LITTLE GREEN BOMB - SMOOTHIE

LITTLE GREEN BOMB - SMOOTHIE

Serves: 2

Vegan / Raw / Paleo / Refined Sugar-free / Gluten-free / Dairy-free

This green smoothie is heaven, and so nourishing. Figs really are little bombs of nutrition. Add these delicious fruits into your life and.. 

BOOM.

You’re instantly adding minerals & fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper & manganese, all wrapped in a cute wee, ready to take anywhere package. Who doesn't want that right?

The lowdown on figs: 

Figs are the only dried fruit that leave an alkaline ash in the body, something we defiantly want!.  

If you haven't tried one you must, they are sweet and delicious, the perfect treat when you are craving something a little sweet. Fresh and dried figs are excellent sources of dietary fiber, a specialized carbohydrate that reduces cardiovascular disease risk and prevents constipation.

Figs are good sources of vitamin K, and fresh figs also provide you with beneficial vitamin A. Vitamin K's primary role in your body involves activating clotting factors -- proteins needed for the formation of blood clots. As a result, the vitamin K from your diet allows your body to control bleeding, especially after an injury. Vitamin A aids in cellular reproduction and supports the health of your eyes. Figs provide beneficial copper. Copper activates enzymes that keep your connective tissues strong, support healthy brain cell communication and aid in energy production. It also helps your body absorb iron, which makes it beneficial for preventing and treating iron deficiency. A serving of fresh figs contains 168 micrograms of copper -- 19 percent of the recommended daily intake -- while a serving of dried figs has 214 micrograms, or 24 percent of your daily copper intake recommendation.1


LITTLE GREEN BOMB - SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

spinach or silverbeet- a generous handful, roughly chopped
3 dried figs - halved
1 medjool date - stone removed, optional
1 cup of fresh almond milk- or other plant-based milk
1 frozen banana - Skin removed, chopped*
4 brazil nuts
Optional - 1-2tsp of your favourite green powder, mine is vitamineral green by Healthforce, it's by far the best green whole-food powder I have ever had.

Directions:

  1. Pop everything in your blender & whizz until smooth and creamy
  2. Pour into a glass, savour & enjoy! Go into your day absolutely beaming from your greens!

Notes:

Just a quick note on frozen bananas. I buy a whole lot at once, either buy them ripe or ripen before freezing, then remove the skins, chop and pop in a snaplock container or bag. Use this for any smoothie that calls for banana Freezing transforms them into creamy and thick glorious banana. 

1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/252373-nutritional-value-for-figs/

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Hayley Richards

Hello! I'm Hayley - a certified nutritionist and holistic health coach by trade, a living & whole-foods chef and wellness enthusiast by passion. I'm amazingly blessed to live in sunny Nelson NZ with my gorgeous partner and three delicious daughters.