Make Healthy New Habits Starting With Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Updated August 20th 2022
Nutrition is vital for brain development, energy and wellbeing and there are so many healthy snacks and lunches made with olive oil that can be prepared quickly and easily. So, why not set them up for healthy habits this term with the healthiest extra virgin olive oil around.
Ideas For Healthy Snacks With Olive Oil
Olive oil is a good source of energy and can help kids concentrate throughout the day. It is also packed with healthy antioxidants and nutrients that can support overall health. When used in place of other less healthy ingredients, olive oil can help make snacks more nutritious while still being delicious. So as parents stock up on back-to-school supplies, they should also consider adding extra virgin olive oil to their shopping list.
Popcorn With Olive Oil
Olive oil is a healthy alternative to other oils and fats. It is high in monounsaturated fats, which can help to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Olive oil is also a good source of antioxidants, which can protect against cell damage.
There are many healthy snacks that can be made with olive oil. Popcorn is a great option – simply drizzle some olive oil over popped popcorn for a light, healthy snack. Ice cream can also be made with olive oil – simply substitute olive oil for butter or other fats in your favorite recipe.
Here is some simple guidance for making popcorn with olive oil.
Traybakes With Olive Oil
A good quality olive oil is a great substitute for saturated fats when it comes to preparing some healthy tray bakes for back to school. This tasty lemon and orange olive oil traybake is a great choice for keeping hungry children well fuelled during school.
For the cake
- 160ml Morocco Gold extra virgin olive oil
- 200g caster sugar
- 150g ground almonds
- 100g polenta
- 50g gluten free flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 3 large free-range eggs
- zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange (save juice for syrup)
For the syrup
- juice of 1 lemon
- 50 grams icing sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (fan). Grease and line the base and sides of a brownie tin – I used my 23cm x 15cm roasting tin – with baking parchment.
- In a large bowl beat the oil and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and frothy – roughly 5 mins
- Mix together the almonds, flour and baking powder, and beat some of this into the butter-sugar mixture, followed by 1 egg, then alternate dry ingredients and eggs, beating all the while.
- Finally, beat in the lemon zest and scrape the mixture into your prepared tin.
- Bake in the oven for about 30 – 40 minutes – the cake is cooked if a skewer comes out clean. The edges of the cake will begin to shrink away from the sides of the tin. Remove from the oven to a wire cooling rack, but leave in its tin and prick all over with a skewer.
Whilst it’s baking, make the syrup by boiling together the lemon juice and icing sugar in a smallish saucepan or microwave and then once the cake is out of the oven and pricked all over, pour the warm syrup over the cake. I like to sprinkle it all over with a little more caster sugar to give it a crunchy top. Leave it to cool before taking it out of its tin, then slice into squares.
Other Healthy Back To School Habits For Nutrition
For children, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential for achieving success in school. Good nutrition gives them the energy they need to focus and stay concentrated during long hours of learning. But what other important healthy habits is it great to establish at the start of the new term?
Exercise is also important for brain health, and it can help to improve memory and decision-making skills.
Getting enough sleep is another crucial component of back to school success. Sleep gives the brain time to rest and rejuvenate, and it helps children to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to learn. By teaching children healthy habits now, we can set them up for a lifetime of success.