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Top 3 Healthy Elixirs for Road Tripping

Top 3 Healthy Elixirs for Road Tripping

For those of you who know us personally, you know you can count on Adam and I to be on some sort of adventure at any given time, and more often than not, these trips include being on the road for multiple days at a time (California, we’re coming for you!).  

You also probably know that there’s nothing I love more than creating and consuming delicious and nutritious potions. For me, making a nourishing beverage in the morning is a special ritual that usually sets the tone for the rest of my day. In other words, if I don’t get my matcha, I’m going to be one cranky lady ;).

And while some may think that constantly being on the go might thwart one’s ability to create these special concoctions, you’d be surprised at how easy it can be if you have the right ingredients and a few key tools! I’ve come to realize that just because I’m on the road doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice my favorite rituals, and you don’t have to either!

It can truly be hard to find healthy options while you’re on the road, which frequently leads to settling for unhealthy food and beverage choices with loads of added sugar. This in turn can zap the energy right out of you or make you feel sick and ruin what is supposed to be an enjoyable trip. That is why whenever I can, I bring my own snacks and drinks. Making your favorite potions on the road really doesn’t have to be complicated, and while there are tons of items you can bring camping or on road trips to ensure you’ll be able to create some healthy options for yourself, here are some of the things I never leave home without:

  • Matcha.
  • Herbal tea blend(s).
  • Adaptogens.
  • Nut mylk.
  • Coconut butter.
  • Handheld frother/whisk. Pro tip: You can also use a wire whisk ball and shake in a jar.
  • Tea strainer/French Press.
  • Camping stove or campfire. No flames? Try a cold brew matcha or coffee.
  • My favourite reusable drinking vessel.

 

Morning

More than anything, I love to start my day off with a matcha latte. Trying to kick a coffee addiction? Matcha is for you. A perfect substitute to everyone’s favourite caffeinated bean, matcha gives you that focused energy and clarity of mind you seek out without the crash, shakiness, and hormonal imbalances. One of my favorite brands right now is DoMatcha – a brand that sources exclusively from the birthplace of Matcha – Uji, Kyoto in Japan. Vibrantly coloured, clean, and smooth tasting, their Ceremonial Organic Matcha is super high quality, authentic, pure, and additive free. A lot of love and care is put into the harvesting and packaging of this product and it really shows. To make things even better, it’s fairly affordable compared to other brands and widely available (check your local health food store, Whole Foods, or even some larger grocery chains like Thrifty Foods in BC).

While matcha is amazing by itself, I love to add some organic coconut butter and adaptogens to my morning matcha potion to create an extra luxurious experience. Coconut butter is a pure, whole ingredient and adds a lovely creaminess to your latte.

I usually like to add some mylk, but you can totally achieve that thick and silky texture with water and coconut butter.  

Next, I like to add an adaptogen – a natural substance that increases your body’s resistance to stress and stabilizes the various systems within your body. This leads to enhanced immunity, energy levels, and overall well-being (emotional and/or physical). There are TONS of different types of adaptogens out there, but if you’re looking to balance or “treat” something in particular, it’s best to do your own research and/or talk to a holistic healthcare provider to determine what adaptogen would benefit you most and how much of it you should be taking.

Currently, I’m loving the Mushroom Milk from The New New Age – an earthy adaptogenic blend of powdered extracts from SIX different kinds of medicinal mushrooms (reishi, chaga, conolus, cordyceps, lion’s mane, maitake) balanced with powdered coconut milk and cinnamon. Together, all these ingredients add up to a delicious and nutritious instant beverage or supplement revved up with the powers of plant medicine. I would go into the benefits of each component, but there are honestly too many to name (cue obsessive googling). I’ve been adding the mushroom milk to my morning matcha latte for the last little while and the result is truly divine.

For those that want to try it out themselves, I’ve included my recipe for my Supercharged Matcha Latte below:

Supercharged Matcha Latte

Ingredients                                                                                                                                               Serves 1

1.5 tsp DoMatcha Ceremonial Organic Matcha

2 cups hot water* OR 1 cup hot water & 1 cup heated mylk of choice

1 tbsp The New New Age Mushroom Milk

1 tsp Organic Coconut Manna

Sweetener to taste (optional)

*Water temperature should be just below boiling (70°C – 80°C). Using hot water at boiling point can burn the delicate matcha which results in a more bitter tasting drink.

