Friday, June 21, 2013

BzzAgent & Filippo Berio® Extra Virgin Olive Oil Bring You Heart Healthy Deliciousness

Being a BzzAgent member has its perks and this is one of my favorite campaigns to date: Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Oil! YUM - we all know that Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Oil is heart healthy and full of good for you omega 3's & omega 6's and it tastes amazing! Filippo Berio offers a variety of olive oils for every recipe and every taste- all high quality and all great for your heart. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Oil and one of my favorite recipes featuring Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Oil- Grilled Butternut Squash, all around healthy & great for summer cookouts. 

According to medical experts, these essential properties give olive oil health benefits. It helps protect against heart disease, aids in digestion, and has been known to promote healthy aging. Promote healthy eating habits for you and your family by making olive oil a delicious, nutritious addition to your diet. What are good fats to eat? As part of eating a healthy diet, you need to consume moderate amounts of good fats. 

These good fats include:

 Monounsaturated fat — This is the primary fat source found in olive oil. Unsaturated fat, can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. In fact, due to its high concentration of monounsaturated fat, olive oil can actually help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. This is the main reason why olive oil is considered to be healthy for us.

·         Polyunsaturated fat — Found in nuts, fish, sunflower oil, corn oil, and of course olive oil, polyunsaturated fat helps to maintain heart health and lower blood cholesterol levels.
·         Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat — Found in fatty fishes like salmon or in vegetable oils, omega-3 polyunsaturated fat is truly brain food. It has been proven to promote mental acuity and brain development.

Filippo Berio Recipe: Grilled Butternut Squash 
(from the BBQ Grail Website)
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, thyme, & oregano (1/3 of each)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
Slice the butternut squash in half and remove the pulp and seeds from the bulb end.  Slice the squash into 1/2 slices.  Cut the bulb end slices in half.  Combine the  Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil, vinegar, honey and herb in a bowl and mix well.  Place the squash in a plastic zip bag and pour in the oil mixture.  Remove as much air from the bag as possible and seal it.  Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
Heat your grill to medium hot.  Remove the squash slices from the bag, retaining as much oil mixture as possible.  Season the squash slices with a little bit of kosher salt.   Grill the slices about 5 minutes per side.  Remove squash from the grill and drizzle with oil mixture (optional- good w/out it).  Cover with foil and let rest for 12 minutes.  Serve.

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The Bzzagent website

I received a sample of this product from Bzzagent to review.  I am a bzzagent and participate in their program. I was in no other way compensated for my honest review. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.   Please see my disclosures page for details.

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