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.