This pesto is so colourful and tastes awesome. Its packed with an array of nourishing goodness, which all complement each other to create a gorgeous punchy flavour.
Basil leaves are usually used in pesto, however spinach is a staple food in my kitchen and it goes in everything from smoothies, to curries, to salads and you guessed it… pesto!
So what makes this pesto healthy?
- Spinach – Rich in iron and loaded with flavonoids which act as antioxidants, protecting the body from free radicals.
- Walnuts – Omega-3 fats to support brain health which can enhance cognitive and motor function.
- Pine Nuts – Vitamins A and lutein, which are known to support sharper vision. They also contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that helps to reduce cholesterol and protect against cardiovascular and heart diseases.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Can help decrease blood pressure, osteoporosis and skin damage.
- Garlic – Anti-bacterial properties that boost the function of the immune system.
- Nutritional Yeast – Nutty, cheesy flavour and provides a wealth of B vitamins (nutritional yeast is different to quick yeast and can be found in most health food shops or on Amazon).
- Lemons – Help to strengthen the immune system, cleanse the stomach, and are considered to be a blood purifier. Lemons are also high in vitamin C which maximises the body’s ability to absorb iron.
I love this pesto with spiralized courgette, on a bed of spinach with cherry tomatoes!
It’s also amazing on toasted rye bread, with my lemon and coriander hummus with sliced cucumber and tomatoes.
I hope you enjoy.