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Easy Pesto

by Natalie Duhamel, HHC, PTS, AKC

Editor's Note
: When I'm in a hurry for dinner, I whip up this pesto while I am cooking whole-wheat, multi-grain or brown rice pasta. It's super fast, and incredibly delicious.

If you’re in a hurry for dinner, here’s a quick pesto recipe that you can throw over some pasta. Please, make it whole wheat or flax or something-not-white pasta. And put a nice salad on the side for bonus points.


2 handfuls (yes, that’s an official measurement) of pine nuts
1 handful of hemp seeds
15-20 leaves of fresh basil (MUST be fresh, or this won’t taste good)
1/2 cup of fresh parsley (also MUST be fresh)
2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (sold in health food stores)
splash of lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic
2 (or more) tablespoons of water – you’ll have to play with the amount based on the texture you want
pinch of sea salt
pinch of black pepper
olive oil to desired consistency

1) Throw it all in a small blender. I use a Magic Bullet but a Tribest or other small blender will do. Whiz it up. Adjust the water and olive oil amounts per your texture preference.
2) Pour over cooked pasta or spiraled zucchini. Toss. Enjoy!


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About the Author

Natalie Duhamel, HHC, PTS, AKC, has a passion for fitness and nutrition. She has helped clients reach their health goals through natural nutrition, healthy relationships, self-discovery and meditation. Natalie believes so strongly in the healing power of foods that she has written a recipe book, called Smoothie of the Day.

Natalie received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba. She is a Personal Trainer Specialist through CanFitPro and an Agatsu Kettlebell Coach. She graduated as a Holistic Health Coach in 2011 from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. 

While she lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), Health Coaching is unique in that she can help people anywhere in the world. She delivers her programs by phone, Skype or in person.


(204) 880-0776
Visit her website: www.natalieduhamel.com
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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