Maca is an antioxidant and seems to be protective of mens' prostate. New research suggests it may be helpful for our brains and bones, too.
Believe it or not there are even a few studies that actually show an increased libido for those who supplement with this Peruvian herb. Scientists don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to work for both men and women without impacting your natural hormone production levels (not even testosterone).
It has a bit of a “dirt” flavor so most recipes don't call for the same amounts as in the supplement research studies. But trust me, you'll love the recipe below!
Maca Macho Man Hot Chocolate
2 cups vanilla almond milk (unsweetened) 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 tablespoon unsweetened cacao powder 1 teaspoon maca powder ½ teaspoon turmeric (optional) 1 tablespoon maple syrup 4 dashes cinnamon 1 dash sea salt 1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)
Heat almond milk and coconut oil in a saucepan or microwavable safe dish.
Once heated, pour liquid into a blender and add the remaining ingredients. Pulse-Blend until frothy.
CAUTION: Hot liquids expand when mixed in a blender. To avoid injury (and a very messy clean-up), be sure you hold the top of the lid down as you blend.
Serve and enjoy a cup with your significant other!
Tip: Adding cayenne pepper is a traditional South American way to add a bit of spice to chocolaty foods and drinks.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (Serves: 2)
Calories Per Serving 127 | Protein 1.8g | Total Carb 9.6g | Dietary Fiber 1.8g | Sugars 6g | Total Fat 8.6g| Saturated Fat 6.2g| Trans Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0mg| Sodium 194mg | Potassium 187mg
(Vitamin A 6% · Vitamin C 0% · Calcium 24% · Iron 7%) *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet Recipe analyzed by; VeryWell