Chef Hacks: Rejuvenate Yourself With An Energising Latte

Nesh Pejak Kitchen

These are crazy statistics! Did you know that tiredness and fatigue are the primary cause of one in five visits to a general practitioner in Europe? Or that 45% of Americans still feel tired even after 7-8 hours sleep? Exhaustion, it seems, is a modern epidemic!

But why?

There are many things that make it difficult to have high energy and great productivity in the 21st Century. For instance, processed foods, fast food, and ‘convenience food’ is everywhere. Cleverly marketed by big corporations – making it hard for most people to resist.

Are you one of those people? Are you sick and tired of living with fluctuating blood sugar levels, and feel like you’re on a never-ending roller-coaster?

There are other reasons too: our inability to adapt to the 24/7 nature of modern life, our obsession with tech, lack of exercise, sleep deprivation and the over-reliance on stimulants to help us cope!

If this toxic mix makes up a large proportion of your daily life – your energy levels are being seriously depleted… And, if you have low energy, you’re going to have low productivity.

Now, while we agree with all of this, we also like the Taoist philosophy which asserts that if you wake up in the morning feeling exhausted – needing a cup of tea or coffee to get you going – or crave stimulants like sugar, chocolate, cake, energy drinks, or more coffee, to boost your mojo and keep you functioning throughout the day, then it’s likely that your Jing (vital energy described in Traditional Chinese Medicine) levels are running low!

As you may know, Jing is precious and has long been recognised as a “treasure energy” that needs to be nourished, protected and preserved because it determines the ultimate vitality quantity and quality of your lifespan. It’s like your “savings account” of long-term energy, which is stored in your kidneys. And what do kidneys process? Liquid! So you can imagine what is going on inside your kidneys when you drink energy drinks or alcohol!

Now, the painful truth is that while a ‘quick stimulant hit’ may boost your energy in the short-term, in the long-term, stimulants only serve to drain your Jing and drive exhaustion into your body on a much deeper level! Quite simply, stimulants work by stimulating (read poisoning) your adrenal glands, so that they release a quick burst of energy (a survival mechanism.) This actually drains your supply of vital energy that’s used to sustain the health and longevity of your body! Which ultimately, leaves you more exhausted than before.

So what’s the solution? Well, the next time those pesky ‘stimulant cravings’ raise their ugly Jing-depleting head, why not reach for a delicious rejuvenating latte instead?

Not only does it taste fantastic, it’s also packed with Jing tonic herbs which in Traditional Chinese Medicine are used to:

  • Increase your energy
  • Heal more quickly and easily
  • Increase your courage and drive
  • Look younger
  • Be more mentally sharp and focused
  • Have a healthy sex drive
  • Have greater endurance
  • Feel less overwhelmed or stressed
  • Improve hearing and comprehension
  • Have healthier hair, nails, and teeth
  • Be more fertile/potent
  • Have more regular menstrual cycles
  • Increase hormonal balance
  • Have a better memory
  • Restore an acid/alkaline balance, thereby reducing inflammation/pain


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of Reishi mushroom
  • 1 teaspoon Maca root powder
  • 1/2 dropper vanilla creme Stevia
  • 2 tablespoons of cashews

This is a really great way to start your day and get some tonic herbs into your metabolism. As a bonus, it’s an energy drink and comforting drink that will do wonders for your adrenals and general feel-goodness.

I like to use mushroom powders like Chaga or Reishi, all of which are great for your endocrine system. If you don’t like using Stevia as a sweetener, simply substitute with your favourite natural sweetener, or better still don’t use sweetener at all.

With the cashews, if 2 tablespoons seems like a weird measurement, simply use a handfull because all you’re looking for is creaminess. To give you an idea, it works out to about 10 to 15 individual cashews. (Make sure you blend them well for a smooth drink.)

Why Reishi Mushroom?

Many types of mushroom have unique super-healing qualities. As one of the most powerful adaptogens (read more about adaptogens and stress here), Reishi mushroom can help the body regulate itself and return to balance.

Not only that, this mushroom has the ability to improve your energy levels and reduce chronic fatigue drastically. It also increases tissue glycogen content and antioxidant enzyme content which help to reduce fatigue.

Why Maca Root?

Maca is a great adaptogen that helps to reduce stress, improve strength, endurance and libido, and provides energy and endurance. Athletes and bodybuilders use Maca root as a supplement to increase energy levels and performance. As a body-balancing adaptogenic herb, it can also help to correct any imbalance if it exists.

So there you have it, a natural, everyday, revitalising energy drink.


Finally, while we’re on the subject of energy levels, something else for you to consider:

10-3-2-1 Rule

Do you ever need a power-nap? Crash in the afternoon? Have trouble focusing?

I have 4 rules for you today that can obliterate all the things that sap your energy…

  • 10 hours before bed: No more caffeine.
  • 3 hours before bed: No more food or alcohol.
  • 2 hours before bed: No more work.
  • 1 hour before bed: No more screen time (turn off all phones, TVs and computers).

Implement these small changes today and watch how your focus and energy levels rise. You may need to adjust to this and change your bad habits over time, but try it for a month and see how you feel.