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Why Matcha Is a Perfect Kitchen Ingredient

8 Min Read | March 14, 2019

Restaurateur Jennifer Desrosiers of LANEY & LU joins Tea Forté to create exclusive recipes using matcha, a superfood known for its vibrant color, earthy flavor, and plentiful health benefits.

When I opened my restaurant in 2015, its concept was born from my own journey toward holistic wellness. A few years before, while tackling health issues stemming from inflammation, I had learned about the notion of the mind-body-spirit connection and some of the pitfalls of the traditional American diet. Shifting the way I looked at nutrition, reducing my intake of inflammatory foods, and incorporating yoga and meditation into my life gave me a greater sense of well-being. So, when we opened the doors to LANEY & LU, our menu was infused with the principles I’d learned through personal experience.

Now, we’re proud to share our work with Tea Forté through a series of delicious recipes packed with healthful ingredients like matcha -- a powerful plant-based superfood that’s chock full of nutrition.

Laney & Lu created matcha recipes especially for Tea Forté, including this spiced matcha latte and frosted matcha donuts (click image for recipe).

THE MAGIC OF MATCHA

Matcha is one of our favorite ingredients to use in the LANEY & LU kitchen. It’s an amazing and versatile superfood, and it can be added to everything from smoothies to baked goods to savory items. Of course, it’s also delicious on its own in its more traditional preparation or prepared as a latte with matcha powder in place of espresso.

Mango Mint Matcha Smoothie Bowl (click image for recipe)

"Shifting the way I looked at nutrition, reducing my intake of inflammatory foods, and incorporating yoga and meditation into my life gave me a greater sense of well-being. So, when we opened the doors to LANEY & LU, our menu was infused with the principles I’d learned through personal experience."

- Jen Desrosiers of LANEY & LU

From a health standpoint, matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse. Because it’s made from whole green tea leaves, stone-ground into a powder, it has all the health benefits of the tea leaf itself. When we need a boost, it’s an ideal source of energy; it delivers a similar level of caffeine to coffee, but without the jitters. That’s because of the compound found in matcha called L-Theanine, which takes the edge off of the boost it gives us and results in a calm sense of focused energy. Matcha is loaded with bioactive compounds that help us maintain bone density, amino acids that work to protect our immune systems, and properties that help us lower our blood pressure.

Matcha Macaroons (click image for recipe)

Oh, and one more thing: at LANEY & LU, we believe you eat with your eyes and nose first. Matcha not only imparts an intriguing grounding flavor, but it’s also a gorgeous green color. When you feast on something beautiful with your eyes, it makes the act of consuming it that much more enjoyable. And when it’s good for you, too, that’s a win-win.

View all LANEY & LU's matcha recipes using Tea Forté matcha.

WHAT'S SIMPLE IS TRUE

People have been using plants as medicine since the beginning, and superfoods -- i.e., plant-based ingredients packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants -- can change our lives if we let them. It’s my goal to help people understand that they can take greater control over their lives by making healthier food choices. I don’t think most people truly understand how bad they feel, and eating mostly plant-based, clean food can aid the body in many ways. Functional foods can play a tremendous role in our kitchens and on our plates, and they can be fun and delicious as well as health-conscious and wise. It doesn’t have to be “either/or.”

Once people feel more alive and more connected to their bodies, I believe it frees our minds and spirits to connect to something bigger: bigger dreams, bigger purpose, bigger connectedness. When we take care of ourselves, it creates more space for us to take care of others. We’ve seen this ripple effect time and again through the people who come to LANEY & LU, and through our own operations. Contribution and connection are our core values, and over the past two years, we’ve donated about $20,000 worth of money and food back into our community through nonprofits like The Chase Home, Crossroads, Womenade, SATYA, and Southeast Land Trust. Because we’re able to take care of ourselves, we’re able to take care of others, both through the power of our actions and the power of healthy food.

Jen (center) with Stef Heitz, Chief Creative Officer and Elena Faltas, Culinary Innovation Chef at Laney & Lu.

Restaurant proprietor Jen Desrosiers is the founder of LANEY & LU, an inspired eatery in Exeter, New Hampshire. She’s also an entrepreneur, wellness and lifestyle coach, yoga teacher, speaker, and community leader, advancing the conversation about nourishment from both a nutritional and social perspective. She runs the media company Wild Adventurous Life as well as the speaker series IMPACT, and spends her free time mountain hiking, car camping, and snuggling with her pit bull.

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