Sip up the health benefits of maca in this peanut butter protein smoothie.
This is obviously not that recipe.
That recipe still exists, but its pictures are MIA. I fear I may have accidentally deleted them when working on a video yesterday. (And speaking of video, have I convinced you yet that YOU can do video for you food blog, too? If not, then go back and read this. You probably need that post more than this smoothie.)
Following a recent trip to Peru (where my travel was partially sponsored, but not by any brands/foods mentioned in this post) I issued a challenge to a few of my close friends to try one of the Inca "superfoods" we learned about on the trip -- maca. In order to reap the benefits of maca, we agreed to give it 30 days. Those days started this week and my first few maca dishes STUNK. So after those fails, I opted for what my friends suggested to begin with -- a smoothie.
Those truffles were tasty, but fairly low on the maca per serving scale. While in Peru I learned from my new dietitian friend Manuel Villacorta, that the benefits most associated with maca are achieved when eaten regularly and at an amount equal to about 2 teaspoons per day, 1 tablespoon for men.
So although the truffles were good, they were exactly on target for the "dose." To get up to that 2 teaspoons, I had to find a way to somewhat mask the maca flavor. All 3 of my #macachallenge friends suggested peanut butter and all 3 were right. I opted to use my favorite peanut butter protein powder by Quest (no affiliation here, but I do think their powder is yummy) and sneak in a little chocolate syrup for good measure. The result was delicious.
So whip up this smoothie. Hopefully it'll give you all the energy you need to get started on those videos I've convinced you to start producing. And if you want to join us on our maca journey, tweet me @ReganJones with the hashtag #macachallenge.
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Peanut Butter Maca Protein Smoothie
- 1/2 medium banana
- 1/4 cup ice
- 1/4 cup whole milk kefir*
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon ground chia seed
- 2 teaspoons maca powder
- 1 Tablespoon chocolate milk syrup
- 1/2 scoop peanut butter protein powder (I used Quest)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.