A sweet tooth can be torment. Ever since I was eight years old, I had a nagging urge for sweets. Every day after school I would eat fruit rollups watching Facts of Life and Thundercats with about twenty of those sheer plastic strips left over around me as I was engrossed in cartoons. Then Kit Kat bars and Twix, my favorite then. But by now I think we all know sugar is well, just evil. Surely enough I would crash after my sugar high and crave more of…something. Then that feeling would come. The one that’s hard to define. It’s not quite nausea, not quite feeling too full. It’s almost like being electrocuted with sugar. There’s a thunderbolt to the brain and a feeling of just simple grossness in the stomach after too much sweetness and a burning all over accompanied by sharp pain from tooth sensitivity. I think we have all had it after an extra helping of chocolate cake with that extra sweet icing. As an adult it was just worse and with consequences. Apparently sugar is addictive and causes tooth decay. A road paved with Life Savers to diabetes is what I would be looking forward to, except I realized I didn’t have to eat sweets when I discovered smoothies.
The sweet potato smoothie really does taste like candy except after you feel awesome. Instead of that dull sugar-electrocuted feeling, you feel light and refreshed. I like that sweet potatoes have a nutritional boost so that I don’t feel hungry after a few hours. They have beta carotene and help with weight control. I throw in chia seeds for an added fiber and omega boost. The cool thing about smoothies is immediately after drinking them you feel as though you had a shower from the inside out and–they fuel workouts.
Mini-max. That’s the term I read about in an article about computer programers and the tech-savvy who invent solutions with multiple benefits. Mini,-max means minimal effort and maximum results. It’s like finding the piece of the puzzle that fits perfectly. To me, the smoothie is a mini-max solution. Multi-purpose, multi-tasting is just awesome. So I see the smoothie as a way of making a healthy, sweet and satisfying meal quickly. I even have my to-go cups. Yep, this is fast food.
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and juiced
1 orange, peeled and cut in wedges
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp. chia seeds
1/2-1 cup almond, quinoa or rice milk
1. Use a juicer to juice the raw sweet potato. (If you don’t have one, it can be a great investment if you like smoothies and juices. I skip most vitamin supplements and just juice.)
2. Pour the sweet potato juice into blender with the orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds and almond milk and blend until the orange has been fully dissolved. Depending on your blender, you may not be able to throw in a whole orange and break down all the pulp, in that case juice the orange. Vitamix or Nutribullet blend orange pulp with no problem, but if you don’t have one of these, then juice. Some people also prefer to leave the chia seeds intact rather than blending them. If you’re one of these people, then add the chia after the smoothie has been blended.
*Don’t be tempted to sweeten this smoothie. It’s already quite sweet with orange and sweet potato. Oh, and don’t overdo the chia amount either, unless you want to be reading magazines with your porcelain friend.