Wild Pesto Recipes

If anything is for sure, I love pesto. My mother always grew a lot of basil and I would look forward to the fresh basil pesto she would make.  Did you know? Pesto comes from the latin word "pestare" which means to pound or crush. Pesto can be made with any herbs. Traditional basil pesto is extremely high in nutrients. The olive oil is a great source of healthy fat (when served cold or over low heat). Garlic is a powerful natural antifungal and antibiotic and is also anti-inflammatory. Basil is one of the highest sources of calcium in the plant community. 

However, pesto can be made from a variety of herbs some that grow right in your back yard.

Check out this awesome article for recipes:  http://www.hobbyfarms.com/food-and-kitchen/5-pestos-preserves-made-with-wild-edibles.aspx

A little about calcium in basil: http://www.calciumrichfoods.org/Calcium-In-Basil-Fresh/

Smart phone app for clean personal care products

Personal care products often contain significant toxic chemicals. Deciphering the information on these products can be confusing. This smart phone app by the environmental working group allows you to scan the barcode on personal care products to find out their safety profile. 

Try it out! http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Healthy Eaters, Strong Minds: What School Gardens Teach Kids

Another good post via NPR highlighting a school program to bring school gardens to intercity schools. Many students who attend these schools are low-income and have little access to healthy food choices. One student accounts,  "We mainly live around liquor stores and snack stores. There aren't that many grocery stores. They're way out, and you have to drive so far." To many of these children gardening is a foreign concept but is fundamental for a sustainable and healthy future. 

A teacher in the article puts it nicely saying, "The payoff is exponential, because they'll be young mothers or young fathers someday, and they'll feed their children based on what they've learned now,"

We mainly live around liquor stores and snack stores. There aren't that many grocery stores. They're way out, and you have to drive so far"