This month’s delicious and nutritious recipe is brought to you by Registered Nutritional Practitioner, Neleta Winter (@nourishflourishnutrition). Most of us love pizza but not the time it takes to make one but using my flatbread pizza dough recipe, you can be enjoying pizza anytime. We love to top ours with pesto that we make using lots of different herbs as they are packed full of amazing antioxidants and nutrients to support our health.
Coriander is packed full of antioxidants and gut healthy fibre and can even help to stimulate digestion. Parsley is known for its disease fighting properties and is loaded with antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties that can support overall health.
Mint is another amazing herb that contains an active ingredient menthol which has relaxing effects on the digestive tract. It is also potent in antioxidants to support our cells from free radical damage. Adding wonderful fibre rich vegetables to pizzas is a great way to keep our gut healthy. Asparagus is loaded with fibre with just half a cup of asparagus containing 1.8 grams of fibre, which is 7% of your daily needs. Fibre is vital for our digestive health as it can greatly increase the abundance of certain gut microbiome such as Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus spp. as well as butyrate levels, a SCFA (short chain fatty acid) a by product of the gut microbiome which provides fuel for the cells of our gut lining, supports immune function within the colon and protects against certain diseases of the digestive tract.
My spring greens flatbread pizza recipe is not only easy to make but it’s very versatile so simply top with a wonderful array of vegetables for fibre and when making the pesto, use whatever nuts and seeds you have;almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, they all work well and if you are low on herbs, use kale, rocket or even spinach and if you have pesto leftover, simply add to an ice cube tray and pop into the freezer for when you need it.
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