THE SKINNY ON OILS WHAT TO USE AND WHAT TO AVOID
Coconut oil is 350 degrees F. Canola oil is 400 degrees F. )
stir-fry for a great-tasting meal with added perks. ( Smoke point: 350–410 degrees F. ) Good for Regular Use: Coconut, Olive, and Canola Olive oil can be a good substitute in a pinch, but don’t expect all the benefits that come with the extra-virgin type. However, of all the oils, coconut gets a lot of love these days! What makes it so great? Coconut oil is vegan-friendly, and since it can be substituted
Cooking oils have experienced a renaissance in recent decades. Today, health experts point to oils as essential sources of key vitamins and nutrients. So, why did we ever give up oils in the first place? Well, not all oil is created equal! Some cooking oils are good for you while others should be enjoyed sparingly. Worry in the grocery store no more! Here’s our comprehensive list of cooking oils and when and how to use them. The Top Oil: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil This is simply the best cooking oil you can find. Extra-virgin olive oil contains pure oil from pressed olives, and many studies tout its heart and anti-inflammatory benefits and its antioxidant properties. When you use extra-virgin olive oil — as opposed to standard olive oil, which is processed with other oils — you’re only consuming olives and all of the great properties they possess. Use it to sauté, bake, and
Only Use When Needed: Vegetable We’re not going to bash vegetable oil, but studies have shown that it just doesn’t have enough benefits to outweigh some of the concerns. In particular, experts point to oils like sunflower, corn, and
soybean as containing too much omega-6, which is dangerous for the heart. Instead, opt for other choices and only use vegetable oils when needed. ( Smoke point: 450 degrees F .) As a final reminder, the key to using cooking oil is the same as any other food group. Use oil in moderation, and you’ll reap the benefits without the downsides of extra fat.
1:1 for butter, it’s perfect for use in baked goods. Outside the kitchen, it can be used
as a substitute for shaving cream, hair treatments, and aloe vera! While canola oil does have some
great properties, they’re not as plentiful, so be mindful of how much you use! ( Smoke points: Olive oil is 350–410 degrees F.
STRAWBERRY KISSED ALMOND BUTTER MUFFINS Inspired by AmbitiousKitchen.com
TAKE A BREAK!
• 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed • 3/4 cup natural creamy
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners and spray with nonstick cooking spray. 3. In a large bowl, mix bananas, almond butter, eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. 4. Stir in oat flour, baking powder, and salt until smooth. 5. Evenly divide batter into liners. Add 1 tsp strawberry fruit spread to the top of each muffin. 6. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the spread into the batter. 7. Bake for 22–27 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. 8. Transfer muffins to wire rack to cool and enjoy!
almond butter (can substitute creamy peanut butter)
• 2 large eggs • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey) • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 1 cup oat flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 1/4 tsp salt • 1/4 cup strawberry fruit
spread, divided (we recommend Bonne Maman INTENSE)
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