Cinnamon & Chocolate Red Maca Smoothie

whole food recipes Mar 22, 2021
chocolate smoothie with Maca in glass cup

I can’t tell you guys how excited I am about today’s recipe. I love maca, I love cinnamon, and I love chocolate. What better way to bring them together than in a health-boosting, super-food, post-workout treat?

None. I know, right!

This smoothie might look pretty on the outside, but don’t let it fool you. On the inside, it means business – and it delivers.

Maca

Maca has become an essential favorite around our house. Its great for its hormone balancing properties, ability to reduce stress, and immune boosting benefits. Maca also enhances strength and endurance, positively affects muscle growth, improves circulation, increases energy, and builds bone density.

A pilot study of cyclists concluded that after taking maca for 14 days, their 40 km cycling time improved. (source)

Bone Density

Let’s stop a second and talk about one of these issues – bone density. No matter how solid it feels, a bone is actually living tissue that builds density as you place more force on it. Bone density deteriorates as we age, becoming brittle and weak (osteoporosis) and making it easier to break. 

Conclusion: Red and black maca have protective effects on bone architecture . . . (source)

Building up your bone density isn’t something you should wait to do when you’re older. Once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back. You can prevent brittle bones. If you’re older, maintain the bone density you have with strength-training and by inviting my favorite workout partner along – maca

In a recent study, maca almost tripled human cartilage’s anabolic activity, even with inflammation. (source)

Cinnamon

Most of us think of fall when we think cinnamon. We add it to pies and eggnog. It brings a warm, cozy feel down to the tips of our ten little piggies. But cinnamon is more than a warm, fuzzy spice. Its use is well-documented to bring inflammatory relief and decrease muscle soreness. Both of these issues many of us deal with whether we’re working out or simply feeling the effects of poor health.

A six-week study involving forty-nine healthy, athletic women, between 13-25 years old, showed that when the women took 3 grams of cinnamon powder per day, they noticed a significant decrease in muscle soreness. (source)

Chocolate

Chocolate – another favorite.  The cocao bean, which is used to make cocao or cocoa powder, contains a flavenol called epicatechin. A study on mice showed that when given epicatchin and required to exercise on a treadmill daily, the result was greater endurance, in some cases up to 50%, and reduction in muscle fatigue.

Another study on middle-aged, overweight adults showed that consuming cocao greatly reduced the stiffness in their arteries – especially in women.

. . .consuming cocoa products “revealed a statistically significant blood pressure reducing effect” (source)

So now that we’ve discussed everything wonderful that’s in this smoothie – let’s make it!

 

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins 
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 73 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk (use coconut milk on AIP diet)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 15 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder (use carob on AIP diet)
  • 2 teaspoons red maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol-free on AIP diet)
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract (omit on AIP diet)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Himalayan salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into tall glass and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

If you're not used to the earthy taste of maca, start out slowly and gradually increase. 

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