Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

This Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie has just the right combo of fluid, carbs and electrolytes that you need to recover post-workout…and you’d never guess the secret ingredient–potato!By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Potatoes USA and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.You say potato, I say delicious. Maybe it’s because I’m Irish, but I have always loved potatoes…in all forms. Fries? Duh. Mashed? Of course. Homefries? My favorite. Unfortunately, potatoes, along with lots of other white foods have gotten a bad reputation. I think it’s easy to demonize potatoes because they’re commonly deep fried in oil or smothered in butter, but when we really take a look, they’re super nutritious. Traditionally seen as a just a comfort food, potatoes are actually a really great way to fuel athletic performance as well.

Potato Performance

Potatoes provide key energy and carbohydrates that you need to perform at your best. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C and fiber.  Fiber-rich foods provide long lasting energy and stabilized blood sugar, and athletes can always benefit from B vitamins because of the role they play in energy metabolism and muscle building. And did you know potatoes have even more potassium than bananas? Potassium is essential to fluid balance, blood pressure and muscle contraction, which of course are important to athletic performance.

Now that we know what makes potatoes so nutritious, let’s talk about how to put them to work. There are a ton of potato varieties, from russet to fingerling.  All can be prepared using a range of methods like baking, boiling, roasting and steaming. Potatoes are always available in the produce section of the grocery store, but you can also look for frozen, dehydrated and refrigerated versions. I like baked and roasted potatoes best, but also keep frozen hash browns on hand for egg casseroles and quick breakfast meals. And after doing some recipe testing, I now chop up fresh potatoes to keep on hand in the freezer too!

A Smoothie Using Spuds 

My potato performance recipe utilizes fresh potatoes, that were quartered and boiled, then tossed into the freezer so I could use them in this smoothie later. A potato smoothie, you ask? Yep. See, one thing I always coach my sports nutrition clients on is the importance of post-workout recovery. But a struggle they often share is that they’re not typically hungry for a meal after a tough or long workout. Most people can, however, tolerate sipping on some nutrition post-workout. Smoothies can be a great way to ensure athletes get in the key nutrition they need after a workout, without having to prepare or sit down to a big meal.  

Since I want my athletes to get in fluids, carbohydrates, a little protein and electrolytes post-workout, I came up with a smoothie that does just that. This Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie is salty and sweet and I promise-you’d never know that spuds are the secret ingredient! 

Read on for the full recipe below and don’t forget to check out all of the recipes in the Potato Performance Challenge using the Recipe Redux link below.

Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Serves 1


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Prep Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Prep Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 medium potato, chopped, boiled and frozen
  2. 1 cup milk (I used whole)
  3. 2 dates, pitted
  4. 1/2 banana, frozen
  5. 2 TBSP cacao
  6. 1 TBSP natural peanut butter
  7. 1/4 tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
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Wild Blueberry Mango Basil Smoothie

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This Wild Blueberry Mango Basil smoothie uses less than 5 ingredients but packs a ton of nutrition and flavor. If you can handle the heat, add the optional sweet chile rim!

It’s time to get wild again, friends! The Wild Blueberry Association has challenged us healthy living bloggers to create another nutritious, delicious smoothie using wild blueberries. I mentioned last year that despite the colder temps, January through March is actually peak smoothie season.  I don’t know about y’all, but wild blueberries are absolutely, positively in my freezer all year round. They’re so easy to mix into oatmeal, yogurt, baked goods and of course, toss into smoothies.   

So what makes wild blueberries different than regular cultivated bloobs? For one, they’re smaller and they’re also not planted. The wild blueberry barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada have been there for thousands of years, growing wild and creating a diverse crop with a mixture of tart and sweet flavors. Plus wild blueberries have 2x the antioxidant capacity of larger cultivated blueberries.

The recipe

My Wild Blueberry Mango Basil Smoothie recipe was actually inspired by a drink from our recent trip to Walt Disney World.  Our first dinner in EPCOT was at La Hacienda de San Angel, where my brother ordered this amazing Mango Blueberry Basil Margarita. I’ve seriously been dreaming of this cocktail since then and rather than wait for summer time to recreate it, I decided to turn it into a non-alcoholic smoothie! You only need a few ingredients–frozen wild blueberries, frozen mango, almond milk and fresh basil. If you prefer soy or cow’s milk instead of almond, that can be swapped, no problemo! Then just toss all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and get ready to start sipping.  I took more inspiration from the margarita by adding a sweet chile rim, but if you aren’t a fan of heat–feel free to skip it!

Grab my smoothie recipe below and be sure to check out all of the RD-approved wild blueberry smoothie creations using #wildyoursmoothie.  Also, head on over to the Wild Blueberry Association’s website and follow them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest to discover even more Wild Blueberry recipes.   

Wild Blueberry Mango Basil Smoothie

Serves 2
Inspired by a mango basil margarita, this wild blueberry smoothie is simple, sweet and satisfying!


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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
5 min

Total Time
5 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  2. 1 cup frozen mango
  3. 2 1/2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
  4. 3-5 leaves fresh basil
FOR SWEET CHILI RIM
  1. 2 TBSP sugar
  2. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with additional frozen berries and basil leaf. Serve immediately.
  3. *For optional sweet chili rim: combine sugar and cayenne on a small dish or plate. Wet rim of glass using lemon/lime juice or water, roll edge of glass into sugar mixture.
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