You may have heard the word “adaptogens” thrown around recently. But what are they exactly? Adaptogens are plant-based foods (mainly roots, herbs, and mushrooms) considered to help the body adapt to stress. More broadly, they have a normalizing effect on body processes and are known to help promote homeostasis. This means they can help you feel more balanced! We actually have an article about them so you can Get To Know These 13 Adaptogens.
We went through the Food Monster App and found 10 of our favorite recipes that incorporate these hardworking adaptogenic foods!
1. Adaptogenic Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie
This magical Adaptogenic Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie is boosted with delicious raw cacao and the sweet-tasting South American adaptogenic root called Maca!
2. Adaptogenic Chocolate and Fruit Breakfast Bars
Here’s a naturally vegan and gluten-free breakfast for you, in the form of a bar of chocolate. The bitter edge of these Adaptogenic Chocolate and Fruit Breakfast Bars is softened with fruit for a chocolate that is free of sugar and full of nutrients.
3. Hot Chocolate ‘Maccacino’
Maca has an earthy and sweet flavor and it’s great for hot drinks and smoothies. This Hot Chocolate ‘Macaccino’ has a wonderful combination of spices and sweeteners that are all health-boosting and delicious.
4. Brazil Nut Fudge
This Brazil Nut Fudge recipe is an excellent snack to have when you’re trying to be healthy, and still get your sweet tooth fix. This fudgey treat will beat out any chocolate craving you have, so you can keep on being the best version of yourself.
5. Hot Chocolate With Maca and Tonic Herbs
Warm and cozy hot chocolate pairs beautiful with fortifying herbs for the ultimate comforting cocoa drink! This Hot Chocolate With Maca and Tonic Herbs hits the spot.
6. Goji, Maca, And Caramel Puffed Rice Slice
This Goji, Maca, and Caramel Puffed Rice Slice have to be one of the easiest recipes for a delicious sweet snack packed full of goodness. Maca powder, chia seeds, and goji berries combine with a date and nut butter caramel that makes for an earthy and delectable treat. Make a batch and keep in the fridge or freezer for when sugar cravings strike – these are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth.
7. Superfood Biscotti
A gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan delicious crunchy cookie. These Superfood Biscotti are full of nourishing ingredients and decorated with natural colorful ‘sprinkles’ like poppy seeds, crushed nuts, crushed rose petals, lavender buds, sesame seeds, shredded coconut, hemp hearts, and goji berry powder.
8. Maca Almond Butter Chickpea Cookie Dough
Ever wanted to eat cookie dough without the guilt? This Maca Almond Butter Chickpea Cookie Dough combines the creaminess of chickpeas, the rich flavor of almond butter, the sweetness of coconut sugar, and the nutrition boost of maca and flax meal to create a treat that is not only delicious but high in fiber and protein! Best of both worlds!
9. Maca Blueberry Pops
These Maca Blueberry Pops are basically smoothies in popsicle form! These, in particular, are made from a mix of blueberries, strawberries, coconut milk, and superfoods like maca powder and chia seeds. Energizing dessert, for the win!
10. Tropical Banana Maca Coconut Bars
Perfect for channeling those warm weather vibes, these Tropical Banana Maca Coconut Bars are healthy, gluten-free, and loaded with tropical flavors from bananas, coconut, and oranges. Besides good-for-you fruits, they also have the added health benefits of maca. Snack on one of these bars with a glass of iced passion tea for a truly tropical experience.
11. Tulsi Chai
Forget the café — this Tulsi Chai is made with your very own homemade chai tea concentrate will be your new chilly day companion. Fresh ginger, cardamom, star anise, and other warm, spicy spices are crushed to release their oils, then boiled together to make a concentrate that will create the best chai tea you’ve ever tasted. The special ingredient here is tulsi — also known as holy basil — which has a spicy, peppery, clove-like flavor. You can use your homemade concentrate to make hot tea, cold tea, or espresso drinks like dirty chai.
12. Healing Turmeric Smoothie
This Healing Smoothie is filling, creamy, and also packed with the good ole’ benefits of turmeric.
13. Chocolate Reishi Latte
Reishi mushroom is a mild adaptogen, which are herbs and spices that have been found to help reduce stress and balance hormones. This Chocolate Reishi Latte is a great way to incorporate the mushroom into your diet in an easy and delicious way! This latte is a great pick-me-up for breakfast or at night to wind down with something warm and chocolatey.
14. Blackened Maitake Breast
This recipe for Blackened Maitake Breast is quick, easy, and incredibly delicious. Maitake mushrooms are an incredible meat substitute and the salt brine in this recipe really makes them special. This is a great meal to make when your having company over for dinner.
15. Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy
Millet with Cauliflower, a classic macrobiotic dish, cooks up soft and creamy and even tastes like mashed potatoes. The Shiitake gravy makes it especially tasty.
To learn more about adaptogens and superfoods, check out our Ultimate Superfood Guide! Of course, all of these recipes and tons more can be found on our app! With the Food Monster App, you can take these recipes on the go with you. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
Lead Image Source: Tropical Banana Maca Coconut Bars