Tag: mediterranean health

Scott’s Heart Healthy Salad with Wild Salmon

Heart Healthy Salad 2

Celebrating Mediterranean Awareness Month

Heart Healthy Salad:

1 can Black Beans or Black Eyed Peas

1 cup organic frozen corn, steamed or blanched quickly

1 cup cooked Brown Long Grain Rice (cook method; add 1 TB Limonata Fused Evoo instead of butter)

1/2 cup diced celery

1 Red Pepper, diced

Handful of fresh Parsley, snipped

1 small crunchy Cucumber organic. diced

Juice from 1 Lemon

1 – 2 TB Certified Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Hojiblanca or Picual my favorites)

1 TB Aged Balsamic Vinegar ( I used our Private Reserve as a Drizzle over salad and salmon) Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar is superb also.

Toss all ingredients together and put on top of your favorite greens (micro greens or arugula)


Salmon, wild caught prepared in baking dish

2 TB Lemon Fused olive oils, drizzle on top before baking

Sprinkle of Herb Sea Shakes

Oven 375 degrees for 15 minutes (more time depending on thickness of filet).

Delicious, full of fiber, vitamins, oleic acid, omega rich fatty acids, protein, texture, and color. To your health!

Awareness Article worth the read:

How the Mediterranean Diet May Preserve Your Brain Power


Capizzano’s Hearty Healthy Soup

Hearty Soup

Capizzano’s Hearty Healthy Soup

4 Shallots, sliced
1 bunch Celery, sliced
Carrots multi color organic, sliced thick, 1 heaping cup
Garbanzo beans organic, drain and rinse, 1can
Edamame organic frozen, 1/2 cup
Chicken or Vegetable broth unsalted organic, 1 box
Capizzano’s Pomodoro d Basilico small jar or crushed tomatoes seasoned
Baby kale and spinach and/or swiss chard, rinsed, large handful
Herbs our Local Spicery Italian Herbs or Garden Gems 1 TB.

Capizzano’s Tuscan Herb Infused extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
Sprinkle of Makai Celtic Sea Salt to taste

How to: Drizzle 4 TB of our Favalosa UP extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) add shallots and sauté on medium heat until transparent. Add broth, celery, and carrots let it come to a boil for a few minutes. Turn heat to medium low, add beans (garbanzo & edamame), tomato sauce, and Herbs; simmer covered for 5 minutes. Add kale, spinach, and or Swiss chard at the end, turn heat off.
Serve immediately drizzle with our Tuscan Herb Infused EVOO on top of the soup with a sprinkle of Makai Sea Salt and enjoy.

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Salad Pasta – Mediterranean Tasting Recipe

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Mediterranean Lifestyle Tasting One


Our Primo Gran 100% Abruzzese pasta (high protein, whole grain wheat) cooked & drained, steam asparagus tips, sautéed yellow & red peppers with Favalosa UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) from South Africa until tender crunchy. Add fresh organic kale cut into small pieces, I added the raw kale in to the hot pasta. Add all together tossing lightly to mix.

In a separate bowl add cut up tomatoes (I used Kumatoes) and snipped fresh Italian Flat parsley and basil leaves with a dash of Makai Deep Sea Salt. Mix and set aside.

In a small Mason jar mix about 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil with 2 Tablespoons of our ‘Garden Gems Spice’ let stand for about 10 minutes to gather the flavors together then pour over pasta salad. Toss to coat each delicious morsel!

Optional: add grated parmesan or feta cheese crumbs to the top.

Selected Wine: Abazia Novacella Kerner Italy, this white wine has a fresh crisp flavor with a subtle zing to the finish. It is produced in the high altitudes of the Italian Alps. Made by the Augustine monks since 1142, named after the poet Justin Kerner.

