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Pesto’s tasty combo of basil, pine nuts, gar­lic and parme­san will make your day!

There’s some­thing spe­cial about the mouth-wa­ter­ing com­bi­na­tion of fresh basil, pine nuts, gar­lic, parme­san and a gen­er­ous slurp of ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil. It re­ally is the flavour that trans­ports you to Italy.

Here at HFG, we think there’s more to love about pesto than its de­li­cious taste. In fact, pesto is brim­ming with nu­tri­tional ben­e­fits. It has heart-healthy fats thanks to the nuts and olive oil, plus all-im­por­tant can­cer-pro­tec­tive an­tiox­i­dants found in basil and gar­lic.

Sure, you could try pesto with an In­sta­gram-wor­thy hip­ster twist (like kale and wal­nut or pea and rocket), but we’re pretty sold on the orig­i­nal ver­sion.

How­ever, pesto does ex­ist be­yond just pasta, and pairs beau­ti­fully with a range of in­gre­di­ents for any time of day. Be­hold, our top three healthy ways to en­joy a de­li­cious dol­lop of pesto:

1 STIR IT through scram­bled eggs with a side of sautéed spinach and mush­rooms for break­fast.

2 DRIZ­ZLE IT over ri­cotta and cherry toma­toes on grainy toast for a veg­e­tar­ian lunch.

3 SWIRL IT into one of your favourite risot­tos or hearty vegie soups for din­ner.

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