With the arrival of the holiday heavy calorie laden foods are prevalent. Having a smoothie to replace a meal or two can help keep your weight in check and still allow you to enjoy richer holiday foods in moderation.
If you haven’t tried a persimmon I highly recommend seeking some out. There are two kinds of persimmons, the fuyu and the hachiya. The fuyu can be eaten while still firm but the hachiya must be completely ripe and soft before you consume them. They are high in tannins that will be really unpleasant on your tastebuds if you don’t allow them to ripen fully. I usually let them ripen until they are mushy, throw them in the freezer and then use a vegetable peeler to remove the skins.
This smoothie couldn’t be easier. I happened to have some home made cashew milk on hand and I combined it with a ripe persimmon a medjool date, some honey and a little bit of cardamom and cinnamon. This is the perfect way to start your morning and will keep you satisfied until lunch.
spiced persimmon smoothie
- 1 very ripe hachiya persimmon
- 1 cup almond or nut milk of your choice
- 1 medjool date, pitted
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender, adding more milk if needed to achieve desired thickness.