California Chocolate Pistachio Bark


2 (12 oz) Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips
1/4 cup Unsalted American pistachio kernels
1 1/2 teaspoons Course sea salt


Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet; spray with cooking spray and set aside. Add Ghriardelli chips to a medium glass bowl. Fill a medium saucepan with 3 inches of water, bring to a boil. Place glass bowl filled with chocolate on top of saucepan with boiling water. (essentially creating a double boiler) Continue to stir chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate onto greased baking sheet, spread chocolate to about a fourth of an inch thick. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and chopped pistachios. Place baking sheet in refrigerator for 1 hour. Break up into uneven pieces and serve.

Recipe Source: JoyfulHealthyEats

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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!