Pistachio Butter and Easiest, Most Delicious Pesto Recipe
Have you ever had Pistachio Butter? No? Wait no longer!
Wilderness Poets Raw Pistachio Butter is a delicious, creamy, naturally glowing green nut butter, made from the freshest California grown, organic, raw Pistachios.
Ground at a cool temperature to retain the living enzymes and vital nutrients, and made in small hand crafted batches.
Pistachio nuts are one of the healthiest, nutrient dense nuts to eat.
They are rich in cholesterol fighting phytosterols, antioxidants, unsaturated fat, carotenoids, vitamins and minerals, and loaded with fiber.
They work to lubricate the intestines and keep the liver and kidneys healthy.
The first historical mention of any edible nut refers to Pistachios. Would you have guessed that? Yeah, me neither.
Their archaeological findings date back to 6760 BC in the territory of present Jordan.
Wilderness Poets uses a touch of organic, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil to bring out the smooth creamy texture and rich Mediterranean flavor of the nuts.
The olive oil is freshly pressed from the fruit, completely raw.
Eat Pistachio Butter straight from the spoon.
Spread it on apple slices.
Blend with water and some sweetener to make Pistachio Milk and wow your friends with the color.
Add to your smoothie, chia pudding and smoothie bowls.
Use in cooking, see below for a delicious Pistachio Pesto Recipe.
The Wonderful Benefits of Pistachios
- High in Nutrients
Like most nuts Pistachios are a healthy source of healthy fats and proteins. They are loaded with vitamin E (espcially gamma-tocopherol), B Vitamins and folate.
Pistachios are a powerhouse of essential minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
- Rich Source of Antioxidants
One of the most effective health benefits of pistachios is that it is loaded with powerful antioxidants. Even the shells of the nuts are storehouse of antioxidants.
The mono-unsaturated fatty acids known as oleic acid found in pistachios are one of the most powerful antioxidants that protect the heart by lowering the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing the level of HDL (good) cholesterol in the blood. It helps in reducing the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease.
In addition, the phytochemicals such as carotenes, polyphenolic compounds and vitamin E contribute to the overall antioxidant activities and remove
the harmful oxygen-free radicals.
- Improving Heart Health
Pistachio have earned themselves the nickname "nuts of the heart" since they help in maintaining proper functioning of the heart.
They help lower cholesterol and triglycerid levels in the blood.
The antioxidants such as vitamins E and A neutralize inflammation of arteries and blood vessels and reduce the risk of developing heart diseases.
The compound l-arginine present in pistachios softens the lining of the arteries so that they become flexible and it also prevents the formation of blood clots, thereby minimizing the chances of the arteries becoming clogged with plaque.
- Weight Management
Pistachios can even help with weight loss provided you limit your portions.
They high fiber content will help to fill you up so that you eat fewer calories through the rest of the day.
In addition, the high protein content of the nuts promotes the energy burning process of the body and speeds up weight loss.
- Protect Against Age-Related Macular Disease
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a gradual breakdown of the macula of the eye that contains the light-sensitive tissues. The macula is responsible for central vision that allows the person to see fine details with clarity. The symptoms of macular degeneration include blurred vision and dark areas in central vision.
Pistachio nuts contain two carotenoid antioxidants – lutein and zeaxanthin that are not found in other nuts. These protective antioxidants protect the tissues of the eyes from inflammation caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. These antioxidants also protect against age-related macular degeneration – one of the leading causes of visual impairments and blindness in elders around the world.
- Healthy Blood
Pistachios are loaded with B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B6 that is an essential vitamin for the production of hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin is the main component of red blood cells that helps in carrying oxygen to all the organs, muscles and tissues of the body.
The initial production of hemoglobin requires the presence of vitamin B6. Therefore, daily consumption of pistachios may help in treating blood-related diseases such as anemia. In addition, it also enhances the functioning of various organs due to the increased supply of oxygen throughout the body.
- Improved Functions of the Nervous System
Vitamin B6 also has many benefits for the nervous system. The messaging molecules amines need amino acids for developing, which in turn require vitamin B6 for their creation. Proper transfer of impulses through the nervous system is maintained by the insulating sheath, known as myelin present around nerve fibers.
B6 plays a fundamental role in the formation of myelin. B6 also contributes to the fusion of melatonin, epinephrine, serotonin and gamma-aminobutyric acid – all of which regulate the transmission of messages through the nervous system.
Enjoy a handful of those nuts the next time you feel hungry and benefit from the nutritious value they offer.
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Here's a simple, super delicious recipe for Pistachio Pesto.
2 garlic cloves
2 cups loosely packed basil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup Pistachio Butter
Place everything into your food processor or blender except the pistachio butter.
Give it a good blend, add the pistachio butter and blend again.
This is great for veggie pasta, regular pasta, as a spread on crackers and in sandwiches, to raw and cooked veggies, on potatoes or add a couple tablespoons to your salad dressing.