Cleavers is one of my favorite plants to forage. It grows like a weed in huge clusters, meaning you can harvest large amounts of it without much effort or worry that you are harming the local ecosystem. Compared to other wild edibles, cleavers is very easy to identify and there aren’t any toxic lookalikes. On top of that, cleavers has many health benefits yet still tastes good. Read more
I have a spruce tree in my yard. Every April, it produces small male cones on its lower branches. If I’m quick and gather these before they start releasing pollen, I can make some pretty delicious meals out of them. Read more
You can make tea out of any edible mushroom including reishi, chaga, Lion’s mane, turkey tail, and others. Mushroom tea has a pleasant earthy taste which is even better when you add seasonings. Here’s what you need to know to make mushroom tea. Read more
Because it has such a strong taste, it is best to combine shilajit with other strong flavors. The peanut butter and chocolate in this superfood balls recipe does a great job of masking the shilajit flavor, which is especially useful if you want to get kids to take shilajit or simply don’t like to take shilajit straight-up. Read more
Shilajit is incredibly health and contains minerals you will have a hard time getting anywhere else – but it also tastes pretty terrible. It’s usually described as having a burnt rubber taste. I’ve found that the best way to take shilajit is to mix it with strong flavors which mask the bad taste. Read more
Shilajit is a superfood which has numerous health benefits that range from improving memory and balancing hormones to fighting viruses. It’s fairly expensive as a supplement, so you’ll want to buy it as a resin instead of in capsules for a better deal. (See my picks for best shilajit resin) Read more
Mushrooms are one of the best superfoods and have numerous important health benefits, such as acting as an adaptogen, a vegan source of vitamin D, boosting immunity and helping gut health. When you can’t find fresh, mushroom powder supplements are a great way to get all of these benefits.
The earthy taste of mushroom poweder can be very overpowering if not paired with the right ingredients. In this drink recipe, the mushroom flavor is balanced out by the creaminess of the milk, the richness of the cacao, and kick from spices.
Feel free to experiment with different combinations and amounts of the flavors until you find the perfect balance for your taste. You can use any mushroom powder you want.
- 1 cup almond, coconut or soy milk
- 2 teaspoons cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon mushroom powder (turkey tail*, reisha, chaga, shiitake, chaga, cordyceps, lion’s mane…)
- 2 tsp. maple syrup or honey (more to taste)
Flavor Add-In Ideas
Choose as many of these as you want.
- 1 tsp. fresh minced ginger
- 1 tsp. turmeric + a pinch of black pepper**
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cashew butter or cocoa butter or coconut butter
- 1 tsp. ashwagandha powder, maca powder, or other superfood root
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Shot of coffee
- Matcha tea powder
- To serve hot: Warm the milk on the stove or with a steamer. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend. You can also use a wand mixer but the texture might not be as smooth.
- To serve cold: Put all ingredients in a blender. Pour over 3 or 4 ice cubes and stir before serving.
- Rinse your blender immediately. Or the cocoa will clump on the blades and make it a pain to clean later.
Image credit: https://willpowerstudios.com/, “Chaga Reishi Cacao Elixir” (CC BY 2.0) by WILLPOWER STUDIOS
Here is a really easy smoothie to make that is great for hot summer days. The smoothie not only contains lots of antioxidants from the colorful fruits, but it also contains coconut water.
Most of us don’t think of adding ingredients like apples to our stews. Yet, the tart sweetness of the apples in this recipe go great with the earthy turmeric and warming ginger and curry. Read more