If you have a smoothie every day, you might find it’s time to switch up your ingredients list for a deliciously healthy sweet potato smoothie recipe. We think this is a soon-to-be favorite daily shake recipe that you will use again and again.
Over the past few years, we have made only one small update to the program protocol – sweet potatoes are officially on the Clean-approved foods list. Contrary to popular belief, sweet potatoes and yams are in the tuber family and they are not nightshades, although white, red, yellow and blue-skinned potatoes are nightshade and should be avoided during the Clean Program.
Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritionally-rich vegetables available this time of year. They contain a high dose of vitamin A which aids in bone, reproductive, and immune system health. The humble sweet potato is even a catalyst for better women’s and infant health in Kenya.
BEAUTIFYING BENEFITS OF SWEET POTATOES
If that wasn’t enough of a reason to add sweet potatoes into your diet, it also doesn’t hurt that your hair and skin both can benefit from the high dose of potassium, iron, and magnesium available from eating tuber as well as using tubers topically. .
CUTTING THE EXCESS SUGAR
Another part of making the most of your Clean Program is avoiding excess sugar. Added sugar found in a traditional sweet potato pie recipe can lower the immune system, age the skin and cause inflammation.
Adding in the complex carbs from sweet potatoes throughout the day help control sugar cravings and stabilizing energy levels. Their high potassium content means sweet potatoes can also help alleviate muscle cramps which can sometimes occur during a detox.
WE KNOW – NO BANANAS IS BANANAS
A sugary fruit that many on the cleanse have a hard time leaving out of their cleanse shakes is bananas. Most people are so used to adding in a banana to shakes to add sweetness and a creamy texture that they can’t imagine a banana-less lifestyle. Thanks to this sweet potato smoothie recipe, we have the perfect creamy substitute.
When eating sweet potatoes, it’s best to combine them with some form of fat. The coconut cream and milk in this recipe works synergistically to increase your body’s ability to absorb beta-carotene and other health-boosting antioxidants to get the most out of your overall cleanse experience.
Prep time: 5 minutes plus freezing time
Cooking time: 30 minutes
1-quart of apple cider, frozen into ice cubes
1 pound sweet potatoes
8 ounces coconut cream
8 ounces coconut milk
2 scoops Vanilla Daily Shake (or one Vanilla Cleanse Shake Packet)
For the Pumpkin Pie Spice:
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground clove
pinch of sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (optional)
Garnish: a few teaspoons of each
roughly chopped pecans
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray and bake until tender. Remove from the oven and cut a slit down the middle to cool faster.
Place all the spices in a bowl and mix to combine. I recommend doubling or tripling the recipe to have extra for a later use!
To make the smoothie, place the coconut milk and cream in a blender along with 2 cups of the roasted sweet potato (minus the skin). Add 6 ice cubes then blend on high until smooth and creamy. If too thick, add more coconut milk to help achieve desired consistency.
Pour into 2 pint glasses, top with the garnish and enjoy!
Recipe by Frank Giglio
Photography by Lynn Karlin
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