Happy May y’all! I’ve decided to do a little challenge within a challenge. I know I’m a little nuts but I’m always looking for ways to take it up a notch. With my health, with my relationships, and in my life. I am all about getting as much good whole foods as I can in for the next 3 months (and throughout this lifetime) and an easy way to do that is with smoothies. I go in and out of my smoothie obsession. For awhile I didn’t mess with anything but smoothie bowls because I was over smoothies. Currently, I’m in an obsessive mood with smoothies again. It’s probably the promise of spring and warm weather. Smoothies and juicing have become a staple in my diet once again. So I figure why not push myself to create a new smoothie every single day this month? And then I thought, why not share the recipes in my little corner of the internet?
For day 1 of my personal 30 Smoothies in 30 Days Challenge I am sharing a favorite go to smoothie. It’s creamy, beautiful deep purple, and full of antioxidants and essential minerals and vitamins. I call it a Swig of Fig because it has one of my favorite fruits in it and it’s absolutely delicious. You feel as if you are drinking an indulgent shake when you are in fact drinking a jammed packed nutrient dense powerhouse of fiber and fruits. And it’s purple. Y’all know I love purple.
I didn’t realize my love of figs until a few years ago. I’ve always enjoyed Fig Newton’s, but didn’t experience a real fresh fig until I was in my 20s. I remember biting into it and thinking “I found it. The best fruit in the world. It’s here. It’s called a fig.” I was quite dramatic but to be fair, it was a dramatic experience.
Since my first experience with figs, I’ve eaten hundreds. And no that is not an exaggeration. I love the delicate taste of figs but man are they hard to find! When I was pregnant with my first daughter, a friend agreed to accompany me on a shopping excursion over an hour and a half away because I wanted to pick up figs and none of the groceries in our town carried them. When we bought our little farmhouse, I insisted we plant a few trees and wanted one of them to be a fig tree. Guess what? Every tree we planted survived except our fig tree despite it being approved for our planting zone. It didn’t need a companion to cross pollinate (I checked numerous times) but for some reason it did not take. We will try again. Because figs are hard to find around here but they are also relatively expensive when I do find them. When I find fresh figs I cherish them. And I stockpile them to freeze for smoothies that way I have the taste of figs whenever I want.
This recipe utililzes frozen figs but feel free to use fresh! You may need some ice to cool the smoothie if you go with fresh.
- 3 frozen figs
- ½ banana
- 1 cup blueberries
- Handful of spinach
- 6 ounces coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- ½ tablespoon maca powder
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Happy May 1,