Sunday, October 2, 2016

Roasted sweet potato smoothie

I love smoothies (as in: here and here). It's a great way to make sure I get my daily fruit and veggies, especially when I'm on the go. And yes, I am one of those people who likes to eat my smoothie out of a bowl with a spoon (really, I love to eat most things this way). It makes smoothies seem more like a meal to be and makes it less likely I'll gulp it down in one minute flat. But I digress: I love smoothies. I try to have a green smoothie every day, but my tastes change with the seasons. I move from things that are cold and green to things that are warmer and richer. I tend to opt for more roasted veggies and vegetable based soups, rather than green smoothies and salads.

This smoothie is a product of that shift. I adore sweet potatoes. I find that roasted sweet potatoes gives them more depth and sweetness than if I just microwave them. It can be time consuming to roast them, so I usually just roast a large batch to last me through the week, ensuring I always have roasted sweet potatoes to blend for breakfast, stuff for lunch, or fry for dinner.

Sweet potatoes for days! 

This smoothie is my go-to smoothie for the fall and winter. Sweet with a bit of a kick from the spices, it will be sure to warm you up and power you through your day.

Ingredients (serves 1-2):

1 roasted sweet potato, cooled
1 frozen banana
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2-3 dashes nutmeg
2-3 dashes cloves
2-3 dashes allspice
3/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
4-5 ice cubes (optional)

Optional toppings:

chopped walnuts
cacao nibs

Using a high powered blender (I use a Vita Mix), add all of the ingredients. If using, add ice. Turn machine on and slowly increase to the highest speed until you reach desired consistency.

Garnish with option toppings and enjoy!