I never intended to change my family’s relationship with food. When I first started consuming “crazy stuff” like nut milks and medicinal mushrooms, I tried to go out of my way to support my wife’s choice to not go there with me. Frankly, we both considered it very experimental for awhile and I was – for the most part – pretty quiet when the healing began in earnest. She’d probably tell you I couldn’t stop talking about it, but compared to the exuberance I felt, I was definitely holding back.
Anyway, over the past year-ish, we’ve both been pretty conscious of leaving behind some of our bad habits. I wish I had before and after pictures of our pantry! One major reason: we’re looking to start a family. That alone will do funny things to your mind. The other day, wifey walks into the living room and hands me her latest Vitamix creation. It was pretty tasty! She has discovered (begrudgingly) that chocolate doesn’t agree with her, so I was a little surprised when I thought I tasted it. I was wrong! It’s just a collection of some tasty and highly healthy ingredients. Here’s the recipe:
1/2 cup sunflower milk
a handful of raw cashews
1/4 cup of hemp seeds (shelled)
1 Tbsp reishi extract powder
1 Tbsp ho shu wu extract powder
1/4 tsp eucommia bark extract powder
1/2 tsp morinda root extract powder
1 Tbsp goji extract powder (or just… some berries)
Enough water to bring it up to 20 oz
Put it all in a Vitamix (or your other favorite high speed blender). Blend on high for 30-60 seconds. (Remember not to start your high speed blender on high!)
So, I think the “mock chocolate” flavor came from a combination of the sweet fruits and the bitter/sweet herbs. The fertility part… well, a lot of the “supertonic” herbs promote fertility in one way or another. Ho shu wu (a.k.a. he shu wu, fo ti root) is one of the major fertility herbs. All five of the powdered extracts in this recipe are considered “supertonics”. That is, they’re all highly, highly regarded in chinese tonic herbalism and have been used, researched, and prescribed for hundreds if not thousands of years for a wide variety of reasons, fertility being one.
If you’re new to the world of the tonic herbs, do yourself a favor and watch some of Brandon Daemon’s videos at HyperionTV.com. If you prefer reading and really want to get some thorough information, read Ron Teeguarden’s book: The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs. It’s definitely my go-to reference for chinese herbalism. Brandon also sells a lot of this stuff at hyperionherbs.com, which is probably the best spot on the internet for high quality chinese herbs at the best price. You should also check out jingherbs.com as another great (if more expensive) resource for bulk extracts. When it comes to making tonic elixirs (i.e. smoothies with a medicinal mushroom kick!), it’s a very good idea to buy your herbs in bulk. The price tags look high at first, but believe me when I say you’ll want more before you reach the bottom of the bag.
I’ll get into specifics with some of these herbs and their benefits in the future. For now, enjoy!