sweet potato chocolate smoothie bowl
I have found my calling, and it comes in the form of this recipe. I honestly don't know what took me so long to combine sweet potato into my breakfast smoothies, but now I feel like my life is pretty much close to complete.
Well, almost. Actually not really. Life is never complete. Just when things start to feel stagnant, comfortable or routine, I like to switch things up. It's scary but that's where the growth happens.
This past year has certainly been a year of getting out of my comfort zone: moving cities into a new province within South Africa not knowing anyone, starting a new job, making new friends, teaching yoga classes, giving salsa and kizomba dancing a go, completing my 50hr Budokon teacher training, going on my first silent retreat, starting Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing, learning to live with three roommates - all of whom were complete strangers... and many more. And there are indeed many more firsts to come!
I am not certainly not trying to boast about all of my "achievements" here - in fact, it required a lot of courage and trust to go out and do these things! Listing a few of these firsts serve as a reminder of what I am capable of, how much more I can do in my life, and all that I truly want is just out of my comfort zone.
If you feel bored with life, stuck in rut and want to shake things up, do something that makes you feel a bit nervous. Maybe it's going on a hike in an area you've never been in, going to a new yoga studio, or... putting sweet potato in your smoothie.
Doing something new keeps your brain young - it's true! In one of my favourite podcasts, Kwik Brain by Jim Kwik, he speaks about ways to keep the brain nimble, agile and active. Some of the examples he has mentioned include: meditation, doing exercise that require coordination and choreography like mixed martial arts and dancing, driving a new way to work and shaking up your morning routine, getting enough sleep, making an effort to remember people's names and your dreams, and even trying a new recipe! He also mentions learning a musical instrument (I've always wanted to learn to play the trumpet) or a new language and doing crossword puzzles, chess and other brain games.
I dare you try something new: to be a beginner and to work through the process of learning how to be comfortable knowing nothing! You will not only emerge with a new skill but have cultivated humility and a deeper and more compassionate connection with yourself.
Every experience is a success :)
sweet potato chocolate smoothie bowl
(almost) raw, vegan, dairy-free, oil-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, high in fibre, paleo-friendly, high in protein, macro-friendly, and packed with some serious superfoods!
Serves: 2 people (or 1 awesome person wanting a kickass breakfast 2 days in a row)
Prep time: 10 mins
Blend time: 5 mins
1 sweet large potato, chopped
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup chocolate nut milk (I used the awesome brand, Almond Creamery - they have a great range of nut milk blends that come with other whole-food ingredients)
1/4 cup dates
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp water
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1. It's so simple. Boil, steam or microwave the sweet potato until soft.
2. Throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
3. Top with chia seeds, goji berries, frozen berries, tiger nuts and peanut butter (I thinned mine out with a bit of water, but you don't have to do that). Other yummy toppings you could add include desiccated coconut, hemp seeds, maple syrup, date syrup, hazelnuts and mango!
This smoothie can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for later! PS: This is also a great dessert pudding. Just sayin'.