[Recipe] Pistachio Smoothie with just a Hint of Chocolate


I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think of adding pistachios to my smoothies. After all, they are a rare buy for me and just taste so good it’s worth enjoying them on their own.

But every now and again a recipe catches my eye and I decide to vary how I use things. Case in point being the pistachios, as in today’s tasty pistachio smoothie that has just a hint of chocolate added for the health benefits it provides. What are those I hear you ask …

Caroline Picard writing at Good Housekeeping says …

Forget about an apple a day. If you really want to keep the doctor away, try a piece of chocolate instead. Regularly snacking on cocoa-flavored treats can help protect your brain from cognitive decline, according to a new review from the University of L’Aquila in Italy.


Packed with both antioxidants and iron, dark chocolate has already made a name for itself as a smart choice for dessert lovers. Its potential brain-boosting powers only sweeten the deal. Eating some every day helps improve attention, processing speed, working memory and verbal fluency, based on the recent compilation of past studies.


And as for pistachios themselves?

Pistachios contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than other nuts. A 1-ounce serving of dry-roasted pistachios contains 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 15 grams of fat, including only 2 grams of saturated fat. It also provides you with 25 percent of the daily value for vitamin B-6, 15 percent of the daily value for thiamine and phosphorus and 10 percent of the daily value for magnesium …


Although most of the fat in pistachios is the healthy unsaturated type, they still contain a lot of calories so you should only eat them in moderation.


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