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Pistachio Graham Cracker Parfait
Did you know that pistachios are a healthy snack that tastes good and makes you feel good? Everyone in my family eats pistachios as a healthy snack so always have them on hand. We have recently begun cooking with them as well and trying to incorporate them into more recipes.
Pistachios are delicious, nutritious and completely satisfying. In fact, with pistachios you get more nuts per serving – 49 kernels per ounce, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves and 18 cashews. Plus, a reduced serving of 30 pistachios makes a satisfying, deliciously healthy snack for only 100 calories!
Pistachios also have fiber benefits which anyone who is trying to eat healthier knows that fiber may help you feel full longer, and makes it easier to follow a healthy eating plan. Pistachios are good source of fiber, providing 12 percent of the daily value per 30 gram serving. Harvard University recently published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their study suggests that the benefits of snacking on nuts go up as the number of servings goes up, too. What does this mean for us? More nuts, More benefits. Win-Win.
Go for a daily handful of pistachios as part of a healthy diet. The recipe below is a perfect way to use pistachios. We have a dessert that looks and tastes great plus has pistachios in it!
PISTACHIO GRAHAM CRACKER PARFAIT
1 (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1 ½ cups cold milk
1 (3.4 oz.) Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
1 ½ cups Cool Whip, thawed (reserving a small amount for topping)
24 Graham Crackers, crushed
2 cups pistachios, crushed
1) Beat cream cheese with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk and dry pudding mix. Whisk in 1 cup COOL WHIP.
2) Layer graham cracker crumbs and crushed pistachios with mixture into 4-6 parfait glasses.
3) Top with remaining Cool Whip.