21DSD Sweet Potato Puree

My 21DSD Sweet Potato Puree "Pick Me Up" that saved me while doing the detox the second time around. It's sweet and not only satisfies that sweet tooth craving but it gives you the extra energy you need after an intense workout. Try it!

My 21DSD Sweet Potato Puree “Pick Me Up” that saved me while doing the detox the second time around. It’s sweet and not only satisfies that sweet tooth craving but it gives you the extra energy you need after an intense workout. Try it!

Ok so I am currently undergoing my second 21 Days Sugar Detox (21DSD). What is the 21DSD? Check out more information here. A Cliff Notes version (do they even make those anymore) of what the detox does is it busts sugar and carb cravings naturally. Skeptics will ask, but what does that REALLY mean? I can tell you. Society has spent the last 20 or so years thinking low-fat and fat free products are healthy and make us lose weight, when in reality they make us more hungry because they don’t fill us up or provide any nutrients to our body. So what happens? Those refined carbs turn into sugar and if we have too much sugar in our bodies and we cannot store it properly, the excess sugar is broken down into fat. And eating those types of malnutrition foods sends signals to our brains that we want more and more of this crappy food. It is similar to druggies who keep chasing that next high and minutes later they crash, what a vicious cycle.  Basically it boils down to if you eat crap, you feel like crap. On the contrary, the paleolithic lifestyle (notice I did not say diet) helps you realize that by eating whole foods you gain energy, are more satisfied and by cutting out refined sugars and carbs you are not only NOT crashing at 3PM but most importantly you are pleasant to be around. So why would you not want to eat the best foods you can to make you feel the best you can?!?! My point exactly…

So does what I explained happen to you often? Do you drink Diet Coke all day (because “diet” is better for you) and eat processed foods like “healthy” granola bars, whole wheat breads and cereals and yet you are STILL hungry and constantly feel sluggish? Well if that is the case, then you need to try this natural sugar detox and teach your body to fuel itself by burning fat and not carbohydrates. If you do it I can promise you, you will be surprised how good you feel and how much energy you have.

And that is why I do it. Even though I eat very healthy, I like to often give my body another “gut” check, no pun intended, and clean out the pipes to make sure everything is working well. The difference in my diet for me undergoing this detox as apposed to my 90%/10% Paleo lifestyle is simply cutting out natural sugars like maple syrup, honey and FRUIT! It may seem easy but you will be surprised how much sugar is EVERYWHERE. In ketchups and other condiments, in meats like sausage and bacon, etc. The fruit limitation is also difficult. During this detox, you are limited to eating only 1 piece of fruit daily, which is a green apple, a green tipped banana or a grapefruit. The first time I underwent the sugar detox I learned very quickly that prior to it, I heavily relied on fruit as a major staple of my diet.  I am very grateful for the lessons learned from my first detox, and since last April I have servery increased my daily vegetable intake. I like to say my goal now is to eat more vegetables than a vegetarian. You can read about my first experience here and try my amazing 21DSD Green Monster Smoothie that got me through the first detox. It is so yummy and it is even featured on the official 21 Day Sugar Detox Website! In addition to my and Diane’s websites, you can also check out Day Two’s Recipe of the Day on the 21DSD daily emails.

So I am half way through the detox and I feel great. If you asked me last week how I was holding up, I would have told you HORRIBLE! The sugar withdrawals (read constant headaches were unbearable but I stuck with it and now I am glad I did it). What has changed for me this time around, although I must admit that I shamelessly look forward to eating my daily green apple at night with a big hunk of almond butter, I am craving more starchy carbs. I am exclusively nursing my 1 month old son and I also do CrossFit 4-5 times a week so I feel like I am STARVING 24/7!!! To be honest, I was starving before the detox because I am burning so many calories, but this time around I had to be more cognizant on the type of extra calories I was adding to diet to give me more energy and not make me crash during the day. Ultimately my job is to nourish my son so I did not want to do anything drastic that would decrease my milk supply and more so make me crash since I am sleeping less (read middle of the night feedings) and slowly increasing the intensity of my workouts post preggo.

So basically if you live an active lifestyle, participate in high intensity exercise (like CrossFit) and/or are nursing or pregnant you need to add more carbohydrates to your diet per the 21DSD book. Specifically you need to add 30-50 grams of carbohydrates to at least one meal per day or after a vigorous workout. So what is 30-50 grams? That is about 1/2 to 1 cup of sweet potato, plantains, butternut squash, beets, etc.

