How to Make Fig Preserve | Organic Eats

Being from the south I can’t believe this is the first time I have ever made my own preserves, but I have to admit I feel so clean, healthy, amazing, and excited for making this I just had to share with y’all. It’s so easy and takes about five minutes of work from you.

Before I go into details of how to make some awesome Fig Jam, I wanted to share the fun we all had!!!

The kids enjoyed being with their new friend and riding around on the gator! Farm life is the life!! I can’t wait until we get our own land! This is such an amazing experience, I never had this opportunity as a kid so I just feel beyond blessed to experience this with my children. It was the first time as a family we were able use our pickings that we got off the “farm” into something else to eat. We have picked peaches off our neighbors tree before and have ate them but never created something out of our pickings. Well we picked pomegranates and figs at our friends family “vineyard” and learned all about how to pull figs and pomegranates off the vines.

The girls were running back and forth looking through the fig trees to find the best ones to eat! The taste of the fig when they come off are seriously the sweetest!! Soooooo sweet!! Honestly everything straight off the tree taste amazing but I have never even seen a fig straight off the tree before so I felt like a kid trick or treating putting my treats in my basket. Do you know what a fig looks like? Because I didn’t until this week!

Enjoying the organic breakfast has been the most amazing experience of it all because we can’t wait to eat what we worked so hard gathering and creating. This experience just tugged at my heart because I hope my littles remember this experience with us. The picking, the outdoor adventure side of it. Then the coming home and cleaning of the fruit, and pulling the seeds out of the pomegranates was so fun!! The texture of the seeds not only gives he kiddos a great tactile experience but the joys of sneaking a few seeds feels like you’re licking a spoon clean after making the cake mixing. The smiles, laughter, and happiness I will remember forever.

Health Benefits of Figs

Sugar, fiber, and rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron. On top of all those minerals they have antioxidants Vitamin A, E, and K. All of these contribute to overall health and wellness and is a great substitute if your children are missing out on these vitamins and minerals from not eating certain foods.

Figs also have prebiotics which nourish and tone the intestines by supporting the good bacteria in your gut which improves digestion. Again they are high in fiber so they are a great snack that gives you that fullness feeling and reduces hunger and cravings.

Ingredients:

1lb of figs

1.5 cups granulated sugar

1.5 water

5 thinly sliced lemons

How to make it:

1. Rinse figs, pull stems off and then put figs in a bowl of cool water.

2. Put water and sugar in a pot and boil. Wait ten minutes.

3. Cut figs in half while waiting.

3.At about the ten minute mark the water becomes clear and thicker. This is when you add the rinsed off and cut up figs + lemon slices.

4. Bring to a high boil.

5. Hard boil for one minute

6. Simmer for 30 minutes.

7. Remove from heat

8. Blend and put in mason jars.

These ingredients created two small jars so we didn’t have to hard boil the jars and lids because we weren’t preserving them for an extended period of time. However if you’re tripling the amount due to the amount of figs you have then after you put them in jar make sure you boil jars and hope you enjoy it later!!! 🍁🍐🍁

How Do I Lose Weight?

 

Everybody’s question is how much do I eat? Or how often? What am I supposed to give up to lose weight? It’s the million dollar question-How Do I Lose Weight? Look at all the buzz on weight loss, and the million different techniques that are out there. Yet, which one is the right one? My response, how can there be just one? Everyone is different and has different likes. Therefore different techniques are better for one person whereas another person may not like them. In the end, this is why there can be so many different programs out there. You just need to find one that suits you, gets your body moving, and allows you to enjoy the exercises that you’re doing. The most important factor is, you have to HAVE FUN.

As a personal trainer many of my co-workers used to talk down on anything other than training programs and would make fun of other regimes such as Zumba or P90x. My co-worker once said, “That’s not working out.” My perspective then and now: it gets your heart beat up, for an extended time, multiple times a week, you’re working out. I remember thinking why knock on other programs just because it’s not a strict regime with exact exercises. It’s not about what you do unless you have a specific goal in mind like body building, competing, or even trying to lose weight by a specific event. Then yes, you need a specific training regime to fit your goals. If your interest is to just keep your body at a healthy state for as long as possible, the answer is simple.

 

Get up, and get moving!

 

Walking 30 minutes a day truly is a miracle worker.  If that is all you can do, all your body allows; then start there. Start tomorrow, commit to it, and do it! Work up to a goal of doing body calisthenics, and eventually getting into weight lifting if strength is your goal. Don’t rush, and another important tip: Always listen to your body. Let it tell you what its limits are. You want to push yourself and allow yourself to be amazed by what you can accomplish, just don’t overdo it.

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The key to living a balanced life is having balanced calorie intake and calorie outtake. The basic way to calculate your daily caloric needs is by using a person’s individual body weight, height, age, gender, and exercise level. My favorite calculator online to use because it’s not skewed by personal gain or advertisements is https://www.choosemyplate.gov.

 

Finding your caloric need is having a baseline. If you want to gain mass and are working out accordingly, you can add 500 if you want to lose weight, you can subtract 200-500 calories. I normally stay at my baseline the whole time. I want to make sure my body has enough fuel to run on for every workout. The good thing about the choosemyplate.gov is it will give you numbers for if you’re pregnant, or trying to lose weight and you can monitor the needs of everyone in the family. It’s great!

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Bottom line, in the simplest form, Don’t Eat More Than you Need, and always move your body! Again, remember, Start tomorrow, commit to it, and do it!

 

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