Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Maca Sure is good

My family and I recently returned from a fun Orlando vacation at Disney World and the Universal Studios parks. The end of our trip is bittersweet, as it's nice to relax in familiar surroundings, but hard to leave the warm weather behind (thank goodness my sisters and I got Harry Potter scarves as souvenirs; BTW, did anyone catch the HP movie marathon over the weekend?).

At least I had a yummy sweet treat waiting at home for me. The kind people at Sequel Naturals had sent me some Organic MacaSure Chocolat bars to sample. I had hoped to receive them before the trip, but they were well worth the wait.

As you know, I try to only review products I actually like, so lucky for me, this was chocolate (my biggest weakness) from one of my favorite companies. Of course, I liked it.

Although my blog is mainly raw, I do sometimes indulge in cooked food lately (no secrets here), especially if it's good quality dark chocolate. I would have loved to add pieces of these bars to my overnight breakfast oats (I used to add protein powders and nut butters to my soaked overnight oatmeal years ago, but I have to give Gina, a.k.a. the Fitnessista, credit for bringing this concept back into my life with such a cute name; her signature version is called "The Breakfast Cookie" due to the way she shapes her original recipe), but I still enjoyed other Sequel Naturals additions instead.

On my vacation, I'd mix a serving of dry oatmeal with half a packet of Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer, Whole Food Smoothie Infusion or Shake & Go (you may remember my review post when it first came out; now it comes in convenient individual snack packs which are perfect for "packing"), half a pouch (that's right; I said "pouch") of individually wrapped nut butter (another trip-friendly product), a mushed ripe banana and either water, nut milk (I bought some almond milk while I was there) or coconut water (I used the packaged stuff on my trip; I've heard that Brendan recommends this O.N.E.), and let it set overnight. Sometimes I'd also stir in dried fruit, nuts or Vega bar chunks.

Today, I didn't hesitate to try a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough oats with broken bits of MacaSure Chocolat mixed in. Delish! The chocolate paired well with my combination of oats, Vega Shake & Go in Vanilla Almondilla (my fave of the flavors), almond butter, banana and coconut water.

Speaking of chocolate chip, MacaSure Chocolat would also taste yummy in my raw cookies and cupcakes (I've been known to form them into mini doll cakes), as I occasionally like to intermingle raw and cooked. Some of my fellow Vega Community members have got the same idea. Just check out these scrumptious cookies posted by Jill, as well as her MacaSure Chocolate Orange Coconut Balls. Mmmm ...

For an extra special treat, I melted some MacaSure Chocolat on a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread topped with berries (from my freezer as they are no longer in season), similar to when Chef George Duran made chocolate breakfast sandwiches on "Ham on the Street." Usually, I wouldn't have a taste for the recipes on his show, but this time, I made an exception. Besides, my version is probably better for me, although it's still a little on the naughty side.

The MacaSure Chocolat contains maca, as if you couldn't guess. Here's what the brochure had to say:

"Indulge your senses and reward yourself - without compromising your commitment to your body. MacaSure Chocolat is permission to succumb to your chocolate craving, apology-free." (I like the sound of that).

"The complementary blend of 70% cocoa, organic dark chocolate with maca is a great way to enjoy the benefits of premium maca. Each deliciously decadent bar of MacaSure Chocolat contains 4000 mg of premium, organic maca, renowned for its hormone-balancing, energy-increasing and libido-enhancing properties." (I told you it was a little naughty. Ha ha).

These bars are definitely packed with maca; so much you can really taste it. I love its malt-like flavor and the way it makes me feel. I don't know if it's just a placebo effect, but I could get used to eating this stuff. Thanks Sequel Naturals :-)