09 May Mushroom Magic: Three Delicious Chaga Recipes
Powdered wildcrafted Chaga mushroom is one of the world’s best-loved natural tonics for the body and mind. This hard, woody tree fungus might not look very impressive at first glance, but it’s dense in beneficial nutrients and provides a natural boost to your overall well-being! Find out more about the power of this medicinal mushroom, and take a look at some tasty Chaga drink recipes below.
BENEFITS OF CHAGA
First things first: What makes Chaga such an excellent superfood? It’s a source of B vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, but there’s so much more to this humble mushroom:
- This mushroom is a potent adaptogen, meaning it reduces the symptoms of stress, fatigue and anxiety on your body and mind.
- Chaga is packed with Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)*, a powerful cellular antioxidant, which protects your cells against oxidative stress and damage.
- It’s high in betulinic acid (botulin), which inhibits the growth of tumours.
- It’s a great digestive tonic, with anti-inflammatory properties; it helps to ease gastritis and ulcers, and also prevents the accumulation of Candida bacteria.
- Chaga supports your body’s vital organs, protecting the liver, kidneys and gall bladder from toxin accumulation, preventing gallstones and kidney stones.
- Chaga stimulates the production of interferons, which help to repair damaged DNA.
- It’s a great memory tonic, because it stimulates brain cell metabolism.
- Chaga has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
*Super-powered SOD: Chaga mushroom contains an amazing 25-50 times more Superoxide Dismutase than other popular SOD sources; that includes Reishi mushrooms, barley grass and seaweed!
Chaga is easy to use and enjoy – here’s a look at how to replace your normal tea, coffee or hot chocolate with a rich and nourishing Chaga mushroom brew:
TOP CHAGA RECIPES:
1. SUPERFOOD CHAGA HOT CHOCOLATE
- 500ml water
- 2 tsp Superfoods Chaga Mushroom
- 2 Tbsp honey or coconut sugar
- 2 Tbsp cacao powder
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 tsp cacao butter or coconut butter
Blend all ingredients in your food processor. Strain the mixture using a sieve or nut bag, heat on the stove, sip and enjoy.
2. CHAGA TEA
- 500 ml hot water (approx. 75°C)
- 2tsp Superfoods Chaga Mushroom
- Seeds of 1 vanilla pod
- Small handful of goji berries
- Coconut sugar to taste (optional)
Heat the water in a saucepan; don’t let it boil. Add the Chaga, vanilla seeds and goji berries; leave the mixture to stand and infuse for 5-10 minutes. Strain the tea, sweeten with coconut sugar and enjoy.
3. CHAGA COFFEE SUBSTITUTE
Heat the water in a saucepan (don’t let it reach boiling point). Add the Chaga, hemp, foti and coconut sugar; leave to stand and infuse for 5-10 minutes. Strain the mixture, sip and enjoy a natural coffee-free pick-me-up!
Chaga is widely known as “the king of plants” or “the diamond of the forest”. With the mushroom’s precious nutrient content and its treasure trove of benefits, it’s not hard to see why!
If you enjoyed this, why not try another mushroom recipe? Make it: Quinoa with Oyster Mushrooms & Adzuki Beans
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