Homemade Skinny Pesto

May 5, 2019


During my travels to Italy I developed a strong love for pesto. Its distinct, rich flavors, especially in Genoa, the home of pesto, were absolutely unforgettable.


It wasn’t too long ago that I didn’t know what pesto was even made of. I figured it wasn’t the healthiest of foods, but I was shocked to find out just how calorically-dense it really was. Pesto is composed of very few ingredients, but 3 of the ingredients (olive oil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese) are very high in fat.


Though the fat in pesto is on the healthy side of fats, I set out to make a more macro-friendly version of pesto and I must say, it is pretty damn good and extremely easy to make.


What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 15g walnuts

  • 5 garlic cloves

  • ¼ cup (30g) parmesan cheese

  • Pinch of salt


How to Prepare:  

  1. In a blender or food processor, add all the ingredients.


Total Time Required: 10 minutes

Number of Servings: 8


Serving Size: 2 tbsp


Calories: 80

Protein: 2.2g

Carbohydrates: 1.8g

Fat: 7.4g


*Macronutrients and calories will differ slightly depending on brands of ingredients used.






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