Maca root is an amazing superfood and adaptogenic herb, originating from Peru where it has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. One thing you might not know about Maca is that it is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, and is therefore related to broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.
Maca is most well-known, and well-used, for its ability to balance both women’s and men’s hormone levels, maintain energy and mood and support a healthy libido and reproductive function. Its ability to keep your energy sustained throughout the day makes this smoothie an excellent substitute for coffee, for those who are looking to cut back.
Here are some of the human studies that have used maca root:
Maca root reversed antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction in women
Maca improved depression and reduced blood pressure in postmenopausal women
Maca improved sexual function and desire in both women and men
Maca improved erectile dysfunction in men
Maca improved semen quality in healthy men
In addition to the maca root in this recipe, almonds, flaxseeds, and MCT oil provide necessary fats for healthy cellular function and added hormonal balance. It’s a delicious, nutritious way to start your day, using food as your hormone-balancing medicine.
Recipe adapted from Keto Diet App
|Hormone Balancing Almond and Maca Smoothie|
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 heaping tbsp. unsweetened almond butter
- 1 tbsp. MCT oil OR Brain Octane Oil OR extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. collagen powder
- 1 tbsp. flaxseed
- 2 tsp. maca root powder
- 1 pinch cinnamon (Optional)
- 3-5 drops stevia liquid (Optional)
- Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
I want to make this now to balance my hormones