Coffee is my die-hard caffeinated drink. That being said, I have to give a shout out to Matcha. There has been a bit of a buzz around this deep green beverage as of late. Just the other day, we stopped in The Parlour, of downtown Durham, and low and behold - Matcha Icecream! It was decadent – a definite must try.
Of course, like every other spice, grain, or plant of its nature, Matcha has a rich history and has been prepared as a drink for centuries. Matcha is a powdered green tea processed in a way that preserves the entire leaf. My favorite way to enjoy the power packed beverage is in latte form. It’s the bomb and pairs perfectly with a morning surf.
Here’s My Prep For Matcha Lattes
2oz Hot Water
2 teaspoons Matcha Powder
8 oz Almond Milk
Honey to taste
Preparation Steps :
Whisk the two teaspoons of Matcha Powder into 2oz of hot water. Once the powder has completely dissolved, you can then add your 8oz milk of choice. In our barista family of two, we are lucky enough to use quality equipment for steaming milk to latte perfection. However, warmed milk or even an iced latte will be equally enjoyable options. With milk added, sweeten to taste with honey and enjoy the deep green antioxidant machine.
The ginger along with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom really make these a delicious and comforting treat. Although they're based off a holiday recipe they would make a great snack any time of the year.
These dark chocolate almond bites are full of protein and fiber and just sweet enough to seem like dessert! Almonds are a great choice for plant-based protein and are also full of monounsaturated fats - the kind good for your heart. Throw them in your pack for nutrient dense afternoon snack or a sweet post hike treat.
The next question that should be asked is, “How can I minimize my impact?”
To consider this question, it is helpful to know the seven Leave No Trace Principles. Leave No Trace (LNT) is an organization that encourages responsible recreation by teaching outdoor ethics. I encourage you to read through each principle and jot down a list of impacts that you can identify from your own recreation, and to the side, brainstorm a tangible way that you can minimize each impact.