Those who know me, know I love my SHROOMS! Mushrooms are not only jam-packed with nutrients but some have super potent phytochemicals that have been proven effective in boosting the immune system and fighting cancer. The "King and Queen" of medicinal mushrooms, Chaga and Reishi, are so versatile that if you pick up some that are good quality, you can store them dry in your pantry for a very long time, and still extract healing medicine from them.
Here is a recipe for my Medicinal Mushroom Soup. Great for calming the mind, reducing stress and fighting off cold and flu germs this time of year. If you would like to make regular mushroom soup (minus the medicinal shrooms, just omit Part 1 of the recipe). This soup is 100% gluten-free and plant-based. Additional protein comes from the split peas or lentils, which also add a nice creamy thickness. Turmeric is extremely anti-inflammatory, and cayenne helps warm up your metabolism and digestive fire. Last but not least, I cook without rules and often use recipes as loose guidelines. Let yourself be free to add and change things. Use more or less of whatever you want to make it your own. There is no right or wrong way to cook in my kitchen or yours. So here you go!
Medicinal Mushroom Soup
Part 1: In large soup pot, bring to boil 6-8 cups of fresh, filtered water. Add 1 tbsp dry Chaga mushrooms, and 1-2 slices of dry Reishi mushrooms. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately one hour or longer if you have the time. I did mine before bed and just let it gradually cool overnight. Strain mushrooms out and be sure to save the liquid! (That is your medicinal soup base). Don't throw out the mushrooms either though because they can be boiled again at least once or twice for more medicinal tea.
Part 2: In a large saute pan, add 1-2 tbsp coconut oil. Add chopped onion and garlic and stir until translucent. Add chopped fresh mushrooms, 1 tsp turmeric, sprinkle sea salt, fresh ground black pepper, swirl of tamari. Cook until lightly browned.
Part 3: Everyone goes into the pool. Add the contents of the pan into your mushroom soup base. Add vegetable soup stock, miso paste, cayenne pepper, and tarragon. Add 1/2 cup of split peas or lentils that have been soaked and rinsed. Allow to simmer for 1-2 hours.
Part 4: Taste! Add more seasoning to your liking. Add more tarragon. Once you are happy and everything is sufficiently soft and cooked (especially the split peas or lentils), remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, use an immersion or high speed blender to make your soup smooth and creamy! I like to leave it slighly chunky for a bit of texture.
Part 5: Garnish with fresh tarragon, and sunflower seeds. Eat with gratitude.
Please tell me in the comments below how your soup turned out and if I should tweak my recipe! I love to hear from you. - G.
This recipe is sweet not from sugar but for the name Clementine...which sounds sweet to me! Of course these tiny oranges are also more sweet in flavour than a regular orange. Clementines are are packed with vitamin C which as we know helps keep the germs away, and also tons of magnesium, potassium and B vitamins. B vitamins are also important for the immune system and for reducing stress.
Clementines remind me of the holidays so this smoothie was made just for that.
Sweet Clementine Smoothie:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 clementines (peeled and cold)
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of stevia
Handful of ice
Note: For extra thickness, feel free to add in 1/3 cup rolled oats. They absorb and blend up nicely and give you some extra creaminess and volume.
Blend and enjoy!
Smoothies are a perfect vehicle for adding anything you want to get an extra punch of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These "extras" are what will really help you boost your immune system, balance your hormones, improve your skin and hair, look younger and feel more energetic (among many other benefits!).
The key to an amazing smoothie is making it taste great then super-fying it with superfoods! Start with a basic smoothie base that you know and like. Then experiment with adding new flavours or foods with extra health benefits.
This smoothie is a basic mixed berry but with added goji berries which contain a huge amount of antioxidants and over 20 vitamins and minerals. Store them in a cool, dry place and they will keep dried for a long time. I also added maca for some hormone-balancing which is helpful after a month of hustle, bustle and additional stress over the holidays. Maca is known as an "adaptogen" which means it supports areas that are excessively high or low, and helps balance them. Maca has been studied for its effect on fertility, PMS, stress, fatigue and more.
To make this Super Berry Smoothie:
1/3 cup frozen mixed berries (organic if possible)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp goji berries
1 tsp maca *Note: start with even 1/2 tsp of maca until you acclimate with the taste as it can be strong
Handful of ice
Blend until smooth and creamy!
The first thing you put into your body in the morning sets the stage for the rest of your day. Will you be nourished and energized with your digestion ready to process whatever comes its way? Or will you be sluggish and fatigued, feeling bloated and weighed down after each meal? The amazing part is that you get to choose for yourself!
