If you love pesto, then you can’t let another day go by without trying a fantastic basil pesto recipe from Dr. Steven Gundry, the author of The Plant Paradox. Dr. Gundry is a world-renowned heart surgeon and nutritionist, as well as an unabashed foodie. His pesto recipe not only tastes great, it also provides some substantial health benefits.
The Power of Pesto
Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox book provides a wealth of information on the nutritional value of a wide variety of foods, including pesto. In fact, he believes pesto is one of the best types of food in existence, because it combines olive oil and basil – two critically important ingredients for supporting overall health. Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of each:
Olive oil – Olive oil, specifically extra virgin olive oil, is called a “superfood” for a variety of reasons. Not only does it contain antioxidants, it also contains an ample supply of good fats and a variety of essential minerals and vitamins. These include calcium, iron, sodium, potassium, and vitamins E and K. Research suggests that EVOO can help reduce inflammation in people who have issues affecting the immune system.1 Extra virgin olive oil also provides a great source of an omega-9 fatty acid known as oleic acid, which has been shown to help control blood pressure.2
Basil – Basil contains many of the same minerals as extra virgin olive oil, and it is also rich in vitamins A, K, and C. Studies indicate that basil, or basil oil, may help fight harmful microbes in the body, including bacteria.3
One of the best things about basil, however, it that it contains a great deal of magnesium, which has been shown to help ensure that the heart contracts properly. Magnesium has also been shown to do a good job of properly regulating blood pressure.4
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It’s All About the Right Pesto
High quality pesto is easy to find in your local grocery store. For the connoisseur, summer is a great time to buy, because it’s the best season for prime pesto.
You can get creative with a pesto recipe. Dr. Gundry likes to get a bit adventurous with his, adding not only staple ingredients such as basil, olive oil, garlic, and cheese, but also other ingredients you might not have thought of, such as pine nuts and sea salt. You could even add a little lemon or some skinless almonds instead of pine nuts for an even more unique taste.
Here is Dr. Gundry’s basil pesto recipe and how to prepare it. This recipe tastes great and will also be extremely easy to make.
What you need:
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ⅓ cup toasted pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- Sea salt, to taste
Put all the ingredients into a blender, with the exception of the olive oil and sea salt. Mix gently yet thoroughly and then slowly pour in the olive oil while running the blender on low. Once you get the mixture to the consistency you like, add in a pinch of sea salt, and that’s it – you’re finished.
The possibilities for this pesto recipe are nearly limitless. You can put it on an omelet, add to to some fresh roasted vegetables, pour it on some miracle noodles, or even add it to some avocado for an incredible dip.
About Dr. Gundry
Dr. Gundry is passionate about helping people live the happiest, healthiest lives possible. He has a unique vision when it comes to nutrition and diet, and he firmly stands behind his philosophies – however unconventional they may seem. Dr. Gundry’s extensive research shows that the traditional ideas we have of food have failed us over the years, and made many Americans suffer terribly as a result.
Dr. Gundry is the founder of The Center for Restorative Medicine in Palm Springs, CA. The mission of the center, which is the result of his more than 30 years of research to unlock the secrets of proper nutrition, is to help patients enjoy better lives by making the right choices regarding their lifestyle and diet. He has even developed a line of supplements, like Lectin Shield, to help improve your health