Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Orange Sweet Potato Smoothie – The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)

I have to apologize for posting so late this morning, but I had my entire post typed up and ready to go, posted it, and there was nothing on the post. I’ve never had that happen before, but let’s try again!


I’m super excited to share a new smoothie recipe and a new book this week! I had a bunch of Japanese sweet potatoes and garnet yams that needed to be used and decided to go with an orange sweet potato smoothie for breakfast. This recipe is great anytime of year, but reminds me of fall which is approaching at an alarming rate. No complaints here!

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Why sweet potatoes? 

  • They’re super cheap
  • High in vitamins A, B6, and C
  • They contain potassium and magnesium
  • They boost your immune system
  • Great for the skin
  • They taste great!

Here’s what I did below…


1/2 cup almond milk

1 Japanese Sweet Potato (super sweet and white inside!)

2 Garnet Yams

1 banana (optional, but you can barely taste it)

1 Orange

1/4+ tsp of cinnamon

1/4+ tsp of ground ginger

1 TB of Honey or syrup of your choice

1 cup of ice – If you’re using frozen ingredients, omit the ice



Put the sweet potatoes in a pan with some water. The water doesn’t need to cover the potatoes. Bring it to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes.


When they’re done, take them out and peel them. The peeling comes right off.


I like to cut them up into chunks and cool them. In the winter, I’ll put them in hot. There’s nothing better than a warm smoothie like this in the winter…If you’d like to freeze a bunch of these, just lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze for about 4-5 hours. Take them out and store them in a freezer bag for later use. This is super convenient!


Prepare your orange – Leave on as much pith as you can as it’s FULL of vitamin C and adds more fiber. This works best with a sharp knife and mine is a tad dull.


After the sweet potatoes have cooled, put everything in the blender in the order listed. It’s important to load it in the order listed by starting with liquid, adding the foods, and then topping off with ice. It makes the blending go very smooth without the use of a tamper stick.


Blend starting on low, and increasing to high. Here’s a video of me making this smoothie this morning. I love my Vitamix because it tears through anything and makes the smoothest smoothies ever.

It’s worth every penny! It’s so easy to stay healthy when you have the right tools…



Add in your chia seeds and enjoy!


Continue reading for this week’s books!



Skip a Straw

I’d like to add a little bit about the glass straw you see pictured above. I bought these on Amazon (Click Here) and haven’t had a broken one yet. I also occasionally use plastic straws and recycle them, but I saw this picture online the other day and it reminded me of why using glass or reusable straws is such a better option.


This was a wake-up call for me. I’m not buying plastic straws anymore…

This Week’s Books

Just click the covers to be redirected to Goodreads

The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)


Blurb: The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

*I’ve been waiting for this book for some time. I read The Bear and the Nightingale earlier this year and have been anticipating this release for what seems like forever! This read was totally unplanned. I was able to get an ARC copy of The Girl in the Tower and I started it yesterday. So far I’m liking it. The writing is beautiful to me, just like the first. If you’d like to see my review for the first book which also includes a Q&A that I did with the author Katherine Arden from a previous blog, Click HERE

*I’m also continuing on with The Pull and Kick Murder by David R. Dowdy. I’m a little behind this week still. I read Ready Player One last week and it took me longer than expected. I hope to get caught up this week. I’m really enjoying the writing in The Pull and Kick Murder. It’s very descriptive and mysterious. Hope to have this one done by the weekend.*

The Pull and Kick Murder


Blurb: Woodward High’s annual contest to determine the captain of the swimming team has come again. When a star swimmer is found murdered in the pool, an unlikely pair are thrown together to find the killer. Follow the story as a shady Detective Lieutenant and a highbrow philosophy teacher try to solve the case. How far will the detective go? What drives the teacher to work with the detective?

Thanks for reading this week’s Breakfast and a Book!


15 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Orange Sweet Potato Smoothie – The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)

  1. Nel

    Working on purchasing a vitamix myself! Thanks to you, I told my husband and now we’re shopping. 🙂 The cover of The Girl on the Tower is absolutely gorgeous!

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  2. I’m not gonna lie. I don’t follow other book review sites because, honestly, I just don’t have time. So I really don’t have anything to compare your blog to. That being said, I’m shaking my head because I can’t believe how great this is. Seriously. I just received an email letting me know of this post and I’m just so impressed. Sorry for gushing, but… in one post I get two book “looks”, a yummy smoothy recipe with pics and a video, and a reminder to be environmentally conscious. Give me a while to peruse everything and maybe it will eventually seem blasé, but for now… 🙃

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    1. Bonnie! You are such a sweet friend. You just made me feel awesome! Thanks so much for sharing all of that. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post.

      Do let me know if you try this recipe. 😉 Have a great day! 💗💗💗


  3. bocks13

    Wow, the smoothie idea is great. Sweet potato pie in a glass! I will try this if you promise it won’t turn my skin orange. Yikes!

    Word travels fast on reduce/reuse/recycle issues. Only a few days ago I read plastic drinking straws had become a scourge of the oceans. My commitment is to always tell the server to not bring me a straw.

    Finally, thanks for the posting of The Pull and Kick Murder.

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    1. Thanks, Dave! It won’t turn your skin orange, haha!

      I was quite amazed at the statistics myself. I knew plastics were an issue, but not straws. I think that’s awesome that you request servers to not bring you straws. That’s a great point.

      The book is very interesting. I got stuck listening to Haydn last night, lol. Ironically I had just picked up some classical records at a sale recently. 😉 Ironic!

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  4. Jennifer C

    Creative smoothie idea and another one I will definitely be making! I want to try it warm in the fall/winter! I haven’t read The Bear and the Nightingale yet, but I have it here. Need to get busy reading! Wonderful post as always, M! 💕

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  5. Excellent post Jenn!! I love my Vitamix and I’m always looking for good and new healthy, yummy recipes!! Yours looks like a winner!!! 👅Also, THANK YOU for posting that about the straws!! I didn’t know that, and I also didn’t know you could buy glass straws! I’ve already put them in my Amazon list to buy, thanks for that link too! Jeepers! You gave us sooo much in this post!! Not to mention two books that look very interesting. This is a really AWESOME post!!!!😃🎉👍👍🏆 Thank you for all the work you put into it!!😊

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Your comments are always so uplifting! I’m so glad you love your Vitamix. We’ll have to share some recipes. The glass straws are amazing and there are so many different ones to choose from. The straws I linked to are like a Pyrex type glass. They’re pretty thick. No breakage yet! ♡

      Thanks for sharing! Chat soon. 💗👍😊

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