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Dietitian Series: Nutrition Spotlight on Figs

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Nutrition Spotlight on Figs

 

With Christmas over and New year on the way we thought it would be a good time to do a healthy food series.

We are very excited to share with you our new healthy eating series! We’re going to call it Dietitian Dishin’ and we will focus on the basics of food, cooking, and nutritional values in food! We strongly believe that healthy eating starts in the kitchen, and although you don’t need to be a chef in the kitchen, you should have a few skills to be successful with health and nutrition goals! Join us as we share a few simple tips and favorite tools in the kitchen. Today, let’s continue on with one of our favorite segments, where we introduce you to different foods. Some may be common, others less used.

This week we’re focusing on the beautiful fig! I’ll be honest, with the exception of a handful of dried figs, I’d never bought fresh figs before last week. Although I’d been keeping an eye out for them at the farmers market. Unfortunately, the one and only fig vendor was selling his figs (a very small container) for $6 each. I was excited to try them, but there are few foods I’d pay that much for….. Luckily Trader Joes had gorgeous dark figs for 1/2 the price of what I saw at the local farmers market. Ideally I’d buy all my food local, but the reality is that I live in Utah, not California, so TJs figs it is, was, and they were delish!

What to Buy:

Soft fruit. The skin is very fragile and tears easily. The color will vary depending on the variety.

How to Store:

Refrigerate for up to 5-7 days, freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition:

Good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, calcium, phytochemicals, and potassium.

How to Eat:

Fig & Nut Power Bars

We will post health and Nutritious foods in our future series.

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