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It seems like every few months there is a new super food that everyone is raving about.
As food buzzwords go, “super food” is one of my favorites. Super food is defined as a “nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well being.”
I love that foods like kale, lentils, and pomegranates are labeled as super foods because it helps make people more aware of their nutrient-dense goodness and how to use them. And, I also love that because of their “super food” celebrity title I can now find these items in the local grocery store in my small town.
Around the start of the year, one super food I was introduced to Maca powder.
Maca is quickly becoming a popular super food but, in South America, it has been consumed for years. Maca is a root that is similar to a radish and is the worlds highest growing crop, thriving at over 13,000 feet in the Andes Mountains.
Maca was used by ancient Incan warriors for strength, energy, and endurance. Today, Maca boasts a handful of nick names such as “Peruvian Ginseng” and “Nature’s Viagra” thanks to it’s many benefits.
In talking with other Scratch Mommy’s, I learned that a handful of us are Maca fanatics and we stand in agreement that it is an awesome dose of natural energy.
In addition to increased energy, Maca also is an adaptogenic, meaning that it adapts to whatever your body needs.
So, users see a bunch of different benefits from Maca including hormone balance, increased fertility, increased libido, mental clarity, and muscle gain. Much of these benefits are attributed to the fact that Maca is full of protein, amino acids, fatty acids, fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
Since using Maca for the last couple months the biggest thing I have noticed in myself is that I have more endurance when swimming and running. Typically, my first outdoor runs of the season are pretty pathetic. My legs are not used to running on pavement and my lungs are not used to the cooler air. But, on my first outdoor run since last fall I was able to crank out three miles with ease.
I like to add maca to my breakfast smoothies. It works great blended with Aloha Chocolate Cacao Good Greens and almond milk when I am on the go. The nutty flavor of the maca compliments the chocolate really well and I have found that it pairs great with the flavor of almond milk.
However, if I have more time in the morning, I’ll whip up my own smoothie.
I love this recipe with maca powder and almond milk because of the pretty blue hue it gets thanks to the frozen blueberries.
Playing on it’s unique color, I have dubbed this the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Maca smoothie.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Note: Maca is tolerated by most people but some report upset stomachs after consuming maca powder. Start small and listen to your body. Some even suggest to start adding maca to your diet after a detox because of it’s adapting components.
Women who are pregnant and breast feeding are cautioned because not enough research has been done to know how maca effects their babies. However, some women claim that maca is the reason they carried full term.