Fresh Pesto Baked Chicken (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

This fabulous pesto chicken dish is perfect for an easy dinner party recipe or an evening meal that the whole family will enjoy. RESTART Approved.

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Bella Grace
Fresh Pesto Baked Chicken (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

I love my morning warm drink. For a long time, it used to be a large mug of organic coffee with coconut milk but sadly, the more I learn about the coffee industry and the detrimental effects of it on the human brain, the less I crave my morning cup of joe.

WHAT MY NEW RESEARCH HAS UNCOVERED

+ Coffee, especially genetically modified or pesticide sprayed/ conventional beans, often contains ochratoxin. Ochratoxin is a class of several different chemicals belonging to the fungal toxins known as mycotoxins. They are known to cause disease in humans and animals.

+ Coffee stains and decays teeth. Teeth decay at a pH of 5.5 and the pH of the average coffee is less than 5.

+ Coffee disrupts dopamine and seratonin regulation because the caffeine molecule (1,3,7 trimethylxanthine) mimics adenosine.

+ Coffee cuts off oxygen to your brain by at least 27%, but likely around 40-50%.

It's also addictive, highly glorified and I would go as far to say an idol for many people, which doesn't sit well with me as a follower of Jesus.

SO, WHAT'S A DECENT ALTERNATIVE?

Although it also contains some caffeine, matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brains functioning. It helps memory and learning ability all the while inhibiting any possible side-effects from caffeine, a natural component of green tea. Therefore, a cup of matcha in the morning can help to promote concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee.

OTHER BENEFITS OF *ORGANIC* MATCHA

+ Matcha is full of antioxidants, including the powerful EGCg which provides anti-cancer properties. Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents that prevent aging and chronic diseases.

+ Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium

+ Increases thermogenesis. A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.

+ It's DELICIOUS!

Sounds like the perfect substitute to me, hence this new matcha collagen latte recipe. This four ingredient latte is so simple to make and requires no fancy coffee machines or milk frothers, just a good old blender. The collagen included here not only makes this drink delightfully frothy but promotes healthy digestion & gut health, improves muscle recovery, and gives your hair, skin and nails a beauty boost! For those following a sugar-free lifestyle, you can cut out the raw honey but for those of you new to matcha, it may help with the slight bitter taste. Enjoy this superfood drink in the morning with breakfast, as a midday pick-me-up or with afternoon tea (along side some paleo chocolate chip cookies, of course)

Pesto Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

4 organic, skinless organic chicken breasts

1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts

1 cup unsalted pistachios

1 cup basil leaves

2 garlic cloves

2/3 cup olive oil

¼ cup freshly squeezed lime

Seasoning

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees

2. Start with your pesto by blending the pistachios in a food processor until fine.

3. Add your garlic and basil and begin to blend.

4. Gradually add your olive oil into the blender until desired consistency. Set pesto aside in a large mixing bowl.

5. Add your chopped walnuts and lime juice into your pesto mixture and stir well.

6. Lightly grease a large baking tray with olive oil and spread your chicken breasts evenly in the pan.

7. Coat the chicken with a generous layer of your pesto paste and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until chicken shows no pinkness.

8. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Bella Grace

Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.

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