Disclosure: Avocare is my latest sponsor. A South Texas-based company that produces extra-virgin, cold-pressed, GMO-free certified avocado oil, Avocare is a high quality product I believe in, use regularly, and can proudly recommend.
Still using canola oil? Or is olive oil your go-to for everything from salads to stir-fries?
Drizzle wisely. While all oils contain the same amount of fat (about 13.6 grams per Tablespoon, or 120 calories), it’s important to consider the type of fat. Oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids like flax, walnut and hempseed are healthy choices; those high in omega-6, including corn oil, are to be avoided. For a must-read primer, please check out 7 burning questions about cooking oils.Â
Then consider what you’re cooking. At higher temperatures, that flax or hemp oil begins to break down and oxidize. Called the smoke point, this is the temperature at which oils lose their flavor and nutritional value and begin to release potentially harmful compounds. It’s the reason some oils should only be used on cold dishes, while oils like olive oil can go from salads to sautÃ©ing.
One must-stock oil: avocado. Rich in monounsaturated fats which help boost good cholesterol (HDL), avocado oil has a rich buttery, sometimes mushroom, flavor and also boasts a high smoke point, making it extremely versatile to use on everything from salads to high heat stir-fries (while flax seed has a smoke point of 225 degrees F and olive oil, 320 degrees F, avocado oil’s smoke point is 480 degrees).
For salad dressings, roasted veggiesÂ or lemon chicken, frying the kids’ favorite panko chicken (look for my recipe soon), and even as a skin moisturizer, I’ve been turning to avocado oil, namely Avocare avocado oil.
To kick off our new partnership, we’re giving away 4-packs of Avocare avooil in natural, basil, chipotle and garlic to 5 lucky winners! Entering is easy and winning is delicious. Good luck!