One study found eating two servings of pistachios a day lowered vascular constriction during stress, which means the load on your heart is reduced since your arteries are more dilated. Not to mention, you might find the rhythmic act of shelling pistachios therapeutic, as doing a repetitive activity can help quiet racing thoughts in your head.
Pistachios are at high risk of contamination by a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin and may be bleached or fumigated during processing; choose organic pistachios and avoid those that are dyed, bleached, or show signs of decay.
Vegan Avocado and Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream with Pistachios
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup pistachios (divided*)
- 1 tablespoon shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Be sure that you’ve frozen two bananas the day before. Cut them in half or quarters putting it in the freezer.
If your pistachios are still in their shells, take them out and measure 1/4 cup. Take a small handful of pistachio. Crush it with something flat and set it aside to be used later. Put all the ingredients except the small handful of crushed pistachios in the blender.
Blend until it’s completely smooth and runny. (This will make it feel like soft serve ice cream) Spoon it in a bowl and add the pistachios on top.