In Part 1 of this post about adaptogens (one of my favorite categories of superfoods), we looked at the definition of adaptogens, their benefits and how to use them in your daily wellness practice. I also featured an energizing Maca and Cacao Smoothie recipe, perfect for busy mornings.
Due to the amazing nature of how adaptogens react to what your body needs, they are also awesome for helping you relax and destress at any time of day. I love to turn to some of the more calming adaptogens such as reishi and ashwaganda when I'm feeling stressed out or a little too 'switched on'. These adaptogens will gently lower cortisol levels without drowsiness or making you feel sleepy, meaning they are perfect for any time of the day. An added benefit of adaptogens is that they help strengthen your immune system, which can suffer at times of stress and tiredness.
I'm having the following Reishi Latte on a daily basis, either post workout, following a busy day or whilst reading in bed. It can be served hot or iced, and Husband Hanway is a big fan too!
Relaxing Reishi Latte
1 sachet Four Sigmatic Reishi Elixir
1.5 cups almond milk ( I like Califia Farms)
2 teaspoons Dandy Blend powder
1 teaspoon Vital Proteins Collagen Powder (optional)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve over ice or warm gently in a pan.
If you missed Part 1 of my post about Adaptogens you can find it here!