Happy New Year! With this being my first post of 2019, I wanted to create a special treat. This Maca Sun Shake is the “morning” version of my popular Moon Milk. This “Sun Shake” is crisp, refreshing, and tastes a lot like a chocolate milk shake or smoothie. Even more exciting and healthy, this smoothie recipe is entirely plant-based, super charged with various super foods, and the star ingredient is Maca.
Recovering From The Holidays
I am tired, just really exhausted and in dire need of a healthy pick me up! This holiday season went by really quickly. But it had so much going on. I did a daily video for my Countdown To Christmas, with about 20 videos! Maybe next year I will stick to the twelve days of Christmas like a normal person would! There was also too much food and wine, daily family activities with everyone we are related to, some stressful situations (as holidays always include!). I was feeling like I had not slept in weeks. I am sure most of you can relate!
With how much I love to give my take on awesome food trends like Stretchy Salep Ice Cream, Chocolate Booza, and of course, the inspiration of this drink, my Moon Milk, the Sun Shake was born. My New Year’s goal of focusing on growing my blog really got me thinking it would be fun to make my own trendy pop culture food this year.
Furthermore, writing about The Luckiest Foods To Eat On New Years Day got me thinking that I eat too much dessert and drink too many cocktails! So kicking of this year with my healthiest and most revitalizing recipe yet seemed appropriate!
Let’s get energized!
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What Is A Maca Sun Shake
When creating this Sun Shake I wanted to make a smoothie recipe that was visually beautiful, healthy, crisp, and flavorful. This Maca Sun Shake is all that and more! It can be enjoyed as breakfast, snack, or even an afternoon dessert shake.
This Sun Shake has the flavors of almond butter, chocolate, and butterscotch. What a delicious and satisfying flavor combo! As I mentioned, when using Maca, you definitely want to use ingredients that pair with that sweet butterscotch aroma.
A Sun Shake is chock full of raw super foods to give you a filling boost that helps you stay awake while also helping you fend off stress.
Below, you will find a short breakdown of all of the ingredients of this Sun Shake.
Before we get to making and shaking this Sun shake AKA Maca Smoothie, let’s talk about Maca and how it relates to the famous Ashwaghanda. Maca, like Ashwaghanda, is an adaptogen. Simply put, this means that Maca aids in balancing hormones and relieving stress and anxiety. Furthermore, Maca is said to increase stamina, boost your energy and virility, improve brain function, and more. So this is the perfect powder to add to smoothies and other morning recipes to help you wake up and get going.
Maca Powder has a butterscotch flavor and smell to it. There’s also some sweetness and earthiness to the powder. So when you are using this in recipes, make sure that you use the powder with flavors that will enhance that flavor and aroma. I also like to pair Maca with other energizing and natural super foods like Raw Cacao Powder or Nibs.
To learn more about the difference of Maca and Ashwaganda, check out, Maca and Ashwagandha: The Adaptogenic Superfoods
As always, when you are starting any kind of new supplement, do your research. Ensure that you consult your doctor to make sure this is right for you! Find out more about Maca here, Maca: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, Warnings…
Raw Cacao is used to make cocoa powder and dark chocolate. This raw form of the chocolate we tend to enjoy is considered a superfood! Yes, the news we all want to hear about chocolate! Organic Raw Cacao powder contains phytonutrients, which are beleived to enhance your mood as well as alertness. In raw form, cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume and it does not contain any sugar. In addition, it is said to have the highest levels of antioxidants of all foods!
To find out more about Raw Cacao check out, Cacao Nibs: Superfood that Boosts Energy and Burns Fat.
Raw Almond Butter
Raw Almond Butter has vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. It has the antioxidant benefit of Vitamin E. I love the taste of Almond Butter, and it’s as easy to make your own as Peanut Butter! Many people have been switching from peanut butter to almond butter, so it makes a great addition of flavor and depth to this Maca Sun Shake.
Find out all about Almond Butter benefits here: Almond Butter Benefits.
There has been a huge shift to nut milks as diets like plant-based, keto, and paleo have taken the world by storm. Almond Milk is one of the most popular milk alternatives. Almond milk is made from Almonds. It is low in sugar and calories, dairy-free, and has many vitamins such as Vitamin E.
To learn more about Almond Milk, check out, 7 Benefits of Almond Milk.
Since Almond milk is made without the skins of almonds, it lacks fiber. Which brings me to the next ingredient of mySun Shake.
Ground Flax Seeds
Ground Flaxseed is considered super nutritious and filled with Omega 3 fatty acid. It is rich in fiber, making it a great addition to this Sun Shake. Ground Flax seeds also have protein. For those who go with plant-based diets, it is important to get sources of plant based protein like ground flax seeds. Adding Ground Flax Seeds to a smoothie like this sun shake helps to fill you up as well.
Let’s face it. You cannot have a smoothie of any kind without a banana! I mean it! Take it all away and replace it with whatever ingredient you want, but just leave that banana in there so it’s actually a smoothie! Bananas are sweet, rich in potassium, fiber, and just plain fantastic!
Lastly, for this Sun shake you can use some Agave nectar. Since most of the previous ingredients lack sugar and thus sweetness, a small amount of agave nectar will add natural sweetness. Agave nectar is also a plant-based sweetener, so this sun shake remains vegan.
Please note, you can feel free to adapt this Sun shake to accommodate your flavor and diet desires!
How To Make A Maca Sun Shake
Now that we have gone over what makes a sun shake, let’s make one!
First, put some ice into a Blender or Vitamix.
Next, add some almond milk. Check the notes in the recipe box for alternatives.
Then add the rest of the ingredients, which include: a banana, maca powder, cocao powder (or nibs), agave, ground flax seeds, and raw almond butter.
Blend it up until it’s in smoothie form, and enjoy!
For the Sun Shake Video Demonstration, check out: Sun Shake Video
This “Sun Shake” is the morning version of Moon Milk. It has the adaptogen, Maca, to boost energy, stamina, virility, and overall well being while also reducing stress and anxiety. This is vegan, filled with super foods like raw cacao, banana, almond butter agave, and ground flax seeds.
- 1 1/4 cups Almond Milk
- 2 cups ice
- 1 large banana
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or nibs for extra texture
- 2 tablespoons raw maca powder
- 2-3 teaspoons raw agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond butter
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Swap out the almond milk for: oat milk, coconut milk, flax milk.
Feel free to leave out the agave. If you do not want a fully plant-based sun shake, you can use alternative sweeteners like honey. Use your sweetness level.
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