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Strawberry Smoothie with Summer Figs

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I know this happens with every season, but I seriously feel like this summer has flown by and I don’t know how it happened! I have barely taken advantage of all the delicious summertime fruit at the farmer’s markets (time to get over there!) But, I did get some in with this Strawberry Smoothie with Summer Figs.

While figs are definitely sweet, they also have some good nutrition going for them (not quite in Fig Newtons, though…)! Figs are a good source of fiber and have some vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin K. Figs also have antioxidant value, anti-cancer properties, and antibacterial effects.

My main pointers for a healthy smoothie is to limit the sugar, always add a vegetable, and use healthy fats and proteins.

In this smoothie, I limit the sugar by cutting the banana in half and adding riced cauliflower as the vegetable. Cauliflower is a great substitute for banana (zucchini works, too). I can’t taste the cauliflower at all! Using frozen riced cauliflower is great because the “rice” works as little ice chips. However, I have also used steamed-then-refrigerated cauliflower florets as well (this will create a creamy texture).

Healthy fats for smoothies can be coconut oil, nut butter, or avocado. Adding fats to smoothies helps to keep you full for longer and also slows down the glycemic response (i.e. how quick sugar gets into your blood: the slower, the better).

Lastly, the protein! While nut butter and avocado do have some protein, I like to add additional protein to make sure I stay full for at least 4 hours from a smoothie. I typically use Further Food Collagen Powder, because it doesn’t have any extra ingredients.

Further Food Commentary:

Figs are high in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fibre. Figs are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamins A and K that contribute to health and wellness.

By Anna Lee

Strawberry Smoothie with Summer Figs

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  • Prep Time:5 Minutes
  • Cook Time:N/A
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

1/2 of a frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen riced cauliflower (or steamed-then-refrigerated)

1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 scoop protein powder or collagen, such as Further Food Collagen 

1-3 fresh figs (depends on size)

1 tablespoon shredded or flaked coconut

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients except coconut and hemp seeds, using a blender tamper if it is too thick.
  2. Top with coconut, sliced figs, hemp seeds, and chia seeds if desired.
Blend all ingredients except coconut and hemp seeds, using a blender tamper if it is too thick. Top with coconut, sliced figs, hemp seeds, and chia seeds if desired.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 584; Total Fat: 34 g; Saturated Fat: 13 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 189 mg; Potassium: 910 mg; Carbohydrate: 51 g; Fiber: 15 g; Sugar: 28 g; Protein: 16 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 57%; Vitamin A: 15%; Iron: 19%; Calcium: 142%

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