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Kale Pesto Recipe

Want an easy recipe that's quick (...kind of assumed with "easy recipe"), delicious, and a great way for the whole family to pack in the greens and kale? Kale pesto. It's a real thing, and so yummy.

Basic Recipe for Kale Pesto

1 cup of organic kale (lancinato or red or green lea

f), ribs removed; organic because non-organic can have high levels of pesticide

1 cup of basil (or if you're feeling wild, try cilantro)

2-4 cloves of garlic, depending on preference

1 cup of olive oil (the good much tastier)

1/2 cup of walnuts (or sunflower seeds, or whatever nut/seed you have on hand)

1/4-1/2 cup parmesan cheese (if you're consuming dairy - fun fact, hard cheeses like parmesan have very little whey, and are often better tolerated)

Blend it all up in a food processor or blender until a smoother consistency is reached.

Add it to pasta, chicken, your favourite vegetarian savoury, breakfast scramble, navy beans, or salads, (or use it as a dip - my daughter loves it as a dip).

Health benefits include:

kale: calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, iron, and trace minerals

garlic: raw garlic, eaten shortly after preparing, will have the antimicrobial action you hear so much about, and will contain calcium, selenium, choline, folate, and vitamin C

basil: vitamin K, potassium, calcium, vitamin A

olive oil: omega 6 fatty acids, pain-relieving compounds, vitamin E, vitamin K, and plant sterols (great for your heart)

walnuts: omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium

parmesan cheese: protein, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, sodium, phosphorus, calcium

Enjoy the pesto!

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Maximum Health Wellness Centre is located in the neighbourhood of West Hillhurst in Calgary. Near the neighbourhoods of Sunnyside, Briar Hill, St. Andrews Hill communites and across the river from Sunalta, Upper Scarbourough, Shaganappi, and Sunnyside communities.  Only10 minnutes from the downtown core with lots of free street parking.