Become the life of the party at your next summer BBQ with our insanely delicious, healthy, and colorful Avocado Spinach Pesto! With the vibrant colors and creamy texture, this appetizer is sure to be a winner all season long. Thanks to the spinach, this recipe is filled with vitamins A, B2, B6, C, E, K, folate, magnesium, fiber, potassium, calcium, and iron. Research has even shown that spinach contains some anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits (1) due to the wide array of phytonutrients and antioxidants! So go ahead and partake in this fabulous, crowd-pleasing dip–it’s not one to disappoint.
Avocado Spinach Pesto
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ - 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 avocados
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 cup of basil, packed
- ¼ cup hemp hearts
- ¼ cup pine nuts
- In a food processor add the garlic, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper and process for 1 minute.
- Add the avocado, spinach, basil, hemp hearts, and pine nuts to the garlic mixture, and process for about 2 minutes. Stop the food processor to scrape down the sides as needed, or until smooth and creamy.
This pesto is delicious and nourishing over pasta, whole grains, zoodles as well as a sandwich spread or to use on crackers.
Calories: 110 calories, Fat: 10 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 5 grams, Sugar: 0.5 grams, Sodium: 83 milligrams, Fiber: 3 grams, Protein: 3 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
(1) Spinach. The World’s Healthiest Foods. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43