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April 06, 2022 4 min read

Whether you love to cook, you cook for nutrition, or you’re a newbie in the kitchen, creating delicious and balanced meals is the goal for all of us. With so many different opinions about the best diets and how to fuel your body, it can be challenging to know the best way to amp up your food to ensure you’re optimizing both nutrition and flavor.

Enter mushroom powder.

The mushroom powder is all the rage as an additive to cooking. It can be used in place of salt to give a little extra umami, one of the five basic flavors (alongside sweet, salty, sour, and bitter) that has a savory characteristic. Find healthy foods packed with umami flavor in this Healthline article.

Mushroom powder to add umami flavor can be made at home using dried mushrooms and spices and can be sprinkled on any dish that could benefit from an extra savory kick. You can click here to find a recipe for homemade mushroom powder courtesy of The Healthy Foodie. But while this may add some extra depth of flavor to your cooking, to level up the health benefits you may wish to explore pre-made mushroom powders. Read on to learn if there is a mushroom powder for cooking that’s right for you.

Why should I use mushroom powder for cooking

The pre-made mushroom powder can offer specific health benefits based on the needs of your body.

Certain mushrooms (not the typical grocery-store varieties) can be considered superfood or functional mushrooms. The most common of these superfood mushrooms are Chaga, Lion’s Mane, and Reishi. These varieties of mushrooms are becoming more mainstream in the Western world but have been consumed as tonifying or therapeutic foods in cultures as far back as the 1700s B.C during the Shang Dynasty in China.

Because these mushrooms can be a bit more difficult to get your hands on, an easy way to incorporate them into your diet and reap the health benefits that come with them are to include mushroom powder into your meals, either by cooking with the powder or incorporating it into a warm or cold beverage of your choosing.

What are the different kinds of mushroom powder for cooking 

You can incorporate just about any mushroom powder into your cooking. When using a premade mushroom powder, read the label to ensure that it is pure and authentic – you’ll want to see that it is certified organic and uses non-GMO ingredients. You may also want to determine if it is vegan, contains prebiotics, and that it is free of gluten, dairy, sugar, and caffeine.

How to choose a mushroom powder for cooking

If you choose to explore a pre-made mushroom powder to support the health of the body and the mind, there are two main considerations: flavor and health benefits.

Rritual Superfoods offer 3 mushroom powders, each with its own distinct flavor profiles and benefits.:

  •     Chaga Immune: Chaga mushrooms are most known to help support a healthy immune system.* This elixir blends Chaga mushrooms with other immune-supportive herbs like Schisandra, Eleuthero root, and ginger.

In this blend, tangy Schisandra meets earthy Chaga to produce a mild peanut flavor with a hint of zesty ginger. This is a perfect addition to Asian-inspired sauces for salads or stir-frys.

  •     Lion’s Mane Focus: Lion’s Mane mushrooms are considered nootropics, which means they can be beneficial for cognitive health and function. When mixed with the Ayurvedic herb Bacopa and Rhodiola root, this elixir supports focus, mental clarity, and presence of mind.*

Herbal and slightly nutty, this blend is rich and best suited to stews, chili, or soups.

  •     Reishi Relax: Reishi mushrooms are the go-to for anyone experiencing stress. Blended with Ashwagandha, this elixir helps to cultivate a sense of calm and centeredness.*

Cacao powder and cinnamon are added to deliver even more beneficial antioxidants while imparting a balance of dark chocolate, floral notes, and satisfying cinnamon with a hint of bitterness. This could be a great addition to a BBQ rub or used in a sweeter preparation like banana bread or coffee cake.

How to use mushroom powder for cooking

When using pre-made mushroom powders in cooking, you will be using them as an addition to your food, rather than as a substitution for other ingredients. The flavor profiles can add some complexity to your dish, while the benefits can support a healthy body and mind – a win-win!

When adding the mushroom powder to your cooking, follow the serving size on the package to ensure you are using an appropriate amount, and be sure to check with your doctor to ensure the inclusion of mushroom powder in your diet is right for you.

Possible health benefits of using mushroom powder for cooking

Aside from the flavor-enhancing benefits of mushroom powders, the health benefits you experience will depend on the type of mushroom powder you’re using.

Chaga mushrooms are best known for their ability to support the immune system, but they are also chock-full of vitamins and nutrients which can provide other health benefits.* Click here to learn more about all that Chaga has to offer.

We know Lion’s Mane mushrooms support brain health, but did you know that there are a host of other potential health benefits to the nervous system, digestive system, and more?* Click here to read more about the benefits of Lion’s Mane.

Reishi mushrooms can help the mind and body relax, but they can also have a positive impact on gut health and the skin.* Click here to find out how to support your overall health with Reishi mushrooms.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any disease.

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