Kitchen Essentials: Olive Oil

Every well-stocked kitchen needs some sort of fat to cook with and olive oil is one of your healthiest, most versatile options. The antioxidants found in olive oil can help lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease, and ward off cancer. It’s a much healthier alternative to regular vegetable oil and even canola oil.

There is also a different olive oil for each price point, but all offer a great taste and a quick heating ability. For sautéing, try virgin olive oil and for high heat cooking, use light olive oil.

Olive oil can also be used in lieu of salad dressings and because it is a good fat which lowers your bad cholesterol and raises your good cholesterol, which makes it a healthy alternative to the dressings you can find in the grocery store. For salad dressings, try extra virgin olive oil, which is not as good for cooking since it has a low smoke point.


How To Eat Well During Your College Years: An Interview With a UVA Nutritionist

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Melanie Brede                                                        Amy Chestnutt

This week we interviewed nutritionist Melanie Brede from the Elson Student Health Center here at the University of Virginia. Here is her helpful advice! Our final question was collaboration from Melanie and one of her colleagues Amy Chestnutt with the Eating Disorders Education Initiative at the UVA Women’s Center

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Kitchen Essentials: Eggs

No matter what is on my grocery list, I always know I’ll be leaving the store with eggs. Not only are they inexpensive – you can usually snag a dozen for under $2 – they are a nutritionist’s dream because they are jam packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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