September 2019 Fig Focus Newsletter

mustard fig chicken sheet pan

After Labor Day hits, summer will soon be in our rearview mirror. When it comes to eating well but needing food that’s easy to prepare, where do you turn? Our Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Dried Figs add flavor and nutrition to any meal. Elizabeth of The Clean Eating Couple whipped up a sheet pan dinner with Mission Fig Mustard Marinated Chicken you’ll want to make any day of the week. We think you’ll love how the veggies cook with the chicken making clean-up a cinch too and freeing up time for you!

Make Sheet Pan Mustard Fig Chicken with Vegetables

Recipe and photos by Elizabeth Falcigno

pork medallions with fig glaze

Welcome Weeknight Dinners + Leftover Lunches with California Dried Figs

Need more inspiration for cooking food the whole family will love that is simple to make and is fresh food fast? Stay tuned to our Valley Fig Growers Facebook page for more ideas or head to our Pinterest Dinner Tonight menu planning board.

figs on leaves

Nutrition Notes for September Offer Healthy Tips for Grandma and Grandpa

In August and September we focus on kids’ healthy lunches, afterschool snacks, and eating together as a family. But, what about grandma and grandpa? How are they doing when it comes to healthy eating?

Eating right and staying fit are important no matter what our age. As we get older our bodies have different needs, so certain nutrients become especially important for good health.

• Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help maintain bone health. Calcium-rich foods and beverages include fortified cereals and fruit juices, dark green leafy vegetables, canned fish with soft bones, and milk products. Did you know Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Dried Figs contain calcium? Ounce for ounce figs provide more calcium than low-fat milk.
• Many people older than 50 do not get enough vitamin B12. Fortified cereal, lean meat and some fish and seafood are sources of vitamin B12.
Fiber is important for keeping us regular and lowering our risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Fiber-rich foods include whole-grain breads and cereals, beans and peas, and fruits and vegetables. Five California Dried Figs provide about 4 grams of fiber.
Potassium along with reducing sodium (salt) may lower our risk of high blood pressure. Fruits, vegetables and beans are good sources of potassium. Add flavor to foods with herbs and spices. Two ounces of California Dried Figs contain about 380 mg of potassium.

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