Fantastic Figs!

figsDon’t you just love figs?  I have been able to get fresh organic figs pretty regularly and they are so delicious…especially on a crisp green salad with a light vinaigrette.  The most common way to get figs is in their dried form which are available all year round.  But I love figs fresh or dried, not just for their great taste, but also for their health promoting properties.

Eating figs comes with so many benefits.  Figs are great for relieving constipation because of their prebiotic properties just like a prune.  Figs are beneficial for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, are good for cardiovascular health and can even protect your eyes from developing macular degeneration if eaten regularly.  They are a great source of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, B6, copper and manganese.     One of these little gems contains approximately 40 calories and adds to your daily fiber intake.

We are all familiar with the popular Fig Newton cookie.

I like to add my figs to salad.

Try this delicious, nutritious and easy salad recipe.

SPINACH APPLE ALMOND AND FIG SALAD!  (all of my ingredients are organic and non-GMO)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon of good quality honey

Pink Salt and pepper to taste

6 cups of baby spinach

1 cup of slivered almonds, toasted  ( or you could use toasted pine nuts instead of almonds)

1/2 cup sliced fresh figs (or dried)

1 large crisp apple, cored and cut up (such as Delicious, Gala or Fuji apple)

If you are not vegan like I am, you might like to add crumbled goat cheese to this recipe.

In large bowl whisk first 4 ingredients.  Put remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Add dressing as needed and toss to coat.  Serve immediately.

 

 

 

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