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BENEFITS OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

Why is Extra Virgin Olive Oil the best of all vegetable oils? What properties does Extra Virgin Olive Oil have? Is the Extra Virgin really so good for the diet? Can we consume Extra Virgin Olive Oil if we are on a diet? Today we solve your doubts, explaining the benefits of regular use of extra virgin olive oil.

The Mediterranean diet is so famous for providing a balanced nutrition and thus for its contribution to people’s health. This is largely thanks to the use of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. What are those properties of Extra Virgin Olive Oil that make it so beneficial for our health?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is resistant to high temperatures, which makes it ideal for cooking, but additionally is composed of unsaturated fats, lipids of vegetable origin known as healthy as they contribute to increase "good" cholesterol, stabilize the heart rate or relieve inflammation, among other qualities. Also, this oil is rich in fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, D, K and E. Vitamin A is necessary for the growth of bones and soft tissues, helps the proper functioning of eyesight and prevents infections; Vitamin E, on the other hand, is antioxidant, cardioprotective, anti-tumor, etc. while vitamins D and K favor the absorption of calcium by the bones and help the blood to coagulate with the generation of red blood cells, respectively.

For the youngest members of the household, the consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in meals entails, among other benefits, a better control of the weight in the infantile stage (40% of the children of our country are overweight).

In short, the consumption of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from childhood to old age, along with a balanced diet will make our health stronger and contribute to avoid a large number of diseases. And all this being said we will also enjoy the incredible and rich flavor that Extra Virgin Olive Oil provides us, such as the one from the new 2018-2019 Hacienda Montegil crop made from our olives of the Morona variety.

Three Christmas appetizers with olives

It's time to organize and plan your Christmas dinners and meals. From Montegil we want to give you some simple Christmas recipes so that you have exquisite and easy-to-make appetizers.

The meals and dinners in the month of December multiply: meetings with friends, family reunions, meals with coworkers .... That's why more and more we are looking for healthy dishes, with natural products that contain few calories. If you do not want to start the year with several kilos more, and an excess of sweets and fats, we propose some dishes for this Christmas healthy and very simple to prepare.

As it could not be otherwise, the olive is the queen of appetizers and starters in any event and meeting, it is a healthy product, rich in vitamins and they are also exquisite!

We recommend 3 perfect snacks for this Christmas:

1. Sirloin tartar with olives: It is very easy to prepare, you just have to cut the veal meat, olives and a bit of chives in the form of cubes. We mix it very well with oil, salt, soy sauce, mustard and egg yolk. And ready to serve!

2. Tuna & olives niguiri. It is one of the appetizers with which you will surprise and you will leave all the diners in love with this recipe. Its preparation is also simple: cook the rice and give it the shape of niguiri; Place the red tuna in the form of a sheet over the rice and top with some chopped olives and a little oil with cayenne to add a little spice. Spectacular!

3. The Intense: it is a very simple skewer to make but with an intense flavor, as its name suggests. How do we prepare this appetizer? We cut the roll goat cheese in slices; on each slice we add a queen olive and we give the perfect touch with fried almond crushed on top. Add some olive oil and basil and you'll have a winner appetizer!

Olives ... a superfood that you must include in your diet!!!

The concept of "superfood" is increasingly used by nutritionists, chefs and lovers of healthy living. Foods with a high concentration of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants and healthy fats are known as superfoods. They are very interesting foods due to their nutritional potential and the benefits they bring to our health if we include them in our diet. Examples of superfoods are extra virgin olive oil, legumes, quinoa, broccoli, turmeric, ginger or avocado ..

The Mediterranean diet, for its variety and richness, includes some of these superfoods, and among them is the olive.

Do you know all the benefits of olives?

