Looking for a smoothie recipe that will energize you, boost your immune system and help balance your raging hormones? Well, you’re in luck because I’ve created a Peruvian Smoothie using organic premium Maca root powder and chia seeds that is truly delicious!
Enjoy my Peruvian Smoothie recipe with Maca Root and Chia. Make it with unsweetened almond milk (vegan) or plain kefir for tanginess and probiotic goodness.
This post was originally posted 10/16 and updated 03/20.
- 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
Maca root, a Peruvian superfood, contains numerous benefits for good health. It’s an energizing tonic, much like coffee, but it doesn’t stress out your adrenal glands. If you’re over 50 and your hormones are out of whack make it for breakfast or as a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon.
Here are some of the benefits of consuming Maca Root for women over 50:
- It builds muscle (black variety)
- Increases energy
- Builds stamina
- Boosts libido (red variety)
- Helps your hair grow
- Improves skin tone
- Balances hormones during menopause (red variety)
- Helps prevent Osteoporosis
- Supports Thyroid health
- Enhances mental focus and clarity
- Reduces depression
I like to buy my root powder from The Maca Team. It’s a family-run operation that 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 exactly is Maca?
It’s a plant that originated in the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes of 4,000 – 14,000 feet. Its 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 purchasing some, it’s important to choose Peruvian maca and avoid buying Chinese grown products.
China has been known to produce a synthetic form that is contaminated by pollution and is low in quality. Peru banned GMO’s until 2021 but the Chinese have not. Most of the Chinese seeds were smuggled illegally from Peru.
Watch this video and learn more about the difference between Peruvian and Chinese Maca root.
Although you can take it as a supplement, because it’s a food, it works well in recipes. That’s because it’s an adaptogen, which is a substance that helps boost your body’s immune system and resist disease.
To find out what type is right for your body, click here.
Check out all of the recipes The Maca Team has posted on their website by clicking here.
Have you ever used Maca in a recipe or tried it before? Please leave a comment below.