Kale and Spinach Pesto

A wonderful twist on the classic pesto! Filled with three amazing greens and using flaxseed oil instead of the traditional olive oil. Flaxseeds are GREAT for your health for so many reasons and I really suggest finding ways to incorporate them into your diet. Many people actually refer to flaxseeds as the original superfood because they have been consumed as a food for many thousands of years.

The most well known benefits of flaxseeds are that they improve your digestion, promote clearer skin, regulate your hormones and also that they work to lower your cholesterol levels. However, consuming them regularly can also help to combat any sugar cravings that you might be experiencing, as well as helping to protect against cancer and encourage weight loss.

Flaxseeds are also often called linseeds and are widely available in both health food stores and normal supermarkets. Just a one ounce serving of flaxseeds (which equates to roughly three teaspoons) will provide your body with 8g of fibre, 6g of protein, 35% of your recommended daily allowance of manganese and 30% of your recommended daily allowance of magnesium. In addition to all of those amazing things, it will also supply you with an ample amount of phosphorous, selenium and a range of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! What’s not to love?!

Kale and Spinach Pesto3To make this pesto to serve four people, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups / 5oz / 140g of kale
2 cups / 5oz / 140g of spinach
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 tbsp of almonds
2 tbsp of flaxseed oil
A handful of fresh cilantro (coriander), trimmed and chopped
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 a tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt
1/2 a tsp of freshly ground black pepper

Kale and Spinach Pesto2Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz for a few minutes, adding more flaxseed oil or lemon juice if necessary to reach your preferred consistency. And that’s it!

You can serve this pesto with your favourite pasta dish for a tasty meal! I love quinoa and corn pasta but my kids prefer whole wheat, so take your pick and enjoy. Adding a handful of cashew nuts on top isn’t necessary but will give you that extra little bit of nutrition and flavour!

This is one of the recipes from my book – Eat Real Foods – which was released this week!!! You can order your copy in the UK by clicking here and order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Kale and Spinach Pesto

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. foodradical says:

    Do you have a preferred brand of flax oil? I am not fond of the flavor and I wonder if it is the brand I chose or if all flax tastes like that.

  2. I love pesto and this looks like a really yummy twist on it. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing the nutritional info as well, it’s so good to know the benefits of what we’re eating – somehow makes it taste even better 🙂

  4. Wonderful and so simple. You’ve reminded me about the many benefits of flax seeds….must use them more often😊Good luck with the book💞

  5. Thanks for sharing, I’m always up for finding different ways of enjoying spinach, it’s my fav 🙂

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