Maca what!?

Good morning all!

If you are one of my teacher buddies, Happy Thanksgiving BREAK! Ahhhhh…..a week to get caught up on life :) What a gift. Today’s post is short but pretty interesting, I think.

Have you ever heard of Maca root or Maca powder? Well, it’s basically an ancient root native to Peru and the health benefits are like nothing I have ever seen! I could go on for days about all of the health benefits but my reason for consuming Maca is for hormonal balance. This balancing of the hormones works for both men and women…..yes, men have hormones too. Other health benefits and uses for Maca include:

  • Sustained energy
  • Mood boosting
  • Treatment for depression
  • Treatment for osteoporosis
  • Improves libido
  • Balances the entire endocrine system (the adrenals, pancreatic, pituitary and thyroid gland)

AND Maca naturally balances out the chemistry of our bodies because of the many proteins, vitamins and minerals, fiber and also  fatty acids. Enough on my rant…..let me tell you how I like to consume Maca. First, the flavor is a caramel, earthy flavor so I like to mix it into my coffee because it acts as a natural creamer (even though I still add milk!). Now, I use just under a teaspoon per mug of coffee; anymore and it gets a little too gritty for my liking. When I put it in smoothies though I usually do a tablespoon. Recipe for that coming soon….

Many people use Maca instead of coffee because of that rich caramel flavor, but not this lady. If I want coffee at night I will use a Maca substitute recipe but in the morning, bring it on. I use half-decaf though, and beware, Maca has an energizing effect (naturally) so combined with your coffee, it is quite the waker-upper. I LOVE it. I prefer to use Navitas Naturals brand :)

Here is my Maca Coffee recipe:

Take one mug of black coffee (I use half decaf) and stir in 1 tsp. of Maca powder. Let it dissolve really well. Then, I add organic whole milk (I do not use skim as it is too processed). I add it according to taste but I estimate just under 1/4 cup probably. I really like milk in my coffee :) Finally, I use one tsp. of organic coconut sugar. This sugar also has a caramel flavor and is FULL of vitamins and minerals. This one cup of coffee is loaded with nutrients, which is great if you have your coffee anyway, might as well make it healthy! I do not use artificial sweeteners because they are toxic, change the chemistry of your body, and taste like crap. All natural for this lady…..but feel free to add raw stevia (the natural form- not processed) in place of the coconut sugar. Enjoy!!  ( I have to use my Boston cup this morning in honor of my recent trip!)



Have a great weekend!!!

JEA/NSPA National Convention in Boston

Hey guys! It has been FOREVER since I have posted…..busy doing lots of teaching and freelancing :) This post is for all of my adviser and yearbook staff peeps who need some help when it comes to grading. I have posted the presentation and all hand outs below. Please email me at, if you  need anything else! Thanks to all who attended my session; it was such a great time!


Presentation: Grading For Editors Presentation PPT format

Grading Rubric for Writers: Writer Rubric

Checklist for Writers: Writer Checklist

Grading Rubric for Designers:

Checklist for Designers: DesignersChecklist2012-2013

Grading Rubric for Photographers: rubric photog

Checklist for Photographers: Photographer’s%20Checklist[1]

Editor’s Performance Rubric: Editor

Editor’s Employability Rubric: Employabilty_Rubric1

Thanks again!