Sweet Potato Julius from Nutrition Stripped by McKel Hill

Who knew that you could drink a sweet potato? The recipe we’re sharing today from Nutrition Stripped by McKel Hill, is for a smoothie called Sweet Potato Julius. It’s reminiscent of that famous drink you used to get at the mall, only rich, flavorful, and full of nutrients – perfect for breakfast in our book.

Nutrition Stripped, from dietitian and popular blogger and Instagrammer, McKel Hill draws inspiration from nature, the turning of the seasons, the world of plants, nutrient dense foods and hidden gems in the world of superfoods. This cookbook shows readers how deliciously simple whole foods cooking can be and features more than 100 exciting and good-for-you recipes and beautiful color photography throughout.  Purchase a copy from your favorite retailer now.

Sweet Potato Julius
SERVES 1

045_ns_sweetjulius-7236The first “real” recipe I ever tried was for the famous orange Julius. It was back in home-ec class and the no-fail recipe instantly became my favorite. Now I’m giving traditional orange Julius an upgrade by combining the vitamins C and A, potassium, fiber, and carotenoids found in sweet potatoes with tangy orange. This is a winning combination, light and refreshing with pops of citrus, yet dense and filling because of the sweet potato. Enjoy this as a meal or postworkout drink, or split it with a loved one for a snack! It’s ridiculously good.

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 medium sweet potato, baked whole
  • 1 medium orange, peeled
  • 1 Medjool date, or to taste, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of sea salt
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Honey (optional)

In a high-speed blender, combine the almond milk, sweet potato, orange, date, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and blend until smooth. Adjust the sweetness to your desired taste by adding honey or more Medjool dates. Blend in about 1/2 cup ice to chill before serving.

Tip: This recipe offers the perfect example of how batch cooking comes in handy: Baking up a batch of sweet potatoes to have them ready for use in any application is such a time saver!

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