13 July, 2010

Calcium Special Smoothie or Topping

Figs are coming into season, now. They are best very fresh, and don't keep long once they are picked. So you can also use dried figs.

Figs and sesame seeds are terrific sources of easily assimilable calcium.

8 - 10 figs
1/2 lemon or 1 Tbs. lemon juice
3 Tbs. sesame seeds or tahini
3 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. dulse
water to desired consistency
1 drop pure, organic lavender oil

If using dried figs, soak them overnight in enough water to cover them.

Pour figs and water into your VitaMix. Add remaining ingredients, except lavender oil, and whir until thoroughly mixed. Stir lavender oil into finished smoothie - it adds just the right finishing touch.

This can be eaten like apple sauce or used as a topping for fruit or a carrot salad. Spread it on whole grain crackers for an afternoon snack.

Of course, you can enjoy it as a smoothie as well. Add a tray of ice cubes in place of the water for a unique 'ice cream' treat.

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