Pesto Basic Recipe

Ingredients:


2 cups soft herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, mint) or leaves (rocket, spinach or baby kale)
¾ cup of nuts and seeds
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup olive oil
1 tsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
Salt and pepper


Method:


Place all the ingredients into a blender and pulse until it reaches the desired consistency.


Pesto is fantastic served on pretty much anything from pasta and zucchini noodles to oatcakes and steamed veggies.


Leafy greens as detailed above are a fantastic source of so many vitamins and minerals, they are a nutrient powerhouse! Full of fibre, low in fat and sodium and high in vitamins A, C and K and minerals like potassium and magnesium. They help cleanse your system assisting in weight loss, clearer skin and good bowl health. When consumed regularly they can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.


Garlic has been used throughout history for its medicinal properties. It is high in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium so has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It protects against heart disease, reduces cholesterol and balances blood glucose.


Nuts and seeds are great sources of vegetarian protein, are full of good fats (mono and polyunsaturated), provide great dietary fibre and are packed with essential nutrients such as B vitamins and vitamin E, also minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Be wary of roasted nuts as the heat often reduces their nutritional value and often oils are added in the process.


Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar aid digestion in turn promoting good bowl health, detoxification and can help with weight loss. The vitamin C from lemon juice will also help with the absorption of iron from your leafy greens.