Simple Sweet Potato Smoothie

1 cup red grapes
½ medium orange, peeled
½ cup cooked sweet potato, peeled and cooled
½ medium apple, seeded
½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger root
¼ cup frozen cranberries
2 cups ice cubes

When fall/winter rolls around, I start craving things like pumpkin, apples, caramel and sweet potatoes.  I don’t know what it is, there’s just something in the air.  And I must not be the only one… because that’s when Starbucks comes out with their seasonal drinks!  Well, maybe not a sweet potato one.  Which is why I wanted to find a good smoothie that uses them.

I played around with a couple recipes until I found a combination I like and this one checks off all the boxes.  The cranberries, grapes and orange give this smoothie just the right amount of sweetness to offset the spiciness of the ginger root.  Of course, ginger root is a wonder ingredient in and of itself, with tons of health benefits for your liver among other things.  It will be the strongest flavor you taste, so adjust it accordingly if you want more or less intensity.

Adding a sweet potato to the smoothie gives it a big fiber boost and a creamy texture too, just be sure to use a cooked potato that has cooled completely.  For the apple, you can use any kind that you like, but I usually use gala or fuji apples because of their sweetness.  If you find that you want it a little sweeter though, you can always add a few drops of liquid stevia to your liking!

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

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