Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Filippo Berio Olive Oil #review #imabzzagent

How many companies can say they've been around for a century? When a product has been around for 150 years, you can guarantee the highest standards, attention to detail, and commitment to excellence. And you can find that with Filippo Berio Olive Oil !

Olive oil is a healthy and flavorful addition to your favorite recipes and everyday dishes. Not only does Filippo Berio Olive Oil win out in taste, texture, and quality compared to butter, margarine, or vegetable oils, it's also incredibly healthy for you!

- Is high in monounsaturated fats (also known as "good fat")
- Contains no trans fat or cholesterol
- Contains no sugar, salt, or gluten
- Can help reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as help control blood pressure and blood sugar levels

One of the best and easiest ways to enjoy the health benefits of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil is to use it as a substitute for butter, margarine, and other cooking oils. As a rule of thumb, just substitute an equal amount of Filippo Berio for other cooking oils, and three-quarters the amount for butter or margarine.

You can print this chart here.

Are you thinking about making the switch from butter, margarine and vegetable oils, to a healthier, more flavorful alternative, but don't know how it will fit into your most loved recipes? Here are some quick and easy uses for Filippo Berio Olive Oil to get you started!


Salad Dressing: Whisk together 1/3 cup of wine or cider vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil until well blended. Serve over salad greens.
Pasta Perfection: Place 1/3 cup of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 2 large garlic cloves in a microwaveable dish and cover with waxed paper. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes, or until sizzling. Drizzle it over 1 pound of spaghetti; toss with fresh parsley, salt, and crushed red pepper.
Healthy Finish: Keep a cruet of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil on your table to drizzle and enhance the flavor of vegetables, baked potatoes, soups, and stews.
Marinade: Start with Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Mix in minced garlic, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper. Marinate fish, poultry, or meat, covered for two hours.
Condiment: Grind generous amounts of coarse sea salt and black pepper into Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Use as a dip for bread or a variety of raw vegetables (such as, celery, fennel, radishes, carrots, and red peppers) displayed in a large basket or bowl.


And here's a tip I personally love! Do you make super healthy, lean chicken breasts on the grill? Don't you hate when, no matter what you do, they turn out dry? I have found the secret! Here's my simplest recipe for never-fail-to-be-tender chicken breasts!

Start with some fresh chicken breast and your favorite seasonings. I like to add a bit of garlic salt and lemon pepper.

Then I put them on the grill and drizzle with just a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Then grill to your liking! So easy, and I guarantee that you will never serve your family dried out chicken again!

Check out the Filippo Berio Recipe section for tons of heart healthy recipes! I especially love their 5 Ingredients or Less section!

Did you know...
"People who live in the Mediterranean region in countries like Italy and Greece have the lowest rates of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and have the highest adult life expectancies. Olive oil is an essential part of the cooking styles and traditional flavors of the Mediterranean Diet."

Looking to jump start a healthy lifestyle, in the most delicious way?  Aren't we all!  A good choice might be to check out the "12 Steps to Mediterranean Living" and start enjoying the health benefits of olive oil with these simple steps:
  1. Use olive oil as a substitute for butter and margarine.
  2. Snack on nuts, seeds and fruit, rather than processed snack foods.
  3. Include a generous variety of seasonally fresh and local produce (like leafy greens) with your main meal daily.
  4. Select whole grain sources of breads, rice, pastas and other grains.
  5. Eat at least a few vegetarian meals each week.
  6. Serve dishes that include legumes like beans and lentils.
  7. Try fish, poultry, beans, nuts and eggs as alternatives to red meat.
  8. Limit red meat to small occasional servings (a maximum of 12 to 16 ounces per month).
  9. If you drink red wine, include no more than a glass or two daily (1 for women, 2 for men).
  10. Enjoy fresh fruit for dessert.
  11. Set aside enough time to savor and enjoy each and every bite.
  12. Integrate physical activity to promote a healthy weight, fitness and sense of well-being into everyday habits.
For more information on the "12 Steps to Mediterranean Living", head over to the Filippo Berio Health page!

Olive oil is now a staple in our house.  Nothing works better as a healthy condiment, to marinate, or to tenderize.  And it's good for you!  How can you beat that?

On your next trip to the supermarket, compare Filippo Berio Olive Oil to what you normally buy, and make the healthier choice today!

I'm a BzzAgent, and was sent a bottle of Filippo Berio Olive Oil for review, free of charge. Opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Please read my full disclosure policy here.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Enter to win a Bohemian V-Neck Maxi Dress!

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