Recipe of the Month: May 2024 Tick Repelling Pesto

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Spring Pesto Power: Repel Ticks & Enjoy Flavorful Nutrition

Spring has sprung! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and unfortunately…ticks are emerging. But don’t let these pesky insects stop you from enjoying the beautiful weather. This month, we’re combining delicious flavor with natural tick-repelling properties in a recipe created by our resident nutritionist, Renee Slonaker: Spring Tick-Repelling Pesto!


Garlic’s Superpower: A Natural Tick Repellent?

This vibrant green pesto is packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the star of the show is green garlic. Green garlic, harvested before the bulb forms, boasts a milder flavor than its mature counterpart. But more importantly, studies suggest it contains a higher concentration of allicin, a sulfur compound with potential tick-repellent properties.

A Blend of Functional Ingredients:

Our Spring Tick-Repelling Pesto goes beyond just garlic. We’ve incorporated a blend of other beneficial herbs and ingredients, each offering a unique set of health advantages:

  • Basil (or cilantro, baby kale, or baby spinach): Loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support your overall well-being.
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds): A source of healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients like zinc and magnesium, promoting heart health and blood sugar balance.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a refreshing brightness and provides a dose of vitamin C, another essential nutrient for a healthy immune system.
  • Nutritional yeast (or parmesan cheese): Offers a cheesy, savory flavor and a good source of B vitamins for energy production.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Provides heart-healthy fats and additional antioxidants.
Beyond Flavor: The Nutritional Benefits of Pesto

This delicious pesto isn’t just about keeping ticks at bay. It’s a nutritional powerhouse, offering a concentrated dose of:

  • Antioxidants: Essential for fighting free radicals and promoting overall health.
  • Immune-boosting nutrients: Vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that help your body fight off illness.
  • Healthy fats and fiber: Keeps you feeling fuller for longer and promotes digestive health.
Make, Enjoy, and Stay Tick-Free!

Ready to experience the taste and health benefits of Spring Tick-Repelling Pesto? We’ve included the full recipe below, along with a breakdown of the nutritional value of each ingredient. This versatile pesto is a perfect addition to:

  • Pasta dishes
  • Sandwiches and wraps
  • Veggie bowls
  • As a flavorful dip with crackers or vegetables

Click the button below to get the full recipe and nutritional breakdown.

Let’s make this spring a season of deliciousness, well-being, and enjoying the outdoors tick-free!



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