How to Get Past the Maca taste and Avoid Maca Earthly Smell?
Now, taste, it is a personal thing, and that is ok. But I know for sure that maca does not have a vanilla-like aroma and it does not smell delightful like flowers and roses when taken in a powder form.
Interested in improving maca taste? Here are a few safe ways I use to make my maca drinks taste delightful. You might want to try some of my tricks and suggestions below.
The way you start your day can set the tone of how the rest of the day will follow. For many, breakfasts plays a significant part in how the day will unfold (that would be me). That’s why the morning cereal or shake should comfortably fit the image of a good day ahead. At least, it needs to feel tasty to our soft and not yet awaken palate. Unfortunately, it does not always happen, especially when we introduce to our diet new healthy tastes which we are not in favor, such as maca powder.
In the morning and during the day I like to mix some ‘power’ powders in my drink. One of the powders is maca. Unlike gelatinized maca powder, which is sweeter and its fragrance reminds me of something like caramelized earthly nuts, raw maca has a malt-like tang.
There are plenty of people I know who actually like the taste of maca powder. While I do not mind different flavors and scents, as long as the supplement I take is healthy, my partner is super sensitive to distinct tangs and scents. He dislikes most superfoods in powder form, including both the gelatinized and fresh maca powder, their taste, and smell. So as we both like to start our day with a delightful breakfast, I always make sure I choose my morning ingredients carefully to hide the maca taste and turn it into a flavoursome experience.
Empty capsules – No taste, no smell
With the use of capsules, you can conveniently take the supplements that you need regardless of how they taste.
If you like an idea of creating your supplements, you’ll need empty capsules. You can buy empty capsules from a health food store or Amazon, and fill these yourself with maca powder. This way you do not have to taste it or smell maca at all. As capsules are often more expensive than powders, on a long run, this might be a cost-effective solution. The only downside is the process of you filling up those capsules with the powder.
When buying empty capsules
Based on my experience the following is what will help you select the desired empty capsules.
The age of the capsules. Most capsules have a shelf life of about two years. It is always good to check the expiration date. You do not want to deal with old and floppy capsules.
Reputable company. Buying capsules from a reputable company is essential. That way you know what you’re getting, and you know these empty capsules are the highest standards.
Gelatin Capsules vs. Vegetarian Capsules. There are two types of capsules, gelatin-based, and vegetarian based empty capsules.
- Gelatin capsules are made of animal by-products. These include boiled bones, animal tendons, and skins. Some of the animals where these by-products come from are cows, pigs, horses and fishes. If you are on a vegan or vegetarian diet, or for some reason the gelatin capsules are not appealing to you, you can buy vegetarian capsules.
- Vegetarian capsules are plant-based and 100% natural. Gelatin free, vegetarian capsules contain no wheat, preservatives, gluten, animal by-products or starch. They consist of only two ingredients. HPMC (Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose) and purified water. HPMC is derived from vegetable cellulose, which is either pine or poplar.
- Capsule size. Empty capsules are sold in a variety of sizes, marked in numbers. These numbers indicate the proportion and volume of the capsule. It is important to notice that the biggest empty capsule number has triple zero (000) and the smallest size has the highest number, which is four (video below). Choose the empty capsule size you are most comfortable with.
Smoothies are our favorite breakfast solution, to make it every time exciting and not annoying to drink, I always try to improve the flavor by mixing all possible kinds of fruits, veggies, and herbs. We have our two top favorites. Both smoothie mixes are fruity, they taste great, smells incredible, there are super easy to prepare, and they have the maca powder in it.
Strawberry maca smoothie recipe
(it serves three)
– Frozen strawberries (fresh or frozen)
– Two banana
– Mint lives (handful)
– Water or rice milk
– Maca powder (1 full soup spoon)
Blend all the above ingredients, and voila, you got a fruity, tasty, summer kind of looking and refreshing power drink. The reason this blend works well is that each of the fruits I added has their prevailing aroma. And needless the say, mint leaves give a beautiful, refreshing fragrance. When mixed with maca, there is no way to notice that maca is part of the smoothie.
Our second top favorite smoothie is with peaches and melons.
Melon maca smoothie recipe for three
(it serves three)
– Melon (½ melon)
– Five peaches
– One banana (or 1½ it depends on the size)
– Maca (1 full soup spoon)
More maca tips to hide the taste
- Make a quick shot. A super fast way to mask the maca flavor, drink it as you’d drink from a shot glass, and this is how: In a tiny glass add the required maca dosage and mix it with a small amount of liquid (see below), just enough so it looks and feels smooth to drink. Then, slam it back, quickly.
- Mix maca with fruits or veggie juices. Mixing maca with juice is a tough one, and it was an exciting endeavor for us. On a few occasions, my juice mix inexperience made me gag. My no way mix is maca with apple juice. The combination of these two ingredients somehow becomes rather heavy on the stomach, and the after effect is not pleasant at all (my experience was feeling sick and purging). The positive juice experiences we had, was with the following fruits/juices combination: Maca + Orange juice, Maca + blubbery juice, Maca + Carrots + Ginger + Apple (I know, maca+ apple no-no, but here it works perfectly well).
- Hot cocoa and a warm cup of coffee. If you are into hot drinks, then cocoa-maca drink or maca-coffee may work in hiding the flavors. The process is straightforward. To make your cocoa drink tasty, prepare it as you would usually prepare your cocoa drink, but this time add maca and cinnamon. During the cold winter times, this is a super easy drink to make, yet delightful, warming (so cozy) drink to have in the morning. The same goes for coffee, prepare your favorite cup of coffee as you like and at the end, just before serving, stir in maca (half teaspoon). To make it sweeter, pitted dates are super fit for both cocoa and coffee drink.
- Energy Bars. If you have time, and you like energy bars, I’d suggest you make a good load of maca bars. It might take 20 – 30 min to make these, but at least you will have a delightful, nutritious snack with you when on the road, and you will not have to worry about how it is going to taste or smell.
Extra Tip: It always helps to have aromatic herbs or spices at hand which will help hide maca taste and smell. Our favorite is mint, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and pitted dates. Mixing maca with water is also you could avoid. Maca is rich in earthly flavor and water is ‘tasteless.’ So, all you will feel and taste is maca, not too bad taste but not so good either.
We hope the information above will help you get some ideas on how to make your maca experience enjoyable. At first it might be challenging to figure out which way to go and what are the best mixes for you, but eventually, you will find a unique blend or alternative that suits you most.
P.S. Even though maca contains no hormones whatsoever, if you are relying on hormone-altering medications, for the treatment of breast cancer or other severe conditions, consult your doctor before purchasing maca.