Chaga Power Ball Bites With FreshCap Mushrooms
This post was sponsored by FreshCap Mushrooms. As always, all opinions are my own.
I blog pretty frequently about how I am perpetually a tired girl. I like sleep more than I like most people. When I was asked in elementary school what the favorite place in my house was, I immediately said “my bed!”. I love sleeping. I am also always tired. My schedule is such that I don’t get much sleep (can I get an AMEN?!), so I feel like I’m perpetually chasing the dream of a good nights rest, and I’m sure many of you can relate to. I hit a point in my early twenties where I realized it was going to be a long-ass time before I regularly felt fully rested again. This is right around the time that I got really into the wellness world. My obsession with wellness is mostly because I want to help rad humans like yourself find easy ways to feel just a little bit better. Partly, though, I’m just hoping to be a little less tired. I’m human.
Despite having a wellness career that is on the internet, I still find myself absolutely freaked out by most “wellness” products on the internet. Is this legit? Is this person actually a doctor? Is that really protein powder or did I just drink a scoop of chalk? And so I stumbled upon FreshCap Mushrooms. I immediately loved the story behind FreshCap . The company was founded by a delightful guy named Tony up in Alberta because he just really loved mushrooms, and then things took off. I talk to so many brands each day at work, and I cannot TELL YOU GUYS how rare it is to find wellness companies that are founded by people who are genuinely and passionately invested in their product. Often times they’re owned by strange older men (that look surprisingly unhealthy) who are clearly just trying to make a buck. The mission of FreshCap is pure. They also carefully explain how to find good mushrooms, how the powders are created, and the benefits of each individual mushroom.
Ahh, mushrooms. They keep coming in my searched of things that will make me feel less tired. No, not the psychedelic kind. If you’ve been on Instagram in the year 2018, you’ve probably read captions about mushrooms like Reishi, Chaga, and Lion’s mane. These are all mushrooms that can be turned into potent extracts loaded with rad health benefits, most of which will give you more energy. Umm, yes please! I could write about mushrooms forever (book deal anyone?), but these thoughts from the FreshCap really struck me the most:
I learned that a huge percentage of the world’s top pharmaceuticals are derived from fungi. I learned that we share 50% of our DNA with mushrooms. I learned that mushrooms have been used for thousands of years by ancient cultures to heal, invigorate and revitalize.
I also learned that I also want to share that with the world.
What am I talking about? Here are some examples:
Reishi mushrooms have been dubbed the “mushroom of immortality”, known to modulate the immune system and promote longevity and vitality.
Lions Mane mushrooms are one of the only natural sources known to be able to regenerate nerve growth in the brain, enhancing cognitive ability, increasing mental clarity and reducing anxiety and stress.
Chaga Mushrooms are extremely high in antioxidants, helping to slow down the effects of aging and detoxify our livers.
Turkey Tail mushrooms have shown promise in reducing the side effects of cancer treatments and may even be able to stave off the common cold and flu.
Maitake mushrooms contain compounds that may lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, while fighting tumors and bolstering the immune system.
Cordyceps mushrooms have been used by athletes to increase endurance and stamina by helping to increase the uptake of oxygen in our blood, while fighting respiratory infections.
Our pharmaceuticals come mostly from mushrooms? Turkey Tail can protect me from the flu? Sign me up.
FreshCap gifted me their THRIVE, HERO, and RECHARGE extract powders. I’ve been sneaking RECHARGE into my routine each day since Chaga has helped me chill out my anxiety in the past, and the holidays were doing a doozy on my emotional state. Since it appears thateverybody and their mom is drinking Chaga lattes these days, I wanted to try something different. I also find the combination of Chaga + coffee to be too bitter for me most mornings. Chaga has a nutty, almost dark chocolate flavor (to my tongue, at least), so I wanted to typically mix it with something a little sweeter like smoothies or energy bites.
Lately I prefer making my own protein/energy bites whenever possible. The perfectionist in me likes knowing exactly what I’m eating, and the health-conscious side of me likes that I’m not buying processed bars filled with questionable chemicals. I like putting a little baggy of these next to my computer while I work as a midday pick-me-up. Have also ABSOLUTELY had them for breakfast when I traded in a fresh-made breakfast for a few extra minutes in a cozy bed. We’ve come full circle: I’m talking about sleep again.
CHAGA POWER BALL BITES
You will need:
2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup dried apricots
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 heaping tablespoon FreschCap Mushrooms Recharge Chaga Extract
MAKE THEM BALLS:
Pulse all ingredients in a food processor on low, until items seem to be binding at the bottom of the processor. When you press on the mixture lightly, it should easily bind together. If not add more oil, a few drops at a time.
Scoop out one spoonful at a time and roll into balls. Place balls on parchment paper or a plate to set. Continue until all mixture has been used. Yields about 14 balls.
If you’re feeling fancy, top each ball with one pumpkin seed.
This is my personal favorite combo, but as long as you stick with the basics you can mix and max this however you please! All you need is 1 cup of dried fruit, 2 cups of your favorite nuts, an oil for binding (you could use CBD!) and any FreshCap Mushrooms product.
SHOP FRESHCAP MUSHROOMS
Thank you again to FreshCap Mushrooms for sponsoring this post!