Health Benefits of Maca Powder

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I accidentally bought maca powder when I meant to buy matcha powder. Oops. Oh well! I know this mysterious maca is supposed to be a superfood so I decided to do a little research on it so it doesn’t go to waste. I am SO GLAD I accidentally bought this stuff because it’s benefits are pretty freakin’ awesome.

What is it?: Maca is a root vegetable grown in the Andes Mountains. Some say it’s close to a radish or a turnip. Who knew?

What does it do?

  • Increases and sustains energy.  And does so without stressing the adrenals like caffeine and sugar.
  • Regulates hormones 
  • Improves thyroid function. 
  • High in iodine (which has a load of health benefits in itself)
  • Reduces menopause symptoms
  • Reduces Depression and Anxiety
  • Improves memory
  • Improves muscle gain and development
  • Improves circulation

Maca contains nutritious vitamins such as B1, B2, C, D, and E as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, copper, iodine, manganese and zinc. It also contains essential fatty acids and ameno acids which means it’s a good source of plant protein.  Wikipedia has a much more in depth explanation than I can provide.

How do you incorporate it into your diet?

Since maca is usually found in powder form it can be easily incorporated into smoothies, which is probably the most common way to use it. However I find the rich nutty flavor to be a bit strong in a smoothie so I like to add it to oatmeal. Creative people out there are always coming up with ways to incorporate it into recipes such as puddings, brownies, protein bars, homemade ice cream, desserts, and so on.

So if you happen to be in the mood to try something new that you may not have heard of before, this versatile superfood may be fun to try out.

Superfood Oatmeal Power Breakfast

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I love incorporating superfoods into my diet. I find the easiest way to do that is mixing them into smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal. I waver back and forth on the whole grain debate. Some say whole grains are healthy, others say that the modern grains are so genetically modified it’s best to stay away from them. But what I know for sure is that worrying about things like that is more harmful to my health than not.  So I adopt an everything in moderation approach. I probably have oatmeal once a week and I try to use organic Irish steel cut oats when I can. I like loading up my oatmeal with everything in my cabinets that would give me fuel for the day. The great thing about this breakfast is that you can add or take away any ingredients depending on your taste and what is available to you.

Here are my go-to power oatmeal ingredients (it looks like a lot but I just use what I already have, these foods are staples in my kitchen).

  • Irish steel cut oats
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • a few generous shakes of cinnamon
  • 1/2 of a banana chopped
  • toasted walnuts chopped
  • slivered almonds
  • chia seeds
  • goji berries
  • a small splash of almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup if you like it sweet

Mix everything together and enjoy!

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