PRODUCT REVIEW: Mushroom Coffee!

Um, hello! Could anything sound more disgusting but taste more delish? Answer: NO!

First off, let me say I’ve never been much of a fan of the ‘shroom. The texture, the taste…the smell. However, I know that certain varieties of mushrooms are incredible from a health standpoint, so when I heard about this awesome thing called “Mushroom Coffee” from Tim Ferriss’ podcast, I was just too curious to resist!

Four Sigmatic is made up of some buddies from Finland who have developed easy, tasty ways to enjoy mushrooms, the “super food” that was a super food before super foods were all the hype 🙂  After perusing their website, and trying to decide what to try first, I saw an awesome sampler box that held everything I wanted, one dose at a time!

20160922_104315.jpgSo, although I originally thought I would put together a video about these goodies, I decided there are plenty of awesome videos if you get on YouTube or the Four Sigmatic website and check them out. However, I would like to share my take on each of the “flavors” I got to enjoy…and the one that I didn’t. Here’s my spin on things, in order from my most to least favorites:

  1. Mushroom Coffee w/ Cordyceps: “Stimulation without jitters” Guys, this stuff tastes amazing!!! It smells like coffee, tastes like a zesty instant coffee, and made me feel ohhhh so good! The company promised this good stuff as stimulation without the jitters and that’s exactly what I got! I didn’t feel a jolt or a crash, just a nice, steady, delicious ride through a sea of productivity.
  2. Mushroom Hot Cacao w/ Cordyceps: “Energize & feel good” I don’t know that this would pass as hot chocolate with my kids, but it’s still a truly tasty, chocolaty treat without the choco guilt, milky mucusy gross, or heaviness of the real deal. This hot cacao has a spiciness like a fancy Mexican hot cocoa, and is rich, delicious, and still gave me an awesome pick-me-up on a cool autumn morning!
  3. Cordyceps Elixir: “Energy boost & recovery” So, clearly, I like the cordyceps! I didn’t even know what it was before this sweet sampler box, but I’m officially a FAN! Apparently, this magical mixture helps support adrenal glands and maintain constant energy levels…no wonder I love it so! All I really know is that this elixir tasted as good as the mushroom coffee and hot cacao recipes which include the cordyceps, and it offered a great boost for my day.
  4. Mushroom Coffee w/ Lion’s Mane: “Increase productivity” This coffee, while still delicious, smelled like mushrooms…or feet. I still got all of the feel-good benefits from drinking this cup of hot deliciousness, but enjoyed it much more once I put it in one of my lidded to-go cups so I wouldn’t have to smell it. I know Lion’s Mane is a great addition to my health regimen, and I love the nutty flavor of this ‘shroom coffee…as long as I don’t have to smell it 😉
  5. Mushroom Hot Cacao w/ Reishi: “Melt away stress” There’s just something special about hot drinks; they’re cozy, they’re soothing, they’re something to be savored, they’re meant to take a little time to enjoy. This mushroom cacao is soothing like that. Also nutty with a creaminess that hints at chocolate, this is just a really wonderful, hot cup of yummy.
  6. Chaga Elixir: “Bulletproof immunity” With this elixir, I begin the downward slope of my list, but I do it with this caveat: I drank these on their own, mixed only with hot water. I understand that there are many wonderful ways to enjoy these elixirs, herbs, mushrooms, etc. that may taste more delicious, be more palatable, and even boost the nutritional pow…but I wanted to find out my thoughts on the individual packets before venturing down that path. The chaga was good, and I knew it was good for me, so I enjoyed the warm cup and dreamt of future cuppings which may include some coconut oil, almond milk, or some other variation.
  7. Lion’s Mane Elixir: “Brain power” I even referenced drinking this in one of my “Get Ready with Me” videos! I enjoyed the flavor of this elixir, but similar to the mushroom coffee that included the lion’s mane, it definitely has a distinct odor. Tastes great, made me feel good, but gives my teenage son’s feet a run for their money!
  8. Reishi Elixir: “Relax & sleep deeper” Guys, gotta be honest here. I couldn’t even finish this one. It tasted so bad to me…I don’t know if I got enough into my system to help with sleep or relaxation because I likely only swallowed about three sips. If I ever have an opportunity to try this one again in a different form, or added to some base that would mask the reishi taste, I would like to. I could definitely use the hormonal regulation and lowering cortisol levels that reishi is known for, but straight with hot water isn’t happening again.

