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Superfood Lattes: Turmeric Golden Milk Mushroom + Mushroom Matcha

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

Superfood Lattes: Turmeric Golden Milk Mushroom + Mushroom Matcha

Turmeric Golden Milk Latte

I'll be honest, the first time I heard about these drinks I was... skeptical. I'm always down to try new things though. After a couple of these mushroom drinks, I'm definitely hooked. Why? Superfoods, ya'll. I know the term is thrown around a lot in our health-centric niche, but hear my out. 

Four Sigmatic is a superfood company founded by a group of Finnish friends. It is based on their belief that health can be vastly improved through simple dietary tweaks. The easiest way to do this? Mushrooms, the most scientifically studied and proven superfood. Four Sigmatic wants to popularize medicinal mushrooms by incorporating them in popular products like coffee and elixirs. 

Why MUSHROOMS?

Why, indeed. You may not realize this but mushrooms make the world go round. They are in 40% of Western medicines (like penicillin!) and they have been researched in every possible way for thousands of years. 

Because mushrooms are so integral to clinical practices, thousands of studies have been conducted and papers have been written testifying to their incredible healing properties—to date, 1,100 papers have been published on just one single type of mushroom, of which there are more than 10,000 known varieties in North America alone.

Interestingly, most people don’t consume these healthy types of mushrooms, so adding even small amounts could lead to significant health benefits. During the last couple of generations, mushrooms have suffered from quite a bit of stereotyping from "magical" jokes to the "snootiness" of portobellos or truffles. All this despite the fact that they are suitable to almost any diet, from Paleo to vegan. 

So, about these elixirs, eh?

Each Four Sigmatic Mushroom Elixir is made with a different mushroom, used for different benefits. 

First up is the Lion's Mane Elixir

Recognized for their brain-boosting properties, these delicious mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Recently, science has focused on lion’s mane’s exceptional regenerative effects on our nervous system. Coffee can be an outstanding productivity booster, but even more so when enhanced with a good lion’s mane extract!

The natural nootropic (cognitive boosting) effects of lion’s mane work hand-in-hand with the stimulating effects of coffee to create the perfect state of mind. Their lion’s mane mushroom extract is made by dual-extracting these wood-grown fruiting bodies, and then spray-drying it without any fillers or carriers. The final extract powder is standardized to 30 percent polysaccharide (more than 15 percent beta-glucan) content.

Next we've got the Chaga Elixir: 

Chaga contains numerous B vitamins, flavonoids, phenols, minerals, and enzymes. It is also one of the world’s densest sources of pantothenic acid, phenolic compounds and chromogenic complex. Chaga contains wild-source minerals and is particularly high in copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, and iron. Yet, its most potent ingredient is a special substance known as superoxide dismutase (SOD), whose function is to halt oxidation, especially the toxicity of a free radical known as singlet oxygen. Chaga is consumed daily by some of the most long-lived populations in the world.

By highly alkaline-forming chaga mushroom extract to coffee, which simultaneously solves the acidity problem and results in a smoother taste. The powerful antioxidants, anti-viral effects, and immune-boosting properties of chaga mushrooms transform your cup of Joe from an energy-boosting treat to a health-enhancing choice!

Four Sigmatic has made these little packets of shrooms super conveniently available, just pour into your favorite warm liquid, and enjoy. Coffee, tea, the options are endless, but if you need a couple ideas to get you started, here are some fun Mushroom Lattes for you to try. The elixirs add a slight earthy flavor, so play around with your favorite mix-ins to create a drink tailored to your taste. 

 

Lion's Mane Matcha Latte

This drink is SURE to get your brain buzzing in the morning. Above you've learned about the benefits of Lion's Mane, but pair that with matcha, and MCT oil (good for boosting metabolism and energy) and you've got a seriously brain boosting elixir, that's also seriously delicious.

You'll need:

1 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk

1/2 tsp matcha powder

1/2-1 Tbsp honey (optional)

1 tsp ghee (optional, more healthy fats)

1 tsp MCT oil

1 packet Lion's Mane Elixir

Heat milk on low until warm. 

Add all ingredients to a blenter or mug, and froth or mix until thoroughly combined and frothy. 

Enjoy! 

 

Lion's Mane Turmeric Golden Milk Latte

Similar to the drink above, this one is full of healthy fats from ghee, anti-inflammatory properties from turmeric, made more bioavailable black pepper, along with ginger and ghee, and of course Lion's Mane which optimized cognitive performance and supports the nervous system! Brain fog, BE GONE!

