In Our Kitchen Cupboards

In Our Kitchen Cupboards
Over the last few years I’ve been trying to discover the healthier foods at our local grocery stores. The search for healthy food is endless and, I believe, does not lead to exclusive, high-end homeopathic or new-age health-food stores, it’s a lot closer to home than thought.

Olive Oil
One such super-food is olive oil. The quality of olive oil is extremely important as all olive oil is not created equal, or should I say they’re not processed equally well. The first thing to do is research the olive oil you’re thinking of buying. Sometimes a more expensive one is not as good as its labeled. As I’m very price conscious, I usually don’t buy the most expensive ones BUT will have some fairly high-end ones for use in salads and drizzles. A general rule for olive oil use is, you can use the less-expensive for cooking as the nutrients may be lost while being heated. Alway buy ‘extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oil.’

One health benefit of extra-virgin olive oil I have uncovered is it’s non-steroidal anti-inflammatory properties. After some research I decided to do an experiment; I began to drink a small amount every day (about two tablespoons of extra-virgin, cold-pressed and unfiltered olive oil). Within a few weeks I began to feel changes; my skin has become noticeably smoother and a few joint ‘issues’ seem to be diminishing. This has NOT been a scientific study and I do NOT recommend drinking more than 2 tablespoons at any given time. I do recommend trying this regimen for one month if you’re NOT sensitive or allergic. If you have ANY doubts, please discuss this with a doctor.

People tell me that they already use olive oil in their salads for and cooking. What I am suggesting you add this regimen ‘in addition to’ the olive oil you use, as a supplement. Remember, by using olive oil for cooking, it gets heated which removes some of the beneficial qualities of the oil.

Let’s eat for our health!

The Grape Gourmet
• health • wellness • culture • flavor •

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Published by Zio James

James is a food enthusiast, recipe creator and culinary blogger who is also part of a grassroots movement to bring back homemade cooking to our daily lives. He encourages people to make-it-from-scratch and to enjoy the moments while preparing as much as when eating. People might believe that their time is too valuable to waste on preparation, but to James that's part of the joy of cooking. James also believes that this is also for our own well being, health and overall happiness. 'We are what we eat' is an old adage that James firmly believes in. "Food good for us should also taste good to us." Eating for our health. James also believes we lost our way in processed and fast foods and need to return to our core making homemade meals... James believes that homemade food is one of the key components to health and happiness. We're too obsessed with lost time that we fail to realize that all we have is time. We need to spend our time with what matters. James learned to appreciate food at an early age which he attributes to growing up in a closely-knit Italian-American family in the heartland of Brooklyn, New York. It was easy, his grandmother made wonderful homemade food, her love and passion was infectious. James believes that food is not only one of the driving forces of culture but is also a defining characteristic. People relate to food, holidays are a celebration of family and friends, and food is part of most cultural traditions. Recalling his own family traditions, James began documenting the family recipes, researching and recreating classic recipes and finally creating his own. These recipes not only help honor his family and culture but also help him in his quest for healthy and tasty food. Creating his own recipes, James uses simple and wholesome ingredients, making sure to minimize processed ingredients. James considers cooking as an extension of his background as an artist, photographer and musician. James became a food blogger because of his enthusiasm and since he's also greatly interested in the creation process, he became a cook. Zio James calls Toronto, Ontario, Canada his home where he lives with his artisan wife Debra.

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