Maca Powder Bread (+ Benefits of Maca)

I must honestly say that this is the best bread I have ever baked. Probably also the tastiest I’ve ever eaten. And it is only made of good healthy and nutritious ingredients! It did not end up dry at all, like some gluten free bread often do, it is perfectly sweet and crunchy with the combination of maca powder and different seeds.

The bread is gluten free, dairy free and free from added sugar.

Maca Powder Bread (1 loaf)

  • 4 dl almond flour
  • 0.5 dl coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 dl sesame seeds
  • 1 dl psyllium seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Maca powder from Gooddays
  • a sprinkle of sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 dl egg whites
  • 3 dl coconut milk
  • 1 dl melted coconut oil
  • some sunflower seeds (or seeds/nuts of your choice) for topping

-> Start by turning the oven on 200 degrees Celsius. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the melted coconut oil, eggs, egg whites and coconut milk. Then pour over the wet mixture to the dry ones and blend well. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cover a bread mold with coconut oil and sesame seeds. After the 5 minutes, pour over the dough to the bread mold and sprinkle over some sunflower seeds. Put in the middle of the oven for about 40 minutes. Let the bread cool down for 5-10 minutes before taking it out of the bread mold.

Enjoy with your favorite toppings. I would recommend any nutbutter, boiled egg, avocado + cottage cheese, coconut butter or peanutbutter + banana slices.

This bread is 100% free from gluten, dairy and added sugar! 

The benefits of adding Maca powder into your diet:

1. Vitamins
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

2. Sexual function
Maca has long been used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It’s thought to boost libido and increase endurance. It has also been used to balance the hormones and increase fertility. Note the these benefits are anecdotal.

3. Women’s health and mood
Maca has been used to relieve menstrual issues and the side effects of going through menopause. Some women have used it to alleviate cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. Like the benefits of #2 above, these are anecdotal and shouldn’t be used in place of consulting with a practitioner. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

4. Energy
Some have experienced an increase in energy level within days of beginning to use maca. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired much of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!

An increase in mental energy and focus has been reported by users of maca, as well.

5. General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids in avoiding anemia and cardiovascular diseases. The nutrients in maca may help to keep bones and teeth healthy and help heal wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime, supplementing with maca may help to increase in muscle mass.

Be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones, like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.

6. Skin
Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit that some users have experienced is that it decreases skin sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help skin withstand extreme temperatures.

7. Mood balance
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though the evidence for this is anecdotal.

Source: Vegkitchen.com 

 

 

Green Protein Smoothie

Want to combine your green smoothie with a protein shake? Then this is a perfect and tasty alternative for you!

Green Protein Smoothie (1 glass)

  • 1/2 zucchini 
  • 1/2-1 ripe banana
  • 2 handful of fresh spinach
  • 2 dl frozen mango
  • A small piece fresh ginger
  • 3 dl coconut milk (or milk of your choice) 
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder from dxb nutrition
  • Juice from 1 lime 
  • 1 tablespoon green powder (I use a mixture of spirulina, wheat grass, chlorella, maca powder and more) 
  • Bee pollen for topping 

-> Put everything in a mixer and mix until no chunks. Pour over to a high glass and sprinkle some bee pollen on top. Enjoy! 

This smoothie is 100% gluten free and free from added sugar! 

Caramel Chocolate Chia-pudding

I love to experiment with new recipes (as many of you know by now), and especially new breakfast alternatives. This morning my experiment ended up fantastic, it got a flavor of caramel and chocolate made of different types of superfood!

Most of the products I made to make this delicious breakfast comes from a new organic, raw and superfood brand I discovered a few weeks ago: Gooddays. They support a health lifestyle 365 days of the year, which is exactly what I strive to inspire my followers to. To eat healthy and nutritious is not a diet is a lifestyle! It should be fun, delicious and give the energy/nutrients needed.

I was excited to get home some of their products. This is the first recipe I’ve experimented with since I got the products and it turned out more than well! So I would advice you to first check out their website and then try this recipe for a easy, quick and healthy start of your day!

Caramel Chocolate Chia-pudding (1 portion)

-> Start the evening before (or at least 3-4 hours before planning to eat). Blend all the ingredients except the zucchini in a jar with a lid. Stir well and make sure all the chia seeds are covered by milk. Put in the fridge over night. Take out in the morning and add the shredded zucchini (squeeze out the water from the zucchini first), blend well. Pour over to a bowl and add your desired toppings! It also works to heat it up in the microwave if you prefer your breakfast hot. Simple, healthy and delicious breakfast!

Also a perfect alternative if you need to take your breakfast “on the go”.

My toppings today: 

 

This chia-pudding is 100% free from gluten, dairy and added sugar. It is also paleo-friendly (just switch out the peanutbutter on the topping to another nutbutter). It is also raw food, low in carbohydrates and lchf! 

 

Green Smoothie

One of my number 1 advice now when the days are getting shorter and the darkness is taking over more and more is to do what you can to health-boost your body. Many people often get tired, unmotivated, and lack some sort of nutrients during the fall/winter time.

Therefore, I would recommend except trying to be outside for at least 15 minutes in the light each day, and eat and exercise well overall, also to make this green smoothie (or similar ones) to help to get all the nutrients for your body each day!

Green Smoothie (1 glass)

  • 1 large rape banana
  • 1 dl frozen mango
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 2 dl coconut water
  • a small piece fresh ginger
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 scoop green powder supermix (a mix of spirulina, chlorella, maca, wheat grass, broccoli, spinach and more kinds of superfoods!)

-> Just put everything in a mixer and blend until smooth. Pour over to a glass and sprinkle some bee pollen on top. Enjoy!

This smoothie is paleo-friendly, free from gluten, dairy and added sugar! 

    What’s your favorite green smoothie recipe?