhancing your mood, boosting energy, helping with headaches, raising immunity, freshening your breath and it even has anti-aging properties. Unlike coffee, matcha slowly releases caffeine over a several hour period as opposed to all at once, so you feel energized all day. Matcha is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants; in fact, when it comes to antioxidants steepedtea.com says drinking eight to 10 cups of another tea is equal to just ¼ to ½ tsp of matcha. How often do you have to drink matcha in order to see weight loss results? Watson says to drink matcha at least once per day, but two to three times per day is ideal to see the best results. “Drinking matcha first thing in the morning will curb your hunger for the day as it is a natural appetite suppressant,” she says. And drinking matcha before a workout helps to burn more fat. If you find that you can’t drink that much tea in a day, matcha powder can be consumed in a variety of other ways. Roberge suggests adding it to smoothies, homemade salad dressings, yogurt and even lattés. Watson agrees adding matcha to smoothies is a great way to introduce the new tea to your body. Here are two of Watson’s favourite matcha smoothie recipes: Green smoothie
We know that cleaning out your beauty kit can feel like a chore, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming thanks to our quick and dirty guide to de-cluttering.
When to toss old product
You have to let go of the old to make room for the new—and there are new products being released every day. Remember that beauty products do expire, especially the liquid ones like foundation, mascara, and skin-care. There should be a guideline on the packaging (it will look like a cream jar with a number on it—that number is the amount of months after opening that the product is good for), but if you can’t find it or don’t remember when you opened it, here are a couple of things to look out for.
Look for changes in consistency. Lumpy formulas or a separation of oil and pigment are red flags. If the smell resembles something rotting or the colour has darkened or oxidized in the bottle, it’s time to throw the product out.
If there’s a bad odour when you open the lid or the product is crumbling and breaking apart, you probably shouldn’t use it. Also, if you constantly have to scrape off a top layer of grime, throw it out.
If you detect a bad odour or if your lipstick is drying out or applying patchy, toss it. If your lip gloss is goopy and coming out in lumps, you don’t want to put that on your lips.
Quick tip: If you live in a warm climate, it's a good idea to keep your skin-care products in the fridge to preserve freshness.
There are times when you find yourself not using certain products because they’re stored in the backs of your cabinets or drawers. Out of sight is out of mind so get those products back in sight. Try pulling them out the night before and keep them on your vanity or dresser so you can remember to add the items to your rotation.
When to give away perfectly good product
If you’ve got products that are as good as new but you don’t find yourself using them, take a moment and ask yourself: Why did I buy this product? Why did I stop using it? Can I add this to my makeup routine or skin-care regimen?
Chances are if you haven’t used it yet, you probably won’t. Perhaps pass it along to a family member or a friend who might get better use out of it. Or even take a box full of your unused items to a women’s shelter. If you are going to donate, make sure your items are in clean and sanitary condition.
How to sanitize your beauty products:
For powder compacts, wipe the powder with a piece of Kleenex to remove the top layer. Then, take a new piece of Kleenex—fold it or cut it down to the right size—and place over the powder to avoid bacteria from getting into the fresh layer. If you threw out the box, seal with tape; no one but the new owner should be opening it. This works for face powders, blushes and eyeshadows.
For lipstick, lipgloss and other stick products, wipe them down with a piece of Kleenex sprayed with the cosmetic disinfectant. Once again, seal boxes or the products themselves with tape.
Always use a mini spatula for products that are in jars so you’re not dipping your fingers in there. Also, don’t throw away the plastic divider that covers the cream. When you want to give it away, all you have to do is seal the outside with tape.
Cosmetic sanitizers can be found at most beauty stores and makeup artistry stores. Always keep a sanitizer and a brush cleaner on hand.
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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Credits: Yvonne Duivenvoorden
These quinoa salad recipes are guaranteed crowd pleasers and will ensure your contribution to the summer potluck is a total winner!
Summer harvest vegetables and quinoa get royal treatment with a subtly-spiced chipotle honey vinaigrette. The recipe doubles easily for a large crowd.
Dill gives this easy salad a fresh herbal note that complements the creamy cheese. It's delicious as a side dish and makes a tasty lunch main.
The amount of water you need to cook quinoa varies from brand to brand, so check package instructions for best results. Or see the last slide for no-fail quinoa cooking methods. For an easy twist, top the salad with toasted slivered almonds.
This pretty multi-coloured salad packs not only a protein punch but also good amounts of fibre and iron.
Middle Eastern tabbouleh is usually made with cracked bulgur wheat. By using quinoa (that's actually a seed), this traditional salad becomes gluten-free.
Don't suffer soggy, mushy overcooked quinoa anymore! Either of these two fail-proof methods will have you cooking quinoa to perfection in no time.