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Pistachio Chocolate Clusters

Who doesn’t love pistachios?

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!

Pistachio Chocolate Cluster

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

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Pistachio Chocolate Clusters

serves: 2

ingredients:

  • 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

directions:

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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General Mills already had a major PR nightmare on their facebook page. And yes I added my 0.02 cents.

It wasn’t too long ago that people were eating REAL food. Before people stocked their kitchens with packaged processed food-like substances.

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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.

Rant over.

Hope you all enjoy the recipe Winking smile

-Laury

Links for You:

8 Reasons GMO’s Are Bad for You

Shopping List of Non-GMO Foods

Find Non-GMO Choices for your Family

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24 Comments

  • Reply Emily

    I love your GMO rants, it’s comforting to read someone else write what I’m always talking about at home. This week the Environment Secretary in the UK came out and said that most meat in London restaurants was fed GM food, so we’re already eating it and still alive, and therefore we should basically just open the floodgates. This just terrifies me. I personally don’t eat meat for the most part, but surely the answer is not to just let GM food in, but rather for people to stop eating the meat until the industry feeds the animals a natural diet?[http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/10/gm-health-fears-owen-paterson]
    Also, I noticed an article about how vaccinations are also now GM. It’s going to get hard to control and live without if enough of us don’t stand up about this soon.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:16 am
    • Reply laury

      Emily that is so sad that now in Europe you have to worry about this! Horrible! I completely agree about avoiding animals unless they are fed the right way! Unfortunately every now and then we do eat out and I can not always control it! Even grains are GM here…we can’t get away from it! Thanks for spreading the word and for that link.

      And re: vaccines..I started seeing that and I almost don’t want to look more into it. It just makes me so upset!

      December 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Kendra

    Wow. Such a great post! Thanks for the information!

    December 12, 2012 at 6:40 am
    • Reply laury

      you’re welcome, Kendra! Thanks for coming by

      December 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    Yum – just pinned this recipe!

    And love your non-GMO support – such a worthy fight!

    December 12, 2012 at 8:02 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Gillian for the pin!

      Worthy fight indeed!

      December 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm
  • Reply jen

    I was not usrprised to see the second ist of companies…but the first one i was shocked to see some of them! larabar!! thats the only bar i felt comfortable eating, thinking its list was so safe! like im not psycho enough about all of this, i feel like wrapping my familly up in a plastic bubble! the part that irritates me the most is when people are like “oh jen, you and youre rants, get over it”. we have to stop this!

    December 12, 2012 at 9:05 am
    • Reply laury

      Yup. It’s frustrating! All we can do is keep shouting it and eventually someone will listen!

      With some of those products, labeled “organic” means legally they have to be GM-free…but I will not support them if they don’t support GMO-free. That means they make other products that are tainted, and until they get them message that it is NOT okay, we will never get this crap out of our food!

      (ETA: I mean that other products that these companies put out must contain GMO’s. Not that their organic products are getting tainted in production. I do not know anything about that. But for instance, Bear Naked is made by Kellogs who also makes GMO cereals)

      December 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm
      • Reply Evelyn

        Hi Laury,

        I’ve been secretly following you for a while now 🙂 I have a number of questions which I may email you about but wanted to make sure I first understood the most recent comment you made. How can a product be labeled organic without being GMO free? Am I getting confused? Also, larabar – for example, they have almonds, raisins, cherries – how can this NOT be GMO free? I guess what I’m asking is, what could happen to these products during manufacturing? There are no preservatives or additives.

        Thank you! Really looking forward to your comments.

        December 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm
        • Reply laury

          Hi Evelyn! Thanks for coming out of lurkdom and for reading! 😉

          I should have been a little more clear in my post, I can see how you would be confused. My point is that those products (the ones in the first photo) are made and produced by companies that paid a nice deal of money towards the anti-GMO labeling campaign. Even though legally some of them are GMO-free (organic), I am choosing to boycott them because of what their company did. As far as consuming some of them–they SHOULD be safe. I am not sure about larabars and if the crops to make them are sprayed with anything (something worth looking into). My point is really that if we let these companies know that we will not support them as long as they do not support our right to know, then hopefully they change their tune. It’s probably because their most profitable products do contain GM food. Otherwise I really do not understand why a company that puts out organic food would not support the labeling.

          What I plan to do is write to these companies and call them and ask them why they voted against/did not support prop37. I was extremely disappointed in a few of these because in the past they were companies I endorsed and supported! It’s more about awareness! In unfortunately goes deeper than just what we eat, to gain (back!) the power over our food we need to know who’s who. Hopefully some of them do a turnaround (by supporting WA), I plan to share any response I hear back regarding my concerns.

          If someone doesn’t want to full out boycott a brand they enjoy, they at the very least can let that company know they are disappointed in them, want to continue to enjoy their product, and urge them to support GMO labeling. As consumers we are powerful and any good company would value our feedback!

          As far as foods containing GMO’s here’s an even more complete list and info on how to spot foods they are hidden in. Yes, if they are labeled organic, they are safe! http://www.mamavation.com/2012/11/gmo-kitchen-cabinet-awareness-challenge.html

          December 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm
        • Reply laury

          In the above comment I meant that other products the company puts out contain GMO’s–not that is contaminates the organic food. Should have been more clear..I type too fast when the tot is around 😉

          December 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm
          • Evelyn

            Hi again!

