Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chaga Chai


CHAGA people!  If it's not on your radar yet, you're in for a treat.  Chaga, known as the "King of Medicinal Mushrooms" grows on birch trees and has been used for centuries in folk medicine for its exceptional health benefits.  It's finally worked its way into the western psyche and is the subject of promising cancer and HIV treatment research.  There's so much information available online about chaga and its benefits, that it's a bit overwhelming to try sum it all up.  So I won't, I'm really just here to offer a recipe.  But I will leave a few links at the bottom of this post in case your interest is piqued and you'd like to find out more.  

I only learned about chaga a couple of months ago when a friend mentioned that he had drunk it all winter last year (Canadian winter, people) and never got sick.   As it was close to Christmas time, I latched onto the idea of making a chaga tea mix for Christmas gifts.  That sent me down the rabbit hole of chaga research and now I'm hooked.  (Thanks Kier!)

Here's a bullet point summary of the benefits of chaga:

  • Boosts Immune System
  • Is an extraordinarily powerful antioxidant
  • Is a potent adaptogen
  • Has anti-viral, anti-microbrial, and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Has anti-tumor effects

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Superpower Quick Bread


Hello dear friends and readers!  I hope that all of you are doing well, reading this in good health, and feeling ready for the year to come.  It's been a long time since we've seen each other here - close to two years already since my last post.  My apologies.  There's such a glut of awesome vegan food blogs on the web these days, I don't often feel like I have something new that needs to be shared.  This bread, however, is damn tasty and I figured a few of you might appreciate it.  So here you go!  Happy new year.

I struggled to settle on a name because this bread has a lot of stand-out ingredients and "Apple Banana Pecan Almond-flour Flax Bread" is a bit wordy.  So I decided to go with Superpower Quick Bread.  Nonspecific, while alerting the reader to impending awesomeness.