Mushrooms are a versatile and nutritious addition to your daily diet and favorite dishes. But when you’re just starting to introduce nature’s intelligence to your daily rituals and routines, we know you might need a little extra inspiration. We’ve got you covered!
Our fungal allies are right at home in every meal and snack, both savory and sweet. From morning coffee and breakfast to dinner or a late-night treat, here are 10 of our favorite ways to enjoy mushrooms.
1. Add some crunch to breakfast.
Granola can be bland, but not Forij’s Functional Granola. Their original cinnamon variety boasts warm notes of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, plus crunchy walnuts, almonds and chia seeds. It’s baked with a functional mushroom blend (with Lion’s Mane, Chaga and Cordyceps) with 5 grams of protein (to aid satiety) and 2 grams of fiber per serving. Eat it on its own, or add a serving for extra crunch on a smoothie bowl or oatmeal. You can also make a yogurt parfait with fruit for a snack or breakfast.
2. Grow your own mushrooms for any recipe.
Yes, you can grow your own mushrooms at home — even if you can barely keep plants alive or have very little space. North Spore Grow Kits come with everything you need to DIY your favorite mushrooms, including Pink Oysters, Blue Oysters, Golden Oysters and even Lion’s Mane!
Watch them grow, then add them to morning scrambles, saute them for stir-fries or use in your favorite soups and stews. Try shredding Oyster mushrooms for a meat-free “pulled pork” or separating Lion’s Mane into little clumps to use in place of crab or lobster.
3. Make over your jerky habit.
The Zesty Thai Mushroom Jerky from Pan’s has a savory taste with a little kick (and is their most popular flavor yet). Take a bag to work for those times when you’re craving a snack but want to resist the vending machine. Variety is the spice of life, so treat yourself to the mushroom jerky Variety Pack — try Original, Salt & Pepper or Applewood BBQ in addition to Zesty Thai.
4. When you urgently need chocolate.
The JOYÀ Cacao Instant Elixir Blend features immune and stress-supporting Reishi, one of the best-known mushrooms for health.* There’s only 1 gram of sugar, but plenty of rich cacao flavor, perfect for when you crave that familiar flavor.
If you want a chocolate bar, try the Stem + Cap Mushroom Chocolate Bar, made with Fair Trade cacao and Lion’s Mane fruiting bodies. Each bar is 64% cacao, for that rich, dark chocolate taste you love. Prefer your chocolate with extra flavors? Earth & Star makes Minty Dark Chocolate Bars with Functional Mushroom Extracts (Chaga and Turkey Tail)!
5. Swap your morning coffee for matcha.
Hone’s Mushroom Matcha combines ceremonial matcha, B-vitamins, and organic Cordyceps to give your brain, body, and being a helping hand.Turn tea time into Zen time with a matcha latte (try adding your favorite plant-based milk).
6. Sip on a caffeine-free coffee swap.
Trying to break that caffeine habit? RASA has you covered, with their Magnificent Mushrooms Extract Powder, which features Turkey Tail, Reishi, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Tremella and Poria. Since there's no caffeine, you can sip on this elixir any time of day or night. You can also add it to your favorite smoothie or oatmeal.
Another no-caffeine “coffee” option is the Turkey Tail Astragalus Toasted Maple Herbal Coffee from Teeccino. The base is carob pods, chicory root and barley, which gives you a rich coffee-like flavor without any caffeine.
7. Prefer savory to sweet? Try this umami bomb.
MycoSalt is Truffle salt with Chaga, Reishi, Turkey Tail and Lion's Mane. Sprinkle it on popcorn and avocado toast. Use it as the finishing touch on your morning eggs or tofu. This rich, flavorful salt is right at home as the final garnish for any savory dish.
8. Refuel after a tough workout.
The Adaptogenic Trail Mix from Toodaloo is a sweet maple-flavored mix with raw and sprouted cashews, walnuts, coconut chips, cashew butter, mulberries, ashwagandha, reishi and mucuna herbs to support relaxation.* Nosh on a handful (or two) on its own, or sprinkle it atop your favorite protein shake.
9. Quell your sweet tooth in the afternoons.
Reach for a serving of tangy bites with Shroomy’s Nootropic Adaptogen Mushroom Gummies, a potent mushroom blend of Lion’s Mane, Reishi and Cordyceps to support your body and mind.* Or try the Mojo Microdose Soft Chews — they “lend you the clarity, energy, and patience the modern world demands.”* And another one of our favorites – chew on Brain Health Gummies from Noble Spore for your daily brain boost.*
10. Caffeinate with your favorite mushrooms.
Like coffee? You’re not alone — and you have so many tasty options for infusing your morning brew with mushrooms. Taika Macadamia Latte tastes like coffee ice cream! And Peak State Coffee Immunity Boost Medium Roast comes in whole bean form, so you can use it no matter which type of coffee machine you have at home.
Want to experience the magic and therapeutic benefits of mushrooms, every day?* Bring home the Forager Box or the More Forager Box, each one filled with carefully chosen brands and products made with mushroom fruiting bodies.