What’s not to love about a healthy chocolate smoothie? If you’re searching for a tasty, chocolatey snack that is 100% guilt-free, this is it. It is loaded with goodness including plant-based protein, magnesium (hello cacao!), healthy fats, phytonutrients and all the benefits of adaptogens from the medicinal mushrooms.
So, what are adaptogens?
Adaptogens are herbs and plants with special properties that are naturally occurring in nature and can help the body resist emotional or physical stressors in the body.
They help aid our bodies in reacting to or recovering from both short and long-term physical or mental stress. Research shows adaptogens can also help to combat fatigue, enhance mental performance, ease depression and anxiety, boost immunity and more.
Adaptogens aren’t a new concept. They’ve been studied throughout history as a way to improve the body’s ability to respond to stress, increase energy and attention, and fight off fatigue.
Medicinal mushrooms (namely Reishi, Shitake, Lions Mane, Turkey Tail and Chaga) all have adaptogenic qualities. Rest assured, these don’t act like magic mushrooms! Although, their properties and benefits really are quite magical!
Medicinal mushrooms are classed as tonic and adaptogenic. Meaning that they nourish, tone and support the body whilst also building the body’s natural resistance and resilience to stressors, as mentioned above.
These medicinal mushrooms are now widely available dried or made into powders and are a therapeutic food and supplement. You can find them in health food stores or online. In this recipe, I have used the Alchemia Organics Magical Cacao Mix from 2die4 Live Foods. It contains the medicinal extracts of 6 of the most beneficial adaptogenic Mushrooms: Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Tremella, and Turkey Tail.
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CHOCOLATE ADAPTOGENIC SMOOTHIE
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 cup baby spinach
- ½ ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao
- 1 tablespoon 2die4 cacao mushroom mix*
- 1 medjool date
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
Add all of the ingredients to you blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Depending on your ingredients and blender you may need to add a little extra milk to reach your desired consistency.
You can purchase this here. Or simply add extra cacao and any other medicinal mushroom powder of your choice.