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.
Matt Oliphant is Community Manager at Real Mushrooms. He is a human performance consultant, spartan athlete and fitness enthusiast that competes in various spartan races, tough mudders and trail running competitions.
“I’m an avid amateur photographer and mushroom forager. I have always been fascinated by the mind and body and what it can do. I love and thrive off of helping people get the most out of their mind and body by using the latest and most cutting edge techniques, bio-hacks, nutrition optimization, fitness styles and much more. For me, it’s much more than the physical. It’s total mind, body, and spirit optimization. This is my purpose and flow in life and what I hope to inspire in the world.”