I hope everyone had a lovely relaxing Christmas and New Year! I'm still trying to motivate myself out of hibernation, which has been my preferred state of being since Christmas! I don't know if its the awful weather and lack of sunshine or the fact that I have lots of new books to read, which is keeping me indoors!
Even now since Laura has gone back to school I'm still trying to find my groove!
I have actually half written three different blog posts and haven't finished any of them. I fully intended to start the year full of great intentions and to do lists but I have just decided that we all need to just chill out sometimes and just be, instead of always doing!
We are human beings, after all!
So on that note I'm not annoyed with myself, I have lots of time to spread the word on healthy eating, through the blog and workshops.
Social media is full of diets, detoxes and exercise plans to improve ourselves, so I thought the last thing anyone needs is another person promising that their way is the best way to being slim, happy and fulfilled!
Life is a journey, not a destination and we will all get to where we are meant to be eventually!
I've been eating lots of warming, nourishing soups recently which are a great boost to health at this time of year but since I have already posted lots of delicious soup recipes I thought I'd kick the year off by sharing this rather fabulous, flavour explosion detox coriander pesto recipe.
This is a recipe I have had since the summer and just never got around to making, until now!
I bought two large bunches of fresh coriander from an Asian food market and so I decided the time was right to make this pesto. Its such good value and the bunches are huge and fresh and green, way better than the supermarket measly pots!
I'm a huge fan of coriander but I know its probably one of those love them or hate them herb. So if you don't like the flavour of coriander, you most certainly will not like this and there is no point in making something you won't enjoy, no matter how good it is for our health.
Herbs and spices have been used through the ages as a method to preserve foods and make them safer to eat and also add great flavour.
Research has shown that herbs have way more to offer than just good taste. Coriander or cilantro, is such a herb whose unique benefits were discovered through the work of Dr Yoshiaki Omura.
He discovered that coriander was an excellent chelator of heavy metals like mercury, lead and aluminium and essentially could eliminate them from the body in a relatively short time.
Accumulation of heavy metals in the body can cause or contribute to hormone imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, Alzheimers, learning problems, depression and food allergies. So it makes sense to get rid of them and what a delicious way to help your body to detox!
One person suffering from high blood pressure, due to mercury poisoning, had her blood pressure return to normal after eating 2 teaspoons of this pesto daily for only a week!
The other ingredients in this pesto offer their own health benefits so the combination is a Knock Out, packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, omega 3, with garlic contributing antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal benefits. The dulse flakes are a great aid to detoxification as are all seaweeds. I use Mara who do a great range of Scottish seaweeds. You can order them here
The synergistic effect is at work here, where each ingredient enhances the benefits of the others. It is well known that vitamin C increases absorption of iron, and black pepper enhances the action of turmeric and there are so many more instances where this is the case.
That's what makes nutrition so interesting, there are so many possible interactions and it simply can't be broken down to individual components causing an effect.
I'm reading a very interesting book at the moment called Whole by Dr Colin Campbell, the author of The China Study, which looks at this in great detail.
His unanimous conclusion is that whole foods work better than individual supplements and that food is more than the sum of its parts. I totally agree with him!
Without further ado here is the recipe, which takes 10 minutes......
DETOX CORIANDER PESTO - a powerful tissue cleanser!
4 cloves garlic ( antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal)
1/3 cup Brazil nuts ( selenium)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds ( cysteine)
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds ( zinc, magnesium)
2 large bunches ( about 2 cups) of fresh coriander, including stems (Vit A)
2/3 cup of flaxseed, hemp, rapeseed or extra virgin olive oil ( omega 3)
4 tablespoons lemon juice ( vitamin C)
2 teaspoons dulse flakes (minerals)
Himalyan sea salt to taste
1. Wash the coriander well, then add to a food processor with the oil and process until blended.
2. Add the garlic, nuts, seeds, dulse, lemon juice and blend to a paste.
3. Season with sea salt and blend again.
4. Store in a glass jar in the fridge. It also freezes well.
This pesto is an absolute explosion of flavour so a little goes a long way and its so versatile! So far I've had it spread on rye toast with sliced avocado, as a garnish for soup, as a spread on oatcakes with some humus, in a quinoa bowl with stir fry veggies and tonight its going to be adding bags of flavour to a coconut and lentil dhal.
It would also make a delicious topping for baked potatoes or sweet potatoes or stirred through pasta. So I think it should be no problem at all to eat a few teaspoons of this for a week and cleanse your body of toxic heavy metals!
That's a tasty and healthy way to start 2016 for sure!
............your health in your hands.......
🍃 Health educator🍃