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Sip Portland’s Maca Madness Smoothie Recipe Hack

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Nothing makes me happier than finding the perfect balance of wholesome ingredients to create the same, or better, taste from something I’ve enjoyed. I fell in love with the Maca Madness smoothie when my beautiful friend Erica treated me to one at Sip Portland. Because I follow mostly all health/vegan related companies on social media, I’ve been hearing a lot about maca and it’s health benefits. What I’ve found is that the root powder has not been adequately studied scientifically, but I have felt some of the proposed benefits since drinking this smoothie on the near-daily.

What is maca?

Maca is a root, similar to a beet, that has been used in the ancient Incan civilization as a healing superfood. It has been popping up lately as a superfood because of it’s many benefits. Maca can be found at natural food stores in their supplement section in a powder form.

What benefits does maca have?

1. Vitamins
Packed with vitamins B, C, and E, the powder also delivers a great source of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and amino acids. (Where do vegans get their iron & amino acids?! :P)

2. Skin
Maca is said to help clear acne and blemishes, as well as sensitivity. During hot summer days, maca has been known to aid your skin in handling high temperatures.

3. Mood
Anecdotally known to help increase focus and energy, maca can help you overcome stress, anxiety, and mood swings.

4. Female Health
Having female issues? Maca can help alleviate menstrual issues and menopause including cramps, aches, anxiety, and mood swings. PMS sucks, but with maca, it doesn’t have to!

5. Sexual Function
I did it all for the nookie! No, not really, but if you are looking for a natural sexual libido and endurance booster, give maca a try. Maca is said to balance hormones and increase fertility (not interested in the latter, personally).

Maca is not recommend for use by anyone who is pregnant, lactating, or anyone suffering from hormone-related cancers.
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MACA MADNESS SMOOTHIE RECIPE HACK
INGREDIENTS (serves one)
1-2 tsp Organic Maca Powder
1 scoop Organic Vanilla Protein Powder
3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)
1/2 frozen Organic Banana
4 Organic Pitted Dates
1 tbsp Organic Almond Butter
1 cup Ice

DIRECTIONS
Blend it all up! I like to run mine for about a minute to make sure the dates are finely ground up.
Enjoy!

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Do you have a favorite smoothie or juice from somewhere and want to find a recipe hack? Let me know and I’ll do my best to make a recipe!

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