snack in minutes with whipped cream cheese, dried figs, mango and seasonal fruits

 

It's summer, the middle of August and we're in "holiday mode". It's quite hot and we feel like eating light, fresh and, above all, quick to prepare, to avoid spending long hours in the kitchen. 

 

Today we want to share with you a fresh, healthy and delicious snack that you can prepare in 5 minutes... (Or less).

 

Why is this recipe especially for athletes?

This snack is a great option for athletes, as it provides them with carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.

 

Whipped cream cheese contains a high protein content, mostly casein, a slow-absorbing protein. Skimmed cheese is the perfect non-fat substitute for cream. It is gluten-free, which also makes it ideal for coeliacs.

 

It also has no added sugar. The sweetness of our snack has been achieved thanks to the sweetness of our El Pajarero dried figs, another food rich in iron, magnesium and calcium that will give you everything your muscles need. 

 

Another advantage of this recipe is that you don't need a long list of ingredients, you don't have to use heat and you'll have it ready in just a few minutes. So if you're short on time or just looking for something new to try, this recipe will be perfect for you. Without further ado, let's get started!

  

Ingredients for two servings

  • 200g 0% fat whipped cream cheese or the one of your choice 
  • 6 dried figs "El Pajarero"
  • 80g ripe mango
  • 1 golden or green kiwi
  • 2 large strawberries
  • Chia seeds
  • Optional: honey, banana and seasonal fruits of your choice.

 

Preparation

Cut the figs in half. The advantage of our El Pajarero dried figs is that as they are small, you won't need many cuts.

 

Peel the mango and dice it. Do the same with the kiwi, strawberries and any other fruit you have decided to add.

 

Once you have the fruits ready, separate the whipped cream cheese into two bowls (100 grams each). Spread the fruit on top of the whipped cheese and here's a tip: if you play with the colours of the fruit, it will be even more appetising ;) 

 

Set aside in the fridge for a couple of minutes.

 

Before eating, sprinkle with chia seeds. Another option is to add chopped walnuts.

 

As mentioned above, this recipe is sugar-free. The sweetness will be achieved with our El Pajarero dried figs. And also if the fruits you have added are at the right point of ripeness.

However, if you think it lacks sugar, you can pour a thin trickle of honey on top. It will give it a delicious and natural touch.

  

This recipe is perfect for summer and as you can see, it is very easy to make, just mix all the ingredients and enjoy! 



 

A few days ago, in the first part of this article,  we told you about the importance of potassium intake for your health. Today we bring you the second and final part. 

We all know that potassium is important for our health, but do we know how much we should consume every day? This time, we will focus on the recommended intake and list some of the main foods high in potassium, especially fruits :) 

 

In many cases, most people don't think about this mineral until they are diagnosed with an electrolyte imbalance. As we told you in part one, potassium is essential for maintaining fluid balance, transmitting nerve impulses and contracting muscles. It also helps keep blood pressure under control and may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. As well as being found in many leafy green vegetables, potassium is present in other healthy foods such as figs, oranges, yoghurt, salmon and avocados. Below is a more detailed explanation of how much potassium we need each day and some tips for getting more potassium in our diet. 

 

How much potassium should we consume each day?

What we eat has a direct impact on our overall health. Eating the right foods helps maintain the right level of potassium, which is essential for healthy cell function. By eating a balanced diet, we can help our bodies stay strong and prevent disease.

The amount of potassium needed depends on age and gender. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the average recommended daily amounts are:

 

  • Children 1 to 3 years old: 2,000 mg.
  • Children 4 to 8 years old: 2,300 mg
  • Boys 9-13 years: 2,500 mg
  • Girls 9-13 years: 2,300 mg
  • Adolescents 14-18 years (boys): 3,000 mg
  • Adolescents 14-18 years (girls): 2,300 mg
  • Adults 19 years and older (men): 3,400 mg
  • Adults over 19 (women): 2,600 mg
  • Pregnant women: 2,900 mg
  • Breast-feeding women: 2.800 mg

  

It is important for the general population to get their daily dose of potassium. As mentioned at the beginning, potassium is found in many foods. In addition to those mentioned in the first part of this article https, it is also found in green leafy vegetables. Dried fruits such as figs, prunes, apricots, sultanas, walnuts. Also Bananas, oranges. Meat, poultry and fish. Milk, yoghurt. Lentils, soybeans, sweet potatoes, and many others.

 

Is the banana the fruit that provides us with the most potassium?

For generations, in many cities around the world, the banana has been associated with the fruit that contains the most potassium. Surely if you remember your childhood, the words of your parents or grandparents will resonate when they insisted that you should eat at least one a day. In reality, there are fruits that provide even higher amounts.

 

Here is a list of the fruits that, according to the Spanish Nutrition Foundation (FEN), have the highest amount of potassium:

 

Coconut 

It is the fruit richest in potassium according to the FEN (Spanish Nutrition Foundation), providing 405g in 100 grams, although it also has the highest amount of saturated fatty acids and its consumption is recommended in small portions. Another advantage of coconut is that it contains selenium and iron. 

 

Avocado

Avocado is a very nutritious fruit that provides a lot of nutrients. A medium avocado contains 400 mg of potassium per 100 grams, which puts it in second place. It also helps us to maintain heart health and provides us with vitamin E.

 

Custard apple

Third place goes to a fruit that provides 382 mg of potassium and represents 13% of our recommended intake. Compared to other fruits, custard apple has a high amount of carbohydrates (20%) and is a source of vitamin C.

 

Banana

As you can see, it is not in the first place as it provides us with 350 mg of potassium. Bananas are rich sources of this essential nutrient. It also includes carbohydrates (20%). This fruit also provides 30% of the daily requirement of vitamin B6.

 

Figs

El Pajarero dried figs provide 200mg of potassium per 100 grams of fruit. In addition to calcium, iron and magnesium. It has all the essential amino acids and a large amount of fibre. It has small amounts of vitamin B6 and thiamine.

 

There are many fruits that also contain high doses of potassium such as grapefruit, melons, apricots, kiwis, peaches, among others.

 

Potassium is an important mineral that our body needs to function properly. There are many foods high in potassium that can help us achieve this goal. Next time you go shopping, be sure to include some of these potassium-rich foods on your shopping list. 

By the way, what is your favourite potassium-rich food? 

 

Ours, dried figs :)

 

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