Looking for a smoothie that will energize you as well as help balance your raging hormones? Well, you’re in luck because my Peruvian Smoothie with organic premium Maca root powder and chia seeds will do the trick. I’ve partnered with The Maca Team as an affiliate. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Maca root, a Peruvian superfood, contains numerous benefits for good health. It’s an energizing tonic, much like coffee, but doesn’t stress out your adrenal glands. It’s especially helpful if your hormones are out of whack like many of us women who are over 50.
The benefits of Maca Root for women of all ages include:
- Muscle building (Black Maca)
- Increasing energy
- Increasing stamina
- Boosting libido (Red Maca)
- Enhancing fertility (Red Maca)
- Hair growth
- Improving skin tone
- Enhancing curves
- Balancing hormones during menopause (Red Maca)
- Preventing Osteoporosis
- Supporting Thyroid health
- Enhancing mental focus and clarity
- Reducing depression
What I like about The Maca Team is that it’s a family-run operation and it sells organic, fair-trade Peruvian Maca exclusively. All of their products are GMO-free, potent, and rigorously tested. Additional testing is done for pesticides and heavy metals.
So what is Maca root exactly?
It’s a plant that originates in the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes of 4,000 – 14,000 feet. Maca’s hearty roots are cultivated in rocky soil and can withstand extreme weather conditions. The indigenous natives of Peru have been consuming and growing it for hundreds of years. If you’re thinking about giving it a try, it’s important to choose Peruvian Maca root and avoid Maca products produced in China.
China has been known to produce a synthetic form Maca that is contaminated by pollution and is of low quality. Peru banned GMO’s until 2021 but the Chinese have not. Most of the Chinese Maca root seeds were smuggled illegally from Peru.
Watch this video and learn more about the difference between Peruvian and Chinese Maca root.
Maca can be taken as a supplement but because it’s a food, it works well in recipes. It’s an adaptogen, which is a substance that helps boost your body’s immune system and resist disease.
To find out what Maca root product is right for your body, click here to try The Maca Team’s Maca Finder Tool.
Enjoy my Peruvian Smoothie with Maca Root and Chia. You can either make it with unsweetened almond milk (vegan) or plain kefir for tanginess and probiotic goodness.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or plain Kefir (if you like it tangy)
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp maca powder (I used The Maca Team organic premium root powder)
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon + sprinkling
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Turn on the blender for 2-3 minutes
- Sprinkle with ground cinnamon
Check out all of their recipes by clicking here.
Have you ever used Maca in a recipe or tried it before? Please leave a comment below.