"Let food be thy medicine & let medicine be thy food" -Hippocrates
Obviously nobody enjoys getting sick. You know by now I'm a firm believer in using food as preventative medicine. If I get sick, which is very rare, it lasts about 1 day and it's over. A plant based diet is the absolute best way to boost your immune system.
This is a delicious way to prevent or battle a cold or worse. The superfood antioxidants and vitamins in kale, spinach, garlic, and lemon work together with the probiotic active cultures and nutrients in miso and nutritional yeast. I guarantee your cold doesn't stand a chance. Consider it like a tasty edible flu shot!
Try this pesto mixed into a bowl of cooked brown rice, spread on crostini, or tossed with some cooked squash or sweet potato. It balances great with a sweeter cooked vegetable or grain. The possibilties are endless, and the flavor is excellent.
|Raw Super Pesto with Crostini|
Raw Super Pesto
makes 2 cups, ready in less than 10 minutes
vegan, oil free, gluten free, raw
- juice of 1 lemon
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 1½ Tbsp miso (I use red miso)
- 3-4 leaves kale, de-veined
- handful of fresh spinach
-¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
Process all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
If you don't have a processor or blender: Mix the lemon juice and miso together first until smooth. Make sure the garlic is grated on the smallest size grater like a zester or a hard cheese grater. Hand mince the greens very fine and stir to combine.
*If you're battling an illness that happens to include nausea, add about an inch of fresh grated ginger to the list of ingredients. This will help settle your stomach. I recommend mixing with cooked rice afterwards.
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