I just finished reading Brendan Brazier’s book Thrive and I’m currently reading David Wolfe’s book Superfoods — both of these books have something in common: MACA. The reason Maca comes up in these books is because it’s loaded with macro and micro nutrients making it a superfood and superherb; the stuff is basically magical. 🙂
Maca has been used medicinally for centuries in South America and for good reason. Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it helps you adapt to stress; stresses such as life stress, physical stress (the reason many athletes take it), mental stress, and environmental stress. It is known to improve the following conditions; anemia, chronic fatigue, depression, infertility, malnutrition, menopausal symptoms, stomach cancer and more. It’s also said to have aphrodisiac properties, don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉
Since the flavor of Maca (slightly butterscotch-ish) is known to combine well with Cacao, I decided to try a smoothie for my first Maca recipe and it rocked:
Maca Cacao Smoothie
1/4 cup of raw hemp seeds
3/4 cup of water
1 tbsp of Raw Cacao powder
1 tsp of Maca powder
1 tbsp of nut butter (I used sunflower butter)
a few ice cubes
Place hemp seeds and water in blender; blend until the seeds are dissolved and you’re left with hemp milk.
Then add the cacao, maca, nut butter, banana and ice; blend until smooth.
This makes a particularly nice and rich dessert smoothie — enjoy!!
love and greens,
Smoothies are a great way to sneak superfoods into your diet. There are so many to choose from, all offering their own benefits and “super” qualities. One of my favorites is spirulina, a blue green algae that adds a strong green color, and an awesome protein punch!
Spirulina is 55-70% protein by weight, making it the highest form of plant protein available. It is a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids, so it is a great substitute for those staying away from animal sources of protein. This super green superfood is rich in B vitamins and gammalinolenic acid (GLA), which helps to reduce inflammation in the body. When you include spirulina into your diet, whether it be in your smoothie or otherwise, it provides you with all of this goodness PLUS it promotes immune health and works to protect your body from environmental stress. Are you ready to dive in and give it a try??
You will need:
1 cup almond milk (or nut-milk of your choice)
a super green smoothie
1-2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 green apple, diced
1 ripe banana
1 cup frozen pineapple
2 teaspoons spirulina
½ cup water
Simply place all of these goodies into your favorite blender and watch the green magic appear as you blend, blend, blend.