A Nutrient-Dense, Vegan & Paleo Meal with the Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms!
You have an epic vacation lined up. You’re working hours around the clock to get a project done. You have a household full of kids running around getting into all kinds of mischief. Or you’re just living and loving life. Whatever phase you’re currently in, nobody has the time or wants to get knocked down by the flu, cold, or any type of pathogen. This vegan & paleo Acai bowl recipe with immune-supporting medicinal mushrooms will see that you don’t.
The good news is, your body is incredibly intelligent and knows how to fight off those infections and pathogens and heal itself.
You just have to give it the proper ingredients it needs to do so. Ingredients that manifest through your approach to life – your lifestyle, habits, and nutrition. These play a critical role in letting your immune system do its flu & cold busting job efficiently.
Real Mushrooms’ Immune-Boosting Mushroom Acai Bowl is vegan, paleo, and nutrient-loaded with probiotic-rich yogurt, vitamin-rich fruit, chlorophyll powdered greens, and two amazing stand-out superhero mushrooms: Chaga and Turkey Tail.
The immune-boosting ingredients used in this Acai bowl recipe:
Overall, functional mushrooms are great for your gut health. With their rich content of fibers like chitin, hemicellulose, and beta-glucans, these mushrooms act as prebiotics. Prebiotics are foods that nurture the growth of your beneficial bacteria and help fight off pathogens within the GI tract, allowing your immune system to thrive.
Chaga is especially rich in these gut-friendly prebiotic melano-glucan complexes, amping up the healthy bacterial profile in your gut microbiota. In fact, traditionally Chaga was boiled down as tea to help treat stomach ailments and other gastrointestinal disorders, which you can read more about in our 7 mushroom benefits for health article.
Housing around 80% of your entire immune system and absorbing about 90% of all of your nutrients through your intestinal wall, your digestive system, and the health of your microbiome play a critical role when it comes to immunity. A strong digestive system and a healthy, balanced microbiome lead to a strong immune system. That’s where ingredients like the probiotic-rich yogurt and the digestive-enzyme-rich papaya help out. But, what people might not always jump to for digestive health is the amazing “mushroom that’s not a mushroom” – Chaga!
Chaga is an all-star player when it comes to both immunity and digestion. Its main health benefit is the boost it gives to your digestion. It also has the wonderful side effect of clearing your skin; healthy skin is a reflection of healthy digestion!
And then there’s the “the mushroom of multiple colors” – Turkey Tail! Turkey Tail swings in to boost your immunity by stimulating cytokine production and increasing your natural killer cells. It’s an incredibly powerful ally to have on your immune support team.
An immunity “support team” of ingredients
The other “immune support team” players in this acai bowl recipe are the healthy fats, vitamin-rich fruit, and chlorophyll-loaded greens. All-powerful raw materials your immune system needs in order to thrive. Everything in the bowl works synergistically paving the way to good digestion; good digestion leads to proper absorption of all the beneficial foods you eat; and proper absorption then leads to keeping your immunity strong and healthy.
Just remember the powerful combination is: nutrient-loaded raw materials, good digestion, and a healthy gut microbiome. All work together synergistically to make for a healthy immune system.
Lastly, a quick note to remember – these “raw materials” are most efficiently utilized when they’re incorporated into a healthy, low-stress lifestyle. And if your food is in fact going to be used for preventative and therapeutic purposes, then quality and sourcing matter immensely. This is definitely true when it comes to mushrooms – like the Chaga and Turkey Tail. At Real Mushrooms, we’re passionate about delivering the highest medicinal mushroom quality and potency and will only deliver you 100% pure and organic extracts, backed by scientific verification. So you know you are getting the very best.
Ok, spoons up, let’s dive into the details of the bowl!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Tools you’ll need:
Acai bowl recipe substitutions:
Smoothie and smoothie bowls are wonderful in that you can easily substitute ingredients out. For example, you can substitute the coconut yogurt for your favorite yogurt or half a small avocado. Alternatively, you can use your favorite protein powder, collagen, or leave it out altogether. Also, if you’d like to make the bowl sweeter, you can swap the frozen cucumber for 1/2 a frozen banana.
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein (try Organifi’s Complete Protein)
- 1 frozen acai packet
- 1/2 cup coconut yogurt (or your preferred yogurt)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (or your preferred milk)
- 1/2 cup frozen papaya
- 1/2 cup frozen cucumber (optional, it adds thickness)
- one handful of spinach
- 1/2 tsp turkey tail
- 1/2 tsp chaga
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- a pinch of sea salt
- coconut shreds
- hemp seeds
- goji berries
- fresh fruit
- your favorite topping!
Acai Bowl Recipe Instructions:
- In a blender, throw in your coconut milk, coconut yogurt, vanilla extract, frozen papaya, frozen cucumber, frozen acai packet, and spinach.
- Blend it up.
- Add your vanilla protein, turkey tail, chaga, and a pinch of salt.
- Blend it up.
- Pour into a bowl and add your toppings!
Tips for a top-performing immune system:
Your immune system does so much more than just keep you from getting the cold and flu. It also keeps all of the toxins, pathogens, and bacteria you naturally consume from passing through your one-cell thick stomach lining and entering your bloodstream. In other words, it stops all of the toxic, disease-producing junk on the outside of you from entering your insides. If your immune system isn’t in tip-top shape, those pathogens can make it through your gut barrier and contribute to inflammation, disease, pain, depression, anxiety, and an inability to fully thrive and enjoy life!
We at Real Mushrooms want you to fully thrive.
And it’s not about having this immune-boosting Acai bowl recipe just one time. Certainly, this acai bowl recipe won’t stop you from ever getting sick. Rather, it’s more about adopting a preventative lifestyle that has a solid foundation in basic, self-care practices that allow your natural defense system to shine. Self-care practices like creating space for laughter, quality sleep, deep relationships, gratitude, meditation, movement, time outside in the sun, hydration, and quality food are vital to a well-lived, healthy life.
If you don’t make time for such self-care practices, chronic stress will inevitably take over, slowly weakening your immune system in the process. However, approaching life from a non-stressed, parasympathetic state is truly easier said than done, it’s also very achievable through intention, practice, and habits.
Try setting this intention when you wake up every single morning:
“I let go of what I cannot control and choose to love and support my body in ways I can control.”
Then move and eat in ways that align with it!
Easily give your other recipes a power boost:
Here at Real Mushrooms, we absolutely love seeing what you create in your kitchen! And if you’re looking for a different benefit from our line of functional mushroom extracts, you can easily swap the Chaga and Turkey Tail for another mushroom of your choosing. Have fun, get creative, and show off your work!
We would love to see all your different Real Mushrooms creations! Join the mushroom recipe challenge! Get creative in the kitchen with different ways to get more mushrooms in your diet. Invent your own recipe and share via Instagram @realmushrooms. We will feature the winner’s recipe on the blog & give you a coupon for a Real Mushrooms product of your choice!
*Disclaimer: The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by licensed medical physicians. Please consult your doctor or health practitioner for any medical advice.