Turn Your Coffee Into a Superfood Drink (without sugar or dairy)
This recipe will produce a creamy tasting cup of coffee - and the added ingredients make it a bona fide elixir.
- 1 cup of coffee (your favourite size and strength – but no added flavours already hidden within your coffee – just straight-up coffee from good beans)
- 2 teaspoons coconut butter (also known as coconut manna)
- 1 teaspoon 5 mushroom powder (I use Harmonic Arts 5 mushroom powder)
- 1 teaspoon raw maca
- 1 – 2 teaspoons mesquite powder (alternatively try 1 – 2 teaspoons of Lucuma powder)
- Measure all the ingredients in to the bottom of your mug
- Add a little coffee and mix well. I like using a small whisk to avoid leaving a ‘sludge’ of good ingredients on the bottom of your mug
- Once the ingredients are well mixed and dissolved into your coffee fill up the rest of your mug and enjoy
A note on some of the superfood ingredients:
These are not your ordinary supermarket mushrooms. Nope. They are altogether different. For an in depth and fascinating read on medicinal mushrooms check out this post.
Medicinal mushrooms include reishi, chaga, cordyceps, lions mane, turkey tail (and others).
Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years. Reishi, a tree fungi, is one of the most researched herbal substances on the planet known for it’s immune enhancing properties. Herbalist Ron Teeguarden says that in traditional Chinese herbalism, “Reishi was believed to help calm the mind, ease tension, strengthen the nerves, strengthen memory, sharpen concentration, improve focus, build will power and as a result, help build wisdom.”
Stock medicinal mushrooms in your pantry and use them in broths, teas, coffee and hot chocolate.
Maca is widely known for it’s energy enhancing properties. It’s a good source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, trace minerals and vitamins B1, B2, C and E.
It has an earthy, slightly nutty taste. The darker forms are more bitter, the lighter forms sweeter.
Maca is actually a cruciferous vegetable native to the Andes of Peru. It’s the root that’s known for it’s superfood properties and has been used for thousands of years. It’s known as an antioxidant and as an adaptogen; it stabilizes blood sugar; it supports women’s libidos; it’s also been shown to balance women’s hormones and reduce menopausal symptoms. Men can benefit from Maca too in the sex health department. Two studies have shown it to support male fertility.
Mesquite has a malty sweetness which softens the flavour of the mushroom powder and maca (if you’re using black maca) in this recipe. It’s high in protein. It contains fiber. It also contains calcium and magnesium. It has the ability to balance blood sugar.
Mesquite trees produce pods that are ground to make mesquite powder. The trees are indigenous to South America.
Give this recipe a try, and let me know what you think of it in the comments!