How are you doing resisting the high-sugar, high-in-fat and undeniably delicious holiday cookies and sweets lurking around? It’s so tough, right?! I have found my answer—Setton Farms’ Dark-Chocolate Pistachios. They are so scrumptious and essentially-guilt-free. Just combine the healthy properties of pistachios with the amazing health benefits of dark chocolate and you have one superbly healthy holiday snack that will capture your attention to the point where the unhealthy holiday candy and cookies will completely lose their appeal.
Here’s the lowdown:
Pistachios are packed with amazing nutrients, such as B-complex, healthy mono-unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E, copper, potassium, and other minerals. Studies show that daily consumption of nuts, like pistachios, may reduce the risk of heart disease and may lower blood pressure.
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. It’s good for the heart and circulation. A recent study found that dark chocolate helps prevent your arteries from clogging. It has also been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, also potentially lowering the risk of heart disease. Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke.
There’s more! The flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage. The flavonols are also thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found to be beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
Lastly, I turn to dark chocolate for a mood boost, which is soooo necessary during the holidays. It instantly sparks my holiday spirit and not just because it tastes so good. Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.
To sum it up, pistachios and dark chocolate are such an amazing health-boosting combination. A serving of dark chocolate pistachios 2-3 times a week can help lower your blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. Your mood will be cheery and don’t forget about the amazing effects that fiber-rich snacks like these have. You’ll feel satisfied with just a little. Fiber is a friend to anyone who wants to maintain a healthy weight. You can obtain as much dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios as from a half- cup serving of cooked broccoli.
You definitely want to check out these tasty treats made by Setton Farms. They come in handy 5 oz. packages and can be found in major grocery chains across the country as well as Amazon.com and Puritan.com.