Have you guys ever used maca before? I’m a big fan and I add it to my diet 4 or 5 times a week for it’s wonderful health benefits. Maca is a root plant native to Peru, sometimes called “Peruvian ginseng.”
It’s grown at high altitudes in the mountains of Peru and is most commonly available in powder form. It’s rich in amino acids, phytonutrients and important vitamins and minerals and it’s been used for thousands of years as both a food and a tonic.
Taking 1/2-1 tsp of maca powder daily can help to promote vitality, contribute to a feeling of overall well-being, help to maintain good health, form red blood cells and provide antioxidant support. Maca powder is known for increasing stamina making it popular with athletes but many people notice a general increase in energy levels after adding to their diet.
Maca is also used to address skin issues such as acne, help to balance mood and reduce stress and anxiety, promote sexual function and alleviate menstrual symptoms. It’s rich in vitamins B, C and E as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Sounds pretty great, right?
It’s also really easy to use and adds nicely to smoothies, oatmeal and other recipes. You can also simply mix it into a glass of water but the taste does take some getting used to.
I simply add it to my chia seed oats every morning and it mixes in perfectly. It has a bit of a caramel flavour when you mix it in. I also like to add it to recipes like these Hemp Seed Maca Balls for an energizing snack. There are particularly great pre-workout thanks to the carbohydrates from the dates, fats and protein from the hemp seeds and energy from the maca.
- 1 cup very tightly packed pitted medjool dates
- 3 tbsp maca powder
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp sea salt (optional, more or less to taste)
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor until it forms a dough.
- Roll into 10-12 balls.
- Store in the fridge in a container.
- Optional: try rolling each ball in cacao powder or more hemp seeds! Yum!