*Adopted with permission from the Institute of Functional Medicine
For more information on eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet see the end of the post.
Mock Pesto - Makes 1 cup
Pesto sauce is a great alternative to unhealthy salad dressings, dips, and sauces for pasta, pizza and proteins of any kind. Feel free to freeze this recipe and whip it up in the blender right before serving as a cold sauce.
My favorite is to add the pesto to a rice pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, olives and small pieces of baked or smoked salmon. Bon Appetite.
From “The Allergy Self Help Cookbook”, by Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N. Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pa.
- 1 large ripe avocado
- 1 cup basil leaves
- 1⁄4 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced or 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts
- 1⁄2 tsp. olive or flax oil
Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and place it in a bowl of a food processor. Add the basil, lemon juice, garlic and pine nuts. Process for about 2 minutes – scrape the bowl as necessary. Transfer it to a small bowl and coat the surface with oil to prevent browning. Chill.
What is eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet?
Hypo-Allergenic is also known as Oligoantigenic or Elimination diet.
This means that we avoid eating the most common ingredients that cause people inflammation and digestive issues. IT IS NOT A DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT. It should be viewed more as a food sensitivity TEST.
The top 5 offenders include: wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
Note that some of the foods on the list are very nutritious, so if you are not sensitive to the food, bring them back into your diet (ie. eggs).
Try and stay away from packaged, canned, processed and deep fried foods. And be cautious of dehydrated and dried foods for they often contain added sugars and preservatives. Raw and fresh is often your best bet for optimal health.
To get your free comprehensive Hypo-Allergenic eManual including dietary guidelines, recipes for a 7-day meal plan, shopping lists, and food re-introduction schedule, sign-up HERE.
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