Maca Fertility Smoothie

by Ann Marie Michaels on December 16, 2011

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If you’re trying to get pregnant or just balance your hormones, this maca fertility smoothie is the perfect way to start your day or give you a boost as an afternoon snack.

This smoothie is rich in probiotics, healthy fats, and fat soluble activators. I’ve added maca powder, an herb that naturally promotes hormone balance and fertility.

If you’re afraid of saturated fat, don’t be! Sex hormones are made out of cholesterol. We need plenty of good fat in our diet for healthy hormone balance and increased fertility.

I like to make my smoothie in a big batch and store it in the fridge. This way it’s a lot easier than having to make it every day. If you’re trying to get pregnant, make sure you give your husband some of this smoothie every day, too.

Recipe Notes

You can add more or less maca, depending on how much you like to take. I like to take 1 tablespoon per day. I like to add more maca to my smoothie mix, so I don’t have to make the smoothie as often. I just drink 1/2 a cup per day to get 1 tablespoon of maca each day. If you want to take less maca, just add less to the smoothie mix.

You can use any combination of coconut milk, kefir or yogurt. Homemade kefir or yogurt or best because they are fermented longer than store-bought varieties. You can also ferment your coconut milk with kefir grains if you are dairy-intolerant.

If you’re thinking of adding greens to this smoothie, I recommend that you skip them. Raw greens are full of anti-nutrients which block mineral absorption.

You could also add fermented cod liver oil and butter oil blend to this smoothie. I prefer to take mine separately, but I think the cinnamon flavor blend would go great in this smoothie. I take about a tablespoon per day of fermented cod liver oil/butter oil.

Where to Buy Maca Powder

Click here to order maca powder on Amazon.

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Maca Fertility Smoothie

Makes 5 cups

Ingredients

Coconut milk, full-fat, and/or kefir and/or yogurt, grass-fed, full-fat (4 cups) — where to buy coconut milk, where to buy kefir and yogurt starters
Maca powder (1/2 cup — or less depending on how much maca you want to take) — where to buy maca powder
Egg yolks from pastured chickens (6-8)
Honey, raw or real maple syrup, to taste (I use 4 TBS or less) — where to buy sweeteners
Coconut oil or raw, grass-fed cream (4 TBS) — where to buy coconut oil,

Equipment

Blender

Directions

1. Put everything in the blender and mix until well blended.
2. Store the blender pitcher in the fridge (if you’re lazy like me) or you can transfer to a pitcher.
3. Drink 1/2 cup or more per day.

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Suzanne Ledford December 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM

How long does it typically last in the fridge?

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cheeseslave December 16, 2011 at 12:46 PM

It depends on how fresh your ingredients are and what you use. This recipe makes 5 cups, and if you drink 1/2 cup per day, it should last 10 days if the ingredients or fresh. If you are using yogurt or kefir, it will last longer.

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Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama December 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

This sounds delicious!!! I use to use maca a lot when I was into raw/vegan a few years ago. Something I noticed was that I couldn’t handle eating it every day. I would get all jumpy and over stimulated from it! Someone told me to only take it for 3-4 days, then go off it for a few days, then back on. It worked for me :).

Do you know if maca is okay for pregnant/nursing mommas? I assume it would be helpful to someone after having a baby? Help balance hormones out?

Thanks :)

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Sandy December 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Do you know if juicing removes the anti nutrients from greens? We are doing gaps and I have been wondering whether or not we should juice the greens for this reason. I have been doing a little bit of mint or parsley so far, do raw herbs have anti nutrients? Thanks!

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cheeseslave December 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

No juicing does not remove the antinutrients from greens. However, when we juice on the GAPS diet we are doing it to detox. Fresh green juice helps the body detoxify. If you’re juicing for that reason, it’s fine. But I would not add green juice to a maca smoothie. Maca is loaded with minerals, and it doesn’t make sense to also consume green juice since you’d block mineral absorption.

Most raw herbs do not have antinutrients like raw greens, although some do, like sorrel for example.

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Sandy December 17, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Thanks!

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chuck December 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM

does it do anything to your libido?

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cheeseslave December 16, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Yes, maca has been shown to increase libido

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Sally January 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

I can say for sure that maca definitely improves libido! (ha ha!)

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Meredith December 16, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Does your smoothie have tons of tiny chunks of coconut oil in it when you include coconut oil? I know mine does bc the coconut oil gets hard when it gets cold – and I have even tried to melt it first before adding and it hardens right up into tiny balls. Any thoughts? Love this recipe btw. I made meringues the other day and saved 9 yolks from my luscious eggs – YAY!!! Bulk smoothie time :) Gonna pick up some maca tonight. Any suggestion on a starting dose for maca. I don’t want to be lame but also don’t want to be over the top. Is it good to work your way up? Sorry if you said this elsewhere – I read all your posts – I may have just forgotten. THANK YOU!!

