How did I end up making this?

So my friend Brittany texted me “hey I have a huge bag of chopped sweet potatoes and I know exactly who to give them to.”

ME! Aren’t I so lucky?! She works for a great company that provides produce to restaurants and food stores. So sometimes she scores a bunch of mangoes or a random bag of frozen huckleberries. And because I’m a freak for produce, and because we love to share bottles of wine, I often get to be the recipient of these wonderful surprise gifts.

I woke up the other day realizing I had no greens. I was supposed to go to the store but got distracted with something else. And I didn’t have any beets! What’s a girl to do? Need my morning smoothie. Oh wait! I have a giant bag of sweet potatoes ALREADY CHOPPED. And! I have a Vitamix which can handle anything. So here’s what I did:

The recipe

  • 1.5 to 2 cups water (I blend stuff up and then add more water/ice if needed)
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1.5 cups diced sweet potato (raw if you have a high-powered blender)
  • 1 frozen banana (I peel ripe bananas, break them in thirds, and freeze them. SO GOOD for smoothie texture)
  • most of a mango (but I’m sure you could use some other fruit like orange, pineapple, peach. Maybe nothing else is needed?)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • black pepper (a must-have if using turmeric)
  • 4 tbsp flax seeds or hemp hearts
  • a handful of walnuts (brain food! and a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids)
  • cinnamon
  • ice

I always like to start with some easy ingredients to get the blender going, like the liquids/seeds/spices/soft fruit. Then while it’s all going, I slowly add the harder stuff. Works like a charm! Add more liquid if it gets too thick. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, try grating the potato or cooking it a bit first.

Dude. This smoothie made my day. First of all, it’s freaking beautiful. But the sweetness! Oh my, it was just outstanding. And it was something different.

This concoction made two smoothies.

Note: did you notice I used shredded coconut and water? I really don’t love using store-bought almond milk or coconut milk. Is store-bought almond milk really almond milk? There sure are a bunch of other random words in that ingredient list. What kind of nutrition does it have? I’m not so sure. And that’s kinda the whole reason why I spend so much damn time making these smoothies–to get nutrients! So I prefer shredded or canned coconut plus water. And hey–I always have shredded coconut. And I always have water. How easy is that?! I generally use 1 part water to 2 parts shredded coconut, or 1 part water to 2.5 parts canned coconut. It’s delicious and you know it’s the real thing!

I hope you enjoy! Lemme know if you try a different fruit and it works out.

 

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