luscious reishi chocolate milk - The First Messpin it!
It’s been a little while since I posted one of these, oops! And juuuust when I managed to get my act together to do one, my desktop computer (with all of my photo editing programs) fizzled out and died. So if the photo here looks different, it’s because I shot it with my normal camera, imported it to my man’s computer, emailed it to myself, edited it with the VSCO and Afterlight apps on my phone/iPad, re-sized it with another app, emailed it to myself again, and then finally put it here. I know that the image quality isn’t perfect, but I think it’ll do for now/until I get my main computer fixed. You can’t knock that determination!

When we go on our little USA jaunts and pop into some of the fancier grocery stores, I always pick up this super rich vegan chocolate milk with reishi mushroom extract. I’m telling you, it tastes like real dairy chocolate milk and it makes me feel energized in the most calm and focused sort of way. Looking at the ingredients, I knew that I could easily do a DIY version. A couple health food stores in my area sell reishi mushroom products now, which is super cool and maybe indicative of things to come. If you’re interested in the benefits, check out this page. Anyway, we’ve got a busy long weekend ahead. Waving from that juicy summer mid-point. It goes by so fast, right?! Off to buy some rosé ;)

Essential oils for your summer beach bag.

The plant-based guide to hot-smoking. Sign. Me. UP!

Loyalty, living in the moment, and being true to yourself and those you love: dogs have happiness figured out. Also, this is an example of how cool sponsored content can be.

How to start a cookbook club! So fun, right? I would totally do this with a bunch of plant-based books.

Truth bombs about dry shampoo and scalp health. Just wash your hair, babes! (but not too much)

It’s not just food waste that’s a problem. Think about the water, land maintenance, labour, and other resources that go to waste in the process. The demand for “perfect” fruit and vegetables puts major retailers in a powerful and dangerous position.

A familiar strategy for helping shelter dogs get over their anxiousness :)

So, is red wine actually better for you? This series on Food & Wine features great illustrations from my cousin, too :)

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Elizabeth Gilbert was on the On Being Podcast recently and shrieks ensued on my end. “Everything that’s interesting is 90% boring.” PRETTY MUCH.

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A little spirituality for your summer reading list. Then a little bit of business/career inspiration too. I just finished WELLTH by Jason Wachob, and it was awesome.

I hope and hope that this coffee cup concept takes off. Plus a documentary with Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall could never be bad. Side note: River Cottage Veg is still one of my favourite cookbooks.

Every outfit from Sex and the City. YKY (YAS KWEEN YAS)


Print the recipe here!
NOTES: Reishi sources for your at-home calm down parties can be found here and here ;)

1 ½ tablespoon raw cacao powder
tiny pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon reishi mushroom powder
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 cup full fat coconut milk
¾ cup filtered water

Combine the cacao, salt, reishi powder, maple syrup, coconut milk, and water in an upright blender. Blend the mixture on high speed for at least a full minute. Serve the reishi chocolate milk as-is or over ice.

  • Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation30/07/2016 - 9:48 am

    I have a thing for Hugh and his book IS my all time fav. Like, ever!
    Thanks for this awesome list.ReplyCancel

  • valentina | sweet kabocha30/07/2016 - 10:52 am

    Omg this photo is gorgeous! Anyway, I know the healing benefits of reishi but I’ve never tried it. It’s time to!
    xo have a wonderful weekendReplyCancel

  • Pia30/07/2016 - 11:46 am

    Like most, I have never heard of resishi before, but it sure sounds interesting. Does it taste like anything too, though, or did you simply add it give this beverage a nutritional boost?
    Also, that’s a great bunch of links you’ve provided us with this weekend, so thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Laura30/07/2016 - 1:26 pm

      Hi Pia!
      Reishi is a mushroom, so it’s definitely earthy, but not definitively savoury or anything. A lot of people drink it whisked with hot water as a coffee replacement. I just like the effect it has combined with the light caffeine buzz of cacao.

