July 2019 Fig Focus

The Perfect Summer Snack for On-the-Go: Easy Zucchini Bread with Figs

Who doesn’t love quick bread? Typically made in one bowl and baked in a loaf pan, quick breads are an easy antidote for road trip or summer vacation snacks and gifts for new neighbors.

When it comes to quick breads, we love baking classics—banana bread and walnut quickbread—with our Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs. New to our recipe collection is a quick bread perfect for summer: easy zucchini bread with figs!

Quick breads are a great way to use extra zucchini if your garden gives you a bumper crop or when zucchini is plentiful at the market. Our easy quick bread is moist, sweet, and filled with fresh zucchini, crushed pineapple, and flavorful California Mission Dried Figs. Spiced with cinnamon, this zucchini bread tastes delicious warmed with a schmear of salted butter for morning breakfast or later in the day as a snack or dessert! Get the Recipe

Summer is Sweet with Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice + Sun-Maid California Figs

Whether you’re planning a camping trip and thinking s’mores or thinking about July Fourth and patriotic crispy rice treats, you can’t miss with desserts chock full of California Figs this summer. Fourth of July is later this week—find recipe ideas with figs perfect for the long weekend. As you’re planning and prepping for summer activities, keep your cool with Figgy Ice Cream ideas.

Nutrition Notes for July

The average American gets 270 calories of added sugars each day. That’s about 17 teaspoons of sugar! Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs do not have any added sugars.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting calories from added sugars to no more than 10% each day. That’s 200 calories, or about 12 teaspoons, for a 2,000 calorie diet.

Almost half of the added sugars in our diets come from drinks—like sodas, fruit drinks, and other sweetened beverages.

Eating and drinking too many foods and beverages with added sugars makes it difficult to achieve a healthy eating pattern without taking in too many calories.

How Can You Cut Down on Added Sugars?
You don’t have to give up the foods you love. Instead, you can limit added sugars by making some smart, small changes.

Replace foods and drinks high in added sugars with healthier options. You could:
• Eat Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, or other fruits, for dessert instead of cookies or cakes
• Swap sugary cereals for unsweetened cereal with California Dried Figs
• Drink water or low-fat milk with meals instead of sodas.
Have (or not) foods and drinks with added sugars—just choose smaller portions or have them less often.
• If you choose to have a soda, select a smaller size
• If you drink tea or coffee with sugar, add 1 teaspoon of sugar instead of 2
Check the ingredients. Look for added sugars in the ingredients list. The higher up added sugars are on the list, the more added sugar is in the product.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and tag us @valleyfig —we’d love to see what you’re cooking on Instagram and Facebook!

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