When I was a teenager, my favorite cookie was a Fig Newton. There is nothing like this cookie with its distinct flavor. It’s so tasty.
When I moved to NYC to pursue my dancing career, I had no money and was living on bagels and pasta. I took dance class every night after long days of auditioning and working. I treated myself each evening to a Fig Newton at a deli nearby. I would conclude my evening enjoying these cookies as I traveled back to Astoria on the subway. I looked forward to the cookies everyday with anticipation.
These days, Fig Newton’s are not on my meal plan or agenda but I still love figs and their delicious flavor so I decided to throw them into a smoothie and see what it tasted like. The verdict is…outstanding and healthier than any fig newton you can buy in the store.
I love dried figs and they are great source of calcium, iron, zinc and B-vitamins. In addition, they are co-factors in metabolizing fat, carbohydrates and protein.
Fig it Smoothie
1 ½ cups dairy-free milk or water (I used homemade almond milk)
1 cup kale or spinach
2 to 3 figs chopped (I used dried figs that were soaked in warm water for 10 minutes)
Dash of cinnamon powder
Dash of nutmeg powder
If you are using dried figs and soaking them, drain the soaking water and put the figs with all the other ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend.
Were you a Fig Newton lover too? Leave a comment below and share if you have healthy alternatives for enjoying figs.