Healthier meals made easy with olive oil, vinegar

Experts at STAR give simple advice on using their olive oils and vinegars to jump start your healthy living efforts.

Monday, August 29, 2016

In the beginning you don't care about much. You take pride in being reckless. But life changes. Sooner or later, something happens. Or someone happens. You have a beautiful moment when you realize that the word "LOVE" feels a little small.

It can be a look. It can be a smell. It can be a sound.

It is something different for everyone. Life as you know it has changed. The way you feel and care is overwhelming in a beautiful way and you want to be a better version of yourself.

Suddenly, things you never cared about become very relevant. The gym. Salad bars. Bedtime. Poetry. Insurance. Checkups. Even, hot yoga!

STAR says its Olive Oils and Vinegars can help you make smarter, healthier choices to make taking the best care of yourself and your loved ones as simple as possible.

Olive Oil has no cholesterol or carbohydrates, and is one of the oils highest in monounsaturated fat which helps lower bad LDL cholesterol while maintaining good HDL cholesterol. It is also a good source of vitamin E.

STAR has a variety of olive oils to choose from so that you can easily incorporate it into your diet. They suggest using Extra Virgin Olive Oil for salad dressings and dipping, Original Olive Oil for sautéing, roasting, grilling and stir-frying and Extra Light Olive Oil for baking and deep frying. You can include olive oil in your daily diet by making an ounce per ounce substitution when a recipe calls for other oils. Their website even has a conversion chart to replace butter and margarine in any recipe.

The company also says using STAR Vinegars is a quick and easy way to enhance the flavor of foods without adding extra fat or salt. They say vinegar is perfect in marinades, dressings, sauces and soups or as a splash over cooked vegetables and meats.

One easy way to start eating healthier now is to ditch the pre-made store dressings and make your own at home. You'll be surprised at how easy it really is! Here are some recipes to get you started.

Need some inspiration for more great meal ideas? Visit STAR's recipe page.

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