Maca was one of the very first superfoods I tried oh-so many years ago. And even throughout all of these “oh-so many” years, with countless superfoods making their way into the kitchen, maca still remains one of my favorites. That's because just like we discussed in our post last week, maca is a powerful adaptogen, meaning it offers your body an energizing boost without being a stimulant. (Remember, adaptogens will always help you feel better by building your body, and not tearing it down, like caffeine.) It's not that a well-made cup of joe or a nice mug of tea has no place in life, rather they just shouldn't be a habit, or even moreso, a “need.” Which is why a maca latte can really come in and save the day.
Maca offers an exceptionally energizing boost by helping balance your endocrine system – and in particular your adrenal glands – making sure your hormones are functioning well, and enabling you to better handle and recover from stress. I really enjoy maca's unique malty flavor too, which is excellent in smoothies, snacks, and desserts, but feels especially potent once warmed up. Try this maca latte for yourself, and experience one of the most ancient “power foods.”
This quick, deluxe-tasting energy drink is a great substitute for coffee. It has a buttery, malty flavor, and is creamy like a traditional latte. For best flavor and energizing effect, use a gelatinized maca powder; raw maca powder can be more difficult to digest.
1 cup boiling water
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil or MCT oil
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon coconut sugar, or add sweetener of choice to taste
Pinch sea salt
Pinch ground cardamom
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend briefly until lightly foamy on top. Serve warm.