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[Pistachio Pairing Challenge]

When I was first presented with the pistachio pairing challenge, I knew right off the bat that I wanted to make a combination of foods that were simple yet satisfactory, that incorporated a hint of my personality.

The instructions were as follows: create a pairing of pistachios with one or a few other food items as well as a beverage. I thought of one of my favorite brews, chocolate stouts, and how that could go swell with one of my favorite healthy and delicious complex carbohydrates, oats. Coincidentally I happened to stumble across Founder’s Breakfast Stout at Citizens Co-op, which I have been yearning to try for many, many months now. I decided that a full-bodied chocolate and coffee stout paired with nutritious and tasty cinnamon banana oatmeal with shelled pistachios was a definite yes in my book.

…would it be wrong to have this for breakfast before classes?

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Oatmeal is a one of my favorite complex carbohydrates, providing a good source* of fiber and whole grains. I used overnight oats as they as oh so dear to me, but feel free to use steel cut or old-fashioned warm or cold oats. The banana, almond butter, cinnamon, carob, and stevia additions are just some of my personal favorite mix-ins for oatmeal that I found paired well with the chocolate taste and coffee aroma of the stout, but do as you please! Oats always have endless possibilities. Bananas add some potassium and Vitamin B6 and C* and the stevia adds some sweetness while avoiding a blood sugar spike.

The pairing of pistachios to the oats and beer add in some satiety value, since fat takes the longest to digest. This will also slow down the absorption of alcohol, or as I like to call it, “responsible drinking.”

Pistachios contain unsaturated fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, which means it contains one double bond (mono) and two or more double bonds (poly) in its molecular structure. More monounsaturated fats are present. Unsaturated fats have been shown to improve overall blood cholesterol levels*.

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The breakfast stout has to be one of my favorite stouts I’ve ever had. It’s super chocolatey with strong coffee notes. This robust beer deserves to be savored slowly to emphasize the taste of your food pairings. If you like chocolate and coffee and well, stouts, you will love this too. I want to encourage mindful eating and this delightful pair allows you to mindfully enjoy each sip of the coffee and chocolate stout while cracking open the shells to reveal the bright green pistachio insides. All definitely comes together well with some cinnamon oats.

I actually prefer nuts with shells, they make me feel as if I deserve them and I feel I appreciate each bite more instead of just shoveling handfuls of nuts into my mouth. A serving of nuts is just about a handful, and it’s common to forget how much satiety just a little serving can provide. The servings are small for a reason, understand the nut’s composition and how it does your body good…yeahhh ;)

Take a moment from your busy life and enjoy these pairings, it certainly is worth it.

 

My pistachio pairings challenge [indulgent]:

Founder’s Breakfast Stout + favorite oatmeal + shelled pistachios= YEAH

 

“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.”

 

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*Fun facts:

Did you know that

-a “good source claim may be made when a food contains 10-19% of the RDI or DRV (both declared on the label as the % Daily Value (%DV)). A “high” claim may be made when a food contains at least 20% of the DV.” This is called a nutrient content claim.

-Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) functions in amino acid and neurotransmitter synthesis, as well as is prescribed to reduce nausea/vomiting during pregnancy. Found in cereals, meats, brussels, sweet peppers, potatoes, etc.

-Alcohol in moderation can help raise HDL levels as well as prevent blood clots

-LDL cholesterol increases the risk for heart disease by forming deposits and plaque in the blood vessel walls, and HDL helps transport cholesterol in the blood to the liver for processing, i.e. helps your body get rid of cholesterol and reduces your risk for heart disease.

-Diets high in saturated fats cause the liver to produce more cholesterol and reduce its elimination from the body, while unsaturated fats increase the removal of cholesterol from the body.

In conclusion, YAY for pistachios. Choose nuts as a healthy snack in your diet.

 

Sources:

Brown, Judith E., and Janet S. Isaacs. Nutrition through the Life Cycle. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2014. Print.

Marieb, Elaine Nicpon, and Katja Hoehn. Human Anatomy & Physiology. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print.

FDA Nutrient Content Claim Regulations

 

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  1. Super unique! Nice work :)

  2. A girl who enjoys stout at breakfast is a girl after my own heart! Cut from the same cloth ;)