I like trying out new, random food. I've dabbled with homemade Nakd bars, green smoothies, courgette cake, peanut flour, chickpea blondies... yeah, lots of odds and sods. I do love a potter around Holland and Barratt. Reading various healthy living blogs is the main reason I try these things (I'm easily influenced). I like to try and balance out my love of Malteaster Bunnies and strawberry laces, and am interested in the different benefits of all the food we eat.
So, I decided to start a post series (they'll be sporadic as always) about the different stuff I am trying, how I am using it, and what it's like.
First up... maca!
Maca crops up a lot on blogs, I've noticed. It's a powder that's meant to be super good at giving you energy. Obviously you can google it to get more information, here is the page for the one that I have.
I didn't buy this, it was given to me by a nice someone who'd had it kicking about in his house, and thought it would give me lots of energy. But it looks fairly reasonably priced, and easy to get hold of in health food shops.
It's a pretty versatile powder and you can mix a teaspoon or so in with most things. I have tried it in:
-Porridge (not a fan, detracted from the lovely porridgey taste!)
-Over apples (a bit better, but still made the overall snack less desirable than having just an apple)
-Homemade energy bars (see the photo above). This was more successful. I used half a cup of dates, half a cup of cashews, a tiny drizzle of oil, some vanilla, some salt, and a tablespoon of maca, then blended it up until it all clumped together. You could taste the maca still, but it complimented the other ingredients well and was pretty tasty.
You can also put it in smoothies, cakes, cookies... wherever really. I think it lends itself better to sweeter tasting things. I've googled recipes, and like the look of the coconut and maca snack balls over at Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish (Laura does a much better write up of maca, and most superfoods, than me, but I am at least giving you the simpleton's view!)
The taste is... malty. I can best describe it as a bit like the malted Ovaltine type drinks, but stronger. It's not unpleasant, but I wouldn't personally seek it out. Combined with the right ingredients (like the energy bars) it leans towards the more caramelly side of flavour.
Have I noticed any benefits? Perhaps, but it's hard to pin down to the maca. Sure, I felt a boost of energy after eating the snack balls, but I don't know if that's just down to the fact that I had eaten food. I don't think I use it regularly enough to know if it does do anything, and the slightly odd taste that I am not sure I like puts me off adding it to my food and drink.
Still, as I got it as a freebie, it's a cool thing to have in the kitchen, and I use it whenever I can, because why not?
Have you ever tried maca?
Got any superfood recommendations?