Healthy “Candied” Sweet Potato Smoothie

Candied sweet potatoes have been a Thanksgiving staple since the early 1900s. While that lucious, ooey-gooey dish should likely remain a rare indulgence, this healthy twist on the classic doesn’t need to be solely a holiday smoothie. Add a celebratory note to any day with our rich, sweet, and highly nutritious Healthy “Candied” Sweet Potato Smoothie recipe.

Featuring two root vegetables, sweet and fiber-full plantain, mineral-dense pecans, creamy, heart-healthy almond milk, and a dash of honey and agave, this sweet potato smoothie tastes like Thanksgiving while doing a body good.

 

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet potato

  • 1 plantain, frozen

  • 1/4 cup baby carrots

  • 1/2 cup almond milk

  • 1 tablespoon pecans

  • 1 tablespoon agave

  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions
  1. Place 1/2 cup of frozen sweet potatoes and 1 frozen plantain in your blender or food processor.

  2. Add 1/4 cup baby carrots.

  3. Pour in 1/2 cup of almond milk.

  4. Finish with 1 tablespoon pecans, 1 tablespoon agave, and 1 tablespoon honey. 

  5. Blend until you have a thick, decadent, and extremely healthy smoothie.

Health Benefits
  1. Sweet potato: leave the peel on! Studies show that the antioxidants found in the peel of sweet potatoes can help defend your body against damage from free radicals. This lowers your oxidative stress levels which reduces your risk of cancer.

  2. Plantain: a good source of fiber, which increases feelings of fullness, promotes regular digestion, and may help balance cholesterol levels.

  3. Baby carrots: just like all orange carrots, these tasty fun-size treats are loaded with beta carotene, the antioxidant responsible for their hue. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, which we need to keep our eyes, immune system, and skin healthy.

  4. Almond milk: even adding a small amount (10 grams per day) of heart-healthy almonds to your diet can bring serious benefits, especially for your HDL cholesterol levels and atherogenic index, markers strongly linked to the development of chronic inflammation and heart disease.

  5. Pecans: are a wonderful way to increase your intake of minerals like thiamin, zinc, manganese, and copper. One ounce delivers 60% of your daily recommended manganese intake, a nutrient we need to balance blood sugar levels, build strong bones, and form collagen.

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