Almond and Maca bites

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Maca is an ingredient you should add as a staple in your pantry if it's not already there. 20130225105958macaWhat is Maca?

Maca is a root plant that has been used as a food source for thousands of years.  It is grown in the Andes mountains of Peru where many Peruvians use it as a medicinal source.

I know that the word 'superfood' gets to thrown around quite a lot these days but if I had to pick any food to be classed as a superfood it would be Maca.

Maca contains all of the essential amino acids, minerals (iron, zinc, magnesium), vitamins such a B12, C and E and also enzymes.  Maca is often referred to as natures viagra and has long been used as a natural way of improving fertility and sexual performance.  Maca is what's called an adaptogen, it adapts to your bodies metoabolism, ability to heal and is beneficial for your all around physical well being.  It balances the hypothalamus, adrenal glands, pancreas and thyroid.  According to Loving Earth because the levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone are optimized this in turn helps regulate ovarian function and enables the adrenals to produce enough hormones to avoid symptoms during menopause.

Maca is often recommended to help support the immune system, boosting energy, a high source of complete protein, regulating the menstural cycle, helping to clear hormonal acne, stimulating fertility in men and women and increasing endurance and stamina.

Please note that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding that you check with your Doctor before taking maca powder as it can have effects on the hormonal system which may not be suitable for pregnant/breastfeeding women.

If you are not sure where to purchase Maca from we recommend these two brands - Life Foods and Loving Earth.  The best way to include Maca into your diet is by adding to smoothies (start off with 1 tsp and work your way up to 2 a day) or with these yummy almond and maca bites that I created.

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Ingredients:

8x Medjool dates, pitted 2 cups almond meal 2 tsp coconut sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp Maca powder 1/2 cup raw cashews 1 cup shredded coconut 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted optional: 1/2 cup shredded coconut to roll bites in.

Method: 

1. Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender if you have something powerful.  Turn on and blitz until all of the ingredients are a paste like consistency.  If the mixture is quite dry add some more water.

2. Using a teaspoon scoop out some of the mixture and then use that mixture to roll the ingredients into balls.  Set aside onto baking paper.  Roll each bite into shredded coconut and once finished with all of the mixture store the bites in the fridge.  If you want them to last longer store in the freezer.

Makes approximately 30 bites.

Julia xx

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