Reishi Mushroom Cocoa

5 Ingredient Chocolate Reishi Goodness.

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This is our simple take on this adaptogenic drink that we have incorporated into our routine. Reishi mushroom has so many benefits and to learn more you can click here. There are many forms of this drink out on the market today, so we decided to share our simple at home version. But if you are new to adaptogens then we do recommend you start of in small doses to see how your body response. Reishi is very bitter, so this recipe is great for a beginners, because you can always adjust to taste.

This drink really hits the spot on a chilly night, (served warm)

  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp- Reishi powder (very strong, and bitter start with less at first)
  • 1/2-1 tbsp- Organic cocoa powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp- Organic Coconut sugar (adjust to taste)
  • **Optional add 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder.
  • Warm up some milk and add to your blender, we prefer using any plant base milk.

 

Blend up and enjoy! Really hope you all give this a try at home and let us know how it goes 🙂

Matcha Tea

Hello Friends,

We’ve been drinking matcha tea for many years now, there are so many benefits to drinking matcha I will link an article here where you can read up on it. We both enjoy the cleaner taste of while still getting the caffeine in, instead of having a cup of coffee which we find can be a little too heavy at times. (We still do enjoy coffee too)

Matcha is just great hot, in a latte, or ice-cold it’s just another alternative when you aren’t in the coffee mood. We do not drink Matcha with any sugar in it, and that’s really key for us to not have the unnecessary sugar added to our day unlike with coffee where we prefer a little bit of sweetness added. We don’t really prefer it in our matcha.

We’ve tried out a few brands and have found only a couple that we really like to repurchase. One of our favorites has to be Ippodo Tea. But honestly, it can be quite costly if you drink it on a daily basis like we do. Another brand that we like that is Mizbuba Tea Co. we find them to be more affordable, but never lacking in quality if you’re interesting in purchasing I will link their website for you, you can also read up more on the company. We also wanted to share a discount code we found through their Instagram, which we weren’t sure if it would still be valid, so I emailed with the company and they said it should be good from here on out. For 10% off all orders use: InstaTeaTime

We always make sure to use this discount when we place an order extra savings is always nice. We are not affiliates by any means just really enjoy their matcha.

We’ve been enjoying matcha simply lately, we got this idea from LeefromAmerica’s Instagram check her out we love her content. This is a super simple, easy no need to boil hot water or whisking involved way to enjoy your matcha.

Directions to simple ice cold matcha:

  1. Take a jar that you have a lid to, we just used a good ol’ mason jar.

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2. Place 1 tsp. of matcha powder in, then place a few ice cubes into jar (please put however much you like of both). Fill 2/3 jar with filtered water,

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3. Lastly shake vigorously until you see no lumps of matcha, and boom it’s done and ready for your enjoyment. It should be nice and frothy at the top.

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4. I then fill the rest of the jar up with more filtered water after shaking, (having a bit of space at the top helps it become nice and foamy.)

Please feel free to add stevia drops as we do once in while, or your favorite milk. We’ve been enjoying Oat milk a lot lately, but we also reach for the unsweetened macadamia nut milk also.

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Thanks so much for reading hope you all give this a try and enjoy!

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Tea Time

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Tea is life

It is that cold time of year, and we thought we’d share some of our favorite and new teas with you. During the colder months we tend to go a little crazy with tea, don’t know why but it just offers the most comforting feeling for the two of us. Little did we know, when we pulled out our whole selection we had not realized how much we accumulated in such a short time. We have about 1-3 cups a day, (drinking lots of water in between) and of course in the evenings we try to avoid any tea that is caffeinated. I would say we are not your typical Tevana drinking people. Although they may have some tasty stuff, along with the support of Oprah. It is not worth the price of having their employees shoving their products down your throat. How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by the Tevana staff? Anyway, during the warmer weather we do enjoy lots of other teas and we will share them as the seasons change. So in this posts we will list the teas description and how/when and where we like to enjoy them, also we will include where you can purchase all of these.

 

Listed from left to right.

  1. Tazo Classic Chai
  2. Simply Balanced Mint
  3. Traditional Medicinal Organic throat coat
  4. Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Pear
  5. Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast
  6. Harvey & Sons Fine Teas Vanilla Comoro
  7. YamaMotoYama Genmaicha (Green tea w/ Roasted Rice)
  8. Stash Premium Chamomile herbal tea
  9. Traditional Medicinal Roasted Dandelion Root

Descriptions and Where to pick them up

Chai Tea is Raphy’s go to morning tea, since he has weaned himself off of having 3  shots of espresso each morning. This tea is a black tea, that has many spices including ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and star anise mixed in. Although every brand has their own combination of spices, so it can vary. Raphy will have this in the morning and sometimes during his lunch hour for a mid-day pick up. He likes to have it with a splash of soy milk and sometimes a bit of honey. This one we picked up at Raleys, but you can get this at any market.

Mint tea specifically peppermint is something we have when we have nausea, itchy throat, uneasy stomach. This literally is like drinking warm pepperminty water, you can add honey and a sliver of ginger for flavor. It is caffeine free and herbal tea. This one we picked up at Target.

Throat Coat is something we have anytime we are feeling a bit under the weather. It really helps calm the throat and keeps it from being so dry. The ingredients include echinacea root, and licorice root. It is caffeine free and is an herbal tea. Which can make the aroma you get when you steep this tea is quite strong, and unlike anything I can describe, it is not for your novices’ palette. It smells and has a sweetness to it. But no worries just add a lot of Manuka honey to your cup, and it shall aid you to gulp it down. This one you can pick up from Target or your local Vitamin shop.

