What if we told you that we had the elixir of eternal youth – would you believe us? Well, OK, perhaps not an ‘elixir’ per se, but what we do have is the best diet in the world: the Mediterranean Diet, and along with it, its unconditional love, Olive Oils from Spain.
Olive Oil is the cornerstone and the irreplaceable ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet. Not only does it help to prevent coronary disease, it is also a proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Plus it regulates weight and slows down cognitive deterioration. And perhaps the most important thing of all – it makes you happy. Come again? Yes, you heard it right – our amazing ingredient is capable of combating depressive episodes thanks to its monounsaturated acids.
That’s why more and more people are adopting our lifestyle thanks to its association with ‘a longer and healthier life’. So now you know; if you want to look 60 when you get to 80, start looking after yourself right now and make a note of these tips we’ve prepared with the five staple ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet: Olive Oil, vegetables, pulses, fish and fruit.
Number 1: Crispy lentils with cumin seeds and olive oil
Open a jar of lentils and rinse them well. Fry them with some olive oil, a sliced garlic clove and a tablespoon of cumin seeds. Before serving, drizzle with a few drops of ginger oil. Mmmm… you’ll be speechless.
Number 2: Lettuce juice with tuna and crispy bacon
Now is the time to use that tuna preserved in olive oil you made the other day. Remember? Blitz some lettuce leaves in a blender with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Pour onto a plate, top with a piece of tuna and sprinkle with crispy bacon bits. Unbeatable!
Number 3: Oranges with olive oil and sugar
Don’t have a boyfriend? No problem, we’ll sort it out for you. Prepare these oranges with olive oil and sugar and invite him to come and try them. He’ll be yours in an instant. Promise! =)
Number 4: Bread with tomato, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
Olé España! This is a classic breakfast option in Spain. If you haven’t tried it yet, make a note: finely chop some fresh tomatoes and a clove of garlic. Toast the bread and drench it in olive oil. Pile with the tomato mixture. There won’t be a crumb left!
With simple, healthy recipes like these, the Mediterranean Diet has won a place in our lives. Come on board. Life with olive oil always tastes better.