I’m sure you’ve ladies have heard of these nutritional heavy hitters before but here’s a little breakdown of their benefits and how you can use them…
(Gelatinized Maca Powder, Sprouted Chia Powder and Goji Berries)
Maca Root increases stamina, combats fatigue, boost libido and helps with hormonal balance (lol my husband thinks I need to eat a lot of this ;). It’s a nutrient dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols, essential minerals, fatty and amino acids. I purchased the gelatinized Maca powder from Whole Foods. It’s a little more expensive than the regular Maca powder but it goes through an extrusion process of removing the starch from it which in turn concentrates the active ingredients. Now this does have a little taste to it but its not bad. I pretty much only use it in my smoothies but you can also use it in tea, cereal and yogurt.
I’ve been hearing about Goji berries for forever and finally decided to pick up a bag. Goji berries are a powerful antioxidant that help reduce cholesterol and maintain healthy blood pressure. Now you would think that these would be the easiest health food to incorporate but for some reason I rarely reach for them. I know my girlfriends all LOVE them but I’m not super crazy about the taste. I know they are extremely beneficial so I’m going to try mixing them in with my granola to get the amazing health benefits of these little berries.
Chia is an great source omega fatty acids and dietary fiber. It’s loaded with calcium, iron, potassium and protein. I’ve been eating chia seeds for over a year but recently switched to chia powder because I wasn’t a fan of the crunchy texture of the seeds. It was an added bonus when I found out that sprouting the seeds greatly increases the nutrient and antioxidant levels in chia. Having ground chia maximizes the body’s ability to digest and absorb the nutritional benefits. I use this in my oatmeal, muffins, smoothies, yogurt and on top of my waffles. I seriously use this stuff on everything!
Do you ladies use any of these?! I always love to hear what nutritional goodies you’re using as well!