Parsley Almond Pesto

Parsley is a great source of folic acid, which is beneficial in preventing heart disease and a necessary nutrient during pregnancy. This spring I have found a garden filled with parsley and have been getting creative with ways to add it to my diet. This recipe is delicious and highly aromatic. It will boost the nutrition and antioxidant content of whatever you choose to add it to.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley (packed)

    Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K.

  2. 2 Garlic Cloves
  3. 1 Teaspoon Thyme
  4. 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  5. 1/2 Cup Almonds (lightly toasted)
  6. 1/4 Cup Romano Cheese (grated)
  7. 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  8. 2 Tablespoons Vegetable or Chicken Broth

Directions

  1. Finely chop almonds, parsley, thyme, oregano and garlic in a food processor.
  2. Mix in olive oil, adding small amounts at a time.
  3. Mix in cheese and broth.
  4. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Makes approximately 1 cup. The pesto will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

You can use walnuts, brazil nuts or pine nuts in lieu of almonds. I chose to use almonds because they are high in magnesium, vitamin E and manganese. They have also help stabilize blood sugar, which makes them perfect if you're going to be using your pesto on pasta. Almonds are also a source of healthy fats and contain antioxidants.

Almonds have been shown to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is one of the leading experts in women’s medicine and is a pioneer in her exploration of the far-reaching impact of hormonal birth control and the little known side effects that impact health in a large way. In her best selling book, Beyond the Pill, she shares her clinical protocols aimed at supporting women struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, including Post-Birth Control Pill Syndrome and birth control related side effects. A trained nutritional biochemist and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Brighten is the founder and Clinic Director at Rubus Health, an integrative women’s medicine clinic. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as Forbes, Cosmopolitan, ABC news, and the New York Post. Read more about me here.