People are drinking mushrooms now and I am people. It’s not as if I’m blending chestnut mushrooms into my smoothies these days, but about a year ago I discovered mushroom blends. These blends are being added to warm drinks and I am all for it. While it may seem odd to add mushrooms to your morning coffee, it isn’t too bad. Some premade hot cocoa or coffee blends are actually really tasty and have succeeded in masking the earthy flavour. These powders are created by drying the mushrooms and blending them into a powder. Afterwards a small amount of the powder is added to a blend. These blends contain other tastier ingredients such as cacao, cinnamon, ground coffee and coconut sugar.
If you still think adding mushroom powder to your coffee is extremely odd, I should tell you about the numerous health benefits. Let’s get into the different types of mushrooms you can add to warm drinks or maybe even smoothies.
To relax: Reishi
These mushrooms have a calming effect on the body. Whether you are experiencing stress, have trouble sleeping or just want to unwind, Reishi mushrooms will help you with that. It will regulate the body’s hormonal system and lower your cortisol levels promoting ultimate relaxation.
To boost: Cordyceps
If it you need an energy boost instead, go for Cordyceps. They are not a stimulant like coffee or other caffeinated beverages, but an adaptogen. This means that Cordyceps help your body to maintain steady energy levels by activating the body’s own energy production cells. If you want a stable afternoon pick-me-up, Cordyceps are the way to go.
To create: Lion’s Mane
This type of mushroom is a natural brain booster that has been shown to improve memory, help concentration and support creativity. Lion’s Mane activates the nervous system and our brain. For a great brain boost, reach for Lion’s Mane.
To heal: Chaga
We could all use some immunity support right now and Chaga is the right mushroom to help you with that. It is one of the highest sources of antioxidants provided by mother nature, helping you to fight inflammation. If you’ve been feeling a bit under the weather or need a health boost to prevent sickness, consume some Chaga powder.
Our favourite mushroom blends are from Four Sigmatic, especially the Mushroom Cacao Mix with Cordyceps are loved around our house. But you can easily create your own hot chocolate using dried mushroom powders found at organic food stores.
DIY Hot Chocolate Mushroom Blend:
Add ½ cup of cacao powder, 1 tbsp of Cordyceps, 1 tbsp of Lion’s Mane, 5 tbsp of coconut sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla powder, ½ tsp of ginger powder and a pinch of cinnamon to a bowl and combine. Add 1 to 2 tbsp of this mixture to 250 ml of warm milk and enjoy the boost.