As Thanksgiving approaches, and in my opinion, no thanksgiving feast is complete without some sort of sweet potato dish, I wanted to share a delicious way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. This smoothie is a decadent and satisfying breakfast that features grounding sweet potatoes, warming spices and blood sugar stabilizing, healthy fats. The best way to enjoy smoothies during the colder months is by incorporating ingredients like this, as a frozen berry green smoothie is often too cooling if you are living in a colder climate. Try balancing your smoothies with nut butters, full fat coconut milk, spices like cinnamon and ginger + heartier vegetables, like sweet potato and pumpkin.
As the seasons change, our diets ought to reflect whatever season it is. In the summer and spring, we transition to lighter foods, typically more raw and cooling foods. When fall/winter hits, this is when our bodies crave and need the support of more hearty and grounding goods. These foods support our overall health, immunity, metabolism, and keep us well during the stress of harsher weather. Believe it our not, cold weather actually places stress on the body. There tends to be more illness in the cooler months, some even suffer from mild to severe Seasonal Depressive Disorder. Consuming nutrient dense, grounding foods is essential to keeping us balanced during this time.
Think comfort foods, except their whole-food alternatives. Foods that are in season this time of year such as sweet potatoes, winter squash, pumpkin, beets, carrots, parsnips etc. is a good place to start. Adding in more cooked foods, grain-based/warm salads and increasing good fats like ghee, grassfed butter, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, etc. All of these foods are incredibly supportive in the cooler months, and will make a huge difference in the way you feel. In addition, incorporating warming spices like cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, etc. is one of the best ways to eat with the season. These spices ignite digestive fire, which tends to be weaker in the winter, while supporting circulation, detoxification and immunity.
This smoothie incorporates all of the above. Try this smoothie for an easy to digest, detoxifying + anti-inflammatory, post Thanksgiving breakfast.
SPICED SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 1-2)
1/3 cup sweet potato puree (simple blend leftover sweet potatoes in a blender or food processor until smooth)
1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 serving of vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 heaping tbsp. almond butter
1 medjool date
1/2 frozen banana (frozen is key)
2 tsp. Detox + Synergy Elixir .
Dash of cinnamon
Splash of vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth
Option to top with your favorite nuts/seeds, shredded coconut, ground cinnamon + a drizzle of raw honey