I’m on week two of waking up at 4:30 in the morning five days a week and it doesn’t suck as much as I expected. Now, it certainly isn’t something I would have chosen for myself, but there is a certain amount of accomplishment to realize at 11 am in the morning you’ve been up for almost 7 hours. The biggest issue is that I haven’t managed to get to bed much earlier, so the need for a nap hits me every other day. I’ve had some good days and some bad days and the good days have one thing in common, maca. I have tried a lot of superfoods but never have I noticed one that made such a definite change to my mood and sense of well-being. This smoothie or any smoothie with the addition of maca has become a necessity for me to thrive on my new early morning schedule. It gives me tons of sustained energy, clears my brain-fog and sets me up for a more productive and positive day.
Considered a natural energizer, hormone balancer, and aphrodisiac, maca is a complete protein containing the nine essential amino acids that the body can’t produce. It’s also a source of fiber, magnesium, and B, C, and E vitamins. Maca is an excellent source of vegan B12 which is necessary for energy production. It is also thought to assist the body in adapting to stress by counteracting the adverse effects of tension and anxiety. I am always somewhat skeptical when it seems a superfood claims to improve every function you can think of but personally I have found it to be an invaluable addition to my daily routine.
The base for this smoothie is frozen cauliflower and butternut squash. I know, it sounds disgusting and ridiculous, but we love it. It’s a great way to add bulk and nutrition without a ton of sugar and we start the day with a serving of vegetables checked off first thing. The butternut squash and maca adds a malty sweetness that pairs really well with chocolate. Lucuma powder is another superfood I’ve recently discovered that acts as a low-glycemic substitute for sugar that tastes similar to maple syrup. Full of antioxidants, B3 (niacin) in particular which is known to help with anxiety and depression. Niacin is difficult to find outside of meat products so lucuma is a great supplement to check out if you are vegan or vegetarian. If you can’t find or don’t want to add lucuma to the smoothie substitute 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup instead.
What are your favorite superfoods? I’d love to hear how you use them in the kitchen and If you make this energizing maca chocolate smoothie I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #scalingback on Instagram so I can see what you came up with! You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Snapchat (username: jeffers.tina)
- Add the cauliflower, butternut squash, dates, and almond milk to a blender. Top with the cacao, maca, lucuma, hemp seeds, cashew
butterand salt. Blend on high until smooth. To serve top with a drizzle of cashew butter and a sprinkle of hemp seeds and cacao nibs.