SUPERFOOD // WALNUTS:
We’ve taken a traditional spin on pesto with this recipe, making it with walnuts instead of pinenuts. When paired with portobello mushrooms, you’ll get a combination of savory and fresh flavors that is absolutely delicious.
Walnuts are a wonderful source of omega 3 fats, the healthy fats that help reduce inflammation in the body. Walnuts contain the essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body can convert into DHA (a biologically active form of omega 3) once consumed. DHA has been linked with protecting the brain and improving cognitive function.
Add in some wild caught salmon to this recipe and you’ll be getting even more omega 3 into your meal.
In addition to supporting brain health, walnuts have been studied for their link with helping prevent cancer. A recent study from the Yale Cancer Center found that people with stage III colon cancer who regularly consumed at least 2, one-ounce servings of nuts each week showed a 57% improvement in survival and 42% improvement in surviving disease-free. Those who did not eat peanuts (but ate walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews and pecans) actually showed a 46% improvement in surviving disease-free. Wow!
WALNUT SALMON PESTO WITH PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS – Full Recipe Here!
Recipe & Photography Courtesy of Sarah Grossman is an author, nutritionist and the co-founder of Living Kitchen