How to use olive oil in diet?
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your dietary routine, olive oil is just the ingredient for you. This versatile oil not only adds flavor and depth to your food, but it also comes with loads of health benefits.
In this article, we’ll show you how to use olive oil in various ways while keeping things funny and light-hearted because let’s face it, diets can be pretty bland sometimes. So put on your chef hats and let’s get started!
Why Use Olive Oil?
First off, what makes olive oil so great? Well, besides being loaded with healthy fats (#fatlove), it has anti-inflammatory properties, helps lower cholesterol levels, improves heart health (cue cheesy pick-up line about stealing hearts), boosts brain function (so we can make more dumb jokes), and contains antioxidants that help prevent cancer (#beatcancer).
So if these benefits don’t convince you to add more of this liquid gold into your diet – well then friend stop reading right now because there’s no hope for ya.
Types of Olive Oil
Before we dive into using olive oil in dishes (mouth starts watering), lets talk about the different types of olive oils available:
- Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) – made from pure cold-pressed olives without any chemical processing
- Virgin olive oil – made from olives that are slightly riper than those used for EVOO
- Pure or regular olive oil – a blend of cold-pressed and processed oils
- Light or extra-light olive oil – lighter colored oils distilled with chemicals
When selecting an olive-oil type keep the following two points in mind:
- The quality increases as one moves down this list.
- Honestly though who cares just grab whatever bottle looks fancy AF (#aesthetic).
Using Olive Oil in Dishes
Now onto the best part – using olive oil in dishes!
1. Salad Dressing (aka how to make lettuce tolerable)
Making salad dressing from scratch is as easy as ABC, especially with some EVOO:
- In a bowl,# chop up garlic, lemon juice/vinegar and any herbs of your choice.
- Add salt and pepper to taste (#spicespicebaby).
- Slowly drizzle EVOO while whisking everything together.
Another tip, don’t be shy about using more than one type of vinegar, such as balsamic or red wine vinegar for extra tanginess.
2. Homemade Mayo
Move over store-bought mayo because homemade olive oil mayonnaise is here to take over!
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
- sea salt
- freshly ground white pepper
Mix all ingredients except oils into a processor/blender till smooth. Then start adding the lighter types of olive oil first, then add high-quality EVOOs slowly until texture has thickened (#imsothicc).
Keep this refrigerated for no longer than three days. Trust us on this one; extended storage will warrant strong odors that even your garbage bin deserved better.
3. Baked Goods
Yup you read that right folks, baking can also benefit from mood boosting healthy fats from olives via a tablespoon or two of EVOO mixed into cookie / cake batter before baking them in hot piping oven . Not only does it act like butter substitute when going dairy-free but also softens these baked goods without making them too dry/ gimme dat moistness baby OMGYES.
FYI though – not every kind recipes suit extra virgin food flavor profile (savory cakes ‘&’ desserts) but that little bit won’t hurt the sweet ones. So don’t try to bend it like olive till you break it.
4. Roasted Vegetables
What’s better than roasted veggies? Roasted veggies with some EVOO drizzled on top!
- Cut your vegetables (#chopitlikeithot)
- Add required spices, and salt/pepper if needed (Just be mindful of them raw cases after a wild night out #blesshortcake),
- Drizzle each serving with high quality EVOO for maximum flavor intensity right before roasting
Pair this side dish alongside any fatty fish or lean/light meat source to complete ya balanced plate when yodiet is clean AF.
5. Pasta Dishes
We all know pasta dishes are no stranger in our lives – we’ve been obsessed since childhood because come on who doesn’t love noodles?! And now they get even better with olive oil:
Before tossing cooked pasta onto sauces of choice; add an extra tablespoon or two of EVOO as desired while playing around other food combinations. Btw have ya’ll heard about angel hair in mix w/swirling.._ ?
That’s how easy incorporating olives to diet really is: maybe not your wildest fantasy, but definitely one worth considering due to their health benefits alongside delectable taste-enhancements included within every dish served at family dinner tables (#familyrocks).
Overall, adding more dried fruits (not raisins though), nuts (minus pine though) and seeds wonder into diets can reflect lifestyle’s fullness opposed to plain/unaffordable implementation; making dishes snazzier and nutritionally prominent when paired appropriately (#trendy).