9/28/2014

end of summer fig smoothie

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Happy Sunday friends! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. We’ve been eating loads of figs from the market even though summer is officially over. I’ve been happy to find the most beautiful figs and enjoy eating them plain or on a bowl of chia pudding. To spice things up I decided to create a smoothie out of them and omg, SO GOOD! Can’t wait for you to try for yourself.

Figs are one of the oldest cultivated plants. They are often thought of as a fruit but botanically they are flowers. Figs have long been a symbol of fertility. The inside of the fig is where the flower blossoms, pretty cool right?

Figs are one of my favorite fertility, pre and post natal foods to recommend. They are one of the highest plant sources of calcium, loaded with antioxidants and fiber. Figs contain high levels of zinc which helps increase high quality egg production. These delicious treats contain an abundance of minerals which very closely resembles breast milk and they are super alkalizing which helps curb sugar cravings.

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Traditional Chinese medicine views figs as having a neutral temperature and as one of the most alkalizing foods. Alkaline foods help balance acidity which is common in diets that rely on processed foods and lots of meat. Figs are great for treating constipation because of their high mucin content and work well to clear coughs and sore throats.

In Ayurveda figs are cooling and sweet. They are a wonderful source of iron and help keep our blood strong. Ayurveda maintains that if you have low digestive fire (agni) you should avoid figs, especially with dairy.

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To really get that amazing fig flavor I used a combination of dried and fresh figs. Soak dried figs for 10-15 minutes in just enough water to cover to make for smoother blending. If you don’t have access to raw, ground vanilla, scrape out seeds from a vanilla bean! You’re going to want serious vanilla flavor in this, trust me!

I threw in a cardamom pod and a pinch of saffron threads to bump up the earthy flavors. A little saffron goes a long way so stick to a pinch ;) This smoothie is a favorite afternoon pick-me-up.

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End of Summer Fig Smoothie

serves 2

 

Ingredients //

  • 1 c. fresh almond milk
  • 3 large dried figs
  • 3 large fresh figs
  • 1/4 tsp. ground vanilla
  • 1 cardamom pod (or 1/8 tsp. ground)
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Celtic sea salt
  • 1 pinch saffron threads

 

Method  //

  1. Add the almond milk and dried figs to a high speed blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Blend the remaining ingredients and blend  until creamy.
  3. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

 

This smoothie will keep for 2 days in the fridge when stored in a glass, airtight container.

xoa

Comments

  • Melissa

    Looks wonderful! I love figs <3

    • ashley

      Thank you Melissa! I should have posted this last month when fig season was going strong ;) We’re still getting some good ones in L.A. though. Hope you have a wonderful week! xoa

  • Maja

    Looks amazing and luckily I just bought some fresh figs :)

  • Julia

    Hi Ashley, sounds yummy. Do you throw the cardamom pods in whole?

    • ashley

      Hey Julia thank you! Yes I threw the pod in whole because my blender is super strong. You can use ground cardamom here too, works very well. Enjoy! xoa

  • Sonia

    I am very fortunate to have a fruitful fig tree in our backyard. I’m SO excited to try this recipe which sounds so tasty, not to mention the health benefits.

    • ashley

      You are so lucky Sonia! Having a fig tree in your yard is such a blessings. You will love this smoothie, it’s perfect for your fresh figs. Enjoy and thank you for stopping by. Lots of love. xoa

  • Marry

    I got the last out of my glass with a spatula, that’s how good this was. It’s so pretty too! I used 3/4 C macadamia milk and 1/4 C rice milk ’cause that’s what I had. Thanks for this recipe.

    • ashley

      I’m so happy to read this Marry! Thrilled you enjoyed the smoothie, macadamia milk sounds incredible! x

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