Pistachios in the News!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
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With kids of all ages at home during the summer break, a more relaxed atmosphere prevails – and it’s easy to fall into a less structured mealtime schedule, where the mindless snacking monster lurks. Did you know that a recent study revealed that snack calories now account for more than 27 percent of kids’ daily caloric intake?[1] That’s a lot of food – underscoring the importance of healthy snacking. As parents prepare for back-to-school, after-school activities and a crazy-busy schedule, it’s important to have a sound snacking strategy that will go anywhere.

There are many good reasons to incorporate healthy pistachios into your family’s snack mix:

  • Pistachios have four of the five nutrients that most children are lacking in their diets[2], including calcium, magnesium, fiber and potassium.
  • Kids between ages 4-18 should consume 10-30% of their calories from protein, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans[3], and pistachios are a great way to get plant-based protein (6g) and fiber (3g).

Need some practical tips for making sure your on-the-go snacks are healthy options that feed bodies and not just appetites? Here are some of our favorites:

Pre-package custom snack mixes in snack bags that go anywhere:

  • Pistachios + Dried Fruits (cherries, blueberries, raisins)
  • Pistachios + Fresh Whole Fruits (bananas, apples, peaches, nectarines)
  • Pistachios + pretzels or cheesy crackers + dried fruit
  • Pistachios + dried mango, papaya and natural coconut shavings

Label bags with your children’s names, so they know which snacks are their very own custom combinations.

Grab a Pistachios + Late Summer Goodness Combo:

  • Place about 49 in-shell pistachios (1 oz. portion) in snack-sized bags in your pantry
  • Place sliced apples, strawberries, watermelon chunks, carrots and other fresh fruits and vegetables in snack-sized bags in your fridge
  • Grab your favorite combo and go!

Place a bowl of in-shell pistachios wherever your snackers congregate:

Whether they’re on the dining room table or kitchen counter, shelling pistachios may lead to more mindful eating. When we’re mindful, we tend to eat less. Thirty pistachios is only around 100 calories, but still provides satisfying protein and fiber.

Make healthy snacking ideas a family affair. Brainstorm combinations and get the kids in on the packaging. Pretty soon, the whole family will have their own healthy go-to snack favorites!

1. Piernas, C.; and Popkin, B.M. Trends In Snacking Among U.S. Children Health Affairs, March 2010; 29(3): 398-404.

2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. 6th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 2005. p5

3. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th edition, Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, December 2010. p15.