Don’t be alarmed from the title of this post. Mushrooms – yes, as in fungi – are on the radar for top wellness trends of 2016, and for good reason! Select mushroom varieties have been termed “medicinal” for their adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-enhancing properties. These more exotic mushrooms found natively in Asia are becoming increasingly more available in dried, liquid extract or in capsule form. So why not reap the benefits and start adding them to your wellness routine? I promise you that this Medicinal Mushroom Latte is not just a “taste-trend” but a nourishing wellness blend that you will actually enjoy – and want to keep around!
Mushrooms have been around for centuries and widely used in alternative medicine practices. However, it has not been until more recently that these mushrooms and their nutrient compounds have been (and continue to be) studied. These compounds that give the mushroom their potent healing qualities are their polysaccharides, which include letinan, beta-glucans, and triterpenoids. These compounds have promising immune-enhancing, cardiovascular-protective properties, anticancer and antibacterial properties that work along side other sterols, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to create a powerful adaptogen.
An adaptogen is a substance that increases the body’s ability to manage stress. They respond to our individual systems, helping us restore balance, manage stress and keep our hormones in check. Pretty amazing, right?
Types of Medicinal Mushrooms
- Turkey Tail
- King Oyster
- Lion’s Mane
Where to buy medicinal mushrooms
Fortunately, these powders are coming more readily available, but I find the easiest and most convenient way to purchase is online. You can buy the mushroom powders as blends of multiple varieties or on their own. Some of my favorites can be founds here: Sunpotion and Moon Juice and Om (previously Mushroom Matrix).
As for this wellness tonic, it’s a blend of medicinal mushroom powders, warming spices and other health boosting ingredients like maca and MCT oil (or coconut oil) steamed together in cashew milk. Blending the warm liquid in a high-speed blender turns it into a delicious frothy beverage. As for taste, the mushrooms give a slight earthiness but it is balanced out by the natural sweetness of the cashew milk, the cinnamon and the malty-flavor of the maca powder. If you need more sweetness a few drops of stevia or a drizzle of honey works perfectly. I promise this immune-boosting latte will be the drink you’ll want to keep sipping on throughout these cold months.
Medicinal Mushroom Latte
- 1 cup cashew milk
- 1 tsp mushroom powder reishi, shiitake, chaga, cordyceps, etc or blend
- ½ tsp maca powder
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1-2 drops of stevia or 1 tsp honey or sweetener of your choice optional
- 1 tsp MCT oil or coconut oil optional, but recommended
In a small sauce pan, heat all ingredients to a simmer.
Transfer the liquid to a blender and blend starting on low and working up to high for 1 minute, until foamy.
Pour into a mug and enjoy hot!
Recipe NotesThe foam comes from the MCT oil or coconut oil emulsifying with the other ingredients. It's not necessary but highly recommend.
I hope you made it this far in the post! I hope you are intrigued by this health promoting tonic and are willing to give it a try. I promise it won’t disappoint! Let me know what you think and if you make it, snap a pic and #nourishedbynutrition.