This delicious hot cocoa, flavoured with cinnamon, vanilla and coconut sugar, is the perfect drink to keep you feeling warm on a cool winter's day. Plus, the addition of Four Sigmatic's Winning-X Mushroom Blend may be just what your body needs for an immune system boost too!
I am always looking for the best whole foods with the greatest health benefits, so when I met the Finnish #FunGuys from Four Sigmatic a couple of years ago and tasted their mushroom drinks, I immediately recognized that this brand is the real deal. Four Sigmatic is on a mission to popularize drinking (yes, drinking) mushrooms.
Using mushrooms in the whole food form is not new, ingenious cultures have used them for thousands of years. But, what is unique about Four Sigmatic's medicinal mushroom products is that they have been crafted to not only taste good, but are also easy and convenient to use.
I've used Four Sigmatic's Superfood Blends Winning-X 10 Mushroom Blend to create a Shroomy Hot Cocoa drink that is truly next level. This blend was originally made for the hardcore mushroom fanatics and friends of the #FunGuys and now it's available to the public. The Winning-X blend contains the 10 most prestigious medicinal mushrooms in the form of high-end dual extracts. All of the mushrooms have gone through a hot-water extraction and a strong-alcohol extraction. The polysaccharide content for each extract is at least 30%.
Here's what the blend contains: Chaga, Reishi, Cordyceps, Lion's Mane, Shiitake, Maitake, Turkey Tail, Agaricus, Meshima and Tremella, with the addition of Rose Hips.
These mushrooms are powerful on their own, and when mixed together they create a potent blend. You could totally make this hot cocoa recipe without the mushroom blend, but here are a few reasons why adding the Winning-X 10 Mushroom Blend is a winning idea in my books:
- it contains high-quality and precious dual extracts from 10 of the world's most-studied medicinal mushrooms
- the mushrooms in this blend have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that may boost an inactive immune system and calms down a hyperactive one
- the blend is designed to help the body adapt to stress (in other words, is adaptogenic) and can help with hormonal balance
- the blend is boosted with rose hip, which provides a natural source of vitamin C to assist with the absorption of the strong mushrooms
- it's vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, and contains zero additives or preservatives
This blend does have a bitter flavour, so what I like to do is add it to smoothies and other drinks, like this hot cacao.
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Shroomy Hot Cocoa with Winning-X 10 Mushroom Blend from Four Sigmatic
1 cup filtered water
1 teaspoon Winning-X 10 Mushroom Blend from Four Sigmatic
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used alcohol free)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut milk beverage (or other plant-based milk)
1/2 teaspoon unrefined sweetener, or more to taste (I used coconut sugar)
1. Bring your water to a boil and pour into a mug (12 oz or larger).
2. Stir in all of the ingredients until well combined. I used a small whisk for this step, but a spoon will work just fine as well.
Optional Step: Heat and froth your plant-based milk before adding it to your cocoa - in my experience, this works best with coconut milk beverage. I used a mini-hand held milk frother to froth the milk and added it once all of the other ingredients were combined, before serving.
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