Paleo Green Fig and Mint Smoothie

It’s the last day of February so you know what that means? That milk, sugar, cream, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solid, cellulose gum, yellow 5, blue 1… filled McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is starting to rear it’s beautifully tempting, yet ugly little head. Instead of choosing that corn syrup mess, opt in to this Paleo Green Fig and Mint Smoothie instead. :)

Paleo Green Fig and Mint SmoothieIf you’d rather not have kale, spinach or cucumbers as a replacement for that minty McDonald’s concoction and you’re looking for something sweeter, there’s also my Primal Shamrock Shake recipe. And I’ve even got a general Shamrock Shake recipe, not quite Paleo/Primal, that I posted a while back. Any of these three would be a healthier choice and all are quick and simple to make.

Speaking of healthy and simple, what could be better than a Paleo pizza, or rather Meatza, that’s made for you?

Are you familiar with meetup.com? Are you part of a group or two or ten in the Meetup community? If you’d like to meet some folks with common interests, I highly recommend you check it out. Jeff & I will be meeting up with (see what I did there…clever, aren’t I?) the folks in the Paleo Chicago Meetup group this Sunday…and you should join us!

Calling all folks, in Chicago, this weekend, who LOVE pizza!

I’m playing host to quite a large number of folks from the Paleo Chicago Meetup group this Sunday at Uno Chicago in Schaumburg. We’re getting together for our third Meatza dinner. Previously there’s been a couple meatza events at Lou Malnati’s where we tasted their sausage crust deep dish pizza but this time around, we’re giving Uno’s the taste test. Have I mentioned that meatza is not regularly on the menu at either location? Just like the healthier choices available on the hidden menu at Panera, most restaurants can be somewhat accommodating to dietary restrictions and when eating out you don’t have to settle for feeling miserable the next day because of making a poor choice while eating out.

I’ll be gathering the final count later today but that doesn’t mean we won’t have room for more. If you’re in the Chicagoland area and would like to join us, give us a lil RSVP over on the Paleo Chicago Meetup Meatza dinner event page and let me know whether you prefer the toppings on the Farmer’s Market or Numero Uno (and how many slices you think you may eat). We’re planning ahead and having the pizza’s prepared before we get there. Who knows how long we’d be there if we ordered when we arrived, with close to 20 people already on the list. But if you can’t commit today, don’t let that hold you back from joining us on Sunday.

Meatza. Uno. Schaumburg. Sunday. March. 3rd. 6pm.

You know you’re curious to give it a try. I hope to see you there! :)

Paleo Green Fig and Mint Smoothie

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 4 fresh green or black figs (or frozen)
  • 1 persian cucumber, ends trimmed
  • 1 cup organic baby kale
  • 1 cup organic baby spinach
  • 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2-1 cup water
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh mint, torn

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour. Serve. Enjoy! :)