Friday, February 18, 2011

Slippery Slide

What do grapeseed, sesame, vegetable, coconut, and olive all have in common? They are different types of oils that you could choose when strolling down the grocery aisle. What one to choose? My top pick is always olive oil. It is really versatile, has tons of flavor options, and has tons of health benefits.

Did you know?

Olive oil has monounsaturated fat, which is the good kind that lowers your risk for heart disease.

Olive oil, especially extra virgin has powerful antioxidant and ant-inflammatory properties that promote heart health.Mayo Clinic

In 2008, Mariam Amash, age 120, an Israeli citizen, reported that she drinks a glass of olive oil a day. (That is nuts to me but it apparently is working well for her!) Aol News

February is Heart Health Month, and in celebration I am sharing one of my favorite sides with none other than olive oil.

Asparagus with Olive Oil and Lemon Zest

1 bunch of asparagus
extra virgin olive oil
cracked black pepper
1 Lemon, zested

Roast or grill asparagus until tender, drizzle with olive oil, and season with lemon zest and black pepper.

Serve with some grilled salmon and you have a heart healthy meal!

Happy Cooking and Healthy Hearts!


P.S. I am approaching my 100th post and will be celebrating with a give away, be sure to check back Monday for all the details!

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