Health Tip: Feed Your Family More Figs!

photo source: avrene, Creative Commons

photo source: avrene, Creative Commons

Sweet, neat, and easy to eat, add beautiful and delicious figs to your family’s diet for a healthy burst of flavor and variety! According to the World’s Healthiest Foods, figs provide an excellent source of nutrition and they can boost your family’s health in so many ways!

Health Benefits of Figs

  1. Figs are a sumptuous source of vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and fiber.
  2. Eating figs can help control your blood pressure. The potassium in figs aids in the regulation of blood pressure.
  3. Figs can aid in weight-loss. Replacing calorie-rich foods with fiber-rich foods, which give a full and satisfying feeling without the weight-gain, is one way to lose weight. Add figs to your goji berry and plum snacks for an energizing and healthy weight-loss regimen.
  4. Figs are a cancer-fighting food, according to The Cancer Cure Foundation.
  5. Fig leaves — a cure-all? Animal studies show fig leaves to have amazing healing effects on the heart and certain cancer cells. More research is required, however.
  6. Fig leaves CAN help those suffering with diabetes. In one study, fig leaf extract was added to diabetic patients’ food to lower their insulin levels.
  7. Fig juice is naturally antibacterial.

The Fabulous Uses of Figs + Fig Recipes

A part of the mulberry family, figs are available year-round dried and fresh typically during the summer season. Here are some of the many appetizing uses of figs, after which is a link to healthy fig recipes that will tantalize your family’s taste buds! First, feast your eyes on this!

Fig parfait! A fast solution to a nutritious breakfast or snack for a family on-the-go.

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photo source: Vegan Feast Catering, Creative Commons

Figs have the perfect texture and flavor to create mouth-watering pastries.

photo source: JustyCinMD, Creative Commons

photo source: JustyCinMD, Creative Commons

Add figs to an assortment of other healthy foods to create a bountiful bento box!

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photo source: gamene, Creative Commons

Oh! Here’s another figalicious pastry. This fruit tart looks like perfection!

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photo source: t-mizo, Creative Commons

Here are those fig recipes as promised!A special thanks to Tania for sharing fresh California figs with my family from her own tree and prompting this article! You just never know how the simple gesture of sharing can inspire others.

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About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

0 comments on “Health Tip: Feed Your Family More Figs!

  1. I love the food education that you share. I have never had a fig, but I do love the smell (if the Bath and Body Works scent is legit). Thank you again for sharing at #mommymeetupmondays!

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