I Heart Hemp Heart Pesto

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My mother was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and has found much success with an anti-inflammatory diet. What foods are inflammatory? Well, only the most delicious according to her. On top of the major offenders (refined grains, sugar, pasteurized dairy and highly processed vegetable oils) people with autoimmune disease, or any inflammatory related joint pain are particularly sensitive to the nightshade family. Goodbye tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, peppers? She said she couldn’t imagine her life without them. She started replacing some of the nightshades in her diet with other vegetables and noticed the positive results right away. She is now able to shake someone’s hand without the joint pain bringing tears to her eyes. The power of nutrition as medicine!

In an effort to ease the loss of some of her fav veg, I’ve made two different dairy-free hemp heart pestos. The 3 cups of dark leafy’s that go into these pestos are an excellent source of the uber important prenatal nutrient, folate.

Hemp Heart Basil Pesto- Arugula (this one's my fav)

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup basil
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Hemp Heart Basil Pesto- Spinach

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Put all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate or freeze in a sealed container. Easy.

I topped mine on spiralized zucchini pasta, added sautéed onion and mushrooms, and an extra sprinkle of hemp hearts. 

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carley