Maca Baby Blue Smoothie

As of lately, I have been putting Maca and blueberries in everything. From smoothies of course! To homemade energy bitz, to soups and raw desserts.



What makes Maca so cool is not only its health benefits, which I get to in a second. What makes maca stand out is its signature smell and aroma it gives! It lends this malty, caramel and earthy rich note that mixes so well vanilla and chocolate like a hot knife through butter.


Here are some rather interesting health benefits Maca seems to have especially in these areas of ones health:


-increasing stamina and athletic performance
-chronic fatigue syndrome
-boosts libido and sexual function
-balancing out hormones
-reducing depression and anxiety
-mental focus and alertness



Now that you know a little on the health benefits that Maca can do for you. Let’s get onto the best part of it all. How to actually implement Maca into a smoothie!


Maca Baby Blue Smoothie



-1 1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-1/2 frozen banana
-2 tsp Maca (I like Whole World Botanicals and Health Force)
-1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
-1/8 tsp cardamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Vega One Coconut Almond
-Small handful of coconut shreds




***Add all ingredients to a blender and blend to desired consistency***

Cashew Butter Cup

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Hope everyone is having a solid week so far! Got an interesting recipe for you and one that you can feel good about eating unlike other kinds of desserts making you feel subpar afterwards. This dessert could certainly act as a pre workout snack about an hour before exercise or hard training sessions as it contains a does of healthy fats, simple sugar from the dates and coconut nectar and protein from the nuts. It could also be a great bedtime snack for any folks trying to put on some weight or lean muscle mass.


So this recipe was inspired from the Thrive Energy Cook book by Brendan Brazier. A lot of the same elements are present in this recipe except for a few twists. You find out real soon what the differences are! Without further a do lets dive into this legit dessert!


Cashew Butter Cups

Crust:
-3 cups cashews
-1 cup pecans
-4 Tbsp cacao nibs
-6 Medjool pitted dates and soaked for roughly 10 to 15 minutes
-3 Tbsp of coconut nectar or yacon syrup


To make the crust, in a food processor or high powdered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec. First combine the cashews and pecans. Process till the nuts are into small pieces. Next toss in the cacao nibs, soaked dates and coconut nectar or yacon syrup. Process and blend till it begins to form this dough like consistency. Once it has reached that stage. Press the dough into cupcake molds keeping in mind to leave enough room for the filling.


Filling:
-1/3 cup melted coconut oil
-1/3 cup cashew butter
-1/3 cup coconut nectar or yacon syrup
-1/4 cup coconut milk
-1 tsp vanilla extract


To make the filling, combine all ingredients into the blender and blend till desired consistency here. Feel free to add different superfoods like lucuma, goji, acai, maqui or maca. Once the dough and filling are made. Spoon the filling into the dough molds. Once done, place in the refrigerator for an hour or so. Once that that has been met. Bring it out of the refrigerator. Serve on a fancy plate and spoon some of that dank chocolate sauce and begin to slip into heaven for the next few minutes or more depending how many you have!


Chocolate Sauce:
-1 cup of raw cacao powder
-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-1/2 cup coconut nectar
-3 tbsp of filtered water


To make the chocolate sauce place everything into a blender until desired consistency and smoothness has been reached. I will warn you it’s very tempting to take spoonful of that chocolate sauce and go crazy! Only live once!


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