This super simple smoothie is packed with my favourite root vegetable: the sweet potato. I like sweet potatoes because... they’re sweet! I also adore them for their bountiful health benefits.
Sweet on Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are in fact, not a potato -they’re a member of the morning glory family. There are over 300 different types of sweet potatoes available, with colours ranging from dark orange to pure white. Since sweet potatoes are rich in the carotenoid, beta-carotene (vitamin A precursor), a fat-soluble nutrient, it's important to pair them with a touch of healthy fat, like chia seeds, coconut oil or olive oil, to help your body absorb this valuable nutrient. Generally, the darker orange the flesh of the sweet potato is, the more beta-carotene it contains, and the more nutrient-dense it is.
Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
- Helps to stabilize blood sugar and improve the body’s response to insulin
- High in fibre
- Rich in beta-carotene (which converts to vitamin A when eaten)
- Helps to achieve a healthy, youthful glow from the high amounts of beta-carotene
- Source of immune-boosting, collagen-building vitamin C
- Promotes a healthy scalp for healthy hair
- Contains a range of B-vitamins
- High in potassium for proper muscle function, electrolyte balance and blood pressure regulation
- Combats seasonal allergies with the phytonutrient, quercetin
- Contains the storage proteins, sporamins, which protect the plant from physical distress and may act as antioxidants when we eat and digest them
- Antioxidant-packed, helping to crush oxidative damage caused by exercise, certain foods, lifestyle and environmental factors
- A source of complex carbohydrates for long-lasting energy and blood sugar stability
- Aids in post-exercise recovery thanks to its antioxidants, potassium and carbohydrates
This recipe is perfect for any leftover sweet potato you have kicking around in your fridge. If you don't have leftover sweet potato, you can steam or roast one just for this recipe. Feel free to drink this smoothie straight from the glass, or make it into a smoothie bowl. I chose the latter, and topped my smoothie bowl with some homemade granola and sliced banana. It was pretty much the best meal of my weekend.