Superfood Sunday: Maca

By Jayne Robinson

What is Maca? And is it really a superfood?

Happy Sunday everybody! Each week we’ll be decoding one superfood, explain its benefits and what all the hype is about! To note, while ‘superfoods’ may be touted for their well, super powers, slamming down a Big Mac with a sprinkle in the morning isn’t going to cut it. Equally, we’re not proclaiming that said super foods will cure your ailments overnight. They should be incorporated as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet. Today we’ll be talking about Maca and giving you some professional advice from our in-house nutritionist, Libby Limon.

Maca is a root that has been grown in the Peruvian mountains and is known as Peruvian Ginseng. So what exactly does Maca do? “Maca is great naturally high source of B vitamins and iron so perfect for supporting energy production from the ground up.” Maca was used for over 2000 years in Peru by Inca warriors before going into battle for endurance, energy and strength. “It is often referred to as an adaptogen, which also helps regulate stress and sexual hormones.” It is also said to boost sexual desire in both men and women and support your immune system.

Instead of reaching for your morning caffeine fix, you can add maca to your porridge or smoothie for a boost of energy without a caffeine hit. 10-15g per day should do it, but do note that it needs to be consumed part of a varied diet as it doesn’t work in isolation with an otherwise nutrient hollow one.

To get you started, here’s a deliciously creamy Organic Burst Maca Porridge recipe from Deliciously Ella. Maca has a slight caramely taste to it so blends in well with other foods without you tasting something nasty after each spoonful.

Organic Burst Maca Porridge

  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1/3 cup of oats
  • 1 banana
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Organic Burst Maca powder
  1. Place the oats, boiling water and coconut milk in a saucepan and allow them to heat for a couple of minutes until the liquid has almost been absorbed. At this point slice up the banana and stir it into the mix. A minute or so later, stir in the coconut oil and almond butter, followed by the maca and serve.

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