Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Superfood Pistachio Pairings: Dark Chocolate + Dragon Fruit + Wine

I received free pistachio samples from the Pistachio Health Institute mentioned in this post. By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Love me some pistachios. Alongside garlic butter popcorn, these were a reliable movie-time snack growing up. Since I'm a Serial Snacker (those tummy rumbles never stop) I continue to reach for these as a nut that forces you to eat mindfully. The extra step of having to unshell in-shell pistachios forces me to slow down, and pay attention to what i'm eating.  

When I want a sweet weeknight treat, but want a variety of flavors (especially along the sweet/salty axis), I reach for this simple pairing

Wine + Cacao Nib Dark Chocolate + Dragon Fruit + In-shell Pistachio

I'm no wine connoisseur so i'm not even going to talk about that. 

But dark chocolate, dragon fruit and pistachios? Let me wax poetic. 

Dark Chocolate
Antioxidants are cool, but mostly I'm all about taste when it comes to chocolate. the darker the better, add in some vanilla, cacao nibs and a good cause and I'm sold. 

Dragon Fruit
Tropical fruit that resembles a hot pink alien? Sign me up. Dragonfruit is native to Central and South America, found mostly in Asian and Caribbean markets here in the states. That is until Navitas Naturals started drying Dragon Fruit and selling it as a delicious snack. Vitamin C, magnesium, fiber and even a bit of protein. Superfood status obtained. 

Besides being crunchy, but smooth, salty but sweet, pistachios are also hidden sources of fiber and B vitamins. You get way more than a handful as a serving with in-shell pistachios. 1 serving=49 in-shell pistachios (I'm totally cool if you just round up to 50).  

How would you pair pistachios?


Carlene Thomas RD said...

I have never seen dragon fruit like that before! And I feel you on the serial snacker status.

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

I'm a dragon fruit novice too but must check it out - and do this exact pairing 'cause it's right up my alley.

Sarah Grace said...

Um, hello my favorite food, chocolate! I love this pairing, especially because chocolate makes everything perfect :)

xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

never tried dragon fruit! gotta get on that!

Elizabeth said...

just gotta say, if you're ever able to pick up some fresh dragonfruit from an asian market (or...say, hawaii, if you're there), try putting it in the freezer a while, then quartering and peeling, or just cutting in half and scooping out like ice cream, so yummy!

Kelly said...

I have never had dragonfruit, and had no idea it was available dried! How fun!