3 Snack Hacks Every Health Nut Should Know
1. Tough nut to crack? Use a pistachio shell! Next time you encounter a pistachio that’s not fully cracked open, don’t give up! Instead of using your finger nails to try to crack the shell open, use half of an empty pistachio shell to leverage your way in. Stick the half pistachio shell into the tiny opening on the shut pistachio. With a firm grip, twist the shell either to the right or left. After a little elbow grease the little green nut will fall right out!
2. Trick Yourself to Feeling Full with the Pistachio Principle. – When you snack on in-shell pistachios, seeing the empty shells may provide the visual cue necessary to curb consumption. The act of cracking open each pistachio may slow you down possibly making it more difficult for overconsumption in one sitting.1,2
3. Keep your Shells after Eating! Let the Pistachio Principle be your guide! Empty pistachio shells may serve as a “visual cue” of how many pistachios you’ve consumed, so don’t discard the shells after you’ve enjoyed the treat inside. Keep these two behavioral studies in mind as you prepare your healthy Pistachio Pairing.
○ Study participants who left pistachio shells on their desk reduced their calorie consumption by 18 percent compared to participants who discarded shells immediately after consumption.1
○ People who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41 percent fewer calories than those who consumed pistachios without shells.2 This suggests that empty shells may be a helpful visual cue as to how much has been eaten – thereby potentially encouraging reduced calorie consumption.
1. Honselman, C.S., Painter, J.E., Kennedy-Hagan, K.J., Halvorson, A., Rhodes, K., Brooks, T.L., & Skwir, K. “In-shell pistachio nuts reduce caloric intake compared to shelled nuts.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2):414-417.
2. K. Kennedy-Hagan, J.E. Painter, C. Honselman, A. Halvorson, K. Rhodes, K. Skwir. “The Effect of Pistachio Shells as a Visual Cue in Reducing Caloric Consumption.” Appetite. 2011, 57(2): 418-420.