I think I missed the boat on fig season. I couldn’t pull the trigger on buying figs. I saw the sugar content. I saw the calorie count. “Oh but the fiber!” you say. “Oh but the nutrients!” you say. I have no problem in my life getting enough fiber or nutrients. I probably ingest too much fiber and nutrients, to be honest with you. I also really like figs and can’t trust myself around them.
I was really anti-dried sun fruits (raisins, dates, figs) until I did a juice cleanse in January. (If only I could force myself to do another.) I was SO GOOD about not eating added sugar for the week after… I didn’t even eat chocolate for a week, and if you know me, that’s basically a lifetime in my world. Luckily at the time I was in California so figs and dates were aplenty. And I would eat figs every day for a snack. I even went to a date farm I was so addicted. (More on that later.)
Anyway, so I kept seeing figs everywhere at the end of summer. They were in cute little baskets at Whole Foods and in oatmeal and salads, three things I love. Finally by the time I decided I was going to buy figs, just one batch, just to see how it felt, THEY WERE GONE.
I found some Black Turkey figs at Market District luckily so after looking up their calorie/sugar content/baking capabilities on my phone in the produce section, I bought five. Those suckers were a buck each! I decided to try them in a smoothie and also used them in muffins, which I totally forgot I had a recipe for/pictures of and need to post as well.
FIG AND BANANA SMOOTHIE
What You’ll Need:
2 cups (or a bagful if you’re me) baby spinach
1/2 frozen banana
3 fresh figs (I used Black Turkey, obvs. Are you even listening to me?)
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 cup ice
1 scoop protein powder
1 tbps chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
What to Do:
You know the drill. Dump in blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
You can omit the protein powder or chia seeds if you aren’t into those types of things.
Chat with Me:
What seemingly healthy foods can you not trust yourself around? I also cannot be trusted around most fruit or nut butters.