Pistachios (aka THE SKINNY NUT) are the perfect snack! High in protein and fiber, they pack a whole lot of nutrition, and are especially delicious when eaten alongside a bowl of grapefruit, honey, and Greek yogurt.
And how to cope when it hits.
This is one of life’s greatest quandaries.
Every day at approximately (exactly) 11AM and 5PM I get hit with a hunger bug so strong I could probably be convinced to eat my own hand.
Really, my coworkers cower in fear.
Lucky for them, I always come prepared…with pistachios!! AKA the skinny nut.
Pistachios have been a longtime favorite nut of mine. They were the major flavor in my wedding cake and as a child I was that kid who turned my nose up at vanilla and chocolate ice cream, holding out for the pistachio. (<–I got that from my mother.)
So it’s definitely a comfort to know how good they are for you, seeing as how, well. I was going to eat them either way.
Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat, and among the highest protein of all the nuts, per serving. A one-ounce serving consists of 49 NUTS, compared to 28 nuts for peanuts and 18 nuts for cashews.
More nuts = more snackage = more happiness. That’s totally how it works.
Another thing that I love about pistachios is that they’re one of the few nuts that you can buy in-shell. There’s something about having to remove the nut from each shell before eating it that makes the whole process so much more satisfying. Also, all the empty shells create a great visual cue for reminding you of just how many you’ve eaten. This way, you can do less mindless munching and more conscientious healthy snacking. Gotta love it.
I have to admit, I love eating pistachios as is, but sometimes I like to mix it up, great really crazy, and pair them with some of my other favorite healthy snacks to make a MEGA snack.
Citrus is in season right now and I, for one, cannot keep my hands off of grapefruits this year. They’re sweet! They’re bitter! They’re tart! And I want them in my belly.
So when I’m in MEGA snack mode, I’ve been eating grapefruit segments swirled into a tub of Greek yogurt, topped with honey, with a few handfuls of pistachios on the side. One bite and I’ve ingested at least three food groups, a major amount of protein, and quite a hit of vitamin C. Plus it’s super tasty and keeps you full for HOURS. I mean, if you’re gonna snack, do it right.
Do you want to get more of this fabulous nut in your life? Check out the Year of the Skinny Nut Sweepstakes hosted on the Pistachio Health Insitute’s Facebook page for a chance to win a year’s supply of pistachios! The Sweepstakes runs from January 7th through January 31, 2015 so enter soon!!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.