When I make food for my family it is important for me to ensure that they are getting a well balanced diet, and eating foods that will support their well-being and lead to them feeling healthy. That is why I find using Maca powder such a great addition to many recipes and because it is versatile I can use it many different ways.
Lets Look at The Benefits of Maca:
Firstly it is rich in the B vitamins which are the energy giving vitamins, and is especially rich in vitamin B 12 making it great for vegetarians who can be at risk of deficiency in this vitamin. It has all the essential amino acids which if you are not getting enough of can lead to serious health problems. Therefore adding maca to foods ensures that you are getting great nutrition to support your body.
Maca root is said to aid hormonal balance and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which are the most important glands of the body as they regulate the other glands, this is important for adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.
Maca is believed to work in such a way that it supports each person's body by balancing out any hormonal in-balances. Therefore it is an adaptogen so if you are producing to much or too little of a particular hormone maca has the ability to normalize your hormone levels. It is a great food to introduce to your diet especially if you have problems with PMS, menopause or hot flushes. It is also said to aid fertility and to boost men's libido.
Ways To Use Maca in Recipes
I find that Maca can be added to a wide variety of foods because it is so versatile. I love to add it to banana and goji berries smoothies but it can also work great in savory dishes. I think it works really well with avocado so will often add it to guacamole and I love it added to hummus.
Below is my favourite hummus recipe with Maca.
- 1 can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
- 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 teaspoons of maca
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Combine ingredients in food processor.
- Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until you get a smooth consistency.
- Put in your choice of dish to serve and make a well in the center of the hummus.
- Pour your olive oil into the well and sprinkle with black pepper or cayenne pepper.
- Tastes delicious served with sprouted bread or veggies sticks.
I find that Maca also works well with many sweet dishes, one of my favourites is this take on macaroons. What is great is that it doesn't require any cooking and it tastes delicious.
- 2 tablespoons of Maca Powder
- 1 cup pitted date soaked for 30 minutes
- 1/4 cup nut butter (peanut butter or cashew works well)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dessicated coconut (+ 1/4 cup for rolling)
- pinch sea salt
- Firstly drain dates setting aside the water, and place dates in food processor.
- Process until dates become like a puree.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture starts to stick together.
- You may need to add some of the date water to make the mixture more sticky.
- When desired consistency is reached (it need to stick together when rolled into balls) sprinkle your remaining dessicated coconut on a clean surface and roll mixture into balls and roll in your dessicated coconut.
- Then flatten with the palm of your hand into a flat circle (like a cookie) and voila.
They are best kept in the refrigerator. and a delicious after dinner treat or to have with a cup of tea.
So now there is no excuse not to add this superfood into your diet.