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Healthy holiday gift ideas

Holiday time is almost here so here are some healthy gift ideas for you:

1) Vitamix


Why is it on the list?

This is my favorite item and one that is definitely on my Santa list. Vitamix is a fast blender that can help you prepare anything from dips, smoothies, purees, nut butters, milks, soups and much more. It comes with a high price tag but it is worth the money as it really speeds up food preparation. Various nut butters are a must have in our household and I am really excited that we will finally be able to make our own.

Where can I buy it?

You can buy Vitamix from many places like Williams Sonoma or Sur la Table. If you are looking to buy this online then amazon.com is a good place to start.

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What is the best oil for cooking?

Olio di oliva


Oil is a staple in every kitchen. It is used every day for roasting, grilling, baking, frying, sautéing and creating dressings. There are so many different types of oil to choose from for example canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, olive oil and coconut oil. But how do you know which one these oils is best for cooking? When choosing your cooking oil there are 3 things to remember: oil composition, smoke point and flavor.

Oil composition

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Does the Mediterranean diet lead to a better health?


Nutritional studies show it does.

The Mediterranean diet has been around for a while. It was first advocated by Ancel Keys who became interested in data which showed that American business executives who were thought to be the best fed in the world had higher rates of heart disease than people living in post war Europe where the food supplies were limited. In 1950s / 60s he conducted his Seven Countries Study which for the first time objectively showed that the Mediterranean diet is healthier than other diets. He concluded that saturated fats found in milk and meat have adverse effects on the health while unsaturated fats found in e.g. olive oil had beneficial effects on health. However it was not until Continue reading


Perfect Breakfast Recipe – Toast with Black Olive Tapenade, Avocado and Poached Egg

Toast with tapenade avocado and egg

I love toast in the morning. It is simple and takes minutes to prepare. The problem was that it did not keep me full for long when I ate it on its own. So I experimented with various combinations adding proteins and fats to keep me from reaching for the mid morning snack. I settled on the combination of toast with black olive tapenade, avocado and poached egg. This combination is delicious and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. The great thing about this recipe is that it is very rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) found in avocado, black olives and extra virgin olive oil. MUFAs are good fats. They can improve blood cholesterol levels and some research also points to MUFAs having sugar stabilising effects which can be helpful for those with Type 2 diabetes. Continue reading