Genmaicha – Green Tea with Roasted Brown Rice

Is my favourite drink; along with coffee and water of course!

We all know that green tea is good for us, we hear it time and time again.

Incase you need a refresher about the benefits of green tea here is an expert from Wikipedia; click here to read more.

Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer.[1] Green tea has also been claimed as useful for “weight loss management” — a claim with no scientific support according to medical databases such as PubMed.

I enjoy a lot of green teas but have found it be really tricky to find a green tea that I love. Some green teas are down right gross. But green tea with brown rice (known as Genmaicha) is delicious and has a wonderful smell to it.

Description from Wikipedia

Tea steeped from these tea leaves has a light yellow hue. Its flavor is mild and combines the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted rice.

If you like green tea and haven’t tried Genmaicha then you must! I have found it in tea bag form made by Yamamotoyama – I found it in the asian isle of my local supermarket. You would think it would be with the rest of the tea’s but it wasn’t.

Yamamotoyama Genmaicha

More recently I have found it loose leaf form. It’s funny because it has little ‘popcorn’ bits in it. I didn’t know what it was until I saw on Wikipedia that it is normal and sometimes even called “popcorn tea” because of it. Cute. Although drinking it kind of creeps me out so I usually pick those bits out.

green tea with roasted brown rice

Apparently it is also a poor man’s tea because the rice serves as filler. Interesting. Regardless it is delicious and if you like green tea – try it!

Snack Time: Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels Pieces

I recently discovered Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels Pieces. These are not really diet friendly. But boy, are they ever good – so so good. I like to tell myself they are a better choice then chips – in truth, they probably aren’t really, but I think I like them better. These little flavourful bites with the delicious taste of pretzels. What more could you want out of a snack food?

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The pictured flavours are Cheddar Cheese and Buttermilk Ranch. I haven’t tried the cheese yet, but the Buttermilk Ranch is very good. My favourite flavour is Hot Buffalo Wing (not pictured) – I have also seen Honey Mustard & Onion, but that doesn’t appeal to me much. They have some other flavours on the website, but I haven’t seem them around (like Jalapeno and Garlic Bread both sound delicious).

Sometimes we all need to indulge a little – for me, these are my favourite treat right now.

Nutritional Information of Hot Buffalo Wing Pieces
Serving Size 1oz
140 calories
7 grams of fat
17 carbohydrates
2 grams of protien
(does vary very slightly based on the flavour)

See the website with the nutritional information here.

Because it’s not all about ‘dieting.’

5 Favortie Foods of the Moment

I go through phases were I find a good low-calorie food and eat it over and over sometimes I get sick of it or find something better, but usually I keep eating it. The foods are not in any particular order – I just listed them as I thought of them. These are NOT necessarily healthy foods but foods I enjoy that are lower in calories.

1. Fresh Pineapple
In the last week I have bought my first and second whole pineapple ever. I have always liked raw fresh pineapple and sometimes buy it pre-peeled but I finally caved and bought a giant fresh pineapple. It was SO good I bought another before the first one was even gone! And surprisingly Pineapple seems pretty low in calories for how sweet of a fruit it is.

2. Low Fat Hot Dogs
I always have a pack of Schneiders Low Fat Hot Dogs in the freezer. At 35 calories each (4 grams of protein) you can’t go wrong. They are on the small side – I usually eat 2-3 (no bun) with something else for a meal. They are not the most tasty hot dogs in the world, but they are low in calories and have enough protein to keep me happy. I recently discovered President’s Choice Low Fat Frankfurters at the Real Canadian Superstore and I must say they taste much better and are cheaper! They are much bigger then the Schneiders Dogs and are 130 calories with 10 grams of protein. However the Schneiders has more protein and less fat for the number of calories but the President’s Choice do taste better and are cheaper.

3. Oriental Style Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup
Something else I found at the Real Canadian Superstore is this soup. I don’t know the brand all I know is that I found it with the Asian food and it comes in a green package. It is cheap at less then 35 cents a package and is similar in idea to Mr. Noodles. The noodles and taste however are much different. Because it is a Rice Vermicelli noodle the whole package is only 200 calories! The soup base is a spicy garlic broth and is oh so good. A package of this with some (optional, I like it plain too) veggies/shrimp/scallops or whatever else you want to throw in makes for a very tasty low calorie meal (depending what you add).

4. Pita
A entire Pita is around 140 calories if you get the right ones. I find the Olafson’s pita’s are the lowest in calories. Pita’s are awesome. You can put or eat almost anything on them. You can put a sandwich in half of one for only 70 calories! I eat pita’s with everything but especially love them with Hummus (see food 5). I put tuna on it, dip it in dip – toast it with some pita. MMM I love pita’s!

5. Hummus
The first time I ever tried Hummus I thought it was disgusting and almost threw up. I since (years later) have become very fond of it and LOVE eating it. I usually buy it but very recently have started making my own. It is so easy to make and you can make it to your own taste and it is relatively low in calories though I try and eat it in moderation because it is very easy to use too much.

(can you believe tuna wasn’t on this list? tuna is one of best and most common diet foods there is!)