Maca Coconut Latte

I'm a little obsessed with maca, like if maca were a guy, I'd probably have a crush. Just makes me feel good. Also, I feel like this is the fourth beverage recipe I've made, in a row, like for all of fall and winter I'm just going to teach you to make tea, but like cool tea, fancy tea. This isn't actually tea, because I believe tea is always made from leaves, or herbs, or sometimes flowers like in the case of lavender and chamomile. Maca is a root, like a beet, or a turnip. So, I've mentioned recently the benefits of maca on stress hormones, but it's also good for fertility, hormone balance and is high in antioxidants. 

My maca powder is a little browner than the other types of maca because it's mixed with cocoa powder. This kind also has a little bit of ginger in it. I'm pretty sure you can make it with any kind you have around. I used sweetened almond milk, and no other kind of sweetener. Also you can mix in a little cocoa powder to give it a little more dimension, but I use a relatively small amount (1 tsp) of maca/cocoa mix that it's not an overpowering cocoa or maca flavor. There's also not a very strong coconut oil flavor either, nor does it feel oily, at all. I think it's the blending it and mixing it with almond milk. It gets really emulsified, and everything just blends together nicely. I have a popular coconut oil recipe that I put in tea where the coconut oil always separates. And sometimes I like drinking it like that, but it doesn't happen with this recipe.

Here's what you'll need:

 

Directions:

  • Mix maca powder and coconut oil in hot water. 
  • Add in almond milk and blend. 

Raspberry Chia Superfood Smoothie

I spent the better part of the afternoon watching the documentary on Yogananda, Awake: The Life of Yogananda, and drinking raspberry protein smoothies. And have since been practicing Yogananda's spine breathing techniques, I'm into it. Since watching George Harrison's and Steve Jobs' fascination with the man I'm pretty determined to get my hands on Autobiography of a Yogi, as this transformational piece of literature that Jobs apparently requested everyone in his company read as his dying wish to actualize themselves. Pretty interesting stuff from such an accomplished and sometimes controversial man. Anyways, I'll get ahold of it after I'm done reading about Benazir Bhutto, another fascinating historical figure. If you're bummed out about not having a female president (I am) then reading about the accomplishments and missteps of the first female prime minister of Pakistan may be what you need. Spoiler: It's a sad story, but an important one nonetheless. 

For this smoothie I used Maca, a probiotic tablet, and chia to make it extra healthy, and protein powder, of course. So, I learned recently that Maca is an adaptogen and it helps you cope with stress. This is something we probably all need. I drink it in the afternoon dissolved in warm water, like tea. I love the way it tastes. Other people say it tastes like dirt. So, it's up to you to decide, but there's really no denying that it makes you feel better and helps you cope with stress. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/4 cup of raspberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon of maca
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder
  • 1 probiotic tablet - opened
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Directions: 

  • Blend all ingredients together and serve cold