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Superhero snack alert: These maca quinoa pops boost energy while beating PMS

Chocolate Maca Quinoa Pops
Photo: Lisa Cohen
The Yoga Kitchen
Photo: Lisa Cohen for Quadrille Publishing

Blame your thyroid, birth control pill, or Mother Nature herself, but hormones rarely behave. Fortunately, there’s an adaptogen for that: maca, a powerhouse superherb that can help boost energy, regulate stress, and yes, bring a bit more balance to your body.

You can easily add it to your a.m. smoothie (a la the Broad City girls), but that’s not the only way to get your daily dose. Just ask Kimberly Parsons, author of The Yoga Kitchen, who turned the it-ingredient into a…wait for it…snack-ready pop.

Her genius recipe is packed with good-for-you ingredients (chocolate and quinoa make an appearance)—and as a bonus, the healthy bites freeze well and can be made up to two months in advance.

“I used maca root powder because of its incredible powers for both men and women as an adaptogen and an aphrodisiac,” says Parsons. “The use of cacao in this recipe also helps to contribute to this increased desire, as cacao helps to increase tryptophan, a building block of serotonin, which is a brain chemical involved in sexual arousal.” (Yet another much-appreciated perk.)

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