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Pistachios: The Skinny Nut

pistachiosI’m not sure what it is about the holidays, but I always associate them with nuts. Maybe it’s the “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” thing or maybe it’s that this time of year brings out the nuttiest behavior in all of us (for better or worse, depending on how you look at it), but for me, Christmas equals nuts. In the past, I’ve been a walnuts and almonds kinda gal, but this year I’ve broadened my nut-tastic tastes to a delicious little green one: the pistachio.

We recently received a stash of, what I call “greenies” (much to my dog’s confusion), courtesy of Wonderful Pistachios, and have been happily noshing on these nuts that have been cleverly dubbed the “skinny nut” by pistachio marketing peeps. But the nuts do have the goods to back up the claim, as they are the lowest-fat (although all the fat in them is the healthy kind!), lowest-calorie and highest-fiber nut on the block.

Eating 49 pistachio kernels (which seriously takes some time if you’re cracking ’em—not to mention that visual cue of all those shells stacking up!) has 170 calories and more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. And because of their high fiber and protein content, they fill you up. Not to mention that they’re easy to carry around as a snack and make for a great pre- or post-workout nosh. I’ve also enjoyed them as the perf 3 p.m. pick-me-up bite.

Consider offering healthy pistachios at your holiday gathering! Besides tasty nutrition, they also give you the ability to make nut jokes, which are always a hit at my house (which is coincidentally nicknamed The Nut). Are you a nut for pistachios? Tell us about it!  —Jenn

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