The Snack That Loves You Back This Valentine’s Day

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

 

Valentine's Day Pistachio Pairings

Happy Valentine’s Day pistachio lovers! Whether you’re planning an elaborate dinner with your other half or a fun night in with friends this Valentine’s Day, the rich creamy flavors of our favorite green nut will delight the palate and waistline. It’s easy to go overboard with sugary processed treats on this sweet holiday so try mixing it up with this loveable snack nut. In-shell pistachios are a crave-able and nutritious treat with six grams of protein per one-ounce serving and heart-healthy fats for a guilt-free indulgence that tastes great and is good for you.1 In fact, scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.2

Did you know that snacking on in-shell pistachios has the added benefit of portion control? According to the “Pistachio Principle,” cracking the shells may help slow you down and the leftover shells provide a visual cue to how much you’ve eaten; potentially reducing consumption so you aren’t tempted to mindlessly binge on chocolate all night long.3,4 Make pistachios your valentine this year, and eat your heart out with these divinely indulgent and nutritious pistachio pairings:

A simple start to an unforgettable evening:

In-shell pistachios + sundried tomatoes + herb goat cheese + crostini + Riesling

In-shell pistachios and goat cheese pairing

Decadent dessert for the chocolate-averse snacker:

In-shell pistachios + honey-mascarpone + berries + pistachio liquor

In-shell pistachios and strawberries pairing

A savory spin on the traditional chocolate and strawberries:

In-shell pistachios + berries + chocolate + Champagne

In-shell pistachios and chocolate pairing

Since Valentine’s Day is Saturday, enjoy a pistachio-inspired breakfast in bed:

In-shell pistachios + raspberries + mini pancakes + honey + mimosas

 

1. U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26.

2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Qualified Health Claims. http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/LabelingNutrition/default.htm

3. Kennedy-Hagan, K., Painter, J.E., Honselman, C., Halvorson, A., Rhodes, K., Skwir, K. “The Effect of Pistachio Shells as a Visual Cue in Reducing Caloric Consumption.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2): 418-420.

4. Honselman, C.S., Painter, J.E., Kennedy-Hagan, K.J., Halvorson, A., Rhodes, K., Brooks, T.L., & Skwir, K. “In-shell pistachio nuts reduce caloric intake compared to shelled nuts.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2):414-417.