Activia Greek

I love yogurt. I believe most people like yogurt in some form or flavor. The Dannon Company has now combined my two favorite kinds of yogurt; Greek yogurt and Activia! I love the thick, rich flavor of Greek yogurt and the digestive benefits of Activia. The nice part of Greek Activia is that it comes in a variety of flavors so there is bound to be a flavor for everyone! I have tried the Orchard Peach, the Raspberry, and the Vanilla. The other flavors include Garden Blueberry, Strawberry Patch, and Tropical Fruit.

I have to say that the Raspberry Greek Activia is amazing. As amazing as this yogurt tastes, the health benefits are even better!! Dannon Activia Greek yogurt has 0g of fat, 12g of protein and only 130 calories per container (each container is 5.3oz which is a nice serving size!). As for the digestive benefits, Activia Greek has the probiotic culture Bifidus Regularis, which helps regulate your digestive system. I am someone who has digestive issues and I love the fact I get a great tasting yogurt and a food that will help, not hinder, my stomach problems!! So if you love yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, and want a delicious and nutritious yogurt, try Dannon Activia Greek yogurt-it’s amazing!

How Oil Storage affects the taste of your Food

Olive oil is the most popular oil used in cooking and for flavoring food. It is renowned for its health benefits, deep aroma and taste. Rich in omega-3 monounsaturated fatty acid and antioxidants, it not only makes food taste better, it also pours out good health.

Olive oil comes in six different types, and ranges in price, taste, and method of harvesting. But one thing these 6 types have in common is the need to be stored in glass bottles, as plastic absorbs the oil and leaves it tasting “funny”. If you partake in olive oil often enough, it would be advantageous to visit ebottles.com where you can invest in glass bottles designed specifically for storing oil. By storing your olive oil in glass bottles that are kept in dark, cool cupboards, you will be ensuring the shelf life and taste. This article will cover the 6 basic types of olive oil. But keep in mind that if you don’t store them in glass, the benefits are irrelevant.

Dressing your salad

The best type of olive oil to use in salad is extra virgin. This type boasts the highest quality, and offers less acidity than its counterparts. This variety takes freshly harvested olives and cold-presses them. Because the introduction of high heat causes extra virgin olive oil to lose much of its nutritional value, flavor and aroma, it is almost always used in salads or as a simple dressing.

Time to sauté

Virgin olive oil is one grade below the extra virgin type and has a slightly greater acidity level of 2 percent. Therefore it is ideal for cooking purposes but can still be used in salads. It is also used in hair and body care products, as it is known for making hair shine and keeping skin soft.

Dignified and refined

This type of olive oil didn’t graduate from finishing school, yet it is pretty refined. Refining olive oil doesn’t mean it is educated in antiquity or classic literature, rather when olive oil is refined it means that the acidity is removed altogether. As a result it is cheap to buy, but is only suitable for cooking and not for salads or finishing’s, as it lacks the floral notes found in the acids.

Somewhere in between

Pure olive oil falls somewhere in between extra virgin and refined simply because it is a mixture of the two. It offers an acidity level of 2 percent, but is rather low in nutritional value. This oil is perfect for heavy duty cooking such as pan-searing lamb chops.

The Light side

This type is a low-grade variety meaning it is low in the aroma department. Because light olive oil offers no full flavor, it is best used in cooking types where oil flavors would otherwise be compromised.

Here’s to your health

According to the Mayo Clinicolive oil is good for you, despite its high caloric levels. Because the type of fat in olives is a “good fat”, consuming the right levels may fight off the risk of heart disease and lower your overall cholesterol levels. Just be sure to store your oils in glass, or you will be losing out on the many benefits olive oil offers.

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The promise of pomace
Olive pomace oil is a type that is composed of oil residue left over after all the water and base oil has been extracted from the olive, making it ideal for high heat cooking. It, like light olive oil, lacks the taste and aroma of other types, and therefore promises an ideal use for high heat cooking.

Build a Better Salad with Olives and Olive Oil Giveaway!

Inspiring and flavorful ingredients can turn a blah salad into something so much more. Since I have been losing weight, I eat a lot of salad now, and I love to change it up when I can. Olives and olive oil add a whole new taste dimension to your basic salad, not to mention the bonus of heart-health benefits they provide. Refreshing salads can answer cravings for fresh and more nutritious meals in the spring and summer.

Here are a few recipes for you to try out:

·         Citrus Salad Veronique

·         Fresh Salmon Salad

·         Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes with Roasted Eggplant and Feta

Now, I made the Salmon Salad (since I just found out that I like salmon!).  It was so good.  Even better, it was healthy for me!  I don’t have to feel guilty for eating something so good:

Add Some Life strives to inspire you about the taste, versatility, benefits and importance of making olives and olive oil staples in your daily life. Their goal is to encourage the use of all types of olives and olive oil to help you be inspired to build a better salad and see how these products can add life through flavor and health benefits.

Now that I have you hungry, I am giving away an Add Some Life Prize Pack which includes a Williams Sonoma Salad Spinner, Crate and Barrel Salad Dressing Mixer, Crate and Barrel Serving Tongs, Add Some Life re-usable bag and an Add Some Life note pad.  The value of this is over $70.  Here’s what you need to do:

Additional Contest Rules:
This contest is open to US residents.

There is no cash value prize equivalent for this contest.

Winner will have 48 hours upon notification being sent to claim the prize, if winner does not respond within 48 hours, then the winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: The author received a premium gift package from the International Olive Council, including a Williams-Sonoma Salad Spinner, Crate and Barrel Salad Dressing Mixer and Crate and Barrel Serving Tongs for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.