Recently I realized that I just couldn't remember the last time I'd woken up feeling completely rested.
Chalk it up to my genetic disorder, or working from home, or making everything from scratch, or raising and homeschooling my five young children…
My lack of energy could have been caused by a number of things; all I know is that I wanted to feel better.
Maca is a plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes. It is known and used for its root, which improves mood, balances hormones, increases energy, and acts as an adaptogen.
I'd heard of it before and even talked about it with a friend, so when I found a bag of raw organic maca on sale at my local co-op, I decided to give it a try. You can learn more about maca here or by listening to Wardee's podcast!
I experimented with it by putting it in all my drinks, as long as they weren't too hot, since I didn't want to destroy any of its raw properties. It adds a very enjoyable, almost nutty taste to beverages.
My energy now?
Extended instead of sporadic!
I can handle much more household crises (shoes all over the floor, the dog eating cat food because she hasn't been fed, our adopted stray kitty making a bed on my clean dress laid out for church) before blowing a gasket. 😉
This is my moment of quiet — when ice is forming on the bare branches outside our window, when the fire is soaring, the little ones are napping, my big ones are busy with school, and my hubby is working in the office. I treat myself, and often my husband, to a black and white maca mocha. I hope you enjoy it too.
Here is one of the hot drinks that get my day going with maca!
Looking For Maca?
You'll want to seek out high-quality organic maca that's as fresh as possible, and packaged to preserve nutritional quality.
At Traditional Cooking School, we've investigated maca sources, and we're really excited about The Maca Team‘s maca because it's “beyond organic”. Their Peruvian farms (with farmers paid fair wages) follow traditional agricultural methods such as giving the land rest and using natural fertilization methods. This is good for the land and great for the food that's grown on it.
Also, their maca is fresh! They process and sell small batches from only the current year's harvest, so you receive it with a few months of it being harvested. (As opposed to larger producers who move it in huge shipping containers, where your maca could be sitting around for 2 years before you actually get it to eat it.)
Finally, their raw maca isn't heated above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore preserving the enzymes and nutrients. (They have a pre-cooked gelatinized maca for those with a sensitive stomach.) Then it's packaged in foil-lined double-sealed opaque bags or sealed amber jars to ensure that the maca's potency isn't reduced by light, humidity, or oxygen.
The Maca Team‘s maca is simply premium quality, and we can tell by how much better we feel when using this maca than other brands.
Black and White Maca Mocha
- 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa butter
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon raw maca powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 cup coffee (or this awesome herbal coffee!)
- 1 cup milk (raw or dairy-free)
Brew 1 cup of strong coffee. (We use a French press and love it!) Combine milk and coffee in a saucepan and warm until steaming but not boiling. Add cocoa butter, cocoa powder, honey, maca, and coconut oil to a wide-mouth quart-sized jar. Add warmed coffee and milk mixture to jar. Blend with an immersion blender for 10 to 15 seconds, or whisk briskly for 30 seconds. Pour flavored coffee into mugs and add fresh raw cream or more honey if you would like. Enjoy!
Maca has found a permanent place in my health routine for now. I feel so much better when I consume it at least three to four times a week.
No, it is not the cure-all — prayer, sleep, and devoting each day unto the Lord go a long way, too.
How do you incorporate maca into your food or drinks? Do you have any favorite maca recipes to share?
P.S. This Maca Mocha contains coffee, but you can make this recipe without caffeine by substituting herbal coffee!
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