I tend to over analyze everything I eat. It’s not the most normal, I know, but I suppose something to be expected when studying the effects of various nutrients, chemicals, substances etc. and their effects on the human body. Humor me. I remember entering my first psychology course in college and my professor lecturing we would all inevitably believe we were schizophrenics by the end of the semester. And it was true, with each new disorder we studied, we’d all gawk over the symptoms, terrified and believing we possessed them within us, waiting for some trigger to release our predisposition. It’s conceptually difficult to distance myself from the material and remind myself one french fry won’t cause a heart attack, one cookie won’t lead to diabetes.. anyways.
I’ve recently been pondering over my caffeine consumption. What I’ve found is that I drink [on average] 3 cups of coffee per day which is about 300 mg of caffeine. In the United States, there are no requirements to state the amount of caffeine present in a food, beverages or supplements on the product’s label. Additionally, no Daily Recommended Intake (DRI) has been set by the USDA, so we’re all left to our own devices. Drink up? Conceptually, the prospect of giving up coffee seems blasphemous. I equate it with too many positive aspects of my life to consider dismissing it, yet countless articles have been published [on caffeine] hating on its good name. Do I sound like an addict, perhaps?
All of this being said, there are holistic energy increasing alternatives. Today we’ll focus on Maca, what seems like the newest “superfood” to hit the shelf; a hardy root plant native to the Andean mountain plateaus of Peru. Maca has been shown to help metabolize macronutrients (carbs, fats proteins), maintain strong bones and teeth, support proper red blood cell function, promote vitality, and naturally promote energy. I tend to use Navitas Naturals Maca Powder, because it is organic and raw; it has a nutty savory taste. The recipe below is something I make often, more so because Maca is delicious than anything else. Throw in some cinnamon and banana and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Wake Up With Maca, Smoothie [Serves 1]
1 whole banana, frozen
.25 cups blueberries, frozen
1 cup spinach, fresh raw
1 cup raw almond milk, unsweetened
.25 teaspoons cinnamon
1 heaping tablespoon maca powder
There isn’t much to do for this recipe, but blend and enjoy! Place all of the ingredients in a high speed blender. I use a VitaMix because it is so thorough at blending, but any blender will do. Blend for about 45 seconds, or until desired consistency is reached. Pour the smoothie into your favorite glass.
Nutritional Information (per entire smoothie)
215 Calories, 36g Carbohydrates, 4g Fat, 4g Protein