Creamy, protein-packed, dessert-like smoothie.
Do you like Figs? I sure do.
My husband's cousin has 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 substance 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 wild for more than a millennia. 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 abundance 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 has 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 a 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.
๑۞๑ 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!