Dates are the darling of the Paleo world – huge, delicious sugar content, but none of it refined so they often get a pass. But the high sugar content and glycemic load of the date is not compatible with the sugar detox plan that I’m following with Dr. Wagner.
Figs, on the other hand, are quite a bit better. Still a definite sugar splurge (especially when dried), but with the extra fiber (thanks to their seeds) and lower sugar content, they have a much lower glycemic load. They are also high alkaline-forming, which means they are a good choice for people considering their pH balance. (<– Want to know more? Here’s a book to get you started.)
Eaten with a nice fatty protein source, figs can be a very nice little (occasional!) treat.
I put together three fig + protein combos that will satisfy your sweet tooth without totally derailing your insulin response.
Calimyrna fig + feta
~ Calimyrna fig (I get mine at Trader Joe’s.)
~ Sheeps’ milk feta cheese (In my opinion, the only feta worth eating is from Pastures of Eden, also available at TJ’s. I haven’t had such luscious feta since I was in Greece!)
Use your thumbs to tear the fig open like a little book. Check for worms or wasps (Calimyrna figs are kinda notorious for this – sorry!). Break off a piece of feta and stuff it into your little fig-pocket. Pop into your mouth and enjoy.
Calimyrna fig + almond butter
~ Calimyrna fig
~ Almond butter (also from TJ’s – I just discovered their raw almond butter and it is delicious!)
Open the fig, as above, stuff with almond butter, enjoy.
Calimyrna fig + cinnamon-infused cashew butter
~ Calimyrna fig
~ cinnamon-infused cashew butter (directions below)
Same directions as above. Or, if you are lazy, you could just dip your fig into the nut butter and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.
I don’t have ground cardamom on hand, so instead, when I first opened my jar of cashew butter, I stirred in about 2 tablespoons of Ceylon cinnamon (bonus – cinnamon can boost metabolism and help reduce insulin resistance! Just make sure you find a reputable, organic source.) The naturally sweet cashew butter tastes fantastic with the extra complexity of the cinnamon.
So, there you have it. Three ways to treat yourself without totally sabotaging your body. If you try these, please let me know in the comments!
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