The “Capizzano Balsamic Spritzer” is made with mineral sparkling water and our Sicilian Lemon Aged White Balsamic. (8 ounce glass with 1 ounce of balsamic add a slice of lemon with a pinch of ground non irradiated cumin as an option)

Be inspired with the simplicity of flavors using fresh certified Ultra Premium EVOO and UP Aged Balsamic. Spices that have health benefits and flavor!

Extra Virgin Olive Oil A Spice For Our Health

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As we begin our journey to a Mediterranean Lifestyle through foods and fresh extra virgin olive oil it is good to learn more about what benefits extra virgin olive oils provide us. Here is an informative link by Olive Oil Times.


We look forward to beginning our series of events focused on Health Through Heritage, Mediterranean Lifestyle with menu planning and recipes using our Ultra Premium Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil. On November 18th we will be discussing 8 Simple Steps to a Mediterranean Lifestyle and more. A book is available for purchase for our series of events to integrate into your own personal routine. The recipes are easy to prepare and delicious.

Join us November 18, December 1, December 9 and December 16 for educational tips and tastings from the books recipes. A sampling of an exceptional wine and sparkling mineral water will complement the menu and evening.

See details on our Event Schedule for cost and RSVP requirements.

Breakfast of Champions

Good Morning World!

breakfast healthy

Layer each ingredient – top with the egg and UP EVOO:
Adzuki & Mung beans, fresh (Aiki-Farms, Ledyard CT )
Edamame beans, fresh
Micro Greens
Shredded Carrots
Shredded Purple Cabbage
Egg, over easy or poached on top
Favalosa UP EVOO (high phenolic levels), drizzle generously
A dash of Celtic sea salt

Per La Salute

October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are happy to announce that we will be donating $1.00 for each bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Aged Balsamic Vinegar (200ml, 375ml, and 750ml size) purchased during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Join our effort to help find a cure!

A new study finds that following a Mediterranean diet, especially one that is heavy with ‘fresh/seasonal high quality extra virgin olive oil (with defined polyphenol & oleic acid levels)’, may reduce the risk of breast cancer. See article in link provided:  http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mediterranean-diet-olive-oil-breast-cancer-risk-20150914-story.html

We will be doing our part to increase awareness through the benefits of using Ultra-Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils in our daily diet with a Mediterranean Lifestyle in upcoming events.

In Appreciation

Suzanne and Stephen

Mediterranean Lifestyle Resources with Oldways!

Extra virgin olive oil is highest in health-promoting fats, phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory benefits and other important micronutrients.




1. Eat lots of vegetables. From a simple plate of sliced fresh tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and crumbled feta cheese to stunning salads, garlicky greens, fragrant soups and stews, healthy pizzas, or oven-roasted medleys, vegetables are vitally important to the fresh tastes and delicious flavors of the Med Diet.

2. Change the way you think about meat. If you eat meat, have smaller amounts – small strips of sirloin in a vegetable sauté, or a dish of pasta garnished with diced prosciutto.


3. Enjoy some dairy products. Eat Greek or plain yogurt, and try smaller amounts of a variety of cheeses.

4. Eat seafood twice a week. Fish such as tuna, herring, salmon, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and shellfish including mussels, oysters, and clams have similar benefits for brain and heart health.

5. Cook a vegetarian meal one night a week. Build meals around beans, whole grains, and vegetables, and heighten the flavor with fragrant herbs and spices. Down the road, try two nights per week.


6. Use good fats. Include sources of healthy fats in daily meals, especially extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, olives, and avocadoes.

7. Switch to whole grains. Whole grains are naturally rich in many important nutrients; their fuller, nuttier taste and extra fiber keep you satisfied for hours. Cook traditional Mediterranean grains like bulgur, barley, farro and brown, black or red rice, and favor products made with whole grain flour.

8. For dessert, eat fresh fruit. Choose from a wide range of delicious fresh fruits — from fresh figs and oranges to pomegranates, grapes and apples. Instead of daily ice cream or cookies, save sweets for a special treat or celebration.