Figs: The Fruit of the Gods

Last month we did an article on how eating more fruits is beneficial to your diet. Figs, a member of the Ficus family, are one of my favoirte with their luscious texture and sophisticated not-too-sweet taste! And, beginning in June and continuing through September, figs are in season!

Not only are figs high in enzymes, which aid in digestion, but figs are an important source of carbohydrates, fiber, and potassium. Potassium helps control blood pressure and help prevent hypertension due to a low intake of potassium coupled with a high intake of sodium. And, adding dietary fiber has been shown to aid in weight-loss.

Figs can be sliced on top of salads, grilled as a dessert or side dish or eaten dried as a healthy, portable snack. Following are some of our favorite recipes.

Grilled Figs
4 figs (quartered)
Olive oil
Sea salt

Quarter figs and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and a touch of sea salt and grill approximately 15-20 minutes until done. Take the figs out of the oven and drizzle with honey.

Serve as a savory side to your favorite main course or as a delicious dessert on top of ice cream! This is truly an easy to prepare, healthy dish to prepare! And, if there are any left over you can top on your salad the next day!

Arugula and Fig Salad
2 figs (quartered)
Head of arugula
Bulb of fennel
Shaved parmesan, goat cheese or raw cashew cheese
Olive oil
Basalmic vinegar
Sea salt

Place a healthy portion of arugula on a place and top decoratively with fennel and the quartered f igs. Shave aged parmesan or crumble some goat cheese or raw cashew cheese on top and dress with olive oil, basalmic vinegar and a touch of sea salt.

1 Comment

  • david
    July 29th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

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    tnx for info….



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