Courtesy of Nat Runs Far

I love sweet potatoes. When I am training for a marathon, sweet potatoes are a huge part of my diet. Sweet potatoes are packed with essential vitamins (A and C), and loaded with fiber. This amazing orange potato is also a huge carbohydrate source that is perfect for runners. In fact, 1 cup of mashed sweet potato contains 27 grams of carbohydrate!

During my taper for the Boston Marathon, I am focused on rest, eating healthy food and mentally focusing on my race. I was eating a sweet potato this week and thought “This would taste great as a smoothie!” The wheels started turning, my kitchen cabinets began to open and viola! A smoothie was born. Jerold gave me the thumbs up and my kiddos loved it—a total win. I hope you enjoy it too!

This smoothie is super easy to make, the biggest part is baking the sweet potato. I set my oven to 475 F, pop them in and let them bake for about 1 hour or until soft.

I use whole milk yogurt as well as almond milk for plenty of protein. It also gives the smoothie a smooth, creamy texture. My kids thought it was dessert!

I prefer using whole oranges rather than orange juice and the banana added a wonderful flavor…

I also added 1 tablespoon of almond butter for even extra protein. It adds a nutty, delicious taste to the smoothie.

Sweet Potato Protein Smoothie

Ingredients
1 Cup cooked sweet potato
1 Banana
1 Small orange
1 Tablespoon almond butter
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Cup whole milk yogurt
1/2 Cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
5 Ice cubes

Directions
Throw all the ingredients into the blender with five ice cubes and serve immediately.

How often do you eat sweet potatoes? Have you ever had sweet potato in a smoothie?

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