As a dietitian I’m always looking for new, healthy ways to cook my food, and make it delicious. As a foodie, I’m always looking for local ways to do the same thing. That’s why I was so excited when I was invited to a tasting of Neomega Nutritionals Avocado Oil. Neomega Nutritionals is a company based out of Cary, and started by Judit Beres in 2016. Not only has Judit always had an entrepreneurial spirit, but she also has a passion for health, so she decided to combine these two to pursue her dream of owning her own company. Once Judit decided she wanted to start a company that offers clean, healthy food, she joined forces with Michelle, a registered dietitian, to ensure that everything she was developing was tested and approved by a nutrition expert.
So why is avocado oil good? Well first of all, it contains tons of omega-3 fatty acids, which are proven to help reduce inflammation. This is similar to olive oil, but with a few main differences. The first is that avocado oil leaves very little taste compared to olive oil, so it doesn’t really change the taste of what you are cooking. Avocado oil also has a higher smoke point than olive oil, so it is great for all types and lengths of cooking. Avocado oil also contains tons of Vitamin E, which helps protect our bodies against free radicals.
So as you can imagine, after learning about Neomega Nutritionals and the benefits of avocado oil, I was very excited to give them a try. They have six different flavors of oil: Original, Garlic, Chili, Rosemary, Basil, and Ginger Turmeric Orange. Each infused oil is infused with ingredients that are locally and sustainably sourced. After trying all of them, I decided to get a bottle of the Rosemary and the Ginger Turmeric Orange, as well as taking a sample of the Basil oil. I loved chatting with Judit at the tasting, and I could tell how passionate she was both about her company, and healthy food in general.
When I took my avocado oil home, I couldn’t wait to give them a try. First, I decided to try the basil oil on my pasta. I cooked up some pasta with shredded chicken, and instead of topping it with olive oil, I drizzled on some Basil Avocado Oil. Honestly, the taste was amazing. It kept the pasta nice and light, while adding the taste of fresh basil, which is one of my favorite flavors. Next, I decided to try roasting sweet potatoes with the Rosemary Oil. I cut some sweet potatoes into makeshift fries and drizzled them with Rosemary Oil, salt, and pepper. I baked them in the oven on 475F for about 35 minutes, and again the result was delicious. The oil added a subtle flavor to the already tasty sweet potatoes. I think this oil would also be amazing on regular white potatoes, or even some roasted chicken. I also tried the Ginger Turmeric Orange Oil on a nice, green salad. It added a subtle, but refreshing and citrusy flavor, making it much more exciting than the typical salad. I also think this flavor would be really tasty on some type of seafood – maybe shrimp or a white fish.
Overall I have loved Neomega Nutritionals’ Avocado Oil so far. You can get your own oil, as well as tons of recipes on their website. Personally, I can’t wait to find more ways to incorporate this avocado oil into my cooking.
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Melissa Guido is currently a dietetic intern in the Triangle area. She studied nutrition at NC State and Meredith College. Her favorite part about nutrition is showing people that healthy food can be exciting and delicious. Melissa loves traveling and learning about how food fits into different cultures. In her free time she loves trying new restaurants, cooking, and obsessing over her dogs. Follow her on Instagram @made2order and at www.madeorder.wordpress.com.