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Classic Basil Pesto

Pesto is packed with one of my favorite herbs, basil! 

This beautiful green herb offers the body many benefits as it is: 

  • anti-inflammatory
  • contains lots of antioxidants
  • supports our immune system
  • helps reduce pain
  • helps prevent diabetes
  • can protect the liver

It can also provide protection against bacteria growth and has been shown to inhibit resistant strains of bacteria! 

I try and include as many herbs as possible in my diet, as they not only provide us tons of health benefits, but they add flavor and depth to almost any dish! 

One of the main things I do to stay on track is to make things in advance for hangry Becky that tend to show up once in a while. 

I absolutely love dips like hummus, pesto, and guacamole, as they can be made in advance and devoured with cut-up veggies and gluten-free crackers. 

This pesto recipe can also be combined with spiralized zucchini noodles, grain-free pasta, or mixed into sauteed veggies or added to a marinara...

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White Bean Hummus

Do you love dips? 

I LOVE dips... I love using clean ingredient chips like Siete brand or sliced veggies as vehicles to get the dips into my mouth. 

Making dips like this one, classic homemade hummus, and cilantro-infused guacamole is a strategy so that when I am STARVING and HANGRY, I can find a satiating, delicious, and healthy snack. I swear by simple lifestyle hacks like just preparing for when you know you will be weak! 

Just keep it simple. Food is to be enjoyed AND nourishing. Yes it can be both! 

Let's do this... 

White Bean Hummus 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cans organic white beans (cannellini beans
  • 2 small to medium garlic cloves, whole
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh oregano 
  • 1 tsp sea salt (My favorite it Celtic Sea Salt)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Black pepper to taste 

Instructions: 

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender. 
  2. Process...
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CLASSIC HOMEMADE HUMMUS

I’m all about dips. You make a big batch and there they are waiting to be eaten when you’re starving… they last for days in the fridge and when you make them with real, whole, nourishing ingredients… they can help you stay on track. It’s all about prepping and preparing my friends.

This classic homemade hummus recipe is one I’ve been using for years! Super easy, really yummy, and nourishing. Boom.

Let’s do this:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (I LOVE Eden foods option)
  • 1 cup garbanzo bean liquid (use the water after cooking or the liquid in the can).
  • 1/4 cup high quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Sea salt to taste (I like a lot)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Drain garbanzo beans (save liquid!)
  2. Put ALL ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender.
  3. Blend until it forms a creamy texture.
  4. Store in an air-tight glass container in refrigerator.
  5. Enjoy!

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CILANTRO-INFUSED GUACAMOLE

Thank God we aren’t scared of healthy fats anymore! Fats are VITAL to our health as EVERY CELL MEMBRANE is made of fat (about 50%!)! Many of us consume low quality fats like processed vegetable oils, which are highly oxidized and extremely unhealthy. How do you think our cells feel about that? Huh?

Avocados present us with so much goodness. Fat, fiber, and protein! This is why guacamole could literally be a meal! Adding lots of cilantro just ups this snack, or meal, to provide your body with more antioxidants and actually assists the body in it’s detoxifying efforts. Thus, adding these two nutrient dense foods together is… well brilliant.

P.S. Note this recipe contains raw garlic

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CILANTRO-INFUSED GUACAMOLE: 

  • Ingredients: 
    • 2 ripe avocados
    • Juice from one lime
    • 1/8 cup minced red onion 
    • 1/2 cup Chopped cilantro (optional)
    • 1/4 diced red tomatoes
    • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, diced or pressed. (you can substitute 1 tsp of garlic...
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