YES. I am one of those people reading the labels in store. Maybe thats is why it takes me ages to buy my groceries... I try to eat as 'clean' as possible. This means that I avoid to purchase products which indicate more than 5 ingredients.
Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. It is practically only eating whole foods or "real" foods rather than "artificial" products. Clean foods are those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible.
Why would want you eat ingredients you cant even pronounce?
I love pesto. It is so universal. Perfect as a topping, simply as a dip or on your pasta. What really annoyed me though was, that pretty much all pestos offered in stores contain weird ingredients like sugar or milk powder. Instead of real parmesan cheese you find potato starches and other ingredients which really do not belong into a real authentic pesto.
So, inspired by my lovely italian friends I made up my own pesto - the result is a super delicious vegan pesto.
I changed the recipe as I try to avoid most dairy products due to lactose intolerance. Maybe thats my genes ;) Also, I hear people are increasingly reacting to milk. I believe human are not made for drinking milk in particular.
I simply swopped the parmesan for raw unhulled hemp seed.
Yes, hemp seed comes from the nice plant some people love to smoke.
I newly discovered them at Wholefoods during my trip in London. It instantly made it on my super food list.
- It is highly concentrated amount of protein. Vegetable protein is more digestible protein than other high protein food coming from animals like milk, meat or eggs.
- It has the perfect balance of unsaturated essential fat acids including Omega 3 and 6
- Rich in Vitamins and
- No sugar
- No starches
This healthy pesto will change your taste buds once and for all. I promise you will never buy it. Just making it and smelling the pine nuts roasting in the pan and the freshly crushed garlic - deliciousness. It tastes amazing! Seriously, it is not comparable to any store bought pesto.
Plus you exactly know whats inside. Here you go for the instructions:
ALL YOU NEED:
THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT
- Brown the pine nuts in a dry pan
- Place fresh basil leaves, roasted pine nuts and hemp seeds, and garlic cloves in a food processor mix into coarse meal.
- Slowly add extra virgin olive oil and process until it becomes a smooth, light paste. Add enough olive oil to keep it moist and spreadable.
- Season with sea salt, to taste.
Pour a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil over the top to help keep it bright green of the pesto.