Walnut & Avocado Pesto

May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month⁣.

Here are some facts:

  • The most common types of brain cancers are gliomas and meningiomas. Gliomas are cancers that grow from glia cells or glial cells, the supportive cells that hold neurons in place. Meningiomas are cancers that grow from the brain covering (meninges)⁣
  • Aspartame and long term cell phone use are being studied for their link to increased brain cancer risk⁣
  • It is estimated that 55,000 Canadians are surviving with a brain tumour⁣⁣

Two Awesome Foods to Support Brain Health

Walnuts

Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and polyphenols.

Omega-3’s exhibit neuro-protective properties and are critical for normal brain function and development throughout all stages of life.

Polyphenolic compounds found in walnuts reduce the oxidant and inflammatory load on brain cells and improve interneuronal signaling

Avocados

Avocados contain monounsaturated fats.  This contributes to healthy blood flow, which carries over to a healthy brain. Avocados also lower blood pressure, and hypertension is a major risk for decline in cognitive abilities.

Walnut & Avocado Pesto

Pesto Sauce is one of my favourite things to do with basil. So because ⁣this is Brain Cancer Awareness month I thought I would experiment with my regular recipe to incorporate a these 2 brain healthy foods.

Let me know your thoughts!⁣

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado⁣
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil⁣
  • 2 cloves of garlic⁣
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese⁣
  • 1/2 tsp. salt⁣
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon⁣
  • 1/2- 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil⁣

Directions

1. Pulse avocado, walnuts and basil in food processor until smooth⁣

2. Add garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and lemon juice. Pulse until well blended⁣

3. Stream in the olive oil slowly while the food processor is running.  It is important to do this slowly to help it to emulsify.  Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor when needed⁣

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24500933

https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain#1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4404917/

 

 

Basic Recipe for Energy Balls

No bake energy balls are the perfect little pick me up when your energy is low or your tummy is a grumblin’!⁣

And once you have the basics in place you are only limited by your own creativity⁣.

The basics of a good energy ball include:⁣

☑️Oats⁣

☑️Nut or seed butter⁣

☑️A sweetener like honey or maple syrup⁣

☑️Boosters and Tasters.

And this my friends, the Boosters and Tasters, is where you set your energy balls apart from the rest.  Boosters and tasters include hemp seeds, chia seeds, cacoa nibs, coconut, chocolate chips, dried fruit and flavourings such and vanilla and mint⁣.

So here is your basic recipe:

🔅1 cup rolled oats⁣

🔅1/2 cup nut butter⁣

🔅1/4 cup honey or maple syrup⁣

🔅 2 Tablespoons of a Booster like hemp⁣

Directions:

Blend the oats in your food processor until a flour consistency then add the rest of your basic ingredients and your choices of Tasters. Form in to balls, place on a cookie sheet and then place them into the freezer for 10 minutes to set their shape⁣.

**𝒥𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝒶 𝓆𝓊𝒾𝒸𝓀 𝓉𝒾𝓅.  𝒮𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒𝓈 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒶𝒹𝒹 𝒶 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝓌𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝑜 𝓂𝑜𝒾𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝒾𝓍𝓉𝓊𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒸𝑜𝓃𝓈𝒾𝓈𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒸𝓎 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉⁣

I keep a food journal when I make my energy balls to keep track of mixes that I like and those that I don’t.

Keep your energy balls sealed in a glass container or freeze them.

Enjoy!