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For thousands of years, people have been tapping in to the healthy benefits of maca, an ancient superfood native to Peru.
Maca (not to be confused with matcha) is a plant that belongs to the Brassicaceae family of cruciferous root vegetables, which also includes broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. There are three different colors of maca — red, black, and yellow — and powdered maca typically comes from the yellow variety.
Research suggests maca may be helpful in lowering diastolic blood pressure and reducing symptoms of depression. And maca is considered an adaptogen, which means it can help the body adapt to stress. It’s also believed to support reproductive health, although there’s not enough research to back that up yet.
“Maca is a powerhouse of nutrients,” says Cameron Fiorenza, BS-NDTR, and Culinary and Nutrition Specialist at Openfit. “It contains vitamins B6 and C, copper, iron, potassium, and manganese, as well as protein and fiber.”
But the recipe below has more to offer than just the magic of maca: “The blend of almond milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and cinnamon provides an array of antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber,” Fiorenza says.
And while maca may not be the most delicious ingredient on its own — it’s been described as slightly bitter, nutty, and earthy — blending it into a latte transforms it into a sweet, chocolate-y treat.
Ready to make room for maca? Try our energizing Choco-Maca Latte recipe below.
Choco-Maca Latte Recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. pure maple syrup
- 1½ tsp. maca powder
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 cup ice
Combine almond milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, maca powder, and cinnamon in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a serving glass over ice. Serve immediately.
Maca is a superfood native to Peru. The powdered form can be found in your local grocery store in the health food aisle, or check a health food store or online.
The Nutritional Facts have been estimated for this recipe.
1 Other Carbohydrate