Chocolate + sweet potato protein smoothie bowl {Paleo, Vegan, Whole30}

Changing the rules and turning things upside down for breakfast with this cacao sweet potato smoothie bowl. Easy to make but does require prep ahead with the cooking and freezing! High in protein and carbs to fuel my day when I am running on glucose primarily! Which is still totally cool, you don’t need to be in any health paradigms/camps to reap the rewards of utilising either fuel sources for the human body! The thing is there is so much context in nutrition/health that what the public see or hear is on the surface depending on their sources too!

Anyway back to the recipe!

Who says you can’t cook, freeze then blitz a sweet potato combined with raw cacao, salt, protein powder and milk of choice to form a chocolate caramel-like smoothie bowl to start the day for breakfast!!!

The recipe is paleo and vegan-friendly depending on your protein powder of choice! I prefer to utilise plant-based proteins as my food choices are generally high in animal sources. There is no right or wrong!

The sweet potato needs to be prepared in advance. I peeled these but in hindsight next time I will keep the skins on for the extra fibre! So, firstly halve lengthwise then cube into equal sizes. Use a freezer bag or container to store and transfer to the freezer. Give it 2-3 hours before trying to use. I just wait the next day or sometimes forget I have it in there. When you are ready to use, just remove the amount you require. Simple.

Smoothie recipes are probably the easiest food to cook/prepare, EVER! Assemble ingredients, blend, add to a bowl or jar, add toppings and tuck in.

Protein wise: I like to use a variety. I tend to utilise plant-based protein powders which have a complete amino profile! Thee would include a pea protein base or a mild spectrum including pea, rice and hemp. I do not have a preferred brand. I typically use a product which is on offer! I do sometimes use a whey protein but rarely. I do not think there is a marginal difference which will make or break muscle growth which whey protein is touted for.


 The sweet potato and raw cacao work extermely well together. I used store-bought almond milk as that was on hand. The salt is most definitely necessary as it upgrades the flavours of everything and sodium is vital for the human body! When I first started cooking and eating a whole food diet aka no processed foods – I was wondering why I always felt dehydrated, urinating frequently, getting headaches, moody and tired, tingling hands and feet, which also relates to low magnesium status which additionally is being excreted in the urine. It was purely the fear and lack of education on the importance of salt/sodium in the body! A great book is the ‘The salt fix’ linked below which goes into detail.

The smoothie can be a breakfast, lunch, snack or dessert even! There are no rules around what you can or can not have at certain times of the days! I enjoy this in the morning for breakfast, 95% of the time.

Cacao sweet potato protein smoothie bowl {Paleo, Vegan, Whole30}

Rich chocolate blended with the surprising sweet potato which creates a smooth thick protein-dense caramel taste and crunch of nuts sprinkled on top.

Author: Ryan
Prep Time: 30 minutes (the day before)
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Course:Breakfast / Brunch / Lunch / Post-workout / Dinner
Servings: 1​

Ingredients

25-gram scoop of protein powder (I used Nuzest – vanilla affiliation discount below – 2 scoops = 25 grams)
1 cup of almond milk or preferred alternative
1 cup of frozen sweet potato
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt

Toppings
1/2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp brazil nuts
1 tbsp walnuts
1 tsp desiccated unsweetened coconut

Instructions

Prepare the sweet potato the day before. Halve the sweet potato down the middle. Then cut into equal 1/2 inch cubes. Then freeze 


Add the sweet potato, almond milk, cacao powder, salt, protein powder to the blender. Put the lid on and blend for around 1 – 2 minutes until smooth and thick consistency. If too thick, add a splash more almond milk. 


Remove the concoction from the blender. Add to a bowl and smooth out using the back of a spoon. 


Add the ciao nib, coconut and nuts on the top. Sprinkle an extra small pinch of salt. 


Serve, Bon appetite

Nutritional Information (Per Serving): Calories: 468 Protein: 27g Carbs: 51g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 16.6g Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3.9g Polyunsaturated: 6.1g Monounsaturated: 4.4g Omega 3: 0.7g Cholesterol: 0mg Calcium: 572mg Copper: 0.7mg Iron: 7.2mg Magnesium: 132mg Maganese: 1.7mg Potassium: 1032mg Selenium: 166mg Sodium: 1545mg Zinc: 2.6mg Vitamin A: 2106iu Vitamin B1: 0.3mg Vitamin B2: 0.2mg Vitamin B3: 1.3mg Vitamin B5: 1.1mg Vitamin B6: 0.4mg Biotin: 0ùg Vitamin B9 / Folate: 50.3úg Vitamin B12: 0úg Choline: 30.6mg Vitamin A: 37230IU Vitamin C: 16mg Vitamin D: 100iu Vitamin E: 8.6mg Vitamin K: 4.6ūg 


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