I just love a pretty smoothie! Until now, the only purple smoothie I've had is Blueberry, but the little bits get stuck in my teeth which can be unsightly when running out the door to a meeting, so, I created this beauty.
Basically I've simply added Purple Sweet Potato puree to my favorite Vanilla Smoothie recipe, it makes a great base for a variety of featured ingredients.
Purple Sweet Potato Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Whey Protein powder
- 1 tablespoon Nesquik Vanilla powder (you can substitute French Vanilla Creamer)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 4oz purple sweet potato puree, see this link for calories
- 6 ice cubes
Blend on high until there are no chunks.
My thoughts on the vanilla part - I've tried this without the Nesquik Vanilla powder but the taste of vanilla is not as strong and it's too plain. I've never tried using Vanilla extract as that seems like it would be too strong but I guess that might be an alternative to buying a $7.80 Nesquik powder from Ebay that has more sugar content. It was $4.00 when I first bought it but for some reason it's doubled in price. I found a similar vanilla smoothie base at Wegmans but the nearest is in Frederick so I won't be getting that again.
My thoughts on protein powder - it's high in calories, one scoop is 170 calories and it overpowers the taste of everything. I use 10 grams, or 1 tablespoon if you don't have a scale. This is 56.6 calories with about 5 grams of protein.
The milk adds 8 grams of protein and apparently there are 2 grams in 4 oz of purple sweet potato so all together that makes 15. Some experts say you need at least 30 grams post workout so if it's important to you then just add more protein powder.
I think overall, smoothies just need a little experimentation to get the taste right for your individual preference, see this as more of a list of suggested ingredients and feel free to adjust as needed.