TRIED & TESTED | Maca powder


WE'RE ON a health kick over here. Can you tell? Yes, yes, all part of rehabilitating my dormant self-preservation habits, the ones that were lost while starting a business and, erm, living full-time in London because, well, it's London. There was too much going on to care about my abs. That said, I lived on a heavenly diet of fresh fruit and veg there (heavenly, peppery rocket everyday that's sadly not available over here. I dream about you, oh, London rocket...).

But, I am no longer there full time and practicing my version of pub culture does not sit well with America's sedentary lifestyle. When I had to walk 30 minutes to the pub, had a partly liquid dinner (coupled with some roasted veg) and then walk home again, well, that was alright, wasn't it? Kept me slim and social. There's no such thing in the U.S., so that half bottle of wine the husband I drink at night goes right to the widening hips. Or went to them, I should say. The buck stopped about a month ago, when I got off that wine-soaked arse, joined the gym, starting leaving the house during (gasp) daylight hours (the life of an American freelancer living outside of SF or NY is a decidedly anti-social, lonely one) and mixing a few magical ingredients into my food (which is, I'll have you know, mostly vegan this month (thank you for suggesting it, husband)). One of them being Maca Root. Why? Let me tell you...

It's a Peruvian root that has been used for donkeys' in South America because those lusty Latinos clearly need a group libido boost... As if. Maybe this is their secret! The most common benefit touted is the libido- and stamina-enhancing (I'm after the stamina bit for my new workout routine) effect. It's said to help increase your energy and supports your adrenal function, balances the endocrine system and is packed with phytonutrients, minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium...), vitamins (B, Linoleic and Oleic Acids) and 18 of the 20 amino acids we need to live.

No, I can't control for all the other variables in my life but after a smoothie with this stuff in the morning (and no extra caffeine) over the past two weeks, the daily need to crash and burn around 3pm has disappeared. Due to the Maca? the increase in sunshine? Hormones? I'm not entirely sure, but anything that packed with so much health-giving stuff and simultaneously gives me the sex drive (but not the morals) of Tiger Woods is fine by me. And it tastes like an un-sweetened malted, slightly earthy, starchy and great in smoothies. Speaking of: 

My morning smoothie recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups of ice
  • 1 cup of kefir (vanilla or other flavour... otherwise at a touch of something sweet)
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1/4 cup of milk or water
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of Maca powder
  • Chuck ice and liquids in the blender first and chop up for a minute. Then add sliced bananas and other bits (streaming in Maca slowly so it doesn't clump along the sides of the blender).

Friggin love it. It makes enough for me and the husband. Tweak as you see fit. My raw Maca powder comes from Navitas.

Get a leg up on life (and in the bed) with this stuff...