Get cozy with this vegan, paleo, dairy-free, healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte made with real pumpkin and boosted with the immune support of Real Mushrooms Turkey Tail extract.
Pumpkin Spice and everything nice… especially when immune-boosting mushrooms are involved! That’s right, ‘tis the season for cozy sweaters, leaves changing colors, temperatures cooling down, and of course, the explosion of pumpkin spice galore.
In fact, we’re pretty sure fall only “officially” begins when people enjoy their first sip of a pumpkin spice latte.
But along with that “official” Autumn beginning, comes the other “official” beginning: cold & flu season.
Fear not, though, because we have your back over here at Real Mushrooms. We want you to enjoy all the best parts of the season while protecting you from all those sore throats, irritating sneezes, and red noses. (We’ll save those red noses for Rudolph and Christmas.)
Enter our spin on the classic drink: We take one Pumpkin Spice Latte, but hold the artificial ingredients, flavors, preservatives, starches, and fillers and add an extra dose of immune-boosting Turkey Tail mushroom extract.
Drink order up! Let’s dive into the details.
Our Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients:
Most pumpkin spice lattes tend to have an exorbitant amount of artificial ingredients, preservatives, and sugar. And we get it, it’s easy to love that satisfying taste! But you know who else loves and feeds off too much sugar? Those colds, pathogens, and viruses.
The great part is, you don’t have to sacrifice taste, and you don’t have to sacrifice health. You can have the best of both worlds: Your pumpkin spice and your immune health too!
And you can have it in under 5 minutes with this easy-to-make, mushroom-boosted latte. That’s less time than you would spend standing in a popular coffee shop line.
And you probably wouldn’t be able to ask for a shot of Turkey Tail at your coffee shop either. Then you’d miss out on that cold & flu protection.
With our homemade latte, you can avoid the lines, save some money, and boost your health all at the same time. And while sipping in the comforts of your home, you can read this article to find out how the mushrooms you are drinking in your latte can naturally boost your immune system: How do Mushrooms Support the Immune System?
Here are some key takeaways:
Mushrooms are rich in beta-glucans. Beta-glucans just happen to be amazing substances that naturally stimulate your innate and adaptive immune response – thereby offering you that pathogen protection we were talking about earlier. And out of the vast variety of mushrooms, Turkey Tail actually contains one of the highest amounts of these immune-protecting beta-glucans. (However, Reishi, Chaga, Shiitake, Cordyceps, and Maitake are also well researched varieties that boost your immune response too – so if you want to throw those in your latte instead of Turkey Tail – you’d still be winning!)
So let’s recap our drink order: Only real pumpkin, no artificial flavors or preservatives. Only 100% real organic mushrooms, no added starch or fillers. Only natural sugar and way less of it. And lots and lots of taste and satisfaction.
Let’s go make it!
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte – Hold the Coffee
If you’re on the caffeine-free wagon or just don’t care for the taste of coffee, you can definitely still enjoy this latte! Just use extra milk instead.
Cook Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (we used almond milk)
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- 1 TB pumpkin puree
- 1 TB favorite sweetener (adjust to your preference – we used Yacon Syrup)
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp Real Mushrooms Turkey Tail
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a small saucepan, combine all your ingredients and whisk until everything is combined smoothly.
- Taste and adjust for sweetness preference.
- As soon as the mixture is warm, serve it up and enjoy!
- Add whip cream if you want to get fancy.
Enjoy in Good Health
Every season change brings with it a new, fresh perspective. And if you look to nature, it can help teach you the best way to embrace that shift. So as the leaves start changing colors, it’s perhaps a good reminder to start changing some habits too.
Try to slow down and embrace stillness. Reflect on the past year and set some new intentions. Nourish yourself with comforting, seasonal foods. And nurture your health (and taste buds!) with this immune-boosting hot pumpkin spice latte.
Taking a little extra care during this time of transition from summer to fall can go a long way in maintaining your immune system, your overall health, happiness, and vitality.
Easily give your other recipes a power boost
If you don’t want to use Turkey Tail, you can easily try out another mushroom. Each has their own unique profiles and benefits, but immune system strengthening is a common benefit amongst all of them. To learn more, you can read our article which highlights the top 7 benefits of the main medicinal mushrooms. These different mushroom extracts can easily be added to whatever you’re cooking up in the kitchen.
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