Late Summer Blackberry Fig & Tahini Smoothie


Ever since I discovered a slight intolerance to bananas and its negative affect on my digestion, my love of smoothies is no longer what it once was. Every good smoothie required a banana, or so i thought, until I recently began experimenting with fresh figs. Not only are these little jewels packed with fiber, potassium and antioxidants, but other essential minerals that most individuals are depleted in, including manganese, magnesium and calcium. Best of all, they're currently in season, so it's a wonderful time to pick them fresh or snag from the local farmer's market - even freezing for use throughout the cooler months in morning oats and wholesome desserts. 

My intention when creating this smoothie was to replenish my body with important vitamins and minerals that are lost during menstruation. During my heaviest moon days, my appetite has an adjustment period and I'm finding that lightening my load with healing broths (hello pho season) and liquid-based nourishment seems to work well, and lessen the severity of cramps. I also try to incorporate foods that are rich shades of red to further replenish and purify blood, including beets, raspberries, and cherries.

And while I love nut butter in pretty much any shape or form, the texture and taste of tahini in this smoothie is absolutely divine and delivers an additional dose of necessary iron (which is lost with the onset of a woman's period). I wanted to drown this smoothie with a batch of granola, but reached for a mixture of pomegranate, coconut and pumpkin seeds for healthy fats, zinc and a bit of crunch - but mostly so that I could eat it with a spoon. 

Period or not, this late summer smoothie is lovely for quiet front porch occasions any time of day. Subtly sweet, deeply nourishing and open to experimentation. 

Late Summer Blackberry Fig & Tahini Smoothie

Serves one full smoothie glass or two small servings to share

1 cup preferred dairy-free milk, such as coconut or almond

4-5 fresh, organic black mission figs

1 cup fresh, organic raspberries

1 cup fresh, organic blackberries

2-3 tablespoons tahini

optional blend of adaptogens, such as ashwagandha, cordyceps, he shou wu

Combine all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend on high until desired consistency is achieved. Enjoy as is or flake with coconut shreds, nuts, seeds and additional fresh fruit / tahini drizzle and eat with a spoon.

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