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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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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

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 olive... Continue Reading

Going Beyond Bread with Bread Dipping Spices

I’ll admit it. A few years ago, when I created my Vervana Olive Oil Spices Blend, I had bread on the brain. I just love fresh sourdough bread, especially as a means of soaking up velvety-smooth and peppery-delicious extra virgin olive oil (or, as I like to call it, “liquid gold”). But I wanted to take olive oil bread dipping spices to the next level, and elevate an already satisfying experience to truly amazing. So I set out to create the perfect herb and spice blend for olive oil dipping. I tasted and tweaked, tasted and tweaked, and finally came... Continue Reading

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