Maca powder...Superfood Maca and Cocao Shake

This week I was in this beautiful store which is a plastic free store in Auckland New Zealand which is called The Source situated in Milford Northshore, whilst provisioning here I spotted Maca powder. I have never tried this before, it smelt like slightly burn't caramel toffee.

So many guest and crew have particular health issues and introducing them to nutrient dense superfoods is super exciting for me and for them when they realize just how delicious super whole foods are.

Maca is a root vegetable that comes from Peru.  Maca in the past few years has hit the Super Food status, one quality it holds is that it is adaptogen which means when consumed it helps the body cope with stressors due to its high anti-oxidant value and micro nutrient density.

Maca is generally available in powder form this making it extremely easily for it to enter into the blood stream as its small particle form allows for easy digestion.

Maca has had many scientific research to investigates its many beneficial effects for the human body. And historically the people of Peru used this Maca root for health and vitality.

According to the US National Library of Medicine 
Maca powder is....

  • Is high in Antioxidant 
  • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides in the liver
  • Lowers and stabilises blood sugar levels
  • Can improve and prevent neurological damage (due to antioxidant value)
  • Increases energy
  • Improves mood
  • Improves memory
  • Increases Libido
  • Balances female and male hormones 
  • Reduces anxiety and depression 
  • Is very beneficial for menopausal related symptoms
According to the US National Library of Medicine it is valuable for osteoporosis as it is high in iron and calcium. 

A great way to add Maca Powder into your diet is by placing it into a shake.  This is my simple easy recipe that I have in the morning or lunch to get me through the day.

1 - 2 heaped teaspoons of Maca powder
2 - 3 dates or 1 teaspoon on honey
1 - 2 heaped teaspoons of Cocao
200ml of nut milk (I used almond milk unsweetened)
150ml of coconut water
1 tablespoon of chai seeds.

Place all into a nutri-bullet or blender whizz for 30 seconds.  Can add coconut oil and/or avocado too if you wish.
Sprinkle with Cacao and add a stainless steel straw.  Drink :)

This is great placed into a thermos to take to work or school.


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