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Positively Powerful Pistachios

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February 25th is National Pistachio Day. In honor of this bright green nut, I have decided to write a blog about the health benefits, and make a recipe, in which the pistachio is the star!

A Few Benefits:
  • Pistachios are a great source of protein, whether you are a vegetarian looking to supplement sources of protein, or are looking to vary your sources, pistachios are the way to go. 
  • Pistachios are an excellent source of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol, reduce constipation, and reduce blood sugar!
  • Not only are pistachios an excellent source of unsaturated fat, protein, and fiber, but according to the American Pistachio Growers, they also contain potassium, vitamin B6, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, iron, and manganese! This nut is packed with nutrients! 
  • Pistachios are a great source of heart healthy fats (unsaturated)! Their main benefit is lowering cholesterol, but they also allow your body absorb fat soluble vitamins, and can even help reduce the risk of cancer. Pistachios are an excellent source of those healthy fats!
  • As with many nuts and seeds, being mindful with serving sizes is always helpful. 1 small handful is about 1 serving.





Pistachio and Avocado Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked per instructions
    Pesto of your choice (*Typically pesto has cheese, but I found a vegan option at Trader Joe's, which was delish!)
    1 avocado, cubed

  • 1/4 cup pistachio, slivered
    1/2 cup fresh peas, or thawed frozen peas (I used garbanzo beans and canned spinach for extra flavor and nutrients)
    1 tbsp of lime or lemon juice
    few sprigs of fresh mint
    handful of fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Boil the quinoa and let it cool.
  2. Mix the peas/beans of your choice, avocado, quinoa, lime juice and pesto.
  3. Sprinkle with pistachios, fresh mint and basil.
  4. Enjoy!


Recipe adapted from Journey Kitchen.

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