Pistachio Milk Green Smoothie

1 large bowl or 2 regular bowls

Ingredients for the home-made pistachio milk:
1 cup of pistachio nuts, soaked for 2 hours
3 cups of water
1 date, pit removed
1 tiny pinch of salt

Ingredients for the smoothie:
2 cups of pistachio milk
1/2 avocado
1 date, pitted
1 banana
1 cup/handful of seasonal greens such as baby spinach
1 teaspoon spirulia or wheatgrass powder (optional)


Soak the pistachio nuts in filtered water for at least 2 hours or overnight. When they are ready, strain them and place them in a high speed blender, together with the date, salt and water, then blitz until smoothie. Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth or muslin cloth. Save the pulp in a container in your freezer for future baking. Then measure out 2 cups of pistachio milk and place in a high speed blender together with the avocado, pitted date, banana, spinach and spirulina/wheatgrass powder if using. Blend until nice and smooth. Enjoy! Top with seasonal fruit, cacao nibs or edible flowers.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!