Support UH at Whole Foods Market Community Day

Want to get your grocery shopping done, learn how to prepare your own fresh pesto, and make an exfoliating honey scrub all while helping the University of Houston? Join us on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Whole Foods Market Post Oak for UH Whole Foods Market Community Day!

A portion of the sales from the Whole Foods Market at Post Oak will be donated to two UH programs: the campus community garden and Shasta’s Culinary Workshop.

For your skin care needs, the Office of Sustainability will host an “Herbs to Heal: Make Your Own Scrubs” demonstration from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Later that day, Shasta’s Culinary Workshop will present “Herbs to Eat: Make Your Own Pesto” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — just in time for dinner!

If you want to get ahead of the curve, you don’t have to wait until Aug. 20 to participate. Try out these quick recipes, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming an herb guru.

Fresh basil pesto

(courtesy of Shasta’s Culinary Workshop)

Makes 1 cup basil-pesto

Takes 15 minutes to make

FYI: You need a food processor to make this.


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves (or use 1/2 basil and 1/2 fresh spinach leaves)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese  (For a non-dairy option, use ½ cup nutritional yeast instead of cheese)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (or substitute chopped walnuts)
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the basil and pine nuts into the food processor and pulse several times.
  2. Add the garlic and cheese and pulse several times.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the processor with rubber spatula.
  4. While the food processor is running slowly, add olive oil in a steady, small stream. Adding the oil slowly will let it emulsify and help keep it from separating.  Scrape down sides.
  5. Stir in salt and pepper.

Toss with warm or cold pasta. You could also eat this with crackers!

Honey lavender face scrub

(adapted from

Honey Scrub


  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/4 cup sea salt (as an alternative, you can use pink Himalayan salt)
  • 2 teaspoons dried lavender
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl, mix well to combine.
  2. Using an applicator, such as a wooden popsicle stick, apply the mixture to a damp face. Not using your hands will prevent the introduction of bacteria and extend the shelf life of the scrub.
  3. Rinse well with warm water and finish with a splash of cold water.

NOTE: Though the scrub is best when used fresh, you can keep leftovers for up to a week. To extend the scrub’s shelf life, keep wet and dry ingredients separate until ready to apply. Be sure to refrigerate the scrub. During the demonstration, we’ll be adding grapefruit seed extract as a natural antibiotic.

Visit us during Whole Foods Market Community Day at 1700 Post Oak Blvd. on Aug. 20 to see these recipes prepared first-hand. Try them at home, and tag us with pictures of your results on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #WFMCommunity.

-Nicole Blanton


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