California Figs

FAT-FREE HIGH FIBER SNACK

Health Benefits of Dried Figs

Figs are a nutrient-dense fruit that can be yellow-green, copper or purple in color. You can peel them and eat them out of hand, use them to make jam or add them to ice cream or baked goods. Fresh figs aren’t always available year-round in the United States, but dried figs are relatively easy to find. Although figs may provide some health benefits, treatment of any medical condition with figs is based only on traditional use and not on scientific evidence.

Macronutrients

A 1/4 cup serving of dried figs contains 93 calories, 1 gram of protein, 0.4 gram of fat and 24 grams of carbohydrate, including 4 grams of fiber, or 16 percent of the daily value for fiber. Dried figs have more fiber per serving than any other fruit, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Micronutrients…

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BACK IN THE JERKY BUSINESS

POLAR VEGAN JERKY

There’s a Bi-Rite grocery store not far from us that sells Polar Vegan Jerky in its dollar section. I often buy it for Steve and he takes it into work and shares it with his buddies. It doesn’t matter to them that’s it’s vegan. It’s good and they like it.

A couple of days ago he tried to buy it online, thinking he’d buy it by the case. Amazon.com was not carrying it, or were out of it or it was no longer available. Whatever they indicated, prompted Steve to call the company. He found a number, but didn’t know who to ask for, so when the robot asked for the first three letters of the person he wanted to reach he said, “Joh”, thinking that someone in the company had to be named John. He figured if he could reach a person, any person, then they could direct him to the right place.

The first thing the guy says was, “this isn’t a store”. Steve knew it wasn’t but then explained how a bunch of people really like the Polar Jerky and amazon.com said it was no longer available and he wanted to know where he could buy some by the case. John says that he didn’t know anything about it, but that maybe it was discontinued. He’d call Steve back later.

In the meanwhile, Steve goes to this Bi-Rite store and cleans the bin out. He’s thinking it’s been discontinued and he wanted at least what the grocery store had left.

John calls back a couple of hours later and says, look I got it back online on amazon.com. You can go there right now and order it.

Just like that. Wow.

Back in the jerky business!






MOTT’S GRANNY SMITH APPLESAUCE

It’s unsweetened too. And because I buy it in one serving containers, I don’t eat half the jar.

Just so I don’t spike my glycemic index (response), I top the applesauce with walnut crumbles. Tasty, refreshing and satisfying enough.

 






 

BRAMI SNACKING LUPINI BEANS

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A Superfood Entrepreneur Shares His Tips For Selling An Unfamiliar Product

Aaron Gatti, the founder of BRAMI, a high-protein, healthy snack food of pickled lupini beans, is capitalizing on the rising popularity of plant-based foods as he introduces an unfamiliar product to the American audience.

Aaron Gatti first got introduced to lupini beans as a kid during his frequent visits to see his father’s family in Italy. “I didn’t know even what they were, just that I couldn’t stop eating them,” he told me.

But it wasn’t until three years ago, when he introduced his wife, Alenna, to the meaty yellow beans during an Italian vacation, that the entrepreneurial wheels started turning. Alenna, a vegetarian who works in business development at a creative agency, immediately saw something there. “She flipped over them and said, ‘it’s like an Italian edamame, except it’s not soy and you don’t have to heat them up,’” Gatti recalls her saying. “And she said, ‘what if you made them in different flavors?’”

Gatti then returned home to his job as entrepreneur-in-residence at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, a pre-seed venture capital fund. Gatti, who was working on a Bitcoin startup at the time, gave Ben Lerer, one of the partners, some lupini beans to taste and told him about the idea. After devouring them in short order, Lerer’s verdict was swift: Forget Bitcoin and focus on the beans…

Read More: What’s A Lupini Bean? A Superfood Entrepreneur Shares His Tips For Selling An Unfamiliar Product


Chef’s Comment: A relative of the peanut family, the lupini bean tastes and textures like half bean and half nut.

My first response was no, I don’t like them. The garlic and herb flavored lupini beans tasted like lemon, then I realized it was lemon flavored – didn’t get the herb or the garlic, since the lemon over-powered it all. Too dry, didn’t like the shell on, then didn’t like the effort of removing the shell. Dud. Steve ate the whole bag, stating all the while that he didn’t like them. The next day he said, “don’t throw those beans away yet. I’ll eat them, cause I know they’re good for me”. He’s on a heart healthy diet since having carotid artery surgery.

I recalled to him what the owner said about not being able to stop eating them and I wondered why. So today I opened a new bag – sea salt flavor. I still had difficulty removing the shell because it’s soft as far as shells go, so the peeling is like trying to peel a soft garlic clove with your fingernails, but then I read the back of the bag that told me how to do it by biting down gently using my back teeth, then popping out the bean from the shell – after I popped one out across the room of course. I’m glad I wasn’t a guest in somebody’s house.

They chewed more like a soft nut than a bean. They’re not creamy, but just soft enough where I think I can get used to them. In fact, when I went back to my desk, I resisted several times getting up to try more. I’ll save some for later.

Expense is going to be the big factor here. I paid over 5$ a bag (5.3 oz.) and although it serves 5 at 15 beans per serving, I think the impression will be that it costs too much, since if you can’t stop eating them, a 5$ snack is a lot for most people. However, if this company takes off and I’m thinking that it might just do that, then the cost will come down some with increased sales and production.

The unfamiliarity of the lupini bean is probably the stumbling block. I’ve never had one. I’ve seen them in stores in tall jars, looking all yellow, like these do, but I wasn’t curious to try them. Maybe I’ll try those now and compare the two. Maybe the jarred variety are softer, maybe not.

The bean word threw me, since it doesn’t texture like a bean. It’s probably more like a boiled peanut. I’m taking Steve’s direction on this, since I’m already wondering what the other two flavors will taste like. I could even become expert at removing the shells, or decide to partake of the extra fiber. There really isn’t all that much difference between the shell and the bean.

They’re very low fat, soy free, gluten free, low calorie, low GI, vegan, non-GMO.

Refrigerate after opening, if there are any left.






 

ROASTED CHICK PEAS

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ROASTED CHICK PEAS

Seasoned chick peas baked till dry on the outside and creamy on the inside. Serve as a snack or as a topper on your favorite salad!

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15 MINUTE COLLARD GREENS

15 MINUTE COLLARD GREENS

Not everything we eat is a recipe containing several foods and methods. Sometimes plain, by itself, with nothing else is just as good. Try these collard greens and see if you agree!

Serves 1

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ROASTED CARROT SNACK

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ROASTED CARROT SNACK

A soft chip that satisfies. If serving guests, sprinkle with fresh grind sea salt and black pepper, smoked paprika and maple sugar. If serving yourself, as a mid-day or evening snack, eat plain. They’re delicious either way!

Makes 1 heaping cup – enough for 1-4 guests or for yourself as a snack that could last 3 days, or use as a salad topper

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SAUERKRAUT FOR LUNCH?

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SAUERKRAUT FOR LUNCH? 

That’s what I do some days – only I draw it out – a forkful at a time or two, then back to work, then in awhile some more figuring I’m doing my body good with all those natural probiotics from the fermentation process and I do like sauerkraut.

Raw is new to me, but now that I’ve tried it and liked the result, it’s going to be a staple in my pantry|refrigerator.

If you don’t live in Cleveland, you won’t be eating Cleveland Raw, but I’ll bet there’s a place near you where the pickin’s are pretty good, so give it a try. I think you’ll probably like the result too.

And it’s FAT-FREE!