The baby maker

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Ok, this smoothie is not just about making babies. It has multiple benefits!
As well as being great for improving fertility, energy and athletic performance, it also is packed with Iron, antioxidents, Potassium. Quinoa itself is rich in protein, manganese, magnesium (listen up migraine sufferers), and iron. It also contains all 9 essential amino acids.

smoothie11/4 cup Quinoa (cooked and refrigerated)
1 handful Spinach (raw)
1 Banana
Handful of Blueberries (frozen or fresh)
2 tablespoon Hemp seeds
1-2 Dates
1 tablespoon Maca

Put all ingredients into a blender add water, blend. Add more
water until desired consistency. Make sure quinoa is not hot. Refrigerated quinoa is best for smoothies.

How to cook quinoa

To cook the quinoa, combine 1 part grain to 2 parts water in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes. I like to make a batch, have it with dinner and make enough so I have leftovers for my breakfast smoothie.

Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient. 
Benefits:

1. Vitamins
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

2. Sexual function
Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.

3. Women’s health and mood
Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

4. Energy
Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!

5. General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.

But be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.

6. Skin
Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.

7. Mood balance
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though of the evidence is anecdotal. Some have reported an increase in mental energy and focus.