One speaker, I had the privilege to introduce, was Ginny Messina, MPH, RD. Ginny is the author of the popular blog – The Vegan RD – in addition to co-authoring Vegan for Life. I’ve included a picture with her on the post! I always find it helpful to look at what health professionals, like Registered Dietitians and Physicians, are saying in terms of latest research on health topics like a vegan diet! We also had the opportunity to listen to Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD speak and present this weekend – another individual who speaks publicly about the health benefits associated with a plant-based diet.
If you are looking for the latest in research and information related to a plant-based diet, please consider joining us on October 21 from 6:00-8:00pm, to hear Michael Greger, MD present his research!
Now for a brief discussion on food...After all, we are part of a restaurant, right?
This past week, I had the opportunity to prepare a menu for physicians here at the hospital, and I decided to use an ingredient that I believe is often overlooked during the late summer and early fall season - FIGS. Many people only know of figs from their reference in the Bible, Genesis 3:7 – Adam and Eve using the fig leaves to cover themselves – but the fruit from this plant – the actual fig – is amazing!
Figs are typically thought to grow in warmer climates (and are native to the Middle East), however, figs can grow in Oregon! Look for some at your local farmer’s market or grocery store! They may be eaten fresh or dried and are an excellent plant-based source of calcium and fiber! Figs, all types, contain a variety of minerals needed in one’s diet – copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, in addition to being a great source of flavonoids, antioxidants and polyphenols.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy figs is lightly grilled (or placed in the oven under the broiler for a short period of time) to bring out some of their natural sugars! Then either eat them as is, or toss them with some fresh arugula, toasted walnuts, and a light balsamic vinaigrette for an easy salad.
Next time you are out and looking for a new, seasonal food to try, pick up a few fresh figs!