Thursday, July 24, 2014

Minty-fig summer smoothie

Our fig tree has started to produce a LOT of figs, which we are very happy for:) So, I started to put them everywhere I can, like this smoothie :) 

Figs have a unique taste and have numerous health benefits. Here are a few: 
  • they are rich it potassium, which helps control blood pressure
  • they are good source of dietary fiber, which helps reduce weight (when consumed in moderate amount). Some studies have shown, that the fiber in figs may protect against postmenopausal breast cancer and lowers cholesterol
  • they are rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamin K, E and A. They contains as well vimtains  B1, B2 and C.
  • they are high in minerals:  calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper, selenium and zinc
  • they contain omega-3 and omega-6

    This smoothie is more a refreshing summer drink, light and creamy and full of vitamins :)

    - 1/2 head of Romain lettuce
    - 1/2 medium cucumber
    - 1l of filtered water
    - 300ml of plant based milk (I used oat milk)
    - 1 tsp flax-seed
    - 1 tbsp hemp seed
    - 1 tbsp date paste (or a few dates)
    - 3 fresh figs
    - 5 mint leaves
    - 1 banana

    Blend first the Romain lettuce, cucumber, water and oat milk in a high speed blender for a minute. Add hemp seeds, mint leaves and flax-seed, blend on high speed for another minute. Add banana, date paste and figs, blend on low for about 30seconds.