What’s In Your Smoothie? Maca and Spirulina

Two foods that I have been adding into my green smoothies are Maca Powder and Spirulina Powder

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I received a bunch of emails asking what both of these super foods do, so I am here to explain.

Maca

Navitas Raw Maca Root Powder one of the secret ingredients in my fertility smoothie .... keep reading to find out the other goodies I use

Maca is a root vegetable that grows in the Andes mountains of Peru, and it has been used by Peruvians for centuries to aid in health, vitality…and libido.

Some benefits include;

  • Increases energy, endurance and stamina
  • Fights fatigue
  • Improves sexual function in men and women
  • Enhances fertility and libido
  • Aids in regulating menstrual cycles
  • Reduces and regulates hormonal imbalances and dysfunction (including during menopause)
  • Alleviates depression by gives a sense of well being
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Helps improve the circulatory system
  • Speeds up healing of wounds
  • Reduces anemia
  • Enhances memory, learning, and mental ability
  • Provides skin with a more youthful appearance (glow) and aids in acne (good additive to facial scrubs and masks)
  • Helps treat anemia and other diseases
  • Aids in healthy teeth and bones
  • It is a fungistatic,bacteriostatic and antioxidant
  • Helps to build muscle

Maca comes in powder form and pill form, and my favorite way to use it is in my green smoothies. It has a nutty flavor, but is not a taste that is very appealing. I like to mask it by adding frozen banana, strawberries, or a small granny smith apple.

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1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 handful of frozen strawberries
1 tsp Maca Powder
about 1/2 inch of ginger
1 Scoop vanilla Sunwarrior protein
a dash of cinnamon
2 cups of water.

Blend and enjoy

Next up..

Spirulina

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Do not let the color fool you.

Spirulina is natural blue-green algae found in high alkaline ponds and bodies of warm water in Africa and Central America. Ancient Aztecs used to skim Spirulina algae from the surface of lakes and use it for its powerful nutrient source and other amazing benefits.

It is made up of 60% protein, packed with all 8 essential amino acids, and full of Omega 3’s, B Vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. In fact, only 3 grams of Spirulina has the same about of enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients as 5 servings of vegetables. It also has the highest levels of natural beta-carotene.

No more orange skin from overdosing on carrots! Hello plant power!

Health benefits of Spirulina include;

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • High in Omega-3s, 6 and 9
  • Helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system due to its chlorophyll content.
  • High in iron, which is great for those who are pregnant and anemic. It WILL NOT cause constipation
  • Very high in calcium, which is great for children, elderly, and during pregnancy
  • Helps with allergies and allergic reactions
  • Aids in fat burning during exercise
  • Packed with many other nutrients such as: vitamin B-1, 2, 3, 6 and 9, vitamin C,D, A and E, potassium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, and zinc.

Powerhouse.

I literally feel a buzz of energy whenever I consume it

I won’t lie and tell you that Spirulina tastes good, but once mixed into a smoothie, you won’t taste a thing! You can also take it in pill form, but I recommend the powder for easier absorption.

What makes Maca and Spirulina so amazing for our body is the fact that they are both FOOD, and not foreign substances (aka crazy colored pre-workout drinks and chemical filled supplements) 

Our body knows how to digest and use Maca and Spirulina for exactly what they are meant to do.

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1 cup kale
1 cup spinach
1 small granny smith apple
1/2 inch of ginger
1 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 scoop Sunwarrior protein
2 cups of water

Blend and enjoy!

Both Maca and Spirulina are amazing additions to your green smoothies. You will feel energized, focused, and ready to tackle the day. I can vouch for that since it has been almost 2 months since my last cup of coffee!

Be sure to check with your doctor before consuming these foods, and always buy Organic. Maca powder is perfect for mixing into baked goods, and Spirulina gives any smoothie or juice an extra dose of nutrients.

Green superfood smoothie. Maca, goji berries, hemp powder, chia seeds, spirulina, turmeric, celery, kale, spinach, broccoli, pineapple, raspberries, raw almonds, coconut milk, water and ice! Enjoy!

You can find both items online, (use my code VOZ131 at iherb.com for $5.00 off of your first purchase) or at your local health food store.

Delivery!

Hi!

I finally have a second to sit down and blog!

Between work, teaching spin, planning a wedding, and living life in general, it has been hard to find time to write a post.

But that’s what Instagram is for right?..right?

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When I go missing for a few days, just know that you can always find me there Smile

IG name: JENAMAR1E

SO, even though this week has been hectic, it has also been packed with all sorts of deliveries!

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peanut flour, sunflower seed butter, and a sample of Amazing Meal from iherb.com

use my code VOZ131 for $5.00 of your first purchase of $40 or more

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The generous people over at Chobani sent me some new flavors to try, Banana 2%, Pear 0%, Chobani Bite Fig with Orange Zest, and Chobani Bite Coffee with Dark Chocolate Chips! I will do a recap on them very soon!

They also sent over a complimentary spoon, which I love!

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My Sunwarrior protein also arrived, which was perfect since I was down to my last scoop!

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But of all the deliveries that I received the week, the best one by far was the birth of my brand new niece named Sofia, who arrived on 1/31/2113.

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My family keeps on expanding, and I am loving every minute of it!

xoxo

Chicken and Cabbage Vegetable Soup

I have a cough.

I can’t stop sneezing.

And the only cure for my sickness is currently cooking away in the crock pot.

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Find out it is what at the end of this post Smile

So..Hot & Sweet Mustard is back in my pantry, and I’ve been putting it on anything, and everything, that I can.

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wild arugula, chopped sweet potato, kumato tomatoes and shredded chicken

But if you’re not a fan of mustard, or do not have a Trader Joe’s in your area, I also have another dressing that’s every peanut lovers dream.

2 tbsp. Peanut Flour + 1/3 of Water: Mix to desired consistency, and drizzle over your salad, stir fry, or even your Sunday morning pancakes.

spinach,baby carrots, broccoli and egg white scramble, topped with peanut flour dressing and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a hint of sweetness.

This dressing resembles the peanut sauce that you find at Japanese restaurants, which Matt and I went to this weekend to tackle our Sushi craving head on.

Salmon Maki and Tekka (tuna) Maki with brown rice and extra ginger

Luckily, Matt doesn’t like ginger, so I got it all to myself Smile

(You can find peanut flour and other healthy items at @ iHerb. Use my promo code, VOZ131, to receive $10.00 off of your first purchase of $40 or more, or $5.00 off your purchase of less than $40!!)

Go quick!

OK, as promised, here is my crock pot recipe for Chicken and Cabbage Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Low Sodium, Fat Free Chicken Broth, or Vegetable Broth. (I used vegetable) Add more broth, or water if needed
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 chopped carrots
  • 1 cup peas ( I used frozen)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups purple (or green) cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 3 uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1-1.5lbs)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp parsley
  • shake of red pepper flakes

Directions.

  • Add all of the ingredients into a crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 5-6 hours.
  • Once the chicken appears cooked, remove it from the soup and let it cool slightly before shredding it with a fork.
  • Add shredded chicken back to soup and heat for remaining time.

And while you wait for it to be ready, snack on this Smile

Greek yogurt, honey crisp apple, ground flax and cinnamon.

Or try a slice of my Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

Dinner is looking good tonight.