I recently posted about my new Ninja blender bought specifically to make smoothies. Smoothies are an ideal way to use protein powder for an after work-out recovery beverage. The main problem with smoothies is it is very easy to create a high calorie, high carb beverage that is a tasty way to boost your energy level but not help with muscle recovery. A high carb beverage has a low satiety level as well meaning that in comparison to a high protein beverage, you will be hungry much quicker. A good protein smoothie will aid in muscle recovery while keeping you feeling full for about three hours so you won't be turning to other high calorie snack foods.
A few days ago, I was looking through the refrigerator for smoothie ingredients. The left-over baked sweet potatoes caught my eye and quickly became the base flavour for my newest smoothie creation. Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse rich in beta carotene. Their natural sweetness is perfect is breads, muffins and other baked goods so I always bake extra. Baking the sweet potatoes causes the sugars to caramelize giving a rich, deep flavour.
The Sweetie Pie Smoothie is currently my favourite smoothie. The flavour echos that of sweet potato pie topped with whipped cream. It is rich, creamy and delightfully delicious!
Sweetie Pie Smoothie
recipe by: Garden Gnome
250 ml (1 c) Silk unsweetened almond milk
39 g (1 scoop) Body Fortress 100% Premium Whey protein powder, vanilla creme
50 g (1/4 c) 2% MF cottage cheese
50 g (1/4 c) cooked sweet potato
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Measure ingredients into blender pitcher. Blend until smooth.
Yield: 16 oz
Nutritional value: 273 calories, 23 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat, 33 g protein, 402 mg sodium, 4 g fibre