Many years ago, when I was a kid in the burbs of Connecticut my mom cooked our meals in good old fashion bacon grease. Or lard or whatever other pan drippings she had saved in the fridge. Yep, stuff tasted good but I shudder to think of the fat deposits on my arteries from years of eating like that! Nowadays, I primarily cook with olive oil because I have learned a lot about the health benefits of olive oil. I will cook a few things in butter still but I have really come to like the flavor of olive oil in my dishes. I recently received some Devo olive oil to try out and I am amazed at all the flavors they have to choose from. If you aren’t familiar with Devo olive oil, here is some information about them from their website:
If you have not yet made the switch to olive oil, here are a few things to consider as we start out the new year on a healthy eating kick. If you would like to read more about the benefits of olive oil that are listed below, check out the Olive Oil Times.
Benefits of Olive Oil
1. It may help lower your “Bad” Cholesterol
2. It may help lower your blood pressure
3. It may help fight cancer
4. It may improve brain function
5. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants
6. Although it is relatively high in calories, olive oil has shown to help reduce levels of obesity.
7. It aids calcium absorption in the body and plays an important role in preventing the onset of Osteoporosis.
8. Older individuals who consume olive oil every day may be able to protect themselves from a stroke.
Devo Olive Oil has a great selection of products that would really appeal to both novice cooks and seasoned chefs. They have plain olive oil as well as some delicious flavored olive oil as well. Since there are so many benefits of olive oil, it is good to find creative ways to use it. Including a lemon olive oil in your homemade salad dressing or adding a balsamic olive oil to a chicken marinade are great ways to start incorporating olive oil into your diet. If you need more ideas, check out the Devo Olive Oil recipe page!
For my review, I received the Devo Olive Oil small sampler pack. The small sample pack contains 9 of their most popular flavors in 2oz bottles (1/4 cup) which is just enough for a couple of salads, sautees, or a marinade. The Flavors include: Tuscan Herb EVOO, Roasted Garlic EVOO, Chipotle EVOO, Blood Orange EVOO, 18 year Traditional Balsamic, Strawberry Balsamic, Black Cherry Balsamic, Peach White Balsamic, and Honey Ginger White Balsamic.
Devo Olive Oil Sampler Pack
So, over the past few weeks I have been using this wonderful assortment of olive oils in assorted dishes. So far, everything I have tried has been absolutely wonderful. The Tuscan Herb EVOO was perfect as a dipping sauce for some good French banquette. The flavor of the herbs was strong enough to really taste without overshadowing the underlying taste of the olive oil itself. The Roasted Garlic EVOO is absolutely heavenly and was perfect in a stirfry I made for dinner. It is nice to have a garlic oil in the pantry for times when you run out of actual garlic which seems to happen an awful lot in my house. The Strawberry Balsamic was perfect on a dinner salad, the light fruitiness adding a unique touch. I can’t wait to try the other flavors in my sample pack and these small sizes are a great way to get the benefits of olive oil without investing a ton of money in a flavor you aren’t sure you will like. If you want to make the switch to olive oil and get healthier in the new year I highly recommend you try this sample pack out!
WIN 2 bottles (2 ounces each) of Devo Olive Oil
Devo Olive Oil would like to give one of my readers 2 of their 2 ounce bottles of olive oil to try out for themselves. This does not include their specialty gourmet oils. This is a Rafflecopter giveaway so follow the direction in the form to enter. This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Friday January 11th, 2013.
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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.