“Such a cozy and comforting winter shake that just tastes like a fall holiday! I substituted vanilla soy milk for almond milk and it tasted so good.”~ Kim
Autumn Balancer, a popular Ninja Blender smoothie recipe, is the perfect fall-flavored smoothie to toast the changing season. Boasting a cornucopia of cozy tastes such as maple syrup and nutmeg, this delicious beverage will help to ease your transition from summer to fall. Just in time to prepare for the holidays.
Everything You Need
The Ninja Blender Autumn Balancer smoothie ingredients are:
- sweet potato
- almond milk
- maple syrup
- nutmeg, ground
Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are a sweet, starchy, root vegetable that are highly nutritious and provide numerous health benefits. One serving contains 750% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, and significant vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, and potassium. Sweet potatoes contribute to a healthy gut microbiome, support good vision, and have been shown to enhance brain function.
Almond Milk – Almond milk is a popular nut-based milk replacement that is naturally lactose-free, dairy-free, and completely vegan. It has a surprisingly diverse set of nutrients, including significant amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, and calcium. Almond milk is also a heart-healthy beverage for those interested in lowering their cholesterol.
Maple Syrup – Maple syrup is made by reducing the fluid sap of sugar maple trees. It contains 165% of your recommended daily intake of manganese and significant calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. However, even though maple syrup contains some healthy antioxidants and nutrients, it has extremely high sugar content which is not healthy.
Nutmeg – Nutmeg is a popular spice made from the seeds of a tropical Indonesian evergreen tree. It is rich in powerful antioxidants like cyanidins, essential oils such as phenylpropanoids and terpenes, and potent phenolic compounds including protocatechuic, ferulic, and caffeic acids. Nutmeg is also used for its anti-inflammatory properties, for libido enhancement, and as an antibacterial agent.
Salt – Salt is necessary for essential body function, including fluid balance, muscle function, nerve health, and nutrient absorption. It is the most significant source of sodium in your diet and is often fortified with iodine. Salt helps your body to maintain adequate blood pressure, prevent dehydration, and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood when consumed in accordance with recommended daily intake guidelines.
A standard blender is all that is required to make Ninja Blender smoothies. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using any one of the many available Ninja Single Serve Blenders as they are quick to set up and very easy to clean.
If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Ninja Blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.
For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.
How To Make The Ninja Blender Autumn Balancer Smoothie
The Ninja Blender Autumn Balancer smoothie is very easy to make:
- Step 1: Place sweet potatoes, almond milk, maple syrup, nutmeg, salt, and ice into a Ninja blender and secure the lid.
- Step 2: Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Step 3: Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Step 4: Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
Recipe Tips And Substitutions
Make sure to peel the sweet potatoes before tossing them in the blender, potato skins are tough.
Brown sugar can be substituted for the maple syrup without significantly changing the flavor profile.
- Place sweet potatoes, almond milk, maple syrup, nutmeg, salt, and ice into a Ninja Blender and secure the lid.
- Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
- Make sure to peel the sweet potatoes before tossing them in the blender, potato skins are tough.
- Brown sugar can be substituted for the maple syrup without significantly changing the flavor profile.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 1421mgCarbohydrates: 145gFiber: 12gSugar: 84gProtein: 26g
Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions
Vitamin A plays several pivotal roles in maintaining the well-being of our bodies. It’s essential for healthy vision, with a deficiency leading to night blindness. This vitamin also supports a robust immune system by aiding the production and function of white blood cells, which combat infections. Moreover, vitamin A is crucial for healthy skin, reproduction, and cellular communication. It promotes the proper function of the heart, lungs, and kidneys, and its antioxidant properties help combat free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Given its multifaceted contributions to health, ensuring adequate vitamin A intake is vital for optimal bodily function.
Sweet potatoes are naturally nutrient-dense and not inherently fattening. They are a rich source of dietary fiber, which promotes satiety and aids digestion, as well as essential vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin C, and several B vitamins. While they do contain carbohydrates, they have a lower glycemic index than regular potatoes, meaning they cause a slower rise in blood sugar levels. The concept of a food being “fattening” typically pertains to overconsumption and how it fits into one’s overall dietary intake. When consumed as part of a balanced diet and in appropriate portions, sweet potatoes can be a healthy addition without contributing to weight gain. It’s essential, however, to be mindful of preparation methods; adding excessive butter, sugar, or other high-calorie toppings can increase the overall calorie content.
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