Sweet Potato Smoothie

I know it may sound odd to put a sweet potato in a smoothie, but the flavors in this smoothie are incredibly sweet.  Most people enjoy sweet potatoes as fries or baked.  Maybe topping them with ketchup, salsa, or adding some beans.  Even I have made a savory meal with a sweet potato before.  But surprisingly, sweet potatoes go really well with other ingredients to help satisfy a sweet tooth craving in a more healthy way, like eating a sweet potato with almond butter.

This smoothie is filled with vitamin A from the sweet potato and protein from the protein powder.  In addition, the turmeric makes it anti-inflammatory and the cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar.  If you add the optional walnuts, you even get the benefit of some healthy fats.

This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 sweet potato, baked 
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1-1.5 cups almond milk (depending on how thick you want your smoothie)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (I use 1 medjool date)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (Can be omitted)
  • Optional: 1/2 scoop protein powder (this time I used Plant Fusion in Vanilla)
  • Optional: handful of walnuts

Directions:

  1. Bake the sweet potato at 425F for about 1 hour.  Allow to cool. (I did this the night before and placed it in the fridge so it would be cold for the smoothie.)
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

I added about 1 1/4 cup almond milk to mine and liked the consistency.  It all depends on how thick you want it.  This time I was in the mood for a slightly thinner smoothie, and amazingly 1 1/4 cup was still quite thick!  I also did not use the walnuts this time, but I bet they would be great in the smoothie so I’m definitely going to add some next time!

Sorry, no picture 😦 But just imagine a thick, creamy smoothie in the beautiful orange color of a sweet potato!

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