Full of goodness and bursting with flavour
Its fresh fig season here in the northern hemisphere, and I cannot get enough of this beautiful fruit this time of year. The great thing about figs is that not only do they taste sweet and delicious, they are packed with goodness, and work perfect in a salad. Filled with natural prebiotics and gut friendly these fruits are not to be missed this time of year.
Filled with lots of beauty foods this salad is a winner. Slightly warmed figs, sweetened with a drizzle of maple syrup. Crunchy walnuts, with the sharpness of red onion, and balsamic dressing, and peppery fresh rocket leaves.
We are nearing the end of summer in the UK, but the days are still warm, and its perfect weather to still get lots of salads in. As the days begin to get cooler as we approach autumn you will probably find you naturally transition away from uncooked foods, so whilst we still have the opportunity I love to keep eating raw foods.
This fresh fig salad is the is so simple and healthy. It can be thrown together very quickly after a days work. Serve with some brown rice or quinoa to make the salad a little more substantial, and make extra for lunch the following day. This vegan salad contains both avocado and walnuts, so you are getting some protein in as well.
Figs full of fibre are great for our digestive system, helping us to go to the bathroom easily. Evacuating the bowels regularly is crucial to good health. Figs also contain high levels of vitamin B6 beneficial for brain health. They also contain copper helping with energy levels and a good metabolism. Figs also contain calcium, which helps our bone health.
Walnuts are rich in antioxidants contain many health benefits. They are known to help with heart health and heart disease. They have been associated with lowering cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. They contain essential fatty acids and omegas, and have even been linked to weight loss.
Avocado consumption is great for many reasons. As a beauty food they are great for your skin. Loaded with vitamins B6, C, E, K, plus potassium and beta carotene. There are so many nutritional benefits to eating avocadoes, plus due to their high fatty acids content you will feel fuller for longer too. They are a perfect food to add into your diet regularly to help your overall health both internally and externally.
Red onions not only are a pretty dark pink colour they have powerful health benefits. Red onions contain quercetin, an antioxidant that could help fight against cancer. Quercetin has also been shown to help fight inflammation, something that appears to be more and more common these days. Red onions also have antibacterial properties and help fight bacteria within the urinary tract.
Spinach and Rocket
Green leaves are always a good addition to a salad. Spinach and rocket are full of chlorophyll and amino acids, and spinach contains high levels of Iron. Iron helps our blood pump around the body keeping us oxygenated, without this we feel depleted and fatigued.
Olive oil is a staple for my salad dressings and I use I consume it pretty much daily in salads during the summer months. I would always recommend a good quality oil, and an extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil had so many health benefits and these will get lost in a cheaper refined olive oil. The taste and depth of colour changes as well when the oil has been processed. To get the maximum benefits from olive oil, such as healthy fats, protection against heart disease, and anti inflammatory properties always stick to the extra virgin variety.
Please let me know if you make this salad, I would love to hear from you.
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