I am a big fan of green smoothies. I am also a big fan of sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a popular vegetable during the fall and winter months. Therefore, it makes sense that I would naturally start to experiment with green smoothies containing sweet potatoes. I think I have come up with an excellent recipe!
First, let’s take a brief look at the nutritional benefits that sweet potatoes have to offer. Sweet potatoes are an exceptional source of Vitamin A. They also offer healthy amounts of Vitamins B5 and B6, as well as copper. Additionally, sweet potatoes contain a number of beneficial antioxidants. The sweet potato has low glycemic effect, making it an ideal ingredient for those who suffer from diabetes.
When it comes to using sweet potatoes in green smoothies, you will have the option of using them in their raw form or cooked. It is a little known fact that sweet potatoes are more nutritious when they are cooked, and in using cooked sweet potatoes in your green smoothies, you will be able to enjoy better texture and flavor.
I chose to use sweet potatoes as a creamy base for this particular recipe. I blended it together with one banana to sweeten its natural taste, and I like to use complimentary spices, like vanilla and cinnamon. Through my experimentation, I’ve also found that most citrus fruits blend well with sweet potatoes.
If you would like to try green smoothies with sweet potatoes, here’s a great recipe I recently concocted.
The ingredients that you’ll need to have at the ready include:
1/2 cup raw sweet potato (you can also used cooked if you prefer)
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 small banana, peeled
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (non-alcoholic)
1/2 head butter lettuce
8 ounces almond milk
Each of these ingredients should be added to your blender one at a time and blended together until they have a smooth, creamy consistency. This recipe is going to make 2, 12 ounce cups of smoothie, but you can easily double or triple the ingredients if you need to make more.
A single serving of these green smoothies going to contain roughly 283 calories, which makes it a delicious and nutritious snack at any time of the day. This smoothie is going to contain 424% of your RDA for Vitamin A, 15% of your RDA for Vitamin C, and roughly 5 grams of protein. Enjoy!