Maca is hands down my favorite adaptogenic food. It's actually a Peruvian root, rather than an herb or fungus like some other adaptogens, and it's benefits have been touted for thousands of years for hormone balance, energy boosting, and sexual health.
As an adaptogenic herb, it is powerful for energy and stamina without the crash of caffeine- making it the perfect pick-me up when you need a little extra boost. It helps the body adapt to stress, naturally, so the energy boost won't be contributed to increased cortisol levels.
Cacao Powder, also used in these balls, are high in magnesium- an essential mineral that assists in over 300 bodily processes, and an estimated 70-80% of adults are deficient. It also works as a potent nervous system relaxant and has been shown to improve the effects of stress and anxiety, likely in part due to it's effect on GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation.
The combination of maca + cacao is a powerhouse in lightly boosting energy while providing necessary minerals and stress-reduction for a more relaxed, happy mama. Did I mention they're ridiculously simple to make, and taste something like a dark chocolate peanut butter cup? Yes, please! Stress Less Energizing Dark Chocolate Maca Balls Makes about 20 energy balls Print Recipe
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup cacao (or cocoa) powder
2 tbsp maca powder
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1. Add oats to the bowl of a food processor. Process until they are a fine meal.
2. Add cacao, maca and sea salt and pulse to combine. Add peanut butter and maple syrup and continue to pulse until a ball forms.
3. Form into 1-2tbsp balls. Place on a parchment or silicone-lined baking pan and place in fridge at least 10 minutes to firm before enjoying.