Sweet Potato, Spinach, Orange, Cranberry, and Apple Smoothie (Serves 1-2)
I prefer the creaminess of avocado or banana in a smoothie, but sweet potato works in a pinch. Baked sweet potatoes are not particularly sweet in the context of a smoothie, so I increased the volume of fruit to achieve the level of sweetness I like.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 medium baked sweet potato (peeled)
2 big handfuls of fresh spinach
2 small oranges (peeled)
1 big handful of fresh (or frozen) cranberries
1 apple (cored)
Dump ingredients into blender in the order listed. Secure top on blender. Start blending at low speed and move up to high speed quickly, using a tamping tool to facilitate blending as needed. Continue about one minute or as needed to achieve a smooth consistency. Pour in a bowl and eat with a spoon.
Notes: I bake 6 sweet potatoes at a time for 90 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The long baking time seems to increase the sweetness of the final product.
A bag of pre-washed fresh spinach will keep in the refrigerator for a week. However, I tend to wilt all the spinach in a bag for one meal (and I liked wilted spinach), so a bag usually doesn’t last long at my house.
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