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Coffee and Tea Recipes for the Great Outdoors

So you’ve prepared kit, clothing, meals, locations, routes and you are good to go. Hold that thought, we are not done yet.

It’s very important to enjoy your morning, evening and lunchtime rest periods and a good cuppa often does the trick! You don’t have to always put up with the usual drinks of water and sports drinks. Coffee or tea are not only comforting drinks but they can also give you that additional boost of nutrients and energy.

Coffee has been scientifically proven to boost energy levels and keep our brains sharper through the help of caffeine. It is also rich in antioxidants. Tea, on the other hand, helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, boosts the immune system, and helps a lot in relaxation.

Whether it is for breakfast, afternoon tea, or to cap off the night, here are a few coffee and tea recipes for you to try next.

Turmeric Tea – this super-drink brings about several health benefits: reduces arthritis symptoms, boosts the immune system, anti-inflammatory, and helps manage irritable bowel movement.

Makes 2-3 servings

1 tbsp. ground turmeric

powder pinch of ground cardamom

Pinch of cayenne

Pinch of black pepper

1 tsp. honey

¼ cup of milk powder

At home, mix your turmeric powder with milk powder and all remaining spices and sift properly. Put the mixture in a zip-top bag with the honey packed separately. Once you are ready for a drink, mix all your ingredients in a small pot with 2 cups of boiling water. Stir the mixture into boiling water until properly dissolved and pour.

Cinnamon Spice Latte – aside from coffee’s health benefits, adding cinnamon spice to your favorite roast not only enhances its taste, and helps regulate your blood sugar. It is packed with fiber, calcium, manganese, iron, and vitamin K.

Makes 1 serving

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground nutmeg

2 tbsp. powdered vanilla creamer

1 tbsp. dark brown sugar

¼ cup milk powder

Prepack all ingredients in a zip-top bag, except for your cinnamon which should be packed separately. Boil your water, pour the mixture of nutmeg, creamer, sugar, milk powder on your favorite coffee brew and stir until dissolved. Dust cinnamon on top. Amazing!

Chai Tea (an AWT favourite!) – known for its blend of delicious flavors and spicy aroma, Chai Tea is perfect for your outdoor experience as it helps alleviate body pains and aches. As it contains ginger, it also helps in reducing nausea.

This makes 6 servings

3 tbsp. black tea leaves

10 whole cloves

1 tsp. dried lemongrass

½ tsp. ground ginger

5 cardamom pods

1 tsp. black pepper

2 cinnamon sticks broken into small pieces

Before going out, grind all ingredients in a spice grinder or a blender, except for tea leaves. Once coarsely ground, add tea leaves and store them in a zip-top bag. Remember to pack a small leaf tea strainer (£2.50 from Amazon) for this recipe. When you are ready for your cuppa, using the strainer, put 1 tbsp. of tea mixture in 1 cup of water and bring to boil and serve afterward. Lush!

Hot Cocoa – clearly not tea or coffee but hot chocolate is always perfect for outdoors, especially at night, so we couldn’t resist a recipe. Hot cocoa improves your mood through its taste, flavanols that also improve symptoms of depression. Also, hot cocoa contains antibacterial and immune-stimulating properties.

Makes 6 servings

⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup powdered sugar

1 cup of milk powder

1 tsp. cornstarch

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

Mix and sift all ingredients at home and store them in a zip-top bag. To prepare outdoors, stir 5 tbsp. of the cocoa mix into a small pot of boiling water and serve.

Your next outdoor drink doesn’t always have to be bland. You can use these recipes to put some delicious flair into your drinks. We highly suggest that you try these at home first before packing them up for outdoors – this would help you decide which one is your best bet. We can’t blame you if you decide to pack all these recipes though. Not only are these tasty, but they are also guaranteed to be healthy.

Try mixing other ingredients of your choice to add variety to your outdoor drinks list. A few slices of fruit on your tea or a pinch of your preferred spices on your coffee might just do the trick.

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