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4 Easy Maca Recipes To Help De-Stress Your Life

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Just when you thought you tried all the superfood trends, along comes maca to supercharge your healthy lifestyle. But, for those of us that have never heard of it, what exactly is maca?

Maca powder comes from the root of a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes Mountains which is believed to increase energy levels, boost fertility and help balance hormones. It's part of a group of plants and herbs called adaptogens, which are known to support the body's adrenal system. Basically, maca will have you feeling so relaxed and focused that you're going to wish you knew about it sooner.

The best part about maca is that you can incorporate it into any type of recipe - sweet or savory. Read on to see four easy ways you can incorporate this healthy supplement into your diet.

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Maca Power Balls

These little bites are so easy to make, and are the perfect on-the-go healthy snack that will leave you feeling satisfied. If you love chocolate and peanut butter, then you absolutely need to give these a try!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp maca powder
  • 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl add all your ingredients and mix well.
  2. Once ingredients are incorporated, take tablespoon amounts of the mixture and form into balls.
  3. Place the balls on a parchment lined sheet and chill in the fridge for 30 min before enjoying.

Green Maca Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is going to seriously upgrade your breakfast routine! Not only is it delicious, but it's quick and easy to make and will leave you feeling full and ready to take on the day. For an on-the-go breakfast simply place it in a mason jar (or whatever you prefer) and eat it wherever life takes you.

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Ingredients

  • Ice (approx. 1 cup)
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • Chia seeds (optional)
  • Shredded coconut (optional)
  • Raspberries (optional)

Directions

  1. Place the ice, banana, almond milk, avocado, spinach, maca powder and honey in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a bowl and top with chia seeds, shredded coconut and fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Maca Blondies

This delicious and healthy dessert isn't going to leave you disappointed. Not only does it have a good helping of chocolate (my favorite!) but it has all the healing properties that go along with maca so you can feel good about indulging.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup maca powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 15 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Put the cashews and almonds in a food processor and pulse until they're chopped.
  2. Add the maca powder, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, dates and 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the food processor and blend until ingredients forms a dough-like consistency. If the mixture is too dry add 1-2 tsp water.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 8 x 8 baking dish and press down into the pan so that it's firmly packed.
  4. Sprinkle the rest of your chocolate chips over top and press them into the mixture. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Once chilled, remove and cut into squares and enjoy!

Sweet Potato & Maca Soup

This soup is a warm, comforting bowl of deliciousness! It's the perfect meal to make to warm you up on a chilly day. You can blend it like we did, or keep it chunkier if you want some more texture.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 lb sweet potato, grated
  • 2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup almond butter

Directions

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add in the onions and cook until softened.
  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coriander and cumin. Stir.
  3. Next add the sweet potato, maca powder, vegetable broth and almond butter. Stir and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender to blend your soup to the consistency you like.
  5. Top with cilantro and enjoy!

Check out our video below that shows you step by step how to make each of these delicious maca recipes.

Which one will you try first?

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