If your kids are anything like mine are, they can be really picky about eating foods that are healthy for them.
So what do I do?
I try to get the best, most healthy foods in them when I can… and I work on their picky food attitudes as well. (I’ll be sharing my tips for dealing with picky eaters with you next week.)
One of the ways I work to get really healthy foods is them is via superfoods!
Superfoods are foods that are very high in nutrients, and they’re commonly found in things like vitamins and green drinks.
Today I want to introduce you to one you may not know about yet. It’s great, and it actually tastes good so your kids won’t fuss at you about taking it.
It’s a Peruvian plant that contains the following nutrients:
- almost all of the essential amino acids
- 20 free fatty acids
- B vitamins and vitamin C
- major minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and sodium
It also just so happens to be a good source of iodine so if you don’t get much seaweeds in your diet, this is a good way to get that much-needed trace mineral.
Maca is considered to be a superfood as well as an adaptogen. “An adaptogen is a substance that raises the physical body’s state of resistance to diseases through physiological and emotional health improvements. This makes Maca a broad-based healer with many benefits able to support and rejuvenate overwhelmed, tired adrenal glands eventually resulting in much greater energy, stamina, clarity of mind and spirit, and the ability to handle stress.”
Being that maca is a superfood and an adaptogen, it’s a perfect nutritional food not only for kids but for mom and dad too. It can be used at any time for males and females… even during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
For adults, it’s known to help with:
- libido in males and females both (oh yeah!!)
- fertility in both men and women
- balancing hormones in balance in all stages of life
- memory improvement
- increased energy
- mood stabilization
- improvement in adrenal function and help with chronic fatigue
- decreased anxiety and stress
- improved circulation
- strong bones and teeth
- hair growth
- improved skin tone
- and so much more
Can’t you see how this really is a great SUPERFOOD?
Quality of Maca
Now, like many foods, there are varying qualities of maca so I choose to buy mine from a small, family-owned and operated business with a good reputation and a quality product that I like. I trust them. And their prices aren’t too shabby either.
They have several different kinds for you to choose from. And remember, it never hurts to get more nutrients into yourself and your kids when you can.
How I Use Maca
I mainly use maca in our food AFTER I’ve cooked it.
Again, maca is high in nutrients so it goes in our food after it’s cooked so that the heat of cooking doesn’t destroy the benefits. I basically put it in any foods my kids are eating where I don’t think they’ll notice it. It’s a great addition to my homemade herbal multivitamins, and I often use it in soups, sprinkle it on veggies with a little sea salt, and mix it into pureed things like mashed/baked potatoes or applesauce even! Sometimes it isn’t always possible to use maca raw so if I use it in foods I’m cooking, I try to stick with low-temperature cooking.
Now like I said, it doesn’t taste bad, but you know how kids are when they know you’re putting healthy foods or “vitamins” in something. It automatically tastes bad… even when it really doesn’t. I’ve really NEVER had my kids complain about their food when I use maca in it though… they don’t even notice it.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for a delicious smoothie recipe that uses maca, and I’ll be sharing a few more of my kids’ favorite maca incorporated recipes with you next month as well. You and your kids will love it… mine do!
Win Some Maca And Try It Out For Yourself
This week The Maca Team is giving away free maca products to 3 lucky Growing Up Herbal readers. Each winner will receive their choice of an 8 oz. bag of either red maca, black maca, or gelatinized maca.
All you have to do is enter into the Rafflecopter form below. There are several entries that are one-time entries, and if you really want some extra chances of winning, there are some daily entries you can get as well.
This giveaway will run for 5 days… starting today and ending on Friday, March 7th at midnight EST.
Three winners will be drawn at random on March 8th. If you really want to win you’ll want to have as many entries as possible. Each entry is like putting your name in the hat again. The number of times depends upon how much the entries count for. The more times your name is in the hat, the better chance you have of winning. Make sense?
The winner’s names will be announced in the Rafflecopter form below on March 8th, in a blog post, on Facebook, and in an email newsletter. The winners will have 72 hours to contact me with their name and shipping address to claim their prizes.
Enjoy, and best of luck to you!!!
If you’re not interested in the giveaway at all and you’d rather just go ahead and order some maca powder, be sure to use my coupon code “HERBAL” because it will save you 10% on any product The Maca Team offers. This coupon code is only good for 2 weeks – today until March 17th so don’t miss out on it!