There you have it, folks! The quality of all of these handy-dandy packets was so great! Each powdery mixture dissolved like a dream in my hot water, without chunks or anything gross. The packaging is so creative and top-notch, and the natural elements of knowing this is an environmentally friendly operation made me feel extra good purchasing and drinking their goods. When consumed as I did, all of these dual-extracted mushroom mixtures are vegan and paleo-friendly. For every box, Four Sigmatic will use part of the revenue to donate mushroom kits to cancer patients! AND, as an added BONUS, HERE IS A $10 COUPON FROM FOUR SIGMATIC TO USE TOWARD YOUR FIRST/NEXT PURCHASE!

If you have tried this or similar mushroom super food products that you love (or hate, for that matter), I’d love to hear about them! What should I try next? Do YOU love Four Sigmatic??  What helps give you a pick-me-up that also is doing good things for your body? Thanks for sharing!!!

Until next time, my friends…

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

RECIPE: Zesty Carrot Soup

wpid-picsart_10-25-07.37.41.jpgFar from the plain-Jane carrot soup of norm, this Zesty Carrot Soup recipe is completely phenomenal with loads of flavor!

As an added bonus, this recipe is completely dairy-free, but still super creamy, AND, as a result, it’s completely vegan.

Folks, dig in, feel good about it, and enjoy every zesty sip! Here we go!!!

*Makes 8 servings*

Chunk up and throw the following ingredients in a large pot:

  • 2 lb carrots
  • 1 lg onion (or the equivalent, I used shallots because I love their flavor, so use whichever onion equivalent tickles your taste buds)
  • 1 lg sweet potato, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 c parsley

Fill pot with water until all of those delicious fresh veggies are covered.

Put the whole pot full-o-goodness on the stove and cook over a medium heat until veggies are tender (20-30 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Once veggies begin to soften, add these ingredients to the pot and continue to cook over that same heat for about another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally:

  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • 6 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 t hot pepper sauce
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t ground black pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika

Now that the flavors are fully blended, take the pot of goodness off of the fire and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes, or until it’s cool enough that you feel confident in your blender’s ability to blend it without melting the blender…

Once cooled enough to handle, puree half at a time in your blender until smooth and creamy.

Now, this deliciousness is ready to serve, or you can put it back into your original pot and warm back up a smidge on the stovetop. Enjoy this amazing take on the classic carrot soup!

Until next time, my friends…

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

Much Needed Jump Start!

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Much needed energy this (late) morning! Water-based fruit smoothie with blueberries, a banana, and an apple, plus some fruit punch flavored Spark for an extra kick in the pants! I even fell back to sleep this morning…are YOU kidding me, I don’t sleep!!!! Now, I’m shaking the dust off and getting back to tackling this day of AWESOMENESS!!!

Soon, my friends…

Make it a great day,
Mari!yn

On the 9th Day of New Year’s

On the 9th day of 2014 I spent much of the day waiting for another video to load (the Beauty Guru video, to be exact…), so this one didn’t get a turn until it was officially the 10th day of 2014. Thankfully, this is all for fun and no one takes this mighty countdown too serious so I know none of you who watch for this will hold it against me. I mean, let’s face it…if you’re going to hold something against me…it’ll be the singing! 🙂

Make it a great day & enjoy the video,

Mari!yn

 

On the 8th Day of New Year’s

Although I’m still hoping to get the bugs worked out of Day 7’s countdown video…I’m not going to let that hold me back from moving forward with DAY 8! Today’s specialty is something we all need to be doing a little of this time of year…and something it’s so tempting to neglect. Watch and see for yourself!!!

Make it a great day,
Mari!yn


Thank YOU for watching!

On the 5th Day of New Year’s

As we get deeper into the New Year, my little clips of goofiness and fun are starting to actually come together a little more and (maybe) make a little more sense. Hopefully???

I want to say a special “Thank You” to each of you who have come along with me on this journey of sharing my life with you, no matter what time or year or age you are viewing this from. Thank you!

Now, it’s the 5th day of New Year’s…and you know what that means!