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Fresh Fig Protein Smoothie

Figs are delicious on their own, but really dazzle in this creamy, protein-packed, dessert-like smoothie


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3 out of my 4 children are finally back in school. For me, was supposed to mean little more time for getting things done around the house but it turns out all my 3 children are going to 3 different schools, in 3 totally different directions, with 3 totally different schedules. One getting picked up for lunch at 11:15, the other at 12:00 and the last one at 12:30. Rush back home for a quick lunch then back to school at 1:00. Then I have about hour and half to breathe until I have to go back out for pick-ups at 2:30; Then again at 3:45 and the final one at 5:30. My school runs have become almost nightmare-like ventures out in traffic bustling to get them to school on time. Luckily, I'm finding solace in my travel mug filled with delicious smoothie concoctions.

And that reminds me ... Do you like Figs? I sure do. 

My husband's cousin have a a few different types of fig trees in their yard. And I find myself constantly bombarded with beautiful fresh figs every day. I didn't grow up knowing what a delicious treat fresh figs are. The figs that I knew of were of the hard, chewy, dried and that that powdery sustance covering them. BLAH! But since moving to Algeria, I've come to know how delicious and healthy these little gems are.

Figs known as "Karmouss "(or el karmoussa) in the Algerian dialect of Arabic (Derdja) or in standard Arabic, known as "teen" تين. They're native to the Mediterranean region and have growing mild for more than a millenia. Figs are often referred to as the "poor man's fruit". And here in Algeria are in season from May to September, sometimes until October. Figs been sought out and cultivated since ancient times. Both fresh and dried figs are popular in Algeria. In traditional Algerian medicine, the fruit is valued as a laxative, relief fevers, asthma, haemorrhagia, epilepsy and also used as a stimulant to treat coughs. Fig fruit paste is applied to relieve from inflammations, swellings and pain



A great way to enjoy a few fresh from the tree now while they are in season, but with the abudance of this fruit I often find myself freezing them for later use, after the season is long done and over. Frozen figs can be used in a variety of ways including in tarts, crumbles, buckles, muffins, or even in healthier ways like in salads, in dressings, on bread or even in smoothies. Today, this smoothie is creamy and so perfectly sweet example of how ripe in season figs can be. This smoothie needs no added sweetener at all. All the sweetness comes naturally from the fruit itself. You could optionally add some spices like cinnamon or cardamom if you wish, but I really wanted to fully enjoy the delicious but mild fig flavor. This smoothie has been making me happy while clammering through traffic, road blocks and construction to get my kids to school on time.

There are numerous health benefits imparted by figs. Figs are a superfood that have a high mineral content, high in fiber and are filled with potassium, calcium, iron and have traces manganese. Figs promote digestion. This benefit is especially useful in case of children and adults whose digestive system is very weak and hence, they need very soft food. Introducing figs into their diet can help in smooth digestion and aid in nutrition 
absorption.  

Figs have been used since historic times as a natural laxative in its ripened state. Giving figs to constipation prone people regularly can be beneficial as figs contain lot of dietary fiber which adds bulk to the stool by absorbing water. The result is smooth bowel movement. Yes! I know that was way too much info right?! LOL! Just a little hint ...figs are great for mothers who've just given birth. You'll thank me later 
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If figs weren't healthy enough, in this recipe I've added some natural proteins in the way of Greek yogurt and almond butter, giving you an extra helping of about 12grams of protein per serving. Protein carries nutrients to the body, giving it energy, and helping us to feel satisfied and full. The creamy texture is like a sweet, nutty milkshake, and insanely delicious. I admit I am surprised every time I make this!
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{ fresh fig protein smoothie } 

HEART HEALTHY, DIABETIC FRIENDLY, GLUTEN-FREe; low fat, paleo/primal, low fat, low carb  

YIELD: SERVES 2-4
PREP TIME: 5-10 MINS
COOK TIME: 10 MINS


knife, cutting board, blender, glasses 

۞ = SUBSTITUTIONS


  • ½ cup - 125ml unsweetened almond milk ( coconut or cow milk works fine too)
  • ½ cup - 120g plain Greek yogurt ۞
  • 1 TBS almond butter
  • 5-6 fresh/frozen figs, stems removed and halved
  • Handful of ice
  • pinch of sea salt
OPTIONAL - dash or cinnamon or caradamom


    PLACE the almond milk, figs, almond butter, salt and ice in a blender, in this order. Blend until smooth. 

    Serve immediately.

    Storage
    This smoothie, like most smoothie is meant to consumed fresh. But you can prepare it early on and take it with you for a quick meal on the go. It may seperate, so just shake or stir before drinking.

    Subsitutions
    If you don't have access to fresh figs, you could make this with dried figs, soaking them for about 5 minutes before blitzing

    Variation
    Using different figs will give a slightly different taste so experient. Or optionally, add some spices like cinnamon or caradmom in the blend.

    Sweetness
    Depending on your figs ripeness and type, the sweetnes of the figs may vary. Ideally such healthy smoothies don't require any added sweetening. But you really feel you must, then I guess you can. 

    Vegan
    You could make this smoothie vegan by using a non-dairy yogurt such a coconut yogurt.


     CATEGORIES:  healthy, beverages, kid's fav, breakfast, snack

    SOURCE:  heni el g

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      This smoothie is really a meal in itself. Freshly blended for a quick breakfast on-the-go.

          



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        2 comments:

        1. As Salaamu Alaykum Henna, my husband would go crazy for those figs! He often complains about the tastless imports we get here and how nothing compares to the fresh figs from his neighbours tree back home :) you sound like super mum doing all those school trips backwards and forwards! Baarak Allahu Feeki

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        2. I just tried this out with some banana ...mashallah it was great! Thanks for the recipe!

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