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Monday, February 26, 2018

Pistachio Nuts Great Tasting and Good For Body

Its a nutty sort of day today January 26th. Perhaps that is because it is national pistachio day. If you are a pistachio lover then you will enjoy this day. If you do not enjoy pistachios you may be surprised to see how many ways they can be used 
The pistachio nut arrived in the U.S. around the 1880s. The nut has a historical background in the middle east dating back to biblical times. Like the middle east pistachio trees grow best with little rain and high heat. These trees have been known to have long life spans , even into the 100s years. Trees may grow up to 20 feet tall and take about 7 years to make pistachios. 
There is an average of 160 calories in a 1 oz. (average 49) pistachio nuts In this same 1 oz. of pistachio nuts you will find about 6 grams of protein. Pistachios are cholesterol free as well as sodium free. If there is salt added then they of course are no longer sodium free. Good fats, vitamin E, polyphenols, lutein and other antioxidants and carotenoids. 
Pistachios are great to eat after a work out. They will help to refuel the body. Eating 1.5 oz of pistachios may lower the risk of heart disease. Eating pistachios as part of a balanced diet can help lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Pistachio nuts are a natural pale sandy brown in color. They are traditionally colored red or green to help disguise any handling damage. The kernel and its skin is a natural green to purple color 

When pistachios are ripe their shells will split. Pistachios are often eaten whole, fresh or roasted. Some prefer salted and others unsalted. 

The pistachio has been called the smiling nut or happy nut. Pistachio nuts may be more expensive but many say that the uniqueness of their rich, nutty, earthy , taste is worth it. The health benefits of pistachios are great as well. For such a tiny nut the powerful nutritional use is great. Protein, fiber and many vitamins and minerals can be found inside. While that sounds great be aware that one ounce of pistachios has 161 calories. Fiber and protein will help fill you up but beware of eating to many as well as the salt that may be added. 
Pistachios are primarily eaten raw or roasted often as a snack. The nuts are also found in desserts, baked goods, ice cream or chocolate. Try this special recipe we are sharing with you today

1 pound white baking chocolate
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure almond extract
1/8 teaspoon McCormick® green food color shopping list
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
Additional pistachios for garnish, if desired
Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, allowing foil to extend over sides of pan. Spray with no stick cooking spray. Melt chocolate as directed on package. Beat cream cheese in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar on low speed until well blended. Add melted chocolate, extracts and food color; mix well. Stir in chopped pistachios. 
You may also want to check out this recipe for Pistachio Coconut pie

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