            I took some time to digest your comment and think about what you said.This definitely makes sense. Basically, these organic companies are owned by a parent company that produces non-GMO products. And, not only non-GMO but sometimes very unhealthy.

            Personally, I wouldn’t boycott the company altogether. I think positive reinforcement speaks volumes and money does as well. I think “companies ” is the key word – these are huge entities (Dole, Coca-Cola, Pepsi) that are in the business for money. Their goal is to make a huge profit, not to keep people healthy. They now have a line of non-GMO products because its profitable (and this is really the only!!! reason), and hopefully consumers will support more and more of the non-GMO products which will get the parent companies to focus their attention on that line. In the meantime, I still think the best thing to do is to support local farmers and buy local whenever possible.

            Ideally of course, I wish this wasn’t the case. But the fact is that an overwhelming majority of consumers still CHOOSE to eat non-GMO.

            December 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm
          • laury

            Hey Evelyn! So glad you wrote back again. Last week on my facebook page I actually posted a question similar to your response! I spent some time on Thursday night reading through both Kashi and Larabar’s FB pages, where hundreds of people posted their disappointment and vows to boycott. Each company responded to each poster about how theey were dedicated to making GMO free products and were in the process of becoming certified by the Non-GMO project. I started to thnk a lot and wonder what the right thing to do was?

            On the one hand, Kashi and Larabar (and the others) are now owned by these larger corporations who have paid very large amounts of money towards the anti-prop 37 campaign. They need to know that we are unhappy with that and will not support them. Period. Even if they have smaller companies that are organic.

            On the other hand, do we make our point BY supporting the smaller companies owned by larger corps, showing them that organic, NO-GMO CAN be profitable. That their smaller organic companies can make as much as the GMO-laden junk food products? It’s definitely something to think about and has me more on the fence than I was when I first wrote this post. I think I would rather people become aware of GMO’s, stop purchasing junk food and choose the healthier options, even if it means Kellogg’s will profit. People in general do not want to work hard for their food. They don’t want to know and they don’t care unless it shows an immediate ill effect. This is unfortunate. If we can get people to actually CARE and choose a Larabar over a Special K bar or Cascadian Farm organic cereal over Cheerio’s, then I am happy. At least it’s a step in the right direction.

            You are absolutely right. These companies ONLY care about profit. That won’t ever change! And it is sad to say that money will always win. Small companies get swallowed up. If enough people make their voiced heard and demand No GMO, then maybe these companies who control our food will get the message and start making MORE verified GMO-free food!

            Thanks again for your feedback!!!

            December 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots

    this sound amazing! Is there anything I can substitute the coconut oil/ butter for? I am not a coconut person!

    I cannot believe some of my favorite brands are on that list!

    December 12, 2012 at 10:10 am
    • Reply laury

      Okay, all I can think about now is:

      “Bitch, get that God damn macaroon out of my face. As you know I’m allergic. What’s wrong with you!?”

      Bahahaha. Remember that. You cracked me up.

      Hmmm..unfortunately I can not think of a swap. The coconut oil hardens, that’s what makes this work. I would say swap for real butter, but not sure how it would go as a freezer treat! You could try and let me know! It doesn’t taste coconutty but I know you’re allergic so that won’t work!

      December 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply christina

    These look WAY too delicious to be true. haha. <3

    December 12, 2012 at 10:46 am
    • Reply laury

      hahaha…I know right 😉

      December 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    mmmm le pistache! it’s one of my fave flavors of macaron as well 🙂 true story: i never buy them for myself because every month or so one of my coworkers will buy a giant bag of them and we all just grab handfuls of them and snack away at our desks lol. i try not to do more than 2 handfuls a day but they are just so good!

    December 12, 2012 at 11:20 am
    • Reply laury

      I can not control myself around them either!

      December 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply kaity @ kaityscooking

    i agree with you GMO rant completely and it gets me soso mad that some of those products i use to love and also thought were “healthy” arent.. its ridiculous !! and that recipe looks delicious and so easy, pistachios are one of my favs!

    December 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm
    • Reply laury

      It’s not that they are not necessarily healthy or organic..it’s that they are supporting Monsanto and anti-GMO. These are bigger companies that have an organic brand, but their other products are the money makers. We need to let our voices be heard and tell them that it is NOT okay!

      December 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Wow….those look great. I am so addicted to pistachios when I eat them, that I have to mostly not buy them and when I do, I have to buy small amounts. I’m not sure why, but when I start I can’t stop!
    I’ll definitely try this recipe!

    I 100% agree with you on GMOs… and I avoid all GMO products whenever I know about them. Since I eat basically nothing that comes in a package (besides stuff like butter), it’s not hard for me to avoid for the most part. It makes me even not really want to eat out at a lot of places. I think we can both definitely say we’re doing our part! 🙂

    December 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply laury

      The toughest part is not going out to eat. It’s like..why should i not go out and enjoy dining with my family without worrying about GMO’s in our food. It’s not fair! If I were single it would be easy for sure. My husband likes to go out to eat, and it’s one thing as a family we just enjoy doing together. It makes me sad.

      December 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Purely Twins

    Girl we need to get you in front of some big dogs…you are amazing with all the GMO stuff!! Thank you!!

    December 13, 2012 at 11:44 am
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