This is a rich and delicious exotic smoothie made using figs and banana which makes a perfect breakfast on the go. High level of dietary fiber in this smoothie makes it absolutely filling and helps to keep you satiated till the next meal which in turn aids weight loss by controlling your calorie intake.
Figs are a rich source of potassium and calcium along with fiber that aids digestion and helps to relieve acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, nausea and upset stomach. Yogurt adds some much-needed protein to the smoothie and also renders a smooth and creamy texture to it. Flax seeds add some volume to the smoothie and supply healthy omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce inflammation and protect the heart and brain health.
Figs are one of the most nutritious fruits that contain a high level of protein, dietary fiber, carbohydrates and calories that help to keep you satiated for a prolonged period of time and reduces the risk of heart disease, constipation, and diabetes. Figs also contain a wholesome amount of B-complex vitamins such as vitamin B6, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin that supports immune functions, brain development and formation of hemoglobin.
Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, etc. found in figs support immune function, regulates blood sugar and blood pressure and helps to strengthen the muscles and bones. Antioxidant phenols present in figs reduce the risk of heart disease and protecting the cells against free radical damage.
Ripe bananas contain a high concentration of potassium and dietary fiber along with vitamin C, vitamin B6, and powerful antioxidant compounds. Bananas contain both soluble and insoluble fiber that promotes digestive system health and reduces the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Vitamin C present in bananas acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps to maintain healthy skin and hair and reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration, osteoarthritis, cancer and heart disease.
Potassium present in bananas helps to maintain strong bones and teeth and supports healthy muscle contraction. It also helps to prevent kidney stones and stroke. Ripe bananas are a wonderful source of vitamin B6 that aids energy metabolism and supports the synthesis of important neurotransmitters and hormones.
Yogurt adds the wholesome amount of protein and calcium to this smoothie. Both calcium and vitamin D present in yogurt helps to strengthen bones and teeth and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and brittle bones. The protein present in yogurt supports the growth of lean muscle mass and boosts metabolism which in turn aids weight loss. Calcium also increases fat breakdown in the body.
Being a fermented dairy product, yogurt is a natural source of probiotics (live microorganisms) that support digestion and help to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and diarrhea. Probiotics also boost the immune system function and help to prevent infections.
Flax seeds are a healthy gluten-free grain that contains a high level of fiber and essential fatty acids, specifically omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber that aids digestion, helps to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels and promotes weight loss by improving satiety and lowering total calorie intake.
Omega-3 fatty acids present in flax seeds support blood and nerve cell function and reduces inflammation. Flax seeds also contain a considerable amount of vitamin B1 that activates the enzymes in the body and support energy production from the foods. It also supports new DNA production.
Here is the recipe…
- Fig – 3
- Banana – 2
- Yogurt – ½ cup
- Flax seeds – 1 tablespoon
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Water – 1 cup
- Chop figs and banana into slices and toss them in the blender.
- Then add yogurt, flax seeds, raw honey and water to it.
- Blend them well on high speed until smooth.
- Drink this smoothie immediately or else there will be a loss of nutrients from this smoothie.
- Regular intake of this smoothie will help you to cleanse the system and to achieve your desired weight loss goal.
This is a nourishing and wholesome fruit smoothie that contains a high level of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support both weight loss and healthy weight gain. The recipe of this smoothie can be modified to suit a vegan diet by replacing yogurt with almond or coconut milk and leaving out the honey.