Chocolate Snack Time

Tried these JoJo’s Chocolate Bark for an afternoon snack today.  What a treat. I got my chocolate, sugar fix while feeling like I was putting something good into my body.  They are gluten free, non gmo, packed with pistachios, almonds, dried cranberries and dark chocolate.  Try them and let me know what you think.  See this amazing story behind JoJo’s bark of a women who is beating the odds of cancer with Chocolate Bark. https://jojoschocolate.com/pages/jojos-story

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Chocolate Bark

Peanut Butter Delight

Pistachios For Your Health, Heart & Happiness

I think about how foods work to fuel our bodies and what benefits we retain from them; the good, the bad and the ugly. We sometimes eat for pleasure or for pain but do we really ever think about how to create a healthy environment in our bodies for what God designed for us to utilize and maximize our special DNA? Think about how you fuel your body and let me know what your go to snack is.

This thought brought me to todays topic about pistachios.  I have always loved them.  I remember as a kid going to a local shop in the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, CA where you could purchase warm nuts of any kind, fresh hot and delicious.  I remember thinking what a delicacy these pistachios were when I was able to afford purchasing them and savored each bite as I cracked open the warm shell to release the salty nut inside.

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The origin of this nut surprised me.

Origin: The pistachio tree is native to western Asia and Asia Minor,from Syria to the Caucasus and Afghanistan. Archaeological evidence in Turkey indicate the nuts were being used for food as early as 7,000 B.C. The pistachio was introduced to Italy from Syria early in the first century A.D. Subsequently its cultivation spread to other Mediterranean countries. The tree was first introduced into the United States in 1854 by Charles Mason, who distributed seed for experimental plantings in California, Texas and some southern states. In 1875 a few small pistachio trees, imported from France were planted in Sonoma, Calif. In the early 1900’s the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture assembled a collection of Pistacia species and pistachio nut varieties at the Plant Introduction Station in Chico, Calif. Commercial production of pistachio nuts began in the late 1970’s and rapidly expanded to a major operation in the San Joaquin Valley. Other major pistachio producing areas are Iran and Turkey and to a lesser extent, Syria, India, Greece, Pakistan and elsewhere.” www.https://crfg.org

I did not know that the commercial growth of pistachios took place in Northern California but not until the late 1970’s!!!.  I grew up in Northern CA and was surprised to read this fun fact.

I was introduced to Wonderful Pistachios a few months ago. 

I love supporting local growers in California and was pleasantly surprised at their freshness and flavors, reminding me of my childhood and those first tastes of meaty nuts. I have tried their original Wonderful Roasted and Salted Pistachios in the shell and am hooked.  I also use  Wonderful Pistachios, No-Shell in my salads for extra crunch and protein.  You see there are many benefits of these nuts.

  • Heart health
  • Eye health
  • Skin health
  • Diabetes control
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immune system
  • Slowing aging process

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-pistachios-heart-eyes-cancer/#ixzz5Rx0kkh00
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Try these varieties as well:

Wonderful Pistachios Salt & Pepper Flavor Kid’s Favorite Snacks 8 x 4.5 Oz Bags – 2.25 Lb. Box – Salt and pepper, very addictive but a good kid snack for lunches or after soccer practice.

Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chili, 7.0 OZ – 2 count – A new addiction of sweet, savory, spicy goodness.  Great for a mid afternoon pick me up and snack.

Check out #WonderfulPistachios @GetCrackin

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Make sure to check out California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. for more information edible plants.

 

Taro Root

whole taro rootI was out with my girlfriend a few weeks ago and we ordered ahi tuna poke and it came with Taro Chips.  They were delicious and nutritious so I went in search of this root to try to make some things on my own. Below is an explanation of its benefits. You can use in place of potatoes and they are whole30 compliant (within limits).

Taro root contains a very significant amount of dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as high levels of vitamin A, C, E, vitamin B6, and folate, as well as magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, and copper. The plant also provides some protein in your diet, but the amount is almost negligible.

I used my mandolin to make thin slices and lightly brushed extra virgin light olive oil on both sides and seasoned.  Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes turn over and bake another 10 minutes until they  get crispy. You can do several trays at a time and store for later.

Then I got creative and thought maybe I could make a mini open faced sandwich or a bite sized taco with them. OMG yummy! Use any kind of meat or fish or veggies to fill.

Taro root sandwich

  • one slice taro root
  • mustard
  • chicken, cubed
  • avocado slices
  • drizzle honey on the top
  • salt and pepper to taste

Taro Root Taco

  • Taro root chip
  • cubed chicken
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • tapitio

Chip variations

  • Sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast on chips after brushing with olive oil
  • BBQ chips – brush on olive oil, sprinkle with chili powder, salt pepper and coconut palm sugar

Great snack alternatives or for lunch or dinner.  Enjoy!

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