Once you make this toast it will be un-fig-gettable! We took toasted sourdough bread and layered it with tangy kefir and nutty almond butter, topping each slice with fresh figs, honey, and mint leaves. This simple yet flavorful recipe is a great way to get fiber and probiotics into your diet, so take a bite!
In the sandy ruins of a prehistoric village in Jericho, a Palestinian Territory, botanists found the remains of figs. The fleshy fruits provided evidence of being one of the earliest cultivated fruit crop. With proof of the fig being prominent in the prehistoric era, it is believed that many cultures took note and throughout the decades the fig became a religious symbol as the embodiment of peace, prosperity, and fertility.
Cleopatra, who ruled ancient Egypt almost three decades, was known for her love of figs. Her death is even speculated to include the enticing fruit. It is believed that the beloved Queen either used a basket of flowers or figs to hide a poisonous snake for her suicide in 30 BC.
Figs were also influential in Ancient Greece. Greek athletes ate them during training for Olympic Games. They were also an everyday food for the poor and the wealthy. In fact, the fruit was so heavily used that the Greek government banned any export of it.
It is told that Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture, grain and bread, presented the fig to mortals as the first fruit of autumn. It signified a fertile offering for the changing of seasons. Demeter gifted the first fig tree to Phytalos after he welcomed her into his home.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, Eve is mentioned using fig leaves to cover her and Adam’s bodies. There are even references of the fruit in the New Testament. Talk about being popular, this luscious fruit is found throughout religious writing and art! Many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism still use figs in sacred practices. It looks like some fruits just never go out of style.
Figs are not only juicy with historical stories, they’re also packed with health benefits. So, live it up like Cleopatra or the Greeks and enjoy these delectable beauties. Eating them daily can increase your intake of minerals, calcium, and potassium. Figs continue to get a standing ovation for their source of fiber (insoluble & soluble), potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6. Even more, they have soluble fiber such as pectin, which is a prebiotic! Prebiotics help promote the growth of probiotics such as those found in our kefir.
Your Gut Matters
Eating habits also play a role in mental health. Research has shown that probiotic-rich foods decrease anxiety and boost the mood. That makes kefir a great wellbeing tool because it contains 12 live and probiotic cultures. Psychiatrist James Greenblatt explained that “‘the gut is really your second brain. There are more neurons in the GI tract than anywhere else except the brain.’” As research continues to develop, it’s becoming more and more apparent that there is a link between the gut and the brain. What was once suspected as one-way communication (brain to gut) is now understood to be more of a two-way system. Thus, the health of our gut may directly impact the health of our minds.
- 2 slices of toasted bread
- 1 Natural Kefir Cup
- 1 tsp almond butter per slice
- 3 -4 figs
- 1-2 tsp honey
- garnish with mint
- Layer all the ingredients on and enjoy!