Fresh figs hold a special place in my heart–I guess it's because they remind me of a special family vacation we took to Tuscany. I’ll never forget riding my bike along a beautifully meandering road and popping across a small field of the most beautiful fig trees.
Fresh figs are a delicate fruit and don’t last too long after they are picked. So when I see a beautiful basket of figs, I gobble them up in earnest. My favorite way to enjoy them is on their own delicately sliced with a few toasted almonds and a drizzle of yogurt. I also love them in salads and creamy spreads. Most recently I’ve also been enjoying them in this smoothie. I find the hint of a creamy goat cheese and a drizzle of honey really make this drink.
Fresh Fig Smoothie
Serving Size: 1 (~225 calories)
Make sure when you purchase fresh figs that they are not bruised, and that their skins are unbroken and without mold. I use Black Mission Figs in this recipe, which are usually pretty easy to find between June and September. I like these dark skinned figs because of their sweet taste and thin, delicate skins which you do not have to peel before eating.
3-4 small, fresh figs
1 ounce creamy goat cheese
1/4 cup raspberries, frozen
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
3-4 ice cubes
1/8th teaspoon Stevia or a drizzle of good honey
Figs – a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and manganese. Figs are 80% higher in potassium than bananas, and, like all fruit, are easy to digest.
Chia Seeds – rich in hard to get omega-3 fatty acids which are important for your memory and the overall performance of your brain. Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
Place ingredients into a good powerful blender until smooth and creamy. Thin with water or thicken with ice if desired. Enjoy!
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Noelle Twiggs is the creator of GreenLemonade. Born from both the lessons of successes (detox 101: yes!) and failures (gym-rat diet: no!), the lifestyle website provides practical—and palatable—tips, tricks, and recipes to help everyone feel more happy, energetic, and well nourished.