Maca Nut Smoothie

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This might be a little too much information but I first made this smoothie while I was on my period and felt like my hormones needed a bit of calming support. 

Menstrual problems aside, this smoothie is great as an everyday snack, a post-workout drink or even as breakfast – or at least a pre-breakfast. Rich in proteins and healthy fats from the nuts and stamina-increasing due to the maca powder, this smoothie is a great start into the day!

This smoothie is essentially made with just five ingredients — banana, plant milk, nut butter, maca powder, and ground cinnamon which result in a creamy, nutty, almost malty flavour.

It contains about
11 g protein
20 g healthy fats
22 mg of vitamin C
5.6 mg of vitamin E
3 mg of iron
141 mg of magnesium
870 mg potassium
and 126 mg of calcium.


The Ingredients

Maca is considered a superfood for its ability to support healthy hormone balance, increased energy levels, and a healthy response to stress. It is rich in vitamins B, C + E and therefore has skin-clarifying properties.

Almonds are a great source for healthy wholesome fats as well as protein and fiber, magnesium,  copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), phosphorus, and vitamin E. Almonds are great for hair, skin (psoriasis), and dental health.

Cinnamon is a potent spice that has warming and antioxidant properties. As little as half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity and more. Cinnamon also contains manganese, calcium, iron, vitamin K, and other nutrients.

Bananas provide great amounts of potassium, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin C, and magnesium. They improve digestive health, also rank low to medium on the glycemic index, which is a measure of how quickly foods increase blood sugar levels.


MACA NUT SMOOTHIE

Preparation time: 5 mins
Main ingredients: maca powder, nut butter, banana
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients

1 cup (250ml) non-dairy milk (e.g. almond milk, in this case I used calcium fortified oat milk)
1 tbsp maca root powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 large banana, fresh or frozen
1 tbsp nut butter such as almond or peanut or even hazelnut butter (I used almond butter)

optional:
handful of nuts (e.g. almonds, walnuts...) for more protein and vitamin E
1 tsp flaxseed or chia seeds for more Omega-3 essential fatty acids
2 dates to sweeten

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, blend on high until ultra-smooth, and serve.

TIP: If you want to reduce the richness of this smoothie, simply substitute water for half or all of the plant milk.





Maisy

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