Iron Maiden Pesto is a mineral-rich blend worthy of dolloping spoonfuls designed to help rebuild and balance those divine feminine bodies.
Spinach, parsley and pumpkin seeds are a powerhouse of iron, folates, minerals, and vitamins that help build blood cells, support our reproductive and immune systems and add anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic nutrients.
High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.
Eating foods rich in certain vitamins minerals & phytonutrients can help balance our bodies hormones and endocrine system which affect our adrenal, thyroid, reproductive health.
Hormonal imbalances may cause a wide variety of different symptoms from fatigue, mood swings, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, food cravings, skin + hair + nail health, muscle weakness or pain, inflammation, dryness, infertility,
Foods that can help with balancing hormones;
Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables - high in antioxidants
Nuts - walnuts, brazil nuts,
Seeds - flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower,
Wild-caught Omega 3 rich fish like Salmon
Coconut Oil - Medium Triglyercide
Seaweeds & Nettles, Parsley, Dandelions
Medicinal Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Maca, Triphala, Licorice, Adaptogens
Omega 3's, Iodine, Selenium, Vitamin B's & D, Digestive enzymes, bitters,
Probiotic and prebiotic foods
Organic & low toxic foods, body & household products
Iron is a mineral essential for building red blood cells, carrying oxygen to lungs & tissues, cellular energy metabolism, healthy brain & immune functions.
Foods high in Iron;
Spinach, kale, parsley, nettles, seaweed, algae, leafy greens, potato skin
Red meat, poultry, liver, fish, shellfish - sardines,
Tofu, Black Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Beans
Quinoa, Teff, Oats, Buckwheat, Rice, Millet, Barley, Wheat
Seeds pumpkin & squash, pistachios, hemp, flax, almonds, cashews, cacao, dark chocolate,
Dried fruits apricots, raisins, molasses
Recipes are oil-free and have no added oils as ingredients or for cooking with. An oil-free diet can be beneficial for some cardiovascular diseases.
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Iron Maiden Pesto
PROCESS | BLEND – garlic, cashews + pumpkin seeds blitz 10 sec or until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
ADD the remaining ingredients: process or blend to a semi-smooth texture. Add water if the pesto is too thick.
TASTE and adjust lemon juice | vinegar + salt to taste.
STORE in a glass container with a lid, in the fridge.
Dressing for salads, and vegetables.
White Bean & Cucumber Salad
Dip or spread
Mix with steamed potatoes, cauliflower – any veg you like.
Marinate for chicken, lamb or fish.
Pasta & Green Beans
Tomato, Burrata & Olive Board
Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
Tomato, Mozzarella & Basil Salad.
top soups & stews.
SWAP SPINACH for or use a mix of – arugula | rocket, spinach, baby kale, mixed spring greens, Hakurei Turnip greens.
SWAP cashew or pumpkin seeds – sunflower seeds, pinenuts, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts.
ADD HERBS – use a mix of chives, basil, chervil, scallions. You can add sorrel or dandelion greens; the pesto flavour will change.
*SWAP Preserved lemon for lemon juice or use 1tbsp vinegar apple cider or white wine < taste – add more to your liking.
GARLIC – use cloves, scapes or garlic chives OR swap for scallions, chives
TEXTURE – Pesto is not a smooth puree unless you like it that way.
OIL-FREE if you want to add oil, use olive oil or a fresh, light neutral oil. Tahini is a great addition, but it will change the flavour.
SPICE it up by adding a pinch of dried chilli flakes.