Tap into Liquid Gold
Tips and recipes to get the most out of your olive oil
You are a multi-tasking maximizer! You carry weights when you speed walk. You cut up enough fresh veggies at once to make snacks for the whole week. You bathe with your pup (err, maybe forget that one…).
So the question is, while you know that olive oil is healthy, are you getting the most out of your oil?
Owner Laurent Halasz of the celeb-adored Fig & Olive restaurant (admirers include Mila Kunis, Reese Witherspoon, Emily Blunt, Zoe Saldana, Zac Efron, and the Beckhams) is a huge fan of olive oil. His gorgeous Mediterranean-inspired West Hollywood restaurant serves an entirely butter- and cream-free Mediterranean menu, with the focal component being olive oil. We got the 411 from the olive oil expert on how you can reap the most benefits from your liquid gold!
Make the Switch: Use olive oil instead of butter! Dip your bread in it, use it to marinate your meat, and drizzle it over fish and veggies. This will add healthy fats and reduce saturated fat.
Get High on Polyphenols: Recent studies have shown that polyphenols are a key component of what makes olive oil so heart healthy. Polyphenols have strong anti-inflammatory properties and help protect cells. If a label doesn’t list the number of polyphenols in an oil, go by taste. High-quality, high-polyphenol olive oils should taste fruity, rich, or assertive versus flat and rancid.
Organic Is Not Necessarily Key: Finally a place to save money! Halasz explains, “Organic olive oils can be a plus, but many non-organic ones are still good for you, especially ones from parts of Spain, Greece, and Sicily, which are remote from pollution. There, the trees are traditionally grown and cultivated naturally.”
Don’t Feel the Burn: Heating olive oil beyond its smoke point destroys the quality of the oil and creates an unpleasant taste, so forget about putting it in the deep fryer. And always store oil in a cool, dark place to keep its antioxidants at their best.
Try New Recipes: Wanna make fabulous, heart-healthy recipes like the ones at Fig & Olive? Well it’s your lucky day! We have two mouth-watering dishes for your cooking pleasures. Check out the delicious Zucchini Carpaccio and Spaghetti Salad with Grilled Vegetables!
xx, The FabFitFun Team
Posted on November 10, 2011