Nourish - How to Sneak in Adaptogenic Mushrooms this Festive Season
Welcome to the final blog of the year, all about How to Sneak in Adaptogenic Mushrooms this Festive Season.
I’m pretty sure, every year I start my December blog posts mentioning the infamous word.. seasonal stress. For many, it’s hard to avoid, even when we try really hard. I’ve also been guilty this year of succumbing to the pressures of the season. Alas, however, we need not plummet into a pit of doom and gloom. We have festive food and frolics to save us!
And in particular, we have adaptogens to help rescue our sanity. This blog post is all about how to sneak in some adaptogenic mushrooms this festive season in order to help support us and our nervous systems. After all, if we’re going to drink all the mulled wine and eat all the chocolates and cakes, we might as well spike them with some goodies!
So, what are adaptogens you may ask?
Well, if you’ve been around here a while, you’ll know that adaptogens are simply put, amazing.
Adaptogenic herbs help build up the body’s strength and resilience against stress and are a great way to help support our bodies from the inside.
Adaptogens are herbs, mushrooms, or botanical substances that help to balance the body’s physiological systems (such as the adrenals and nervous system) to better adapt to internal and external stressors.
- extreme nervousness or depression
- poor sleeping habits
- environmental toxins and pollution, to name a few.
Adaptogens calm and nourish the adrenal glands and support all the processes that are controlled by the adrenals. From blood sugar and immune system regulation to hormones and blood pressure.
What’s interesting about adaptogens is that they know what we need.
They energize without being a stimulant and calm without being a sedative. They bring the body gently back into the state of homeostasis necessary for well-being.
Now, How Do We Sneak in Adaptogenic Mushrooms this Festive Season?
Let’s start with beverages and make our way to desserts. This list won’t be extensive but will give you the foundation to build from. Let’s go!
Adaptogenic Mushroom Coffee
This one is easy. When you combine coffee and mushrooms, they work so well together and deliver endless benefits. You can even throw in half a teaspoon of maca powder for added benefits.
And why do we want shrooms in our coffee? Well, medicinal, AKA functional mushrooms are linked to increased focus, energy, and overall wellness, plus they’re overflowing with antioxidants. Mushroom coffee may sound strange, but really, it’s simply coffee with added medicinal mushrooms. But wait, these shrooms are not your average culinary mushrooms. These are super-powdered mushrooms with centuries of use behind them by many cultures around the world. And no… before you ask. They’re not magic, even if the results feel magical ; )
But the result is a mighty fine cup of crash-free coffee with a side of balanced body and mind.
Adaptogenic Mushroom Hot Choccie
I’m a big fan of hot choccie regardless of the season, but it feels extra cozy during the festive season. If you’re not into coffee or you just simply want a nice night time brew, try a hot chocolate spiked with adaptogens.
Reishi and ashwagandha are really nice herbs to add into the system at night. They help the body wind down and even improve sleep quality. Yes please, sign me up!
I’m a long-term fan of Four Sigmatic cacao reishi before bed. It’s basically a sleep ritual by now!
Ashwagandha is a wonderful adaptogenic herb with a long traditional use in helping those suffering from stress and anxiety. For a more in-depth look into this amazing herb, read my previous blog ‘What’s the Scoop on: Ashwagandha’ here.
If hot chocolate isn’t your thing, try adding the powder to one of these delicious and immune-supportive lattes.
Mulled Mushroom Wine
Mulled Wine is a traditional beverage typically made with red wine and mulling spices and consumed during the holiday period. Hop over to my blog post from last year to read more about making your own medicinal mulled wine recipes here:
These recipes are an excellent way to sneak in some fantastic adaptogens into your diet without even realising!
Spike Your Ferments
If you have kombucha or water kefir going, add in some shroom powder to your next secondary ferment. Easy.
Add Adaptogenic Mushrooms to Your Gravy
Another excellent way to add in some adaptogenic goodness is sneaking it into the gravy.
If you’re using gravy powder or granules, it’s as simple as mixing in a teaspoon of chaga or any medicinal mushroom of choice into it. If you’re making your own using the meat juices, it’s pretty much the same. Add a teaspoon of your mushroom of choice to the meat juice, throw in some roasted garlic/onion and some broth to the mix, then use some flour or thickener of choice. Simmer until thick and delish.
Add Adaptogenic Mushrooms to your Soup or Broths
Ok, this might seem like an odd one. I don’t know many people that mention soup as their Christmas dinner, but, when it comes to finding ways to use up leftovers, soup is great.
If post-Christmas day you find yourself left with a plethora of roast parsnips or root veggies in general, soup is just a given, no?! Throw in some roasted garlic and onion, and a sprig of rosemary and you have a really delicious soup. Then, you have the added benefit of having a carrier for shrooms.
I like to add cordyceps or lion’s mane to my soups, but equally, using some dried Shittake also gives a nice boost, flavour-wise and nutritionally.
Spike Your Baking with Mushrooms
If you’re baking this season, now is the perfect opportunity to throw in some mushrooms.
Try adding a teaspoon of Chaga mushroom powder to this Raw Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake from our blog.
Alternatively, spike your chocolate brownies or even mince pies with it! Reishi works wonders here too.
When I first came across this idea, I had to re-read the article. Chaga? In bread? But then I tried it and realized it’s not that weird. No weirder than adding olives or rosemary to my bread. And they’re all delicious! So naturally, my curiosity and love of mushrooms took over and I made it. No regrets here.
All you need to do is follow your usual recipe and add a teaspoon of Chaga to the bread recipe.
Originally, this blog post was going to cover several types of adaptogens, but my love of mushrooms took over so it became shroom focused. That being said, I still have many favourite adaptogens and encourage you to learn more about them and how they may be of benefit to you.
Some of my Favourite Adaptogens Include
Medicinal Mushrooms: Chaga | Reishi | Cordyceps
- What’s the Scoop on: Reishi Mushrooms
- What’s the Scoop on: Chaga Mushroom
- What’s the Scoop on: Cordyceps Mushroom
Have a read over my previous blogs covering just some of the adaptogens available:
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