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Four Sigma Foods

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comI’ve mentioned a couple times on this blog that there are a few new superfood trends of 2015 to follow. One of them happens to be mushrooms, and YES that’s where this review comes in. Four Sigma Foods was a company I discovered on Instagram through their beautiful photography and vegan-friendly drink mixes that sounded lovely! The company reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try and review their products, and of course I said yes. Find out more about their line of products and how I enjoyed them, just to give you more ideas on how to incorporate superfood mushrooms into your daily routine! Continue reading

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comFirst off, kudos to Four Sigma Foods for making such beautiful packaging! The XOCO Blue is the first product I tried because a shot of chocolate and chai sounded wonderful, and it was! Imagine a delicious, hot chocolate boosted with warm cinnamon and cardamom flavors that you can take with you wherever you go! Whether it be on your next airplane ride, hike, camping trip, or just spending the afternoon at a friend’s house these are perfectly portable. Just bring a couple packets to share between whoever you’re with, or they might get jealous.

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I paired mine with a huge vegan croissant from Beet Box Bakery in a little espresso mug. These are recommended to be enjoyed espresso-style due to the burst of natural energy that they deliver. The flavor is a lot like espresso in terms of richness with the chocolate and spices. However, unlike espresso it left me feeling relaxed as opposed to jittery or hyper. This completely makes sense when you consider that Reishi mushrooms help to balance stress levels and improve your quality of sleep. Plus, Reishi helps to reduce the effects of aging but you can’t really even tell that it’s in this hot chocolate packet. Typical espresso definitely won’t cut it after you try some of this!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comThat brings me to the Instant Cordyceps and Chaga. I felt like having a tea party of sorts (for myself mostly) and I got the chance to try one of these hot and the other iced. As Four Sigma Foods states on their website, they have made superfood mushrooms more accessible than ever with their line of Instant mushrooms. Just pour a packet into some hot or cold water, add some non-dairy milk or sweetener if you prefer and sip away!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Instant Cordyceps is described as a superfood mushroom drink with ginseng, to help give you an energy boost and aid in recovery. I found that it had a unique flavor, almost between coffee and tea. I decided to add a little coconut milk afterwards because I like my warm tea to have a little creaminess to it. Now, normally I don’t like black tea because of the caffeine. I will be awake literally the whole night if I have caffeine too late in the day. Thankfully this didn’t have that effect on me at all. If you’re looking for an energy boost but trying to quit caffeine, these Instant Cordycepts might be for you!

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comTo go with my shared cookies (made from Cappello’s Cookie Dough in case you wanted to know), a nice cold glass of Chaga mushrooms! This one did have a different flavor than the Cordycepts, and it was a little bit more earthy-tasting. I found that these Instant mushroom packs have a slightly rich, brothy flavor and because of that I really enjoyed them as I was getting over a small cold in the middle of winter this past week. I’ve heard that you can also mix these products into your morning smoothies or shakes, and I really can’t wait to try that out! 

Review of Four Sigma Foods @anotherhungryvegan.comNow, I know you’re wondering where you can get some of these for yourself. What’s awesome is that even if these particular products don’t appeal specifically to you, there is a variety for virtually anyone and everyone. Check out Four Sigma Foods’s Online Store and find the ‘shrooms that will suit your needs the best. Don’t forget to comment below and let me know which products you’re wanting to try first!

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.com
I’ve been just a little obsessed with protein shakes lately. Ok, I’m pretty much always obsessed with them. If you haven’t gathered it already, I love coming up with creative smoothies recipes with flavor combos as unique as possible. However, I also like to use healthy ingredients I have on hand while putting a fun spin on the recipes. This high-in-protein shake happens to feature Mushroom Matrix, as another part of my recipe series this week that includes their Fit Matrix. Check out my original review of their product if you’re curious about the benefits of mushroom powders. Otherwise, keep reading on for this fun and fabulous recipe! Continue reading

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.com
In addition to Fit Matrix, I also added some other superfoods into this smoothie. There’s a company local to Colorado called KOLAT and they make Superfood Fusions in the form of nut butters that come in 4 different flavors. For this recipe, I used their Cherry Vanilla Almond to add protein, healthy fat and a whole list of other nutrients. Just to name a few, KOLAT’s superfood fusions contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, C, D2, E, K. I doubt that your standard jar of almond butter has any of those in it!

