Kelly Springer is a registered dietitian (RD) whose passion for nutrition started at a very young age and grows stronger every day. She has been fortunate to have worked in multiple areas of nutrition. She started her career at 17 and has worked as a clinical, residential, bariatric, community, retail, and media dietitian. She now owns her own nutrition company, Kelly’s Choice, LLC. Kelly’s Choice contracts RDs to promote the message of “real food.” Kelly is currently consulting with food companies, colleges, sports teams, school districts, restaurants, medical practices, and workplaces. Kelly’s goal is to share her passion for nutrition with the world. Find out more at kellyschoice.org.
Tags: pistachios | dark chocolate | blood pressure

Better Kind of Holiday Sweets

By Friday, 02 December 2016 03:49 PM Current | Bio | Archive

How are you doing resisting the high-sugar, high- fat, and undeniably delicious holiday cookies and sweets lurking around every corner? It’s tough, right?

I have found my answer: dark chocolate pistachios.

Pistachios are packed with amazing nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, mono-unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E, copper, potassium, and other minerals.

Studies show that daily consumption of nuts like pistachios may reduce the risk of heart disease and may lower blood pressure.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. It's good for the heart and circulation. A recent study found that dark chocolate helps prevent your arteries from clogging.

It has also been shown to reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raise levels of “good” cholesterol, also potentially lowering the risk of heart disease.

Researchers in Finland have found that chocolate consumption lowers the risk of suffering a stroke.

The flavonols in dark chocolate can also protect the skin against sun damage, and are believed to reduce memory loss in older people. The anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found to be beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.

Lastly, I turn to dark chocolate for a mood boost, which is really necessary during the holidays. It instantly sparks my holiday spirit and not just because it tastes so good.

Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins.


To sum up, pistachios and dark chocolate are such an amazing health-boosting combination. A serving of dark chocolate pistachios 2-3 times a week can help lower your blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, and keep you cheerful in the meantime.

Check out tasty dark chocolate pistachios  made by Setton Farms, available at Amazon.com and Puritan.com. They come in handy 5 oz. packages and can also be found in major grocery chains across the country.
 

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