Monday, July 12, 2010

Excellent Energizer

Mondays can be rough. I for one had nothing to drink last night and still felt the morning came too soon today. Despite a mere two days off, our routine seems out of whack on Mondays along with everything else. Monday involves hitting the reset button for our brains, for our bodies and for our eating.

As you may know from reading this blog, I am somewhat smoothie obsessed. Our blender gets a lot of use. I love summer fruit but also love the idea of lopping many healthy ingredients into a couple of cups. One of these ingredients is maca. Maca is a root from South America. It is said to resemble a turnip but I haven’t ever seen it whole. I buy it in powder form from a fantastic company called Navitas Naturals.

Some of you single or sex-crazed folks may know Maca has alleged libido boosting properties. It is also widely used for both menopausal and PMS symptom. Mostly, maca is used by athletes and non athletes to combat fatigue throughout the day. It has a malty or butterscotch flavor. You can add 1 teaspoon maca to smoothies, yogurt or batter (such as pancake powder). So have a maca Monday and let me know what you think.
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  1. 2 smoothie questions:
    What blender do you recommend for smoothies?
    Do you have a website or cookbook to recommend for smoothie recipes? We've been kind of winging it.

  2. I was excited to hear about Maca and its many benefits, and couldn't wait to get to my local market to get some. Upstairs in the organics i was searching to no avail so I asked the little mexican man stocking the shelves if he could point me in the direction of the maca. Well, his face completely lit up, he started winking at me and telling me to "ejnoy the powder"...I think the benefits to the libido are pretty well known across cultures! It will definitely be in my smoothie in the morning :o)

  3. I love Maca! I add it to my morning protein shakes!