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.comThe Mocha Chameleon Cold Brew adds a pleasant coffee flavor with just a hint of cocoa to this treat. I don’t drink coffee every single day, but when I do I gravitate towards organic and fair trade varieties. These are not only healthier options, but they are also much more ethically sound and sustainable. I also used Sprout Living’s Chocolate Maca powder in this recipe, which is a favorite of mine for sure. I love the fact that it has such a malted chocolate taste that makes any smoothie taste like a milk chocolate milkshake. Plus, I can’t complain about the added protein either. As someone who does a lot of smoothies, it’s so nice to have an easy way to get in extra protein, fats and other nutrients that I don’t get out of my all-fruit smoothies.

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake Recipe @anotherhungryvegan.com
Go ahead, make this shake. I know you want to! Even if you don’t have the same ingredients like the superfood nut butters or mocha cold brew coffee, there are simple substitutions that you can make. However, if you’re looking to try some new ingredients to supercharge your smoothies, the ones that I mentioned in this post are some of my favorites! I think sometimes it’s worth it to make a splurge on food purchases. Especially if they taste great, add extra nutrients into your diet (Vitamin B12 being the big one), and give you more energy!

Mocha Cherry Maca Protein Shake
Serves 1
A Black Forest Cake-inspired treat with added energizers like cold brew coffee, cacao, maca, and mushroom powder.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Mocha Chameleon Cold Brew
  2. 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
  3. 2 scoops Epic Protein: Chocolate Maca
  4. 1-2 tsp Mushroom Matrix FIT
  5. 1 heaping Tbs Kolat Cherry Vanilla Almond, or other almond butter
  6. 1 frozen banana
  7. 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  8. 1-2 dates, or sweetener to taste
  9. ice
Instructions
  1. Place non-dairy milk, dates and nut butter into a blender and mix until smooth. Add in the other ingredients until completely mixed, and taste for sweetness. Add extra ice or sweetener if needed. Pour into one or two glasses to share, top with cherries and cacao nibs and enjoy!
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Mushroom Matrix

Do you need an energy boost this Monday? What about immunity?Or, are you starting out a new fitness routine and need an added boost? Mushroom Matrix has got you covered! Find out why mushrooms are the new superfoods this year in my latest review, and as a bonus get the recipe for a fantastic Tahini Espresso Protein Shake.Have you Heard? Mushrooms are all the rage in 2015! Literally, they’re making their way onto the list of superfoods to start incorporating into your diet this year. That’s one of the many reasons I’m so excited to bring to you my latest review of a company I recently discovered. Mushroom Matrix makes a line of powders and more that are super easy to add into any drink or smoothie to start reaping the benefits of different kinds of mushrooms.  This company grows the certified organic mushrooms, processes and packages them into powders that you can buy online and try for yourself! Their products are all gluten-free, raw, vegan, kosher, and grown right in the state of California. Continue reading

Do you need an energy boost this Monday? What about immunity?Or, are you starting out a new fitness routine and need an added boost? Mushroom Matrix has got you covered! Find out why mushrooms are the new superfoods this year in my latest review, and as a bonus get the recipe for a fantastic Tahini Espresso Protein Shake.So, what are the benefits of mushrooms? After doing some research online, I was amazed at how many healing properties they have. Of course, we are talking the legal mushrooms of the non hallucinogenic variety (just to get things straight). Some of these benefits include heightened immunity, sustained energy and increased focus. Mushroom Matrix has a few different varieties, from single species to mushroom blends, to fit everyone’s unique needs. Whether you are focused on beauty, immunity or detoxing in the New Year, there is a product that has been customized just for you.

Do you need an energy boost this Monday? What about immunity?Or, are you starting out a new fitness routine and need an added boost? Mushroom Matrix has got you covered! Find out why mushrooms are the new superfoods this year in my latest review, and as a bonus get the recipe for a fantastic Tahini Espresso Protein Shake.Mushroom Matrix sent me their NRGmatrix to try first. I was under the assumption at first that it’s solely to be used a pre-workout energizer, but it is also recommended to help prepare for travel, studying and life in general. Since NRGmatrix is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, it’s a really good idea to have some when you are going to be in a high-stress situation and are in need of stronger immunity.  Mushroom Matrix’s products are a fantastic way to kick off your fitness goals and New Year’s resolutions to be healthier, fitter and happier. Always as a caution, consult your doctor if needed before starting a new fitness routine. Remember that these products are to be included with a healthy diet and are not complete substitutes for food. When you combine them with a balanced diet and exercise, however you will start noticing the positive affects rather quickly!

