Day 8: Powdered Foods Can Taste Surprisingly Good

This is Day 8 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.

My all-time favorite New Year’s Resolution is to eat more weird produce. I renew it ever year! It stemmed from being bored of eating apples, oranges and bananas. One day a light bulb went off and it occurred to me that I can buy anything in the grocery store. All 100,000+ items were there for my pleasure; I just had to be bold and creative, and maybe utilize a translation app so I can make sure it’s gluten-free.

Not only do I seek out weird produce, but also prepacked foods that I have no idea what they are. Picking out “weird” combinations is how I discovered my new favorite ice cream flavor, cheese and ube (that’s a purple yam).

Backpacking introduced to me a part of the grocery store that was a mystery to me, the middle of the store, where the powdered foods are shelved. I now use some of these powdered foods in my every day life, like using powdered maple syrup for my pancakes or mixing up Outdoor Herbivore’s powdered hummus for a snack. (I love Outdoor Herbivore, because they are a Sacramento small business who makes vegetarian backpacking meals, with lots of organic and gluten-free options!)

Ever since visiting Taiwan I have a strong urge to drink boba tea all the time. When I make boba at home, I use powdered ingredients that I learned about thanks to backpacking. Take for example making chai tea with boba peals at home. I boil up some water and steep a bag of chai tea. I use the rest of the boiling water to soften up the tapioca pearls. I put the pearls, the tea and some ice in a glass. Then I add some powdered coconut milk and powdered coconut sugar. Stir and drink!

I also want to experiment with making a purple boba tea using some powdered ube. Then I plan to figure out how to make boba tea while on a backpacking trip. I’ll be sure to share my recipes with you.

In the mean time, if you are in the Sacramento area and you’re craving a boba, check out the brochure that I researched and illustrated with watercolors of the local Taiwanese restaurants and tea shops. There is a printable brochure and a Google maps version of the Taiwanese food map.

And for more engaging reading…

For the entire month of October I’ll be daily posting about, “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” Go here to see the Table of Contents.

Day 7 – The Simple Solution to Remembering to Drink Water

Day 9 – I Was Dared to Wear This One Thing and Now I No Longer Buy Cotton Tshirts or Jeans