Friday, March 2, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
It's funny, when I have an amazing green concoction in my hand, people run screaming in the opposite direction. Ok, so sometimes they aren't very pleasing to the eye... or nose... but that's no reason to judge and run.
However, when I possess a rich, chocolatey potion... it's like flies to honey. Suddenly everyone wants a taste and demands to know what's in it.
Thanks to Navitas Naturals recipes and my newfound obsession with Maca, I was inspired to put my own spin on their Incan Warrior Hot Chocolate... mainly, that I like mine cold, milkshake style:
-8 oz either coconut milk, hemp milk, nut milk - or do a blend!
-1 heaping T. Cacao Powder
-1 heaping t. Maca
-1/2 t. Lucuma Powder
-handful of cashews or some avocado to thicken
-handful ice or frozen fruit of choice
Blend, enjoy, kick ass!
The Power of Maca
Maca has long been used to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue for good reasons. The root is a superb adaptogen, as it enables the body to more easily adapt to and regulate stress factors imposed upon it. Studies have also identified four alkaloids present in maca, which are known to nourish the endocrine system (the system in the body which is responsible for the production and maintenance of hormones). Maca root is a highly nutrient-dense whole food, as it is packed with vitamins, plant sterols, many essential minerals, amino acids and healthy fats. This is a particularly powerful and balanced food for athletes and those who are looking to combat stress or increase stamina.
The Power of Cacao
Cacao contains a naturally rich supply of antioxidants, and is also an excellent source of dietary fiber. In addition, cacao is known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, contains an impressively high iron content, and also possesses many other essential minerals in significant quantities.
The Power of Lucuma
Lucuma is considered a healthy alternative sweetener as it lends a sweet taste to recipes, but is very low in sugars. With naturally occurring beta-carotene, niacin, and iron, lucuma powder is a welcome antidote to notorious “empty calorie” sweeteners.
Have fun with this, get creative and share your ideas!