One good superfood loves another. Why get only some of the healthy benefits from foods rich in antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins, when you can boost their properties with a little bit of Chaga mushroom powder? Chaga powder dissolves easily and has a very unobtrusive taste. It will blend well with a variety of healthy snacks and meals, making it an ideal, daily, healthy additive.
1) Green Smoothies
There are all kinds of healthy bacteria in yogurt that helps improve gut health, warding off illness so you can stay well. Blend plain Greek yogurt (avoid the sugary flavored kind) with your favorite fruits. If you would prefer to use a non-dairy base, add almond milk instead of the Greek yogurt. You can thicken the smoothy with ice or a frozen banana instead. Strawberries, bananas, or mango are very delicious in this kind of smoothy. Add a cup of spinach or kale to get in a healthy dose of dark leafy greens. Stir a teaspoon of Chaga powder into the smoothy and blend. Chaga powder will add a healthy dose of SODs to your smoothy, boosting its green power. Super Oxide Dismutase or SOD is a powerful antioxidant that is found in high concentrations in Chaga, as well as leafy greens such as spinach and kale. According to Dr. Chris Ingram in an interview for Price-Pottinger Journal for Health and Healing, SODs neutralize free radicals and have anti-aging properties. Dr. Ingram cites studies that found people with low SODs have a “decline in overall health and a reduction in life span.” After we hit thirty, the amount of SODs we have in our body naturally declines. We can boost SODs by getting them from foods such as leafy greens and Chaga. A green smoothy with both Chaga and spinach could be a powerful anti-aging elixir.
While eggs are high in calories, they are also full of the good kinds of cholesterol. According to HealthLine, they have unique antioxidants that support eye health and prevent diseases such as macular degeneration. Eggs are a healthy source of protein, which provides steady energy and helps regulate blood sugar. Chaga mushroom powder would be an excellent addition to scrambled eggs or an omelet. The texture will blend in smoothly and the taste will not interfere with your eggs.
Oatmeal is grain that is great for your body. Lately, carbohydrates have been shunned as bad, but some carbs have excellent healthy benefits. Many carbs spike blood sugar and offer few other health benefits. Oatmeal is different. Oatmeal is full of fiber. Fiber is great both for your circulatory system and your intestinal system. In addition, oatmeal is a grain that has quite a lot of protein. It can make a quick and simple breakfast. Add a handful of blueberries for a touch of sweetness and some added vitamins. Stir in a teaspoon of Chaga powder to support your immune system.
4) Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds can be mixed with any liquid to form a sort of gel like substance, similar to pudding. Daily Harvest suggests making a Chia breakfast bowl with mango, pineapple, ginger, and turmeric. You can add other spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, or even peppers for a spicy kick. Soak the spices and Chia seeds in your choice of milk base overnight. Then, add the fruit in the morning. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping combat a wide range of health problems. When you add the fruit to your Chia bowl stir in a teaspoon Chaga powder to boost your antioxidant intake. The subtle vanilla flavor will blend well with any fruit, chia, and spice combination. You can even use cocoa nibs or dark chocolate with chia for a rich dessert or evening treat that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Be careful with cocoa, the caffeine kick can leave you feeling awake when you would rather be sleeping.
5) Almond Butter Sandwich
Nuts are a healthy protein that are full of Omega-3 fatty acids. This important fatty acid is know for boosting brain power. Nuts can also increase your fiber intake. Nuts are filling and offer your plenty of energy after eating relatively small amounts. An article from Time cited research that found that nuts actually lowered bad cholesterol. The same article pointed out that many people worry over the amount of water almonds require to grow, in a water scare environment. However, experts say that compared to the water pollution and amount of energy it takes to produce meat or dairy, the water usage for growing almonds is fairly insignificant. In other words it would be much more beneficial to continue eating nuts and give up meat and dairy, than to stop eating almonds and continue eating animal products. In general, a balanced approach is the best approach. Consider the environment and your nutrition in all areas of your diet and make wise choices.
Almond butter is made with almonds and contains the same fiber, protein, and nutrients as whole almonds. Be sure that the almond butter you are buying doesn’t include additional salt, oil, or sugars. Almond butter is delicious and better for you when the only ingredient is almonds. Before you spread it on a cracker or piece of whole wheat bread, stir in a teaspoon of Chaga mushroom powder. The earthy Chaga powder will complement the nut butter beautifully.
6) Kale Salad
Once again, leafy greens offer so many healthy benefits. A fresh kale salad can be an excellent, energizing lunch. These chopped greens will keep you going all afternoon. Sprinkle Chaga mushroom powder on top of your salad or stir it into and oil and vinegar dressing. Chaga is known to boost energy and eating some in your lunch will give you kick of energy that will keep you going through those challenging afternoon hours.
Avocados are packed full of vitamins. According to WebMD, 20 different vitamins in avocados offer energy, fight high blood pressure, promote eye health, and facilitate cell repair. That’s a long list for a little fruit. In addition, avocados stave off hunger, helping your eliminate unhealthy snacking. WebMD cites one study that found people who ate a half of an avocado with their lunch, were not as hungry for the following three hours. Not only do avocados provide beneficial vitamins, but they also promote healthy living. A teaspoon of Chaga added to a creamy and spicy guacamole dip will go unnoticed, while adding powerful health benefits. Choosing guacamole for a healthy snack will help you ward off unhealthy snacks later in the day.
People often use Chaga as a tea drink throughout their day. What you may not realize is that Chaga mushroom powder can be added a wide variety of foods to enhance their nutritional content. Consistent healthy choices with your meals and snacks can help ward off a variety of chronic or terminal diseases, as well as minor illnesses and inconveniences. Support brain, immune, circulatory, and intestinal health, as well as reduce inflammation with wise food decisions. Make choices to feel great every day. Adding Chaga to your healthy treats is a simple and easy way to treat your body well.