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Authentic Product Pick: Four Sigma Foods Instant Mushroom Drinks

Four Sigma Foods

“I believe that mushrooms have the potential to become the new kale.”

That’s what President of Four Sigma Foods, Tero Isokauppila said to me and I have to agree! Mushrooms are a marvelous way to incorporate a variety of nutrients into your daily diet. From Lion’s Mane to Shiitake, there are so many varieties to choose from! But what happens if you don’t have the time or know how to prepare them? What if the mushrooms you want aren’t available in your area? That’s where the Four Sigma Instant Mushroom Drinks come into play. This company has created delicious and nourishing products that make it easy to reap the benefits of mushrooms!

The drinks from Four Sigma Foods are as authentic as it gets. They use ingredients like Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Maitake, and Goji to create their brilliant teas. You won’t find any sugar, caffeine, or fillers in their products. They are also suitable for vegans, they are allergen-free, and all-natural. Love that! The mushrooms they use are wild-picked and log-grown mushrooms. Each batch is carefully tested for pesticides, heavy metals, irradiation and aflatoxins. They also use 100% fruiting bodies, and no cheap, mycelial biomass. Best of all? They use a dual-extraction process to get the max amount of nutrients out of each mushroom. How cool is that?

So, how does it taste? You wouldn’t even know that you are drinking mushroom tea! I enjoy a mug of Instant Shiitake in the morning with a drop of raw honey. It’s delicious! If you have more of a sweet tooth, be sure to try out the Xoco Blue mushroom hot chocolate drink. It’s loaded with Reishi mushroom, tasty cacao, rose hip, and cinnamon. This is the perfect way to warm up on a brutal winter day! I also enjoyed the Instant Reishi tea. It honestly tastes more like licorice that mushrooms…yum! I believe that you could serve this to the pickiest of eaters and they would enjoy it.

Learn more about Four Sigma Foods by visiting their website at www.foursigmafoods.com. I also recommend that you check out their Facebook page and become a fan. I know that you will love these delicious and nourishing products as much as I do. Go Shroom Army!

Authentic Product Pick: Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm

Back to the Roots Mushroom Farm

Mushroom lovers, rejoice! Did you know that there is now an easy way to grow your own organic mushrooms…right from the comforts of your own kitchen? Meet the Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm! I recently discovered this amazing way to grow mushrooms and I absolutely love it. If you don’t have a green thumb, don’t worry. This kit makes it so easy that you literally can grow the mushrooms without a second thought!

Back to the Roots was started by two guys who were months away from graduation at UC Berkeley. They had heard that you could grow gourmet mushrooms by using recycled coffee grounds and they wanted to give it a try! They loved the idea of how they could turn waste into fresh, local food. They experimented in the kitchen and grew one bucket of oyster mushrooms. With that bucket they decided to become full-time urban mushroom farmers!

And I can see why they did…growing your own mushrooms is a lot of fun! It’s even better when you get to use your harvest in a delicious recipe, like this one:

Coconut Sauteed Oyster Mushrooms 

  • 3 to 5 Back to the Roots Oyster Mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp organic cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Heat the coconut oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Saute the mushrooms with a bit of salt for about 7 minutes. Add the vinegar and saute until it has evaporated. Season with pepper and serve as a nourishing side dish!

Not only are oyster mushrooms yummy, they are loaded with amazing health benefits. They are loaded with amino acids and enzymes to help boost immunity. They are also rich in vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and most of the mineral salts needed by the body. Oyster mushrooms are extremely healthy and rich, given that one-third of their dry weight is protein. Not only that, they have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels. How cool is that?

Learn more about Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom farm by visiting their website and also be sure to like their Facebook page. I know that you will have as much fun growing your own mushrooms as I am! It’s a hoot!

DID YOU KNOW: Mushrooms

mushrooms

DID YOU KNOW: Mushrooms are excellent sources of fiber, protein, and energizing B vitamins. They are also full of vitamin D to promote healthy bones and hormones. Mushrooms have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes them a good food if you are suffering from a cold/flu.

Authen-tip: Nutritional Sources for Selenium

Many people are familiar with the mineral selenium but they aren’t really sure what it does for their bodies. Selenium-rich foods are important for protecting our cells from damage caused by free radicals. It also helps to lower the risk of joint inflammation and it enables thyroid hormone production. Research has suggested that selenium can aid in the detoxification of mercury in the body. It’s also been shown to help prevent some cancers. Symptoms of selenium deficiency include weakness or pain in muscles, whitening of the nail beds, and the discoloration of skin and/or hair. Incorporate selenium into your diet by eating crimini mushrooms, Brazil nuts, wild-caught salmon, oats, sunflower seeds, garlic, broccoli, and brown rice. You can also get selenium from asparagus, spinach, and cage-free organic eggs.