Wellness Wednesday: 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca For Maca

The Maca root is not something new and I touched upon it’s impressive benefits in an earlier post. To be honest I have only recently gotten into using it in my smoothies. When I discovered some of its amazing properties I wanted to spotlight it on MSF for those who are just jumping on the bandwagon and may want a little more info.

It originated in Peru and is part of the radish family although it is commonly ground into a powder and consumed as a supplement or mixed into smoothies. The benefits of this root have been celebrated by ancient civilizations in Peru and used both as a preventative and in remedies by many generations.

DSC_2526Below I’ve listed the top 5 benefits I found to be the most interesting and relevant to what we are looking for today.divider

Top 5 Reasons You’ll Go Maca for Maca

  1. Vitamins & Minerals– it is loaded with B vitamins, vitamin C & E, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, iron, zinc and much more
  2. Energy shot– known to increase energy and stamina, many have turned to maca for performance enhancement in sports and while working out
  3. Skincare– maca has been shown to help clear skin and irritations caused by acne or other germs
  4. Mood boost– (one of the most popular benefits) maca helps with mood, it can help those with anxiety, stress, or depression by balancing hormones
  5. Blood & heart health– the iron in maca helps restore red blood cells which helps with anemia or cardiovascular disease

dividerIf you’re looking for a way to incorporate Maca into your week I’ve got you covered. Below is a go-to smoothie I use because it is an efficient way to get my maca for the day and could not be more simple or tasty.

MSF Maca Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

½ c organic blueberries

½ c unsweetened almond milk (can sub any milk)

1 tsp maca powder

¼ tsp cinnamon

handful of ice or frozen banana

optional 1 TBL almond butter for a protein boost or 1 TBL honey if you want it sweet)

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth (add filtered water 1 tsp at a time for desired consistency). Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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I am off to do some meal prep since we got home late last night from our east coast adventure. Wishing you a productive day!

If you make any maca recipes please share and tag me on Instagram @mysimplyfit, I would love to see!

<3 Megan

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Megan! This was really great information. I am a texture person when it comes to food so I am glad to see it usually comes in a powder form. I am going to try this smoothie too! Who doesn’t love something that helps with keeping skin clean and fresh, and level out you mood. I have a friend that has been stressed lately with the overall ups and downs of a husband with stage 4 cancer, a 50 hour a week job and 3 kids under 5 so please know this article and your blog will be shared with my friend today! I look forward to seeing and feeling the results!

    1. I am so glad you came across this! I would also have your friend look into Ashwagandha, it’s been coming up a lot in many Ayurvedic healing techniques I’ve seen and it is supposed to help with stress and fatigue. I would love to hear how she’s doing so please keep me updated and let me know how you feel about the smoothie! Best wishes to you both <3

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