A fruity smoothie with almond milk and mandarins tastes refreshing and light. Together with energy-boosting Maca powder it is an optimally regenerating drink and with its orange colour it is also a beautiful eye-catcher.
- 1 mandarin
- 1/2 banana
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp Maca powder
1 - 2 serves
- Peel the mandarin and banana and cut them into pieces, put one or two tangerine pieces aside for decoration.
- Put the mandarin and the banana in a mixer together with almond milk or other vegetable milk together with Maca powder and puree to the desired consistency.
- Pour into one or two glasses and cover with slices of a mandarin.
ALMOND MILK is low in calories and contains no milk. It is produced by mixing finely ground, peeled almonds with water and other ingredients such as salt and sweeteners, vitamins and minerals.
For vegetarians and vegans, almond milk is a delicious herbal milk substitute, whereby the nutrients can vary depending on the supplier.
In any case, this milk has little calcium and much less protein than cow's milk, unless it is added. Here one should pay attention to the list of ingredients.
Incidentally, almond milk can also be produced by yourself. There are numerous instructions on DIY milk on the Internet.
BANANAS act on the production of serotonin through the amino acid tryptophan contained in them. This hormone is called a lucky charm, as it helps to lift up your mood. They are also very nutritious and rich in minerals like for example potassium and magnesium, what is good for athletes. They contain a fair amount of fiber and several antioxidants.
Bananas are virtually a natural doping agent and even more effective than isodrinks, because they improve athletic performance and physical recovery afterwards more efficiently than the artificial drinks. This was recently proven by an American study by Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
Phosphorus, vitamin C and vitamins of the B group complete their nutritional potential. They consist almost of water and carbs and have very little protein and almost no fat.
By the way, the more mature they are, the faster the carbohydrates are available for the body.
The yellow fruit is also good for digestion because, just like apples, they contain pectin, which can absorb too much water in case of diarrhoea and stimulate intestinal activity by a swelling effect in case of constipation.
MACA has numerous vitamins to offer such as B1, B2 and B6, C and E as well as minerals such as calcium and potassium, magnesium, sodium and sulphur. It also contains trace elements such as iodine, copper, manganese and silicon, zinc and tin.
The Maca tuber also contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are very important for the health of the body.
Thanks to its vital substances, this tuber, which tastes earthy and vanilla at the same time, gives the body and mind more strength and endurance, helps with stress and is also a herbal mood enhancer.
As an adaptogen, the root tuber from the Andes has a balancing effect on the hormone system.
It therefore helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms such as insomnia, hot flushes and mood swings and to increase libido.
Researchers found out in a study, how Maca can increase the psychological well-being and relieves the up and down of the hormone system during the menopause.
However, unlike soy or yam, the Maca plant does not contain any phytoestrogens. Another study in 2006 showed that Maca can be a good alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Phytosterols have a positive influence on cholesterol levels.
MANDARINES belong to the sweetest citrus fruits and are accordingly low in acid.
They have less vitamin C than other citrus fruits, but still 30 mg/100 g. They contain provitamin A and small amounts of vitamins B1-B9 and vitamin E. They are also rich in calcium and potassium.
Since they are easy to peel, they are a good snack.