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Mushroom Lattes (dairy-free, caffeine-free) & Crowding out Caffeine

Mushroom Lattes (dairy-free, caffeine-free) & Crowding out Caffeine

Chaga & Cordyceps Latte Recipes via Food by Mars (caffeine-free, dairy-free)

Have you heard of Chaga? How about Cordyceps? Reishi ring a bell? No these aren't cities in foreign countries, they're types of medicinal mushrooms!! They all have their own 'special power' as I like to call it, depending on what you could use the most support in or just depending on what taste you like best. I realize we are talking about drinking mushrooms by the way... but go with me here. Coffees are beans, and people drink that all the time! (Not the same? okay, whatever.)

I used to be a 1-2 cup of coffee every morning or I don't talk to anyone type of gal... I'd get a headache on the weekends when I woke up later than I did on weekdays because my body was craving my daily dose of caffeine. I was completely addicted and reliant on the stuff and I HATED that. In the past, I had tried so many times to give it up but that headaches were too much to bear and watching everyone around me drinking it was such a tease! I'd eventually cave in, it was always all or nothing.

Here's what changed. Once I started to experiment with other drinks I could have as my morning ritual instead, the options really opened me up!! We have been thinking way too small, people. Thanks to Chaga (this was my gateway into drinking mushrooms), I realized I was able to live without caffeine, AND moreover - liked how I felt so much better when I wasn't a caffeine addict. My energy increased and it wasn't a jittery kind, and without thinking about it too much, I found I was getting sick much less. Win-win.

These lattes are my FAVORITE way to drink medicinal mushrooms and I've had a lot of trial and error. The tastes are deep and earthy, and the health benefits are nothing short of incredible. As someone living with an autoimmune disease, I need all the help I can get... and I absolutely can attest to the magic of mushrooms and herbs. If you're someone who could use an immunity boost (and who couldn't?!) and some natural energy, while maintaining a morning ritual - you'll want to check these out. Coffee is delicious and all, and I'll enjoy it from time to time, but there's a whole world out there of possibilities!! Who knows, you might soon trade in your daily cup of joe for some fungus in a cup some days... Just sayin'. ;)

Chaga & Cordyceps Latte Recipes via Food by Mars (caffeine-free, dairy-free)

I'm also adding in a couple of other adaptogens that I've also grown to love, I've noted which ones are optional for recipe-sake. I love adding ashwagandha for even more benefits of supporting stress and adrenals, as well as my hypothyroid (under-active), it's also wonderful for healthy hair. The addition of coconut oil and collagen are great of hair, skin, nails and so much more - this combo also helps it to froth up even more!

Put that morning drink to work for you.

Hope you enjoy, XO!


Benefits of CHAGA - The Immunity Super Power

  • Supports immune system
  • Soothes inflammation and pain
  • Digestive, Liver & Gastrointestinal health support by fighting bad bacteria & increasing bile production for better digestion and detoxing
  • Promotes healthy skin, fighting free radicals
  • Stress support (an adaptogen)
  • Cardiovascular and cholesterol support
  • There are ongoing studies on possible cancer fighting properties as well
  • Great source of vitamins: D, K, and Bs and minerals: Iron, Calcium, Copper and Zinc.
Chaga & Cordyceps Latte Recipes via Food by Mars (caffeine-free, dairy-free)

Spiced Chaga Latte

This deep and dark mushroom will keep you strong and healthy, ready to tackle anything that's thrown your way! The optional addition of maca will give an extra boost of energy and alertness.

serves 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat milk with coconut oil for 3-4 minutes on medium heat on the stovetop until coconut oil is melted and milk is hot (small bubbles, don't boil).
  2. Add hot water to your blender with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. When milk is ready, add to the blender and blend on high for 20 seconds. Foamy bubbles should form at the top like a latte! Pour and enjoy right away.

Benefits of CORDYCEPS - The Energy Super Power

  • Provides natural energy and stamina (especially great for gym days!!)
  • Helps support healthy respiratory system (great if you have asthma or get URI, etc.)
  • Kidney, bladder and liver support
  • Boosts low circulation and aids with heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Treats muscle weakness and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Helps with reproductive problems and low sex drive
Chaga & Cordyceps Latte Recipes via Food by Mars (caffeine-free, dairy-free)

Cinnamon Vanilla Cordyceps Latte

This milder, vanilla-tasting mushroom is packed with energy boosting properties to keep you energized for your day!

serves 1

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat milk with coconut oil for 3-4 minutes on medium heat on the stovetop until coconut oil is melted and milk is hot (small bubbles, don't boil).
  2. Add hot water to your blender with the rest of the ingredients. 
  3. When milk is ready, add to the blender and blend on high for 20 seconds. Foamy bubbles should form at the top like a latte! Pour and top with more cinnamon - enjoy right away.

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