Maca Magic Recipes

Maca is a root vegetable related to the radish family that grows in the mineral rich highlands of Peru in the Andes Mountains at 14,000 ft. elevation. Maca has been used as a staple crop for thousands of years.

Maca Magic Balls O’ Energy!

Ingredients

Maca Magic Maca Root Powder
1/2 C nut/seed butter (ie: almond, cashew, peanut, sunflower, tahini, etc.)
Sweetener (ie: Yacon syrup, brown rice syrup, honey, maple syrup,etc.)
Raisins
Sunflower oil or melted butter
1/4 C Oatmeal
Spirulina, hemp seeds, flax seeds and/or granola (optional)

Instructions

Mix 2 spoonfuls of Maca Magic with 1/2 cup of any nut or seed butter.  Add sweetner along with 3 tablespoons of raisins. Pour in 2 Tbsp of sunflower oil or melted butter and 1/4 cup oatmeal. Knead ingredients in bowl and roll into bite sized balls. Try adding spirulina, hemp seed, flax seed or granola. Makes about 6 energy balls.

Maca Magic Basic Smoothie

Ingredients

Maca Magic Maca Root Powder
Juice or Milk of choice
Fruit
Nuts
Yogurt
Ice

Instructions

Scoop 2 spoonfuls of Maca Magic powder into juice or milk.  Add fruit, nuts, yogurt and ice. Blend until smooth.

 

Maca Magic Frozen Maca-lada

Ingredients

Maca Magic Maca Root Powder
Pineapple Juice
Coconut Milk
Vanilla
Honey
Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg

Instructions

Scoop 2 spoons of Maca Magic powder into 3 parts cold pineapple juice and 2 parts coconut milk. Add a dash of vanilla extract and honey, 2-4 ice cubes or a handful of crushed ice blend until smooth, garnish with sprinkled cinnamon or nutmeg.

 

Maca Magic Malt Shake

Ingredients

Maca Magic Maca Root Powder
Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream
Cream or Milk

Instructions

Scoop 2 spoonfuls of Maca Magic powder on top of vanilla or chocolate ice-cream, add cream or milk. Blend until smooth.

Other Maca Magic Delights

* Stir a spoonful or two of Maca Magic powder into vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese and top with fresh fruit or all fruit preserves.

* Mix a spoonful or two of Maca Magic powder with any hot cereal, add butter and sweeten to taste.

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Peruvian Maca Root vs. Chinese Maca Root

If you’ve done a little bit of research you probably already know that Maca root originates in the high Andes mountains and is today primarily grown in Peru and Bolivia. What you probably don’t know is that over the past several years, China has also started growing and exporting Maca root products. This article explains the difference between the two and why you should insist on Peruvian Maca. We will show some face about Peruvian Maca Root vs Chinese Maca Root.

Peruvian Maca

Maca From China?

All of the research has shown that while Maca plants can be grown at lover elevations these plants fail to produce roots of any significant size. Little did we known that the mountains in the Yunan Province of China reach elevations above the 14,000 feet (M) at which Maca plants do product roots. Indeed, Chinese framers have imported seeds from Peru and are growing Maca roots. But there are some major issues with these products.

 Chinese Maca: 5 Major Issues

  1. First, we’ve discovered in China that laboratories are actually producing a synthetic form of Maca and trying to pass it off as authentic Maca root. This would be like creating a wheat flour substitute in the lab and then selling it as the real deal. Needless to say, you want to avoid anything synthetic when it comes to your food.
  2. Second, China grows and exports a relatively large number of super foods, including rice protein, grass powders, hemp seeds, goji berries and more, so it’s not surprising that they have chosen to cultivate Maca as well. The unfortunate reality is that these foods carry ha high risk of contamination, as China is one of the most heavily polluted countries in the world.
  3. Third, there is a definite difference and appearance of Chinese Maca powder.
  4. Fourth, We’ve recently learned from a powerful documentary, that the Chinese already hold 7 GMO patents on Maca. That means that there is no way to discern if Maca from China is GMO-free or not. Peru has banned GMOs at least until the year 2021.
  5. Finally, Maca originated in the high Andes of Peru and is a national heritage food of Peru. Since 2003, it has been illegal to transport whole roots or seeds outside of Peru, and yet, Maca is somehow currently grown in China. According to reports, Maca cultivated in China certainly came from seeds smuggled out of Peru. What is more, China apparently does not acknowledge this, nor does it have any contract with Peru to grow Maca. To buy Chinese grown Maca supports this practice which in our opinion is unethical.
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Raw vs. Fresh Maca

  • Some Sources Claim the Peruvian people never eat raw maca
  • It is a fact that Maca should not be eaten when freshly harvested, but fresh Maca is not the same as raw Maca
  • Many Peruvians will bake the fresh roots, but most of the time the roots are dried
  • Some people may have an adverse effect to any type of raw food, especially if in large quantities.
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Why Choose Maca from Herbs America?

Purity ~ We raise our own Maca root without chemicals at 14,000 feet elevation in the mineral rich highlands of Peru’s Altiplano. Our fields are naturally irrigated by glacial ice-melt and rainfall generated over the Amazon basin. The result is 100% pure Maca root the way nature intended.

Quality ~ Because our Maca root is grown in its natural setting, the potency, flavor and freshness are incomparable.

Philosophy ~Herbs America is motivated by a belief that it is the land, and our relationship to it, that empowers our cultivated products and makes them better. We are committed to free trade and support traditional agrarian families in Peru to promote sustainable agricultural practices with a portion of each sale. In continuing our high standards, we oversee the entire process from the planting of the seeds to the packing of each product

 

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MaCafe Recipes-That Taste Great!

Grown high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Maca (Lepidium meyenii) has been used by the Inca and earlier Peruvian cultures for more than 1,500 years. For maximum health benefits, our Maca powder is a blend of a multitude of maca root colors found naturally in each harvest. It is grown without chemicals or herbicides, and the roots are sun-dried upon harvest.

Our MaCafe™ is an instant beverage made from roasted whole Maca root naturally gown in Peru’s Magic Valley. MaCafe™ is a caffeine free beverage roasted like fine coffee and served like cappuccino, perfect for gifting!  Kosher Certified and Gluten Free.

MaCafe Latte

Ingredients

1 tsp. MaCafe Roasted Maca Powder
1/2 C Hot Water
1 C Milk of choice (soymilk, milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
Sweetener of choice, if desired (ie: Yacon syrup, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.)

Instructions

Whisk MaCafe™ powder into hot water. Add hot milk and sweeten to taste.  Enjoy!

 

MaCafe Cocoa Latte

Ingredients

1 tsp. MaCafe Roasted Maca Powder
1 tsp. Cocoa Powder
1/2 C Hot Water
1 C hot milk of choice (ie: soymilk, milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
Sweetener of choice, if desired (ie: Yacon syrup, honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.)

Instructions

Whisk MaCafe™ powder and cocoa powder into hot water. Add hot milk and sweeten to taste. Enjoy!

 

MaCafe Mocha-Mint Latte

Ingredients

1 tsp. MaCafe™ Roasted Maca Powder
1 tsp. Cocoa Powder
1/2 C Hot Water
1 C hot milk of choice (ie: soymilk, milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc.)
Peppermint Syrup (splash, to taste)

Instructions

Whisk MaCafe™ powder and cocoa powder into hot water. Add hot milk and peppermint syrup. Enjoy!

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