This time last year if you had asked me if I knew what Maca was I would wonder whether we were talking about a person, place or thing. So let me break it down a bit before we jump in. Maca is an ugly looking root originally from Peru. It’s sold mainly in Health Food Shops and comes as a dried powder in baggies for about €10.
As per the title we’re talking about a super food here, however in my books this stuff is more than a super food- this stuff is magic.
The great thing about Maca is that it works with the needs of your body. So for some it can decrease stress levels, others it can be used to enhance stamina, energy and endurance and for some it can be used to help with their fertility.
The reason I love it though is the effects it has on our hormones. Maca works with the body to stabilise any hormone that is out of wack. So if you are struggling with general PMS, feeling anxious, irritable, low, experiencing irregular or painful periods there’s a strong possibility your hormones aren’t operating as they should and could do with a little helping hand. That’s where Maca comes in.
Because of it’s lovely malty flavour I normally add mine to smoothies or use it when doing some raw cooking. Here’s two of my favourite Maca recipes:
1. Natasha’s Raw Living Food Energiser Smoothie: Throw all off the following into a smoothie maker or blender:
- ¼ pineapples
- 2 oranges peeled
- ½ organic lemon whole (yup, throw the rind in too!)
- 1tsp maca
- 1 cup coconut water