FOOD

4 Ways to Use Superfood ’Shrooms

January 18th, 2021

Mushrooms are just one of those foods: you either like them or you don’t. Whatever your feelings on funghi, it’s worth giving these wellmade by Thrive Market Organic Superfood Mushroom Powders a chance. They harness the power of four functional mushrooms that are considered medicinal for their purported nutritional and adaptogenic properties,* in a highly versatile, easy-to-use form (more on that later).

First, a word on quality. These supercharged supplement powders are made using organic, non-GMO mushrooms grown in California. Because the whole mushroom goes into each powder, you get the full spectrum of bioactive nutrients these mushroom varieties have to offer:

  • Lion’s Mane: Get your creative energy flowing (sans caffeine) with lion’s mane, which may support mental clarity, focus, and cognition.*
  • Cordyceps: Meet your new favorite pre-workout supplement. Cordyceps may boost energy and endurance.*
  • Chaga: An antioxidant powerhouse, chaga is touted for its anti-aging benefits.*
  • Reishi: Keep your body in fighting shape with this ’shroom, which may support the immune system.*

Even if you don’t normally like eating mushrooms, the mildly earthy flavor of these powders allows them to blend almost imperceptibly into smoothies and coffee drinks, savory recipes, and even desserts.

For brunch with benefits: Lion’s Mane Avocado Toast

Yield: 1 serving
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ghee, softened
1 teaspoon wellmade by Thrive Market Organic Lion’s Mane Superfood Mushroom Powder
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
Pinch sea salt
1 slice of bread (gluten-free if desired), toasted
½ an avocado, pitted and sliced
Your choice of toppings; try pickled red onion, sprouts, sunflower seeds, and/or red pepper flakes

Instructions

In a small bowl, mix ghee, mushroom powder, lemon zest, and sea salt.

Toast a piece of bread and spread ghee mixture on top.

Place slices of avocado on the toast, along with your choice of toppings.

For dressing and drizzling: Creamy Avocado & Jalapeno Sauce with Cordyceps

Yield: 2 ¼ cups
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 large avocado, pitted and scooped
1 cup packed and chopped cilantro leaves and stems
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon wellmade by Thrive Market Organic Cordyceps Superfood Mushroom Powder
1 teaspoon Thrive Market Organic Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 garlic clove, chopped

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until completely smooth, adding cold water as needed to achieve a creamy consistency.

Drizzle over grilled meats, tacos, and salads, or serve as a dip with raw vegetables. Store leftover sauce in the fridge for up to four days.

For a dairy-free dessert: Pink Coconut Chaga Pops

Yield: 3–5 popsicles (depending on your mold size)
Total Time: 15 minutes, plus 5+ hours for freezing

Ingredients

1 cup Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk
2–3 tablespoons Thrive Market Organic Raw Honey or Organic Maple Syrup, to taste
1 cup fresh or frozen cherries or raspberries
1 tablespoon wellmade by Thrive Market Organic Chaga Superfood Mushroom Powder

Instructions

In a food processor or using a hand blender, puree the fruit and chaga powder until smooth. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and honey or maple syrup.

Combine the fruit and chaga mixture with the coconut mixture and stir.

Evenly fill popsicle molds with mixture, place popsicle sticks in the center of each filled mold, and freeze for at least five hours or overnight.

For a soothing sip: Lavender-Cacao Reishi Tonic

Yield: 1 latte
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

For the Lavender Simple Syrup:

¼ cup Thrive Market Organic Coconut Sugar
¼ cup water
1 tablespoon dried lavender

For the Tonic:

1 ¼ cups Thrive Market Organic Almond or Oat Beverage
1 teaspoon wellmade by Thrive Market Organic Reishi Superfood Mushroom Powder
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Raw Honey or Organic Maple Syrup
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Cacao Powder
1 teaspoon Lavender Simple Syrup
1 tablespoon cacao butter or Thrive Market Organic Coconut Butter (optional)
Pinch sea salt

Instructions

First, make the Lavender Simple Syrup: in a small saucepan, combine coconut sugar, water, and lavender. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes or until sugar has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh strainer (to remove lavender buds) into a jar. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the almond or oat milk to a simmer. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the reishi, honey or maple syrup, cacao powder, Lavender Simple Syrup, cacao or coconut butter (if using), and salt.

Whisk the mixture constantly until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Optionally, you can add the slightly cooled mixture to a blender and blend until frothy; use a hand blender or milk frother; or transfer to a Mason jar, seal tightly, and shake vigorously. Pour into a mug and serve.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Kirby StirlandKirby Stirland is a writer, editor, and New York transplant living in Los Angeles.

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