Well since I am nursing and CrossFitting I knew I had to get on this right away. My friend and fellow CrossFit Coach Tricia told me she likes to eat a sweet potato after her workout and I knew I had to get on that right away. I started nuking my sweet potato and adding a little coconut oil, cinnamon and crushed pecans to it. After two days of eating nuked sweet potatoes, I was tired of how dry they were and I also thought it was the worst way to cook them and keep as much nutrients in the sweet potatoes as possible. After some research, I actually found nuking veggies is ideal since the cooking time is the least compared to other methods and thus there is little time for nutrients to leave. Steaming vegetables is also ideal, but I like to cook a few sweet potatoes at a time so I decided to roast them all. You can cook them how you prefer, but I love the caramelized flavor and extra sweetness that roasting gives sweet potatoes. So there you have it. Below is my fave go- to pureed sweet potato puree that are 21DSD approved and got me through this detox. I especially loved how they tasted like the inside of a sweet potato pie. So not only did it provide me more energy, but it also satisfied my sweet craving.


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21DSD Sweet Potato Puree
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My 21DSD Sweet Potato Puree “Pick Me Up” saved me while doing the detox the second time around. It’s sweet and not only satisfies that sweet tooth craving, but it gives you the extra energy you need after an intense workout. Try it, you will not be disappointed and it so easy to make ahead and take with you on the go!
Recipe type: Snack, Side, “Not Sweet Treat”
Cuisine: Paleo, Healthy, 21DSD
Serves: 2-4
  • 3 medium sized sweet potatoes (about 2lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, warmed and in liquid state
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. With a fork, prick holes into each sweet potato on all sides.
  3. Place sweet potatoes on a lined cookie sheet and cook for one hour. Depending on the size of your potatoes, you will need more (if bigger) or less (if smaller) time. Half way through the cooking process around the 30 minute mark rotate and flip over your sweet potatoes to help them cook evenly throughout.
  4. Once cooked, remove skin and place in your food processor along with your warmed coconut oil and cinnamon and blend. If you don’t have a food processor or (if you are lazy like me sometimes and do not want to clean another kitchen appliance) than feel free to use a manual hand masher or ricer to blend.
  5. End result is a very, very sweet potato puree. Once mixed, I separate them to ½ to 1 cup servings and reheat them and eat them after a workout to replenish my energy levels. This recipe yields about 2 cups of pureed sweet potato and can last in your fridge up to five days. You can also serve this as a side for any dinner or as dessert as well! The options are endless!



So what other foods have you relied on the most to get you through your 21DSD? Please share…


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7 Responses to “21DSD Sweet Potato Puree”

  1. Raw BurnDecember 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Hello there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted
    to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading
    through your articles. Can you recommend any other
    blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thanks a

    • LauraDecember 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      Raw Burn, thanks for the compliment! I love blogging and sharing my recipes. Most of all I love inspiring others to make good choices and be healthy. The only thing I wish is that I had more time in the day to do this. Other sites I like for Paleo recipes are balancedbites.com, paleomg.com, primalpalate.com, againstallgrains.com and paleoparents.com

      Let me know if you need anything else!

  2. Kelsey @ The Primal YogiDecember 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I’ve been seeing a lot about the 21 DSD around the blogging
    world over the past couple of weeks. I am thinking of trying it
    out! Do you suggest getting the book or can you so it without

    • LauraDecember 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm #


      The first time I did it I did not use the book and the second time I bought the book and made several recipes. I think you can go either way. You don’t necessarily have to do her recipes so if you’re ready Paleoish and you know the principles of the detox (i.e your limited to eating only one piece of fruit which is a great apple or a green tip banana a day) than you’re good to go. There are some resources on her website http://www.balancedbites.com/21 DSD that are free and definitely worth looking at before you start. Also, you can sign up for free for daily emails and updates as well. Good luck, although it’s hard, it’s very rewarding and eye-opening. I am looking forward to doing it again in the new year!

  3. NickiJanuary 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I am loving this recipe!!! Just made some and it’s day one
    of my sugar detox. It’s going to save me it tastes like pie
    filling. Thank you 😉

  4. StacyMarch 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Just started following you on Instagram. I have been living the Paleo lifestyle for 2 months and am down 18 lbs. I am a sugar addict though so I am now on day 6 of my 21DSD. I am SOO sick of salad right now. I love your blog.

    • LauraMarch 16, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      Stacy! Stay strong. These first couple of days are the hardest days. It will get better. And I hear yeah about salad. Have you “upped” or increased your protein intake? In order to forget about fruit and anything that is bad for you, when I have done my detoxes I ate more avocado, beef jerky, and nuts/ almond butter. Have you tried that? I also saved my fruit serving to the end of the night where my cravings were the worst. Good luck and you can do it!


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