I try include raw garlic in my diet as much as possible to get the most health benefits. One of the main compounds found in garlic is allicin. Allicin is produced when the garlic clove is chopped or crushed - it also gives garlic its strong smell. Allicin has been found to reduce inflammation and has antimicrobial properties. Unfortunately its destroyed when heated - so to get the full benefits from garlic we need to eat it raw and ideally leave it to rest for 10-15minutes or so after chopping/crushing.
Try my home made pesto recipe - a delicious way to include raw garlic in your diet!
Home made Pesto
1 handful fresh basil
1 handful fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons parmesan
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
Big drizzle of avocado oil (think Jamie Oliver style)
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend - it really is that easy! If your would prefer a more runny consistency add more avocado oil.
Store in a glass jar in the fridge for no more than 3days!