By Cassie Johnston
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In all the boo-hooing I did about the garden failures we had this year, I neglected to talk much about the few bright spots we had. Holy Negative Nancy, Batman! So let’s talk about one of those bright spots—sweet potatoes!
This was our first year growing sweet potatoes, and we didn’t expect much, because the sweet potato slips we ordered didn’t look so hot upon arrival. But we got them in the ground, gave them lots of organic fertilizer (this is what we usually use) and water, and the plants exploded! They took over so much space! You typically wait until the plants die back to harvest sweet potatoes, but we were getting impatient to see what was happening below ground, so we dug a plant up a few weeks back and were greeted with lots of huge, bright orange sweet potatoes. They weren’t going to win any beauty contests, but we were still super excited!
We let out a little “yip” of excitement, and rushed inside to cut into our beautiful orange root veggies. They were bright, beautiful, healthy, and super, dooper tasty! We decided right then and there that we will always grow sweet potatoes. Other than that initial burst of fertilizer, we really neglected our sweet potato vines, and they still produced us a really nice crop. We’re fans!
Now that the sweet potato vines are starting to die back, we’re harvesting them, and, well, eating them on a regular basis! I’ve been using sweet potatoes almost everyday in some sort of fun concoction. I admit, you probably will see quite the influx of sweet potato recipes headed your way over the next few weeks. Don’t mind me, I’m just basking in the glow of one of the few successes from the 2015 gardening season. You gotta take your victories where you can get ’em, you know?
I think this smoothie is a particularly interesting way to use up sweet potatoes. If you have a high-powered blender (more about that in this post), you might be tempted to throw in a sweet potato raw into your smoothie and go to town. And that’s fine, raw sweet potatoes are perfectly edible. But to get the most nutrition and flavor out of sweet potatoes, they need to be cooked.
I actually like to roast some sweet potatoes on my food prep days and stash them in the fridge. That way I have them ready for breakfast bowls or smoothies anytime I want! Enjoy.
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This Sweet Potato Smoothie tastes like a pie in a glass—and it’s perfectly healthy enough to have for breakfast!
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I would never think to put sweet potatoes in for a smoothie. But, this would be awesome before/after a run! I’m hoping to start a garden next year so I’m sure I’ll be looking at all your resources on the topic :)
I never would have thought to use a sweet potato in a smoothie, but I love them so I bet it would be delicious!
What a great idea….maybe? Sounds interesting. I am in love with sweet potatoes myself lately. I love to bake them and put a little butter and cinnamon on mine. Delicious! And your sweet potatoes look great!
Yummm! You should be able to eat the sweet potato leaves, too <3
You can eat the sweet potato leaves. They are popular in Asian dishes. I don’t know why you couldn’t use them as you would use spinach in recipes.
I love sweet potato in a smoothie! It’s so delicious.
Recipes look great…..but I am very calorie conscious. Can you post the calories per Serving?
Hi Dotti: I don’t post calorie counts, but you are welcome to take the recipe and put it into any of the online calorie calculators. I like this one because it’s so easy to use: https://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
I like to take the sweet potatoes that I grow, cook them in a crock pot for about 5 hours, peel them, puree them with a little water, and then freeze them in baggies to use in recipes later.
Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing :)
One thing I added to this recipe was nutmeg… tastes very good with nutmeg!
This looks great! Sweet potatos in smoothies are my newest discovery! I love them in place of frozen bananas. My version of sweet potato smoothie is here if you are interested:
Thank you! Been doing a 30 day challenge and had extra sweet potato. Was awesome. I don’t have a big sweet tooth so didn’t add the syrup and it was still great.
So glad you enjoyed!
Looks healthy and good!
if you want to be full try sweet potatoes roasted & peeled with coconut oil, butter & sweetener of your choice, then add kale, plain yogort, lemon juice & what ever else you want, you get a meal that will keep you full for hours. I work different hours so I add matcha to. I take it and water or tea and I am good for the day.
There is a down side– if you have to intake your usual sugary anything, afterwards it will make it taste like just sugar and keep you full
Boiled cold sweet potatoes have a lower glycemic index than roasted sweet potatoes and higher amounts of Resistant Starch as well, which helps keep blood sugar levels stable and is a prebiotic. I boil and chill them in the refrigerator before using them.
Great idea Cassie using the Sweet Potato in a smoothie. I’ve never tried that. I’m inspired now to try !
Do you have the nutritional value?
Here is a great copy and paste nutrition info calculator that should help: https://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
That was really perfect. I just enjoy it.I’v used almond milk in my smoothie and it tastes great. Thanks, Cassie, for putting it together.
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