Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fig and Blackberry Smoothie

I LOVE figs. They weren't something I ate until I moved to Florida and quite frankly I always thought figs tasted like the sticky mess inside fig newtons. Nope! They taste a million times over the moon better. I dare say figs are becoming one of my favorite fruits, but maybe that's because they are around for such a short time. The lovely Publix grocery stores had them buy 1 get 1 free during peak season. I stocked up. There's still at least 2 containers (1 pound a piece) in my fridge. All is well in fig overload world until their delicate skins and fleshy insides start to go bad...all containers...all at the same time. ...make fig preserves. Check. Now what? ...if you google 'fig recipes,' virtually all of them contain cheese. So, I resorted to what I do best with ripe fruit, make smoothies.

If you're a smoothie seed hater, steer clear. Figs are incredibly seedy, similar to raspberries. But, I promise, in the smoothie it's quite mild and delightful.

Figs are nutrient dense too...1 fig has 4% of your potassium and vitamin B6 needs for the day. Blood pressure control baby. Also in that solo fig you'll find 2g fiber, 2% vitamin C, 2% calcium, and 2% of a lot of the B vitamins. 2 is the magic number...like double the (nutrient) density in only 1 fig. Now add about 10 figs in a smoothie and you're starting a day off fabulously.

Fig and Blackberry Smoothie
Serves 4-6

8-10 black mission figs
1 peach
1/2 cup blackberries
1/4 cup raspberries
5 baby carrots
1 cup spinach
1 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
1 cup ice

1. Add carrots, spinach, and washed fruit to blender. Pour in milk and ice, blend away until smooth!
**Note, if you don't have a high powered blender, start with the milk, carrots, figs. Then add remaining fruit and ice one ingredient at a time until blended.

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