Summer is the season for overflowing fruit baskets on the kitchen table, of endless produce from the gardens. But what happens when you can’t keep up with the fruits you purchase or grow? I’ve got a great technique for making smoothies – this time a delicious Fig & Strawberry Smoothie that will blow your mind!
The summer season on Martha’s Vineyard is unlike anyone else’s – for those of us who live here, it’s the busiest season of all. The season when tourists and visitors come on island to explore, discover, and share all the island treasures all while the locals work, work, work! At home, we barely have a chance to grocery shop; I do all the grocery shopping during the summer since my husband works endless hours more than I do and only has one day off a week, which he prefers to not spend in a grocery store.
I’ll head there once every two weeks – yes, I stretch it out as far and few in between as possible, as it’s an impossible adventure tot ankle a tourist-filled grocery store. The point of my story is that I try to stock up on as much fresh fruits and vegetables as possible for two weeks, but it never fails to amaze me that some of the fruit ripens at warp speed during these warm summer months. This happened to a gorgeous pack of figs I had purchase – three days on the counter and they had started almost spoiling! I quickly went into panic mode – which basically means this: rapidly wash and dry the fruit, cut into manageable pieces, lay on a tray, and freeze! Once frozen, I drop them into a plastic baggie and they are ready to go for smoothies!
And that’s how this Fig & Strawberry Smoothie came about – perfectly ripe figs combined with sweet, tart strawberries are the idea way to start your day! Oh and I added a couple tablespoons of a new Kaibae Baobab Fruit Powder I had received in the mail a couple of months ago and have been using it in my morning smoothies. The nutrient rich fruit boosts immunity, sustains energy, supports healthy digestion, and nourishes the skin. Its fiber keeps you full and satisfied – read more at Baobab Fruit Powder. And no, this post isn’t sponsored by them. They sent a sample which I loved and thought to mention it to you since it’s a pretty healthy addition to your smoothies. Now go forth and freeze some overly ripe fruit to make smoothies!
- 4-5 frozen figs
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ⅓ cup Stonyfield Yogurt
- 2½ cups liquid (water, whole milk, nut milk - your choice!)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- optional: powdered protein, superfruit powder, etc.
- Blend all the ingredients until creamy texture is achieved. Add more liquid if needed.