We’re taking our weekly toast post to a whole new level with Citrus Fig Toast. It’s a zesty, naturally sweetened compote folded into our tart and tangy farmer cheese all spread on top of a toasted slice of baguette. Citrus fruits, like lemon and orange, are loaded with immune-supporting vitamin C. Figs are naturally sweet, contain copper and vitamin B6, and are a source of prebiotic fiber, which serve as fuel for the 12 live and active probiotic cultures in our farmer cheese. Research has shown that a variety of prebiotic and probiotic foods incorporated into a healthy lifestyle may improve the function of the digestive and immune systems. Top your toast with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of rosemary and lemon zest. You’re going to figgin’ love how this gut-healthy toast tastes!
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.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive system.
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion.
- handful of figs, roughly chopped
- 2-4 tbsp honey
- 2-4 tbsp orange juice (save some zest for garnish)
- 2-4 tbsp lemon juice (save some zest for garnish)
- pinch of dried rosemary
- 2 tbsp water
- pinch of salt & pepper
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup Farmer Cheese
- toasted bread slices
- Combine figs, honey, lemon juice, orange juice, water, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 5-10mins.
- Remove figs from pan and place on a plate to cool to room temperature.
- Spread the toasted bread with farmer cheese and top each slice with fig compote and a garnish of lemon/orange zest, rosemary and honey.