The Perfect Snack: Delicious, Nutritious Pistachios

by Chrystal Johnson on January 31, 2014

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Tracking Pixelpistachio-health-benefitsThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

One of our favorite snacks is pistachios. I remember as a kid, I never liked them (or maybe my mom just didn’t want to share?). However, they are one of my favorites now, and I think the girls may even like them more than me!

I love when we can agree on a snack that feels indulgent, but is absolutely healthy at the same time! According to the Pistachio Health Institute, pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese. They’re also packed with antioxidants, which are so important in keeping us healthy.

I never really thought of pistachios as a fiber source, but they are! Pistachios provide 12% of the daily value per 30 gram serving. And, compared to other nuts, you get more pistachios per serving. With one serving of pistachios, you get 49 kernels per ounce, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves or 18 cashews. That, combined with the fiber, and you’ll feel full longer.

There have also been correlations between pistachio consumption and a reduced risk of heart disease and mortality. Since a recent study done by Harvard University and published in New England Journal of Medicine says these health benefits increase with a higher nut consumption, you can feel happy snacking on pistachios throughout the week.

Want to know secret reason I love providing pistachios as a healthy snack to my girls? They keep them busy! Shelling pistachios can be a time consuming task for little fingers, so I like to give them a bowl when I need to get something done. And it helps with their dexterity!

pistachios-zoeThere’s a side benefit for us adults too. Having to shell all those pistachios may actually curb how much we consume by making us more mindful of what we’re eating!

Staying healthy is more than what you put in your mouth. Celebrity Trainer Valerie Water has some great tips in the infographic at the bottom of this post on how to get you “Hot in a Hurray.” In addition to all of her tips about pistachios, I really like how she stresses that a little workout is better than none at all. That’s something I need to remember and work on this year! Starting the day with a workout – no matter how short – is a great way to start the day in a good mood.

Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes

The Pistachio Health Institute is hosting the Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes on their Facebook page. During this contest, 3 winners will receive “Shine like the Stars Sweepstakes” prize packs, which include:

  • (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
  • (1) Pistachio Health tote bag
  • (1) Pistachio Health nut container
  • (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
  • (1) $100 VISA Gift Card

To enter, you must Like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter your name, address and contact information here. You may enter once a day for the duration of the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes will end at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Shine Like the Stars Infographic

For more tips and ideas on how to Shine Like the Stars from Celebrity Trainer Valerie Waters, check out this great infographic (or Pin it for later!)!

shine-stars-infographic

What are you doing to get healthy and fit in 2014?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 heather January 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm

awesome contest! I love pistachios as well!!!
heather recently posted..5 More Foods to Stop Buying and Start Making at Home

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