Lion’s Mane Post-Workout Smoothie

This recipe is for all of you protein craving gurls or guys out there. I (Jasmijn) am quite a sports enthusiast myself and a big fan of smoothies, so why not share the recipe for my post workout smoothie with you, MUSHrooms included of course!

The secret ingredient: Lion’s Mane! This mushroom is a natural nootropic, nootropics are supplements or other substances that can improve cognitive function.  You may already use nootropics in your life, either you’re aware that they serve as such or not. For instance, caffeine, this is probably the most used nootropic in the world. Then there is creatine, a type of amino acid and quite a popular bodybuilding supplement.

This funky looking fun-guy (fungi) contains high amounts of beta-glucans, proteins, hericenones, erinacine, and lectines, just to name a few. These compounds are responsible for many of the health benefits associated with lion’s mane such as fatigue reduction, increased cognitive function, inflammation reduction, improved gut health, and immune health.

Now, why can Lion’s Mane increase energy levels? Lion’s mane contains a high amount of antioxidants, which supports overall cellular health. Because energy transport takes place between your cells, the more antioxidants you have in your diet, the easier it is for your body to produce energy.

Lion’s Mane is one of natures most powerful brain foods because it is incredibly effective at stimulating natural growth factor (NGF) in the brain. NGF is a protein that is vital for the development, function, and survival of neurons in the brain.

The two essential brain-boosting compounds in Lion’s Mane are hericenones and erinacines. Hericenones help your brain produce more NGF and erinacines easily cross the blood-brain barrier to boost the production of neurons.

Did I spark your interest to try out this brain-boosting beverage? If not, then you are in desperate need of it!

INGREDIENTS

– 1 banana (if you have them in your freezer, try a frozen banana)
– 1 scoop of vegan protein powder (vanilla)
– Half a teaspoon of Lion’s Mane powder
– 1,5 cup (350ml) of oat milk
– 2 tablespoons of vegan quark (optional)
– a few pinches of cinnamon powder

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the Lion’s Mane powder to a small bowl, pour a bit of hot (boiled) water over it and give it a good stir.
Now, add all the ingredients to the blender, and blend away!

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