Since Joe and I love skiing so much, we take most of our vacations to come up to Vermont and ski. Aside from the skiing, there is so much I love about coming up here – an amazing group of friends, being surrounded by nature, and so, so much eating. Which in other winters is fine – we are skiing enough where I can eat what I want and not gain
any much weight. But this winter, with my wedding quickly approaching, I want to slim down a bit. Which means less pigging out, healthier meals and if I’m hungry enough to snack – healthy snacks only!
The Pistachio Health Institute was kind enough to send me some pistachios to try as a healthy snacking alternative – which I was super excited about! First off, they are Joe’s favorite nut ( I honestly had to hide them for a bit because I was worried he would eat them all before I could try them), and second they make the perfect snack for me here in Vt. They are the yummiest nut (in my opinion!) and one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat nuts and offer more nuts per serving compared to most other snack nuts, and among the highest in protein. 30 nuts are only 100 calories!
So I decided to create a bunch of healthy, simple snacks that I can make in minutes that will leave me feeling full – without blowing the calorie bank! First up is this delicious Pistachio parfait with yogurt and pomegranates. The pistachios add the perfect crunch and flavor, while the pomegranates give it a burst of sweetness – and if you love sweet and salty (this is quickly becoming one of my favorite combinations, you will love this! I’ve been snacking on it post breakfast (that’s a thing, right?) and after dinner when I want something a little sweet. Which is also why I love the next recipe….Bruleed Grapefruit! I’ve always wanted to experiment with this, but I didn’t have a mini-torch. But while we were up here I found some beautiful grapefruit in the market, drizzled a little agave on it, and put it under the broiler (after figuring out how to make the broiler on 1982 oven work first, which took longer than I’d like to admit.)
After letting the tops of the grapefruit caramelize, I sprinkled on a few chopped pistachios. It was delicious! The agave, grapefruit juice and pistachios felt more like I was eating a decadent dessert than a healthy snack. Plus, it was so fast! Now, i’ll be honest, in Vermont we aren’t exactly pressed for time – but it still gives me more time to ski or be lazy on the couch.
The heartiest snack of all was this pistachio and fig bruschetta. We do a lot of entertaining up here – our friends are all in condos across the hall – so I like to be able to whip up an easy snack to serve. And since I want to have some of it too, it’s got to be delicious but healthy too. I lightly toasted some baguette slices and spread some goat cheese on them (vegan? try cashew or almond cheese) with some chopped pistachios, mission figs (dried works fine!!) and a little honey (or agave nectar). These things were gone as soon as I put them out. They are the perfect blend of creamy and crunchy, sweet and salty. Honestly, I’m just glad I bought as many figs as I did to keep up with how fast they were eaten!
I’m pretty excited about all these pistachio snacks I have and I love the flavor combinations. Plus – though January 31st, you can enter the Year of the Skinny Nut Sweepstakes for a chance to win a year supply of pistachios and to start 2015 in style! Enter here!
I have a lot of great recipes coming up this week ( like these waffles!), and plenty of time to cook since I’m on vacation! I’ll be sharing lot’s of Vermont and ski pics, and of course, tons of food! For more sneak previews, food pics and Oreo silliness don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
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