Good day joyous friends, Tis the season for apricots!
And combining them with chocolate - mmm!
While my hubs and I were traveling in Europe there were apricots everywhere, which made me very joyous. I absolutely love their subtle, naturally sweet flavour. And when they are season they are juicy and nutrient-dense.
Upon returning from vacation my first stop was ourlocal farmers market to purchase some apricots which are also in season in Ontario to make this recipe.
Aside from this joyous new recipe, there are many uses for apricots including:
- Crush a ripe apricot with a fork and spread on anything -- toast, cracker, fish or chicken
- Slice up and enjoy with a handful of nuts for a quick snack
- Dehydrate them and enjoy in the winter (if you have a food dehydrator -- no sulfites to worry about!)
- Finely chop and toss in a beautiful green salad
- Add sliced apricots to porridge
- Make jam!
As with any whole, real food, the benefits of apricots are endless!
Here are the nutritional highlights of apricots:
- Helps relieve constipation and supports digestive health. Apricots are a wonderful source of fiber, especially soluble fiber
- Rich in many antioxidants associated with a reduction in heart disease including flavonoids
- Rich in a variety of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich nutrients including: quercitin, proanthocyanidins, catechins (inhibits COX-2 – an enzyme associated with inflammation), epicatechins, caffeic acid, ferulic acid and more. Many of these are associated with a reduced risk of cancer, improved immunity, lowered risk of asthma, reduced pain.
- Protect your peepers! Apricots are rich in eye protective nutrients such as lutein which protects the retina from damage.
If you are a newbie to Joyous Health then I'm pleased to inform you this is a very easy recipe to make. Let's get right to it, shall we!