A seriously delicious shake that also happens to be full of healthy goodness.
Hello, 2016. I’ve been…expecting you.
The start of the new year seems like a good time to lay down some Ready to Yumble principles. Now, I know that approximately 132% of Americans take January to set some new goals, plans some new resolutions, and hit the gym and the juice. I’m all for healthy food and fitness, but let’s be honest, this blog has one focus, and that’s deliciousness. We won’t….nay, we can’t…post a recipe for raw kale and call it a day.
Fortunately, there are a good number of recipes out there which are both delicious and nutritious. Mom was right! And because we love all of you folks on the other side of internet, this month we will put a special emphasis on those dishes. Because we want to help you reach your goals! (And because we are likewise trying to wean ourselves off Christmas cookies. It’s a struggle.)
So here’s your first serving of goodness, and trust me, I would not be featuring a drink without alcohol if it weren’t really really really tasty.
I’m not usually a huge smoothie person. They often involve bananas and chunks of ice, and since I hate bananas and being cold, well, it’s not a good match. But THIS recipe does it for me every time. No bananas, and instead of ice, you use frozen sweet potato – which is just much more satisfying than water. Still cold, but worth it. The sweet potato also gives it a nice thick shake-like texture, as well as plenty of natural sweetness.
To make the shake, you’ll have to plan ahead a tiny bit to roast and freeze the sweet potatoes. I usually roast a bunch of sweet potatoes at a time, let them cool, then chop them and freeze them in bulk. They last forever in the freezer, and then whenever you want a shake, you have pre-cooked, pre-cut, pre-frozen sweet potato, ready to make you happy. Just be sure you let them cool completely before freezing, or you’ll get some ice on them.
There are two ingredients in this shake that are optional, but HIGHLY recommended. One is protein powder. I usually use a vanilla flavor, which mixes nicely with the flavor of the shake. But I’ve also used chocolate and peanut butter, and I can’t say I mind either one, nope. You don’t have to add the powder, but it’s an easy way to get a little extra protein.
The second ingredient is instant espresso powder, or instant coffee if you can’t find espresso. The flavor is subtle but seriously complements the sweetness of the shake. Plus, who doesn’t need a little boost of caffeine once in a while? Again, feel free to leave it out if you prefer, but I recommend trying it at least once.
The shake is shockingly satisfying for breakfast or a snack, and its on point post-workout. I could ramble on about how it’s full of healthy things, and doesn’t have added sugar, and blah blah blah, but…you know what we’re about:
This is delicious, folks. Drink up and welcome the new year feeling smug and happy.
Recipe adapted from PaleOMG.
- Approximately one cup (100 grams) of frozen sweet potato, previously roasted and chopped (see note below in recipe)
- 1½ cups milk (cow, soy, almond - your choice)
- 1 scoop protein powder of choice
- 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder or instant coffee
- ½ to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- In advance, roast one sweet potato at 450 for approximately 40-45 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork. Allow to cool, chop into ½ to one inch cubes, and freeze for at least an hour.
- Place all ingredients to a blender. Blend thoroughly until smooth.
Recipe adapted from PaleOMG.