Want to balance your energy levels and boost your mood and brain function? Then look no further than this healthy hormone shake! It includes good-quality oil for energy and maca powder for its powerful hormone-balancing properties.


  • 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk 
  • 1 tbsp macadamia nut butter 
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil, coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tsp maca powder 
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tbsp hydrolysed powdered gelatin (optional) 
  • ¼ tsp stevia (optional) 


Blitz all the ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth. Pour into a glass over ice and enjoy!


Maca powder is available in health-food stores. It can help rebalance hormone levels and may increase libido and sexual function. If maca is a new ingredient for you, start with just 1 teaspoon to avoid potential digestive issues, and gradually add more as you get used to it. Hydrolysed powdered gelatine provides a large range of amino acids and has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It is available at health-food stores or online.

Smart Carbs by Luke Hines is published by Plum, RPP $39.99.

Photographer credit: Mark Roper.