If I told you that you should be on ‘shrooms every day would you think I’m crazy? No? I’ve just piqued your curiosity instead? Thought so! FourSigmatic has created a line of coffee elixirs and drinks that I have been enjoying on the regular for a little more than a year now. This past spring I got to meet the team behind the #onshrooms hashtag and was greeted by super friendly & passionate people. Plus, they talked to me about foraging mushrooms! (This is the girl who hunted down a chef in South Africa to see if I could accompany him on his foraging trip…sadly I could not).
They were incredibly friendly, fun, and knowledgeable. I was stoked to support this smaller company. I started doing a bit more research and was excited to find out that they had a Mushroom Academy to help teach all about the basics and different properties of different shrooms. I began to drink the Reishi mushroom hot cacao mix in the evenings when I wanted a bit of a chocolate fix and a way to wind down at the end of the evening. With calming, stress-reducing and sleep-improving properties, I was excited to give it a go. Plus, I hardly say no to a warming hot cocoa.
Mushrooms in your drink might sound weird, but you would never know they were there. It doesn’t look like a mushroom, doesn’t have whole pieces of mushrooms in it and definitely doesn’t taste like mushrooms. Their Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix is made up of reishi powder, cacao, a small amount of coconut sugar, and spices to make a perfect blend for an evening creamy hot cocoa.
Curious about Reishi? You can read more here.
Nowadays, the distractions are everywhere. Being accessible around the clock with our screens (no matter what size) by our side has our brains going full steam ahead. Sometimes it’s hard settling down when we are in go mode. We know that movement is important for health so we take ourselves to CrossFit, HIIT classes, cardio aerial acro dance camp (that’s not really a thing), or intense yoga because we know it’s good for us. But if we’re looking at our health from a holistic approach we often overlook sleep, breathwork, meditation, & mindfulness. It can be hard to sit with one’s thoughts or be in a room where it’s silent. We’re not used to quiet anymore. I began practicing by taking walks without a device and doing yoga. I continue to do yoga, walk, journal, and sometimes just sit with a warm cuppa and let my mind relax.
It can be hard to calm yourself down in the evening, but for me creating a routine has made a huge difference on my sleep quality, therefore putting me in a better mood, having a higher productivity level, I am better able to make decisions, and I am able to interact with the people in my life more positively.
A few posts back I talked about the importance of a bedtime routine, and now I wanted to share with you a few more specific habits that I have created in the evening to make sure my mind turns off.In the past few months I have really focused on mindfully completing my bedtime routine. The latest addition to my routine is to drink something warm. Especially since fall has hit, feeling cozy in the evening is one of my favorite things. Light me a candle and cuddle up on the couch? Yesssssss, please!
7 Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep
Put away the phone. Put it on the charger out of your reach. I mean it! Tell your work no more emails after 8pm and friends will start to get the picture when you don’t respond to their texts right away. Need some help? Put your phone in airplane or do not disturb mode.
Go for a short walk. Mr. CN and I take an evening walk after dinner a few nights/week. Only 15 minutes or so, but it gets us into fresh air, communicating, and has become a part of our routine that signals it’s getting to be close to bedtime.
Grab a book, magazine, or draw. Once you’ve got your cozy mug and PJs on, read something silently, out loud, or draw.
Reflect on your day. Think about, journal, or discuss with your partner/roomie something that you did during the day that you’re proud of.
Stretch and/or yoga. A good stretching session never ceases to amaze how calm it can make me. Ever do an evening gentle yoga and then go home to pass out? Check out some stretches you can easily do at home here.
Lavender oil. Rub 2-3 drops lavender oil on your wrists, temples, and/or feet (or really anywhere) for a calming scent.
Warm up with a Four Sigmatic calming hot cocoa. Now that it’s getting to be a bit more chilly in the evenings, when we come back from our walk I warm up with my new favorite calming hot chocolate. Feels like a treat, but contains reishi mushrooms, which have calming and stress-reducing properties. See the recipe below.
And psssst…the guys at Four Sigmatic were awesome enough to give Craving Nature readers a 10% discount. Click here to head to the site and use the code cravingnature when you checkout to apply the 10% discount.
After Friday, 1 lucky winner will receive another shipment notification of the Mushroom Hot Cacao Mix. (Your original order will be shipped as soon as it’s placed).
Giveaway ends Friday, October 13th!
Four Sigmatic Reishi Hot Cocoa
A warm & calming drink to warm you up and calm you down before bedtime.
- 1 packet Four Sigmatic mushroom hot cacao mix
- 8 oz homemade cashew coconut milk see notes below
- 1-2 tsp. coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- a pinch sea salt
Combine all the ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium low heat and whisk until well combined. Pour into your favorite mug & cuddle up.
To make cashew coconut milk I blend 1 c. cashews + 2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut with 3 c. filtered water and store in the fridge for 3-5 days. Since there is no skin on the cashews, no need to use a nut milk bag to strain.
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