Hey world, meet adaptogens – your new stress-relieving BFF
Adaptogens are herbal remedies which help your body cope with and adapt to stress.
Whether that stress is physical, chemical, emotional or biological, adaptogens have got your back. While they cant reduce the stressor or stressful situation unfortunately…(Although I am sure mother nature is working on that ASAP) they can regulate / modulate how your body RESPONDS to that stressor.
Be patient, they take a little while to kick in – about 3 weeks of taking them continuously but maaan are they WORTH IT. Not only do they help with immediate situations, but they do not give you that same spike-crash that stimulating herbs might. Adaptogens provide you with sustainable energy that will keep you feeling energized and balanced. In this recipe, I’ve used maca powder and cordyceps – I mean…Chocolate icing that helps fight stress?! If only the mother in John Tucker Must Die had heard of this! (If you remember that movie and get that, ilu)
MACA: is a root which has been used for centuries for fertility. It helps to balance your hormones and is especially effective for women with PMS, PCOS and those going through menopause as it helps control estrogen levels in the body. It has been found to increase fertility in both men and women and helps boost energy, memory and mood! It also has a slightly marshmallow-y taste! I LOVE adding this to my morning smoothies.
CORDYCEPS: are a type of mushroom which may not be adaptogenic in the classic sense of the word but are absolutely bursting with antioxidants, and full of immune-enhancing and adaptogenic qualities. Cordyceps significantly help in reducing fatigue, fighting asthma and other respiratory system issues, and are considered to be longevity-promoting due to their positive effect on the immune system
In a bowl, cream together the coconut butter and maple syrup. Add the cocoa powder, maca powder and cordyceps hot chocolate mix if using.
Slice the vanilla bean down the center lengthwise. Using the back of your knife, scrape the vanilla seeds out of the pod and add seeds from both halves to the frosting. Add the pinch of salt and whisk to combine everything together.
To glaze cupcakes with it, you can heat up the frosting and dip cupcake tops into it
To frost cupcakes with it, refrigerate it for 10 minutes and then spread it on like regular frosting