National I Love Food Day: what to pay attention to when grocery shopping
September 9th is a unique, holy holiday for foodies. We celebrate life's most wonderful pleasure. Try a new dish or make your favourites of the occasion, but always be careful about the quality of the ingredients you buy!
It's September! Here comes the first taste of fall. Why not make your September even better by celebrating your favorite food? Regardless of the places where we live, our social traditions, our culture, food is an essential part of our everyday lives. This is even more true if you live in Italy, where food is intimately tied to every aspect of life. Food is not only necessary for survival; it is also a source of joy and pleasure. However, it is essential never to forget how important it is to eat well, healthy and balanced. If we eat well, we feel well! Fill your kitchen and your pantry with healthy foods. Here are our grocery shopping tips.
Fruits and vegetables
Remember the main rule: choosing seasonal fruits and veggies is a good idea. Always start with veggies! Your first choices should be green leafy vegetables (like lettuce, kale, spinach), cruciferous (like broccoli and cauliflower), root vegetables (like carrot and potato). When choosing your fruits, your main option should be berries, packed with nutrients and low in sugar.
Herbs and spices
To flavor your food, select herbs and spices. They are also perfect for replacing salt or at least decreasing it. Herbs are essential in many dishes of Italian cuisine. The kings of aromatic herbs in Italy are indeed parsley and basil. They are used practically everywhere. Right after, come mint, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, bay leaf. Check out our selection of herbs and spices. These are the highest quality products that will help add flavour to your favorite dishes.
Bread, pasta, and rice
If there is one thing (or rather two) without which an Italian could not live, it is pasta and bread.
A good suggestion is to choose whole grain pasta and bread. Magnifico's selection of whole wheat pasta and rice makes us very proud. Whole wheat pasta contains up to 5 times more fiber than traditional pasta. Fiber gives a greater sense of satiety and slows the absorption of carbohydrates, helping to prevent the accumulation of fat and avoiding constipation. Without forgetting an essential detail: it is delicious!
Choose bottled extra virgin olive oil. It is the quintessence of the Mediterranean diet. Extra virgin olive oil has been a staple for the world's healthiest and longer-lived European populations. Buying the right oil is important. When grocery shopping, make sure to buy extra virgin olive oil, the least processed or refined olive oil. Always pay attention to food labels! Our extra virgin olive oil is sourced from select producers who provide the best EVOO.
- Donatella Mulvoni