  • Stephanie Park30/07/2016 - 12:53 pm

    Ah this looks beautiful and delicious! I tried a reishi drink when I went down to Tulum earlier this summer and loved it. Definitely going to be trying this xoxoReplyCancel

  • Ashlae31/07/2016 - 9:27 am

    Loving this dreamy concoction. babe. And YES TO JUST WASHING YOUR DANG HAIR. I’m patiently waiting for the dry shampoo phase to pass.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn31/07/2016 - 2:48 pm

    Love the idea of a cookbook club and the Wellth book sounds like something I would read. Lovely photo (as always)!ReplyCancel

  • renee (will frolic for food)31/07/2016 - 4:44 pm

    love the purple plant + amethyst + purple tones in this photo! i couldn’t even tell it was “lower quality” it looks great. i’ve been SUPER into reishi lately and you know i love rebbl choco reishi milk! my local whole foods stopped carrying it, bummer, so now i guess ill just have to make your version! love your links, as always. that SINC instagram… lol thanks for that I’m loving it!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey @ Chelsey Crafts01/08/2016 - 1:14 am

    Loved that article on resilience and recharging!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste | The Whole Serving01/08/2016 - 10:44 am

    Looks amazing and I must try the mushroom powder. I’ve seen it but never have given it a try, maybe time to change that.
    Thanks for this lovely recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi01/08/2016 - 11:28 am

    This is one awesome list, Laura. And the fact that there was a little mention of River Cottage Veg totally made my day. I almost forgot about that book entirely. It’s a classic. The computer-app-editing-emailing saga made me smile – seems so silly but it’s so true. Hope you had a good long weekend – long live rosé. xReplyCancel

  • Tuulia Talvio01/08/2016 - 2:11 pm

    Yay for Four Sigma Foods Reishi! It’s Finnish and it’s super good! :) And I love the photo, really. Isn’t it weird that usually the photos we ourselves think are really off, are actually the ones that are super pretty? Anyways, thanks for the inspiring reads, as always! xoReplyCancel

  • Claudia01/08/2016 - 3:45 pm

    Reishi is a great adaptogen and very good for you.
    Not a huge fan of the EO article, there is no mentioning (or i missed it) that they should never be used neat on the skin (without carrier oil) but always diluted. Same with using them in a bath! Oil and water don’t mix, therefore if you just put a few drops in bathwater they will float on top and depended on the oil, you could get a lot of oil directly on your skin. dilute in carrier oil or salts before adding them to the water!
    Not sure what is going on right now but my 6 year old LED TV suddenly went white yesterday, I don’t even watch much TV! grumble…ReplyCancel

  • jon02/08/2016 - 1:14 pm

    Oh I haven’t had reishi in a while I will have to get some and give this recipe a go. Looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry02/08/2016 - 7:03 pm

    Laura, thank you for this post: I love the timing! I just ordered some reishi (after reading about its benefits on –– but it’s in extract form (from Giddy Yoyo!) rather than powder. Have you tried extract? I wonder how much I would use to try your recipe, which must be just delish!

    I think your photo looks lovely! Thanks as always for the visual feast.ReplyCancel

    • Laura09/08/2016 - 8:31 am

      Thanks so much for this comment, Sherry! Going to order some of this extract soon because I’m a huge fan of Giddy Yoyo :) Their recommended dosage on the site is 1/2 a dropper, so I’d probably use that (or a little less) for this drink.

  • Sarah | Well and Full03/08/2016 - 2:06 pm

    The first thing I saw when I came to this post was the photo, and I was thinking that it’s one of my favorite shots of yours in the entire blog. So I was insanely surprised to read that you edited it on your iPhone/iPad! You’d never guess that it wasn’t professionally done! Just stunning, Laura <3ReplyCancel

  • Anna08/08/2016 - 3:55 pm

    This looks so yummy! I always think of sweet drinks for breakfast, I love this idea of having milk. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Terri09/08/2016 - 4:56 am

    Hi laura. Which reishi powder did you use for this. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Terri10/08/2016 - 4:35 am

    Thank you for replying laura, I can’t wait to make it.ReplyCancel

  • Marta Kulesza03/08/2018 - 6:15 am

    Let me just say your food photography makes me drool. I hate when technology fails on us. It happened to me a few times too. Kudos to you for still pulling it off though! :)ReplyCancel

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