Whether your smoothie routine is getting a little *too* routine, or if you’ve fallen out of rhythm entirely, there’s no such thing as having too many good recipes to ensure you enjoy what is potentially the best meal of the day.
Packed with great foods from start to finish, smoothies give you the opportunity to stockpile your body with important servings of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and of course …. superfoods! But while spring and summer smoothies feel like a natural fit, decreasing temperatures outside can make fall and winter smoothies seem less desirable. The solution? Use seasonal produce and flavors in your smoothies to make them “feel” warmer and more responsive to the weather.
One of our favorite ways to “warm up” smoothies for the colder months is by using cooked sweet potatoes and yams in place of fresh fruit. Blended up, these starchy vegetables create a delectably creamy base that goes especially well with vanilla, chocolate, and nut flavors, and we enhance them even further by sprinkling in cozy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Add in some protein powder, some antioxidant-rich goji berries, and some stress-regulating maca root, and you’ve quickly got yourself a whole new reason to raise a glass.
So before you tuck your blender away for the winter entirely, why not try making adapted smoothie versions that taste like the holiday treats you crave, but offer the real-foods your body actually wants. Our Sweet Potato Superfood Smoothie is a perfect place to get started and renew your healthiest addiction once again.
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SWEET POTATO SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE PREP TIPS:
Blend better than ever with these tried-and-true smoothie tips.
Fresh or canned? While homemade sweet puree has a slightly fuller flavor, a can of sweet potato puree will do the trick just fine, and won’t have much of a nutritional difference, either.
Choose a quality protein powder. Blending law says: the better tasting your protein powder, the better tasting your smoothie, so choose the most delicious one you can find! We also recommend using a powder that is sweetened using naturally sugar-free ingredients (such as monkfruit or stevia), and encourage plant-based and superfood-enriched blends whenever possible for added nutrition.
Blend in ice separately. Because this smoothie includes cashews and goji berries, give your blender a chance to turn them into a creamy base first before adding ice for the smoothest blend.
Sweeten to taste. Most vanilla protein powders are quite sweet on their own, which will contribute to the sweetness of the smoothie. But just in case your finished blend isn’t up to par, feel free to blend in a few drops of liquid stevia (or your sweetener of choice) to boost the flavor.
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Sweet Potato Superfood Smoothie
With its balanced nutrition and sweet allure, this slightly spiced, low-sugar superfood smoothie is bound to become a regular part of your healthy meal rotation.
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 1 Author: Julie Morris
1/3 cup sweet potato puree (either freshly cooked or canned) 2 tablespoons raw cashews 2 tablespoons your favorite vanilla-flavored protein powder*
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 tablespoon dried goji berries ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon Scant 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 cup coconut water 1 cup ice, or more if desired
Stevia or sweetener of choice, to taste (optional)
1. In blender, combine the sweet potato puree, cashews, goji berries, maca powder, protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coconut water. Blend until smooth. Add the ice—1 cup on up to 2 cups, depending on how frosty you like your smoothie—and blend once more until frosty. Add additional sweetener only if needed.
*For best results, use the smoothest, most delicious-tasting variety of vanilla protein powder you can get your hands on. We used Amazing Grass Protein Superfood with great success.