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Pistachios, nutrition, food, recipe

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New research shows there are great benefits to the pistachio nut. You see, it’s no ordinary nut. It’s full of many beneficial nutrients, and it tastes good too.

Pistachios are high in lutien, beta carotine (aids in cancer prevention) and zeaxanthin (eye health). All of these carotenoids are not only antioxidants but are also cardio protective. Studies show pistachios increase antioxidant levels and have anti-inflammatory benefits while helping to lower your LDL (your bad cholesterol).

Add an ounce of this wonderful nut to your salad, use them as a snack or chop and toss them into your pesto pasta. They taste yummy. But most of all, these little nuts love your heart. Here is a little recipe you may like as much as I do. I tweaked this recipe from one I found in Healthy Cooking.

  • ½ cup of fat free milk
  • 1 ¼ cups soft bread crumbs
  • ½ cup finely chopped PISTACHIOS
  • ¾ cups of parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp dry oregano
  • 2 tsp dry basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tsp olive oil

Pistachios, nutrition, food, recipe

Place the milk in a shallow bowl. Combine the bread crumbs, pistachios, cheese and seasonings in another bowl. Dip the chicken into the milk and then cover with the bread crumb mixture. In a skillet, brown the chicken in the oil. Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken registers 170 degrees.

Each serving is less than 240 calories. Serve with your favorite salad and some quinoa.

Enjoy!

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