Flavor Your Life

As a Moms Meet Ambassador I was recently asked to sample a delicious high-quality olive oil provided by the Flavor Your Life campaign, a movement to educate consumers on the benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Europe, including: Taste, Health, Functionality, Heritage, and Quality. The timing was interesting because I had just read a few articles about finding quality extra-virgin olive oil and discovered that much of what adorns the grocery store shelves is nothing but colored canola oil.

As I read through the various articles like this one from Real food for life I picked up a few quick tips to help you discover the health benefits of quality extra-virgin olive oil without being ripped off by an imposter oil.

  1. Make sure you look for the European Union PDO certification (Protected Designation of Origin-also known as DOP in Italian). PDO certified products must be produced, processed and prepared in a specific region using traditional methods and have the sensorial qualities attributed to that region.
  2. The oil should typically cost more than $10 a liter, beware of cheap oil.
  3. The olive oil should taste fruity or peppery.
  4. Look for the IOC seal. (Olive Oil Council)

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We use olive oil often, typically for salad dressings and light vegetable sautés like the asparagus pictured above. If you are new to olive oil, here are a few great recipes to try. I hope these quick little tips help you get out there and snag some great olive oil. Remember it’s heart healthy, full of healthy fats and delicious!

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Erica

Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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