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Charlyn Fargo on

A: Maca is a nutrient-dense root vegetable, indigenous to Peru, that grows in the Andes Mountains. It is rich in iron, calcium, copper, zinc, amino acids and vitamins B, C and E. It can be baked, roasted or added to soups. But it's also found in powder form, capsules or as a liquid extract. Some people take it to improve sexual function; others believe it can help reduce anxiety and depression. Research on it has been limited -- and the studies have been small. Check with your doctor before trying any new supplement to make sure there isn't any food/drug interaction -- and that it's worth trying.

RECIPE

Servings: 4

December can only mean one thing -- panic because Christmas is right around the corner, with all the associated things to do. It can be a month to eat more, exercise less and stray away from healthy eating. I searched my files for a quick, tasty weeknight meal that provides plenty of protein and not too many calories. It's from Cooking Light.

FIVE-SPICE CHICKEN BREASTS WITH SESAME-ORANGE GREEN BEANS

2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

 

4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts

2 teaspoons five-spice powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

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