Beetroot Maca Latte
Ricetta in Italiano in fondo
Unlike other beetroot lattes I've seen which rely on beetroot powder, this one actually contains beets which makes it thick and creamy and all sorts of sweet without the need for any added sugar. Yes, you read that right. NO ADDED SUGAR! Like NONE, NADA, ZILCH! Not even a drop of maple syrup.
The ingredients are simple: Real beet root, Oat Milk, Maca Powder, Coconut Oil, plus Cinnamon and Vanilla for added flavour.
Dropping mad beets!
Beets are one of many of nature's gifts to man and it's no accident that they happen to be “red” as they tone the blood, help build blood cells and combat anemia due to their iron content. When eaten raw, beets are an excellent source of vitamin C, which amongst other things, helps your body absorb all that iron. Ain’t mother nature grand?
The benefits of beets
If that’s not enough to get you on board, here’s a look at the many other benefits of including this magenta hued vegetable in your diet:
beets have a cleansing effect on the liver. The betalins in beets have been shown to support the liver detoxification process, more specifically in phase 2 where toxins are neutralized and converted into a water soluble substance that can excreted through urine.
beets are rich in dietary fiber, the insoluble kind, which passes through the digestive tract and into the colon, adding bulk to stool, preventing constipation and further helping the body eliminate unwanted toxins through regular bowel movements;
beets are a good source of alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant compound which may help lower blood glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes while also improving the symptoms of peripheral nerve damage.
beets are a good source of folate and manganese which are essential nutrients for the human body. Folate is essential for making DNA and other genetic material and for preventing neural tube defects in a growing fetus, while manganese is essential for bone health and maintenance.
beets contain anti-inflammatory compounds which have been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects that rival synthetic drugs.
So go ahead and beet it, just beet it! Ok, enough 80’s music references.
All About Maca
I can’t sing the praises of maca enough. It literally saved my life (only mildly exaggerating) in the first year (or two) post partum when Amal wasn’t sleeping through the night and I was called to action constantly. It helped me get through those rough days when I was running on very little sleep and needed the energy boost. I made the choice to take maca while nursing, even though some caution against it during pregnancy and nursing. I used about 1/2 a teaspoon no more than once a day and only on days when I felt like I really needed it. It was a personal decision and it felt right for me, but it may not be or feel right for everyone, so please proceed with caution.
What exactly is Maca?
Maca is a root from high up in the Peruvian Andes Mountains, is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage, and has been used both as a food supplement and for it’s medicinal properties by the Peruvians for thousands of years.
What are the benefits of maca?
It is also an excellent source of almost all the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, as well as a good source of the minerals iron, calcium, zinc and potassium and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
Research has show it to be an energizer and potential adaptogen, which means it may help our body cope with stress. Maca has also been shown to have positive effects on fertility, sperm motility, libido mood, memory, hypertension, anxiety and depression (most notable in post-menopausal women), and metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes.
When should maca be avoided?
While research has not found any toxicity associated with maca, please consult your medical practitioner before taking it if you are pregnant or nursing, have an iodine sensitivity or allergy, an autoimmune thyroid disease, goiters or other nodules on the thyroid.
Beetroot Maca Latte
Servings: 1 Time: 5 min Difficulty: Easy
4 Chunks of Steamed Beet (about 1 small beet, skin on)
300 ml Oat Milk (or rice milk)
1 Tsp Maca Root Powder
1 Tsp Coconut Oil
Bourbon Vanilla Powder to taste
Ground Cinnamon to Taste
Process all ingredients in a blender or food processor on high speed until well combined
Warm the liquid over medium heat without letting it come to a boil.
Blend again until foamy.
Pour into a mug, add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cacao powder and serve.
Latte di Barbabietola e Maca
Porzioni: 1 Tempo: 5 min Difficoltà: Facile
4 pezzi di Barbabietola cotta al vapore (1 barbabietola piccola, con la buccia)
300 ml Latte di avena (o riso)
1 cucchiaino di maca in polvere
1 cucchiaino di olio di cocco
Vaniglia in polvere, a piacere
Cannella in polvere, a piacere
Frullate tutti gli ingredienti insieme fino ad ottenere in liquidi omogeneo.
Riscaldate il liquido a fuoco medio ma non fatelo bollire.
Frullate tutto di nuovo finchè non forma la schiuma in superficie.
Servite in una tazza da thé o un mug con una spolverata di cannella o cacao.
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P.S. A lot of research goes into my articles to make sure I’m reporting the most accurate and up to date information for you. I use my personal knowledge, acquired through years of study, text books and well researched articles or scientific studies to validate any of the claims I make. Here’s a list of resources used to write this article: