Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Almond Milk Smoothie with Fresh Figs and Cinnamon

Figs in season! This is one of the things that make me long for the late summer. There is nothing like a fragrant, ripe fig...

Fresh Turkish figs

Like many other fruits, figs are not only tasty, they are also very good for you. They are very rich in blood pressure lowering potassium; digestion improving dietary fiber; and bone density promoting calcium.

Fresh figs contain poly-phenolic flavonid compounds such as carotene, chlorogenic acid, lutein, and tannins. Studies suggest that chlorogenic acids in figs may help lower blood sugar levels and help control blood glucose levels in type-II diabetes patients.

Figs are also rich in vitamins (A, E, and K) and minerals (calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc.) Figs, both fresh and dried, are a good source of B vitamins, especially niacin, pyridoxine, folates, and pantothenic acid.

Figs are very alkaline fruit and help reduce the body acidity and balance the pH. 


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups almond milk (freshly made if possible)
  • 8-10 fresh, very ripe figs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1 Tbsp raw, cold pressed argan oil (you can use flax seed oil as well)
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Method:
  • Wash the figs and remove the stems. Very ripe figs can be blended with skin, but you can remove it if you want to.
  • Place all the ingredients, except argan oil in the blender and process on high speed until very smooth smooth.
  • Add argan oil and whiz for few more seconds. 
  • Pour the smoothie into tall glasses and enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2013

         
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