Paleo Recipe - Fresh Pesto

Fresh Paleo Pesto

You’ve just got to have that perfect pesto that will complement your next meal or your Paleo pasta! And the fresher the pesto, the better! If you have some basil, this Paleo recipe will help you create the perfect pesto every time you need one.

We feature a great deal of Paleo recipes here that include and work best with pesto. Pesto is a green sauce, which originated from Genoa, the capital city of Liguna, Italy. Traditionally, pesto is used as a sauce for pasta, but there are some recipes for soups and even barbeques, which include pesto. This green sauce is packed full of healthy ingredients that are definitely Paleo. The main ingredient of pesto is basil that stands tall with the health benefits it can provide for our bodies.

Paleo Recipes - Fresh Pesto

Basil is a herb also called great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-Wort. This herb originates from India and has been cultivated and been present in their culinary tradition for more than 5,000 years. The term basil, however, is Greek, with the root word “basileus” meaning “king”. This is where the monikers “king of herbs” or “royal herb” have appeared. This herb may really be considered a king even in terms of its health benefits.

But before we discuss the health benefits from basil, here is the recipe for Paleo approved pesto that can make a difference to your next Paleo pasta meal.

Fresh Paleo Pesto
Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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A quick and easy Paleo recipe for fresh pesto that will complement any meal not just pasta.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup (45g) Fresh Basil Leaves
  • ½ Cup (55g) Raw Unsalted Walnuts – Roughly Chopped
  • ½ to 1 Cup (125-250 ml) Olive Oil (Depending on how thick you want your pesto)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. • Place the roughly chopped walnuts into a food processor and pulse until the walnuts resemble a fine crumb.
  2. • Then add the garlic and basil. Turn the processor on and slowly pour in the olive oil. Pour in as much or as little as you want, depending on the thickness you want to achieve.
  3. • Then add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  4. • Once all ingredients are incorporated, turn off the processor.
  5. • Taste to check if the pesto needs more salt and pepper.
  6. • When you get your desired taste, remove from the processor and add it to your dish.
This pesto recipe is easy to and can make a big difference for making your Paleo diet food taste fresh. The basil leaves, along with the other ingredients, gives the pesto its unique taste. It’s not only the taste that can bring the house down – the health benefits of basil is worth every effort and time you spend making this Paleo pesto recipe. These benefits are not just derived from beliefs but are proven scientifically by experts. The benefits go beyond the physical state of the body, too.

A Powerful Antioxidant

Paleo Food - Basil - Powerful Antioxidants

Basil is rich in Vitamin A, which is high in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant which is known to help keep the eyesight in good shape. But this same antioxidant is also known to remove free radicals and reactive oxygen species, which effects the body’s aging process. If you feel like your skin is getting younger when you have more basil in your food, this is the reason behind it. These antioxidants also help the body’s immune system stay stronger, keeping away life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

This Paleo Diet Food Is Healthy For The Heart

There are foods in the modern world that become a danger to the heart and the whole body. With the rising number of people suffering from heart disease and heart attacks, experts sought and keep looking for foods that can prevent the numbers from increasing further. Basil became a subject of these studies and there are results that show significant effects of basil on the amount of bad cholesterol in the body, which affects the heart. These studies also reflect how effective basil is in terms of lowering the risk to the heart from having chronic diseases. The antioxidants in basil also help the muscles of the body’s blood vessels. Basil also prevents platelet aggregation or clumping of the blood platelets, which can cause clots and cardiac arrest.

Keeps Inflammation And Infections Away

Paleo Diet - Keeps Inflammation And Infection Away

Besides antioxidants, basil is also rich in anti-inflammatory components that directly affect the body. Inflammation is often an indication of damage in specific parts of our body as well as infections that are either caused by bacteria, viruses, and other more serious factors. Some inflammation also indicates the presence of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. The active components of basil prevent these inflammations and infections from progressing, whilst strengthening the body’s defenses.

Great Source Of Iron And Other Minerals

Iron is important for the blood, but there are other important minerals, vitamins, and dietary nutrients that the body can benefit from in many ways. Basil is rich in Vitamin K, zinc, magnesium, calcium potassium and dietary fibers. These nutrients allow the body to function well and keep away the most common as well as more serious diseases from you.

Improves Your Digestive System Like A Boss

Basil is one herb that can do so many things to your digestive system besides making it feel full because of its fiber content. Basil can also help keep the acid in a balanced state and restore the pH level of the body. The digestive system is also freed from bacterial infections because of basil’s antibacterial components, not to mention its effectiveness in killing worms and parasites in your stomach. You also feel less bloated, and have less chance of experiencing acid reflux, and can prevent stomach cramps. These can be attributed to the dietary fibers present in basil.

An Effective Stress Reliever

Paleo Food - Effective Stress Reliever

As mentioned earlier, basil’s health benefits are not only physical but also help your mental and emotional state. The time we live in can be tough, and even in food, we try to find solace. Basil supports the body as a stress reliever. You can link it positively to stimulation of neurotransmitters, which are also responsible for making our cognitive functions better. Basil also lowers cortisol levels which control the amount of “upset” we feel when stressed. The basil’s aroma is also notable for making us feel relaxed, not to mention its amazing effect in increasing our happy hormones and libido.

Basil is truly a king in terms of health benefits, and enjoying basil in our meals is not hard to do. This Paleo pesto recipe can make a difference to the regular food you eat and can make your Paleo journey a blast. These health benefits are more than enough reasons to have a basil plant at home so you can pick some when you need it.

 

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