As we all know, the consumption of olive oil on a regular basis has many health benefits such as it reduces inflammation, protects against Cardiovascular diseases, improves skin and hair and so on.
Today, we have surrendered ourselves to an unhealthy lifestyle that includes unhealthy food habits, physical inactivity, sleep deprivation, longer hours with the technology and what not. The significance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is known to all of us and the main element that can contribute to a better health is our food habit. Hence, it is important to replace those oily and spicy dishes with some light and healthy recipes.
It is known to all of us that when it comes to healthy cooking, nothing can beat the goodness of olive oil. Why? Read on to know -
· Rich in Monounsaturated fats
· Has a large amount of antioxidants
· Contains strong anti-inflammatory properties
· Protects against the Cardiovascular diseases
Now that you are aware of some of the healthful properties of olive oil, here are some low calorie recipes you can make using the liquid gold -
Fresh vegetables – Peeled and Chopped Cucumber, chopped red and yellow bell peppers, chopped radishes, chopped green onion and tomato, garlic cloves and lettuce leaves.
Take a frying pan, brush 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in it and heat for 20 seconds at a medium flame. Now, put the chopped vegetables on the frying pan and toss for 2-3 minutes. Take a large bowl and put the sauteed vegetables along with the lemon juice, pomegranate juice, salt and pepper. Whisk the entire ingredients for 2-3 minutes and dribble some more olive oil in it. Your vegetable salad is all ready to be served.
Fresh chopped fruits (of your choice)
Take a large bowl and brush some olive oil in it. Now, put the chopped fruits into the bowl and dribble 4 tablespoons of orange, pineapple and pomegranate juice in it. Whisk well. Now, pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle some chaat masala and mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy with a fresh glass of your favourite juice.
Carrot soup (Roasted)
Large carrots (peeled and chopped)
Ginger (Peeled and chopped )
Chopped Garlic Cloves
Broil the peeled and chopped carrots for 15-20 minutes with some olive oil and salt sprinkled in it. Now, take a large saucepan and add the vegetable stock, ginger and a little salt to it and bring to boil. Take another frying pan and saute the chopped onion and garlic cloves with some olive oil for 5 minutes at a low flame. Now, mix the carrots and sauteed onion with the vegetable stock and boil till the carrots soften enough to make a puree. Now, use a hand blender or an electric blender to smoothen the mixture. Sprinkle some olive oil, salt and black pepper. Serve hot!
Try these easy-to-make healthy and tasty olive oil recipes, include one of these in your everyday meals and observe a visible difference in your and your family's health.