Smoothie bowls are a great way to get a healthy dose of vegetables, fruits and nuts. I love to top mine with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and even crushed corn thins or rice wafers. Not only does it look impressive, but this maca blueberry smoothie bowl will energise you for your day ahead.
This smoothie bowl contains maca powder, which comes from a plant root that belongs to the radish family. Maca grows in the Peruvian Andes and has long been used for its energy enhancing properties. It has a malted taste a bit like butterscotch and when mixed with berries in a smoothie I think it gives it a slight chocolatey taste.
Energy: Maca is rich in B vitamins, which can help boost your energy levels. It can help increase iron levels, aid against anemia and fatigue. If you are trying to avoid coffee try a maca smoothie instead to give you that boost.
Hormone balance: Maca may help to balance hormone levels, which can be beneficial to those who suffer from PMS, hormonal skin issues or those going through menopause.
Sexual function and fertility: Maca is noted for helping to boost fertility and libido in men and women. Traditionally it has been used to enhance sexual function and stamina. In men it is said to help improve the quality and quantity of sperm.
Note: It is not recommended to take maca while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, since it could affect your hormones it’s probably best to not take it while on the contraceptive pill. Always carry out your own research and consult your doctor to make sure this won’t interact with any ongoing medications you’re taking.
In the past I have taken maca powder for energy as I suffer from a blood disorder that gives me anemia. I started by taking a teaspoon with my breakfast everyday for a week then I increased it to two teaspoons each day for two weeks. After about 3 weeks I noticed an increase in energy. I also have polycystic ovaries and, after going off the pill, I found maca powder helped me with PMS and hormonal skin.
Like most alternative health supplements and superfoods, there is limited scientific evidence on maca’s health benefits, but personally I think there is something in traditional medicines and I think they can have a powerful effect on people.
It is recommended that if you are going to take any supplements like this that you should start off by eating a small amount. It is noted that you shouldn’t take maca powder continuously for a long period of time as your body can get used to it and the benefits you once felt might be reduced. People have noticed it is more beneficial to eat it every so often, say month-on month-off, to give your body a break and to make sure you don’t build up a resistance to it. You could also just use it as needed; over a few days for extra energy or if you are training for a sports event.
Maca powder can be bought at health / organic stores, Commonsense Organics stores sell their own brand in small pre-measured packets so you can choose the weight / price right for you.
Maca not for you?
Not a problem – for a Maca free smoothie you can just leave it out or substitute it for raw cacao powder for a hint of chocolate.