Maya Nut: a Blue Zone Superfood
BySarah Axtell, ND •April 2, 2022
I recently traveled to the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, to research the lifestyle of these vital people. Nicoya is a Blue Zone, or a longevity hot spot. In Nicoya, they have the lowest rates of middle-age mortatlity and the second highest concentration of male centenarians (individuals that live to be 100).
The telomeres of the people in Nicoya are the longest in Costa Rica. Telomeres are “timekeeper in your cells,” or endcaps of DNA strands that protect our genetic information. This is evidence that the longevity benefits of their lifestyles is well beyond anecdotal.
I was especially intrigued by all of the plants they consume. One of the superfoods that grows in abundance in Costa Rica is the Maya Nut. Maya Nut (actually a seed) is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins (A, B, C, and E), minerals (iron, calcium, zinc, and potassium), and antioxidants.
It is bitter in taste, reminiscent of coffee and cacao. It can be found in a powder form, where it can easily be added to smoothies, energy balls, and baked goods for a healthy boost. You can also drink it as a caffeine-free coffee alternative.
You can buy it online here.
Maya Nut Iced Mocha (caffeine free)
This recipe is packed full of anti-aging antioxidants and gut-loving fiber.
- 1 scoop Maya Nut powder
- 1 TBSP cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TBSP raw honey (or few drops of liquid stevia)
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 12-16 ounces unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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