Kale, Avocado and Basil Pesto 

We had an abundance of kale and basil in our garden this year so I made this delicious, super simple pesto! It was absolutely amazing and so versatile. You can put it on anything: pasta, zucchini noodles, sweet potato, eggs – the possibilities are endless! I am so excited to share this recipe with you. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 stalk of kale
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/3 cup of basil
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (or any nut)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 a lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

1.First, I spiralized one zucchini to make “zoodles”

2. I put all the ingredients in a food processor and combined until smooth. I added a couple tablespoons of water to thin it out. Feel free to adjust accordingly!

3. I tossed the pesto sauce with the noodles! This recipe make two servings
4. I took this with me to work! I topped it with tomatoes from our garden and more walnuts. Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Tumeric, Onion and Garlic

Health benefits of tumeric:

  1. Anti inflammatory
  2. Protects against UVA damage
  3. Detoxifies the liver
  4. Lowers cholesterol
  5. Improves digestion
  6. Helps alleviate seasonal allergies

Health benefits of onions:

  1. Lowers blood pressure
  2. Relieves stomachaches
  3. Boosts immune system
  4. Antibacterial
  5. Lowers heart attack risks
  6. Helps treat asthma

Health benefits of garlic:

  1. Cold and flu treatment
  2. Improves digestion
  3. Antibacterial and anti-fungal
  4. Boost immune system
  5. Antioxidants
  6. Cancer prevention

You can use these amazing ingredients in so many ways! Add them to soups, sauces, tea, stir frys, meat dishes and stews! I made lentils the other day with all 3! 🙂

Health Benefits of Avocado 

I have had an obsession with avocados lately. I put them in everything: salad, quinoa, pasta, and even in smoothies for extra healthy fats! I love the usual guacamole, but there are so many more things you can do with them.

Not only are avocados delicious, they have so many amazing health benefits!

  • Lowers inflammation
  • High in potassium
  • Improves nutrient absorption
  • High fiber, aids in digestion
  • Reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Rich in folate and vitamin K
  • Loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fats
  • Promotes healthy bones
  • Balances hormones
  • Moisurizes skin

I made some delicious sushi and toast the other day featuring this glorious fruit.

Check out my Instagram for more ways to use them! 🙂

Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera 

Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years as herbal medicine. It is traditionally used for healing and hydrating the skin. It is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is regarded as one of the most important plants used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Aloe Vera is great because of its versatility. You can use it both internally and externally and get countless benefits. Consuming ithelps detoxify the body, lower high cholesterol, supports immune health, boosts metabolism and aids in weight loss.

I love using it to improve my hair, skin and beauty regimen. I usually just take a slice of the leaf and use the gel as a moisturizer.

1) Add it to shampoo to moisturize hair

2) Use it as a face toner to heal damage and improve elasticity

3) Put it on cuts, burns, insect bites, eczema, or rashes to promote healing

4) Use the gel as a body moisturizer instead of lotion

5) Use it as brow or hair gel

6) Use as conditioner to promote hair growth

7) Use as an ingredient in a face mask or skin scrub

Raw Carrot Cake Balls 

I am absolutely obsessed with these carrot cake balls! This is one of my all time favorite desserts to make, especially in the summer. 
I stole this recipe from Joy McCarthy. She is a certified holistic nutritionist based in Canada, and I fell in love with her book! It  was a catalyst for inspiring my passion in holistic nutrition, and she shares so many amazing tips and recipes. 

You can find the full recipe on her blog, but all you really need is a food processor or blender. 

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 6 pitted medjool dates 
  • 3/4 cup walnuts 
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots 
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds 
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves 

Combine everything in a food processor or blender and form into balls. 

Reserve 1/4 of the shredded coconut to roll your carrot cake balls in

Healthy 5 – Ingredient Pancakes

I usually prefer a savory breakfast, like avocado toast and eggs, but I’ve been craving pancakes lately! It’s so easy to make your own and you only need 5 ingredients. 

  1. 1/2 cup oat flour – I just grind up some rolled oats in a blender to get a flour like texture 
  2. 1 egg 
  3. 1/2 banana 
  4. 1/2 cup Almond milk (or any milk) 
  5. Cinnamon 

  • Mix everything together and cook for 3 minutes per side
  •  I used coconut oil instead of a non-stick spray
  • This recipe makes one big pancake or 3 small ones. The size is up to you! 

I made 3 and topped it with the other half of the banana, strawberries, peanut butter and granola

Enjoy! 🙂