What is macca powder, you might ask after reading the ingredients list. This naturally sweet beige colored powder is made from the macca root harvested in high altitudes in the Andes. Macca contains the minerals phosphorus, calcium, potasium and zinc and is ideal to add into smoothies. It has a lovely malty flavor that is a great compliment to cocoa or carob powder. Macca is known for strengthening the body and maintaining optimal strength and stamina. Some people use it as a caffeine free energizer and we like to recommend it for those quitting coffee. It is also known to be a hormone regulator and great for balancing moods for menstrating and menopausal women. Often recommended for those with adrenal fatigue as it is both nourishing and helps to reduce impact of stress hormones.
When I intuitively create recipes I like to hand pick ingredients that work synergistically so you get a lot of bang for every gulp of smoothie. A foundational ingredient we choose to include in all of our smoothie recipes is spirulina because of the exceptional nutritional value that is concentrated into a small amount of powder.
Spirulina in and of itself is a complete whole food. It contains all of the vitamins and minerals and is the best form of plant protein.
Cucumber smoothies are my new favortie. The cucumber provides a great liquid base as an alternative to nut milks. I like to top of my smoothie with bee pollen and eat the whole thing with a spoon. For a thicker smoothie add more frozen bananas.
Combine these ingredients in the blender and whirl on high:
1 cup coconut water
2 handfuls of fresh spinach
2 frozen bananas
2 T chia seeds
knob of fresh ginger
2 heaping tsp. spirulina powder
2 T macca powder (optional)