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Maca & Lucuma Smoothie Bowl

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Simply delicicious!

This smoothie bowl tastes as good as it looks! It is easy to make & in my humble opinion, looks so pretty. Definitely one to impress! It looks like you have spent ages making it, when in reality it only takes about 5 mins (the longest bit being rinsing out the blender in between making 2 smoothie mixes!).

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I have used coconut water in this recipe. If you prefer, you can always use non-dairy milk (almond milk works well) or regular cow milk.

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To make this smoothie bowl nutrient dense, I have added not just one, but TWO superfood powders; maca root & lucuma. If you don’t have these at hand, you do not have to add them; the smoothie bowl still tastes delicious.

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So what are these superfoods?

Maca root? This is also known as Peruvian Ginseng. It is an ancient Incan superfood crammed with essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids & phytonutrients, making it a nutritional powerhouse with loads of benefits:

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It helps increases the body’s resistance to the damaging effects of stress & disease. It helps to regulate, support & balance hormonal systems & so is good to balance mood (including stress, anxiety & depression, menstrual issues) & to boost energy levels. It is reputed to good for sexual health, improving libido & fertility in both men & women. It also helps give you radiant glowing skin.

Lucuma?  Lucuma is a nutrient dense fruit which grows at high altitudes, also eaten by the Peruvians. The fruit is deep orange yellow like mango flesh & it tastes sweet like a combination of mango & apricot. Indeed, many use it as a natural sweetener which does not cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

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Lucuma is high in beta-carotene (indicated by it’s deep yellow-orange colour) & so an excellent source of the anti-oxidant vitamin A. This is important for a healthy immune system & to fight diseases, but also important for good eyesight & cell growth.

It is also is rich in iron, so important for the circulatory system & energy levels. It is a vegetarian source rich in niacin (vitamin B3), required for good digestion, muscle development & regulation of stress & sex hormones. It is also rich in fibre & so important for digestive function & making you feel fuller for longer.

So, back to business…

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Serves: 1
Preparation time: 5 mins
Ingredients
Maca Cacao smoothie mix:
1 tbsp maca root powder
1tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp protein powder (I use vegan protein powders: soy-derived or pea work well)
1/2 frozen banana
60ml coconut water
Lucuma smoothie mix (note no grapes added as the lucuma powder adds sweetness)
1 tbsp lucuma powder
1 tsp protein powder (I use vegan protein powders: soy-derived or pea work well)
1/2 frozen banana
60ml coconut water
To decorate: fig slices, strawberries, blueberries, roughly chopped hazelnuts.
Method
Make the maca cacao mix by putting all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blitz til smooth. Decant into a small bowl. Rinse out the blender or food processor.
Make the lucuma smoothie mix by placing all ingredients in the blender or food processor & whizz again. Decant into a small bowl.
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Now the fun bit. In your serving bowl, carefully pour in one smoothie mixture. Then the other smoothie mixture so half the bowl is one flavour & the other another. (If you are more creative, you could do a swirly pattern!)
Then decorate with whatever you wish. I have chosen figs, strawberries, blueberries & hazelnuts, which add colour, sweetness, texture & nutrients.
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Variations: ground flaxseed, chia seeds,pumpkin, sunflower seeds, any other nut, dried fruit, coconut, bee pollen.
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