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Recipe: Waistline Loving Broccoli Pesto

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Introducing a delicious broccoli pesto recipe

This broccoli presto recipe is good for the waistline, great for hormone balancing and menopause, and even better – it’s delicious.

One of my favourite things to do is make zucchini noodles.

I know it’s rather old hat now but it’s helped changed my life nutritionally. During the entire menopause transition it’s crucial we’re on fire nutrient-wise and one way to do this is amp up our vegetable serves and PPFF. In addition, as our bodies don’t process carbohydrates the way they used to traditional pasta is better eaten as a treat rather than a diet staple.

It’s delicious, nutritious, rich in fibre and brilliant for Meno-She’s who wish to manage their weight.

If you don’t have a spiraliser here are three alternative ways to make noodles out of zucchini.

I was going to stay with some friends not long ago and knowing they were health conscious I made them zucchini noodles with broccoli pesto.

Broccoli pesto recipe I hear you ask?

Yep. It’s fantastic and gives you additional servings of hormone loving vegetables!

Here’s a simple recipe. It’s a bit of a mix of a couple I’ve tried from both Donna Hay and The Minimalist Baker.

Broccoli Pesto Ingredients:

Serves 4

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • ¾ C or 3 tbsp pine nuts, walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ¼ C (60ml) lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ C (60ML) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 C (160 gm) grated parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper

How To:

  1. Place the broccoli, ½ cup (80g) of the nuts or seeds, garlic, lemon zest and juice, oil, parmesan, salt and pepper in a food processor and whizz. Set aside.
  2. Roughly chop the rest of the nuts/seeds and also set aside.
  3. Divide your zucchini pasta between plates and top with the reserved nuts/seeds, a little shake of parmesan and some fresh basil leaves.

I hope you enjoy it!

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.