This Summer I noticed a surge in pistachios entering the market place. Wee Bear and I love them and they, as it turns out, are very healthy! Yippy! Something we love, is good for us! BONUS!!
Pistachios promote probiotics in the stomach. In addition to providing ample protein, vitamin B6 and thiamin, new research conducted at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Md., found that people who ate 3 ounces—a couple handfuls—of pistachios daily for 19 days had elevated levels of probiotics (good bugs) in their digestive tracts. Specifically, pistachios promoted butyrate-producing flora—microbes believed to maintain colon health and even reduce colon cancer risk. Scientists think pistachios' abundant dietary fiber and phytochemicals may be the reasons behind these benefits.
I love the single serving packs for hiking and the large bag of shelled pistachio's for making delicious recipes. Somehow, I like the activity of shelling my pistachio's when I am having them as a snack or with a cocktail. On one of our hikes where we take turns, making lunch, I packed the single serving pistachio's for a snack. I found out that my son-in-law, Nate Dogg (named for his alma mater, University of Washington Husky's) loves pistachio's. Soon after, I blogged about a healthy, skinny pistachio dip (June 16th). Today, I am offering a scrumptious Pistachio crusted Chicken Breast with a mustard cream sauce.