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cheeseslave December 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

You can just melt the coconut oil before adding it.
If you want to start slow with maca, just start with 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon per day and work up.

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Margaret December 16, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I use coconut oil in my kefir smoothies. I’ve found the best way to mix it in is to melt it and slowly pour it in while the blender is going. If the blender isn’t going the oil has time to harden before it gets mixed.

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Krissy December 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Unfortunately I can not use maca….even a tiny amount will cause great digestive upset. I have tried it a couple of times with the same result:(

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Liz December 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Very interesting! Amazon says, “Maca is a nutrition-packed root vegetable” Do you know if this root veggetable is GAPS legal?

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cheeseslave December 16, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I don’t believe it is GAPS legal but I am not sure.

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Maria December 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Do you know if there could be any interaction with other herbs or supplements to enhance fertility- for example Chinese herbs. (Maybe “too much of a good thing”?) Probably best to speak to my acupuncturist/ herbalist as well but would be interested to hear your thoughts.
Also for the cinnamon flavor fermented cod liver oil / butter oil blend.. I admit I am a newbie to cod liver oil and was planning on getting the capsules. I currently take a lemon flavored oil and was pleasantly surprised that it really is flavorless aside from a pleasant lemon flavor. But it’s a store bought refined brand (with added A&D), I really want to move to the fermented and unprocessed kind you recommend. I am concerned – even with the capsules – of being able to tolerate it. I am particularly sensitive to “fishy” tastes and odors. In the past I have been unable to take fish oil tablets and even garlic supplements. My plan is to start with the capsules and see how that goes… but just curious to hear your thoughts – could you honestly mix the cinnamon flavored oil into a smoothie – wouldn’t it taste fishy?
Also in the event the fermented oil isn’t for me – would you agree that a refined cod liver oil is better than none?
thanks!

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cheeseslave December 16, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Yes, best to speak to your acupuncturist. I know nothing about Chinese herbs.

I don’t think the cinnamon flavor tastes fishy at all.

I don’t think the refined cod liver oils are any good. With the exception of the Quantum brand but they are being phased out. I really recommend the fermented cod liver oil. If you don’t like the taste, I would get the capsules.

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Linda Townsend December 16, 2011 at 7:35 PM

I have only just started following this blog, and find the topics very interesting. I have been in the Natural Products industry for 20 years now, and am a trained herbalist. A word of caution about Maca. I heard from a source in the herbal industry whose company manufactures very high quality herbal products (and they are a leader in the industry), that their company does not make a Maca product because they could not find a source that did not test with high lead content. Consequently, I am shying away from Maca, unless I can be guaranteed that the source is pure. Certain herbs become “hot” at certain times as I have seen over the years, and the demand outweighs viable product, and there are less than ethical companies producing herbal products, I hate to admit.
Fish oil is another example of a product that should be really well research before purchasing. Molecularly distilled means that the oil is heated up to a fairly high temp… bad for oil! Bottles of oil oxidize rapidly once the container is opened, and increases with each successive opening. For that reason I use capsules. Bad/poor quality fish oil is BAD for your health. I use MorEPA from Minami Nutrition.

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Mary December 16, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Linda,

Green Pastures is super responsible with how they process their fish oil so that is the company I order from. Check this out to read about their practices. http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/PurityStatement/index.cfm

It’s a great product.

I don’t know about the lead in maca. I’ve never heard of that.

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cheeseslave December 16, 2011 at 8:59 PM

I haven’t heard that either. I will ask Maca Magic.

And Mary is right. Green Pasture’s cod liver oil is unlike any other.

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cheeseslave December 20, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I heard back from Maca Magic:

Good morning Ann Marie,

Thank you for your interest and concern about Maca Magic.

We have our Maca powder tested and provide a Certificate of Analysis which reflects the measurement of lead found in our Maca Magic product . Please review the attached document and contact us regarding any further questions or concerns.

Lead: <0.05mg/kg

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Bethany December 17, 2011 at 3:26 AM

I noticed you are promoting Young Living essential oils, and want you to read this.
http://www.quackwatch.com/11Ind/young.html
I do like your blog, though!

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cheeseslave December 18, 2011 at 7:16 AM

Hi, Bethany,

That quackwatch guy attacks lots of people and organizations I really like and believe in. Including the Weston A. Price Foundation:

http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/holisticdent.html

And also Dr. Joe Mercola: http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/mercola.html

He also posts BS articles like these:
http://www.quackwatch.org/03HealthPromotion/immu/too_many.html
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/ak.html
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/mercury.html
http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/candida.html

That last one really bugs me. I completely eliminated my arthritis and chronic fatigue following Dr. Crook’s book.

