Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

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I have not found a way that I will not eat a sweet potato. I enjoy them baked with butter, and a little cinnamon, or in a casserole, or au gratin, or in a pie or cobbler, and now my new favorite way to have them is in a smoothie! Such a delicious way to start the day and get a good dose of nutrients too!

You can bake sweet potatoes ahead of time. Keep the skin on and in an airtight container in the refrigerator. That makes it easy to make this smoothie early in the a.m. When I do not want to make banana bread, I take overripe bananas, peel them and add one banana in a snack-size ziplock bag. I then place the many snack size bags in one big gallon bag for the freezer. It’s so easy to take one out when you need it.

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Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ c. sweet potato, cooked, peeled, and mashed
  • ½ frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 c. ice cubes
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ c. milk
  • ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • Splenda, Truvia, honey, or sugar, to taste
  • whipped cream and nutmeg, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine sweet potato, banana, ice cubes, vanilla, milk, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetener. Blend on low until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish, if desired.

 

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Mango Tango Smoothies

 

After the last blast of winter weather I am ready for spring!  I have spent days with no power and cleaning up loads of limbs that fell in the yard.  I know that with warmer weather we’ll also have gnats, mosquitoes, and snakes, but my toes really need to thaw.
Today I am sharing a recipe that reminds me of spring and summer, when my menu is a little lighter.  This Mango Tango Smoothie is a breeze to prepare.  With milk and yogurt this smoothie is high in calcium and a great portable breakfast for people on the go.  It’s nice to have a “smoothie” straw if you can find them.  They are slightly bigger and make sipping of a smoothie much easier.
I’m sure that we will have cold days ahead this winter.  For today, I think I’ll close my eyes, have my smoothie, and imagine I’m on a beach!
Mango Tango Smoothies
 
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 c. frozen mango chunks
  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 c. fat-free milk
  • ½ c. vanilla yogurt
  • ½ c. unsweetened pineapple juice
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Pour into glasses; serve immediately.
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Blueberry Mango Smoothie

I know I said I’m doing low carb.  It’s just easier to explain that way.  What I’m actually doing is watching my glycemic load.  Most people have heard of glycemic index, but not the glycemic load.  Frankly, I don’t know enough about it to even answer questions.  I’m learing as I go, googling the glycemic load of different foods as needed.

Most fruits are okay when watching your glycemic load.  I love blueberries and they are quite low…for an entire cup their glycemic load is only 6.  Mangoes are not one of my favorite fruits, but mixed with the blueberries in this smoothie I LOVE them!  The glycemic load for a mango is 8 for one cup.  I’ve been buying them frozen.

My new blender has really been getting a good workout.  I’m having smoothies almost every morning for breakfast.  I do change it up occasionally with an egg and bacon or sausage, but as I mentioned earlier…I’m not a big fan of eggs.  Here is my blueberry mango smoothie, one of my favorites so far!

 

Blueberry Mango Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ c. lowfat milk (I use Soy)
  • 1 c. plain nonfat yogurt
  • ½ c. frozen blueberries
  • ½ c. frozen mango chunks
  • 6 packets Splenda
  • 1 c. ice
Instructions
  1. Place milk in blender. Add remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
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Chocolate Banana Smoothie (with or without Peanut Butter)

I’m not sure if this post is about the smoothie or the new blender.  I’m so excited about our new blender, a Vitamix Turboblend Two Speed.  It makes the most amazingly smooth smoothies.  I’m sure it blends other stuff well, but so far we’ve just had a “Smoothiefest”.  It came with a nice size recipe book so we have plans to try plenty more.

This morning I made a Chocolate Banana Smoothie with Peanut Butter and it is amazing.  We had already tried the same smoothie minus the peanut butter and loved it.  Since I was planning for this to be my breakfast I decided that the protein might be a good addition.  The photo is in a large cup, but this recipe makes enough for two people if you serve a little less than what I’ve pictured here.  Even filling this large cup, I still had a little left to put into the freezer for a snack later.

 

Chocolate Banana Smoothie (with or without Peanut Butter)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 c. soy milk
  • 2 tbsp. Nestle sugar free chocolate milk mix
  • 1 frozen banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 c. ice cubes
  • 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter, optional
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into the blender container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Start on low speed, then switch to high.
  3. Blend for 30 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Serve immediately.
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