Mushroom Coffee and Cat Toys

Each morning I wake up brushing the sleep out of my eyes, almost tripping over my cat, and head into my morning routine. 

As I drink my first glass of water a cat toy falls into my hand and begins its journey flailing around while my cat becomes fixated on its movements, his kitty head bobbing with intermittent bursts of jumping into the air to catch the feather. 

Once my water glass is empty it is time to move on to the magic mushroom coffee. 

My cat Ramses sometimes waits patiently, other times he expresses his displeasure, always he is adorable and I smile so easily looking at his adorable face! 

Growing up mushrooms were those things you picked off of pizza, or out of your salad. As a child the for something you were supposed to hate. Of course as an adult I have learned to appreciate all kinds of mushrooms. While the mushrooms that are found in coffees such as the ones I am enjoying are not the same mushrooms that appear on pizzas, in spaghetti sauce, or on a salad, I find I am enjoying their benefits even though their flavor is not anywhere near the same. I find the flavor to be somewhat earthy, and rich. Mixed with the coffee it seems a beautiful enhancement.

So what are theses mysterious mushrooms and why should you use them in your coffee of anywhere?

There are four major types of mushrooms that are most commonly used in coffee or other blends. Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Cordyceps.

The scoop on Chaga is that it can aid in lowering inflammation in the body.  My first encounter with this was through Hempworx which sells a Chaga mushroom coffee infused with hemp CBD and since CBD has long been recognized for its own anti-inflammation properties this is often what stiff morning muscles need. 

Four Sigmatic makes a nice variety of blends that have also joined my experiments.  The Lion’s Mane mushrooms are purported to help brain health while Reishi is said to improve hear health by lowering LDL cholesterol levels. Cordyceps are the energy boosters of the mushroom world and could help improve our oxygen intake by as much as 15%. 

The mushrooms are all sold as individual supplements but their somewhat bitter taste makes their addition into already bitter and beloved coffee a dynamite match.

It might sound outrageous but personally I’ve come to love it and take mine black with some vanilla flavored stevia drops to add sweetness because that is my personal thing for all coffee.

Since I’m on an anti-inflammation kick I’m sharing this intriguing latte recipe that adds Turmuric to the inflammation fighting front. I haven’t tried it yet so it is preserved here as much for you the reader as for me the writer! The black pepper is i there to help boost the poser of the turmeric so the original poster cautioned making sure not to leave it out.

If you try it or try mushroom coffee let me know what you think!

  • 1 Four Sigmatic, Hempworx or any other mushroom coffee of your choice mixed with 6 oz hot water
  • 2 tbsp full-fat coconut milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 1 tbsp coconut or MCT oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • optional: 1 -2 dates, a few drops of stevia extract (Sweetleaf is my choice) or 1 tsp pure maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • You can also add a dash of cardamom if you like.

*see www.runningonrealfood.com for the original recipe and many more great ones!