This Cashew Pesto Dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next get-together. Filled with a rich nutty essence offset by the fresh flavors of basil and lemon, this appetizer is sure to win over taste critics and food lovers alike, so be sure to make extras as this dip will disappear rather quickly! But don’t be fooled by its amazing flavor combinations–this recipe is also rich in nutrition too. Thanks to the cashews, this dip is filled with nutrients such as protein, monounsaturaed fatty acids, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. They also provide 220 calories in a 1/4 cup serving. While cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, they contain primarily unsaturated fatty acids, 75% of which is oleic acid (the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil), which promotes good cardiovascular health. Studies have even shown that monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease (1)! So don’t be shy about serving this at your next event–it’s a recipe that is sure to please everyone.
(1) The Nutritional Health Facts of Cashews. Odi Cashew. http://www.odicashew.com/pdf/nutritional_health_facts_of_cashew.pdf