Lets face it, 2020 has been a stressful year so anything to reduce those stress levels sounds like actual heaven. From meal prep delivery services (opens in new tab) that save you time in the kitchen to the best meditation apps (opens in new tab) and this stress-relieving workout (opens in new tab), we’ll try anything to bring our inner zen down to Buddha-esque levels. And that even includes drinking a latte made with mushrooms, yep, you heard right, everyone’s favourite fungi has made it into latte form.
I’m not a fan of the term superfood, because all food is quite frankly super in my mind, but Glow Bar’s Chaga-ccino (opens in new tab) contains 25% wild chaga, an incredible type of fungus that is loaded with Vitamin D and magnesium that can help boost your immune system and help you feel less stressed.
According to Medical News Today (opens in new tab), chaga mushrooms are rich in a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, B-complex vitamins as well as Vitamin D and magnesium and could even help slow the ageing process, or “or reverse visible signs of ageing.”
If that isn’t enough to get you interested in drinking a mushroom latte, the taste, similar to a mocha just might. With a blend of organically sourced raw cacao, cinnamon, vanilla and chaga, the Chaga-ccino latte tastes similar to a mocha but without the jittery feelings you can sometimes get from caffeine.
To make your own Chaga-ccino latte, simply mix 5g (2 teaspoons) of powder with hot or cold milk or a plant based alternative, or add the powder to your regular coffee for a turbo-boosted morning drink with extra health benefits. Mushrooms never tasted so good!
Glow Bar Chaga-ccino (60 Servings), $48
Lydia is a freelance travel writer, and Lifestyle News Editor at My Imperfect Life
Her travel writing has been published in BBC Good Food, Oh magazine, Harper's Bazaar UK, Town&Country, ELLE UK, MailOnline, Woman, and woman&home
She began her career compiling fashion and beauty pages for teen magazines at the BBC where she interviewed and styled some of the world's biggest pop acts—from Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato to One Direction—before joining celebrity magazine Now, as Fashion and Beauty Director, and later Woman magazine as Lifestyle Director.
Travel has been a constant passion over the course of Lydia’s 14-year career. At 19, she took her first solo trip to Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico and has gone on to explore parts of 53 countries, returning to many often.
At 23, she quit her job and traveled out of a backpack for a year, living on just $26 (£20) a day. Of the 15 countries she visited, 13 were explored by land in a bid to cut her carbon footprint. Some highlights from the trip include a teaching by the Dalai Lama in the foothills of the Himalayas, sleeping on the world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, and being completely overwhelmed by the magnificent Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border.
In 2015 Lydia traveled solo through India and Nepal for three months, visiting some of the most spiritual places in the world, and completing Nepal’s Annapurna Base Camp trek over the course of nine days.
In 2021 she spent three months traveling solo through Portugal and Spain where she was on a mission to hunt out the best restaurants, find one-off boutique hotels and visit incredible art exhibitions.
Day-to-day she manages a global team of nine news writers and oversees news content on My Imperfect Life
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