Good Morning! It was about time I share a smoothie recipe…it’s just been salad city around here! I am back to work this week, & with early mornings & a busy schedule, I need something quick, easy & nourishing that I can pour in a mason jar & drink on the go. My friend Shelly gave me some delicious figs from her tree & I decided to add them last minute to my favorite basic kale & almond smoothie. The result was rich, creamy deliciousness!
One of the most delightful delicacies of summer is a beautiful fresh fig! As they are elusive for most of the year, I always get excited when they begin to appear at the farmers’ market or in the produce department! Figs are lusciously sweet & an absolutely gorgeous hue on the inside. I am really attracted to colorful foods & figs are one of the most vibrant fruits around. Nutritionally, figs are an excellent source of potassium (a mineral that helps to control blood pressure), dietary fiber, phyto-nutrients, anti-oxidants & vitamins A, E, & K. What a sweet & summery gift from mother nature.
There are many ways to enjoy a fig beyond the iconic “Newton” cookie. Fresh summer figs make a beautiful accoutrement on a vegan cheese plate, are lovely tossed into a green salad, delicious sliced over a bowl of oatmeal, tasty atop flatbread with greens & vegan “goat” cheese, & perfectly wonderful on their own too! I’d never thought to add them to a green smoothie & so glad the mood finally struck me!
- 1 packed cup chopped kale leaves
- 1 cup almond milk (homemade is richer)
- 4-5 fresh figs
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 Tbsp. soaked raw almonds
- 1 date, pitted (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender until completely smooth. Drink Immediately.
Yum! This smoothie is wonderfully luscious & delicious. The flavor is subtly sweet, which I prefer, but if you like added sweetness, a date would be perfect. The combination of homemade almond milk, figs & frozen banana makes the smoothie rich & thick ~ like a healthy milkshake! My new morning favorite. Fresh figs will only be around for a few more weeks, so get ’em while they’re “hot” & enjoy!