Now, I know what you're thinking...Throw out? Why would I throw anything away for EVOO? Well, maybe not right away, but try replacing any (or all!) of these 5 items with EVOO and then tell me you don't want to make the switch. Think of it as a belated spring cleaning...
Here are 5 items to throw out, and replace with EVOO:
There is nothing butter can do that EVOO can't do better. Get rid of it, all of it. The tub of butter, the sticks of butter, even the I-Cant-Believe-It's-Not-Butter...Butter. Use EVOO when a recipe calls for butter or margarine to sauté, fry (yes, you can fry with olive oil), and bake. It's an easy substitution, and the results are healthful and utterly delicious. If you need some help with conversion rates, check out our awesome Butter to Olive Oil Conversion Chart.
2. Vegetable Oil
If you don't know how bad vegetable oil is for you, then read this article. To become edible, Vegetable oil must go through intense processes involving pressing and heating, with the addition of various industrial chemicals and highly toxic solvents. Most vegetable oils are extremely high in saturated fats (the fats to stay away from) as opposed to olive oil which is high in monounsaturated fat (the fat your body needs).
3. Face Wash
Did you know you could wash your face with EVOO? And it's actually better and safer for your skin than a commercial face wash? EVOO is packed with antioxidants which naturally gives it anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties. If you have EVOO in your kitchen, don't take our word for it, check out this How To: Wash Your Face With Olive Oil and feel the difference.
4. Makeup Remover
Do your face a favor and remove mascara, eyeliner and foundation with EVOO - a gentle, yet effective way to take off your makeup. Take a quarter size amount of oil into your hand and rub it over your eyes, cheeks, etc. Wet a washcloth with water and dab the area with the oil until all the makeup is removed. This method is also much safer than the chemically induced commercial makeup removers.
5. Bottled Dressings
Ranch, 1000 Island, Creamy Italian....have you looked at those Nutrition Fact label? It's frightening. Dressing a delicious salad with a store bought vinaigrette is the saddest thing you can do to your salad. What if I told you that you could have a much healthier (and much better tasting) salad by using EVOO instead? It's true. Our secret to a simple salad dressing is 3 parts EVOO, 1 part Balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt and a crack of fresh ground pepper. Try it next time you make a salad!
Will you try any of the 5 items mentioned above?
Or do you have another item to add to our list?
Let us know in the comments below! #UseEVOO