Thursday, April 28, 2011

PB & J Smoothie...but Hold the PB & J!

by Lisa Beach, Ph.D.

Along with my passion for ice cream, my blender, and more recently, for brewing kombucha…I am equally enamored with sunflower seed butter.  I stay away from peanut butter due to the high mold content (aflatoxins—cancer causing mold in peanuts), and sunflower seed butter is the closest-tasting nut/seed butter to peanut butter.  That said, my eye is constantly on Wild Jungle Peanut Butter online, which is made from heirloom peanuts said to be lower in mold. I bought some jungle peanuts online—they’re so pretty with their tiger stripes (I’m a sucker for pretty packaging and attractive unique products) that I don't want to grind them into "butter!"
This week, I’m trying to use what I have in my kitchen—and this means my smoothies may be a extra weird creative for the rest of the week. I am always tempted to be creative (and considered putting figs and avocado together yesterday), but I also like to keep it simple.

Figs---way better like this than their processed fig newton counterparts, so if that's your only experience with figs you're missing out!

Un-PB&J Smoothie: 4 figs, huge scoop of sun butter, 1 cup water, optional: 1/2 scoop sun warrior protein powder, 1 tbsp maca, 1 tbsp lucuma, 1 tbsp yacon. 1/2 tsp guar gum. Blend till smooth. Add 8 ice cubes or more. I ate this with a spoon, but it was more straw drinkable.
Why figs instead of jelly? Figs are high in fiber and iron, not to mention various other vitamins and minerals. The smoothie was a pale purple color with flecks of dark purple—it’s as delicious as it looks!
What's your weirdest smoothie combo?!


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