Macais root vegetable that is native to Peru in South America. It grows high in the Andes. Typically, the environment would not be suitable for a food plant due to its harsh winds and oxygen poor climate. However, the root vegetable thrives andis eatenthroughout Peru. Also known as ‘Peruvian ginseng’ it is believed to have many properties that are beneficial and contribute to our health. Some of the benefits it may have include: increased energy, better sexual function and it can balance our hormones.
The vegan and vegetarian friendly Maca Powderis rich in vitamins that include B1 and B2 and provides a whole host of benefits. For example B1 (thiamine) is needed by the human body to convert proteins, fat and carbohydrates into energy. B2 (riboflavin)is needed forenergy production and promotes metabolism. Maca Powder also contains potassium (which plays a role in a number of body functions), magnesium (keeps bones strong and blood pressure normal) and iron (which help to make red blood cells).
Maca Powder is versatile in the sense that it can be used in an assortment of food and drink. It can make a great addition to breakfast as it can be sprinkled on to muesli or porridge. It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what is a better way than starting the day with good energy levels? For those who love smoothies, mixing in the powder will add a boast to the endless varieties of smoothies you could make.
You can also add it to soups, salads and baked goods.
The powder can be added to cold or hot beverages. Used within hot chocolates, water and juices, it shows that the flavour of maca (a malt flavour) is adaptable to the food and drink people may typically have on a daily basis. With all of the aforementioned, 1-2 teaspoons is sufficient to use which shows that a little goes a long way.