Do you need an energy boost this Monday? What about immunity?Or, are you starting out a new fitness routine and need an added boost? Mushroom Matrix has got you covered! Find out why mushrooms are the new superfoods this year in my latest review, and as a bonus get the recipe for a fantastic Tahini Espresso Protein Shake.NRGmatrix is super easy to use, simply poor it into a shaker bottle or regular bottle of water and mix it up by shaking. It does contain some caffeine, but as the company mentions, the source is derived from plants so you don’t get a jittery feeling or crash after it wears off. I decided to try it as a pre-workout drink in the morning and I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve actually tried some pre-workout energizers in the past and they were honestly not that great in taste and many left me feeling really shaky and buzzed from the caffeine. Luckily, NRGmatrix tasted great and gave me the focus and energy boost that I needed. It is not a product of theirs that I will use every single day, but rather when I am in need of a little extra push to power through my workout.

Do you need an energy boost this Monday? What about immunity?Or, are you starting out a new fitness routine and need an added boost? Mushroom Matrix has got you covered! Find out why mushrooms are the new superfoods this year in my latest review, and as a bonus get the recipe for this fantastic Tahini Espresso Protein Shake.Now, one product that I can imagine myself having every day or so is the Fit Matrix. This one includes both Cordyceps and Reishi mushrooms to improve oxygen delivery to your cells and to fight fatigue. This is a great option for athletes and generally active people to include in their routine because it also helps with muscle repair and overall vitality. As recommended, I blend one teaspoon of the powder in with my post-workout smoothies for a boost. What’s great is that I can’t even taste any hint of mushroom in the smoothie, but I feel better knowing that it’s in there. Here you can find just one of the recipes I’ve come up with using the Fit Matrix, and stay tuned for a few more recipes that will be coming soon!

Tahini Espresso Protein Shake

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As promised, here is the first of a few recipes I will be featuring using Mushroom Matrix’s Fit. This protein shake happens to include a few of my favorite brands and flavors all together in one delicious (and totally healthy) post-workout shake. Who would’ve thought that things like tahini, coffee, pears, bananas and mushroom powder would go together? I wouldn’t have at first but trust me, this was one extremely happy accident that I discovered. I even boosted it with some Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast rice protein, so this entire smoothie has almost 30g of plant-based protein. The added Mushroom Matrix makes it complete with an added boost of immunity, while helping fight fatigue and increase your fitness performance. You don’t even have to drink this shake after a workout, but I can promise that it’s a super satisfying treat to have after your morning gym session or run outside. Let’s face it, we all want to get in more exercise now that the New Year is upon us. This decadent shake makes it all worth it! Continue reading

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First off, I am a big fan of throwing some organic and fair trade coffee into a smoothie every now and then. Chameleon Cold Brew happens to be one of my favorites of all time, whether it’s poured over ice or enjoyed in a frozen coffee shake. I do recommend that if you make this recipe, that you have it in the morning because it does contain some caffeine. Though, I find that because this smoothie also has some fruit, healthy fats, and added protein, it doesn’t give you a crazy buzz or jittery feeling that coffee can give some people on an empty stomach.

IMG_9400For the full recipe, just keep scrolling. However, if you want to learn more about Mushroom Matrix’s products like the one featured in this recipe check out my review first. You can modify the ingredients in this smoothie if you don’t have all of them on hand, but I truly recommend the protein and mushroom powders to aid your fitness goals and overall wellness. Sometimes, it’s worth it to splurge a little on products that will make you feel your best. Plus, they make quite a spectacular smoothie when combined!

Tahini Espresso Protein Shake
Serves 1
A protein-rich shake with superfoods galore to help with immunity, fighting fatigue and increasing performance in fitness and overall health.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Chameleon Cold Brew black coffee concentrate
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1 heaping Tbs tahini
  4. 1 pear, sliced
  5. 1/2 frozen banana
  6. 1/2 tsp maca
  7. 2 dates, or alternative sweetener
  8. 1 tsp Mushroom Matrix Fit
  9. 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein (optional)
  10. ice
Instructions
  1. Place the coffee, water, dates and tahini into a blender and mix until smooth. Slowly add the pear, maca, frozen banana, and Mushroom Matrix. Lastly add the protein powder (if desired) and ice, and after blending test for sweetness. Add an extra date or half a banana if you like it a little more sweet. Serve it poured into a large glass or bottle topped with ground coffee or espresso powder.
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