The Magic of Maca

Health & Wellness, Nutrition

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In previous blogs, we’ve covered several “M” superfoods such as Moringa, Matcha and Maté so why not add Maca?  This radish relative is native to Peru and has been used as a staple in Peruvian dishes for decades.    More recently, a number of heart protective properties have been uncovered.  They include powerful antioxidant effects and reductions in blood levels of glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides.

Maca has also been long known to be an aphrodisiac with as little as 3 grams producing a desirable effect.  Unless you live in Peru, I recommend purchasing organic raw maca in powder form.  Just 1 teaspoon of Maca contains 5 grams to uplift mood, spirits and libido.

Check out our Maca Date Shake recipe shown below:

What you need: 1.5 teaspoons raw organic maca powder, 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 2 Medjool dates (chopped), 1/2 cup raw almonds or cashews, 1 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup goji berries, 1 tablespoon honey.

What you do: In a blender, combine all ingredients on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately as a single serving (or split into 2 servings).  This heart healthy shake is enriched in protein (26 grams) and fiber (18 grams) and low in saturated fat (4 grams).

Michael Miller, MD is Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland USA.  His book, “Heal Your Heart: The Positive Emotions Prescription to Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease” contains 100 heart healthy, award winning recipes.

 

 

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