Mindful Nutrition and Wellness

Jessica Miller, Holistic Health Coach

chilled lemony pesto with white beans

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The month of May was quite a whirlwind! I have been away from this blog for too long. Travel to Wisconsin and Los Angeles at the end of the month was a great opportunity to reconnect with family, friends, and the beach!  While I am enjoying my time in Brooklyn and exploring NYC, I do not feel like I could live here for too long.  I need more calm than can be found here, though I love the access to everything that a big city offers. Revisiting Los Angeles in my 30s made me appreciate many things that I did not take advantage of.  When I lived there before, I got a little too caught up in the less important things, but was glad to explore some new places and have a great time with some great friends last weekend. I feel like I am much better suited to West Coast living and I really enjoy the sun, the beach, and driving a car 🙂

My move to Brooklyn nearly one year ago was met with several immediate changes including a new job and a new apartment. And before beginning this blog, I have begun to think about an entire career change that focuses more on health and wellness.  So last week, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s health coaching certificate program.  I am not sure where this program will take me, but I look forward to learning more about myself, healthy living, and networking with some like minded people. Another investment in education, but I think this will help me to clarify my direction.  This comes at a great time as I learned some less inspiring news last week.

During my 15K race in early April, I began feeling some intense pain in my right thigh, and for many weeks after the race continued feeling pain.  When my insurance was finally activated several weeks later, I was able to see a doctor, who advised an MRI scheduled for three weeks later (late May). The results of the MRI showed that I had fractured my femur (the largest bone in the body), and after a visit to an orthopedist, I was told I must be on crutches for at least a month because I am at great risk of breaking that bone in my leg.

It has been four days since beginning crutches and the first day was nearly impossible with trying to navigate the subway.  After discovering a nearby bus to get me to work, things were looking up.  Crutches are pretty painful to use, but I am getting a little better at them.  After a few weeks of minimal exercise as I awaited the results of my MRI, I am motivated to try to build more strength training back into my routine.

I am not sure what caused this fracture.  I may not have had enough recovery days in my fitness routine, I may have increased my mileage too quickly, and the orthopedist said I am more genetically predisposed to this type of injury because of my family history with osteoporosis and Scandinavian heritage (lower bone density and greater need for vitamin D).

I am going to do my best to navigate these crutches in hopes that I am able to have a full recovery to get back to fitness, which had been so important to me.  Luckily it has been over 80 degrees most of this week so too hot to run anyway. Here’s a great example of something I never thought would happen to me- happening to me.

During my cleanse, I tried a similar variation of the recipe below at a local restaurant that serves some great dishes including a pesto with white beans.  This is a great summer dish.





lemony pesto with white beans

  • 1/2 cup dry cannellini beans
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 2T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t freshly ground black pepper

Soak beans overnight. Rinse and cook beans for one hour, drain and rinse. Chill in refrigerator.  Dry toast pine nuts for 3-4 minutes in skillet, shaking pan frequently.  Combine all ingredients (except beans) in food processor.  Pulse until pesto is smooth.  Toss pesto with white beans. Chill and toss with greens for a salad or serve as a side dish. Serves 2.

*This pesto does not include parmesan cheese making this a vegan dish.  You may add 1-2 T in the food processor or when tossing ingredients together.


Author: Mindful Nutrition and Wellness

Holistic Health Coach, mindfulnutritionandwellness.com

One thought on “chilled lemony pesto with white beans

  1. This looks amazing. I may have to try!!!

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