Trader Joe’s Ginger Pear is so yummy, and during the summer months we found ourselves making sun tea with a few hibiscus leaves mixed in. Serve with a cup full of ice and some mint leaves. This tea is a white tea with chamomile, ginger root, and lemon peels mixed in. Definitely a crowd pleaser even when served warm with a splash of milk and honey.

This Trader Joe’s Irish breakfast tea is Raphy’s go to for when he is not feeling the spice of chai tea. He will reach for this black tea instead. Good for a mid-day pick up, this tea is great on its own or with some coconut sugar mixed in. This breakfast tea uses Assam tea leaves grown at high elevations according to Trader Joe’s. We like it because it comes in a bulk sized box with 80 tea bags for $2.99 usd. What a deal.

Vanilla Comoro this is a very new tea we’ve been trying out, firstly the packaging really drew us in because we could see ourselves reusing it of course. It is a decaffeinated black tea packaged in silken sachets which are very appealing to the eye. The black tea leaves are mixed with vanilla, so when drinking this tea on its own you sort of feel like your having a rich milky drink even when there’s no milk. When you add some honey or milk it literally tastes like a treat. So if you find yourself having a craving for something sweet but don’t necessarily want to have a candy bar or a patisserie just reach for a cup of this. This one we picked up at Target.

Roasted Rice Green tea, typically this tea is served in sushi restaurants. This green tea is very aromatically pleasing to us. It has toasted rice mixed inside so when you steep this tea you get that pleasing warm smell. We do not have this tea with honey or milk it is something we like just straight plain and simple. No additives needed. We mostly enjoy this warm, and not iced, or cooled. This one we picked up at our local Asian Market.

Chamomile, is an herbal with no caffeine and is so good before bed. And helps calm the mind and helps us sleep better. We like to have this tea with a bit of honey or just on its own. Usually we like to steep real flower buds, but when we aren’t able to find them or forget to order them we substitute with tea bags. We find that the real flower buds offer a much sweeter cleaner taste. But prepackaged will have to suffice for now. If you get the chance to buy the real deal we recommend it. You can pick this up at most grocery stores, the whole flower buds we like to order online through Amazon or whichever has the better deal.

Roasted dandelion root, is herbal and caffeine free this tea is good for stimulating the liver and supports digestion. I just really enjoy the flavor of this tea with some honey. I find it does help with digestion. I like to have a cup of this tea after a meal, it has sweetness with a slightly bitter roasted taste in the end. Which is why I do enjoy it with a bit of honey. This one we picked up at our local Vitamin shop.

Jasmin tea last but not least I did want to mention it comes in green or black tea and many combinations in between. I didn’t have a picture of it to post up, on the count that we finished all of it. But we love Jasmin tea, in any form it has a very floral taste and aroma. And it is not for everyone, but I grew up drinking this tea we like to enjoy it in the evening hours or for breakfast. You can usually get any form of this tea in your normal grocery store or we like to get our from a local Asian Market.

So that about wraps up all the teas we’ve been rotating through for these colder months. Please let us know if try some out and let us know your favorite teas or any recommendations you may have for us! 🙂

Golden Milk

Golden milk benefits and recipe

This drink is yummy and good for you all at the same time. We find ourselves making it more during the fall/winter seasons, but we definitely do make it all year-long. If you gravitate towards a chai tea lattes, and things of that herbal spicy nature you will probably enjoy this recipe. We first heard about this drink from Pinterest, we decided to try it out and ended up loving it.

Here are some benefits of drinking this lovely milk-tea concoction.

Turmeric offers anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Curcumin which is the active ingredient in the turmeric root, has been used in India for (Ayurvedic) medicinal purposes for centuries. According to google, inflammation in the body is very common, and it can be associated with arthritis, asthma ect.. studies have shown that turmeric can help fight gas, bloating, and indigestion. The black pepper is needed in this recipe for the body to better absorb the (curcumin) in turmeric. The ginger in this recipe adds to the flavor of the drink, but also has been known to help with sore throat, nausea and digestion. Coconut oil gives the drink a richer velvety mouth feel, and it is a healthy fat which has been shown to lower cholesterol and even whiten teeth. It also helps make the paste, a paste. Both Raphy and I grew up in a family as first generation Americans, our moms and grandmas always had little herbal and non-traditional (far from western medicine standards) remedies for just about every ailment. So we’re always up for trying anything that may help us feel better, before we have to resort to taking actual medicine.

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Ingredients
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Coconut Oil

First, we start by making a paste the paste can be stored in jar in the fridge for up to (1-2 weeks)

Golden Paste, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Turmeric Powder
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Black pepper (needed for better absorption in the body)
  • 1/2-2 tablespoons Coconut oil (Add as you go, you’re looking for a paste consistency)

In a stainless steel pot place on medium heat add the water, turmeric and black pepper in cook on a simmer until it forms a thick paste, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. (It will be quite thick) Remove from heat and stir in the coconut oil. Keep an eye on it, because I have burned the bottom of the pot a couple of times.

 

Golden Milk, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 1 cups milk (plant base) Almond, coconut, soy ect.
  • 1-2 slivers of Ginger
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon (optional)

Take a stainless steel pot the same pot you used for the paste would be fine. On a low-medium heat add in your milk and golden paste. Then add the ginger in to steep. The key is to not let it boil. We want just a low simmer until the paste is dissolved for about 2-3 minutes. Poor into your favorite mug, and add honey, or a dash of cinnamon and coconut sugar on top. (fair warning some of the paste will settle to the bottom) That is just the nature of this drink.

 

Hope you all try and enjoy this recipe, Please let us know how you like it. We do a separate recipe for this drink that features fresh turmeric, but we decided to post a more affordable everyday version. (since turmeric can be costly where we live) If you want a separate post on it just leave it in the comments below.