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Raw Vegan Pesto Recipe

by Viva Institute

Pesto in cupOne of the most important tips for anyone who wants to eat healthier is to create dishes that are high on flavor, low on prep. Pesto is traditionally made with cheese, but this dairy-free version is a quick and healthy alternative that stores in the fridge for up to a week.

Need a quick snack? Slather pesto on carrot and cucumber sticks; top it on a portobello mushroom cap, or spread it on a leaf of romaine lettuce with a handful of grated veggies for a quick to-go meal.


  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups tightly packed fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup unroasted (raw) pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic (to taste), chopped 
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • optional: substitute nutritional yeast with 3 tbsp. ground hemp seeds


30 Days RawBlend all ingredients in a food processor until creamy, with some “chunky” texture remaining. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Total time:  10 minutes

but don’t know where to start?

30 Days Raw, Viva Institute’s online raw food class, is a great place to start. Check Viva’s e-course calendar for upcoming classes.

Next class: September 1, 2014

For the Cranky Lightworkers!


YOU, who have been called to be of service to lift the vibration of the planet with Light and Joy and Glitter and Wonder:

You’re asking an awful LOT of yourself if you think you can do it 24-7.

EVERYONE gets cranky sometimes. Even Lightworkers.

On those days when the world makes you feel tender and tired, consider this message permission to send your halo for take-out. Duck under the covers, give your unicorn a DVD, and take care of YOU.

We see your Light anyway.

Next e-course: Flight School. Begins August 11, 2014. REGISTER NOW.

You ARE what you THINK


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Take a minute to consider your thoughts over the past hour. Do they reflect how you want to feel about yourself, the world, and the people you share it with?

TRY THIS:  Pick a time of day that is significant to you (perhaps on the 11-minute of each hour), and do a quick check-in. What have you been thinking about, and what messages may you have been unintentionally sending to yourself?

Is there anything you can you shift?

For example: “I’ll never get this done on time” could be shifted to “I’m doing the best I can.” If a voice inside you says, “That’s not true — I’m totally unfocused!” Use that as an opportunity to say, “I’m good at what I do, and I’m going to stay focused until I get this done.”

Another example: “I hate the way she’s looking at me! What’s her problem?!” could be shifted to “I wonder if ______ is having a rough day? I’m not going to take it personally. I’ll focus this energy on feeling happy, myself.”

With time, this practice can help you to gently and lovingly redirect your thoughts throughout the day so that they automatically become a reflection of your brightest self. Try it and see!

Your spark matters.

Next Viva e-course:  30 Days Raw! Register by June 30.