February 2020 Fig Focus Newsletter

Recipe & photo by Gal Cohen

Mission Dried Fig & Berry No-Bake Cheesecake

Dried figs are the perfect snack to incorporate into your diet for their nutritional benefits, but especially for their delectable sweet taste. Since it is National Heart Month, we decided to get a little fancy with our fig intake. We partnered with Registered Dietitian, Gal Cohen of Holy Health, to create a Fig & Berry No Bake Vegan Cheesecake using our Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs with other heart health ingredients.

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Recipe & Photo by Annelies Z

Go Nuts for Valentine’s with California Dried Figs + Oregon Hazelnuts

Speaking of heart health month and nuts—we’ve teamed up with Oregon Hazelnuts this month for a giveaway that will make you go nuts (just like our Buckwheat Crepes with Hazelnut Fig Ganache, pictured above). Head to Instagram on February 10 to enter. Did you know figs are purportedly an aphrodisiac? Stay in this Valentine’s Day and find inspiration for a romantic meal. Discover sweet endings of desserts full of California Dried Figs and a menu for Galentine’s, Valentine’s, or any night you want to make extra special.

SWEET ON FIGS VALENTINE’S DINNER

Warm Beet Green Salad with Figs, Goat Cheese and Pepper Bacon Polenta

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Parchment-Baked Chicken with Caramelized Onions and California Figs

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Spinach Salad with Stuffed California Figs and Warm Port Dressing

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Fig Chocolate Baked Brie en Croute

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Find Fig Desserts for Valentine’s Day

Eating well can include heart healthy dessert recipes. This no-bake vegan cheesecake with fig crust and berries is a sweet treat.
Recipe + Photo by Gal Cohen

Figs & Heart Healthy Foods

by Gal Cohen, RD

Each year, we celebrate American Heart Month in February to help bring awareness to the leading cause of death in both men and women- heart disease. The American Heart Association dedicates a whole month to heart health in hopes of improving people’s overall health by motivating them to adopt healthy lifestyle changes. The recommendations for maintaining a heart healthy diet are-

  1. Eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies- full of nutrients and fiber
  2. Choose whole grains- high in fiber and antioxidants
  3. Limit saturated fat
  4. Reduce high sodium foods
  5. Limit smoking and alcohol consumption
  6. Stay active!

While certain risk factors, like age and genetics, cannot be modified, our diets-which can greatly affect our risk of heart disease – can 100% be changed! Consuming foods rich in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins & minerals, like California Dried Figs, can play a huge role in decreasing our risk for heart disease and other food related illnesses.

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