Who doesn’t love a good pesto? You can pack it full of goodness to nourish your skin and hormones, and it can still taste amazing.
I’ve made a few variations of this so be creative and use what you already have at home. Feel free to substitute half the herbs for kale which is an amazing hormone balancing green plus it contains loads of fiber. Use lemon if you don’t have lime. By now I think you already know that I feel like recipes are just guidelines…
Oh, I’ve listed some of the benefits of each ingredient right at the end, so be sure to scroll down and see how amazing this pesto is for your skin. hormones and overall health.
Makes about 2 big cups
Prep time: 15 Minutes
2 Cups coriander
1 1/2 Cups basil
1 1/2 Cups parsley
1 Cup extra virgin olive oil
Freshly grated peel of 1 lime
1/4 Cup fresh lime juice
2 Large garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
Handful of raw almonds
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
I’ve made it using kale (see picture) and it’s delicious!
Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and pulse until the pesto is smooth, but not runny. Add more olive oil if necessary.
Transfer the pesto to jars. Store in the fridge for up to 10 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Notes about the ingredients
Coriander is great for supporting the body in the removal of heavy metals. It is high in antioxidants and helps the skin stay supple.
Basil is loaded with vitamin K for bone support. It’s an adaptogen and helps modulate stress in the body. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are wonderous for healing skin conditions.
Parsley is a great liver detoxifier. It contains myristicin and apiole which help balance estrogen levels. Parsley is rich in Vitamin C which the skin loves! Vitamin C is crucial for collagen synthesis.
Olive oil helps to prevent trans epidermal water loss (water evaporating through the skin) which makes it great for preventing dehydration and fine lines on the skin. Almonds are full of antioxidants and vitamin E, both of which are ideal for skin health.
Almonds also increase your body’s adiponectin which helps stabilize blood sugar which in turn helps to keep your hormones in check.
The citric acid in limes acts an as antioxidant, promotes detoxification and contains isoflavones which can help resolve estrogen dominance and infertility. The citric acid and high Vitamin C levels improves skin health.
Nutritional yeast is super high in protein (and delicious), improves glucose sensitivity and is high in B vitamins which help to nourish the skin, hair and nails and boost energy.