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Maca root is a carnivorous vegetable native to the Andes mountains of Peru. It originated in the Junin region, an area of incredibly high altitude – between 12,400 and 14,700 feet in elevation!
Maca root is nicknamed the mighty “Peruvian ginseng” because of its positive effects on physical stamina, endurance, and libido.
It’s a natural, whole-food, plant-based energy source. For thousands of years, the Incans understood the power of this superfood, and now, it is consumed worldwide!
Maca root can easily be added to smoothies, juices, shakes, and desserts.
The powder has a strong flavor, so you don’t need much to taste maca root in your smoothie or other dishes. It has an earthy, slightly nutty taste with just a subtle hint of sweetness.
Many people describe it as having a “butterscotch” or “caramel” flavor in various recipes.
Maca root is known to have many health benefits and is considered safe to add to your diet.
Native Peruvian populations have been claiming these listed benefits of maca for hundreds of years. However, research is still being conducted to fully understand its health benefits.
Some evidence suggests that maca root may help improve sexual desire and even fertility in some people. It’s linked to increased sperm quality in men.
Some studies suggest that maca root may benefit people experiencing menopausal symptoms. There’s some evidence that it may help alleviate hot flashes and interrupted sleep cycles.
The maca root benefits include increased energy levels and positive effects on mood. One study, in particular, suggests that maca may help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in women.
Maca root powder may help improve cognitive function and even motor coordination! I love this maca smoothie recipe for my post-gym workout.
Because maca root is a carnivorous vegetable, it has known cancer-preventing qualities, making it a healthy addition to your diet!
…and the final ingredient for your maca smoothie!
It’s easy and quick to do! Simply add all the ingredients above to a high-speed blender and process until smooth.
If it’s too thick, add a little more of your plant-based milk to thin it out. And, if you like, you can top off this smoothie with either banana slices, additional cacao powder, or even some fresh granola for a bit of crunch!
Serving: 1 smoothie | Calories: 435 calories | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.7g | Sodium: 63.5mg 4% DV | Potassium: 1194.6 mg 46% DV | Fiber: 9.4g 38% DV | Sugar: 48g | Iron: 3.3 mg 18% DV | Calcium: 165.2 mg 17% DV | Vitamin C: 40.5 mg 54% DV
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