Pesto Magic!

Tracey Wilkinson
Try our Pistachio and Mint Pesto...made with olive oil. Mix 1 tablespoon pesto with 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt for a grilled chicken amazing sauce.
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Olive Branch Gift Bags in Store!

Tracey Wilkinson

We have these adorable gift bags in stores.  Great for any occasion and perfect for wine too!

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#shoplocal #recycle #reuse #giftbags #unique #elegantgifts #extravirginoliveoil #healthygifts #eastergifts #franklkinma #northboroughma #thelittleshopofoliveoil #balsamicvinegar #organic #glutenfree  #nondairy #kosher #giftsforeaster

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Mix your magic

Tracey Wilkinson
Stop by today and "mix your magic" @littleshopofoliveoils in Franklin and Northborough. We are open today from 10 am to 6 pm.
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#littleshopofoliveoils #franklinma #northboroughma #extravirginoliveoil #agedbalsamic #cookingtoday #beinspired #whattodotoday #bostonfoodies #metrowestfoodies

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Pasta, Pesto, Premium!

Tracey Wilkinson
Imported Pasta, Pesto...oh and a little salad with Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegar to complete this delicious meal. Stop by today and taste your favorites! We are open from 11 am to 6 pm in Franklin and Northborough.
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Quick meal with Spaghetti Squash

Tracey Wilkinson

Try this with a teaspoon of Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, your favorite Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.  Amazing and Easy!  Come visit us today from 11 am to 6 pm in Franklin (5 main Street) or Northborough (269 West Main Street).

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Risotto and Your Favorite Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tracey Wilkinson
Try our Risotto with your favorite Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil! Come see us today in Franklin or Northborough MA. We are open from 11 am to 6 pm.
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It's Raining Outside...stop by our cozy shops for your discount :-)

Tracey Wilkinson
Mention this post or our Newsletter and receive a 20% discount on your purchase of Manzanillo Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Chocolate Aged Balsamic Vinegar. This pair adds a savory flair to any roasted root veggies, mixed fruit cup or an Arugula, Feta and Cherry Tomato salad. Get your "Hit of Health" today. We are open from 11 am to 4 pm today in Franklin at 5 Main Street and Northborough at 269 West Main Street.

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Check, Check, Check

Tracey Wilkinson

Open today from 11 am to 6 pm. Olive Oil , Balsamic , Delicious Food , Music . Yup it is all here. Find us at 5 Main Street, Franklin or 269 West Main Street, Northborough.

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More Evidence that Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vegetables help the heart!

Tracey Wilkinson
This may be a little older but still very true today!
NEW YORK | Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:23pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's no secret that eating well is good for both body and mind, so it may not come as a surprise that a new study finds women who eat more olive oil and leafy vegetables such as salads and cooked spinach are significantly less likely to develop heart disease.


A group of Italian researchers found that women who ate at least 1 serving of leafy vegetables per day were more than 40 percent less likely to develop heart disease over an average of eight years, relative to women who ate two or fewer portions of those vegetables each week.


Women who downed at least 3 tablespoons of olive oil daily - such as in salad dressing - were also 40 percent less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease, compared to women who ate the least olive oil.


It's not exactly clear why specifically leafy vegetables and olive oil may protect the heart, study author Dr. Domenico Palli of the Cancer Research and Prevention Institute in Florence told Reuters Health. "Probably the mechanisms responsible for the protective effect of plant-origin foods on cardiovascular diseases involve micronutrients such as folate, antioxidant vitamins and potassium, all present in green leafy vegetables."


Folate reduces blood levels of homocysteine, Palli explained, which is thought to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease by damaging the inner lining of arteries. Other studies have shown people who eat more potassium have lower blood pressure, which can protect the cardiovascular system. Virgin olive oil may be particularly effective at lowering heart disease risk because of its high level of antioxidant plant compounds, he added.


This is not the first study to link olive oil or vegetables to good heart health. Most famously, the traditional Mediterranean diet -- rich in vegetables and monounsaturated fats from olive oil and nuts, but low in saturated fat from meat and dairy -- has been tied to a decreased risk of heart disease.


Mediterranean-style eating has also been credited with lowering risk for some cancers, diabetes, and, more recently, with slowing brain aging (See Reuters Health story of December 29, 2010).


Cardiovascular disease is a major killer, responsible for 30 percent of all deaths worldwide and the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.


To look more closely at the role of foods in protecting against heart disease, Palli and colleagues reviewed dietary information collected from nearly 30,000 Italian women participating in a large national health study. Researchers followed the women, whose mean age was 50 at the beginning of the study, for an average of 8 years, noting who developed heart disease.


In that time, the women experienced 144 major heart disease-related events, such as heart attack or bypass surgery, the authors report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Women who ate at least one daily serving (about two ounces) of leafy vegetables - such as raw lettuce or endives, or cooked vegetables like spinach or chard -- had a 46 percent lower risk of developing heart disease than women who ate at most two portions per week.


Consuming at least an ounce of olive oil per day lowered their risk by 44 percent relative to women who consumed a half-ounce or less daily, the authors found.


The women's intake of other types of vegetables, such as roots and cabbages, and their consumption of tomatoes or fruit did not seem to be linked to their risk for major heart events.


Both fruits and vegetables have been associated with heart benefits in past studies conducted elsewhere in Europe and in North America. The authors caution that the apparent lack of positive effect from high fruit consumption in their results may have something to do with a different attitude toward fruit in Italy. It is cheap, varied and easily available, so eating a lot of fruit is a widespread habit but it does not necessarily signal that the rest of someone's diet is as healthy, the authors wrote.


Another issue with the study, Palli noted in an e-mail, is that women had to report how much they ate of various items, and some may not have remembered their diets accurately, or may have changed their eating habits during the study period. In addition, people sometimes over-estimate their healthy behaviors, believing they eat healthier than they really do.


SOURCE: link.reuters.com/dag34r American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online December 22, 2010.

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