  • Ideal to prevent cardiovascular diseases, since they are useful for lowering high cholesterol (LDL) levels, thanks to the fact that they protect from the oxidation of bad cholesterol, preventing its hardening and accumulation in the arteries.
  • Rich in vitamins, water and minerals.
  • A perfect antioxidant to fight against body aging and oxidation.
  • The perfect appetizer, since they contain fewer calories than we have been led to believe and their high fiber intake makes them perfect for inclusion in diets to lose weight. Fiber also improves gastrointestinal health and improves constipation.
  • Help counteract anemia, due to its iron content.
  • Perfect for beauty treatments.

Recommendations for healthy consumption.

A balanced diet based on healthy food, exercise and water is essential for all the benefits to act in our body. The recommended daily intake of olives is a serving of about 5 to 7 olives.

3 Recipes with olive tapenade

Tapenade is a delicious paste of olives, peppers, capers and aromatic herbs. Its texture and versatility make it possible to use it in dishes of all kinds, pasta, tostas, salads ... Montegil tapenade is ready to eat at any time and prepare delicious Mediterranean recipes. We bring you 3 delicious and original dishes with olives tapenade:

Mille-feuille of potato, tapenade and quail egg

This recipe is ideal as an appetizer and skewer. A simple dish to surprise your guests where the tapenade gives juiciness and an authentic flavor. The preparation method is very simple: Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into thin sheets (about 2 or 3 millimeters). Brown them in a pan with extra virgin olive oil. Use that oil to fry quail eggs. Place the layers of potato intercalating the tapenade and finish with the quail egg on top.

Toast of tapenade and white cheese

This recipe is perfect as a quick starter or as a light and nutritious dinner. Spread on a slice of bread or toast our tapenade Montegil, place on top a slice of fresh cheese and finish with a leaf of parsley.

It is a very simple but very healthy dish. Olives are rich in fiber, they contain heart-healthy fats. Additionally, fresh cheese provides calcium, ideal for strengthening bones. A great recipe!

Green leaves, pasta and tapenade salad

This pasta and tapenade salad is perfect to enjoy at any time of the year. A fresh dish, light and ready to eat at any time. Our suggestion is to use different types of green leaves (lamb lettuce, arugula, romanilla ..., add the cooked pasta and give it the perfect touch with our tapenade. A couple of tablespoons throughout the salad, seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt. Mix well and serve!

To make these delicious recipes with tapenade and your best olive dishes, we recommend that you login our online store. In Shop.montegil.es you can buy queen olives, stuffed olives, anchovy flavor olives, tapenade, capers and many more products. To benefit from best prices chose packages.


5 ideas to eat olives in a healthy way

We propose you 5 healthy ways to eat olives, the ingredient of the Mediterranean diet that in addition to flavor, color and texture, will provide your recipes with vitamins, iron and fiber.

Bread with olives: have you not tried this combination yet? It is increasingly common to find different types of breads that include healthy ingredients that enrich their flavor and nutrients. Olives are one of them, as they provide great flavor and combine perfectly with any type of food. Ideal to enjoy a delicious sandwich!

Salads with olives: turn your salads into a source of health and energy by adding your favorite olives. They match with pasta salads, rice, couscous ... and are great with tomatoes, onions, tuna, cheese and a good extra virgin olive oil also!

Appetizers with olives: if you want to give an original touch to your appetizers we suggest some of these original pinchos to succeed on any occasion. Olives are always the appetizer that you cannot miss in your meals, events and celebrations ... the healthiest and richest!

The perfect ingredient of your pizzas: we recommend that you prepare them at home with your favorite ingredients, in this way you will convert your pizzas into a healthy dish without too much caloric intake. Add them whole or sliced to your pizzas and they will be delicious and will have an extra contribution of vitamins and iron.

Olive marmalade: an original and healthy way to complete your breakfast that you can make yourself, with only 100 gr of green olives, 50 gr of sugar and a glass of lemon juice. Its preparation is very simple. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat. Put the olives first, then the lemon juice and the sugar. Mix the mixture with a blender until a paste forms. Let it rest a few minutes and remove it. You will have a delicious and natural olive marmalade at home.

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