World Pistachio Day is February 26, and there is no better time to celebrate than during National Heart Health Month! Nutrition research shows that people who regularly eat nuts are less likely to have heart disease complications compared to those who rarely eat them. ⁠ In addition, to heart-healthy fats and being rich in fiber, pistachios are one of the highest protein snack nuts. They offer six grams of plant protein per serving that help fuel your body with essential amino acids.

We thought we’d celebrate with a recipe round-up of all our pistachio recipes!

Halos Pom Poms Power Salad Bowl with Creamy Citrus Pistachio Salad Dressing

I love power salad bowls because the combination of ingredients (greens, grains, veggies, fruits and healthy fats) pack in a variety of textures and flavors that fill me up both physically and mentally. And, if we want healthy habits to stick, it’s important to check both of those boxes!

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salad bowl with farro, arugula and pomegranate seeds

Cocoa Powder Pistachio Smoothie

Who knew, the low-maintenance ingredient: unsweetened cocoa powder could be such an inexpensive, delicious way to improve your heart health? More than 250 studies have shown that natural cocoa and dark chocolate may have properties that protect the tickers that protect us.

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chocolate smoothie with pistachio nuts and cocoa powder on a wood table

Pistachio and Dried Cherry Energy Bites

Salty meets sweet tart tangy in these pistachio and dried energy bites with chocolate chips. It’s a cheaper energy eat compared to store-bought bars. And, they’ll keep for weeks in the fridge! However, ours didn’t last that long…

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energy bites in a clear container

Basil Pesto with Pistachios

Sometimes I forget how much I appreciate this basil pistachio pesto. Not only can the spread itself have several variations, but just a dollop of pesto can elevate the ordinary scrambled eggs or everyday turkey sandwich.  Traditional pesto calls for garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and basil; however, you can sub in different greens, nuts or cheeses.

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pesto in a food processor

No Bake Chocolate Nut Bars

I love these bars for so many reasons:

  • Package-free, less nagging to get them to pick up wrappers left in your car
  • The perfect combo of sweet and salty but secretly healthy
  • High-fiber fruits plus healthy fats help stave off pre-dinner hunger and/or serve as the ideal pre-game fuel
  • You only need a food processor or blender
  • Who doesn’t love a “no-bake” recipe?

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chocolate and pistachios bars cut into slices on white parchment paper

We hope one of our healthy, pistachio pumped recipes makes it into your kitchen. And, we hope that if it does – it pleases you both emotionally and physically! It certainly will do that for your heart-health.

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.