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 that sells organic products directly from Peru.
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 you’re over 50 and your hormones are out of whack.
The benefits of Maca Root for women over 50 include:
- Muscle building (black variety)
- Increasing energy
- Increasing stamina
- Boosting libido (red variety)
- Enhancing fertility (red variety)
- Hair growth
- Improving skin tone
- Enhancing curves
- Balancing hormones during menopause (red variety)
- Preventing Osteoporosis
- Supporting Thyroid health
- Enhancing mental focus and clarity
- Reducing depression
What I like about this company is that 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 is it exactly?
Maca is a plant that originates 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 giving it a try, it’s important to choose Peruvian 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.
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 product is right for your body, click here to try The Maca Team’s Maca Finder Tool.
Enjoy my Peruvian Smoothie recipe 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
Have you ever used Maca in a recipe or tried it before? Please leave a comment below.