Although figs have been around for centuries, this wonderful fruit has recently entered my life and has quickly become a delicious and healthy addition to many of my meals and snacks.
Spring Salad with figs from Open Door Tea in Stratford, CT
Figs provide the body an array of health benefits. They provide fiber, antioxidants, and a rich supply of vitamins and minerals! For example, a 1/2 cup serving of figs [approximately, six figs] offers less than 1 gram of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 230 milligrams of potassium, 4.7 micrograms of vitamin K, and small/trace amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, vitamin A, and copper- all for 74 calories!!
So how do these nutrients impact health?
Fiber aids in digestion, helping to relieve constipation. Fiber also plays a role in helping to lower cholesterol and blood sugar- reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants help protect your body from free radicals by donating electrons. Free radicals, in the easiest terms possible, are atoms with unpaired electrons leaving the body vulnerable to disease and aging. Potassium helps support muscle and heart function and Vitamin K supports blood clotting.
While they can be on the pricey side, you can wait to buy them in season [June to September] for a lower cost. Figs can be eaten dried or fresh, they go well with many dishes. They make a great salad topping [see above]. In addition, they pair well with oatmeal, yogurt, and chicken salads. My personal favorite is figs and goat cheese with a balsamic dressing.
Like I said, they are un-fig-ettable!
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