Preparation

Place matcha powder in drinking vessel. Bring water and/or mylk to temperature and add a quarter cup to the vessel (save the rest). Blend thoroughly with frother until the mixture has reached a thick but smooth consistency with no chunks. Add coconut manna, mushroom milk, a dash of sweetener if desired, and top with the other 1 ¾ cup of heated liquid. Mix rigorously with frother in an up and down motion until you’ve achieved a foamy, silky texture. Sprinkle with a pinch of matcha for garnish.

Afternoon

For those that are unfamiliar with The New New Age, they are an amazing little company based out of Port Stanley, Ontario that specializes in medicinal and edible plant products made with permaculturally grown, certified organic, or ethically wildcrafted ingredients from their farm and the surrounding area. I recently came across their Ceremonial Drinking Chocolate, a “sacred blend of organic and wildcrafted herbs in a base of wildcrafted raw cacao powder elevates the spirit, livens the mood, uplifts, vitalizes, and energizes and transforms,” and boy am I ever glad I did.

I find this blend perfect for late afternoon or evening time when you want to minimize your caffeine intake to ensure a good night’s sleep, but you also want a delicious and energizing drink (or dessert). This one is also excellent with a little bit of coconut butter for extra creaminess, and if I’m in the mood for a guilt-free sweet treat, I’ll add a bit of sweetener as well (I usually like maple syrup). Although consuming this product is as easy as heating up water and mixing it with the powder, I’ve included my amped up recipe below:

Ceremonial Drinking Chocolate

Ingredients                                                                                                                                               Serves 1

1 tbsp Ceremonial Drinking Chocolate

1 cup hot water

1 tsp Organic Coconut Manna

Sweetener to taste (optional)

Preparation

Add all ingredients to your favourite drinking vessel and use your electric whisk to create a creamy and foamy texture.

*No whisk? Add ingredients to a sealable vessel (e.g. a jar or travel mug) and shake, shake, shake.

Evening

Now, could I really write a post with no talk of herbal teas?  The answer is NO ;). I ALWAYS love a good herbal infusion to wind down before bed, but trust me, having a hot cup of calming herbs is even better when sitting around a fire or lying in the grass gazing up at the stars, so I always make sure to bring a bag/container full of my favourite herbal tea on the road with me.

Lately, one of my favourite blends to sip on before climbing into my tent is a mixture of chamomile, catnip, and spearmint. It’s completely caffeine-free and is basically a hug in a cup. Now, I know what you’re thinking…CATNIP? As in that stuff that makes my cat bounce off the walls? Well, I’ve got news for you! Catnip is actually very calming for humans and can help relieve stress and aid with sleep. Crazy, right? Adding this wonderful nervine to two more calming and delicious herbs makes this blend perfect for before bed.

While it’s sometimes tempting to just grab a box of tea bags from the grocery store, organic loose-leaf tea not only tastes a million times better, but it’s also better for you and the environment. Some people may be intimidated by the idea of making loose-leaf tea on the road, but if you bring things like a tea strainer/tea ball, a French press, reusable/compostable tea bags, or a mini mesh strainer, it’s a breeze! If you’re short on time, there are tons of wonderful loose-leaf herbal tea blends out there that can be found at your local grocery or health food store, but if you’d rather DIY, here’s my super simple recipe for my favourite bedtime blend:

Nightcap

Ingredients                                                                                                                                               Serves 1

1 tbsp herbal blend of your choice (I recommend making ahead of time so that you have it ready to go when you hit the road. Just add equal parts of chamomile, catnip, and spearmint to a container)

Two cups of hot water

Preparation

Place your herbs into your strainer (if you’re using one) and into your favorite mug. Add 2 cups of hot water. Cover the infusion if you can, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.  After letting your infusion steep to make sure you’re getting all the goodness of the plants, use a spoon to give the herbs a little squeeze in your mug before removing them. Enjoy!

And there you have it – simple and healthy elixirs for wherever you may be! From one traveller to another, I hope you have endless adventures this summer and that you’re now feeling a little more inspired to make your own nutritious and delicious beverages while on the road. Let us know if you have any go-to rituals. We’d love to hear from you!

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