McKel Hill is full of great kitchen advice (like the below) on her site, Nutrition Stripped. Be sure to bake up those sweet potatoes, stat! We consider McKel part of our TCM community and have been loving her work ever since she got her plant-tastic start.

With her new cookbook, Nutrition Stripped, just hitting shelves, we’re featuring a few of our favorite recipes to celebrate. There are 100 plant-based recipes in the book, so picking our faves was tough! This crazy smoothie uses sweet potato to thicken and add a kick of vitamins – strange, but trust us when we say you’ll be hooked…

The first real recipe I ever made was for the famous Orange Julius. It was in home-ec class and the no-fail recipe instantly became my favorite. Now I’m giving the traditional Orange Julius an upgrade by combining the vitamin C, A, potassium, fiber and carotenoids found in sweet potatoes with tangy orange in the Nutrition Stripped Cookbook. The result is a winning combination – light and refreshing with pops of citrus, yet dense and filling because of the sweet potato. Enjoy this as a meal or a post-workout drink, or split it with a loved one for a snack! It’s ridiculously good.

Pro Tip: This recipe offers the perfect example of how batch-cooking can come in handy. Baking up a batch of sweet potatoes to have them ready for use in any application is such a time saver!

Sweet Potato Julius
Serves 1


1 cup almond milk
1 medium sweet potato, baked whole
1 medium orange, peeled
1 Medjool date, or to taste, pitted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
dash of sea salt
dash of ground cinnamon
honey (optional)


In a high-speed blender, combine the almond milk, sweet potato, orange, date, vanilla, salt and cinnamon and blend until smooth. Adjust the sweetness to your desired taste by adding honey or more Medjool dates. Blend in about 1/2 cup ice to chill before serving.

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