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Oatmeal cups mixed with Navitas Organics Maca Powder, topped with fresh blueberries
November 10, 2021

4 Easy Ways to Use Maca Powder

We've seen the popularity of adaptogen-rich maca growing exponentially over the years. Here are four ways to get creative with this powerful superfood.

By: Julie Morris, Superfood Chef & Luminberry Founder

Why Maca?

Maca powder is derived from the maca root (lepidium meyenii), a revered plant in the Andes Mountain region of South America. It has been consumed for centuries and valued for its health benefits. This guide will explore innovative ways to include organic maca powder in your daily routine, exploring the versatility and benefits of this ancient superfood.

Maca root powder is more than just a plant-based food; it's a nutritional powerhouse. Known as Peruvian ginseng, it's packed with amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Our organic maca powder is sourced directly from the Peruvian Andes, ensuring you're getting a product that's not only potent but also sustainable and ethical.

Creative Maca Recipes

We've seen the popularity of adaptogen-rich maca growing exponentially over the years—with everyone from casual health enthusiasts to professional athletes raving about its energizing benefits. We’ve seen it added into adaptogen powders, superfood blends and plant-based power snacks. But beyond adding a scoop to smoothies, can maca powder be used in general, day-to-day cooking? The answer is an unequivocal yes! Here are four ways to get creative with this powerful superfood.

1. Warm Maca-Infused Drinks

Even though maca is often used in frosty, blended smoothies, its flavor is even more desirable when served warm. Heat seems to tone down some of maca’s radish-like undertones and help its butterscotch notes shine through. Maca tastes best in drinks that have added milk or cream, so try it mixed into hot chocolate, a cozy latte, or even simply warm milk! Start your day with a maca latte or maca coffee, blending gelatinized maca powder with your milk of choice and a touch of maple syrup for a combination that offers a morning energy boost without the crash associated with caffeine. This simple recipe enriches the flavor and complements the nutty taste of maca, making your breakfast beverage not only nutritious, but also deliciously warming.

Maca latte recipe

Bonus: Meal Replacement Shakes

For a quick and nutritious meal replacement, blend maca powder with almond milk, peanut butter, banana, and a dash of maple syrup. This shake is a delicious and easy way to obtain maca powder benefits.

2. Add Maca to Soups for a Nutritious Twist

Just because maca has a slight sweetness, doesn’t mean it has to be reserved solely for sweet recipes. Maca is a root, and like most vegetables, goes rather nicely with ingredients of its own kind. If you’re making soups with a lot of root vegetables like carrots, parsnips or even tubers like sweet potatoes or yams, add in a little maca powder. (Pro tip: a tablespoon will usually do the trick without being overpowering. It’s best in blended soups).

3. Baked Goods with a Twist

Maca powder looks like a flour and can certainly act like one, too (in small quantities)! Incorporate maca root powder into your baked goods recipes by removing 1-2 tablespoons of flour from your next batch of cookies, brownies or bread and swap in an equal amount of maca for an extra nutritional boost. Maca powder can be added to muffins, homemade nut butter cookies and more, enhancing the health benefits of your favorite treats. The heat of baking won’t affect maca’s nutrition and you’ll gain a subtle nutty-caramel flavor, too.

Maca cinnamon date muffins recipe

Bonus: No-bake Energy-Packed Snacks

Our go-to maca recipes for energizing, on-the-go snacks include energy balls or energy bars made from maca powder, cacao powder, almond butter, chia seeds, and maple syrup. These snacks are perfect for energy support throughout the day. Maca can take your breakfast from ordinary to extraordinary!

4. Boosting Breakfast with Maca

Between its energizing qualities and warming taste, maca is an ideal ingredient to up your breakfast game. Stir into oatmeal or warm savory porridges; mix into your favorite nut milk; or whisk into a batch of pancakes or waffles.

Maca cinnamon oatmeal recipe

Health Benefits of Maca

Boosting Energy and Stamina

Maca is renowned for its ability to enhance stamina and energy. It's an excellent superfood for athletes and anyone looking to boost their energy levels without the jittery effects of caffeine.

Supporting Hormonal Balance

The health benefits of maca root powder include supporting natural hormone balance. This can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing energy dips due to hormonal fluctuations.

Introduce Maca into Your Routine with Navitas Organics Maca Powder

Maca root powder offers a unique blend of health benefits, nutritional value, and versatility in meal preparation. Whether you're looking to enhance your energy levels, support hormonal balance, or simply add a nutritional boost to your diet, organic maca powder is an excellent choice. Explore creative maca recipes, from maca lattes to meal replacement shakes, and discover the potent benefits of this ancient Peruvian ginseng.

Hungry for more maca-filled recipes? Click HERE to browse some of our favorites!

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