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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

Last month I mentioned that I was obsessed with pistachios. I have to tell you that I am still obsessed. They are my go-to nut for snacking, for mixing into yogurt, or for topping salads like this one. The best thing about them – other than the taste, of course – is the health benefits!

The Pistachio Health Institute wants to get the word out about pistachios. They have teamed up with celebrity trainer Valerie Waters to make sure everyone knows that a handful of pistachios a day can improve your health and keep your healthy lifestyle on track.

Each serving of pistachios has 12 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake and I am sure you guys know that fiber keeps you fuller longer which helps you to stay focused on eating healthy and being healthy in general! You also get more nuts per serving when compared to other nuts. There are 49 pistachios per ounces, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves, and 18 cashews. And if you’re anything like me, seeing more in your bowl is actually a lot more satisfying than seeing a few pieces of something in the bottom of a bowl.

They are also known as the “skinny nut” because they are one of the lowest fat, lowest calorie nuts you can find! They are naturally cholesterol-free and 90 percent of the fat in pistachios is the healthy, unsaturated kind.

Valerie also suggests that anyone looking to get into fitness and improve their health shouldn’t assume that you need to work out for an hour each day. Start with 30 minutes and work your way up to 45! I totally fell off the wagon at the end of the year and have restarted my fitness routine by doing 30 minute workouts and it’s been working great! I feel stronger, better about myself, and I even feel better mentally and emotionally! Any workout is better than no workout at all!

This salad that I’m sharing today is my current favorite combination. Chicken, berries, pistachios, and feta cheese! With a poppy seed dressing on top! I had this salad twice yesterday alone! It’s so delicious and full of healthy, good for you foods. Berries just started popping up in my grocery stores in the last couple weeks so I know those of you in other parts of the country (or world) may not be able to get them yet – but bookmark this recipe! It will be extra delicious come spring and summer!

The Pistachio Health Institute has a sweepstakes going out right now and 3 winners will recieve Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes prize packages that include:

  • (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
  • (1) Pistachio Health tote bag
  • (1) Pistachio Health nut container
  • (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
  • (1) $100 VISA Gift Card

To enter, like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter your name, address and contact information here.

So tell me, what are you doing to stay healthy and fit so far this year?

Chicken, Berry, and Pistachio Salad
  • 4 cups baby kale
  • 2 cups grilled chicken diced
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoons poppy seeds
  1. To make the salad, toss together baby kale, grilled chicken, strawberries, blueberries, pistachios, and feta cheese.
  2. To make the dressing, put all ingredients in a mason jar (or whisk in a bowl) and shake until sugar is dissolved. Give it a shake before pouring on the salad.
  3. You can either pour it on the whole salad and toss it all together or serve it on the side so everyone can dress their salad however they wish.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.



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