Chia, Dates and Figs

We’re making a few changes here in Dodd Towers, going for a more plant based and adventurous way of eating. These are the new foods making it onto the shopping list


  1. Chia seeds.  I’ve read lots about chia seeds so am giving them a go on my porridge for starters, then I’ll move on to adding them to recipes in time.  The Latin name is Salvia hispanica, genus lamiaceae (same as mint) and it’s said to have been cultivated by the Aztecs.  The seeds are rich in omega 3 and are said to help lower blood pressure and to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.  You can buy them in Holland & Barrett.
  2. Dates.  Well these are not new, as I’ve always been partial to a date out of those long boxes with a camel on the front.  This time though, they are replacing sweet treats for when I get the munchies.  The Latin name is Phoenix dactylifera. They are nutrient dense and full of fibre.
  3. Figs.  I love fresh figs, but until Tenerife last month, had not really appreciated how nice dried figs are, especially when eaten with salty cheese.  I saw these in the supermarket and thought I’d give them a try.  Latin name Ficus carica, they are a good source of potassium and fibre.  Good for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

This is just the start! I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

Christine x



2 thoughts on “Chia, Dates and Figs

  1. I must dust off the bag of chia seeds and start adding them to smoothies again. I wasn’t sure about the in porridge, too much like frog spawn, but so many people say they are amazing. Love dates, my favourite smoothie has date, spinach, banana and almond milk. Enjoy your new purchases!

  2. The frog spawn thing doesn’t happen if you sprinkle it on when cooked then just stir in and eat immediately, but it does taste more satisfying, so they must be bulking it up. Will have to try dates in a smoothie!

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