Health Benefits of the Amazing Artichoke

One of the oldest foods known to man, artichokes date all the way back to the 300s B.C. Greek philosopher Theophrastus described them in his writings, and the ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes both a delicacy and an aphrodisiac. It wasn’t until the early 1800s that artichokes were introduced to America. French immigrants brought them over when they settled in the Louisiana territory. As a result, this area of the U.S. boasted the first commercial artichoke fields, and they flourished until the 1940s…

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Sustainable Products Protect Your Environment, Health, and Future

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations…”

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Mediterranean Fish – Sinatra Style

As a cardiologist, nothing makes me happier than the combination of heart-healthy fish paired with my favorite superfood, olive oil, for a one-two punch of delicious food that’s good for you! That’s exactly what you’re getting with this simple Mediterranean fish dinner that’s quick to whip up anytime and tastes wonderful. This easy fish recipe is a breath of fresh spring air with sunny lemon olive oil and vibrant organic marinara sauce.

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Quick and Easy Easter Brunch Recipes

If you’re looking for Easter brunch menu ideas or just some healthy Sunday brunch recipes to have on hand, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve put together some delicious recipes to kickstart your brunch with vibrant flavor and healthy ingredients….like nutrient-dense eggs and avocado…

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Celebrating Blood Orange Salad

Nature has a way of getting us through the cold and darkness of winter with vibrant fruits and vegetables, and the intensely-colored blood orange is a stand-out among them! Generally available between December and May, blood oranges are aptly named for their jewel-like blend of burgundy wine and orange colors. Citrusy with hints of raspberry sweetness, blood oranges give us another reason to celebrate winter…snacks, salads, desserts and more that feature them are bursting with sunny flavor! Blood Orange Benefits More than a delightfully sweet and colorful fruit, the intriguing blood orange also offers some pretty powerful health benefits. Rich... Continue Reading

Winter Squash Recipes Featuring Flavored Olive Oils

Versatile and vibrantly colored, winter squashes like butternut, acorn, and pumpkin have, for centuries, kept us tided over with veggie nutrition through cold weather scarcities. Harvested in the summer and fall, these stalwart winter squashes simply keep so well that they’re available for most of the year. Besides being hearty and reliable, winter squashes are also super nutritious – rich with orange and yellow pigments, acorn, butternut and other winter squashes are full of antioxidant carotenoids – plant pigments that help protect our bodies from free radical stress. Full of heart-healthy fiber, winter squashes are also great sources of B... Continue Reading

Why Do We Need Protein in Our Diets?

One of the buzzwords in diet circles these days is “protein.” High protein diets, we're told, can help us lose weight and beat the effects of aging. Products on grocery store shelves—from frozen entrees to yogurt—tout their protein content. But what exactly is protein? Why do we need it, and how much is best? Most importantly, what are good sources of protein for maintaining health? These are great questions. Let’s dive in… What Is Protein? Protein, along with fats and carbohydrates, belongs to a class of dietary essentials called macronutrients. Without these nutrients, the body can't function properly. On the... Continue Reading

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Whether for warm weather picnicking, or hunkering in with a hearty winter salad, this piquant Mediterranean pasta salad recipe is a high-protein home run. Featuring organic, gluten-free red lentil pasta and cold-pressed oregano olive oil, it’s healthier than traditional white pasta salad with mayo, and I think it tastes amazing too! Dr. Sinatra’s Mediterranean Pasta Salad Recipe We all like things our own way (plus, I don’t really measure my ingredients), which is why I’ve listed varying amounts of Mediterranean pasta salad ingredients. If you’re unsure of how much to use, start with lesser amounts, then taste the dish and... Continue Reading

Easy Caprese Salad

A simple combination of fresh mozzarella cheese and juicy, ripe tomatoes, Caprese salad is a classic Italian appetizer ("Insalata Caprese") that's not only delicious, but really easy to make! There are several ways to make an Easy Caprese Salad...In the video below, I make it with traditional tomatoes, dress it with cold-pressed basil olive oil, and finish it with freshly ground Natural Salt Blend and Pepper and Juniper Blend - it's a super quick and easy recipe. If you like, you can make it instead with extra virgin olive oil and get that sweet, basil flavor by actually layering fresh... Continue Reading

Love Flavored Olive Oil? Our Cold Pressed Is Still Best

As a lover of olive oil, it does my heart good to see so many people embracing it as a flavorful and healthy way to eat. There’s nothing better, in my book, for both the taste buds and…well… every other part of your body! One look at store shelves will tell you just how big olive oil is becoming. At the store where my wife Jan and I usually shop, we’ve gone from having a handful of choices to a dozen or more. Olive oil makers—including us here at Vervana—are bringing even more product options to the table, too. Flavored... Continue Reading