New year, new life! We have some ideas to make 2018 the healthiest, tastiest and happiest year yet. From edible flowers to superfood spices, we're bringing you the best gastronomic trends of 2018. Not only that, we'll show you how to pair these trends with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain. Follow us to start your year with style!
The latest in gastronomic trends is edible flowers. They aren't just pretty on the outside, they are also a healthy addition to your diet. According to the Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, edible flowers have high Vitamin A, C, calcium and iron content. With the addition of Vitamin E found in olive oil, that’s a winning combination. Some of our favorite flowers are day lilies, calendula and violets. Add these beauties to a spinach or kale salad and mix them gently with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a touch of lemon. Delicious and healthy!
Another healthy trend that will surely lighten up your diet is substituting natural sweeteners for processed sugars. Our favorite is natural agave syrup. It's sweeter than honey and also has a low glycemic index, which means that it does not cause spikes or dips in your blood sugar. Use this syrup in place of sugar to make your desserts made with EVOO even healthier, like our Brownies or our crunchy cookies. Yum!
You've surely heard about all the amazing benefits of superfoods, and how to include them in your daily diet. Here’s a tip: it's even easier to use these superfood ingredients in the form of spices! Staples in our kitchen include turmeric and ginger, both full of antioxidants, to strengthen those already provided by Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain. An easy way to use these spices is to sprinkle them on your beef, free-range poultry or vegetables. To use them like a marinade, mix them with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain and let sit at least 2 hours. Short on time? Heat up Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain in a pan and brown your meat or vegetables to make a healthy and delicious spice seasoning.
Lastly, don't forget the vegetables! Veggies that come in the shape of a stem - such as celery, chard, bamboo shoots, asparagus, zucchini, spinach, parsley and many more - are trending this year due to their high content of folic acid and antioxidants, just like Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spainl! Try sautéing chard with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain and a pinch of salt and pepper for a side dish that packs a nutritional punch. Enjoy!
Follow these ideas in 2018! Be sure to include EVOO in your daily diet to ensure a delicious and healthy year. Let us know which trends you’re most excited about and leave it in our comments!