adaptogen

Cacao Maca Latte Recipe

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After a few unseasonably bright and sunny spring like days, today has been a little bit misty and rainy. On days like this, I love nothing more than to fix myself a hot beverage and even better if it’s got a couple of adaptogens in it. I chose to put some maca I had to good use and thought that cacao too would be a good addition.  The benefits of maca I have blogged about before here and is a great hormonal balancing adaptogen. Below is a simple recipe for a cacao maca latte, that isn’t only hormone balancing but warm and delicious too thanks to the addition of maca that has a caramel taste  and cacao which is such a treat and has some good healing properties too.

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp maca root powder

1 tsp cacao powder (or 1 cup of cacao flavoured plant milk)

1/2 tsp coconut sugar (optional to taste)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup plant based milk

METHOD

Place all the dry ingredients into a saucepan

Add 1 cup of plant based milk (or cacao flavoured milk if not using cacao powder)

Warm the mixture on a gentle heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the resulting mixture to a mug

Enjoy!

~E xx

 

 

Marvellous Maca And Some Benefits Of Taking It.

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For a while despite all the signs around me showing me the benefits of taking Maca powder, I had somehow managed to avoid including it into my diet until recently. I decided to take a closer look at this wonderful adaptogen (see my post on Adaptogens here). What exactly is Maca? Well it is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as cabbage and broccoli that grows in the Andes mountains at very high altitudes in Peru and has traditionally been used by Peruvians and their Incan ancestors for centuries. Some of the benefits of taking Maca root powder are:

  • Increases Energy: It boosts energy levels without causing stress on the adrenal glands like coffee can.

  • Boosts Fertility: Black maca variety has been shown to improve sperm count in men and the red maca variety balances female hormones and ovulation cycles.

  • Reduces depression and anxiety: It helps to boost the mood and relieve symptoms of anxiety.

  • Enhances mental clarity: Black maca has a positive effect on learning and memory.

  • Improves muscle gain: Athletes and body builders are using maca to increase their athletic performance.

  • Regulates hormone balance: Its vast amount of amino acids are the building blocks of hormones.

These are just some of the amazing benefits of taking maca including but not limited to ; Improving acne, skin tone, thyroid function, strong bones and teeth and hair growth. I intend to keep using maca and documenting my successes with it as I go along, although I am already seeing results in terms of balancing my hormones in that my girl time of the month is significantly lighter and shorter. This is a huge bonus for me as well as giving me the extra energy boost that I need to complete my workouts in the gym.

Have you used Maca powder?

~Eme xx