August is Olive Oil Month! Did you know there was such a wonderful holiday celebrating the wonders of olive oil? We love olive oil for many reasons: it’s a great way to add subtle flavors to many recipes, it’s easy to cook, grill, and bake with, and it’s heart healthy. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, a.k.a. the same healthy fats found in avocados. These fats have been shown to lower your risk of heart disease, lower your total cholesterol, and may even be helpful in regulating insulin levels and blood sugar.
So this month, we’re revamping our recipes, from breakfast to dessert, and swapping in olive oil in place of butter. Using this handy butter conversion chart, you’ll find it’s easy and delicious! Here 10 healthy ways to swap in the olive oil and enjoy your food (and your waistline).
If you’re a mountains-of-butter-on-the-popcorn kind of person, you might be a bit doubtful. But hear us out: instead of 1/4 cup of melted butter, opt for 3 tablespoons of olive oil for a healthier kick. For added flavor, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper or smoked paprika. Voila! Instant amazing snack.
You might be thinking of that fluffy, buttery angel’s food cake you had the other day… Here’s a surprise, cake with olive oil works remarkably well, too! Instead of a cup of butter, use 3/4 cup of olive oil and you’ll be surprised by the added richness that it adds to your dessert.