Mushroom Madness

I have had a long-standing love affair with medicinal mushrooms – like maitake, shiitake, reishi and chaga- and have been incorporating them into my & my son’s diet for years now.  When I first started learning about the different types of mushrooms and their health benefits, I was in college working at an herbal medicine clinic where they were used in herbal tinctures and teas.  Now that medicinal mushrooms have become more mainstream, I am thoroughly enjoying the variety of products on the market.  Here are some of my fave’s:

—> Check out this recipe for *homemade* Chocolate-Chaga Almond Mylk! <—

While different mushrooms have different healing properties and support different systems in the body, some of the primary benefits include:

  • Immune system support
  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Support memory and focus
  • Increase energy and stamin
  • Support the nervous system and reduces stress

Check out these sites to learn more:

Chocolate-Chaga Almond Mylk

Yield:  about 1 quart

1 cups raw almonds
1 quart fresh water + more for soaking
1 tablespoon chaga powder
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
¼ cup maple syrup, or to taste

1. Place almonds in a container and cover with 2 to 3 inches of water. Place in the fridge to soak overnight. The next day, drain and rinse well. Set aside.

2. Bring the 1 quart of water to a boil.  Remove from heat and add chaga powder.  Cover and steep for about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temp.

3. Place drained almonds in a blender.  Add cinnamon, cocoa powder and chaga tea mixture.  Puree for 1-2 minutes, or until very smooth.

4. Strain almond mylk through nut mylk bag or cheesecloth into a clean pitcher.  Sweeten with maple syrup to taste. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.