Smart Choices for Summer Snacking

Reach for this complete protein source packed with fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

July 13, 2020

Looking to make some healthier choices when it comes to summer snacking? Look no further than your local pistachio. If you haven’t already been hip to this high-powered nut, here is some intel you may find interesting. For starters, they’ve just been recognized as a complete protein for those 5 years and older, meaning they contain all 9 essential amino acids, the building blocks that make up protein that your body can’t produce on its own and must get from food.

They join the ranks of meat, fish and eggs as a source of complete protein, except they grow on trees, making them the perfect alternative for vegans, vegetarians and those who just want a tasty protein snack that’s plant based.

In fact, 1 serving has as much protein as an egg. They’re cholesterol free and certified heart healthy by the American Heart Association. Plus, they are packed with fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats.

Studies have shown they may even help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and protect your eyes from the sun’s rays and they’re one of the lowest calorie nuts around with 160 calories per 49 nuts serving. They even have potassium, the electrolyte that helps support muscle function and recovery. A 2-ounce serving has more potassium than a large banana and they help build and preserve muscles making a great post workout snack.

Pistachios can also help with weight management because the leftover shells offer a visual cue about the amount of pistachios you've eaten to help potentially reduce your calorie intake.

Besides being a great on the go complete protein snack--- that doesn’t require cooking, they’re great on top of yogurt, in oatmeal, in trail mixes or as an ingredient in protein bars or flavored with your favorite seasonings.

For more info, recipes and snacking ideas check out americanpistachios.org.

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