Happy Earth Week!

Color your palate green for spring and WIN from Wonderful Pistachios, our green nut sponsor.

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With Earth Day this Friday, 4/22, let’s celebrate by eating green.  So you know that green foods are good for you, but do you eat them?  Now is the time as spring rejuvenates our appetites for greens from produce to herbs to nuts — today let’s zero in on a few that can make a difference to your health.
Revive your eating with these 3 GREEN Foods:
1. Pistachios – no salt, lightly salted, peppered or spiced, this tiny green nut is loaded with good stuff from healthy fats to fiber to protein. In-shell pistachios support mindful snacking. Aim for at least an ounce or 49 pistachios a day by themselves or tossed in salads, soups, chili, yogurt, oatmeal, quinoa or smoothies.
2. Avocado – this green fruit, which is disguised as a veggie has a smooth, velvety texture and is loaded with healthy fats and fiber, too.  Avocados can be used in so many ways: diced in salads, spread on bread or wrap, mashed in guacamole and whipped into smoothies.
3. Basil – fresh and aromatic this herb makes dressings and sauces pop with flavor, livens up pasta (as in pesto) and nestles into sandwiches, soups and omelets well.  Plus, it’s not only tasty, it helps your body stay healthy.

Let’s mix them all up and create a tasty bowl with this nutrient-rich triad with this simple recipe.

Avocado, Basil and Pistachio Lentil Bowls


 Makes 5 servings (about 1/2 cup lentils each)
1 cup dry lentils, rinsed and drained
2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 medium avocado, sliced
5 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
 1/4 cup Wonderful Pistachios, lightly salted, shelled and chopped
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
On the stove top over medium-high heat, place lentils in a pot with the broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and allow lentils to absorb the fluid and soften.  Remove from heat when fluid is completely absorbed. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
Spoon lentils into bowls.  Add avocado, basil and pistachios.
In a small bowl whisk together oil, vinegar and mustard.  Drizzle over each of the bowls.  Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information (per serving):  Calories: 311, Total Fat: 17 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 3 mg, Sodium: 62 mg, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Dietary Fiber: 15 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein: 12 g
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Enjoy eating simply,