Who doesn’t love pistachios?
For some reason they remind me of Christmas. I am not sure why. Maybe its because they take me back to when Michael and I first moved in together. The winters back then were actually cold—none of this 62 degrees in December nonsense. We survived a couple really great snowstorms here. Locked in, movie marathons and overdosing on pistachios until our stomachs ached. Then, I wouldn’t be able to look at one for a few weeks. Why is it when we get stuck inside we eat like we don’t know where our next meal is coming? Calories don’t count in snow storms I guess. Good times. Hopefully we get at least one good blizzard this winter!
I made these in the hopes that it would bring a white Christmas, or Hanukkah!
Pistachios are super healthy. This heart healthy nut is loaded with fiber, B6 and magnesium. What makes them even better is when you cover them in more healthy fats and the chocolaty superfood that is raw cacao!
Pistachio Chocolate Clusters
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon coconut butter
- 1 Tablespoon raw cacao (or unsweetened cocoa, carob)
- 1 Tablespoon 70% cacao high quality chocolate
- 1-2 Tablespoons raw honey (or 10-15 drops stevia/to taste)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
in a small saucepan heat coconut oil, coconut butter and honey on low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and add chocolate chips, pistachios, cacao, vanilla and salt. Stir until combined and spoon mixture onto a wax paper lined plate into clusters. Place in the freezer or refrigerator to set. Once hard, peel away from wax paper and serve immediately. Pure bliss.
So you should maybe know by now how I feel about GMO’s. I shared this on my instagram and facebook last week, and thought I’d remind everyone on my blog of it as well. Courtesy of Millions Against Monsanto facebook page:
The scariest food is not the food we already know to be “junk”—it’s food claiming that it’s healthy when it really isn’t; it’s downright dangerous. These brands contributed money to keeping you in the dark. Remember…when you purchase a product YOU ARE VOTING! The money that these corporations used towards the campaign AGAINST prop 37 comes from the consumer. When the consumer chooses to buy products from companies that do not support GMO labeling, we become powerful. Powerful against these foods that turn human beings into a science project. Foods that will make our children into sick adults (or sick children!) if we don’t stop them. My family only buys foods in our home that is non-GMO, and organic as often as we can. However—we are normal. We go out to eat, we go to family’s homes for dinner, out with friends. My daughter will go to birthday parties and friends homes and to school. Why should I have to always worry about what she is eating? I can’t pack her food and control it all of the time. That would open up other issues. I want her to be healthy (physically and mentally!) so, I also want her to be a “normal kid” that chases after the ice cream truck in the summer like I once did. An ice cream truck that isn’t loaded with products containing high fructose corn syrup and growth hormone-laden dairy. That’s my dream.
I am fighting for her. For you. Your children. For the future and our health. My daughter will eat “junk food” from time to time. But why can’t that junk food just be something I want her to eat in moderation because of it having a little too much sugar? Why does it have to have a long list of chemicals, additives, genetically modified organisms that haven’t been tested enough for safe human consumption? I will continue to remind any audience I have, and myself as to why we should be voting with our dollars. It will pay off if we stay strong and band together. Not only for our health but for the smaller farmers who are getting TRAMPLED with fees and sued by Monsanto for not using their GMO seeds. It’s so much harder to be an organic or a local farmer and to not sell-out. That’s who we should be fighting for and showing our appreciation for their efforts.
Shrugging our shoulders and saying “well, we all will end up with cancer someday” is not acceptable. This is our change to take a stand and it’s as simple as just not supporting the companies that use GMO’s or fund the campaign that wants to keep consumers in the dark.
Please. Educate yourself on this matter. It’s not a coincidence that people are heavier, sicker both physically and mentally, and are on more medication than ever in the existence of mankind.
It wasn’t too long ago that people were eating REAL food. Before people stocked their kitchens with packaged processed food-like substances.
I understand that the nature of our busy lives makes food preparation difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. And it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight for our food. People will always be busy and in need of convenience—it doesn’t mean we should all be eating things that are slowly poisoning us. That may sound extreme, but unfortunately I believe it to be the harsh truth.
Healthy living bloggers…please stop promoting some of the above mentioned foods as “healthy.” Larabars, Silk soy milk, Kashi cereal, Cascadian Farms—we can’t continue to support them and promote them until they truly support OUR best interest! Our health! I want to edit to add that while some of these companies products are GMO-free, their parent companies products DO contain GMO’s and spent millions in the campaign against prop 37 CA right to know.
Hope you all enjoy the recipe
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