Sweet potatoes in a smoothie?! Sure, why not. I love adding sweet potatoes to baked goods like brownies, but this is actually my first time adding them a smoothie.
Not too long ago, I used to prioritize fruits over veggies when it came to smoothie ingredients. After learning more the impact sugar has on the body, I’ve done my best to think of smoothie recipes like this…
- What vegetable will I use? Spinach isn’t the only way to add “vegetables” to your smoothies. Think outside the box. If it’s good in desserts, it’s probably good in your smoothie (carrot [cake], sweet potato [pie], zucchini [bread], pumpkin [everything]).
- How will I add protein? Plant-based protein is my go-to. Sometimes I’ll use collagen, nut butter or a mix of seeds.
- What ingredient will make it creamy and satisfying? Bananas or yogurt aren’t the only way to make a smoothie creamy. Avocados, zucchini or even tofu.
- Is there enough fiber in here? Fiber is something that’s missing from a lot of smoothies — especially fruit-forward smoothies.
The star vegetable in this smoothie is (duh) sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a grounding and comforting. They are packed with vitamin A and also have a good amount of vitamin B-6 and fiber.
Celery also plays a role in boosting the nutrition of this smoothie. Celery contains the phytochemical coumarin which has shown to help prevent cancer. These phytochemicals also improve immune response lower blood pressure. When buying celery, remember that it’s part of the dirty dozen — meaning you should buy organic and wash thoroughly.
The last ingredient I’ll call out is the flaxseeds. Many fruity smoothies are missing healthy fats. Flax has essential fatty acids which help maintain stable blood sugar levels, absorb nutrients and keep you full longer.
Vegan Sweet Potato Smoothie
- 1/2 cup sweet potato, peeled + chopped
- 1 celery stick, chopped
- 1 cup nut milk, unsweetened
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 2 dates
- 1 Tbsp nut butter
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed, ground
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pre-soak two dates if yours aren’t fresh or soft. 15 minutes in a bowl of water should do.
- Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Steam them using a steam basket on the stove top or using a microwave method (in a bowl with 2 Tbsp water) until soft. (Pro tip: Steam 1+ sweet potatoes to steam and freeze for later use.)
- Add the sweet potatoes to ice-cold water to cool them down before adding them to the blender. You can also freeze them and wait until they’re cold.
- Blend everything until smooth.