Sunday, October 16, 2011

Miracle Maca

In my search for relief from crazy hormones, I completely forgot about a potential sanity-saving product I have right here in my pantry: My Peruvian Maca powder, which has been languishing up the back of the shelves, behind the bottle of apple juice concentrate that I bought for some recipe I haven't got around to making, and that bag full of weird-looking dried Chinese mushrooms that I swear have been there for at least five years.

Yes, Sara, I know you reminded me about it but hey, my memory is a bit crap at the moment. Well, a lot crap, really.

In case you're in the dark, Maca is one of those super foods that has more benefits than you can poke a stick at. From the Sana Direct website:

The benefits of Maca have also been subjected to modern-day scientific scrutiny, with studies focusing on the balancing and stimulating action of endogenous maca akaloids on the endocrine system - including the sex glands, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands - and on the usefulness of Maca as a natural treatment for the sometimes uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.


Ha. "Uncomfortable". Yeah, that describes it...

The problem is, Maca has a bit of a funky taste that takes a bit of getting used to. I could add it to smoothies, but I don't really do smoothies. Not often, anyway. In general, I prefer solid food to any kind of calorie-laden drink, because I find that I just get hungry again way too quickly. Besides, I can't make smoothies and shakes at work.

I'm going to chuck some into a frozen banana/yoghurt concoction this afternoon, which I know works well. But I'm open to any other recipe ideas. Apart from shakes and smoothies... The internet hasn't been very helpful so far, so if anyone has a GREAT recipe idea, hit me up in the comments. Please?


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8 comments:

Sara said...

True it DOES have a strong taste. That is due to the particular maca compounds - they have some name like 'maca-sides'. I used to hate it, but now I really almost like it. I can even mix it into my oats and it's ok. I think it's just 'unusual' and your brain tends to first translate that to 'yuck'.

Kek said...

Oh, I've already moved past the "yuck" stage. I'm absolutely certain that I'll learn to love it. Or at least like it...

I don't DISlike it, so that's a start. It's just finding things to add it to that fit with my style of eating. It worked fine in the frozen banana "ice cream". I might even give the oats a try tomorrow.

kathrynoh said...

Can you use it in baking for stuff like brownies and muffins?

Kek said...

You mean like "special" brownies, Kathryn? *wink*

Funny you should mention that... Bike Boy found me a recipe for maca zucchini bread earlier today and I'm going to have a go at something not-quite-similar (because I have zero zucchinis), using the ingredients I have on hand.

I'll report back.

The Stark's said...

There's a choc cake recipe using maca here http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/raw-food-diet-recipe.html

or i'm sure some of the raw chocolate i've eaten has had maca in it.

Kek said...

Thanks Shelley. I just made choc brownies...waiting for them to finish cooking. I'll store this link for another option though. The less fuss, the better. :)

Anonymous said...

I will look forward to seeing what you find that works. I had a good giggle though about the "E* dysfunction" add at the bottom of your feed - talk about keying off the wrong word....

Kek said...

Oops, sorry about that Anon! LOL, I haven't seen that one. I've banned all such ads on my blogs, but you get zero control in RSS feed ads, unfortunately.

I'll keep you posted.

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