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…
What is MACA POWDER:
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 ast 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 🙂
- Sex Drive
- Vitamin packed
- Immune Booster
Put it to the “Taste”
Iced Maca coffee or 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
In a blender add all the ingredients and pulse till foamy
Serve in a glass or jar. And of course add a straw 🙂
And voilà… Bon appetit ♥♥♥