Spinach and Almond Pesto

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Spinach and Almond Pesto

Positive Vitality’s Spinach and Almond Pesto is gluten free, egg free, Sugar-free, Vegetarian, Raw, Paleo and Ketogenic

Spinach and Almond Pesto its a great way of adding extra nutrients to your diet. This delicious pesto variation shows that pesto doesn’t need to be traditional, you can make it using different ingredients and never get bored of it.

Ingredients: 

(1 jar)

  • 2 cups of Spinach
  • 50g Parmigiano Regano (parmesan cheese)
  • 100ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Blanched Almonds
  • squeeze Lemon Juice
  • pinch Sea Salt
  • pinch Black Pepper

Preparation:

(10min)

  1. Wash and dry the spinach.
  2. Roughly cut the parmesan cheese
  3. In a blending container place the almonds, spinach, olive oil, parmezan, lemon juice and spices
  4. Blend all untill well combined
  5. Place in a jar, store in a fridge

Health Benefits:

Spinach

Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!

Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.

Almonds

Almonds are a very good source of vitamin E, manganese, biotin, and copper. Almonds are a good source of magnesium, molydenum, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and phosphorus.

Cholesterol reduction is the most celebrated health benefit of almonds, but there are many other vital health benefits of almonds nutrition. Almonds are low in saturated fatty acids, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, and contain filling fiber, unique and protective phytosterol antioxidants as well as plant protein.

Almonds are actually beneficial when it comes to losing weight, despite their higher calorie content. One study even found that almonds consumed as snacks reduce hunger and desire to eat later in the day, and when dieters eat almonds daily they reduce their overall calorie intake

Parmigiano Regiano

Parmesan cheese is not only delicious, but it has so many great health benefits that it has been called a ‘super food’.

Easily digested

The human digestive system can easily digest Parmesan cheese, absorbing all its health benefits. There is also no lactose present, so lactose intolerant individuals can enjoy this cheese with no worries. It also promotes the development of Bacillus Bifidus, which helps in the maintenance of healthy gut.

Calcium for your growth

For your body’s development and growth, you need calcium. Studies have shown that calcium with vitamin D and protein is needed for your bone health and in achieving peak bone mass. A 1-ounce serving of Parmesan cheese is an excellent source of calcium, with 35% of the daily value. It is worth noting that a small amount of vitamin D also exists in Parmesan cheese.

Protein-filled cheese

Protein is crucial for your body’s regenerative functions and maintenance. It’s present in every cell of the human body, forming a large role for the muscles, organs, glands, and skin. A 1oz serving of Parmesan cheese, contains 10 grams of much-needed protein. This is essentially 20% of the daily value set by health authorities, based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Vitamin A for your eyes

For good vision, especially in dim surroundings, vitamin A is crucial. Your teeth, skin, and body tissue also relies heavily on this type of vitamin. With a 1-ounce serving of Parmesan cheese, you can get  4% of the recommended daily value.

 



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By | 2017-08-15T11:39:02+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Dips & Pestos, Ketogenic, Paleo, Raw Food, Recipes|Comments Off on Spinach and Almond Pesto

About the Author:

Ola Van Zyl is Owner of Positive Vitality Nutritional Therapy, Health Coach, Corporate Nutrition Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Public Speaker. Ola is a graduate of the Institute of Health Sciences in Nutritional Therapy, Dietary Counselling and Functional Sports Nutrition. She is a member of Nutritional Therapists of Ireland. In her work Ola applies the latest theories and research in nutrition, functional medicine and coaching to achieve optimum health. She works with groups and individuals, helping them to gain more energy, to lose weight, to manage stress, improve sleep quality and mood, as well as increase physical performance. Ola believes that nutrition is the key to long and vibrant live and she is very passionate about creating nutritious and delicious recipes to encourage healthy eating.