Hello you beautiful mushrooms!
It’s so hard to believe a month of 2024 has already flown by! Have you been productive, relaxed, or preoccupied? Whether you are feeling on top of your game, or wanting to step it up a bit – there is always shroom for improvement! To give you some natural health inspo, let’s dive into the top 7 trending mushrooms of 2024 (so far!) and shake up some fun drink recipes for each.
Reishi: The Immortal Tonic
Reishi, a.k.a. the “mushroom of immortality,” is your go-to shroom for an immune system power-up. The antioxidants and rich beta glucan content act as a shield against those pesky germs! Plus, Reishi boosts natural relaxation and helps you get a better sleep – what’s not to love?!
Bev Idea: Reishi Hot Chocolate.
So tasty & so simple!
Just whisk some Reishi powder into your favourite hot cocoa/milo/chocolate for a comforting, immune-boosting treat. Mix with hot water and milk of your choice is desired.
Lion’s Mane: The Brainy Brew
Got a big day ahead? Sip on some Lion’s Mane tea! This brain-boosting nootropic is loaded with cognitive power and helps the brain remain alert & focused throughout the day.
Bev Idea: Lion’s Mane Tea
Add a scoop of Lion’s Mane powder to your morning tea (it tastes especially nice with black tea) and stir in some honey for a sweet, smart start to your day.
Chaga: The Antioxidant Ace
Chaga is one of the most antioxidant rich substances found on earth! These dirt-like shrooms are found in cool climates which hardens them, creating a super robust mixture of antioxidants & composites.
Bev Idea: Chaga Iced Tea
Steep Chaga chunks (or mix Chaga powder) into hot water & allow it to cool down.
Add in some lemon & ginger tea bags and allow to steep. Remove the tea bags, add a squeeze of lemon, a pinch of coconut sugar, and a dash of honey for a refreshing antioxidant infusion.
Cordyceps: The Energy Elixir
Feeling sluggish? Cordyceps to the rescue! When Corydceps is mixed into water, the tonic acts as a natural energy drink without the jitters. Coryceps boosts natural ATP, oxygen intake, and helps you feel boosted stamina all day long!
Bev Idea: Cordyceps Smoothie
Mix up some Cordyceps powder with bananas, mango, almond milk, and a drop of vanilla for a creamy, dreamy energy boost with a tropical twist.
Tremella: The Beauty Beverage
Tremella, the “beauty mushroom,” is all about that gorgeous skin glow and has become increasingly talked about in the beauty industry throughout January. Helping the skin retain moisture deep inside the layers, this is the ideal mushie for those looking to stave off fine lines or pigmentation.
Bev Idea: Tremella Matcha Latte
Start by simmering Tremella powder in almond milk with a hint of cinnamon and maple syrup. Then stir in your desired amount of matcha powder. So delicious!!
Shiitake: The Savoury Sipper
Shiitake isn’t just for stir-fries or sautés; it’s a savory sensation packed with plenty of power! Shiitake is a balancing shroom, amazing for gut health and strengthened immunity.
Bev Idea: Shiitake Broth
Simmer Shiitake mushrooms (or mix Shiitake powder) into a veggie broth, strain, and sip! Add some ginger and garlic for an extra zing and to help stave off colds & flus. The umami flavour is divine!
Maitake: The Metabolism Mixer
Maitake is your metabolism’s new BFF and is simply perfect for a tea-time twist. Gaining popularity in late 2023 and early 2024, this mushie promotes balance gut microbiome and assists with inflammation of the joints.
Bev Idea: Maitake Milkshake
Start by steeping dried Maitake or mixing Maitake powder in hot water. Add cacao, a splash of the Maiatake water, and cinnamon into a cup. Add milk of your choice and a drop of vanilla and blend.
7 Mushies for Every Mood
So, there you have it – seven sensational mushrooms and seven delicious drinks to match! Remember, these fungi friends are all about adding a sprinkle of wellness to your life, and even if you haven’t kickstarted your new year’s resolution yet…it’s never too late! As always, we want to remind you that before you jump on the mushroom bandwagon, it’s wise to chat with your healthcare provider, especially if you have specific health concerns.
Stay funky with your fungi, and here’s to sipping your way to a healthier, happier you in 2024!