Looking for a way to boost the nutrition of your meals + snacks? Maca root, most commonly ground into a powder, makes a great addition to smoothies, energy bites, drinks, homemade granola // granola bars, ++ oatmeal. Maca root is a member of the crucifer family + is native to the high Andes in Peru. Maca is sold in red [the sweetest kind], yellow [the least sweet], ++ black varieties, + the plant is known for being an adaptogen with various health benefits —
INCREASED ENERGY + ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Maca is a CHAARG girl’s best friend — not only is it known to keep you from feeling fatigued, but it’s also known to improve endurance + stamina in athletes after only days of use! Whether you’re tackling race training, #CHAARGBootyCamp, or fitness classes this summer [or a combo of all three!], adding maca to your diet can help you stay energized all day + perform at your best. Maca is also naturally caffeine + sugar free, so it increases your energy sustainably + doesn’t stress your adrenal glands the way coffee or energy drinks do!
Besides helping you crush your workouts, maca aids in boosting your mental performance, too! Add maca into your meals + snacks to help you stay focused + alert all day. Having your brain out of a fog isn’t only beneficial during the school year — you’ll remain awake + energized during your summer job shifts, internships, vacations, road trips, ++ wherever your summer takes you! Mental clarity will allow you to be fully aware of the present moment + live each day to the fullest. : )
Maca is an adaptogen, which means that it helps the body adapt to physical + mental stress // anxiety. Having maca over a period of time has also been shown to reduce symptoms of depression + anxiety because it keeps your hormones balanced + is full of a BUNCH of various vitamins + nutrients that’ll keep your brain happy + healthy! Traditionally, maca has been mixed into teas to promote relaxation. The next time you feel yourself getting stressed, take the time to unplug, open up a good book, ++ brew yourself a warm cup of relaxing maca tea. : )
STRONG TEETH, SKIN, ++ BONES
Maca is full of the vitamins + minerals that work to protect the health of your teeth, skin, nails, hair, ++ bones. Maca is high in calcium that can be easily absorbed by the body. Maca doesn’t provide hormones, but it provides the building blocks — amino acids — for the body to produce hormones, + it’s hormone-balancing properties decrease acne + uneven skin tone after prolonged use.Your skin is the largest organ of your body — take care of it!
Whether you add it to your breakfast smoothie bowl or snack bar, maca powder is a perfect healthy addition to any diet. Feel free to get creative + have fun with the flavors of the different kinds of maca when adding it to meals, snacks, ++ drinks! Share with us on Instagram @CHAARG if + how you try maca + let us know what you think! : )
++Ashleigh Monaco [ashvm_inchaarg] // University of Iowa