Whole Foods had three varieties of fresh figs when I was there the other day and I just couldn't resist picking up a small pint. The thing with figs is that you usually love them .... or you don't. I happen to really like them. But sometimes I buy them and I am embarrassed to say, I end up composting half of what I bought because I failed to consume them. I vowed I wouldn't allow that to happen this time, so aside from the avocado toast, I am going to add some chopped fig to a baby kale salad (with a little fresh chevre and a balsamic dressing), and depending on how many I have left I may either make a little fig tart or I may make some more toast because it is so super easy and delicious.
Fresh figs are super nutritious on their own - Vitamins B5, B6, minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants. The health benefits of eating figs include weight management, eye health, sexual health, heart health, digestion, cancer prevention, healthy bones, and insulin control. When you combine with avocado you amplify the health benefits considerably with additional magnesium, fiber, and healthy fats.
Dried figs are more caloric (by weight), higher in sugar (by weight), but also more concentrated in nutrients and fiber. The thing with dried fruit in general is that you just need to watch your portions so that you don't over-sugar, over-calorie, and over-fiber.
Enjoy and let me know how you like your figs!
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