If you chose energy and feeling good, then this Morning Mood Elixir is for you. This is more than just a drink ,which is why we call it an Elixir. It serves multiple purposes in the body that in turn connects with the mind. When the mind is nourished it sends feel-good signals to the body and the cycle repeats itself. The elixir is a way to get many crucial nutrients directly into your body first thing in the morning when it they will travel directly into your cells.
When you wake, after brushing your teeth (and scraping your tongue?), make yourself this Morning Mood Elixir and drink it mindfully. As you swallow the first sip, ask yourself how it tastes. What is the temperature like? Does it make you feel good knowing you are doing something good for yourself? Consider what it means for you to be in the present moment, not worrying about later and deciding how you want to feel for the rest of the day.
Morning Mood Elixir
1 large glass of fresh, room temperature filtered water
1 serving Sunwarrior Ormus Greens
0.5 serving Vega Pre-workout Energizer
¼ - ½ fresh squeezed lemon
2-3 Vitamin D drops (as directed by your health professional)
1 serving Superfood of choice – Acai powder, Camu Camu, Goji berry, Maca
1 serving Sunwarrior Liquid Light
1 serving plain Glutamine
What you are getting with these ingredients:
Water – The ultimate hydrator which most of us do not get enough of and require it for every cell in our body. Filtered is a must. Often when we feel tired, we are dehydrated.
Greens – Packed with nutrients that you would never be able to eat in one day, greens also are important in keeping the body alkalized. This reduces inflammation in the body which is associated with pain like headaches and sore joints. Inflammation is now associated with gastrointestinal issues like Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It’s hard to be in a good mood when you have pain every day.
Vega Energizer– This is one of my most favourite products and I rarely go a day without it. It is a formulation of coconut seed, yerba mate, ginseng, green tea, turmeric and more. It gives you that pick-me-up in the morning that we all crave without having to go straight to the coffee pot. It is a boost of energy without the crash of caffeine. It also has anti-inflammatory ingredients that keep your pH in a happy place. If you exercise in the morning, you will thank me for this recommendation as you notice yourself having better workouts.
Lemon – This particular citrus helps to cleanse the body and the liver. Your liver is responsible for eliminating toxins from the night before so it is extra important to give the liver some love in the morning. This in turn will stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile and get your digestion moving. We go into fast mode through the night so our body needs a chance to wake up its digestive tract so it can effectively process what we put in it. This will help you digest food better for the rest of the day.
Vitamin D – The research is clear on the importance of Vitamin D in places where sunlight is not around every day. Get a good quality one from your local health food store.
Bonus Ingredients – This is my favourite part! Change up your elixir. Health food stores have amazing quality, organic superfood powders and formulas that pack a punch in nutrients that you cannot replicate in anything you eat during the day or any multivitamin for that matter. All of these superfoods have a different mix of vitamins and minerals in whole food form which is better for the body. They are packed with antioxidants, phytonutrients, polyphenols and other natural chemicals that build our cells, our immune system and our brain. Glutamine is great for rebuilding tissue for those who exercise and anyone with soft tissue damage in the G.I. tract.
Remember that when trying anything new, especially products with vitamins or herbs to consult with your health professional before starting.
Drink your elixir with love and gratitude!
So I'm no food blogger (cellphone food pics) and I'm definitely no chef...but my recipes are yummy, I promise you that! Sometimes I take them directly from another website in which case I would link you up with them to be fair. Sometimes I adapt a recipe to make it the way I want it, which I did in this case.
These balls -- or bombs -- of flavour are gluten-free and sugar free with lots of useable energy from the coconut! The only thing that is a tad naughty is the chocolate chips but I firmly believe that if the food is good for your body and good for your soul (the chocolate), you've got the best recipe.
Here come the measurements:
2 Free-range or organic eggs
2 medium ripe bananas --> I like organic, they taste MUCH better
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup unsweetened, sulphite-free coconut flakes
1 tbsp Flaxseeds --> 1 left whole and 1 ground
1 tsp vanilla --> real, alcohol-free vanilla
1 pinch sea salt
Optional: 1/2 dark chocolate chips
Optional: Chopped walnuts
Wisk the eggs in a bowl. Mash the bananas in a separate bowl. Incorporate all ingredients together. Place balls of dough on a greased (with coconut oil) pan or silicon mat. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool 30 minutes....if you can wait that long!
Makes about 15 coconut-banana bombs. I froze half of the batch so I can use them as a snack next week and they will still be fresh. Any "cookie" or baked good without oil and gluten tends to become dense and dry after a few days so the freezer trick makes them last longer!
Check out my video on how I make my oatmeal in the morning. It has hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil and more! This quick breakfast recipe is great for energy and is both body and brain healthy!