Your body needs minerals every day to function properly, but you typically need only small, trace amounts. Unlike fiber, fats, and protein, which you need in gram doses, you only need milligram amounts of minerals. But if you don't get them into your diet, major health problems can arise.
Minerals play a crucial role in every function of your body. They balance fluid levels, support healthy bones and teeth, aid muscle and nerve function and assist in normal blood clotting and blood pressure. Minerals also help build proper immune response, assist brain function and regulate metabolism.
It used to be that minerals were naturally occurring and abundant in the human diet. Microorganisms in healthy soil contributed to more mineral-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains and seeds. Due to soil depletion related to conventional farming and a growing prevalence of processed foods in today’s supermarkets, the average American diet is mineral-deficient. You should ensure that you get proper amounts of minerals in your diet by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, taking mineral supplements when necessary and eating mineral-rich superfoods like cacao and maca.
Grown in mineral-rich soil and maintaining an heirloom quality, the maca root and cacao (it's what all chocolate comes from) are two of the most mineral-rich superfoods available. They're perfect for smoothies and will keep you feeling fuller and more energized throughout your day.
Blend all ingredients except the cacao nibs and ice until smooth. Add the nibs and ice and blend again until frosty.
Per Serving: 261.5 Calories, Protein 6.2 g, Carb 29 g, Fat 15 g, Fiber 5.5 g
Note: These calculations are approximations obtained from NutritionCalc Plus based on 16 oz servings
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