celebrate the year of the skinny nut!

 celebrate the year of the skinny nut!

The New Year is here and there’s no better time to refocus on healthy, attainable eating habits to make 2015 your best year yet. Today, I hope to inspire your healthy eating goals by sharing one of my favorite new and satisfying snack pairings, featuring everyone’s favorite Skinny Nut™-pistachios!

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Pistachios, a top food trend for 2015 and considered to be “The Nut of the Year”, are known as the “Skinny Nut” because they’re one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat nuts and offer more nuts per serving compared to most other snack nuts, and among the highest in protein. I paired my pistachios with creamy brie, juicy pomegranate seeds, and a pomegranate iced green tea for a satisfying, yet health-conscious snack option.

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Pistachios make a great, everyday healthy snacking choice for people looking to satisfy a salty snack craving the smart way, and still do something good for themselves. Enjoy 30 pistachios for about 100 calories for a snack that offers both crunch and seasoning, making them a satisfying snack choice.

And here’s a fun tidbit to keep in mind: in-shell snacks (like pistachios!) provide visual cues and may slow consumption: The premise is that consumption of in-shell pistachios may help to slow eating when compared to shelled pistachios because the leftover shells may offer an important visual cue about the amount consumed; thereby potentially reducing calorie intake.

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Be sure to enter The Year of the Skinny Nut Sweepstakes hosted on the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page for a chance to win a year supply of pistachios and start 2015 in style! Sweepstakes runs through January 31.

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So you’ve seen what I like to pair in-shell pistachios with, now it’s your turn! What snack items with you pair with pistachios to create the perfect pairing?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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geometric heart {free printable}

Happy Friday! I’ve been spending the week catching up on paper+palette orders {thank you!}, sorting out blog issues {frustrating!} and, above all, trying to stay warm! Oh, and I also have been playing around with fun geometric shapes and pairing them with bold colors. Today’s free printable is perfect for Valentine’s Day…or any day! Enjoy!

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Happy Weekend!

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handprint heart valentine

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There’s just something about little hands and feet that make me go all melty inside. To that end, I wanted to take the handprint heart valentines that seem to be popular every year and put my own spin on them.

Materials:
8×10 canvas
craft paints
stamps and ink pad
washi tape (not shown)

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Step 1: Carefully take your children’s hands, paint with the craft paint, and overlap them to create a heart shape on your canvas. You’ll get some “fun mom” points if you let your eldest paint his own hand icon smile handprint heart valentine

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Step 2: Once you have your “heart,” outline it with a pencil so you’ll have a guide for your “xo” stamps.

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Step 3: Carefully stamp around your outline. Once dry, you can go back and erase your pencil marks. Add in the date, and, lastly, cover the sides of your canvas with washi tape.

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Easy, adorable, and, best of all, I had all the supplies already on hand!

For more Valentine’s Day inspiration…

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20 Valentine’s Day tutorials

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Watercolor Garland

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