Maca is in the spotlight today in this next installment of my Superfoods 101 Series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.
If I had to label the current trendiest superfood, I would for sure say Maca. It started appearing on the wellness scene a few years ago and has quickly gained momentum as one of the "it" superfoods. Like Goji Berries, Maca has been around for thousands of years and was a staple in the diet of Inca warriors.
What is Maca?
Maca is the powdered form of Maca root. Maca is one of the most durable and resilient plants on earth. It can withstand intense sunlight as well as high winds, freezing temperatures and high altitude. Maca is part of the family of adaptogens, which have been garnering a lot of attention, especially as of late. An adaptogen is a type of plant that helps balance the body's hormones, reduce stress and anxiety in the body, and may help achieve equilibrium by supporting the endocrine system.
(The endocrine system is made up of glands throughout the body which release hormones. Various organs and tissues in the body respond to these hormones).
Maca is also known for its ability to fight fatigue and improve mental clarity by providing a smooth boost of energy without the jittery side effects of caffeine. Maca has even been considered a natural aphrodisiac!
The flavor of Maca is nutty, malty and sweet, and it can easily be added to smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods or granola bars. Maca contains fiber, plant-based protein, iron, calcium, potassium and essential fatty acids, all of which promote cardiovascular health and immunity.
Click here for the recipe to my irresistible Maca Almond Bliss Bites.