Reishi mushrooms have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and have been examined in countless medical studies. They are considered adaptogenic herbs as they help the body deal with stress by targeting cortisol and reducing inflammation. Reishi mushrooms are immune-modulating, protecting DNA and preventing cell mutations while guarding healthy cells. You can find reishi in capsule, extract and powder forms and they can be added to food, tonics, smoothies and desserts.
Companies like Four Sigmatic make super accessible, everyday products incorporating reishi and other adaptogenic mushrooms like adaptogenic coffee, hot chocolate, and matcha powder.
I put together this reishi chocolate smoothie for an easy way to incorporate this incredibly powerful herb into your routine.
Adaptogenic Reishi Chocolate Smoothie:
- 1 1/2 cup cashew or almond milk
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon reishi spores powder
- 1 serving chocolate protein powder
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides (optional)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup ice
Blend on high 2-3 minutes until smooth.