creamy walnut pesto pasta
I love pasta. Like, give me a big bowl of noodles with some creamy sauce and some nutritional yeast and I am a happy girl. However, I am using zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) in this recipe because I was seriously craving some vegetables and I am trying really hard to listen to my body. Lately, I've had the bad habit of just eating what's in front of me, if I am hungry or not, and it's making my mind and body feel completely disconnected. So right now I am giving it the old college try to listen to my bod as much as possible. For example, if I am full then I wont continue eating, if I am bored I will drink water before snacking mindlessly and if I am craving a certain food then I will satisfy that urge even if it takes more effort to make. I heard someone say recently that if you're craving potatoes, for example, and you eat almonds, you're still going to crave potatoes and eat those eventually too. So, you might as well just eat what your bod is craving in the first place. Does that make sense? Sometimes I feel like I am just rambling but sidenote: I don't want to be so formal. I just want to express how I am feeling and give some guidance and tricks that have helped me feel HEALTHY and ALIVE. I need to get back to that. Sometimes I get stuck in a mindset that I need to be overly formal or have perfect grammar, which I don't have and honestly I just want to write how I speak (without all the LIKES, but hey, I am working on that too!)
Anyways...LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Here are a few tricks...
- keep a journal. I use the notes app on my computer and will ramble on in there throughout the day. I have been doing this on and off for over a year and I find the times that I do do this, I am much more productive and in tune with my feelings and my health in general.
- move. Exercise, do yoga, walk, dance, stretch, stand up while working, just MOVE.
- eat what you TRULY crave. I don't buy that you truly crave mozzarella sticks. Think about it....what does your body really want? What will make you feel energized and vibrant?
- meditate. I need to do this more. and I am going to take my own advice and do it TODAY. Just stop. sit. clear your mind. breathe. even for 5 minutes.
- give yourself healthy treats. This doesn't mean a glass of wine or online shopping. I am talking about an activity that will make you feel BETTER afterwards. Like a bath, reading your book, listening to music and dancing around the living room, doing a face mask, taking your pet for a walk, whatever it is that makes you feel relaxed, at ease and you will not regret later on.
I N G R E D I E N T S
- 2 large zucchinis
- 1 cup of basil
- 1/2 cup of walnuts
- 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt
- optional: garnish with sprouts on top or nutritional yeast
- A spiralizer (invest in this kitchen tool!!)
- A food processor
R E C I P E
- Wash the zucchini and slice off the ends. Spiralize the zucchini to make noodles and place them in a large mixing bowl. They're quite long so I recommend cutting them once or twice.
- Next, take a couple paper towels and dab the noodles to soak up the excess water. I used three paper towels but probably could have used one more.
- In the food processor, mix up the basil, walnuts, EVOO, pink salt and lemon juice and blend until smooth.
- Spoon the pesto into the mixing bowl with the zucchini noodles and stir together so that the zoodles are completely covered.
- Serve in bowls and sprinkle on nutritional yeast, cherry tomatoes, sprouts or eat on its own!