I’ve been on and off the coffee train quite a lot in these last few months. It started back when I was training for Boston and decided to go off coffee in the two weeks leading up to the marathon so that come race day, I could have some caffeine and have it offer a little extra energy boost.
I’m not one of those people who needs coffee in the morning to wake up, or gets cranky when I don’t have my cup of Joe. In fact, I typically drink coffee simply because it is something warm, and because I love the taste of good coffee. We buy whole beans, grind them fresh every morning, seek out different brands, tasting notes and roasts and really, are likely considered coffee snobs by some. I’m okay with it.
During that time of no coffee though, I turned to other methods of selection of my hot beverage in the morning and to get my little pick me up when I needed it. One of those was matcha tea (recipe coming soon!), and the other was Chaga mushrooms.
If you aren’t familiar with Chaga Mushrooms, they’re a superfood you definitely need to be adding to your routine. They have incredible immune system boosting properties and are packed with a range of different antioxidants. They are anti-viral and anti-microbial and help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.
They also have great soothing properties for stomach and digestive distress, and are good for easing gastrointestinal problems. Collectively, it is all of these positive impacts on the body and the bodily systems, most notably the antioxidant boost that allows these mushrooms to offer a significant energy boost to the body.
Despite all the great properties, if you’re a little unsure, and don’t really want to have mushrooms for breakfast, you can relax knowing that they don’t actually taste like mushrooms at all. There is very minimal flavour to them, and it is more the flavours of the star anise and cinnamon that come out in this drink.
Having said that, feel free to play around with the spices and superfood powders in the recipe, as what you add in – such as ginger or nutmeg – will be a very prominent flavour in the final product. But rest assured, that with the mushrooms present in the final product, you will be sure to get your daily boost of energy in a much healthier form than your traditional morning brew.