So We're Doing 'Shrooms Now
So the Wedding Prep post raised a few questions about Mushroom Coffee and I’m here to break it down for you.
But, NO, it does NOT taste like mushrooms… ew, lol, that would be GROSS.
I'm not a "coffee person". I'm one of those aliens who doesn't drink it every day. Like, I maybe have coffee once every 2-3 weeks on a weekend... if that! But all of that is behind me. I have been converted and now worship at the altar of that basic little bean.
All thanks to mushrooms.
I saw Glossier's "She-E-O" and all-around New York "cool girl" Emily Weiss post on insta about a healthy hot chocolate drink she has before bed. Throw the word "healthy" in there and it doesn't take much to get me on board, or at least get me into a deep Google dive. A few clicks later, and the healthy hot chocolate was in my cart along with two other boxes of MUSHROOM COFFEE.
The little packets are instant coffees… They have real coffee in them, as well as mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs. And they are great! So get on board, and thank me later. Here are the deets...
Lion's Mane is a mushroom! Buddhist monks have been using it for years to help them focus during their meditations, so I'm pretty sure it'll get you through your workday. This is definitely the case for me, and I notice a difference on days I don’t have it vs days I do. But probs my favorite reason for drinking this coffee is that the Lion’s Mane mushroom properties REALLY affect my MOOD. In a good way. It decreases anxiety and gives me this “happy for no reason, roll down your windows and sing your heart out on the way to work” feeling. YES.
Chaga is known as the King of Mushrooms, because it provides immune support and has antioxidant properties. I literally love ANYTHING that has anything to do with antioxidants, so I’m very here for this.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb. ((We talked about those a while back with my natural adderall and the "dopamine bean" post)). Rhodiola supports concentration and memory. Comes in handy when you need to not forget things ;)
WHAT TO DO
When I want it hot, or when I’m lazy, I empty one packet and 1 small scoop of inulin power into a mug and pour hot water over it. Easy as. Inulin powder is fiber, so you get a hit of fiber + fuel first thing in the morning. Perf!
But, because it’s been pretty hot lately ((Summer is NOT over!!)), I’ve been making a fun little cold coffee cocktail in the mornings to sip on my way to work. Out of a metal straw, of course…
THE YUMMIEST ICED COFFEE DRINK IN THE WORLD
1 Packet of FourSigmatic Lion's Mane & Chaga
A spash of 100% coconut milk. No filler, please. I order Aroy-D on Amazon
1 scoop of Pure Inulin - I've been liking this brand
Sometimes I do a little squeeze of local buckwheat honey
WHAT TO DO
Heat up some water and mix in the coffee and fiber until they dissolve
Throw some ice in a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients - including the coffee - and shake, shake, SHAKE
Serve over ice
ALL ABOUT THE FUN ADD-INS
So, I'm Gluten Free, which if you've ever had bread, you know is a real bummer. Aside from bread deprivation, it's also a little tough to get in lots of fiber without any whole grain. This stuff is pure fiber, from artichokes! It's low in calories, but high in fiber so it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. It also helps with your gut bacteria. Lot's of people take a probiotic to help with their gut, but don't realize that those bacteria you ingest need something to "feed on", or else they're not doing much. Inulin acts as food for those probiotics, to help the good bacteria take root.
LOCAL BUCKWHEAT HONEY
Local honey can truly be your best friend. It immunizes you to all pollen, dust, etc. in your area to rid you of allergies. Don't fall for the fake stuff in the grocery store. Your farmer's market is the best place to find high quality local honey. I chose a buckwheat honey because buckwheat is a superfood that promotes healing in the body. Me and my little gut can use all the help we can get!
Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, oh my! Also balances blood sugar.
If all of that doesn’t convince you to eat your mushies, there is no hope for you. Sorry!