Fresh parsley and coriander combine nicely in a pesto that not only tastes great but helps the body to eliminate accumulated toxins and salts.
- 2 cups fresh parsley leaves
- 1 cup of fresh coriander leaves
- 4 – 6 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 – 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
– or you can use lemon or lime juice
- ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
– you could also add sunflower seeds.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz.
If I am using this for sandwich fillings I will add extra seeds to make it thicker than if I am using it as a sauce with grains or pasta. For a thinner sauce add extra oil. As this is a raw sauce I will often use pumpkin seed oil, which gives it a vibrant green colour.
Parsley and coriander health benefits:
Parsley and coriander bind with metal toxins in the body, such as lead, mercury and aluminium, and help to eliminate them.
Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins K and C, and a good source of vitamin A, folate and iron. It is a natural diuretic, meaning it will increase the flow of urine. It is a particularly good food to strengthen liver and kidney functioning.
Coriander is a rich source of vitamins K, A and C, and a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. It has anti-septic properties and calms digestion.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in a variety of antioxidant phyto-nutrients. They are a very good source of phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, and copper and a good source of zinc, iron and protein.