I must confess. I do sing that Justin Timberlake refrain after drinking one of those. Please, don’t judge it. It’s not me. It’s the maca. I swear! The maca! The magical, wonderful, sexy maca!
I don’t generally dig breakfast unless I haven’t eaten the night before. And raw cacao is too powerful for me in the morning so bear that in mind if you are a light eater in the morning. I made this on a day I had a serious hunger.
What’s in it?
- maca powder
- raw cacao powder
- pumpkin seed milk
- ba jiao (Japanese banana)
What is maca powder and how does it help you get your sexy on?
Maca is a root vegetable, cultivated at high altitudes in Peru and Andean Bolivia. The root resembles a turnip and is known to increase vitality, energy and yes, libido.Maca is cultivated at altitudes high enough that there is no need for pesticides since very little else can survive up there. Farmers use potatoes to act as natural deterrents for root pests so maca is a very clean food. It is rich in calcium, potassium and contains essential trace elements iron, iodine, copper, manganese and zinc as well as fatty acids. Maca’s reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients. (Wiki)
Called an Incan Superfood can be a turn-off to the cynics out there (understandably – there is so much crap in the market out there) and indeed when I compulsively grabbed two bags whilst on holiday recently, I had no idea what maca was about, except for what a dear friend had previously mentioned, so I wanted to find out.
I included a teaspoon in my green drinks (spinach), my orange drinks (carrots) and my red drinks (beets) and found different experiences with all. First of all, I found that if I had one “heaped” teaspoon of maca, my belly became unsettled and I got diarrhea and nausea.It has to be one “level” teaspoon. Also, if I have it with sweeter drinks like carrots and beets, the taste is too overwhelming. Maca has a sweet taste already, but it also has a subtle after taste which is not easy to palate. So, always level your teaspoon. Of course, it’s not the same for everyone. It does work really well for the more savoury green drinks I have. Also, if I include lots of squeezed lemon in my orange drinks, then it works well too.
After having every day for about a week, I started to feel a higher than normal level of sexual arousal. And it is constant and alive with me. It’s a great feeling. It doesn’t only relate to want to having sex, it also relates to a great feeling of self awareness and life awareness. I feel more sensitive to my surroundings, more energetic, a lot more focused (my friend who told me about maca also reported feeling the same focus). Since I started using it, there were days when I didn’t have my drinks or days when I was on my period and didn’t take it as is suggested. So I could feel the difference in my energy and sexual arousal.
It’s a great addition to your daily nutrition and I highly recommend it. Please note that you should not have maca while on your period. Also note that you should read up about iodine in maca and how it affects goiters. Finally, note that while it increased my sexual vitality, it may not necessarily have the same effect on everyone.
In this smoothie, we also have raw cacao. Another super food of note, please read all about it in my Raw Chocolate post.
1. Pumpkin seed milk: soak a cup of pumpkin seeds for about 6 hours then blend with 3 cups of water until liquid. Pour into a nut milk bag and squeeze the milk into a jar. Dehydrate the pulp to make your own pumpkin seed flour or combine the pulp with other ingredients to make cookies.
This is the pulp after blending.
You should get a thick, white milk like this
2. Rinse out your blender, then throw in
- two ba jiao
- all the pumpkin seed milk
- a few heaped table spoons of cacao (to your preference)
- two level teaspoons of maca (this makes two large drinks)
Blend on high speed for a few minutes, the pour out into smoothie cups and enjoy. I slice my ba jiao and freeze them in ziplock bags to make a quick, easy, icy addition to my smoothies.
This is a powerful drink. Proceed with caution 😉
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