I love figs and dates – are two of my favorite fruits. I like them because they can be very sweet, and tend to make wonderful desserts. They can be served over savory recipes such as salads, curries and meat dishes. Both fruits very good pair of nuts, so eat some dates or figs with some walnuts or almonds can make a balanced meal.
Dates are most often found in the area of food production business. The most common type of data or data that we see most often found in supermarkets as "semi-soft" variety, an example is the Medjool dates from Morocco. They are a great source of fiber and contain a good amount of potassium. They also have some calcium, magnesium and folate.
The caloric content of citations is higher than many other fruits – a portion of 5 appointments has about 114 calories. But facts have a very sweet, distinctive flavor, so little can go a long way to go. Appointments can eat different types:
- As an aperitif, either alone or in combination with almonds, walnuts or a piece of cheese
- crushed and added on top of oatmeal or other
- minced and added to cereals or trail mixes
- Add the yogurt, a natural sweetener normal
- Add the quinoa or rice for a fun, sweet
- Added to stews and Moroccan Curry
As the dates are nice figs sweet fruit is eaten alone or used to enhance many dishes. figs you can find both fresh and dried. They are made of a soft flesh around a large number of small edible seeds popped. The figures can be eaten whole, either peeled or unpeeled. Fresh figs are highly perishable and should be refrigerated no more than 7 days. The high season for fresh figs growth runs from June to October.
fresh figs contain many nutrients, including vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, folate and fiber. The calorie content of a portion of a size of 3 fresh figs medium is about 111 calories. As with dates, figs can be used in many different dishes, including:
- As an appetizer, alone or in combination with nuts or cheese
- And given for salads
- Along with meats and cheese for a simple meal
- Added to sauces and salsas
Both figs and certain types of data are dark purple. As a result, they contain anthocyanins, antioxidants that work to promote heart health. During National Nutrition Month last month, Jessica wrote this great blog entry
(click on link), which describes the benefits of eating natural food from the blue / purple pigments. Included in the blog post will be this recipe for pineapple curry sauce and the image
(click on the link.) This is just another great way to incorporate the figs in a healthy eating plan.
If you've never had before the dates or figs, eating, test. Summer is on its way, and is a good time to start including more fruit in your healthy eating plan.
Rachel Andrew MPH, RD, CD
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