Maca is a healing food that dates back centuries. Originating in Peru, it's a root vegetable that the Peruvians still use in their diet today. Maca is most often used for stress relief, hormone balancing, and increasing energy levels.
Sadly, like many superfoods, as soon as the properties were considered marketable, large companies found a way to mass produce, bottle, store, and sell maca. This means that the maca you find on store shelves may no longer have the qualities needed to actually see results—not to mention they are most likely full of pesticides and bulked up with fillers.
Through personal experience and research, I've found organic gelatinized maca to be the best preparation. Raw maca can be difficult to digest and process, but you are welcome to give it a go and determine what is best for your body.
Dosage can vary depending on your body's needs and or sensitivities. If you feel the affects of caffeine or sugar quickly like me, I recommend starting with a small dosage, like 1 tsp a day. Maca can jump start your adrenals and provide incredible energy, but at times it can be too much if you are easily energized. For those that require larger dosages to see an effect, make sure you stick with one dosage for a few weeks before increasing. Good health takes time. Personally, I enjoy mixing maca into my routine on more of a weekly basis, instead of daily. I'll typically have 3/4 tbsp once or twice a week.
There are many ways to enjoy maca. If you're bold, it can be taken straight with water, but for most it's usually best to add it to a colorful smoothie or a toasty homemade latte. Below you'll find a simple recipe to get you started. It's one of my favorite ways to enjoy maca—a vanilla almond milk maca latte! Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions.
+ 1/2 a dropper of Vanilla Creme Stevia, liquid
+ 1-2 cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Califia Almond Milk
+ dash of Organic Cinnamon
+ 1 tsp - 1tbsp of Gelatinized Maca Powder
+ spoonful of Virgin Cold-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil, optional
Pour almond milk into a milk frother or a saucepot to heat. Add stevia, maca powder, and as much cinnamon as you would like. If you want a hardier drink that will slow down your body's reception of the maca energy, then add the spoonful of coconut oil. To create foam, use the foam attachment on the frother or, if you're using a saucepot, manually whisk the milk as it heats up. Once it reaches the temperature you prefer, pour into a lovely mug, find a cozy spot, and sip away!
À votre santé!