Disclosure: I received free pistachio samples from the Pistachio Health Institute mentioned in this post. By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Have you ever opened your pantry and just stared at the shelves, trying to figure out something satisfying to eat...maybe sweet...maybe savory, but you also didn't want to break the calorie bank? And it would also be nice if that 'something' was maybe, I don't know, healthy too.
I have to confess, this happens to me on a regular basis. But I have a plan for me and hopefully you too!
This month, the Pistachio Health Institute challenged Recipe Redux-ers to come up with a unique food and drink pairing centered around pistachios. Why pistachios? First and foremost, they are tasty. But the goodness doesn't stop there. Pistachios are really reasonable in calories as 30 in-shell pistachios are only 100 calories. That's a lot of bang for the buck! They also have heart-healthy fat that benefits cholesterol and helps you feel satisfied. Another unique quality is they can help you naturally choose a more appropriate portion size. Research conducted on pistachios found that the in-shell version serves as a visual cue for how many nuts you've eaten and helps you choose less calories overall. (Because we have all eaten half a can of nuts before realizing what happened.)
Earlier this week, my son Jackson and I spread out a whole bunch of ingredients and had a lot of fun trying different combinations of flavors with pistachios. He absolutely loved them, especially getting them out of the shell and then counting them.
For my first submission (I'm hoping to bust out at least one more), I am going for the indulgent category. I named this in honor of my mom's favorite sundae at Ted Drewes (love you Mom!). Here's all you need, and some of these might already be in your pantry now:
30 in-shell pistachios +
About 16 dark chocolate chips (or 80 calories worth) +
1/2 cup fresh raspberries +
4 oz Prosecco
But here's the secret: the flavors are indulgent, but the calories aren't! This dessert pairing is only 300 calories. I think of this as a buffet for your fingers. You can pick up a chocolate, then a nut, then a raspberry and enjoy them all at once or seperately. It's also really fun to try the presecco after a bite of each food because the flavor changes. Prosecco is my favorite white wine. It's sparkling and dry so it compliments the tart berries and slighly salty nuts very well.
But wait, for 300 calories this doesn't have to be a dessert only! This doubles as a super satisfying snack too. (Confession: I'm guilty of enjoying a small glass of wine in the afternoon.)
So go grab a plate and glass and indulge in this special treat without remorse or regret (which you shouldn't feel after eating regardless)! I'm squeezing mine in during naptime today as a treat for myself. Join me!