It is day three post-Turkey Day, and I bet you have some sweet potatoes around that you don't know what to do with. Lucky you are reading this! I used some leftover steamed sweet potato to make this protein shake. Not only will this have you feeling energized post-workout, but you will also think you traveled back in time to Thursday celebrating Thanksgiving.
What gives this smoothie the energy? I added some maca (lepidium meyenii) powder which comes from a herbaceous biennial plant of the crucer family native to the high Andes of Peru. Maca has been seen to help with fertility, hormone balance and energy levels. It is also an adaptogen, like ashwagandha, I have mentioned on this blog before. Right now, we are not sure how it actually increases energy but many people who consume it regularly report it. The possible theories include how it helps promote adrenal health and also help controls the hypothalamus. Nonetheless, this recipe is tasty and provides a great boost of energy from protein, and healthy carbs.
Recipe: (serves 1)
-1/2 ripe banana
-1/4 cup steamed sweet potato
-1/2 Tbsp. bourbon maple syrup
-1/2 Tbsp. maca powder
-1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
-splash of vanilla extract
-3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened vanilla
-1 scoop whey protein powder, vanilla (I used Thorne Pharmaceuticals)
-1 handful of ice cubes
-Place all of the ingredients above into a blender.
-Blend until smooth and add to a cup.
MACROBALANCED TIP: Want to decrease the carb and add more fat? Remove the maple syrup and add in 1 Tbsp. of plain smooth almond butter.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): 247 calories, 40 grams carb, 24 grams protein, and 1 gram fat