This sweet potato smoothie for weight loss contains anthocyanins that promote weight loss and fiber for satiety. It is a great breakfast smoothie for SIBO or anyone on phase 2 of the SIBO diet. It is naturally sweet from the banana, sweet potato, and cinnamon.
I added a quarter cup of quinoa for additional satiety and plant-based protein. Quinoa is a nutrition powerhouse and my new favorite way to bulk up my smoothies with healthy carbohydrates and plant protein.
The sweet potato banana smoothie is creamy, vegan, is low fodmap, and tastes like a sweet potato pie smoothie that only takes 5 minutes to blend up.
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As a mom of a soon-to-be toddler, smoothies have been my go-to breakfast as they are super quick and easy to make. I have been getting better at pre-prepping for various smoothies to make my morning easy.
Pre-prep for this sweet potato banana smoothie with quinoa by pre-cooking the sweet potato and quinoa. Store the cooked quinoa in the fridge to put in smoothies such as this chocolate quinoa smoothie or quinoa breakfast porridge.
Chop and boil the sweet potato in boiling water for 15 minutes, then store in the fridge. I also blend the sweet potato, freeze it into rubber ice cube trays, and transfer them to a freezer bag to make follow-up sweet potato smoothies. Freezing is the best way to store the sweet potato if you don’t plan on using all the sweet potatoes in the next few days.
Is sweet potato low fodmap?
Sweet potato is a nutritious low fodmap root vegetable allowed on phase 2 of the SIBO diet in half a cup per meal.
Benefits of this low fodmap sweet potato smoothie for Weight Loss and Health
Sweet Potato is great for weight loss as it contains anthocyanins and carotenoids that have anti-obesity effects. This study shows that the oral intake of anthocyanin and carotenoid extracts from sweet potato significantly reduced weight gain and restored triglyceride levels to normal or lower in mice fed a high-fat diet compared to the mice eating a high-fat diet with no sweet potato extracts.
The anthocyanin and carotenoid extracts from sweet potato also protected the liver from fat accumulation in the liver in mice fed a high-fat diet. Often times people on a SIBO diet are eating a high-fat diet which promotes fatty liver. This is problematic for people with SIBO as a healthy liver that produces sufficient bile is crucial for preventing SIBO. When a liver becomes fatty it struggles to perform its various functions including bile production.
A healthy liver is also essential for weight loss so eating this sweet potato smoothie that contains liver protective compounds is beneficial for weight loss.
Sweet potato is high in vitamin A and C. These nutrients are essential for optimal immune health. Sweet potatoes contain reasonable amounts of all the B vitamins for energy except for B12. They are also high in manganese to boost the body’s internal antioxidant production as manganese is a co-factor for the SOD enzyme.
Quinoa is a fantastic low fodmap seed that cooks in fifteen minutes and is light and fluffy. Eating quinoa is great for anyone on the vegetarian Bi-phasic diet as it is high in plant-based protein. Plus, quinoa is an excellent source of magnesium, an essential mineral that many people are deficient in.
Sweet Potato Smoothie for Weight Loss – Low Fodmap, SIBO Friendly, Vegan
- High speed blender
- ½ cup boiled sweet potato
- ½ banana
- ¼ cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender then blend until smooth and creamy.
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