I’m so excited for this weekend because we’re returning to those slightly brisk temps (open windows for sleep time = the best thing ever) AND we’re going to be taking in some Red Sox and Blue Jays action tomorrow. It’s all going to be very, very chill—a proper sendoff to summer days I think.
I still haven’t caved in and stocked up on pumpkin for anticipatory autumnal baking, but I’m pretty much there, and I’m fine with admitting that. In the meantime, there’s the humble, but totally heroic, sweet potato. When the weather allows lengthy oven use, I batch bake sweet potatoes at the beginning of the week for all kinds of things: stirring into oatmeal with cinnamon, re-heating and topping with avocado and hot sauce, and blending into this creamy and simple shake.
I know it sounds weird to mix cooked sweet potato with cold brewed coffee, almond milk, banana, and spices—but it gives off those pumpkin spice vibes so well, and honestly, I think it tastes way better than a PSL. I worked off of a base of Silk® unsweetened almondmilk here because it has absolutely zero added sugar, and the banana and sweet potato provide plenty of natural sweetness anyway. I also incorporated a big spoonful of Vega One™ because it adds a tasty punch of Omega 3’s, probiotics, fiber, and protein (and also because I add it to every single smoothie I make, always).
Hope you guys like this one! It’s my new favourite on a busy morning because it’s coffee and breakfast all in one decadent—but still so nutritious—blend. I’m always fine-tuning my morning routine for optimal energy and overall quality of life, and this is the latest improvement in that quest. Also, I’ve included just a few links for your casual reading and sipping. Happy weekend! ;)
I’m really excited for Peter Meehan’s upcoming Power Vegetables! Cookbook, but this excerpt from Lucky Peach will certainly hold me over for now. Miso on everything is a power move, guys.
Veggie burgers are rising and rising and rising. Also: “Vegans are detail-oriented, so if you mess up, you’re done.” Hehehe.
Do less/have less. Be more. These words are so loaded for me–especially the note on the constant stream of background noise in our lives. Silence is powerful!
The agony of Pete Wells/top level restaurant critics. Definitely a job I would never want, and also one that I sometimes wish didn’t exist. Longer read, but worth it—especially for the re-hash of the infamous Guy Fieri restaurant review.
“Chasing happiness rearranges your life so that you prevent yourself from taking the risks and enduring the suffering that’s likely to provide you with any sort of lasting awareness or wisdom.” My personal level of fitness could be described as “meh,” so I’ve been taking up these sometimes gruelling workouts for the past couple weeks (with fun results!). Reading this, I basically thought about the elation/anger that arises when I get through my billionth squat of the day ;)
SWEET POTATO SPICE LATTE SHAKE RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
NOTES: If you aren’t a coffee person, feel free to replace the cold brew here with another ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk, or even some brewed masala chai tea if you’re into that. Also, if you have pre-blended pumpkin spice mix, just replace the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg with 1-1 ½ teaspoons of that.
½ cup Silk unsweetened almondmilk
½ cup unsweetened cold brewed coffee (I’ve been digging this one lately)
1/3 cup cooked sweet potato flesh (from about ½ of a small, roasted sweet potato)
1 frozen banana
½ scoop Vega One in French Vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or ground vanilla
In an upright blender, combine the almond milk, cold brewed coffee, sweet potato, banana, Vega One, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and ice. Blend on high until completely smooth and frothy, about 1 minute. Top with a dollop of coconut milk yogurt or coconut whipped cream if you’re feeling fancy ☺
*This post was created in partnership with WhiteWave Foods/Silk/Vega. All opinions/endorsements are my own. Thanks for supporting!