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Oloves Loves Olives


With growing numbers of childhood obesity and diabetes we are passionate here at OLOVES to promote healthy snacking alternatives. This post  illustrates a quick step guide on how to ensure your ‘little-ens’ are getting the nutrition they need in a lunch box!

Step 1
Combine wholemeal bread and protein – avoiding a sugar ‘high’
“Carbs and proteins are digested and metabolized and turned into blood sugar at different rates. Carbs, especially simple carbs, become sugar anywhere from 5 minutes to 30-60 minutes after eating. The higher the fibre, the slower the carbs turn to sugar. Protein begins breaking down into sugar about 2 hours after eating. When your starches and fruits are mixed with protein, they will take even longer to turn into sugar.” – Source: diabetesaction.org
So fill wholemeal bread or a wholemeal roll/wrap with:

  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Ham
  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Egg


Step 2
Five a Day

  • Any raw veggies sliced into matchsticks served with some cream cheese, hummus, tzatziki
  • Any fruits, blueberries, apple, pear, plum, peach or a combo of fruits into a fruit salad pot.
  • Top tip: Freeze berries, banana slices or grapes before packing into containers – they will defrost by lunchtime but keep 
the lunchbox cool

Step 3

  • Savoury options: OLOVES – Excellent choice (and half the salt of Crisps), unsalted popcorn, wholemeal breadsticks.
  • Sweet option: Homemade flapjacks, homemade muffin/scone. We LOVE Gwyneth Paltrow’s sweet potato muffins!

Step 4

“Juice is almost always immediately turned to sugar, which is why we don’t advise juice be in your food plan at all – or rarely.” Source: diabetesaction.org
There was a breakfast TV report this morning (16/06/14) about Dentists removing children’s milk teeth due to juices and sweets. A carton of apple juice has the same amount of sugar as a can of coke!
So instead of fruit juice pack:

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Pure fruit juice smoothie, preferably homemade
  • Watermelon is also fantastic thirst quencher!

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Why Olives are Good to Eat

  • Anti Inflammatory and Anti Cancer benefits
  • Anti oxidant
  • Just one cup of olives is a great source of iron – 4.4mg.
  • Olives provide essential vitamins and amino acids.
  • Olives are a great source of Vitamin E
  • Olives are a source of dietary fibre as an alternative to fruits and vegetables​
  • High in Vitamin E and small amounts of other minerals and vitamins.