How to "Adaptify" Your Meals (& Your Life!)
by Kiki Athanas
April 01, 2019
Adaptogens are all the rage these days - but what’s so hot about these superherbs? Well, first off, they’re nothing new. In fact, they’ve been used for thousands of thousands in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine to promote a sense of well-being and to improve health and longevity - literally known as the “Kings” and “Queens” of herbal medicines for restoring vitality.
Us Westerners are only just starting to catch on thanks to trendy “easy-to-use” adaptogen powders like those from Four Sigmatic and Moon Juice. If you’d like to join the movement (or are already riding the adaptogenic bandwagon) and fancy new & tasty ways to incorporate these powerfully nourishing and restoring herbs into your life, read on my friend! I’m about to share 3 of my favourite and most commonly available adaptogens so that you can start manifesting your own adaptogenic magic right at home in your very own kitchen.
Here are my top 3 trending adaptogens you can easily get your hands on, and 3 reasons for each as to why you should...
- Rich in antioxidants - most notably carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene, which are widely known as the “anti-aging” antioxidants.
- Scientifically shown to increase energy levels and lessen fatigue.
- Low on the glycemic index and thus are a perfect diabetic-friendly source of sweetness!
- Best known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety,
- On a similar note, it’s been shown to promote healthy cortisol levels, enhancing mood and promoting healthy and sustained energy levels throughout the day.
- Due to it’s potent antioxidant activity, it’s claimed to improve brain function, including memory.
- Cleansing for the liver as it boosts the efficiency of various liver detoxifying enzymes.
- Heightens not only our capacity and stamina for mental performance but also the quality of that work.
- A natural beauty tonic, protecting the skin from environmental stressors, as well as acting as an astringent to help the skin to retain moisture and build up the immune defence energy that flows beneath the surface of the skin.
And without further ado...a recipe for each, all with just a few ingredients to keep things simple - now you have ZERO excuse not to start dosing up on this magic!
- Stewed Apples w/Goji Berries → Diced organic gala apples, a pinch of ceylon cinnamon, and yes...just as many goji berries as you can muster up. Throw into a pot and heat on medium-low for about 20 minutes (or longer for more of a mushy jam...mhmmm). Use as a topping on yogurt, oatmeal, smoothie bowls, or whatever your heart desires - it’ll make it even better, I promise.
- Bone Broth w/Ashwagandha → If there’s anything more nourishing for the mind, body, soul (& GUT) than bone broth...it’s bone broth...with adaptogens. Since I drink bone broth either first thing in the morning or as a bedtime soothing bevvy, I like to use ashwagandha for it’s cortisol balancing benefits. Not only does adding ashwagandha bring out a subtle earthiness to the broth (rather than ruining a good smoothie as is otherwise known on Instagram), but it deems it as a totally appropriate drink/snack for anytime of the day or night. I make my bone broth from scratch in an Instant Pot and add 1 tsp of Organic Traditions Full Spectrum Ashwagandha smoothie booster powder right in there during the first (and only) step of throwing the bones & veg into the water to cook. BOOM my broth is better than yours (& yours can be too...well, kinda - you get the point).
- Hot Cacao w/Schizandra → Okay, not sure whether this should actually be called a protein elixir, mind tonic, or just darn good dessert in a cup. Either way throw the following things into your blender and thank me later: 1½ cup hot chaga tea, 1 tsp mesquite powder, 1 tsp lucuma powder, ⅛ tsp vanilla powder, ½ teaspoon ceylon cinnamon, 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder, 1 tsp raw cacao butter, 1 scoop unflavoured grass-fed or marine collagen protein powder, and ¼ tsp Organic Traditions Full Spectrum Schizandra. You may wish to add a touch of raw honey (just be careful not to add it before it cools down a bit as to not kill the benefits of the bee goodness!) - but I find that the mesquite, lucuma, vanilla and cinnamon do enough of the trick in sweetening this bevvy right up!
Ready to nourish your tastebuds (I mean your adrenals... ) yet?!