I do not think he is a reliable source.

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christina December 17, 2011 at 5:23 AM

Is maca safe for a toddler?

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cheeseslave December 18, 2011 at 7:16 AM

No, maca is not meant for children.

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Roxanne December 17, 2011 at 6:15 AM

Just wondering if you know if Maca is Ok to have while breastfeeding?

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Janelle December 17, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I also would love to know if maca is OK while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Janelle
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cheeseslave December 18, 2011 at 7:17 AM

No, it is not.

According to the Maca Magic folks:

It should be ok for the MOM, however, Not for the CHILD or baby. Also please note it can increase the MOMS fertility.

http://www.macatalk.com/faqs/womens.html#birth

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Linnae December 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I want to try this!! One question though- you mentioned fermenting the coconut milk… have you done this before? I tried it once with homemade coconut milk and water kefir grains and it didnt work out. I haven’t tried the milk grains yet… maybe thats the ticket?

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cheeseslave December 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Try it with regular kefir grains.

Give them real milk every other time though or they will get tuckered out.

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Linnae December 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Thanks! I am going to try it today!

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Nickole@savvyteasandherbs.com December 18, 2011 at 11:11 AM

I have to say I first heard about Maca Root from a blog post you wrote a while ago which made me so intrigued and now we carry it in our store. I have fallen in love with this herb. I use it for hormone balance and to me, it is actually good tasting. I just put it in water and down it. I love the taste, for some reason! I love when an herb is so easy to take! It is packed with so many other health benefits as well – circulatory health, antioxidant, aids the adrenals, etc, and contains many nutrients. Very impressive herb. For those who asked about libido, it has actually been dubbed the “natural Viagra”. :)

Nickole

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Vanessa B December 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Is it safe to drink while breastfeeding?

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cheeseslave December 20, 2011 at 7:20 PM

No

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Vanessa B December 20, 2011 at 5:29 PM

“If you’re thinking of adding greens to this smoothie, I recommend that you skip them. Raw greens are full of anti-nutrients which block mineral absorption.” – What do you mean by this? ‘anti-nutrients’? …tell me more!

And, what does the smoothie taste like? Does Maca have a strong or mild flavor?

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cheeseslave December 20, 2011 at 7:45 PM
Gabriella January 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Do you take the raw or gelatinized version?

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Sally January 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I strongly believe that maca increased my fertility and helped me get pregnant naturally at ages 39 and 41 after 2 previous miscarriages. Maca is excellent for increasing libido and is also said to improve egg quality (which is huge for women of “advanced age”). I truly believe maca played a very important role in me conceiving my two sons. I also had uncomplicated pregnancies and vaginal deliveries with both (water births, to be exact). It is also good for male fertility (my husband took it too) and menopausal symptoms.

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Abby July 27, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Sally,
How long did you take Maca and how much before you got preg? I had a miscarriage and now having a hard time conceiving…Willing to try anything:)
Thanks so much!

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Ashley March 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Thanks so much for this post, I have been looking for a quick/easy/nutritious breakfast, and this fits my needs exactly.

Question about maca, I have read that it is better to use the gelatinized powder due to digestion issues and to receive all therapeutic benefits. I know nothing about this, do you know if it is true? Thanks!

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Emily February 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

I’m intrigued. What about this review on Amazon though about taking maca raw upsetting your thyroid? Do you think there is an issue with taking maca raw?
http://www.amazon.com/review/R27N5UZGUCPV8M/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R27N5UZGUCPV8M

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Devon Clothier July 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

If I don’t have pastured eggs, should I omit them? You mentioned fresh is best and I can only get organic cage free or free range eggs…

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Molly July 26, 2013 at 7:50 AM

So the eggs are raw, right?

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Molly July 26, 2013 at 7:51 AM

ahhh nevermind lol sorry, I see they are pasteurized.

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Andrew Rhodes August 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Hi Ann Marie,

Love these recipes, great job. We last connected at the WAPF conference in 2010, and regarding Maca I’d like to discuss an affiliate opportunity with you. Would it be best if I send the specifics to questions @ cheeseslave.com, or do you prefer I go through VGN?

Thank you for your support and for a great blog.

~ Andrew

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Maria November 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Why does it cause digestive issues for some?

Also would a pregnant woman take this smoothie if she wanted?

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MM January 4, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Would it be ok if I added powdered Pure Synergy to this recipe?

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