This special sweet potato smoothie, aka “Thanksgiving in Your Mouth” is perfect to keep you healthy & festive this holiday season.
The produce in my CSA basket is changing colors just like the season. I can tell autumn is here because this week I got my first basket with sweet potatoes in it. We baked them all in the oven, ate some with butter and saved some for this week’s very special sweet potato smoothie.
Can I use raw sweet potato?
Sweet potatoes are extremely starchy in their raw form. Yet once you bake them, they break down their starches and convert to delicious natural sugars. This makes them super tasty in a smoothie without adding and any highly refined sugar either.
I have been wanting to make a Thanksgiving Smoothie and this was the week I had all the ingredients. It was like dessert — it’s that good! And it’s incredibly filling and healthy— I shared the smoothie with my husband and we both had a Thanksgiving party in our mouths. It was incredible, and didn’t taste a hint like spinach, which from the look of it is very surprising!
This recipe turned out so good, I included it in my best-selling smoothie recipe book: Simple Green Smoothies. There are over 100 green smoothie recipes in the book along with a 10-day kickstart (10 recipes with shopping lists). If you are wanting to take your smoothie game up a level when it comes to your health, this book is for you!
How do you thicken a smoothie?
You’re in luck because this smoothie is naturally thick, thanks to the sweet potato and mango. Yet if you find a smoothie that’s a bit too watery for your liking, you can always thicken it with a few natural plant-powered ingredients:
- sweet potato
For more of my go-to natural thickeners in a smoothie, check this article.Print
This is what I am talking about! This sweet potato smoothie is the next best thing to a pumpkin spiced latte… and WAY healthier. Serve with a dash of nutmeg on top (mine was more like a spoonful of nutmeg…and it was so gooooood). Happy fall to you!
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup sweet potato (cooked)
- 2 cups mango
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Blend spinach, almond milk and water until smooth.
- Next add remaining ingredients and blend again.
* Bake sweet potato at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Then chill in fridge until ready to use. Use at frozen mango to make the green smoothie cold.
Keywords: sweet potato smoothie, thanksgiving smoothie
By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 9.20.2012 | COMMENTS: 28