Avocados are the delicious darlings of the nutrition world. Pair this toothsome, anti-inflammatory fruit with the adaptogenic superfood, maca, and you’ve got some powerful guacamole.
This super delicious dip — served with tortilla chips — will provide fuel to get you through the Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Sunday is the nation’s most popular day to eat guacamole. But, our growing love of avocados has increased their sales dramatically over the past two decades, according to Statista.com.
Since 2001, Americans have quadrupled their yearly intake of avocados. We’ve gone from eating from 2 pounds per person to 8 pounds.
Although maca smoothies may not be as popular as avocado toast, maca powder’s nutritional profile rivals that of avocados.
Nutritional pluses of avocados.
- Rich in monounsaturated (healthy) fat
- High in fiber, 3 g per 50 g serving (about 1/3 of an avocado)
- Good source of the following vitamins and minerals: Vitamin K, Folate (Vitamin B9), Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), and Copper
Source: California Avocados
Nutritional drawbacks of avocados
- High in calories
- Allergenic for people who can’t eat tropical fruits like bananas, kiwis, and melons; also an allergen if you have problems with latex.
- High in histamines
Nutritional benefits of maca
Maca is often considered a superfood because it offers a host of nutritional perks.
- High in fiber
- High in healthy carbohydrates
- Rich source of minerals, including iron, calcium, and selenium
- Contains sterols for heart health (lowers cholesterol)
- Source of anticarcinogenic compounds like glucosinolates. To read more about glucosinolates, visit my post about broccoli.
- Adaptogenic properties: Because maca root can act like an adaptogen, it’s also called Peruvian Ginseng.
Maca can help with stress, fertility, peri- and post-menopausal symptoms, and especially energy. This derives from the carb content and perhaps, the polyunsaturated fatty acids combined with the other special qualities of maca.
If you want more recipes with maca root and additional information, read my post, Energize Your Day. You can also visit The Maca Team’s website for in-depth explanations of the different colors of maca, to order different types of maca, or to find more recipes.
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Drawbacks to maca
- Not indicated for low-carb diets and diabetes. The Maca Team recommends extracts for diabetics.
- Possibly difficult to digest. If you have gut issues, you may want to try the gelatinized type, which has the starch removed.
- Serving size is not large, so the amount of nutrition in a teaspoon is not huge. (Taken regularly, however, you may notice a difference your daily function.)
- Could interfere with thyroid function. It belongs to the cruciferous family of vegetables, i.e., Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbages. These veggies have been known to cause problems for those with an impaired thyroid.
- Not for people with hormone-influenced medical conditions including breast cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids. Maca is thought to have estrogen-mimicking effects in the body.
- Not for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
This delicious dip will be devoured at your Super Bowl gathering (or any other social occasion), and no one will give a thought to its health-promoting qualities. There is no need to mention them, just pass the chips!
- food processor
- chef's knife
- cutting board
- citrus juicer or reamer
- Medium bowl
- 2 Tablespoons shallot coarsely chopped
- 1 clove garlic small
- ¼ cup cilantro lightly packed
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon green chile chopped
- 1½ Tablespoons maca powder yellow
- ¼ teaspoon salt kosher
- pinch cayenne
- 2 avocados large
- Wash hands and assemble ingredients.
- In the food processor, process garlic on high until finely chopped. Add all ingredients through the green chile to the garlic. Pulse to pulverize the ingredients together, scraping down the bowl 2 or 3 times.
- Using your chef's knife, cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Twist the halves to separate. Jam the knife into the pit and pull it from the avocado flesh. Using a large spoon, scoop the avocado flesh into a medium bowl.
- Use a whisk, to break up the avocado flesh into a chunky consistency.
- Scrape the cilantro-infused mixture from the food processor bowl into the avocado mash. Add the maca powder, salt, and cayenne. Mix gently with a spatula.
- Serve immediately with chips, or place plastic wrap next to the surface of the Macamole to keep out the oxygen that will cause it to brown and refrigerate. (See note below.)