As far as oils for cooking and for salad dressings go, a lot of the vegetable based oils like vegetable, sunflower, peanut, olive and coconut, we have plenty of choice. There is no limit to the number of oils we can use as vegans. I don’t like to use too much oil as I feel it’s not something we necessarily need in our systems, but what if there was a healthier alternative for those of us who are more conscious about what we consume? Andean Sol has the answer.
Disclaimer: Bottles of Olive and Chia Oil and 100% Chia Oil were sent to me for review, however this review and the opinion made in it is all my own.
We’ve been told that extra virgin olive oil is probably one of the most healthy options there is out there, but what if you could get superfood oils to boost your Omega-3 intake? Working closely with farmers in the Andean region of South America (see here), Andean Sol brings the essence of the mountains to the UK with the creation of the Olive and Chia Oil and Extra Virgin Chia Oil
Olive and Chia Oil
The first of its kind in the world, the Extra Virgin Olive and Chia Oil is cold pressed to maximise flavour. Add life to any dish by drizzling, dipping or dousing it over food. We use quite a lot of olive oil in the house as a healthy alternative to sunflower oil which is widely available in supermarkets, but I was intrigued by the idea of the infusion of chia oil in with the olive oil.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been recognised as a healthy fat that help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis (see here). A lot of non-vegans believe the best way to obtain this is by eating fish with plenty of omega-3, not realising that the fish get their sources through plants they eat. Chia is a great source of Omega-3 and I have been trying to take supplements by NothingFishy (sourced from own grown algae) daily, but I’m not great with remembering every day.
Having an infusion of chia with olive oil is a great way of making sure the OH and I get a regular dose of the healthy fatty acid DHA. The nutrient-rich oil also adds a bit of a peppery kick to your dishes without being overwhelming. It’s quite a subtle flavour and is great with drizzling over salads, dipping bread in with some balsamic vinegar, or cooking stir fry.
Extra Virgin Chia Oil
Those who are health conscious will try to incorporate chia seeds or quinoa into their diet. These grains are considered superfoods, but if you don’t regularly cook these, using Extra Virgin Chia Oil for cooking allows you to still get your healthy dose of Omega-3 from this cold pressed oil. As you can imagine, with smaller grains, it’s more difficult to extract greater quantities of oil from it, so the bottle is smaller, but it’s well worth it. You don’t need too much of it and can always mix it in with other oils to make your 100ml bottle last longer.
Made from the finest chia seeds grown in the warm and sunny foothills of the Andes Mountains, this oil is very light with a slight nutty flavour and contains approximately 64% of plant-powered Omega-3 acids. It’s perfect for a salad dressing or you can also add a small amount into smoothies or drinks to add that extra bit of superfood power into your daily routine.
The chef OH has been very interested in regularly using the oils whenever we’ve been cooking. It is really very versatile and can be added to any dish, juice or smoothie.
Pasta with mushroom and vegan cream sauce with toast drizzled with Olive and Chia Oil
Pasta with peppers and Extra Virgin Chia Oil
The Extra Virgin Chia Oil is 100ml and retails £9.99 while the 250ml bottle of Olive and Chia Oil is £8.99. Both, along with high quality organic chia seeds and quinoa, are available to purchase from Ocado or from Andean Sol here.
Have you tried any products from Andean Sol? If you regularly incorporate chia seeds into your diet, would you consider trying it in oil form for cooking instead?
A big thank you to Andean Sol and the team at Spider PR for sending me the bottles for this blog review.