I know what you're thinking: "A Sweet Potato Smoothie?" At least some of you are wondering how this could taste good. You'll just have to believe me on this one and try it. The only way I can describe the taste is it's like creamy vanilla ice cream with a little extra spice, but it's healthy!
Sweet Potatoes are an amazing vegetable to add into your daily diet, and are superior to their evil starchy cousin - the regular potato. They are chalked full of Vitamin A, giving you a 100% of your daily value in just 1 potato. And are an excellent source for Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Panthenic Acid, Fiber, and Potassium
Futhermore they have magnesium, a natural anti-stress mineral, and iron, important for maintaining energy levels, immune system, and white and red blood cell production.
Will Yams work for this smoothie? Absolutely! Of course there will be a variation in taste but that's just personal preference. You may find a slight difference in the sweetness between the two. However, these natural sugars are released slowly into the blood streams, and won't cause insulin spikes caused by sugary treats or soda that are often related to weight gain.
I use 1 cup of low-fat skim milk per serving for this recipe, if you want to reduce the calories or have it Paleo-friendly I recommend substituting this with Almond milk. I also recommend trying a 1/4cup of Pecans to add some nutty flavor, and add some healthy fatty acids to the mix.
Cooking your Sweet Potatoes
There is more than one way to cook a Sweet Potato. If you're in a hurry just quickly (but carefully) wash, peel, and poke some holes in them with a fork, and throw them in the microwave for about 6 minutes. Be very careful when handling, it's going to be very hot!
Another solution is to peel, cut into quarters, and boil several potatoes. Mash or puree and add into your blender, and then keep the remaining amount frozen until ready to be used.
Finally you can oven bake your potatoes, simply place directly on the oven rack for about an hour at 400 degrees F.