Power in a small package

We always have a bowl of olives at the table, be it lunch or dinner. It’s a starter, an end to a meal, or just the pleasure of savoring the olives of the season.

Experts recommend taking 7 olives a day. In our house 7 is just not enough! My daughter alone can eat 20 in one sitting if i don’t stop her!

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-Olives contain a natural chemical that reduces stress in the brain. Eating a daily serving of olives improves memory by 25% according to a research from the University of Massachusetts.

-They are rich in iron, which helps in the rise of hemoglobin in the blood.

-Olives, like olive oil, contain oleic acid which keeps skin soft and healthy, and improves the appearance of wrinkles by 20%.

-Olives contain vitamin E, an excellent antioxidant for skin health.

-Olives have a high content of monounsaturated fatty acids, making them an ideal food for the prevention of cardiovascular disease by decreasing cholesterol levels in the body.

-The combination of monounsaturated fat and vitamin E make olives a great health benefit;they help in preventing the risk of colon cancer.

Both black and green olives can complement almost anything; salads, pasta, chicken, cheese, pizza, dips, appetizers, Greek yogurt…

This is a salad that i love, and have whenever i can: Wild Thyme Salad

(If you can’t find wild thyme in the grocery stores or at the local farmer’s market, try it instead with wide leaf origano, since they are from the same family.)

-1 bunch of wild thyme

-4 green onions finely chopped

-10 green olives cut in half

-Juice of 1/2 a lemon

-olive oil, salt and pepper.

Rinse and dry the thyme. Pick the leaves and place in a plate. Add the chopped green onions and the olives. Mix with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

We usually eat this salad with pita bread. Enjoy

*image via pinterest

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