The Vanilla Fig Smoothie – A Healthy Smoothie Recipe

by Pamela

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So what happens when your trainer bails on you, you go to the Dr. for a physical and find out you’ve become Pamie McHippo Butt, you’ve got cramps so bad that pulling your uterus out through your nostrils using a pair of tweezers would be a pleasurable experience and you create recipes to pay the bills? If you’re me…you spend an hour switching between crying, beating on your steering wheel and hitting the drive through only to be so disgusted with yourself that you throw your entire bag of fast food slop all over the back seat and barely miss crashing into a giant black and white SUV being driven by one of our local officer Hotties. Something is needed to smooth things out, maybe a healthy smoothie recipe.

Now that reality has set in, and some of the hormones have leveled off a bit, I can see much more clearly now. It’s pretty straight forward what I must do. Just put the damn fork down…on the table…not in my pie hole.

I’ve broken out my healthier eating plans which include a smoothie recipe (or two), a LOT of healthy (but tasty) veggie based recipes, plenty of water and moving around more than just adjusting my fat ass in this chair. Oh yeah, I’ve got my juicer all set to go and a HUGE batch of fresh veggies to run through it too. But it’s the healthy smoothie recipe that I think I actually look forward to partaking in every day.

Dried Figs with Vanilla Smoothie Recipe

I’m a big fan of the raw smoothie. Which just means that all of the ingredients in the smoothie recipe were not treated at a temperature higher than 115 degrees Farenheit. No, I do not typically eat a raw diet, but in the case of smoothies…I do.

This healthy smoothie is a bit different than your standard smoothie recipe in that it uses dried figs and no fresh fruit. In fact, I didn’t use any ice in this either, but there is an option for that. If you’re wondering why dried figs? Here’s why: fresh, and dried figs, contain a good amount of B-complex vitamins like niacin, folates, and pantothenic acid. These vitamins metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Dried figs are also an excellent source of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. Just 100 g of dried figs (about 6 dried Calimyrna figs) contain 640 mg of potassium, 162 mg of calcium, 2.03 mg of iron and 232 mg of zinc. Potassium helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.Calcium for good bone health. Iron is necessary for red blood cell formation as well for cellular oxidation (helps keep anemia at bay) . Copper also helps with the production of red blood cells. Who knew a few dried figs could do all of that?

The way that I make my vanilla fig smoothie makes me think that I’m drinking a Fig Newton (one of my favorite cookies). But there’s lots of room to play with this smoothie recipe. Don’t want it so thick? Add more almond milk. Want it a little less figgie tasting? Cut the number of figs to 4. Want it colder and slushier (more refreshing for hot weather consumption)? Freeze the almond milk into cubes (you’ll need to use a few more to keep it from being so thick, or add some water to the mix). You could also freeze the chopped up figs before hand too.

So mix up your healthy smoothie recipe repertoire and give this vanilla fig smoothie a try. I think you’re really going to like it. I’m using it as a breakfast or lunch item, along with other healthy eating so that I can reduce my McHippo butt. CHEERS! What do you do when your clothes start feeling a bit snug?

The Vanilla Fig Smoothie - A Healthy Smoothie Recipe
 
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A healthy smoothie recipe of vanilla and dried figs is a healthy powerhouse of nutrients with great taste.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Chilled Almond Milk
  • 6 Dried Calimyrna Figs (quartered)
  • ½ Teaaspoon Vanilla Paste (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 3 Teaspoons Coconut Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Dried, Unsweetened, Coconut Chips (aka shaved coconut)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Buzz until everything is well pureed.
  3. Pour into glasses.
  4. Garnish with some chopped coconut.
  5. Serve
Notes
See post for suggestions on making smoothie thinner or more icy cold.

 

 

 

 

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13 comments

Lynette S. April 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I really like figs… didn’t know they were so rich in B vitamins. I find that when I have adequate B vitamins it helps to curb sugar cravings, so I will definitely give this a try. Wishing you the best with your healthy eating!

Pamela April 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thanks Lynette, I’m gonna need all the help I can get. 😉 Hmmm….I like that curbing hunger thing.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I wasn’t sure about this until you said drinking a fig newton. I’m in 🙂

My lard ass would beat your McHippo butt any day of the week.

Georgie April 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

I love all these ingredients in this smoothie… they’re some of my favorite foods to eat.

Pamela April 17, 2013 at 8:27 am

Hi Georgie,

Mine too! I love to find new ways to use figs.

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