Traditional pesto sauces can be absolute calorie bombs. Typically made with a ton of oil mixed with other high fat ingredients, adding too much of this sauce to your dishes can wreak havoc on your diet, depending on your goals.

Now, that’s not to say don’t use it—it’s one of the most popular and tastiest sauces out there. But be mindful of how much you put on and where you get it from, or just make your own.

In general, most sauces, especially pasta sauces, don’t pack much protein. But a sauce that does, like this one which includes Isopure Unflavored Zero Carb Protein Powder (get it here), can help keep you fuller longer by slowing down the digestion process and boosting the protein content of your overall meal.

This Isopure pesto recipe is lower in fat and higher in protein than any traditional pesto you will find on the shelves. Plus, it hides vegetables in the sauce and tastes like the high fat, low protein version.

This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of sauce and is customizable to fit your personal dietary wants and needs.


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 scoop Isopure unflavored protein powder
  • ¼ cup water (add water a tbsp at a time until you get your desired texture)


  1. Place all ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until combined.
  2. Serving Suggestion: Best if served chilled, so put it in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before using.
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