Nutritious Kale Pesto Recipe

Although pesto with basil is well known, pesto can also be prepared with of greens and herbs. For this recipe, I have chosen to use kale, for its many health benefits.

Kale healthy foods

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Nutritional highlights of this healthy bread -Kale’s health benefits are due to its high concentration and excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K. One cup of chopped kale contains, 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a great source of iron, manganese, potassium and phosphorus. Kale can also help lower cholesterol levels, is a detox food and contains only 33 calories per cup, is excellent at fighting many cancers, supports a healthy immune system, has excellent visual benefits and is great for digestion and elimination.

Melanie’s’ Healthy Kale Pesto Recipe…

You will need:



  • • One medium bunch kale stems removed
    • Two medium spring onions, peeled
    • Two cloves garlic, peeled
    • Three tablespoons olive oil
    • Juice of one lemon
    • ¼ cup (25g) grated parmesan
    • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Steam the kale leaves for 2-3 minutes. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until creamy and smooth. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or cover with a layer of oil and freeze. You can make this the night before but add a little more liquid as the chia seeds soak up everything in sight. The pesto should keep in the fridge for a few days.  Try cooking Kale pesto with whole wheat spaghetti for better digestion.

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