I received free samples of California Ripe Olives mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Ripe Olives and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
There are as many diet recommendations circulating as there are stars in the sky. Trying to make sense of which ones are healthy and science based, and which ones are pure bunk can be difficult. One diet that has received a lot of press and research is the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and less red meat. It also promotes using healthier fats, like olive oil, and drinking red wine in moderation. Utilizing herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods is another heart healthy idea. The diet also recognizes the importance of being physically active and enjoying meals with family and friends.
One of my favorite ingredients from the Mediterranean diet is California black ripe olives. They are so tasty and low in calories that I add them to recipes all the time, and especially love to eat them plain as a snack. Check out all of their health benefits:
- Olives are an essential part of the Mediterranean diet and contain monounsaturated fat – the good fat!
- California black ripe olives are as good as they taste with vitamin E (.25 mg per serving), iron (.49 mg per serving), vitamin A (60 IU per serving), and fiber (.5 grams per serving).
- They are packaged at their peak to preserve nutrients for year-round enjoyment.
- A serving of olives contains 0 grams of trans fat and olives are naturally a cholesterol-free food!
- California Ripe Olives are one of the most versatile items in the pantry. They are loved for their unique flavor, texture and color, but also can be part of a healthy diet. Click here to learn more.
I had a lot of summer squash from my garden, and tried creating a squash bread with California Black Olives—and it was incredible! It tastes even better the next day toasted. I served it with a light salad, and it made a complete meal. Give this a try tonight!
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 heaping Tablespoon vital wheat gluten
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup dried onions
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 cup California black ripe olives, chopped
- Place all ingredients in a bowl, and stir until ingredients are just mixed. Place in a greased bread pan, and bake at 350° F for 40-50 minutes or until done when checked with a knife. Let cool, and slice.
For more great recipes containing California black ripe olives, check out these other blogs by nutrition professionals!