We’re not going to lie: this smoothie is as comforting as a freshly baked pie—only without firing up the oven. Or the flour, sugar, and eggs.
But it effectively curbs that craving for something sweet with vitamin-packed seasonal ingredients. Which is why we’ve fallen hard for this smoothie and will be making it all month instead of buying those bags of bite-size trick or treats.
The star of this creamy, superfood smoothie is sweet potato. It’s a trifecta of cold-weather magic. It contains a big dose of common-cold-fighting vitamin C, the much-needed sun-substitute, vitamin D, as well as iron, which supports immunity and combats stress. (Other bonuses: It aids digestion and produces collagen for wrinkle-free skin.)
Chia seeds add brain-power-boosting omega 3s and fortifying moisture to your skin cells before winter comes along to dry us all out.
And there’s nothing sweeter than homemade apple sauce, which is incredibly easy to make, but fun and unexpected in a smoothie. Just peel and slice a green apple and add to a saucepan with a 1/2 cup of organic apple juice. Stir over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Apples, which are literally ripe for the picking right now, add another dose of vitamin C plus antioxidant quercetin for endurance. —Jennifer Kass
Recipe: Fall in Love Smoothie
Blend and enjoy!
1 small precooked sweet potato (or squash or pumpkin purée, if you’d prefer)
2 tbsp homemade apple sauce (or organic packaged)
2 tbsp ground chia seeds
1 1/2 cups almond cup
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
top with a sprinkle of nutmeg
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