Fresh Basil Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto

Basil PestoBasil is a wonder herb and I always make batches of fresh pesto to have with meals throughout the week. It’s an excellent source of Vitamin K which is essential for building strong bones. So, if you have had your genetic profiling done and if you have a SNP on your VDR gene then increasing Vitamin K rich foods can help with bone health and density. Basil is also a great source of Copper, Vitamin C, Folate, Calcium and Magnesium.

It doesn’t stop there either. It’s highly anti-inflammatory and can block the activity of an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase (COX). Over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen also block this inflammatory enzyme. So increasing Basil in your diet can not only provide you with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, but used therapeutically can also offer symptomatic relief for individuals with inflammatory health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel conditions.

Ingredients
  • 30g or a bunch of fresh basil
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts & seeds – I used a mix of walnuts, pine nuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Generous pinch of Himalayan salt
  • Optional 3-4 sun dried tomatoes
Method
  • Place all ingredients in a blender/ Nutribullet/ Vitamix
  • Blend to desired consistency
Options
  • Serve on salmon, or stuffed organic chicken breast
  • Serve as a dressing on a rocket and feta salad
  • Mix through buckwheat pasta or noodles
  • Use as a base for pizzas or bruschetta
  • This can also be frozen