Do you have any picky eaters in your house? If so, you probably have found yourself, at one point or another, having to sneak some type of food or ingredient into a recipe and hope they don't notice. This is quite common with little kids, but sometimes adults need a little nudging of their own.
For almost a year, my husband has been avoiding purple vegetables like they are the plague. He had an allergic reaction after a meal which included purple broccolini. We can't be sure it was because of the purple broccolini, but he would say otherwise. Ever since then, he has been a bit fearful of purple produce. I didn't really catch onto it at first though. Actually, it was just recently when I made purple mashed sweet potatoes that I noticed he was kind of pushing them around with his fork acting reluctant to eat them. Then he fessed up. He said, "I'm not going to get hives if I eat these, right?" "Oh please!" I thought. Seriously? He ate a few bites but he was not enthused. Later that night, he told me he felt "itchy". His response...take a Benedryl. My response...eye roll. Just so you know, the hives never appeared and no allergic reaction followed.
I was so frustrated because there are so many things we already have to avoid for his dietary restrictions. Plus, I like purple produce and I just didn't want to give that up. My gut knew he wasn't allergic to "purple". So, I decided to give him some peace of mind by being sneaky. I started adding purple sweet potatoes into his smoothies and smoothie bowls. He never questioned it. He just assumed it was purple due to a variety of berries. It really didn't look that different than his usual smoothie bowls. And for weeks I did this and waited for an allergic reaction that never came. Now I was waiting for the right moment to tell him the good news.
That evening finally came when we were out on a date at one of our favorite restaurants. The chef had prepared a special appetizer for us, as he usually does, and this one included purple mashed potatoes and beets. I just had to laugh! The look on his face was priceless. His eyes got big as the waiter brought us our gift from the chef and I could tell he was about to say he couldn't eat it. Then I told him the super good news. "Babe, you are not allergic to purple produce, " I said. Then I told him how he had been slurping down purple sweet potatoes for a few weeks now. He was stunned. He said, "Sweet potatoes in a smoothie?" I said yep! He was shocked. Not only because they tasted amazing, but he was surprised at my sneakiness and happy that he knew he wasn't allergic. But I already knew that! I told him he owed me big time because I just gave him a valuable gift...peace of mind. And we are now back to "eating purple". Maybe not purple broccolini, but everything else is fair game! Sometimes it is just a mind over matter type of situation.
In the process, I came up with this delicious way to enjoy purple sweet potatoes for breakfast. It has quickly become a favorite and I just love that we have another way to enjoy these beautiful and tasty potatoes. You can add a mixture of berries with the sweet potatoes if you would like. I think the purple potatoes are tasty enough to stand on their own. Add a variety of nuts and seeds to amp up your protein and there is no doubt you will love having this healthy recipe as a part of your breakfast routine.
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk of choice (I prefer almond or coconut)
3/4 cup cooked and packed purple sweet potatoes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup ice (adjust as needed for preferred thickness)
OR 1/2 cup frozen berries such as blueberries and blackberries
1 Tbs chia or flax seed
1 Tbs nut or seed butter (optional, adds a boost of protein and creaminess)
fresh or dried fruit
seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
1. Peel, chop, and boil the sweet potatoes for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and measure out 3/4 cup cooked potatoes. Place them in your high speed blender. (You can make the sweet potatoes in advance and store them in your refrigerator until ready to use)
2. Place the remaining ingredients in your blender and blend until thick and smooth. Adjust ice, frozen berries, or liquid as necessary for your desired consistency.
3. Pour the finished product into a large bowl and top with your favorite goodies. Grab a spoon, your appetite, and enjoy!