I had planned on sharing my Breakfast Tacos today. However, the subject of smoothies kept coming up the last couple of days and I decided I need to share my whole foods juice with you and the reason why you’ve been seeing maca root powder in my smoothie recipes.
I learned Mom (Stick’s mom, not mine) loves when I share smoothie recipes. That made my heart sing. You see, I felt bad for only doing smoothie recipes for a while. But that was what I was doing and it was easy to tweak my recipes before sharing since I make them almost daily. Plus, my experiments with my cake and Meyer Lemon Bars haven’t quite hit home yet. When all else fails, make a smoothie and pretend it’s ice cream!
Then, one of the guys at work joked with me about gluten-free being a fad (he had read my rant). I promptly gave him the one finger salute. So, that got us talking about fads and how smoothies are a fad for those that go and get the sugar loaded ones at fast food restaurants or smoothie joints. I admit that I do like Jamba Juice when I’m on the left coast. Stick will take me at least once when I’m visiting. One sugar laden smoothie every few years won’t kill me. Then what do you know, I walk into the break room before leaving work and one of my co-workers was in there sucking down one from Burger King and telling me how much she loves them. I rolled my eyes after leaving.
See, this post was meant to be.
You may have noticed maca root powder in my smoothie recipes the last few months. My dysmenorrhea drove me to it. It reared its ugly head the second month after stopping The Pill over 3 years ago. It’s the bane of my existence once a month. Every month. It was bad before I went on The Pill, too. It was pretty much a guarantee back in high school that if it hit hard while I was at school, I was calling my mother to pick me up. By hit hard I mean running to the bathroom with the feeling that I was on the verge of vomiting. Sweating, clammy, nauseous, pain like you wouldn’t believe in my lower back and my abdomen. I would spend the rest of the day in the fetal position. One time the only time I could get any rest was to curl up on my parent’s waterbed. So you can imagine how the return of all that was NOT fun after being on The Pill for almost a decade. It’s been so bad that I had to call off for work 2 months in a row. One of those months I was actually vomiting about every 10 minutes, even with nothing in my system. It seemed to find something somewhere for me to bring back up. I have seriously considered going back on it even though I don’t want to. I hate calling off and only do it when I know I will not be able to function and be productive.
My doctor wanted me on Cramplex, but she didn’t know it was processed in the same facility as wheat (I found this out the hard way). It helped the dysmenorrhea symptoms and I felt better like I was back on The Pill, but the gluten didn’t help. She was mortified that she didn’t know about the gluten and apologized profusely. She suggested finding something gluten-free with cramp bark extract in it. And I did. Several things. None of them really worked. It was while I was ordering some raw cacao powder from Navitas Naturals that I came across maca root powder. I ordered some to try and started using it in my smoothies daily.
I have to make sure to use the right amount in order to get the results I want, and they are favorable. I don’t always get it right and then I suffer for it. I get up and get back on track and do well, until I slip again. Hey, it happens. It’s called life.
Maca is in the turnip family. It is full of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, manganese, iodine, copper, amino acids, plant sterols, saponins, terpinoids, fatty acids, and Vitamins B1, B2, B12, and C. It is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body resist stressors going on within your body and environmentally. It helps regulate your endocrine system – thyroid, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, pancreas, adrenal glands, thymus, ovaries, and testes. It really is a whole body benefit.
Now you know why I’m using maca root powder in my smoothies and what it is when you see it. I absolutely love it.
Are you ready for a recipe now? This one does not have maca in it. Sad? Don’t be. I have lots of smoothie recipes already on the blog and I will have many more in the future.
This whole foods juice recipe was developed in a fervor to use up some produce before it went bad and to finally make the foray into whole foods juicing. Whole food juice is not the juice we grew up on, nor is the fresh juicing we spend oodles on with fancy contraptions. This is throwing things in the blender and whizzing the heck out of it. It’s thick and full of the dietary fiber your body can use to help counterbalance the natural sugars from making your blood sugar spike too fast. Honestly, you make it thinner by adding more water to it if you want, but I haven’t done it because I want as big a nutrient punch as I can get. I’ve learned that I need more containers for my VitaMix. Between smoothies, whole foods juices, and dairy-free milks, one just isn’t enough!
1 small apple, cored and rough chopped
1 cup red grapes
2 teaspoons chopped ginger, or more or less depending on your tastes – I like more
Filtered water, or tap water if you don’t use a water filter
Place apple, grapes, and ginger in your blender. Start blending until the fruit stops moving. Stop the blender or, if you have a lid with a removable center, remove that while it is on and slowly pour in just enough water to get it moving. If you want your juice a little thinner, add a little more. Stop the blender once everything is blended well. Pour in a glass and if you have more than 16 ounces, pour the extra into fun small glasses for your kids or into a popsicle mold for a healthy cold treat later.
If you’d rather have a smoothie: