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Chaga Skin Food

We all love and adore adding our medicinal mushrooms to our favorite meals, coffee, tea, smoothies, chocolates and beyond! Well, another upcoming trend that I’m sure many of you are well aware of is beauty care products that use medicinal mushrooms like chaga, reishi, maitake, shiitake, and tremella. I have been intrigued by this idea for some time of adding mushroom extracts to body care. I felt inspired and curious to explore this idea some more!

This first edition is a classic skin balm that can serve many applications. It’s rich in shea, cacao butter, and coconut oil. These stable and soothing fats help nourish and moisturize dry skin. The addition of Chaga, which contains these unique compounds called SOD (superoxide dismutase) and melanin, which further boosts its skin nourishment and protective factors from everyday stressors like environmental toxins, UV light, dehydration, and nutrient-poor food. This skin food can really help during those times when you are putting your skin through the wringer! I hope you like it! If you make it be sure to tag us. We would love to see it! :)

Chaga Skin Food

  • 9 Tbsp shea butter
  • 6 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp cacao butter
  • 10 drops each of Peppermint and Eucalyptus oil (feel free to experiment with different essential oil blends here!)
  • 2 tsp Real Mushrooms Chaga extract

 

  1. Using the double boiler method. Add the shea, cacao, and coconut oil. Melt at low heat until everything is mixed just right. Be mindful not to turn the heat up too much!
  2. Next, add your desired essential oils and chaga powdered extract. Use a whisk to combine everything nicely. Once you have done so. Pour into a small mason jar or some other fun creative jar you intend to use! Store in the refrigerator. It will need at least a 2-4 hours to solidify. You can then store at room temperature. This will keep for roughly a couple of years. ENJOY!!

Flu Season Mocha

With the flu and cold season in full swing. Nourishing our bodies and mind is even more critical to safeguard ourselves from these nasty little viruses and bacteria. The ideal food that comes to my mind is medicinal mushrooms. Think of mushrooms like the following:

-shiitake
-maitake
-turkey tail
-reishi
-chaga
-cordyceps militaris
-lions mane

All of these medicinal mushrooms play a role in supporting and enhancing our immune system in a variety of unique ways along with nourishing various organs of the body. What’s not to love here!?

Let’s move onto the recipe portion!

Allison of flabstofitness has hands down one of the most delicious sounding mocha drinks you can dream of. Let’s get started!!

-1 cup organic coffee of choice
-1 scoop Vital Proteins Mocha Creamer
-1/2 tsp chaga extract
-1/2 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon
-stevia to taste (optional)
-1/2 tsp cordyceps-m extract, if you’re already sick + need mental endurance to continue working (obviously not recommended, but sometimes you’ve gotta do it!)

  1. Brew your coffee with your preferred method of choice
  2. Add 1/2 of the coffee and all the other ingredients to a coffee mug and blend using an immersion blender or milk frother!
  3. Add the rest of the coffee and froth the top of the drink. Enjoy!! :) Please be sure to tag @flabstofitness and @real_mushrooms! We would love to see your creations!

 

Dark Cacao Hemp Chaga Bites

In need of a different take on the classic energy bites recipe that typically calls for dates and some kind nut or seed. Here at Real Mushrooms HQ, we have been experimenting with different medicinal mushrooms of all kinds for an energy bite recipe. In this recipe, chaga extract pairs beautifully with the nutty flavor of hemp seeds and caramel sweetness from the dates. The balance of chaga, which gives an earthy tone and the slight bitterness from the cacao really bring this recipe up a notch. I think you guys will really enjoy this one! Let’s get down to business. Shall we?!

  • 1  to 1.5 cups packed pitted dates (medjool is ideal here)
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 6 Tbsp raw cacao powder 
  • 3  to 4 Tbsp hemp seeds (plus more for rolling at the end of the recipe)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp Real Mushrooms Chaga extract
  • 3 Tbsp creamy almond butter or sunflower seed butter
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil (not necessary – but lends for some extra goodness!!)

 

First, add dates to a high-speed blender and blend till the dates are pretty blended up. Once done. Take the dates out and add in the pecans next. Blend this up till they turn to little pieces. After that, add in the cacao powder, nut or seed butter of choice, chaga extract, sea salt, and coconut oil if desired! Blend everything up till it begins to bind together and turn more dough like. Take the energy bite dough and place in the fridge for roughly 10-20 minutes. Take out the dough and roll the dough into energy bites or small size energy bars, Whatever suits your fancy here! If you make this recipe, be sure to tag us #realmushrooms for a chance to be featured! We would love to see your creation!

Cashew Mocha Mint Smoothie

Here is a festive and nourishing smoothie to fire things up this holiday season! You’ve got many things going for it. It contains cashews, which are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats. Cashews are rich in minerals like copper, manganese, and magnesium. This smoothie is infused with Real Mushrooms 5 Defenders, which contains 5 key medicinal mushrooms (reishi, chaga, maitake, shiitake, and turkey tail) known to support/boost our immune system.

This smoothie could serve many forms as either a pre-workout, post-workout and or a solid snack between meals this holiday season! Let’s dive into the recipe, shall we!?

Cashew Mocha Mint Smoothie:

-2  to 3 Tbsp raw, organic cashews or pecans
-1 Tbsp cashew butter
1/2 tsp Real Mushrooms 5 Defenders
-2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (aim for 70% cacao content)
-1 tsp peppermint extract
-handful of fresh mint
-1.5 Tbsp cacao nibs
-1 Tbsp cacao powder
-1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
-1/8 tsp ginger
-dash of cayenne
-3 medjool dates
-1 scoop of ideally chocolate mint protein flavor or vanilla protein (plant-based protein or grass-fed whey or grass-fed beef protein can work here)
-1.5 cups unsweetened coconut milk
-1/2 cup cold brew coffee
-1/4 maple syrup or coconut nectar
-Roughly 2 cups of ice

Add everything to the blender and blend till desired consistency is met. ENJOY!!! Feel free to top this smoothie with toppings like hemp seeds, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs, chia seeds, and/or granola.

 

 

Beet Mint Smoothie

Do you have any beets laying around the kitchen that need some love?! You are in good hands here!! Nettie of nourishing.roots has this vibrant Beet Mint Smoothie that has all kinds of colors, aromas, and nourishment here. You’ve got the nitric oxide blood flow boosting properties of beets. The healthy fats and high magnesium and zinc content of hemp seeds. The mood uplifting & alertness boosting properties of peppermint and spearmint. The high polyphenol content in the berry mix. Last but not least, are the cognitive enhancing benefits of Lions Mane mushroom make this a red-letter smoothie!!

-½ cup steamed beets

– ½ cup purple cabbage

– ½ cup dark berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or a berry blend works well here!

– sprig of fresh mint (peppermint or spearmint works here!)

– 1 tsp Real Mushrooms Lions Mane

– 1 tsp Vitamin C powder (Acerola cherry based)

– 3 Tbsp hemp seeds

 

Add everything to the blender and spin till desired consistency!! Water to thin if needed.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Protein Bars

Charlotte Press of Press.Start Nutrition has the perfect protein bar packed full of healthy fats, anti-oxidant rich spices, complex carbohydrates, and protein to fuel you during this holiday season. On top of that, these protein bars are enhanced with Lions Mane mushroom, which helps support and boost cognitive function and potentially even aid in short and long-term memory support! You couldn’t ask for a more well-balanced protein bar, you guys!?!?!

 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Protein Bars

 

Serves 8, paleo, DF, GF, grainfree, RSF

 

  • 1 cup nut butter of choice
  • 2 tsp Real Mushrooms Lions Mane 
  • 1/2 cup vanilla protein of choice
  • 3 tbsp organic pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp – 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey {depending how sweet you want it, I only used 1 tsp of organic maple syrup, but use more for sweeter}
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

 

Mix all ingredients together until a dough forms. Press dough into a parchment lined 8×8 pan and freeze for an hour. Remove and cut into 8-10 rectangles depending on how big you want them. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet & bake at 300 for 12 minutes. Store in the fridge.

 

Reishi Bounty Bars

Daisy has outdone her self with this delightful and nourishing bounty bars with a potent immune-boosting mushroom known to support the mind, body, and soul. If you make these be sure to tag @daisy_scoopwholefoods and us @real_mushrooms!! We would love to see to how your bounty bars turn out!!

– ⅓ cup coconut milk
– ¼ cup coconut butter
– ¼ maple syrup
– 2 cups of unsweetened desiccated coconut
– 2 tsp of Real Mushrooms Reishi 415
– 200 grams of dark chocolate mixed with 1 Tbsp of reishi 415


To make, gently heat ⅓ cup coconut milk in a pot, add ¼ cup coconut butter, ¼ cup maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt. Once smooth and well combined, add 2 cups of unsweetened desiccated coconut and optional 2 tsp Real Mushrooms Reishi 415. Scoop into the lined loaf tin, flatten and place in freezer for 1-2 hours. Next, melt down 200g of dark chocolate with 1 Tbsp of Real Mushrooms Reishi 415. Slice your solidified coconut mixture into 7-8 bars, then gently dip into melted chocolate and coat using 2 forks. Let excess drip off as much as possible. Place on baking paper, drizzle leftover chocolate over the top of all bars, then place in the fridge to set. Enjoy! :)

Cacao Coconut Mushroom Tonic

We are on a tonic kick lately with drinks. Can you tell!?! This is another dandy of a recipe that uses our 5 Defenders mushroom blend. It compliments nicely with the other unique ingredients like coconut butter, cacao powder, and raw honey. The final results is this soothing and calming tonic drink that is sure to excite your senses and calm you down. This tonic could also serve as a nice hot cocoa alternative as well. Serve up, however, suits your fancy!!! ENJOY!!!

 

 

-500mL water, off boil for 2-3 minutes added to:

-1 pinch of celtic sea salt

-1 (slightly heaping) tbsp. of raw, organic, heirloom cacao

-1 tsp. coconut butter

-1 tsp. of Real Mushrooms 5 Defenders

– + raw honey to taste

Blend, top with black sesame seeds, and get satiated!

Spiced Mushroom Elixir

Caffeine is quite the substance. Some folks praise it and how much better he or she performs whereas for some folks it hinders their performance in a lot of ways. Both perspectives have equal merit. I think it’s safe to say that caffeine is very individual based and will vary from person to person. This leads me to our next topic of discussion. How do you still get that coffee like experience with that aroma, color, boldness, and stimulation, but without the stimulation!? This superb spiced mushroom elixir by Jonathan P. Shanks has just what the doctored ordered.

 

More details below!!

 

– Mug of organic brown rice milk (heated) (preferably sprouted brown rice)

– 1 tsp raw organic cacao powder

– ¼ tsp organic cardamom powder

– ½ tsp Real Mushrooms Lion’s Mane

– ½ tsp Real Mushrooms Cordyceps-M

– ½ tsp Real Mushrooms Reishi 415

– ½ tsp of decent organic coconut oil

– Pinch of Himalayan salt

 

***Blend it all together for about a minute after heating the milk and it’s good to go. You can use any milk you like and also swap out the cardamon for ginger, cinnamon, maca etc. The cacao and coconut oil give it a lovely thick chocolate texture.***