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Bare essentials: I ♥ Maca

This week under the Bare Essentials spotlight: the miracle superfood Maca


If you haven’t heard about it yet, then you will soon, and I am sure most of you will go… Oh please not another superfood! but please trust me this IS awesome. My partner has been using this for the last 6 months and I have been having it occasionally in my smoothie for breakfast. Now I have recently been diagnosed with Labyrinthitis, an inner ear infection, affecting my hearing and balance. I feel like I’ve been on a boat for the past week… So I am on a quest for any natural remedies to combat viral infection, to give me back some energy and to strengthen my immune system. I will try to share my findings and try to record my results as best as I can, but first I would like to make a major disclaimer, I am not a doctor,  a nutritionist nor a health guru, this is my experience only and should not replace any treatments that you might have been prescribed… basically if it does not work for you don’t sue me 🙂

Let’s start with energy…


Lepidium meyenii, known commonly as Peruvian Ginseng or maca, is a plant of the crucifer family native to the high Andes of Peru. It is grown and used as a root vegetable, a medicinal herb, and an aphrodisiac. Highly regarded for centuries as a miracle food so it’s no surprise it has become a recent addition to the “must have” nutrient list for smoothies.

It has an earthy taste with a nutty flavour, making it a perfect complement to smoothies. And it gets better… it’s low in calories – one teaspoon of maca powder has only 10 calories.


Over the centuries maca has been called “magic, the food of the gods, a natural Viagra, and a miracle drug” for a reason as Ryan Carmody rightly puts it; it works. For centuries people have been using it for everything from enhancing their fertility to boosting their immune system or libido, but most people simply love the non-caffeinated burst of energy they get from putting maca in their smoothies.


After drinking maca you should get a high energy boost without feeling jittery or at risk of a heart attack from the caffeine kick 🙂

Health Benefits


Again Ryan Carmody has written a great article about it, but in summary one teaspoon in your smoothie once or twice a day can help with all the below:

  • Energy
  • Sex Drive
  • Fertility
  • Migraines
  • Memory
  • Wounds
  • Vitamin packed
  • Immune Booster
  • Stress
  • Thyroid
  • Pancreas
  • Thymus

Put it to the “Taste”

Iced Maca coffee or Iced Maco?

Maca Powder - Iced Maco

Ok, Ok it’s a but naff but I could not resist it and trust me this was delicious…. I am already feeling full of beans (see what I did there… coffee… beans… Might be the maca!)

Serves 2 – What you will need:

  • 1 cup of freshly brewed decaf coffee (This is just for the taste but you could do without)
  • 1 tbsp of organic maca powder
  • 2 tsp of brown sugar
  • 250ml of vanilla soya milk
  • 2 cup of ice

Step 1:

In a blender add all the ingredients and pulse till foamy

Step 2:

Serve in a glass or jar. And of course add a straw 🙂

And voilà… Bon appetit ♥♥♥



  1. ktpoo says

    i cant wait to try this darling, love the snaps too….gorgeous gorgeous xxx

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