Garden Vegetable Pistachio Potato Salad

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Yield: 
12 servings.
Ingredients: 

2 pounds New red potatoes
1 cup Petite frozen peas, defrosted
1 large Carrot, pared, sliced
1 cup Fresh corn kernels
1 cup Broccoli flowerettes, cut into small pieces
¼ cup Sliced green onion
½ cup Roasted/salted American pistachios
¾ cup Plain nonfat yogurt
¾ cup Fat-free mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dill weed
½ teaspoon Black pepper

Instructions: 

Cook whole potatoes in boiling water about 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender; drain. Cool, then slice potatoes ¼ inch thick. Combine potatoes with peas, carrot, corn, broccoli, green onion and pistachios in large bowl. Stir yogurt with mayonnaise, dill and pepper; combine with vegetables and toss gently.

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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!