Spiced Tropical Fruit Superfood Smoothie

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Stop what you are doing. Right now. Go make this smoothie. Seriously. I love the flavour of the cardamom with the mango, and orange. Not to mention the creaminess that the hemp seeds bring.

Are you wondering what maca is? I didn’t know about it either until about two years ago when I read the Thrive by Brendan Brazier. That was the book that really got me into whole food plant based eating. I discovered a whole bunch of delicious foods thanks to Brendan.

What is Maca?

A root native to the Peruvian Andes, that has become a popular “superfood” and supplement among raw-foodists, vegans, and health foodies. It is said to increase energy, improve mood and even boost libido among other things.

“Maca is a traditional staple superfood-food-herb from the harsh cold climates of the high Andes in Peru that has been used for thousands of years. Maca grows at an elevation of 11,000-14,000 feet, making it likely the highest altitude food-herb crop in the world” (Be Well Buzz)

Potential Health Benefits of Maca (From Young and Raw)

• balances mood
• strengthens the skin
• increases energy
• increases libido and fertility
• better sleep
• helps your body adapt to stress
• increases memory and brain power
• anti-aging properties
• anti-acne properties
• increases endurance and stamina
• reduces symptoms of PMS and menopause
• helps to reduce aches and pains
• strengthens hair and reduces hair loss

How To Use Maca and How Much?

Maca is a powerful food and you don’t want to take too much. There is definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing. 1 teaspoon a day should do,max 2. I don’t use it everyday but if you do I recommend taking a day off a week, or take a whole week off if you take it for a few weeks straight.

I love to use it in smoothies like this orange hemp maca smoothie or this maca hemp protein shake.

If you live in the U.S. you can find maca on Amazon at a great price.

Spiced Tropical Fruit Superfood Smoothie

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1 banana
1 ataulfo mango, peeled and pitted
1 orange, peeled
1/2 cup hemp seeds
2 teaspoons maca
1 1/2 cups hemp milk
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

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Combine ingredients in an upright blender and blend until smoothie. Either add ice cubes or let the smoothie sit in the fridge for 30 mins until cold.

Makes 3 cups

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