You'll need:

1 1/12 cups almond or coconut milk (used canned coconut milk for a high fat, creamier, and thicker drink)

1 packet Lion's Mane Elixir

1/4 tsp turmeric, pinch of fresh or powdered ginger (to taste), very small pinch black pepper

OR  1-2 tsp Pure Indian Foods Turmeric Superghee (which combines ginger, ghee, and black pepper for an amazing synergistic effect.)

honey (optional)

Heat milk on low until warm. 

Add all ingredients to a blenter or mug, and froth or mix until thoroughly combined and frothy. 

Enjoy! 

Posted on April 12, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions

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3 Ingredient Paleo Matcha Ice Cream + Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Barefoot Provisions

3 Ingredient Paleo Matcha Ice Cream + Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

First off, let's get one thing straight. Ice cream is a health food for me. It's good for my health, my soul, my happiness. I didn't really think much of ice cream when I first went paleo, but over the years have found tons of dairy free options to suffice. Heck, I'm even down for some real ice cream now and then, as dairy doesn't affect me too much. However isn't it kind of amazing that you can create completely paleo ice cream at home, WITHOUT an ice cream maker?! 

No Churning Required

I was first introduced to the no churn method via a couple of awesome recipe blogs (Real Simple Good, and Minimalist Baker inspired my method) and was pretty psyched when I realized I could take that ice cream maker off my Amazon wish list. The basic method of making the ice cream here in both of these, plus tons of other paleo/vegan ice cream recipes is essentially freezing whipped coconut cream. Word of warning here, if you don't like coconut, don't even try these vegan/paleo dairy free ice creams because no matter how much flavor you add, you'll always taste the base, which is 100% coconut. 

After making my first batch of no churn paleo ice cream, I concocted this easy cookie dough for making ice cream sandwiches, and the result was delicious. 

Here's how to make it

Let's start with the MATCHA ICE CREAM! You'll need:

1 can coconut cream (refrigerate overnight.) Be sure to get coconut cream which is thicker than coconut milk. Try to find a brand with no added gums or sugar. 

2 Tbsp honey

2 tsp Matcha powder

optional: drizzle of vanilla extract

1. Start by scraping your coconut cream out of the can into a stand mixer (I've seen this part done in a blender, but haven't tried it this way. I'd try a stand mixer or handheld mixer.) Make sure no liquid gets out of the can, this will thin the cream too much. 

2. Begin whipping the cream to a fluffy whipped cream consistency. Drizzle in the honey, vanilla, and matcha powder, stopping to scrape the sides if needed, and whip until combined thoroughly and fluffy. 

3. Pour into a bread pan lined with parchment paper and freeze for a few hours until solid. Other recipes suggest that it's best when it's not TOO frozen, and still a little soft.  This stuff is best enjoyed at the soft, in between frozen and fridge cold fluffy texture, due to the nature of it's ingredients. It does not freeze well for long periods of time. It will still taste good, however it becomes much icier.

4. Enjoy!

To make this ice cream into Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches (makes 4), you'll need:

1 batch of Matcha Ice Cream (from recipe above) 

3/4 Cup Tigernut Flour

1 Tbsp ghee

1 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp coconut sugar

vanilla extract

1. Combine all of the above ingredients and make a large dough ball. This should be slightly moist and feel like cookie dough.

2. Roll out into a flat sheet on parchment paper, somewhat thin, then use a jar without a lid to cut out "cookies", kind of like a cookie cutter. After doing a few cut outs, take the scraps and make a new dough ball, roll out again, and continue to make the "cookies" until most of the dough is gone. I got 8 discs out of mine, with a little bit of dough leftover. 

3. If you want your ice cream sandwich cookies to have a doughy texture, go ahead and skip to step 4. If you want these to harden up a bit, refrigerate overnight.

4. When it's time to assemble the sandwiches, take the ice cream from the freezer and pull the ice cream out of the pan using the overlapped parchment paper.

5. Using the same jar you used for the cookies, heat the edges by putting it under hot running water, then use it like a cookie cutter in the ice cream. This should give you a disc of ice cream the same size as the cookies. You can cut this in half if it's too thick, to create two ice cream discs. 

6. Sandwich ice cream disc between two of your cookies and serve.

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Barefoot Provisions

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