Maca Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Maca Superfood Smoothie RecipeIn previous smoothie recipes I’ve suggested using maca as an additional (add-on) ingredient to boost the nutrition of your smoothie, but haven’t given it the full attention it deserves until now. This is one of my favorite superfoods for a number of reasons.

Maca is a root vegetable that grows at high altitudes in the Andes. Many health experts believe foods that grow in harsh climates provide “extra” health benefits because of their resiliency and ability to adapt to difficult growing conditions.

For centuries Andean people have been using it for everything from enhancing their fertility to boosting their immune system or libido, but most people identify with the burst of energy they get from consuming maca. Here’s a quick list of the top benefits people experience from eating maca.

Health Benefits of Maca

  • More energy
  • Increased sex drive
  • Improved fertility
  • Helps alleviate migraine headaches
  • Improved memory
  • Immune booster
  • Stress reducer

Maca is also jam packed with numerous vitamins and minerals your body requires for optimal health. Generally less expensive than most superfood smoothie ingredients, you can usually get a 1 pound bag for $10 to $20 that will last you 2-3 months or even longer depending on how often you use it.

For everything you could ever want to know about maca: What is Maca and why should I put it in my Smoothie?

I purchase maca from Maju Superfoods.

By using a chocolate protein powder and/or cacao powder or nibs you can quickly convert this into a Chocolate Maca Superfood Smoothie. Enjoy!

Maca Superfood Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond, coconut, or hemp milk
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • 1/2 tablespoon maca powder (for the seasoned maca consumer, use 1 tablespoon or more)
  • 1 serving of your favorite protein powder (Sun Warrior is mine)
  • 1 tablespoon chia or flax seeds
  • A little honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao powder and/or nibs
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder

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Place all the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 287
  • Fat: 7g
  • Protein: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 41g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Vitamin A: 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 20% RDA
  • Calcium: 38% RDA
  • Iron: 45% RDA

I’d love to hear how you tried this maca superfood smoothie, as always, comments are welcomed and encouraged below. Happy Blending!

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31 Responses to Maca Superfood Smoothie Recipe

  1. Mica Santos #

    I go to associated supermarket where they have a lot of product variety and I usually get a nice bag of Peruvian Maca for like $3! It’s pure too, it’s just that it’s used so commonly in the Peruvian and Latin community that they sell it in a bag to make refreshments with. It’s great and more than half the price. Maca has changed my life and has become a staple of my daily diet. Great article! Thanks!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Mica,

      $3 a bag sounds like the deal of the century :) Great to hear how you’ve benefited from maca.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  2. Alicia S #

    Hi Ryan, is it okay to use maca with whey?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Alicia,

      Sure, you can use maca with whey protein and actual whey.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  3. Deb #

    I made this smoothie. I thought it was going to be boring because the only fruit was banana. What a shocker! Turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever had! I’ve never used Maca or coconut oil in a smoothie and I really think the oil took it to the next level of deliciousness. I will definitely be making more recipes from this website. Thanks.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome, Deb. Reading “one of the best I’ve ever had!” brought a huge simile to my face :) Hope you enjoy every other recipe you try as much as this one.

      Regards,
      Ryan

  4. Cathy #

    Trying to lose weight, will maca help or hinder? Any recipes?

  5. Laura #

    Hi there – just wondering if you recommend the original sun warrior protein powder in this smoothie, or the vanilla flavour? I’m just about to place my first order and stumbled across your site today too :) Many thanks, Laura

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Laura,

      Good question. I would actually go with the Chocolate flavor. Although I have a severe weakness for chocolate :) However, both vanilla and plain will do just fine in this smoothie. Enjoy!

      Ryan

      • Laura #

        Thanks for your reply Ryan. Maybe I’ll opt for the Vanilla then as I don’t have a weakness for chocolate:) I just wanted to make sure it would work with this smoothie, it sounds incredible and I can’t wait to try it out!

        Laura

  6. Penelope PitStop #

    I love this smoothie. I have it in the morning after I workout and it keeps me going until lunch. I add whatever frozen fruit/fresh seasonal fruit I have on hand, blend it up and take it to go. Awesome!!!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Music to my ears, Penelope :)

  7. I love maca, however, my experiments with different protein powders has been unsatisfactory. I don’t mind chewy smoothies, I regularly put in flax and shredded unsweetened coconut, but I don’t like grit-both protein powders I’ve tried make my smoothies gritty. I tried one from Sprouts and another that they sell there, Garden of Life-both plant based since I stay away from soy and whey. Is your recommended protein gritty? If not, I’d like to try it.

  8. Laila #

    I have just discovered the wonders of cacao and have been putting it in my smoothies and making sugar free energy balls. I’m keen to try maca. Would it work well in energy balls too?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Yes, I think maca would work great in your energy balls as it pairs well with cacao, Laila.

  9. Maggie #

    If it is ok I drink this smooth everyday.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Yes, you can drink this everyday, Maggie.

  10. Shannon #

    This is very nice! I used 1/2 avocado instead of a banana and put the blueberries in. Very thick, but tasty.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Blueberries and avocado – I like the sounds of that, Shannon!

  11. Karl #

    Hi i have added these calories up! Its a lovely smoothie but how do you keep the calories so low?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I use cronometer.com (free) to calculate calories and other nutritional information.

  12. Pau #

    Hi Ryan,

    I take the Now Foods Maca, 500 mg capsule. hardly feel any difference and i just want to finish my bottle . is it okay to blend this in my smoothie?and how many capsule should i use everytime i make a 1 serving smoothie?

    Thanks!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Pau,

      Sure you can empty the capsule into your smoothie. I would use as many capsules per smoothie as the bottle recommends.

      Regards,
      Ryan

  13. aaron #

    Yo Ryan,

    To be honest I believed, there was small successful business with super smoothies but as everyone is making their own at home every morning, its clear the possibilities aren’t there any more.

    Whats your thoughts on the matter? home made smoothies? or trusted super smoothies from the local smoothie stall?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Aaron,

      I think a small smoothie business could still work, in the right location with the right offerings for that location. That said, I’d never pay for them regularly myself, but others would.

      Regards,
      Ryan

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