Oh man, I’ve been on a mushroom kick lately. I’m not sure why, but I’m going with it. If I’ve learned anything over these past four years on my health journey, it’s to really listen to your body and give it what it wants. My newest mushroom addiction is mushroom tea from Four Sigmatic.
Mushrooms have this super cool ability to balance out your hormones. They are an adaptogenic herb, which means they can help your body deal better with stress, give your immune system a boost, and increase your energy levels. Adaptogenic herbs work throughout your whole body and either increase specific hormones or decrease specific hormones. This means if your body needs more release of a certain hormone, adaptogens can work as a catalyst to make that happen. These specific adaptogenic herbs, such as ginseng, can help normalize hormones in the body like cortisol.
The inspiration for this elixir came from my fellow Culinary Nutrition Expert, Dusty Spiller of Fuel Your Endurance. Dusty is a triathlete, and he has a ton of cool information for athletes, so I highly recommend checking him out if you’re looking for information on health and an active lifestyle.
I, like Dusty, used a mushroom tea from Four Sigmatic. I really enjoy their Cordyceps Elixir. It’s a great boost of energy in the afternoon when I start to feel the afternoon slump at work. I upped the superfood goodness by adding maca and lucuma. Maca is another great adaptogen and lucuma adds essential vitamins and nutrients such as iron and B3. Not to mention, lucuma adds a delicious sweet flavor without spiking blood sugar. The addition of a healthy fat, ghee, helps our body absorb all the awesome health benefits from this Cordycep Elixir.
Cheers to your health!
- 1/2 tablespoon maca
- 1/2 tablespoon lucuma
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 packet Cordyceps Elixir
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)
- 2 cups hot water
Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and enjoy!
*Make sure you use the ventilation on the lid of your blender. If you do not have a vent on your blender, you can simply open the valve, or some blenders have an opening from which to pour. If you use this method, be sure to use a hand towel over the opening so that you do not spray your awesome elixir all of your kitchen!
Question: What’s your go-to to beat the afternoon slump?