Every January, we all make the same resolutions. This year we're going to eat healthier. We'll go to the gym, maybe take a fitness class. We buy new sneakers, some shiny new workout clothes, and we eat salads for about a week or two. Three, if you're really dedicated. Then we start to slip, and by the time Valentine's Day rolls around we don't even think twice about the creamy pasta sauce and decadent chocolate cake.
But what if healthy eating could be easier? What if we told you it didn't have to involve low fat substitutes, lackluster salad greens, and limp broccoli? There's a way to eat healthy that involves flavor, texture, and variety. We tend to lose interest in our healthy eating goals because we get tired of eating the same things over and over again. And let's face it, when it's this cold outside our bodies crave fats.
Olive oil and the Mediterranean diet is a great way to turn healthy eating goals into a lifestyle. The Mediterranean diet primarily consists of vegetables, nuts & seeds, legumes (beans), fruits, fish, and whole grains. It includes minimal animal fat and dairy, with the main source of fat coming from olive oil. We aren't nutritionists, however, so you should check out some of these great resources for more information about the Mediterranean diet:
Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
Top 5 Health Benefits of Going Mediterranean
Six Surprising Facts about the Mediterranean Diet
And when your body is craving fat, olive oil is a great option. It may seem strange to think of olive oil as healthy, as it's still a fat. But it contains compounds that help keep your heart healthy, cholesterol down, and can even regulate blood sugar. It has countless other health benefits that are still being explored, but connections have been made between olive oil consumption and the prevention of strokes, cancer, Alzheimer's, and more. But don't take our word for it! Learn more from the experts:
Olive Oil: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information
If olive oil is high in fat, then why is it considered healthy?
How to Cook with Heart-Healthy Oils
Our balsamic vinegars are also a healthy, low-calorie way to add huge flavor to dishes. Because balsamic vinegar is made from fermented grapes, it has many of the same health benefits that wine has (but without the alcohol!) and it can even help with weight loss. Learn more here:
Is Balsamic Vinegar Healthy?