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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
1 Cup cooked sweet potato
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
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?