Sweet Potato & White Bean Smoothies (I'm Serious)

Enlightened by a packet of Sprout baby food ( http://www.sproutbabyfood.com/ ) that I picked up at Whole Foods, it dawned on me that sweet potato and white bean purée is creamy, sweet, and mild enough to blend right into any smoothie I'm whipping up for Otto, packing lots of additional nutrients into the traditional concoction. (A simple favorite is 1 banana, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup frozen strawberries, blueberries or peaches, 1/4 cup sweet potato white bean purée, and then water as needed to get it to the consistency you like.)

To make the purée cut 1 sweet potato into roughly 1/2" cubes (I leave the peel on, but that's up to you) and steam until tender. Prepare 1/2 cup dry white beans according to directions (or open a can of prepared white beans packed in water). Purée the lot in a food processor until creamy, adding water until you get your desired consistency (the consistency you're going for is baby food).

Note[1] - what you've just made actually is baby food. You can freeze it in ice cube trays, store the cubes in freezer safe bags, and thaw cube-by-cube as needed for use as baby food or in future smoothies.

Note[2] - this is also an excellent addition to most pasta sauces (red, cream-based, vodka, &c.) and doesn't affect the flavor enough to be noticed.

Why sweet potato and white beans? According to foodfit.com, white beans are an excellent source of fiber, folate and a good source of iron. According to nutritiondata.com, sweet potato is a good source of fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese.

Oh, and speaking of Sprout baby food packets... In case you're interested and don't have a local Whole Foods I thought I'd add a link where you can purchase them online. I couldn't find this particular flavor on Amazon but the EcoMom website came up first in a google search and seems to be a good site with a fair price on the packets which are about $1.30 each at the store: http://store.ecomom.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=SF-BSPWB-012


pawsnhooves said...

Hmm. I was not sure about this but after reading it I think we will give it a try!

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